[London] Tube question

If you were going northbound on the Northern Line and wanted the most efficient change to the Bakerloo Line, would you do it at Waterloo, Embankment, or Charing Cross?

I asked [personal profile] bob and he wasn't sure. Looking at the Tube map, the only station where the Northern and Bakerloo lines are on the same “blob” is Charing Cross — but am I misremembering that blobness is related to ease of changing?

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Croydon Fun Weekend 2018

Just a quick heads-up that, after a year off in 2017, the Croydon Fun Weekend will be back in 2018, running from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January.

I’ll provide more details closer to the time; but in the meantime, if you’re interested in helping to organise the weekend or in running any sessions, please let me know! For an idea of the sort of things that might be included, see programmes from previous years: 2014, 2015, 2016.


I can never have too many...

ghoti posted a list of 5 things they felt they could never have too many of, for the times when someone wanted to give them a small present. I thought this was a great idea and (with permission) am hereby memeing it.

My list is:

  • postcards with thoughtful messages on
  • tiny bottles/packets/jars of interesting seasonings
  • gel pens in any colour other than blue
  • small packets of unusual types of rice
  • themed postal stamps (i.e. ones that cost the same as normal stamps but have different pictures on)

What's yours?

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Newspaper clippings

Hello! I need some advice on newspaper clippings, specifically clippings from local newspapers for local history purposes.

At the moment, I'm physically clipping articles out of the newspaper and glueing them to sheets of A4 paper, then labelling them with name/date/page of newspaper and subject of article (usually a specific local business [someone else is doing this for specific local people]). This is a giant faff.

What I would like to do is take photos of the articles, label them in the filename (perhaps with keywords too), and back them up in multiple places. However I wonder if copyright law would stop me sharing these photos with others in the future. Or if there's any other disadvantage of doing it this way.

I would like to preserve these clippings (physical or digital) for the long term; they might eventually go to Croydon local studies, or to the CNHSS. (I'm aware of newspaper digitisation projects, e.g. the excellent British Newspaper Archive, but I do think it's worth preserving things in more than one way and with more than one focus.)

Any advice?

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[London] Croydon On Canvas launch, Saturday 9 August 11am–1pm

Croydon artist Bev Jones is holding her first solo exhibition next month. She specialises in street scenes painted in bright acrylics, including people, shops, and trams.

Travelling by Bev Jones
Travelling, by Bev Jones, reproduced by permission. This shows the southern end of London Road, including the no-longer-present Ship of Fools. I have put down a deposit and by the end of the year this painting will be living in my house!

The launch is on Saturday 9 August, 11am–1pm, at Matthews Yard, off Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1FF, and I will be there because I'm buying one of her paintings and this painting will be part of the exhibition. (I am very excited about this purchase!) Would you like to come along too?


[London] Computer Anonymous, Victoria, 6pm on Thursday 26 June

Next Thursday I will be going to the Computer Anonymous West London meetup at the Willow Walk, 25 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LW. I should be there from 6pm. Fancy coming along?

From the Computer Anonymous overview: “This might be the group for you if you want to meet socially conscious nerds to talk about interesting things. This is not an entrepreneurial meetup, nor is it networking: It is a support group, a place to meet good people and talk about good and bad things.

“Although education and outreach are both important to us, the primary goal is to create a social group for people in and around tech, from all backgrounds, where they feel comfortable and welcome.”

(If this sounds interesting but you're not in London, check the Computer Anonymous website to see if there's a group near you.)


Wanted: person with an interest in Cambridge (the UK one)

Hello! For a few years now I've been looking after the Open Guide to Cambridge — removing spam, trying to keep the info up to date, and posting newsletters on the ogcam community. However, I'm feeling a bit overloaded with projects at the moment, and hence need to cut back on some of my responsibilities. Unfortunately, this looking-after of the Cambridge guide is one that has to go.

Are you a person with an interest in Cambridge? Would you like to help maintain the guide? You don't have to actually live in the city to do what I've been doing (I actually live in London), but familiarity with the city would be helpful.

Here are the things that I've been doing. Ideally, they would all continue to happen, but even if only some of them do, that's better than nothing. These don't all need to be done by the same person.

  • Keep an eye on Recent Changes; remove any obvious spam, check new entries/edits for typos/etc, and clarify any points of confusion that may arise.
  • Read each new issue of the Cambridge CAMRA newsletter and transfer any relevant information to the Cambridge guide (remembering to give CAMRA full credit for the information, as done here).
  • Check local estate agents' listings (e.g. Januarys) every so often for pubs/restaurants/shops that have gone on the market, to see if any of our entries may have closed.
  • Monitor ogcam and deal with any matters arising there.
  • Keep track of any interesting changes on the guide, and post them every 2-3 months on ogcam.

Here are some things I haven't been doing, mainly because I don't live in Cambridge:

  • Visit places in Cambridge and write them up.
  • Wander around Cambridge to check that places on the guide are actually still there.
  • Promote the guide to people within Cambridge.
  • Design (or find someone to design) a decent stylesheet for the site so it isn't all so grey and depressing-looking.

This is a public post — please feel free to point people here. (I know there are at least a couple of Cambridge communities on LiveJournal; if you're a regular poster on one of them, and you know that the rules of the community allow it, I'd appreciate you mentioning it there. I am not a regular poster on any of them, so don't feel it's appropriate to do this myself.)

I am absolutely 100% happy to remain available to answer any technical questions about using the guide.