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Architectural Technologist – A day at CIAT

Sorry, but yesterday I attended CIAT in City Road, to view the POPS papers, which I thoughly enjoyed, but the trip down was another thing, the train was ok, not a problem, I had planned to do some work, and at some point write a blog in the almost two hours it takes to get down, but alas, the wifi signal prevented much of that, together with the elbow to elbow existence on a train. So I watched a video blog instead of Twig, this week in google, re the new Google Loon project, of creating a wifi grid overhead using balloons very high up in the stratosphere.

Chiltern Railway advertise an onboard wifi but try using it with just about every one else, and you soon realise how bad their system is, I tried to use my iPhone's hot spot, which normally works just fine, but the bald patches along the route meant it kept hanging, so in a nut shell not a lot of work done. Roll on Google with their loon system, wach the video below.

One thing I do find though was this excellent clock tower right outside the CIAT offices, plus a rather nice gothic brick building, just over the road, a copy of both, which I have posted to my Flickr site. The building is looking rather tired, and in need of a good clean, making me think of the problems of cleaning such a building, and a lecture I attended a few years back on stone cleaning.

Travelling does bring riches, even if at the end of a long trip the legs and back are a little tired. I saw many excellent building in and around the Angle, the corner light stone building is a classic example, Unfortunatly I just did not have time to take a picture, the traffic at these lights is very heavy so you need to wait to get a clear traffic free picture. The clock photo used today was one of about 20 I took with my iPhone, all the others had a car, or a bike creating in. The gothic building I waited, but the best I could get was with a red bus to one side, perhaps better luck next trip.

As always there is CPD here and again it's about stopping to look, I keep saying it, but our rush and pace of police means we rarely stop and look, so I make no excuse, I was late home I had to catch the later train, but it was worth it.