The Ned – this looks superb

The Ned is a new hotel in the City of London, carved from the former Midland Bank designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens. The public areas look fantastic:   The full story and images are on Dezeen.com, here.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes – Neil Gaiman

A New Year’s wish from Neil Gaiman “And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple. And it’s this. I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing […]

The stories I’m told

I love my work. A large part of what I do is story-telling, and when those stories are customer case studies, I get to talk to my clients’ customers about their businesses, their challenges and their passions. Some of those are not my tales to tell here. They involve the use of clients’ products or […]

Make (good) art – it's what weekends are for – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate exhorts us all to release the artist within and make art, in three easy steps: View lots of other art. Read lots of other art. Listen to lots of other art. Consider lots of other art. … The other two steps, here. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s address to the University of Arts […]

Make (good) art – it’s what weekends are for – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate exhorts us all to release the artist within and make art, in three easy steps: View lots of other art. Read lots of other art. Listen to lots of other art. Consider lots of other art. … The other two steps, here. It reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s address to the University of Arts […]

Trees

Fantastic photographs of tremendous trees: A forest-full, with info and credits, here.

A perfect project for Christmas

Pentorium offers advice on the maintenance of fountain pens, perfect for a restless, idle afternoon in the middle of the Christmas break…

Yes, beautiful bonsai planter

From designer Adrian Magu, via Contemporist.com, this very beautiful, elegant bonsai planter, named kasokudo: I can’t help wondering if he listened to a lot of Yes …

Echoes through time: Eternity is in love…

“Eternity is in love with the creations of time.” William Blake (1793). The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Note: Bartleby and various other sources quote this as “the productions of time”.  I suspect that may be the more correct version, but I first read the above in Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and “creations” resonates […]

Echoes through time: Good prose is like a window pane

“one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality.  Good prose is like a window pane.” George Orwell (1946), Why I Write  

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