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That Black Box on Kensington Gore
I'm currently working on an index/documentation of 10 years of the Design Interactions Department (Royal College of Art) which I hope to finish soon (ie: before December). Much gratitude goes to Nina Pope who was the one who suggested or instigated this in ...

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Pulau "Funtasy": The Maritime Dispute between Singapore and Indonesia that Wasn't
Perhaps this is old-hat news to all folks with their ears pressed to the ground here, but of late I haven't kept up with the news and I've only just heard of the story of Funtasy Island and its curious case of cartographic confusion which happened a few mon...

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Misunderstandings in the Model Dinosaur Park: Overheard in Crystal Palace
Ever since I saw that famous engraving of a dinner held inside the mould of the Iguanadon, I've wanted to see the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs in person. And so I went to see them some months ago! (Cripes, how time flies...) Dinner in the Iguanadon on New Year'...

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Parameters for a Windmill, Digital Junk Sheds, and A Trip to the Caird Library
HELLO WORLD! I've actually got several important announcements to make and more serious projects to document here, but before I do that, FIRST OFF, today I am going to try to push online my entire backlog of half-written posts piled up from the last few mon...

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Mysterious White Insects on Madagascar Dragon Tree: Mealybug Infestation or Scale Insect Outbreak?
We further interrupt this interruption for a quick digression into mysterious plant insect investigations. But, this story actually should begin with how I acquired these specific houseplants in the first place... We live in a top floor flat which has its w...

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Creatures of London: South London Parakeets, Hairy Hungry Caterpillars, and Medicinal Leech Barometers
I've been labouring over my remaining documentation of archives and libraries in London, but right now we interrupt my series of posts on Serious Things with a rather frivolous digression about various creatures of London, including the show-stopping Parake...

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A Visit to the Bishopsgate Institute Library
Located in a prime spot opposite Liverpool Street and on the A10, I have walked past this place countless times, with its beautiful entrance sign. Paradoxically repelled by its grand entrance (designed by late Victorian architect Charles Harrison Townsend w...

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Parliamentary Scrolls: A Visit to the Parliamentary Archives
We had the pleasure of visiting the House of Lords' Archives last week, which holds the official records of the UK Parliament including acts, acts, journals, appeals, peerage claims, architectural plans, sessional papers, hansard (debates), various personal...

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A Chinese Gatecrasher at the Great Exhibition: A Visit to the National Art Library
During my student days I felt too intimidated to try to access the National Art Library, despite my countless visits to the V&A on the way home via South Kensington. How foolish of me! There were no barrier to entry, but then again, there were also no clear...

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"What do you mean we're in Middlesex?" and "Is it Harringay, Haringey, Haeringshege, Haurnsy, Hornsey or HRNNGGGHHH??": A Visit to the London Metropolitan Archives
The first time I've ever seen an 18th century feoffment document! E/MW/C/0218 / A transaction in 1707 for Tower Place and the Warren in Woolwich The London Metropolitan Archive is hidden away in a large nondescript building down in Clerkenwell. As an archiv...
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