I was born in London and by the age of ten I was traveling
around the city by bus on my own. Thus exploring the places
beyond my neighbourhood, I came to realise that the
metropolis was far larger and more diverse than...
Our definition of community is changing. It’s crazy how
few of us know our neighbours: their names, their phone
numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online
"social" networking has only made it easier to avoid
face-to-face contact in the real world. What might...
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and
artist of international renown whose collaborators include
Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an
illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the
pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us.
The joy of sound...
It’s a sad truth that few of us, nowadays, write letters.
Indeed, it’s tempting to think of handwritten letters as
having been superseded by email in the same way that vinyl
records were supplanted by CDs. The problem with this tidy
progress narrative is...
Since the birth of the industrial age, a roaring crescendo
of motors, traffic, aeroplanes and air conditioning has been
rising around us. As the din of modern life has grown,
we’ve pushed it more and more out of our conscious
awareness. But, even though...
Ever since I went on the School of Life’s Holiday with
Martin Parr in Folkestone, I’ve been seeing the world lit
up with the bright pop of a flash gun.
Martin Parr, photographer of Britishness, collector of
dictator-abilia, boring postcards and much else besides,...
You’re watching a heist scene. Rather than the sound,
you’re focussing on the masked protagonists as they move
from vault to getaway car, gold bullion in hand. But it’s
the soundtrack – nothing but a ticking watch – that
brings you to the edge...
Our resident Street Photographer Nick Turpin has been out
capturing Olympic spirit with his usual playful style. On
the 29th & 30th of September he'll be leading another of his
weekends of visual storytelling, so whether you're an
amateur or budding professional, join him in...
Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo…
For much of my life, a trip to the Zoo has been a pleasant
diversion, a reassuringly familiar tramp, around the caged
curiosities with ice creams, small children and that
lingering perfume of the banana at the bottom...
I know my favourite places to eat, drink and shop for any
eating occasion, any Londoner worth their salt (Maldon, of
course) knows that we have available a plethora of
ever-evolving worldwide cuisine choices, suitable for all
palates and pockets. So what could An...
When we stop to consider the towns and cities that we have
built around us, it is astonishing how abominable most
public landscaping is and how detrimental to the human
spirit. How is it that we have we come to a collective
agreement to accept it? Why do...