The X Factor goes to Judges’ Homes – part 2

5 10 2008

Hi all

As promised here is the last part of this blog! The second part lists the final 12 contestants taking part in the live shows next week, so if you do not want to know at this stage who they are, I suggest you stop reading NOW!

The judges have made their decision and here is who will be performing in next week’s show…

BOYS – Simon Cowell

  • Scott Bruton (19)
  • Eoghan Quigg (16)
  • Austin Drage (22)

GIRLS – Cheryl Cole

  • Diana Vickers (17)
  • Laura White (21)
  • Alexandra Burke (20)

OVER 25s – Dannii Minogue

  • Ruth Lorenzo (25)
  • Rachel Hylton (26)
  • Daniel Evans (38)

GROUPS – Louis Walsh

  • JLS: Aston Merrygold (20), Jonathan Gill (21), Oritse Williams (21), Marvin Humes (23)
  • Girl Band: Tita Lau (19), Phoebe Jay Lau (19), Marisa Billitteri (19), Layla¬†Manoochehri (22)¬†
  • Bad Lashes: Stacey Lincoln (20), Sophie Wilson (23), Sam Bennett (21), Emily McNamee (19)

And there you have it! It has been an emotional rollercoaster for these finalists and a hue congratulations goes to them to have got this far! Now it is down to business to wow the audience and the viewers as we get ready for the live shows! All worth watching!

Shepherd’s Bush Central line is now open!

5 10 2008

Hi all

Once again, they were right! Last week, Shepherd’s Bush Overground station opened its doors for the very first time. Today, Shepherd’s Bush Central line station finally reopened. So I thought it would be nice to check out the new rebuilt and refurbished station for myself.

The station platforms are not 100% complete as evidenced on the walls on the trackside, they haven’t finished the paintwork and have put up temporary roundel signs for the time being. Hopefully this will be finished very soon. The ticket hall is specious and very huge indeed, it is more than double the capacity it was before and the station has a very airy feel to it! Here are a few photos I took while there this evening…

1. The new Shepherd’s Bush Underground Roundel on a new white and blue tiling

2. As you can see, the electronic indicator boards are not fully in operation yet, and the trackside walls are in need of painting

3. The eastern side of the platform, you can clearly see both sides.

4. Both platforms taken from the eastern side of the platforms

5. The blue tiling (but notice evidence of the old platform wall behind!)

6. The brand new escalators

7. The spacious ticket hall

8. The ticket hall taken from the outside of the station

9. Shepherd’s Bush Overground station on the other side, today though it is closed

10. The main entrance of the new built station

11. Glass has been heavily used to reveal the new escalators

All in all, they have done a good job indeed ready for the opening of Westfield Shopping Centre at the end of this month. Lifts were in the original plan, but none have been installed…and the council are hoping that it will accomodated in the near future…let’s hope Shepherd’s Bush Central line station eventually becomes a step free access station just like it’s Overground one.

Now with two stations opened, it is now waiting for Wood Lane station to open, which is reported to open next Sunday (12th October). We’ll just have to wait and see!

Have you visited the new station? What do you think? Let me know!

All busy at South Mimms

5 10 2008

Hi all

At the time I write this blog entry, I am having a quick snack at South Mimms services just off junction 23 of the M25 which meets the A1.

Here is a shot of the services. It is quite busy at the moment!

By the way, does anyone love Motorway services? Let me know!