Trainspotting: TGV at 578 kmph

Choose life, choose reducing your carbon footprint, choose highspeed train travel instead of flying Thank you SNCF, for making trainspotting cool, at least for a day. Yesterday, a especially modified…

TGV in 354mph record attempt – 1pm

As part of the preparations for the eagerly anticipated TGV Est-EuropĂ©en, which will operate from June 10th between Paris and Strasbourg, the SNCF are hoping to break their previous high-speed…

Gergiev and the LSO at the Salle Playel for a spot of Stravinski and Ravel

Last night I was lucky enough to get tickets to see the LSO perform at the Salle Playel. The auditorium was reopened back in September after being fully refurbished. The…

Wobbling la Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69NA8E11IDM] I was invited on Wednesday to go and help wobble the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir (previous posts here and here). The wobbling was being sollicted in order to conduct…

Berlin Wall lost in translation – can anyone help?

I am correcting a document that has been translated from French into English and I have hit upon a term that keeps cropping up, and I simply don’t know what…

Project update – meeting the architect and virtual handshakes + one for those who moan about London Underground

At the beginning of the week, the architects for the project that I am working on flew into town for an intensive week of meetings. Most of yesterday was spent…

Tube Challenge – Project update: wobbly floors

Tube Challenge I always dreamed of doing this when I was a lonely and boring teenager. All the tube stations in one day. Thanks to Mary for sending me this…

Blog surfing – a make-over for engineers

Interesting comment on Geek Buffet about a make-over for engineers in the States. I have tried to add a British and French take on things.

Livic at three years old

Livic, the civil engineering newspaper of Imperial College, is now three years old. The fourteenth edition has just been published and I have to say it is the best one…