Feb 12, 2013

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.

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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.


I dont think there is such a button! Perhaps WordPress would consider?

Candy Blackham

Thank you for following me and George Bradshaw in London! Considering your background I am very honoured


Thanks, your background in London history is to be honoured too ๐Ÿ™‚

Sean Hennessey

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


Thanks for the comments. St Johns Wood had two power stations hence the confusion. Have amended the offending article ๐Ÿ™‚


Hey London Blog,
Some great pictures and write-up on our ‘Flotilla’ Install! Just wondering if you would be able to share your great pictures with us? Events@merchantsquare.co.uk
Look forward to hearing from you!


Thanks. Yes its okay as long as you link back/acknowledge ALondonBlog as the source of photography.


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


Hi you should contact @maidavalenews about this thanks.


Hello , is there any way I can get in touch with you privately please? Thanks a lot, Linda


Hi you should contact @maidavalenews about this via Twitter thanks

Manchester Mike

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!

David Hughes

What a discovery and a delightful revelation your blog is! I should have turned in long ago but canโ€™t stop reading. Sorry you had a spat with DG today. A disappointing response on his part. Typical neurotypical! ๐Ÿ™‚


Yes I am very disappointed. Thanks for your support! Am glad of it ๐Ÿ™‚


Superb history of Southend Pier Railway, excellent pics. Was it all your own work?


No. I requested help from the 98th Mayor of Southend!


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…


Thanks – its good to hear some do like my blog!


What’s happened to the blog’s rss feed?


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

Michael McGough

I was pleased to read about the LT Cablecar model, most informative and supportive of my own research.

mike durell

Great information on the Swiss cottage disused tunnel etc: thanks.

Chris Evans

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.


Thanks its good of you to say!

Chris Evans

Youโ€™re welcome. Itโ€™s good to share interests and enthusiasms!
Best wishes, Chris

Long Branch Mike

Hey Rog, did you get my email request to use some of your CBTC pix from your Hammersmith piece?

Nigel Pittman

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.


Thanks for the kind comments! Glad to know my output isn’t as bad as I thought it was. Thanks once again ๐Ÿ™‚

Shane Waldeck

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.

Colin Hanson

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.


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!


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.
3D view from ground level is not possible on mapy.cz
mapy.cz contains historical routing from US topo maps. e.g. Loweth


I just LOVE your ‘About’ page! it takes courage to write that and I applaud you loudly. I also am profoundly Deaf and know full well the attitude I/we have to put up with from the outside World. Keep up with your Bloggs, I have only just found it from reading your latest one on Kings Cross Power Box closure, the link was posted on the Rail Modelers website – https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/110286-east-coast-mainline-blockade-for-werrington-junction-diveunder/page/95/
I’ll be reading, likely with great interest, your other Bloggs later on. Keep up the GOOD work!

Mike Baker

I found your research on the Tyburn and Charlbert Bridge very interesting. It’s resolved some contradictions I was aware of. More generally keep up the great work and no need to disparage yourself so much. You are making a great contribution and people like those commenting really appreciate it. Mike

RSS Feeder

I have been a subscriber to your RSS feed for several years for this blog, but it seems to have dissappeared about a year ago. Is there any chance it could be reinstated?