lördag 11 april 2009

Underground, Overground

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/clivebillson/tube/tube.html

This link is to a page detailing the history of the railway and tube maps of London, and as such appeals to me on many levels: my love of the architechtonic aspects of London, especially its transport infrastructure, a love of all things "underground" , a deep rooted fascination with diagrammatic systems (in other words maps), and of course trains and railways in general.
My office walls are adorned with lots of railway and tube maps of London, in my own attempt to chart the historical development of the London railways that evolved into the London UndergrounD. (That capital D there at the end is deliberate and important, I'm sure you'll find out why if you do some reading about London's underground railways)
Finally of course, as a Londoner, I am extremely interested in all the aspects of London that come as a surprise to me, that are new, and even better slightly shocking or ghastly.

fredag 10 april 2009

Needles and Pins

The architecture of churches, cathedrals and other temples of worship has always amazed, pleased and even baffled and outraged people.
And it has always been closely linked to artistic expression, think for exmaple of Gaudi's unfinished cathedral in Barcelona, which has both its admirers and detractors.

In many cases chruch arctitecture has also pushed the boundaries of structural engineering. The Spire of Hope in Belfast is one such example, a stainless steel illuminated spire instead of the usual bricks, slates, copper . I only just found out about this today, the article is from almost exactly a year ago.
I'd like to see more of this kind of modern interpretation of churches. Because I must say, as much as I adore old churhces, ecclesiastical architecture has been rather stale now for the last few decades. Here's the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ni/2007/04/inspired_or_just_needled.html

torsdag 9 april 2009

Welcome to my new blog

The title says it all really, four areas of great interest to me: cricket, churches (the buildings not the organisations), tea, and trains.

There are of course more, but one can only incorporate so many in one comprehensible sentence...(that and the limit on the number of characters set by the system)

I'm going to use this blog almost as a newsfeed and a repository for items of interest related to those four subjects, and others that interest me.

As well as, of course, writing entries of a discourse nature. While always aiming to stretch the boundaries of my own vocabulary.