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Brussels and Bruges in October 2015

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

the architecture of Brussels

Deco windows in Brussels

The inevitable chocolates!

A door knocker in Bruges

A wonderful Art Nouveau building in Brussels

Chocolate moulds


Chocolate Makers sign

A builders sign in Bruges

A sensational staircase in Brussels

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More From Paris

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

I found a shop in Paris up in Montmartre that was quite wonderful. The name sort of translates as “Of the Back of a Lorry”

Very interesting! Great for any designers.

"Of the back of a lorry"

Inside the store

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

We spent a few days in Paris in October. Paris never disappoints, it still has a wonderful charm and most of all , for me, seems to have retained an incredible amount of old shop fronts and signs. Although in the past 20 years or so many have disappeared Parisians have decided enough is enough and where the business may have changed completely the new owners have retained many of the highly stylish and decorated  store fronts where the typography is stunning. Below i have photographed many while we were walking through just a few areas of the City.

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The Grayson Perry house for ‘Julie’in Essex

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Below are a few photo’s of the house by Grayson Perry in Wrabness Essex. It is truly an inspirational folly and quite beautiful as you would expect from this truly wonderful artist. If you get the chance do go and see it and if you book and are lucky you can stay in it for the night.

A house for Julie

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

This is just a quick short blog. We were wondering around Shoreditch at the weekend and came across this very beautiful store/factory called ‘MAST BROTHERS’ They are an American chocolate maker. You can see the chocolate being churned and made into blocs. Well worth a visit.

interior 'Mast Bros'

Mast Bros

churning chocolate

The chocolate factory

Chocolate wrappers

More chocolate wrappers

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4 Days in Lisbon Jan 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

A beautiful shop interior in Lisbon

The sensational coach museum in Belem , Lisbon

Lisbon in the winter is a perfect place to visit,not to cold and certainly not hot. It is a beautiful city fairly untouched, that is since the great earthquake of 1750 when the city was almost destroyed. There are some wonderful buildings and shopfronts mostly from the late 18th and 19th centuries. Thereare still some sensational large house ,museums and palaces that have survived and i have included a selection of photos below. A city which still have beautiful trams and funiculars from the late 1890s. The trams being originally imported from the USA. As Lisbon is built on a series of very steep hills the funiculars are very useful! Sadly they are mostly covered in dreadful graffiti. (There has to be zero tolerance to this visual pollution!) While in Lisbon a must is to take a 40 minute train ride to Sintra to see the wonderful architecture of the houses and palaces there. Again see below.


The wonderful Art Deco theatre in the main Blvd in Lisbon

The entrance to the main railway station! Some entrance!

One of the lovely old Funiculars and it's graffiti!

and a view from the funicular (Bloody graffiti)

One of the famous "warm cherry wine" stores

and the bottles of the cherry wine!

One of the old wooden trams imported from the USA

Lisbon is famous for it's tile clad buildings and interiors. This is an old bakery

a detail of the tiles inside the old bakery

Wonderful tile covered buildings

The entrance to one of the funiculars

Here it comes, nice without the graffiti!

great shop signs

Another wonderful shop front


This is the Palacio National in Sintra. The 'chimneys' are the kitchens!

the wonderful 17th century ceilings in the National Palace Sitra

Another wonderful ceiling

Fantastic tile work

Wonderful type and tiles in the Palace

The kitchens in the Pena Palace built in the 1840s

A detail from a room in the National Palace Sitra

A detail from the Pena Palace


A beautiful shop interior

another great shopfront

Couldn't resist this tuk tuk!

The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Belem, Lisbon


Wonderful old tiles in the museum


Formerly a riding school now the Museum of coaches,it is sensational!

A detail of a coach wheel from the museum

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Jack Bankhead, photographer

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Born in 1942 in London Jack started work as a graphic designer. His special interest and passion was taking photographs. In a career spanning 40 years Jack became very well known as a commercial photographer working for all the top advertising agencies on campaigns for Silk Cut and Players to Mercedes, Jaguar and Heineken.  His passion for black and white printing and years spent in the dark room has brought about this personal collection of photographs of landscapes, birds,fish and other wonderful images.  He is showing and selling his work at The Coach House, 2 Coach House Lane, Wimbledon Village SW19 5JY. From Sunday 16th Nov to Thursday 20th Nov. or by appointment.  0208946 6248   M.  07905 084 332 and email

I am afraid that my photos do not do justice to his photographs as i had to shoot through glass

Jaguar 'D' Type



Eagle Owl

Mexican suit

Frank Bruno


New York


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Emily Sutton at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Friday, November 14th, 2014

As well as the wonderful sculptures by Ursula Von Rydingsvard at the sensational YSP there is an exhibition starting today Friday 14th Nov by Emily Sutton.Emily is a wonderful and prolific illustrator. Her work puts me in mind of the work of Bawden and Ravilious. There are some wonderful drawings,water colours and screen prints on show and the Museum shop have produced some of her work on plates ,mugs and beautiful silk headscarves.LRW commissioned Emily to illustrate some tea tins for Fortnum and Mason. I have below photographed a selection of her work

A selection of Emily's work

A showcase of inspiration and sketchbooks

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A Visit to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Last night we were privileged to be invited to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the opening and a dinner for Ursula Von Rydingsvard. She is an American Sculptor who makes extraordinary sculptures from wood which are sometimes converted into bronze and other materials. At this exhibition she was showing quite large and extremely complicated items that were as dramatic as they were  quite stunning.  The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is quite magnificent and worth a visit at any time. It is situated of the M1 close to Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It is set in 500 acres of beautiful historic parkland.It has work by Henry Moore. Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Gormley,Elizabeth Fink etc etc. It also has a fantastic shop with many products relating to artists showing in the museum.

Ursula Von Rydingsvard giving her speach

One of Ursula's pieces

Another of her works which are all in cedarwood

extraordinary shapes which must take month of work

This shows the scale of her work

Her work on fabric

Looking through the sensational gallery

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Allen Jones at the Royal Academy 12/11/2014

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Allen Jones the painter/sculptor had his opening at the Royal Academy last night. It was a retrospective and it was wonderful. The amount of work and his progression through the years is quite sensational. I have always been a great admirer of Allen’s work , i love his technical skills and amazing love of colour.This is an exhibition which  is a must to see it is pure joy. I know Allen is always quoted for his erotic “seats” and “tables” but my goodness they almost shrink against his other work. He is a complete master of colour,style and technique.

Allen giving his speech at the opening

A beautiful small model

One of Allen's paintings

An early Allen Jones

one of Allen's sculptures

A painting and sculpture

one of the life size figures

A figure with Kate Moss in the background

Kate Moss

Interesting people attended Grayson Perry

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