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:
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.
Financial Times social media journalist Maija Palmer investigates how Facebook’s latest rivals fight for attention in her latest article for The Connected Business, the FT’s IT and business analysis arm.
Nothing will replace Facebook (plus Facebook have a history of buying up credible threats) but it’s my belief that image-led sites like Pinterest are the future for social media in the property industry.
You can read my thoughts in the Financial Times here.
It’s felt like a long time since I’ve sat down to write a blog, compile a list or share some links. I have been so busy having a fantastic summer making up for lost time, spending my weekends away from the computer as I’m in front of it all week. I haven’t been doing anything amazing or special, I’ve just been living my life and spending time doing the things I love. Like catching up with friends, eating street food, visiting new markets, swimming in the sea, blogging in my mind and failing to tap my thoughts into the laptop.
Naturally I’ve still been reading lots; important, geeky and trash. My kinda mix. Here’s a few links I’m loving this week:
Within a week of breaking my leg I started wishing for one thing. I wished I had a porch.
When I talk about porches I’m talking about the Deep South. A porch with proper swings as chairs, where you sit and chat with passers by over glasses of iced tea. A place that provides a change of scene and that special kind of companionship with people you don’t really know.
I’ve never visited the Deep South so my knowledge is a stereotype gleaned from too many books and films. For all I know the pretty picture I’ve painted in my mind is a lie; can anybody save my dreams and tell me this type of living exists? Is it as magical as I wish it to be? Continue reading →
On Sunday we spent the afternoon wandering around Bloomsbury. You’d never have known it was the last weekend before Christmas as there was nobody about! It was delightfully empty which gave me an opportunity to practice taking photos.
I’m the type of person who just points and clicks my little camera. Until this weekend I had no clue about composition or light but with a few simple tips I already feel more in control behind the screen. Any feedback on the photos or photography tips in general would be appreciated.
The price of London property continues to astound me but it is easy enough to see that the strength of the market is based on a simple case of supply and demand.
Demand for London property is sky high for many reasons. Jobs are easier to come by in London, once ordinary Londoners see a buy-to-let property as the new pension, foreign investors park their money in prime central property to ensure its safety and thousands of people act on their dream of living in the big smoke every year.
I wouldn’t swap London life for anything, but it never fails to surprise just how much you can get for your money elsewhere in England. Especially in the North… And on that note, this Buzzfeed post, House Prices In The North Vs. House Prices In London, makes me cry a little inside.
I’m a naive Londoner in many respects and have seen surprisingly little of England. Although I can’t imagine living anywhere else, if family and work didn’t keep me here I would now consider living elsewhere in England. Each region has its own culture and places of wonder, and with property prices cheap in comparison to London it’s easy to envision a better life elsewhere.
Do you live outside of London? If you could sum up your town to someone who has never heard of it in one sentence, what would you say? I’ll include all suggestions in my next blog.
I was taking a stroll through Hampstead recently when I came across this street sign for Frognal Way, one of the most expensive streets in the UK. I’d never noticed ‘unadopted’ text on a sign before and I was rather intrigued.
Apparently an unadopted street is a street that is not maintained by the local Highway Authority at public expense. This official description is taken from the new snazzy gov.uk website:
‘Unadopted’ roads are those roads not maintained by a highway authority as defined by Highways Act 1980. The description of such roads covers a wide range of circumstances.
For most unadopted residential roads the duty to maintain it falls to the frontagers, ie the owners of the property fronting that road, which may include those where the side, or length, of their property fronts the unadopted road. Those buying property on an unadopted street should be made aware of the situation regarding their property and their related liability for the road. Under Highways Act 1980, local highway authorities may adopt streets that they are not currently responsible for maintaining, but this is purely a matter for local decision.
Mystery solved, although I’d love to hear from someone who lives on an unadopted road about their responsibilities for it.
Battersea Power Station, Wandsworth (c) Battersea Power Station
It’s Open House London this weekend so head out and explore some of the capital’s amazing architecture.
Be inspired by Modernist homes and Victorian buildings. Take a look around Battersea Power Station one last time before it is developed into fancy pants apartments or head underground to Churchill’s original bunker in Neasden.
There are so many places I want to visit so I’m going to have to narrow them down to a select few. I fancy the Lloyd’s of London building, the Bank of England and Bells and Belfries at St Botolph Aldgate. I love the City of London, especially on a Sunday when it is eerily quiet, so I’ll be walking the back streets to get to each destination.