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A Long Weekend in Bristol

May 30, 2011 by


An invitation to a friend’s birthday at her delightful, elegant home yards from Brunel’s awesome suspension bridge gave an opportunity to mooch around the Bristol area. Brunel was only twenty-four when he won the competition. When he died thirty years later his iconic bridge was still not built so he never saw his dream come […]

Hertford Museum

May 29, 2011 by


Well. That was a surprise. Be fair. It’s not every day you see a bull’s hairball while out shopping. Gawping at Hertford Museum’s window display of books on Hertfordshire, himself suggested we go in and ask if they sell mine. First surprise. They do. Second surprise. Staff on Reception are extremely clued up concerning publishers […]

Homage to The Amazing Mr Mackintosh.

May 14, 2011 by


Victor Horta, son of a shoe maker, designed the wonderful Hôtel Tassel in Brussels (1893). The King of Belgium made him a Baron for services to architecture. Four of Horta’s buildings are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, son of a policeman, designed the equally wonderful Glasgow School of Art (1900). It’s doubtful the […]