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EXP-Leisure Game Centre Opens

There’s a new game centre in London, just on the edge of the Olympic Park in East London in East London. EXP-Leisure was ‘soft’ opened only 6 weeks ago, and is still being built, but the basics are in place for board gamers (tables, drinks and food)...

Train Geeks’ Heaven

This weekend, Virgin Trains set up a photo-opportunity event for rail enthusiasts – four generations of trains travelling side by side on the East Coast Line. Of course, it was also a marketing opportunity to show off Virgin Trains’ new Azuma, alongside two present-day trains, and the...

The Other Baders

I’ve been looking recently for references to the legendary WW2 pilot Douglas Bader in and around the Pas de Calais where he was shot down and captured in August 1941. (For some time, I’ve been encouraging the local tourism office in St. Omer to put together a...

Review: RAF Cosford Museum

RAF Cosford is still an operational airbase and most importantly, it’s the home of the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE), which sets the tone & style for the museum and gives it a unique atmosphere. It’s not that in Hanger 1, for example, you’ll find loads...

Listening out for aircraft

This audio detection set, now in the Swedish Army Museum in Stockholm, is billed as a Listening Device M/1928 manufactured by a British company, Barr & Stroud Ltd. Sweden bought a number of these ‘ear trumpet’ devices in the 1920s to detect and pinpoint aircraft. Barr &...

XTI Hybrid VTOL aircraft under development

This looks like an interesting project, if it ever gets off the ground – see what I did there? This is a new concept ducted-fan vertical take-off (VTOL) aircraft that could be commonplace if it works as billed. The six-seat XTI TriFan 600, say the designers, “will...