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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.

51 Replies to “About”

  • 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

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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!

  • 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™‚

  • 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…

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

  • 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.

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

    • Hi and thanks for your support from a fellow Deaf person! Yes its a struggle simply because people don’t think about communication or just cant understand things from our perspective. Am surprised my post got to RMWeb, thanks for that and its interesting to see what they have written about the ECML upgrade at Werrington, its an amazing structure it really grabbed my attention when they were pushing the tunnel through the new alignment. Thanks again for your comment πŸ™‚

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Hello

    I do not use a Twitter account, the only way to message you is on the comments of your latest post.

    In response to your tweet in relation to the incident involving staff at Balham station.

    https://twitter.com/Londoncanals/status/1442548108714405892

    I strongly suggest raising the issue with the London Assembly Member. I suggest contacting Caroline Pidgeon because she’s been working very hard dealing with issues within TfL. Her contact email is caroline.pidgeon@london.gov.uk

    https://www.london.gov.uk/people/assembly/caroline-pidgeon/more-about

    Whenever you have issues with TfL, it’s best to raise the issue with the London Assembly Member directly.

    I hope it helps <3

    good luck

  • Hello

    In response to your recent Tweet
    “Something I’ve learnt re making complaints re staff on the underground etc is TfL apparently wont tell you what sort of action they take against staff – except maybe (as I deem it) where the case is widely publicised in the media then TfL has no choice but to reveal its decisions”
    https://twitter.com/Londoncanals/status/1445015240878460930

    Did you contact London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon to raise your issue about TfL’s handling of your complaint?
    https://www.london.gov.uk/people/assembly/caroline-pidgeon/more-about

    You can submit a Freedom of Information request to TfL, to reveal their action towards their staff after you made a complaint. Make sure you quote the reference numbers to get a detailed response.
    https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transparency/freedom-of-information

    I hope it helps
    Anonymous Samaritan

  • Dear LondonBlogger,

    I really like your work here as I really love the Tube! It’s like the neural system of London, so intricate, so deep in its daily life…

    I was looking for article about an extemporaneous art exhibition in Euston Square station. I remember had read about that here or I’m wrong?
    My friend is doing a work about underground art and tube…

    Thank you so much and Best,

    Nicola

    • Thanks! I hadn’t written anything like that as I’m not aware of an exhibition that took place at Euston Square station? Its not a big enough station really. Perhaps it was Euston main line station? Some tube stations do have art exhibitions Gloucester Road has a big one all the time because there is the space for it and White City has a small one because it has lots of wall space for the posters and pictures.

  • Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your well written, informative, articles. I was really disappointed when you took your site down a while ago, and so pleased when it came back.
    Keep up the good work!

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