Monthly Archives: April 2011

Art, architecture, monasticism, power and influence

It has been a very mixed few days.  Not in terms of weather.  For Britain that has been remarkably stable.  Dry, sunny and warm.  Very pleasant indeed.  It hasn’t yet lasted quite long enough for people to start complaining about … Continue reading

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The Second Home: hideaway or albatross?

I’m back up North again in my 3-month game of slow-motion ping-pong up the M5/M6 corridor. Backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards ….  For the first time I travelled by car partly to bring a load of tools to tackle … Continue reading

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The Lawn: a pretentious British middleclass anachronism

I like to inject a little culture into the blog every now and again so I’ll begin with a poem: Spring is sprung The grass is ris I wonder where the birdies is ……. That’s enough, you know the one. … Continue reading

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Travels in 3 counties; The Lowry and Salford Quays; architecture as art

This time I was up North I’ve been gadding around a bit seeing people and places I haven’t seen for a while.  Monday I met up with my old college friend Ross and went over to Sheffield to see another … Continue reading

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