Fascinating Facts..

Fascinating World Links

Fascinating links:

Unusual facts:                                                            www.didyouknow.org/facts.htm

Wierd and wonderful events around the world:  www.darkroastedblend.com

Fascinating facts and figures:                                 www.jn10.co.uk/stories/fascinating-facts-figures.php

Fascinating Top Secret Government Exploration

Alan Turnbull’s staggering facts about secret government facilities. The data is well researched and backed-up and used by the newspapers. Do scroll down as the indexes can be a meter or so down each gigantic long page. Do remember to breathe once your jaw has dropped open. And, no, I don’t know how he gets away with publishing such a site:                                                                                             Secret Bases

Fascinating Underground UK

The renowned international society exploring most countries in the world:


A similar UK society. Information limited -worth a look though:


Clive Feather’s renowned treatise on London’s Underground system old and new:


Hywel Williams underground railways site:


Disused London Railway Stations -fascinating words and many pictures:


Clive Billson’s incredible research of the maps of the Underground system:


And finally a wacky look at London’s crazy Tube experiences:

Fascinating London’s Transport Systems

London’s Rivers

London Shipping                                                                           History Of The Port Of London

London’s Canals

London’s Canals                                                                             See below.

London’s Mainline Rail

London’s Mainline                                                                          Not available yet

Crossrail                                                                                           Crossrail Explained In Two Minutes

London’s Underground Rail

Modern doc by Rail Vintage TV                                                  History Of London Underground (45m)

Very dated doc by BR Trainman                                                  The Story Of London’s Underground (59m)


Underneath London by Paul Hicks (Pioneer Productions)       Secrets Of Underground London

London’s Sewers

London’s Sewers                                                                             Not available yet

London’s Trams & Trolley Buses

London’s Trams & Trolley Buses                                                  Not available yet

London’s

The Londonist - Treaties Of Surprising London

These are put together by Geoff Marshall who has done extensive research into his favourite mini-subjects -very digestable   (in same subject order as above).

Note that YouTube URLs are of two types in the main I have used the one that contains a subject cross-reference on the right hand side.


Water

Animated quickie                                                                                  Canals of London Timeline (2½m)

Historical artifacts of current canal system                                        Canals of London Part 1 (9½m)Part 2 (7m), Part3 (8m), Part4 (6m)


Review of high speed river transport                                                   Thames Clippers Uncovered (4m)


Rail - Overground

Animated quickie                                                                                  London’s Railway Termini (2m)

Historical artifacts of current tram system                                         Secrets Of The Overground Part 1 (6½m)

Historical artifacts of current tram system                                         Secrets Of The Overground Part 2 (6m)

Historical artifacts of current tram system                                         Secrets Of The Trams (7m)


Cable Car

Historical artifacts of current tube system                                              Secrets of The Cable Car (3½m)

Strictly these are road transport but operate serially like a cable car    Heathrow Pods (3½m)


Tube -Underground

Animated Quickie                                                                                Evolution of The Underground (6m)

     Historical artifacts of current tube system                                         Secrets Of The Central Line (5m)

     Historical artifacts of current tube system                                         Secrets Of The Victoria Line (5m)

     Historical artifacts of current tube system                                         Secrets Of The Northern Line (5m)

     Historical artifacts of current tube system                                         Secrets Of The District Line (5m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Bakerloo Line (5m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Jubilee Line (5m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Hammersmith & City Line (5m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Piccadilly Line (6m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Circle Line (5m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Metropolitan Line (5m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Waterloo & City Line (4m)

    Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Secrets Of The Docklands Light Railway (5m)

Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Bonus Secrets Of The Underground - inc Ealing Broadway (5m)


Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Inside The Post Office Railway (4m)


Historical artifacts of current tube system                                          Incline Lift At Greenford Station (2½m)


Parliament Train                                                                                    Paddington To West Ruislip Ghost Train (3m)


Geoff has a useful App to compliment this information                    Station Master App



USA Tour

Shot in the style of a basic blog Geoff tours every state in USA to   Underground: USA

find towns with tube station names. Has a big setback at the start.


Buses

I am not aware of any equivalent treatise on the London buses.

London’s Downward Scale

There’s a great deal of transport above and below the ground. Click this pic to see a beautiful illustration of the scale.  

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Fascinating Big Power

Plug your hairdryer in and some more mice have got to turn the cage a bit harder - only these mice are big. See:

GridWatch Watch the meters around the country, compare how electricity is generated, see the trends. Amazing.

National Grid Live Even more stats.

Great Britain

My Grid GB A different approach from the University Of Durham

Please note that there are other websites out there like these.

France

GridWatch/France The view across the water.

No stomach for history ? Well, the here and now has a lot to tell us..

Fascinating History

For a collection of generally superb documentaries on history by Ancient History Nerd click the link to the right:

COMMUNICATION

Both the plant and animal worlds need to communicate. Let’s have a look their history:


Writing Yes writing came from one place. Here’s proof:     The Secret History of Writing - From Pictures to Words -Part 1

Each of the three episodes, by the Sington brothers and presented by Lydia Wilson, is truly fascinating.

In case your browser is having difficulty picking up the remaining links here are:   Part 2Part 3.


..more to follow soon.