Somewhere, out there.

Sunday Scraps #31

More people have died of COVID-19 than in the Plague of London / how to propose something for COP26 / how people ate in the Middle Ages / 6 grades of sting / the story behind a table / the rate of vaccination doesn’t fill…

Oakshott Court

Sunday Scraps #30

Interesting take on the problem with environmental literature for children / the origins of restaurants (broths for the rich who didn’t want to chew) / the rural photography of William Christenberry /  Sharon Eyal the choreographer and dancer in The National’s videos / the photography…

Crossbone Graveyard

Year in Review

Funny, I started these 13 years ago but didn’t do one in 2019. Maybe I knew something was coming. As always thanks to Prof. Dr. Molly Steenson for initiating this habit 1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before? Draught excluded…

Christmas cards

Sunday Scraps #29

Went down a rabbit hole of Arthur Cravan thanks to this BBC Radio 3 show by artist Ross Sutherland / Frank O’Hara’s lunchtime poetry looks great / This is him in his home reading a poem to his lover about having a Coke / a…

Chair in the afternoon light

Sunday Scraps #28

Kenneth Frampton’s archive of architecture courses / a 1986 BBC documentary about architecture of social housing in the modernist era / Maiden Lane Estate which, just like Central Hill, looked a little run down but wasn’t worth completely redesigning / on Meredith Frampton’s work which…

Lunch at Ottolenghi.

Sunday Scraps #27

The history of automats, the first acceptable restaurant where women could have a meal alone in the 1920s / Diet for a Small Planet /  an English philosopher who made Zen Buddism quite popular but died of alcoholism / Life begins at 40 in the…

A beautiful vintage American car outside a restaurant at the back of London Bridge station.

The road is wider than long

I’m turning 40 in a few weeks and since I have little confidence that anyone will, in fact, ask me ‘anything’ at the Thingscon Thingsfest session I’m taking part in, I thought I’d share some perspectives, probably half way down the wide road of life:…

Door with an A on it near London Bridge.

Sunday Scraps #26

On being sick of cooking / a universal sign language by the author of The Saint books that never took off / the Women’s Design Service charity is being wound down / Hidden London (virtual) tours / did Newton go mad in Lincolnshire? / the…