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…

A Marcel Duchamp urinal print on some scaffolding in South London.

Sunday Scraps #25

I was insulted on Professor Gilbert’s behalf when her raising her twins was framed alongside the fact that her husband had quit his job to care of them. The reverse happens every single day and noone writes about it. / Didn’t realise Brassaï had taken…

A rainbow over Southwark bridge

Sunday Scraps #24

I have spent most of my time in London in the south (living west at the moment – which I’m still getting used to after over five years) and I would say it does have a different feel. I have probably said before, but there…

Front windows.

Sunday Scraps #23

How to be alone, a poem / Stag Horn’s Sumach which I spotted in my neighbourhood/ Economics for the people / On the theory of ghosting / Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club / the Australian immigration system has updated its values to describe religious laws…

The East side of Blackfriars Bridge on the Southbank.

Sunday Scraps #22

Diamonds made from the carbon in air / Dr. Jessica Taylor’s fantastic 30 lessons learnt for her 30th / the New York Times equivalent of Radio 3’s Slow Radio / Remembering ‘Turning the place over’ by Richard Wilson / his Italian Job bus on top…

Late night looking at Southwark Bridge.

Sunday Scraps #21

It’s been 20 years since IDII opened its doors and 14 since it closed them (and I graduated). The founding team is giving a talk about it next month. / Rachel Syme from the NewYorker has started a pen pal thing / Public Practice is…