Glastonbury 2009 Part 2

So it rained for the first half of the weekend and then was gloriously sunny for the rest of it so I got the knee deep mud AND the wonder of waking soaking in sweat broiling in my tent! 2009 was a great lineup with the reformed Blur closing the show on the Sunday night,…

Glastonbury 2009 Part 1

3 months before my 40th birthday, I achieved a long overdue milestone and went to Glastonbury for the first time. The weekend surpassed my wildest expectations – wonderful company with a bunch of great guys, the music was awesome encompassing virtually every genre and at any given time there was at least 3 bands I…

The City in Lockdown – Westminster & South Ken

I’ve just been so angry today that I’ve had two bike rides and have ended up cycling over 21 miles. On my first ride I decided to visit some of my favourite museums to see if they were still there, and of course they were. Out and about in town today the streets were still…

Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

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I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote…

The City in Lockdown – Regents Park & Camden

So now that we’ve had a week of ‘Stay Alert’ against the invisible virus in England, I’m not sure what Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill will be like… Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are sensibly sticking to the ‘Stay At Home’ message, so fragmentation begins again. I do feel much better that the population and…

The City in Lockdown – Aldwych & Kings Cross

This set of images shows the ride from Somerset House and the Aldwych, up Chancery Lane and Gray’s Inn Road up to great railway stations terminals of St Pancras and Kings Cross and then up to the Central Saint Martins campus at Granary Square. I am doing my best to ignore everyone and stay away…

The City in Lockdown – The Southbank

Another day, another bike ride, this time crossing the river on the Millennium Bridge and then returning north over Waterloo Bridge. In between, I visited Tate Modern, Gabriel’s Wharf, the National Theatre, the Hayward, the London IMAX and the London Eye. It’s still strange to see these tourist attractions closed and deserted on a lovely…

The City in Lockdown – The Barbican & St Pauls

Another bike ride, another set of photos documenting life during Lockdown in London. On this ride I took the time to explore the Barbican and St Pauls. I was deputy manager of the bookshop in the Barbican for a year in the nineties, and weirdly for a lot of the time the place felt as…

Lockdown V&A Diary 281-300

Five days into this V&A diary selection, the Museum closed its doors to the public and subsequently the staff. As I write we are all working from home, discovering more and more about the Museum and the wonderful collection we share the building with. This selection has a little bit of a Japanese focus, which…

The City in Lockdown – The Eastend

A different route for this bike ride, taking in Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, London Fields and Spitalfields. Afternoon rather than early morning meant that the roads were a little busier than the other day. What was interesting is that it appears there will be no Hipsters left at all after the Corona Crisis. Broadway Market was…

The City in Lockdown

With idiots determined to infect each other by congregating in parks and milling around on the canal towpath, I made the decision to go for a bike ride around the city, hoping that it would be less attractive and therefore quieter. Thankfully it was, so here are a few images of the City of London,…

V&A Diary 261-280

This next set of 20 images I’ve taken around the Victoria and Albert Museum feature designers and objects close to my heart. The model of the Villa Stein-de Monzie, Garches, France, by Le Corbusier reminds me of my first trip to Paris at the age of 19. I went with my friend James with whom I was…