Tomorrow’s World on West Cromwell Road

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” Le Corbusier understood the importance of our everyday relationship with architecture as few others have. Architecture, not only as shelter from the elements, but also as...

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21 things you won’t learn in architecture school

2B or not 2B an Architect 21 Things you won’t Learn in Architecture School By Adrian Dobson, RIBA Publishing, Paperback £19.95 Like the priesthood, architecture is a vocation not a job. Those who think otherwise might best avoid it altogether. The training is long (seven years) and arduous, the pay...

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Brits sweep up at Golden Globes

Last night in Hollywood saw the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. The show was presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The big winners of the night were Boyhood and a number of new TV dramas. Pleasingly many significant British productions and talent was recognised and did very well such as;...

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The Planner : Book Review

In fiction, architects are usually heroic figures – think of Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, played by Gary Cooper in the film; Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) in Towering Inferno; and Will Francis (Jude Law) in Breaking and Entering. True, some are seriously flawed heroes, such as Seth Pecksniff...

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Quadriga – Wellington Arch By Capt. Adrian Jones

  Wellington Arch was originally built in 1825-7 by Decimus Burton as an entrance to Buckingham Palace and, twenty years later, it became, in effect, a very large plinth for a gargantuan, equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington by Matthew Cotes Wyatt, which was totally disproportionate, being a massive...

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The London Classic Car Show 2015

Last night heralded the opening of a must see event in the classic car world. The London Classic Car Show – running until Sunday 11 January at the Excel Centre, Docklands. A star spangled evening entertained visitors with innovative themed events ranging from James Martins Classic Cafe, with the celebrity...

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Brewed Food

  A strap on the front page of a Sunday paper invites you to look inside and see Jamie’s Christmas Recipes. I don’t look inside, at least, not for Jamie’s contribution. How many more new Christmas recipes can anyone need? I ask myself. How many more recipes from Jamie, who...

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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. 1815 – 1852

BLUE PLAQUE: This exotic figure in the history of computing is honoured with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at 12 St. James’s Square, SW1. Ada Lovelace, as she became known, was born Augusta Ada Byron. She was the daughter of Lord Byron and his wife, whose maiden name was Anne...

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Fashion unfashionable?

People may assume that teenagers, especially girls, absolutely love fashion and if there was a simple debate as to whether the fashion industry is a blight on society; it would be easily shouted down. During a classroom debate I was expecting exactly that, however little did I know that my...

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Duck Soup

“Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup the rest of your life.” Groucho Marx (on the title) Groucho Marx, on being asked on the significance of the politics in Duck Soup shrugged, “What significance? We were just...

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