ALL ABOARD THE SCREAM TRAIN!: Transport agency to fix screeching track problem in east London

  London, United Kingdom VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE/Ilford Recorder   Commuters using the London Underground’s Central metro (Tube) line between Wanstead and Leytonstone stations may be familiar with the ear-splitting screeching noise rising up from the tracks as they … Continue reading ALL ABOARD THE SCREAM TRAIN!: Transport agency to fix screeching track problem in east London

UBER: Disruptive taxi app firm stripped of licence by London’s TfL

London – VIJAY SHAH via SARAH BUTLER, GWYN TOPHAM and The Guardian San Francisco-based taxi app company Uber has had its application to renew its public carriage licence turned down by Transport for London (TfL) after its business practices and safety record were called into question by critics, the Guardian newspaper reported today. The company, founded by Travis Kalanick in 2010, operates in 400 cities around the world and is well known for its cheap prices, its large pool of contracted drivers and its ease of use. But the company has come under fire in London its ‘lack of corporate … Continue reading UBER: Disruptive taxi app firm stripped of licence by London’s TfL

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON: Contactless Travel

On the 16th September 2014, Transport for London (TfL), the London authority in charge of the city’s public transport formally ushered in a new way of paying fares for its customers. This new paying method, which TfL has branded ‘contactless travel’ enables commuters with special credit or debit cards to use these cards to pay for their daily travel without having to buy tickets or top up an Oystercard, making it ideal for occasional users or tourists…or anyone unfortunately unable to access their usual means of fare payment (lost Oystercard/photocard, for example). Many banks and building societies in the UK now offer credit and debit cards with a distinctive ‘sound wave’ logo. … Continue reading TRANSPORT FOR LONDON: Contactless Travel

LEE NELSON & THE TRAIN INSPECTOR: The subtle art of ticket evasion

By Vijay Shah Today I have been briefly browsing my Twitter feed and found this tweet by the comedian Lee Nelson, or as he likes to often refer to himself, a “well good legend!”. For those Brainiacs not familiar with the on goings of the most televised chav since Vicky Pollard of Little Britain fame, here is a short introduction. Nelson, real name Simon Brodkin, is a chirpy young lad with a proclivity for swearing and cracking jokes at the expense of audience members on his very well-received “Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show”. The Well Good Show has been running … Continue reading LEE NELSON & THE TRAIN INSPECTOR: The subtle art of ticket evasion

GOODBYE BRESSENDEN PLACE: Informa relocates to new offices

By Vijay Shah As some of you may know, I currently work as a database researcher/integrity assistant for a conference company named Informa. In this job I work with and maintain our customers’ records on the in-house data system. From when I started in June 2007 up until last week, IIR Conferences Ltd, the Informa subsidiary which I personally am employed by, maintained an office situated at 29 Bressenden Place in Victoria, central London. It is well-known as a prime location, roughly equidistant between Victoria Underground Station and the tourist-and-camera honeypot that is the Queen of England’s residence – Buckingham … Continue reading GOODBYE BRESSENDEN PLACE: Informa relocates to new offices

EMIRATES AIR-LINE: Fly across the Thames!

What would be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think ‘cable car’?. Skiing, snow, Alps, Switzerland, Grenoble? …trying to get quickly to the top of the mountain before the novices completely wreck the piste?. Well not quite. A new urban cable car system has recently been opened across the river Thames in London that may well show tourists and Londoners that being suspended in a cabin several hundred feet above the ground need not be exclusive to ice-cold mountain ranges. The Emirates Air Line is London’s first cable car and offers panoramic views across the city … Continue reading EMIRATES AIR-LINE: Fly across the Thames!