Irony update: Dubai’s “Torch” skyscraper catches fire

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 in Architecture | Comments Off on Irony update: Dubai’s “Torch” skyscraper catches fire

A massive blaze has engulfed the ‘Marina Torch’ skyscraper in Dubai, forcing thousands of people to flee the 336-meter-high tower – one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. The fire started in the middle of the tower, rapidly spreading across some 15 floors, according to photos and videos from the scene. Praying that […]

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No Walkie to the Walkie-Talkie

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 in Architecture | one comment

No 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London was controversial from the start and even before it has opened it was nominated as “London’s Ugliest Building.” . For one thing it is developers architecture designed to get more letting space on a site which already had a modern 25 storey skyscraper built in 1968 which was wastefully […]

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Inns of Court, London’s Secret Villages

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 in Architecture | one comment

  There are four secret villages in the heart of London, now largely Georgian enclaves with their origins in the 14th Century. The Inns of Court housed in large, walled compounds; today, judges and barristers still work, study and sometimes live in these enchanted precincts. Join us on a tour of these hidden gems which […]

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Happy Birthday Sir Christopher Wren

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Happy Birthday Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren would have celebrated his 382nd birthday today, had he lived to such a ripe old age, and Google has created a Doodle to mark the occasion. Clicking on the illustration triggers a short animation depicting a stylised rise of Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral, construction of which began in 1675. It opened in […]

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The floating market of Covent Garden

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on The floating market of Covent Garden

London is a city of spectacle and Covent Garden Market is one of it’s focal points attracting crowds of natives and visitors to its shops, coffee houses and bars. One of the big attractions for the crowds are the wonderful buskers and street entertainers who perform in the Piazza in front of Inigo Jones’  St […]

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WB Yeats and the Winding Stair of Thoor Ballylee

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on WB Yeats and the Winding Stair of Thoor Ballylee

The Winding Stair is a volume of poems by Irish poet W. B. Yeats, published in 1933. It was the next new volume after 1928’s The Tower. (The title poem was originally published in 1929 by Fountain Press in a signed limited edition, which is exceedingly rare.) The title refers to the staircase in the […]

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Benito Mussolini never slept here

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on Benito Mussolini never slept here

All over Greece there are dilapidated buildings going to rack and ruin due to the baleful neglect of the Greek Government and Municipalities. Indeed there are many empty and neglected houses in Greece with depopulation in the countryside and on the Islands. The absence of any property tax (indeed for many Greeks just TAX!), the […]

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Riga’s wonderful Art Nouveau District

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Architecture | 2 comments

Few people realise that the largest and most exuberant collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world is to be found in Latvia’s charming and historic capital city of Riga. So special is it that Riga’s Art Nouveau District is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The UNESCO citation speaks for itself: ” The Historic Centre […]

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Upton Hall – An Oil Magnate’s country retreat

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 in Architecture | 2 comments

England may not have Southfork of Ewing Oil fame but it has something even better, Upton Hall of Shell Oil fame. Here in rolling Oxfordshire countryside you can join the guests of Lord and Lady Bearsted for a weekend in the country and discover more about the life of a 1930s millionaire. When you step […]

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A moated vision – Baddesley Clinton Hall

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 in Architecture | Comments Off on A moated vision – Baddesley Clinton Hall

  Baddesley Clinton first caught my eye at Marylebone Tube where the picture of the moated manor house provided an alluring double width poster on the Tube wall. So on one of the few fine Sundays in August we head up the M40 to Shakespeare’s County (and my father’s!) of Warwickshire to see this historic […]

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Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

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My Old Man

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An Irish song for May Day!

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