May, 2008

Married to the Berlin Wall: “The Best and Sexiest Wall Ever Existed!”

“I needed a strong support in my life… _and I found YOU – my beloved Berlin Wall!” The Telegraph reports: ” A woman with a bizarre fetish for inaninimate objects has revealed she has been married to the Berlin Wall for 29 years. “Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, 54, whose surname means Berlin Wall in German, wed the […]

Inflatable Icebergs: Sublimated Guilt Has Never Been So Fun

Is it really possible to trademark a natural phenomenon? Well, water-toy firm Aviva seem to have done it anyway. Here’s some of their blurb: “Since the Iceberg™ was introduced, it has proven to be the most exciting and innovative commercial water activity to come along in years. Three sides, each of different difficulty, can be […]

The Cinderella Effect: Phantom Architectures of Illumination

I used to ride home from work past Harrods, London’s most ridiculous shop. At night it is lit with a strings of bulbs trace the elevation like a dot-to-dot drawing. After working late to some deadline or other I happened to be scooting past when, out of the corner of my smeared visor it looked […]

Two Deaths and a Retirement: The Strange Shape of British Architecture

We are experiencing the biggest building boom the planet has seen, but despite this mass of architecture, it’s hard to articulate what it is that we are trying to construct – to identify the narrative thread that links together the masses of new studio apartments lining the waterways of ex-industrial areas, the elaborate towers, the […]

If London Were Like New York: Antique Schizo-Manhattanism

From Harmsworth’s Magazine, February 1902 “Note: For the purposes of this article the gentle reader of the “London Magazine” will kindly consider himself or herself living in the year of grace 1907. The American invaders, having captured the tobacco trade, the railways, the boot and shoe market, the match factories and most other industries worth […]