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Fear of Flying

I’m writing today from Italy. It’s pouring intermittently and the countryside resembles a rainforest: lush, green and stubbornly overgrown. Yesterday I arrived from Barcelona, that sweaty city with surprising architectural pleasures, should you choose to look beyond Gaudimania. But the whys and wherefores of my trip are less important, this time, than the hows: I … Read more

Ij Hallen Fleamarket, Amsterdam

Ij Hallen Fleamarket, Amsterdam “It offended his sense of proportion and economy to throw away a ninety-percent serviceable string of lights. It offended his sense of himself, because he was an individual from an age of individuals, and a string of lights was, like him, an individual thing. No matter how little the thing had … Read more

An Architectural Renaissance

My train bends serpentine into St. Pancras and I am intoxicated by the familiar homecoming cocktail of awe, comfort and ennui.  Stepping into the newly refurbished international terminal, that sense of awe is temporarily heightened to the detriment of those other, more mundane emotions.  As the gateway to London from the continent, St. Pancras railway … Read more

Choo-Choose Life

Cheap and easy rail travel has arrived Taking a plane is sometimes cheaper and often quicker than any other mode of transport, but it’s a myth that the train is always more expensive.  If you have time (and more than 100ml of fluid) you’re probably better off taking the train. Convincing people that taking the … Read more

Alladale Wilderness Lodge

Restoring the Scottish Highlands The beautiful purple heather that blankets the Scottish Highlands, and for which they are so known and admired, is not a natural phenomenon. The wiry tufts that now cover the balding hills and valleys were once a voluminous coating of arboreal biodiversity.                   … Read more