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Destination: Lyon, France (Fête des Lumières-- 2017 Edition, Part 2)


Following the first night of the fête des Lumières last weekend, I had a lazy morning in the Airbnb (it was incredibly comfy, that’s why) before I headed out around 11:00 to  1,320 more words


Colour Amidst the Coal Dust

Just before I left Durham, I made sure of one final trip on my bucket list of significant buildings on my patch.

On the face of it, a tiny pit village to the west of the city should have little to offer other than its industrial heritage, but for some reason it was singled out for siting a Roman Catholic Seminary at the start of the 19th century.   441 more words


Train Spotting

Underneath my superficially normal appearance lurks a train geek. I thought I loved trains in the UK but trains in America are way cooler! I just need to hear a train whistle to get excited; I must be one of very few of the millions of people who live in the Houston area that gets stuck waiting for a concrete train to pass for 20 minutes and doesn’t mind. 257 more words


Two books by Mike Davis

City of Quartz and Late Victorian Holocausts, two classic books by Mike Davis, each available for £8



PENSON has designed the new visionary headquarters for Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Holidays located in Crawley, England. To celebrate Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays’ thirtieth anniversary, they appointed world-leading architect and designer PENSON to create a visionary new HQ at Gatwick. 64 more words


South Carolina State House

Columbia was not the first capital of South Carolina. That was Charleston. The first state house was built there in the 1750’s. About thirty years later, it was decided to have the capital more in the center of the state and thus Columbia was born. 335 more words


Office Space Time Loop: From Open Plans to Cubicle Farms and Back Again

Do you sit in a cubicle or in an open space?

As Nelson foresaw, Action Office II cubicles went on to become a commercial success and its systems were widely imitated by other companies.

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