Saturday, 13 March 2010

Brunel's Thames Tunnel

Thames Tunnel

On Friday and Saturday, about 2000 members of the public were given the rare privilege of walking the Thames Tunnel and back before the reopening of the (extended) East London Line which normally runs through it. I was one of those people.

To quote wikipedia: "The Thames Tunnel is an underwater tunnel, built beneath the River Thames in London, United Kingdom connecting Rotherhithe and Wapping. It measures 35 feet (11 m) wide by 20 feet (6 m) high and is 1,300 feet (396 m) long, running at a depth of 75 feet (23 m) below the river's surface (measured at high tide). It was the first tunnel known successfully to have been constructed underneath a navigable river, and was built between 1825 and 1843 using Marc Isambard Brunel's newly invented tunnelling shield technology, by him and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel."

Photos of my visit are available on my flickr account here.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The BBC, the Tories and Rupert Murdoch

The article/post I could have written, had I taken the time and had I the talent:

The BBC is caving in to a Tory media policy dictated by Rupert Murdoch
Mark Thompson is jumping from the second storey because he fears a new government may throw him from the roof
Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian, Tuesday 2 March 2010

I also had that theory at the back of my mind:

The BBC's big PR stunt - why 6 Music is the new Wispa
It is the ultimate social media PR trick. A company threatens to pull a brand and then sits back and watches as fans start huge Facebook/Twitter/blog campaign to save it.
Ashley Norris
Posterous, Wednesday 3 March 2010