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