Brutalist Bloomsbury and beyond 

Having recently come into possession of the Brutalist London Map, a handy guide put together by the 20th century society, today we braved the Mayday April showers to gawp at some of London’s finest buildings. I think the cliche about Brutalism enthusiasts is they sneeringly enjoy it from the comfort of their Edwardian townhouse. IContinue reading “Brutalist Bloomsbury and beyond “

Triggering article 50

When the politics undergraduate textbooks of the future come to summarise Brexit, I’m not sure how they’ll pithily describe this period between the referendum and the triggering of article 50. Obviously comparisons with the Second World War are trite, so let’s assume they won’t get lazy and refer to the past seven months as aContinue reading “Triggering article 50”

US election reflections

Since I was born, there have been nine US presidential elections. The maths is easy, since they come every four years, as opposed to the much messier pattern of UK elections.*  I remember the Reagan years largely through spitting image puppets and half-understood private eye cartoons; Bush senior I remember for the Iraq war andContinue reading “US election reflections”

March for libraries 

There were two marches in London last Saturday: the million masks march (widely reported in the press) and a national protest against library closures (less so). A quarter of all libraries have been lost since May 2010. Since then, we’ve seen this venerable and worthy profession hollowed out by austerity and its cheery Cameroonian coverContinue reading “March for libraries “

At Lord’s for the cricket 

A lovely day out at the cricket today. Young Geoff was in town for Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord’s, his having arrogantly decided months ago that Yorkshire would be in with a shout at the title He wasn’t wrong. His team, Middlesex and Somerset are all still in contention, which is quite exciting given there’sContinue reading “At Lord’s for the cricket “