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Zürich this morning

A beautifully sunny morning for a little cycle ride along the Limmatquai. And a sparrow on the hotel balcony: Advertisements

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Ancona this evening

Thanks to the new Frecciarossa timetable, we arrived in Ancona while it was still light. I was transfixed by the items on display in the station kiosks. Are they intended as gifts for the relatives you are travelling to see? … Continue reading

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Zürich

Needle-sharp spires, tram wires and autumnal leaves in the sunshine sum up today’s short cycle ride beside the river and lake. Snow-sprinkled mountains in the distance added to the picture. The ride was the unexpected bonus of travelling to Zürich … Continue reading

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Wrabness

On my way to Harwich I got off the train in Wrabness and walked the short distance to Grayson Perry/FAT’s “A House for Essex”. It’s amusing and eccentric – a kind of concertina-ed-gingerbread-chapel – and the concept/conceit is that it … Continue reading

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Liverpool, Walker and Alphonse Mucha

To Liverpool today to see the Alphonse Mucha exhibition at the Walker. It’s a very good exhibition and reminded me (how could I have forgotten?!) that, in addition to advertising fags and bicycles, Mucha also painted the patriotic/nationalistic murals in the … Continue reading

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Silver End Modernism

Silver End village near Braintree was developed in the mid-1920s by the Crittall family to accommodate a new factory (the eponymous steel windows, which, as I recall from Grandad’s flat in Willesden, were very cold to the touch) plus housing … Continue reading

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Frinton-on-Sea Modernism

Shades of the Weissenhofsiedlung and Södra Ängby: Modernism in Frinton-on-Sea. The Frinton Park estate, begin 1934, was intended to be a very modern housing estate, but – perhaps unsurprisingly – only a small part of it was built. The lead … Continue reading

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