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Eagle House

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August 2010

“Eagle’s fly high, but weasels don’t get caught in Jet engines”

…As I was once so succinctly told, a quote relayed from her father by a philosphical girlfriend. Not quite sure what it’s supposed to suggest? If you aim high, somebody will shaft you somewhere along the line? If you try and don’t succeed, cheat? Either way, this site was simple as pie. Back to basics, the hardest part was the 29 flights of stairs.

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December 12th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Infrastructure/construction

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Gary, Neb

Cut and Cover #1 – Mark Lane

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April 2010

With the London Underground having been neglected by so many for so long, the ever prolific Siologen’s excellent tales of hitting up the LU began to surface around March 2010. The community began to sit up and take notice of the accessibility of these tunnels and stations, and as such, knowledge about Mark Lane station began to trickle out and around, as if it was the only one out there to see.

Creeping.
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December 12th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Posted in The Creme,Trains

Tagged with Chris, Dan, Gary

‘Here’s us doing it’ – August 2010

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‘Up the junction’

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”, said somebody wise once. Benjamin Franklin, to be precise. Although not explicity related to the practice of ‘going in the drains’, the theme still stands. Usual kit for these expeditions is: Waders, Torch, helmet, hi-viz jacket, drain keys, camera, tripod. Take away the waders, you get wet. Take away the torch, you can’t see. Take away the Hi-viz and helmet and you’re suspicious. Take away the drain key and you can’t get in. Take away the camera and you can’t take photos. Take away the tripod and you get wobbly ones.

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August 31st, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Chris, Dan, Neb

‘Union Street’ – August 2010

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‘Union St’ was an underground tram station constructed with the cut and cover techniques pioneered during the building of the District and Circle Lines. Union St served the now defunct Aldwych line, with a combination of electric and battery powered trains. The station was opened by King Edward in 1908 and closed just 31 years later; with the advent of the war it was decided to close the station and turn it into one of the many shelters that served during the blitz.*

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August 26th, 2010 at 10:53 am

Posted in Trains

Tagged with Chris, Gary, Otter

The Runs – April-August 2010

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The sewers of London serve the city’s bowels; the nervous system is catered for by the miles of fibre optics found beneath the city in these tunnels and more. The lifeblood that keeps the city going is the cable runs, a network of subterrannean tunnels carrying gas and electrical supplies. Take any of these away and the city shuts down, just as the body does if you take away any of the functions giving life. Just as we rarely see inside the human body, we rarely see inside the city.


Map and Ladder

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August 23rd, 2010 at 9:40 am

Posted in Infrastructure/construction

Tagged with Chris, Dan, Gary, Neb

The River Fleet – August 2010

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The River Fleet is the best known of  the ‘lost’ London rivers, being the one that was most central to the City of London. We’d dipped our feet in the waters of the Tyburn, Counters Creek and the Westbourne, but hadn’t really given much effort to The Fleet. I couldn’t say why. Danny had identified a set of lids which may have yielded, and the first we tried set us into the River. We headed downstream.

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August 17th, 2010 at 10:15 am

Posted in Drains

Tagged with Chris, Dan, Neb

Polska Sowiecka – August 2010

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Poster’

As we sat on the ferry back from our December adventures in 2009, we jokingly said we’d go to Poland and explore the Soviet military bases there. Hit another country, new places, new people, new adventures right? I decided the best way to do this was to integrate it into our summer roadtrip, and lo and behold, after a week in Belgium and Germany, we found ourselves passing the Border into Poland, past the freshly rusting border crossing from the days before the EU.

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August 16th, 2010 at 10:40 am

Posted in Dereliction,Roadtrips,The Creme

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Gary

Prohobohemia 3.2

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Our third sleeping spot was set up in Stadtbad Duisberg, a sports centre on the outskirts of the city. We found a perfect room, adjacent to it was a flushing toilet with paper, that at least three of the group utilised. A flat floor gave us a reasonable night’s sleep, and we explored the buildings in the morning. Both a sports hall and a swimming pool were bathed with light from the high windows, but the rest of the site was vandalised.We found a footpump which served us well for the rest of the trip.

Standard.

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August 12th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Posted in Dereliction,Roadtrips,The Creme

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Gary

Prohobohemia 3.1 – Belgium, July 2010

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Prohobohemia seems to be the adopted name of this alcohol fueled, 3,400 mile trip and it initially seemed  to ring true. At the point of writing, we’d slept in 4 different locations and they were all widely different. A train depot in Belgium, a steelworks in Luxembourg, a sports centre in Germany and a Soviet base deeper east.

Prohobo

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August 11th, 2010 at 10:32 am

Prohobohemia 3.0 – [Soon, we’ll leave for Europe] – July 2010

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Europe beckons again. The tick tock of a monotonous life of work, rest, and occassionally play has born fruit, and the fruit this time is two weeks off in a hirecar, with Statler, Gary and Brad.

On the last prolonged homeless tour, we all wanted to immerse ourselves further into the ‘lifestyle’ of urbex. With our basic needs met within the crumbling walls of the buildings we explored; sleeping and eating in these spaces seemed perfectly normal, as did finding spaces in courtyards to build small fires upon which we could cook. Should the apocalypse come, our survival would only depend on our ability to acquire prepacked sausages from the Carrefours and Aldi’s scattered across the continent.

6 nights was the length of the last ‘long’ trip, a couple of weekenders thrown in for good measure at the start of the year are good fun albeit brief. This time, we’ll be away for 12 nights, spread across 4 countries. We’ll hit Poland for Soviet Military bases, the Ruhr for mining, Berlin for general dereliction, Belgium for the last few bits on the official ticksheet, and Luxembourg for some heavy industry.

Prohobo 3.0 here we come!

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July 20th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Roadtrips

Tagged with Brad, Chris, Gary

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