Contact: I don’t encourage correspondence by email or that sort of thing. This is because I have learning disabilities and have had people try to exploit my weaknesses. Invariably I have to bring others in to sort the mess. If anyone want to ask me something they’ll have to do it via the comments sections below.

Who am I? I am a disabled, deaf and autistic guy.

Yes! Run away like mad – like everyone else does! Cry in tears and say ‘he’s not f**king normal….’

Yes, I’m unemployed, f**king lazy, contrived, and do absolutely nothing day in and day out. Not one single contribution to be made to society. Who wants us disabled acting as normal citizens and making a contribution to society?

And the reason for having a blog? Well I wanted to piss people off. ‘You a blogger? Ha ha you’re f**king stupid!’ It works – other bloggers hate me and wish I would disappear because I don’t fit into their cherished categories of what a blogger should look like, how they should act and the kinda stuff they should write.

Some of you might be thinking, how dare we become bloggers. Exactly! Its a world designed for normal thinking hearing speaking abled significantly cognitive people. That’s why practically every blogger you meet and every vlogger you meet or know is normal! And more importantly – they’re nice – because they don’t have disabilities.

And ‘speaking’ of being nice (oh the irony!) If one does not communicate one is castigated, outcasted, shoved off to the sidelines whilst those who can speak make out as much as they like it is their world and people like us have no rights of any sort in that world. Alas there’s millions of us – with a large percentage being ethnic minorities too – so watch out…

In terms of the public aspect of disability… have you ever seen a newsreader with one arm? One who is blind? Deaf? In a wheelchair? Thought not! We are the face of the public the public does not even want to see in public…… Ironic! A crime!

NOTE: I have re-enabled comments on some pages these being the most recent plus a couple of important posts such as this one – however I am not going to tolerate months and months of unwarranted abusive comments as I did during the period August to November 2020. If these return I shall have no choice but to turn of comments completely.

38 thought on “About”
  1. Bonjour
    You made me laugh – not an easy thing for a grumpy old man – and you have some truly great pictures – wheres the ‘Like Everything’ button.
    Regards
    Dan

  2. 1st London Blog
    Greatly appreciate your enlightening work
    Grove Rd power station, recalled well: actually owned by Central Electricity Supply Co, not METESCO. Both used Peachey & Reilly, architects, hence the misunderstanding?
    Sean H

    1. Thanks for the comments. St Johns Wood had two power stations hence the confusion. Have amended the offending article πŸ™‚

      1. Hey London Blog,
        Yes ofcourse that is no problem!
        Are you able to send us through the high res?
        Let me know.
        Thanks,
        Natasha

  3. There’s always someone complaining, but I keep coming back to this blog as I learn so much about the not so well known aspects and history of London.
    Plus the writing and photos are great. Don’t believe the trolls and haters!

  4. What a discovery and a delightful revelation your blog is! I should have turned in long ago but can’t stop reading. Sorry you had a spat with DG today. A disappointing response on his part. Typical neurotypical! πŸ™‚

  5. This blog is great – and your bio above could have been written about me (except I’m not deaf, I just choose not to listen to other people a lot). Keep up the good work. You manage to say, and present, so much interesting stuff you really can’t find elsewhere. Working my way back through the archives…

    1. There was a considerable attack on the blog sometime back thus I disabled the RSS etc. Had forgot all about it!

  6. I have just been walking with a friend past Arnos Park viaduct. I was very interested to read on your blog that it is the largest viaduct on the Underground network actually built by London Underground. I think it is a lovely structure and a great enhancement to Arnos Park. I think you have some great pictures of it too. I have one or two pictures of it on google maps.

  7. Great article on Gamages, beautifully written. A store I was privileged to visit at the age of about 7 back in the 50s. The memory has remained. I look forward to reading more of your writing.

    1. Thanks for the kind comments! Glad to know my output isn’t as bad as I thought it was. Thanks once again πŸ™‚

  8. Dear blogger
    I am working on an historical compilation of the SA Railways and would like to include a couple of images on your website.
    It will be used for educational purposes and posted on a discussion group on facebook.
    All credits and acknowledgements will be included.
    Your consideration will be appreciated.
    Regards
    Shane

  9. Just want to say hi and thanks. I’m a former resident of Bala, North Wales, now settled in Butte, Montana. Discovered your blog via your piece on Cwm Prysor, and then found your Milwaukee Road series. I’ve been sat here reading for the last couple of hours. I’m really lucky in Butte – I have the ghosts of the Milwaukee Road, Great Northern and Northern Pacific all round me, while the BA&P is an ongoing (if much reduced) operation. I have an album of photos taken over the last 12 months or so of what’s left of the lines in and around and a bit beyond Butte – if there’s anything you’d like to use please feel free. Thanks again, this is a wonderful blog you have here.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/afondyfrdwy/albums/72157715524942653

  10. Hi and thanks and great to know you enjoyed my Milwaukee posts! Loved your photos they are absolutely great there are many locations I have not seen before obviously because Google doesn’t reach these. Its a surprise to see there’s still lots of NP track on the Homestead Pass. I loved the pics of the Milwaukee trestle at Opportunity at sunset. There’s also great shots of buildings around Butte showing ghost signs with references to the Milwaukee Road and the BAP train at the Anselmo mine, also the shots of the mine itself through the trestle bridge, lovely compositions. Its interesting to know how much still remains, even if disused, around Butte compared to the days when four railroads worked here! I found the shots showing the rear of the station at Butte complete with platform awnings fantastic. The pictures of the end of the Milwaukee Road I recognise as being at the southern end of Butte (even though I haven’t actually seen any shots of this bit) because I could see those tracks on Google Aerials as the come south from the main part of town to serve the industries thereabouts and then the bit beyond towards Newcombe and the yards there is no longer extant before the climb to Janney and Pipestone Pass. Plus the scenery is great! I would love to show some of your fantastic pictures in a new post!

  11. I just stumbled across your blog while looking at stuff about the history of Barbican Station. There’s quite some interesting research and information that was as yet entirely unknown to me that got my critical thinking going, which is great! I was hoping to provide my own input on some of the reasoning behind the changes happening by the Barbican tunnels, but having read this, I can entirely see why you want comments disabled in most places. People are terrible and we all have to bear it as best we can. Thanks for the interesting reading though!

    1. Thanks and glad you liked my posts. Yes I’m aware of Falcon (there’s a map of it on the same page) however the passing place there isnt on a curve like the one in the mystery picture. Elsewhere its been suggested the location is at Drexel. I had a look on Google to see if the elevations around there look the same, but am not sure if that is the case as Google wont let me get near enough to the old railroad alignment.

      1. Falcon was just my first moment idea, I did not know that Falcon is noticed in your blog and that the picture is mirrored.
        But comparing mirrored picture and maps, it can be Falcon. Assuming train with photographer is going uphill.
        Siding in Falcon is very long.
        https://www.peakfinder.org/?lat=47.3478&lng=-115.6717&azi=90&zoom=6&ele=1068&cfg=m&date=2021-03-12T19:32Z
        https://en.mapy.cz/turisticka?x=-115.6720076&y=47.3480192&z=18&m3d=1&height=362&yaw=102&pitch=-12
        3D view from ground level is not possible on mapy.cz
        mapy.cz contains historical routing from US topo maps. e.g. Loweth
        https://en.mapy.cz/turisticka?x=-110.6950070&y=46.3744858&z=15

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