Monthly Archives: September 2012

Why the power rails are where they are

Some of the more long-lasting decisions that impact on today’s railway system are the result of complete accident. The following tale is an example where railways, having decided to do one thing then do another. It is also an example … Continue reading

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Brompton Road and the power of little old ladies

Brompton Road station, between South Kensington and Knightsbridge, had an imposing enough frontage to busy Brompton Road but the problem was that nobody actually wanted to use the station. Business premises were thin at that spot and the flanking stations … Continue reading

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On the consequences of making decisions

There are a number of industries where simple decisions made for pragmatic reasons at the time have made subsequent change very difficult. In the telecoms industry, for example, the speech circuit and ringing voltages on the so-called ‘local loop’ are pretty much … Continue reading

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IT ISN’T NEWS

I have decided that if I want to listen to ‘news’ then I shall do so on Radio 3. This is not because there is a better class of news on that channel, it is because it is actually news. … Continue reading

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