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Walking the Central Line

Posted on June 15th, by admin in Museum, Tales and musings. 1 Comment

The second in a series of walks following London’s underground. This time it is the Central Line.

In February I walked the line of the Victoria Undergound Line, overground. I’m doing it again, but this time the Central Line will be the inspiration.

So why am I not walking the full line? Firstly, it is 46 miles long in its entirety and reading between the lines, the east and western sections were a bit of a slog for Mark Mason who wrote ‘Walking the Lines’ my inspiration for these walks. Secondly, the reason I am in London is because I have a meeting in Stratford. In fact I have two, so it seems a sensible place to begin, and then head west. Having re-read the Central Line chapter in Walking the Lines, Mason hasn’t included as many fun facts for this line so I’ve … Read More »



Contactless payment for heritage sites?

Posted on July 16th, by admin in QR/NFC, Tales and musings. Comments Off on Contactless payment for heritage sites?

Our latest article for the Association of Heritage Interpretation (AHI) member’s journal looks at how new technology serving the London Olympics is already finding its way into the heritage sector.

Imagine swiping a till with your credit card or mobile phone to make a payment without entering your pin. Imagine no longer, the technology is already here.

This is Near Field Technology (NFC) and London 2012 will be the first Olympic Games to embrace it. NFC allows UK shoppers to make pin-free purchases.

Although, a little slow to take off (just like internet shopping), Barclays, a host of high street retailers and an increasing number of smartphone companies have jumped on the bandwagon too. You’ve probably seen Usain Bolt in the Visa advert? That is contactless payment.

At this year’s London Olympics every sales terminal at the venue will allow “wave and pay” purchases. … Read More »




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