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Eames exhibition, Barbican prints and Quentin Tarantino

So this is strange. I’m writing this week’s Sunday Selection in front of the Rugby (Australia versus Scotland) and I think… I think I’m enjoying it. After what feels like a lifetime of weekends being dominated by Rugby match after Rugby match I’m actually getting into it.

I had a bad cold at the beginning of the week so made sure this weekend was a quiet one. Brunch at our local pub was yesterday’s treat and a walk around Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the Olympic Park was today’s. Here’s what I’ve been reading in my spare time:

The hidden beauty of America’s parking garages

Bret Easton Ellis interviews Quentin Tarantino

This insanely amazing Essex home is on my visit list

Event of the week: The World of Charles and Ray Eames

Buy of the week: these Barbican prints have made their way to the top of my wish list

Have a great week.

Sunday selection: small living, 3D cities and would you text a signpost?


From being invited to a sushi making class on Tuesday with a bunch of lovely bloggers to a cheeky midweek staycation in a new London hotel and a little outing to London Fashion Weekend today, it’s been a great week. Throw in a Ryan Adams gig, brunch at Bad Egg and mother and daughter catch-up time and I’ve done more this week than I did in January. Sometimes it’s nice to just say ‘yes’ to everything and see where it takes you.

Here are a few things I’ve been reading this week:

The history of living small in New York City

Intricate drawings of cities, suburbia and the built environment

Tumblr of the week: BrutalistParkingGarage

3D printed cities

Would you text a signpost?

Talk of the week: Aspirations for cities of the future: visions from London and Birmingham

Have a great week ahead,


P.S. a great tip for nervous flyers

Sunday selection: streetcars, illustrated maps, food from the movies + more


Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Streetcars of desire

Food from the movies (an Oscars special)

Global cities and population shifts

An illustrated map of London from 1877

Should we be focusing on the wealth gap instead of the income gap?

Have a great week ahead,


P.S. Desert Island Books

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Sunday selection: songs about cities, Kings Cross and why public transport should be free


And just like that, it’s February. How are those New Years resolutions going for you? As usual I haven’t followed through with mine (yet) but I have this hopeful feeling that January was an anomaly in general and that 2015 is going to be an amazing year.

Anyway, enough of the philosophising and over to the really interesting bunch of stuff I’ve read this week:

The best songs about cities

Why can’t public transport be free?

Helpful layout maps of Kings Cross stations

Cities and their fonts

Talk of the week: City, Country, Suburb? at the Royal Academy

Read anything interesting about cities this week? I’d love to take a read too.

Have a great week,


Sunday selection: photography competition, Alaska and a love letter to London

london streets

Yesterday I truly geeked out at the Mapping the City exhibition at Somerset House, so much so that you’re getting a full on review this week. Then, because it’s January and nobody seems to have any money, we spent our fourth consecutive Saturday night in watching House of Cards. Stuff is actually going to happen in February, right?

On the plus side it has been an excellent week for content. I’ve read thousands of words and most of them have made a great read when placed together. So go and make yourself a strawberry tequila cocktail and settle down with a selection of good links:

Slumburbia, cities and the American dream

Winners and shortlisted candidates for the RICS Infrastructure photography competition (love the winning entry, Rita Testa’s Double Travel)

Fascinating look at the Alaskan town living under one roof

When it’s three o’clock in New York

Tiny home of the week

Another I hate to love love letter to London

Shelter take a look at the role of digital in housing advice

Book of the week: A love letter to the city. Anybody read it?

Have a great week,


P.S. You might like this post about street art in San Francisco

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Sunday Selection


It’s been a weird week, and last night I saw Birdman which didn’t exactly normalise things. Then today we drove to an old town in what I’d call the country, where the sky was blue and the air was fresh, which wasn’t quite normal either. I always find it weird that just half an hour from home I feel like I’m in a different world.

Here’s a few relatively normal things I’ve read this week:

Sweden cities will be cashless by 2030
What Central Park looked like in the 1980s
Mapping small businesses – how much damage does digital invisibility do?
Los Angeles typefaces

Have a great week,


Sunday Selection


2015 hasn’t started quite as planned, but where’s the fun in that? I spent New Year’s Eve in bed unwell, and bar a little outing to work on Friday I’ve mostly been confined to the house.

It’s getting a little boring and I’ve found nothing interesting to watch on Netflix. I’m sure there’s tons of good stuff on there I haven’t seen so if you can recommend anything please do! I’d love a good documentary or otherwise it’s back to Jonathan Creek…

I’ve also been reading Marina Keagan’s The Opposite of Loneliness. Marina died five days after graduating Yale and her family, friends and tutors compiled her best essays and short stories for this book. There are a couple of essays that will stick with me and it’s a book I’ll be recommending to many of my friends.

No cooking, no exploring, no new exhibition openings (Wellcome Collection I’ll see you soon) but here are a few things I’ve been reading this week:

The geography of melancholy

Canberra is yet again named the most liveable city in the world – but would you want to actually live there?

This advert for luxury London flats is really getting on everyone’s nerves. The Independent quote Martin Amis talking about “sudden eschatology of the streets” in London Fields while all I can think about is the lead character in Don De Lillo’s Cosmopolis.

Not reading material per se, but I’m looking forward to this exhibition on homelessness in Victorian London.

Have a great week,


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“I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.”

Noël Coward, Collected Sketches and Lyrics

Portraits of Woody Allen

Woody Allen is one of my favourites. I use ‘favourites’ loosely so that I can be deliberately vague, because after all he is one of my favourite actors, comedians, eccentrics, directors… man, that list could go on.

He had me with the poster for Manhattan. I was in school at the time and it adorned a wall in a classroom, and I found it delightfully enigmatic. I have a love affair with New York in film and literature  as it is, so by the time I got round to watching the film, he had me at ‘He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion’.

That’s me. Idolizing and romanticizing a city I barely know way out of proportion.

Since watching Manhattan for the first time, a certain person in my life has subjected me to all manner of Allen films. There are some great ones, some bad ones and some truly odd ones. Midnight in Paris was beautiful. Vicky Christina Barcelona was sexy and fun. Annie Hall was pretty much my life for a little while. Everything you have always wanted to know about sex* (*but were afraid to ask) was… interesting, with some bits far funnier than others. Deconstructing Harry was a little peculiar. I was surprised to like Match Point. Whatever Works has become my catchphrase.

I love Woody Allen films. Yes, he is clearly a little odd. But the man makes great movies and sure as hell pulls an awesome pose out of the bag every single time he is caught on film. So below are a selection of portraits of the man himself – an icon to me and a feeder of my love of New York.

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