From WILD WEST to Buyer Beware

The Wild West! “I take it you’ve never travelled this way before sir? “ The guard has just responded to my query about the location of the power sockets in the carriage as we travel up through the Western Highlands from Glasgow.  Stuff it, I’ll have to do everything on my iPhone. The architecture of…

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CITY OF CULTURE 2021 where to go when your city doesn’t win?

Coventry has just staged the first UK Shop Front Festival following its winning bid for the City of Culture 2021.Swansea didn’t win the bid and neither did Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and the town of Paisley. The taste is more bitter for Swansea who had previously missed out to Hull. How do you pick up the pieces…

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Drawing Conclusions

Drawings tell your story more vividly and instantaneously than any amount of text. From Palladio to Gordon Cullen, drawings have either been the anvil on which elaborate architectural conceptions have been forged or the tool to observe and analyse what is; to learn. If you want to engage the people, its drawings every time. Pencil…

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An Architectural Dilemma

This week at tennis as I watch my son from the bench, return the ball over the net one more time, I notice a mother next to me reacting to a certain shot her daughter had successfully made into the court of her opponent. Apparently, this is the daughters return to the tennis court after…

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Clothing and Building Materials

If you are prone to taking a ramble or even a scramble up one of our delightful UK mountains, you will be familiar with the occasional need to scour the market for the appropriate outdoor gear. What time of the year is it? Are we going for autumn or spring or are we pushing the…

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Fashion And Architecture

What do Paul Smith the classic British fashion designer (smelling the roses above) and the Chelsea flower show have in common? Is it the evocation of all that is quintessentially English? The classic cut meets the multicoloured herbaceous border, which you don’t have to be born in England to fully appreciate. His name couldn’t be…

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