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Do what you love, memory collector and how we spend our lives

Sitting on a cold platform waiting 27 minutes for the next train is not my idea of fun on a Sunday afternoon. It’s definitely cold enough for Autumn and I’d rather be curled up under a blanket on the sofa at home, with a good book and a steaming mug of tea.

Instead I’m dressed for late summer in a leather jacket tapping away on my phone with numb fingers. Just when I was starting to feel like a grown-up, I’m reminded that dressing appropriately for the weather is still a skill I’m yet to master.

On the plus side I’ve accidentally carved out enough time today to share some of the best articles I’ve read this week. All the articles are expertly written, easy to read and thought provoking to an extreme.

So if you’re lucky enough to be curled up on your sofa at home right now, make yourself another cup of tea and settle down with this week’s Sunday Selection. And for those of you shivering on a platform like me, these articles may not warm your body, but they sure will warm your heart.

(Just three links this week, but three articles really worth your time.)

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives

The memory collector (translations of her work are definitely on my Christmas wishlist)

How to do what you love

Have a great week!

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.

Graphic design, the last days of London + more

 What’s with the rain London? We probably needed it but couldn’t you have saved it for the week? Instead you left me with no other choice than to hibernate, bake and watch trashy films. I cooked shakshouka, sweet potato fries and banana cake, watched Mission Impossible and redeemed my soul with these articles:
How to explain graphic design to four year olds (and adults too!)

The last days of London in pictures 

Inside Goop

The boy who loved transit

 Walking to escape

Have a great week ahead.

Sunday selection: bourbon, cities, London arcade and a meet-up?


My week couldn’t have started any better, drinking bourbon at a Woodford Reserve event on Monday night. It made me realise that Monday nights are underrated – surely there’s no better way to start the week than in the company of interesting people with an Old Fashioned in hand.

Would anyone be up for a Monday night bourbon club? We could sip some liquid sunshine and discuss:

This reimagined Eames chair (for two!)

American railway photography

Perhaps we could visit this new London arcade

And then wander around London on our own typographic mission

We will likely get angry talking about how London has privatised itself to death

And weigh up the pros and cons of turning old phone booths into mobile phone charging stations

With plenty of talk about the relationship between cities, architecture and art

Anybody in?! If you fancy a night of my kind of city related geek leave a comment / send me a tweet / drop me an email and if anybody’s interested let’s make one Monday this month awesome.

Have a great week,


Sunday selection: how women are changing cities, gentrification, neighbourhoods + more


Yesterday was the most amazing day of the year. The air smelt like spring and it was a wonderful day to be alive. Maybe all those romantic poets got it right after all; there’s nothing like the joy nature brings.

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

Gentrification and how we define neighbourhoods

Women in the workplace and how women are changing our cities (Happy International Women’s Day!)

How to design a beautiful city

Rules for a creative workplace culture

And in case you missed them, my first hotel review and a sushi class in Holloway.

Have a great week,


P.S. What life is all about

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

Image: rupert15 via pixabay

Sunday selection: tall buildings in cartoons, the DNA of cities and maps of London


After (shamefully) watching Fifty Shades of Grey with a friend on Friday night I spent Saturday at the Wellcome Collection, finally viewing the Sexology exhibition. Very appropriate for Valentine’s Day. It was really good and I’ll share my highlights some point this week.

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

Tall buildings in New Yorker cartoons

Photos of Cairo’s sandstorm

The DNA of cities

The London Underground All Lines challenge

Intricate hand drawn maps of London

Photos of where you live

Have a great week,


P.S. Did you get to the Mapping the City exhibition before it closed?

Tiny homes, a London challenge, the food politics of Los Angeles + more


Thanks to Timehop I realised today marks one year since I broke my leg. Timehop reminds you what photos you took this time last year, and it seems that whilst I was in a morphine induced haze alone in A&E I took photos of the drip, the cannula and my ripped leggings. Because that’s what society today is about folks. I’m going to blame the morphine for my snap happy attempt at documenting life that day, and just be grateful that I had enough clarity to resist sharing the moment with you all on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.

It’s not been a bad weekend for an anniversary. The mighty Spurs beat A****** in the London derby, I had a lovely gin cocktail at book group yesterday (& an even lovelier time catching up with friends) and today I managed to eat half a platter of smoked salmon bridge rolls at tea time so you can’t ask for a better weekend than that.

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

The food politics of Los Angeles

This takes micro homes to a whole new level (h/t @whampstead)

The old pastry shops of downtown Tehran

The role design can play in empowering sustainable actions

How to digitally restore vintage maps

Challenge of the year – who fancies it?

Have a great week ahead,


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,