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Order out of chaos? Thankfully not

The London Circle Walk Repost from Michael Brunström’s unpronounceable blog and delightful idea: A few years ago (quite a number of years ago, in fact), I was sitting in The Lock Tavern in Camden with Tim Wilson…We were several pints into the conversation and for reasons unknown we were discussing the work of the ‘land … Continue reading

[Pending] Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Figures. I’m 10 days away from a 4-month absence, and everything in London seems just a little brighter and better than usual. We’re seeing Peter and the Wolf live at Royal Festival Hall tomorrow; a rogue swimmer crashed the Oxford-Cambrige Boat Race today to protest elitism; Boris called Ken a “fucking liar” publicly (and repeatedly) and will no … Continue reading

Charles Darwin, father of… shrubbery?

American polymath Benjamin Franklin, 10th and youngest son of a working-class family, had to leave school at age 10. Sir Ernest Shackleton was invalided out during his first Antarctic trek; he was later marked for heroism in saving the crew of Endurance. Marie Curie (a.k.a. Maria Sklodowska) was refused entry by Krakow University because she was female, and went … Continue reading

Top 10 airports… for something

Beijing Airport / PEK – Foster and Arup’s sweeping, cathedral-like ceilings are large-scale public architecture and engineering at their best. Too bad the food, service and shops are rubbish. Still, if you have a hang-over, you can get a frappucino followed by noodle soup. Also, getting picked up by a driver airside and rushed through … Continue reading

Hanbury Street

Hanbury Street, a photo by Joe Dunckley on Flickr. Check out the Saturday London Street Art tour, offered by Vandalog.org Then find a pub and argue about it.

The London Tube Map, Redesigned For A Multiscreen World

From Fast Company Design – Mark Noad’s excellent take on the classic London Tube map. This explains so much (though there is still no excuse for the Northern Line). The London Tube Map, Redesigned For A Multiscreen World

No plan to tackle zombies (but not too fussed)

This is just a GREAT news weekend. First the Marquess of Bath letting his “wifelets” bash it out, then pix of Kate in Trooping the Colours, and now this. Happy days…   No plan to tackle zombies, says council Friday, 10 June 2011   A city council has been forced to admit it has no … Continue reading


You can tell a lot about a city by its burial plans. These are London’s: when and where space will run out, who chooses burial over cremation and why, the fact that overall deaths per annum are projected to drop in the next 20 years or so (are we all going to kick it in … Continue reading

Rise up!

… from itself? UPDATE: UCL has agreed to discuss our concerns about the quality of our programme, and about our “starchitect” course in particular. Step one, anyway. Ah, Springtime, and revolution is in the air… Egypt’s 2008 general strike, Columbia University’s 1968 student protests, South Korea’s 1960 revolution all took place in April. Granted, these were … Continue reading

Kissing a legend goodbye

Montreal’s Hour Magazine lamented by its own Three Dollar Bill Bugs smooches mentor Nick Auf der Maur Richard Burnett , 7/4/11 –  Well, it has come to this: The global decline of newspapers has claimed yet another victim, Montreal’s venerable Hour magazine, at least as you’ve known it, which for almost 20 years has always … Continue reading

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