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You can keep the Costa Brava

Just about every time I’ve been to Margate there’s been a dazzling blue sky and I asked if the golden sand was artificial – it isn’t. However my interest in this place didn’t stem from childhood memories of day trips to the seaside (but I do recall English and Welsh seaside holidays sitting behind a [...]

By |2020-02-01T07:24:58+00:00February 20th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Living at the seaside|Comments Off on You can keep the Costa Brava

Home is where you park it…

As we’re all struggling to keep our spirits up in the cold and wet at this time of the year it’s time to think of sunnier times and escape and where we might be ‘living’ for a while on our travels or holidays. My friend’s parents had an orange VW kombi in the 1970s and [...]

By |2018-05-21T19:25:02+01:00January 22nd, 2018|Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Home is where you park it…

If “we believe that children are our future…”

Back in 2001 I had my first book published; Environmental Health and Housing. My publisher told me he expected that I would go onto write more. I said that I doubted it: everything I knew was at that point in that book and I doubted I would ever have it in me to write another. [...]

By |2018-04-22T19:28:00+01:00December 14th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on If “we believe that children are our future…”

GUEST BLOG: Apocalypse Soon

I am delighted to post this guest blog from artist Joseph Goddard about his recent exhibition The Structure of Collapse at Arts Depot I was lucky enough to be able to attend. IMG_2105 I approach my work with a manifesto – to capture the sense of urgency I feel about our current climate, an urgency [...]

By |2018-04-22T19:31:17+01:00November 4th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Apocalypse Soon

Gaudí’s musical Spanish house

An amazing chance find on a recent visit to Northern Spain. Who knew that Antonio Gaudi’s first house was built in Comillas, a lovely seaside town, a place once favoured by the Spanish royal family? Most people of course know Gaudi’s Barcelona works, particularly the Sagrada Familia Basilica, which I shamefully admit I’ve yet to [...]

By |2017-10-22T08:24:25+01:00October 20th, 2017|Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Gaudí’s musical Spanish house

From Prefab to Container Living

Prefabs were supposed to be a short-term fix to the housing crisis after the second world war, a life of around 10 years until housing could be more permanently sorted. They needed to be constructed rapidly, and although hard to heat and cold in the winter, some with asbestos and other health and safety concerns, [...]

By |2017-09-28T08:01:54+01:00September 26th, 2017|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on From Prefab to Container Living

Housing and music

Hearing a piece of music can bring memories of time and place, and there is plenty of music about housing. Let’s start with a YouTube gritty backdrop to East London Ghettos. We are told here: “There is a misconception that London is all sunny and a happy place. This is what the media cover and don't [...]

By |2017-08-08T18:55:53+01:00August 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Housing and music

Beamish: a grand day out

Beamish could easily be a sentimental view of a past golden age – but refreshingly, it isn’t. Beamish is one of those places that once you hear about, you keep hearing about. It’s located near Durham and as such is founded around the area’s industrial development and coal mining past. The founder Frank Atkinson wanted [...]

By |2018-04-22T19:29:57+01:00July 10th, 2017|Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Beamish: a grand day out

Grenfell Tower

This time last week no one could have started to imagine the horrific housing nightmare that would unfold. Grenfell Tower caught fire which rapidly spread and numerous people tragically lost their lives. Buildings should be designed to contain fire at its source and provide a means of escape that is protected from the ingress of smoke [...]

By |2017-06-20T20:14:59+01:00June 17th, 2017|Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on Grenfell Tower

Life aboard: canal and river moorings

Sometimes it’s hard to know what stimulates an interest in something for us, but for me in my childhood I am also certain that what introduced me to canals was not just living near to the Grand Union Canal and watching the locks fill and empty, but also the Ladybird book: The Story of Our [...]

By |2018-04-22T19:34:23+01:00May 7th, 2017|Uncategorised, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Life aboard: canal and river moorings
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