Estates and Minivans

A random selection today. Film City is a film set in the remote desert of Qatar that now serves as an off-the-beaten-track tourist destination for ex-pats / Osterley Park’s library has been restocked, using ‘a collection of antiquarian books … bequeathed to the National Trust on the death of Norman Norris, a slightly enigmatic Brighton book collector.’ See below, ‘Fold-out illustration of Copt Hall, Essex’. This led us on a hunt for more 18th century estate maps, including these historical maps of the Portman Estate, one of the major private landowners in central London (along with the Grosvenor Estate, the Cadogan Estate, the Portman Estate and the Howard de Walden Estate). It also prompted us to re-look at this scans from Traffic in Towns, and the radical (catastrophically so) ideas for London Fitzrovia at the start of the 1960s.

Other things. The European Sovereign Debt Crisis explained with Lego / Yamaha death fork recall notice / Someone, somewhere, must have a good collection of recall notices. We haven’t found it yet though / make games with Flixel / the former TV-am building in London is being given ultra bland makeover / car park by Peter Kunz. Our recollection was that this was a private garage, not a public space.


Professor Craigles’ YouTube channel offers up raw materials for a thousand Adam Curtis documentaries. Speaking of which, Learning to Hug attempts to track down the precise moment the famously reticent British were faced with real emotions on their television sets, and how they responded.


St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, by Arne Jacobsen / Quirky and “Design” as Entertainment, all about the ‘social product developer‘ and its role as demonstrator of the flight of manufacturing and the rise of a self-proclaimed curatorial and creative class. We suppose Made does a similar thing, only it sources designs and offers them up for a vote, rather than soliciting ideas. We especially like Stephen Tierney’s Watson collection, for example / Refined Shot takes a (successful) stab at the links layout that’s sweeping the web.


Can the Cult of Bang & Olufsen Last? / How hummus conquered Britain (‘A New York Times article last year reported that it had gone from a $5 million-a-year US market in 1995 to one worth $325m.’) / Minecraft is on Android / a timelapse build of the LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van.

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