Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Westminster Libraries on YouTube

Shows what can be done

UK Trains on Twitter

Disruption alerts for UK train services by Twitter, supported by Created by Ben Smith

Inspired by this tweet from MP Tom Watson and enabled - in part - by BBC Backstage's travel feeds, this prototype service:

Tweets disruption alerts for 25 UK train operators (for all services or by operator).
Gathers 'crowd-sourced' disruption alerts from users and re-distributes them [more details].
[NEW] Collects questions, complaints or praise for rail operators [more details].

To get started register for a Twitter account and follow one or more of these accounts:

@uktrains - Alerts for services from all 25 companies below.

For alerts limited to the operators that interest you, follow individual rail operator(s) from the list below:

@uktr_arrivawale - Arriva Trains Wales
@uktr_c2c - c2c
@uktr_cc - CrossCountry
@uktr_chiltern - Chiltern Railways
@uktr_eastanglia - National Express East Anglia
@uktr_eastcoast - National Express East Coast
@uktr_eastmid - East Midlands Trains
@uktr_firstcc - First Capital Connect
@uktr_firstgw - First Great Western
@uktr_gatwickexp - Gatwick Express
@uktr_grandcent - Grand Central Trains
@uktr_heathrowco - Heathrow Connect
@uktr_heathrowex - Heathrow Express
@uktr_hulltrains - Hull Trains
@uktr_islandline - Island Line
@uktr_londonmid - London Midland
@uktr_londonover - London Overground
@uktr_merseyrail - Merseyrail
@uktr_northern - Northern Rail
@uktr_scotrail - First ScotRail
@uktr_southeast - Southeastern Railway
@uktr_southern - Southern
@uktr_southwest - South West Trains
@uktr_transpenex - TransPennine Express
@uktr_virgin - Virgin Trains

Visit Ben Smith's Uk Train wiki at for more information

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Which constituency is that in?

A useful little gadget that takes the pain out of looking up constituencies - it takes a list of postcodes, and returns details of the constituencies for each one: Which constituency is that in?

Powered by TheyWorkForYou, this hosted version limits you to batches of 25; if you want to grab the code and host it yourself with your own API key, it’s free for anyone to use.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Lewisham Council tweets

Lewisham Council is on Twitter.

You can sign up to follow their tweets at

Follow that Councillor!

‘Cllr Tweeps’ is a website that lists the UK’s twittering councillors so that residents can track down their elected member, follow their messages and tweet with them.

Cllr James Cousins, of Wandsworth council, who helped to set up the site, said it was inspired by Tweetminister – a directory of all MPs who have Twitter accounts

The website is politically independent aiming to help councillors engage and communicate with their communities. So far Cllr Tweeps has confirmed that there are 88 councillors from 68 councils who currently have Twitter accounts – but the figure is constantly rising. So far there are 2 listed for Lewisham.

To visit the website see

Monday, 2 February 2009

Severe weather and Lewisham

The heavy snow and severe weather has had an impact on services in Lewisham and we are unable to open all of our libraries today.

Wavelengths, Forest Hill, Torridon Road, Sydenham and Catford Libraries are all expected to open this morning until 1.00pm. All of our other libraries, including Lewisham and the Open Learning Centre will be closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and plan to resume normal service as soon as possible.