Red kites at home

I’ve been fascinated to watch the red kites creating their ‘home’ in a tree at the back of my garden. They are majestic birds, their vast wingspan soaring in rising air currents, looking strangely petite when perched in the trees, carefully surveying all around. Their cry is very distinctive, almost mammalian. The kites found the [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|Photography, Uncategorised, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Red kites at home

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 | December 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 | November 4th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Apocalypse Soon

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 | August 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Housing and music

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 | May 7th, 2017|Uncategorised, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Life aboard: canal and river moorings

Housing in photography

I’ve never had any doubt that amongst my greatest teaching and learning resources are my own photographs of different types and conditions of housing – they always have immediate and lasting impact. For this reason, over a period of years I have become more and more interested in how photographs – and other visual images [...]

By | March 4th, 2017|Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, Housing and History, Photography, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Housing in photography

Denton Road, Stonebridge Park, NW10

Denton Road still appears on my old edition of the London A-Z but apart from that, practically all traces of it have vanished. I’ve never been able to find a photo in an archive, or a snippet of written information from decision makers on what happened to all those people who lived there, and why [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Tower Blocks and Flats, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Denton Road, Stonebridge Park, NW10

Where’s Cathy now?

Last night I finally got to see I, Daniel Blake in my local cinema. It was only showing for one night and it was full, with people waiting hopefully for returned tickets. Having always worked in housing, so many of those film characters were familiar, both those administering processes and decisions, and those receiving them. [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Film, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Where’s Cathy now?

Housing, health and creativity

A very warm welcome to my new website and to this blog. People often ask me what I do, and it’s quite hard to explain, as I do lots of different things and am interested by a range of issues. Housing and community link much of what I do, which in my opinion is at [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Housing, health and creativity