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The sinking of the Lusitania: medals as war propaganda

Originally posted on British Museum blog:
Henry Flynn, Project Curator, British Museum The Money and Medals Network is an Arts Council England-funded project that exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums that have numismatic collections. As the project…

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In search of the Brutalist churches of America…

I have been trying to find Brutalist churches in the Americas as part of my interest in the different attitudes to Brutalism on either side of the Atlantic. In doing so I came across the story of the demise of … Continue reading

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Why I think Ian Nairn is not just rubbish but wrong and rubbish.

The recent BBC 4 documentary on Ian Nairn is just the latest attempt to bolster the reputation of a  writer and broadcaster who is often described as desperately needing of rediscovery yet who has in fact had a singular, negative … Continue reading

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Getting the Folk out

Reading the early reviews of the American Folk Art Museum in New York makes you realise that there was a crushing logic to the decision by MOMA’s board to selected Diller Scofidio & Renfro to decide whether any parts of … Continue reading

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Squarepusher and the Geometry of Sound

In one of Arup’s London offices is an array of speakers designed to help architects and acoustic engineers hear how the designs of their spaces will sound when complete. It’s called an ambisonic array. Virtual sound models for proposed concert … Continue reading

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Flags and People: Olympic Boxing Semi-Finals

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“To the traditional sounds of an English summer…”

After the first weekend of the Games, it’s already becoming clear that the relationship between the city and the event is working well. This is partly because half the population of the British capital has apparently been scared into going … Continue reading

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Poor Wee Wenlock

Some people saw it as symbol of a military state’s collusion with the corrupt forces of international sport. To me it looked very much like a penis dressed as a policeman. When I read in this Guardian article that the … Continue reading

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An End to Psychogeography.

Having written a short book analysing the architecture and urban plan of the Olympics,  I’d like to address some of the other criticism about the Olympic development.  I have taken issue with Iain Sinclair on this blog before, not just … Continue reading

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At Home With Jimmy Carter and Don DeLillo

I read White Noise recently and noticed by chance that Picador have bizarrely just published a 40th anniversary edition of Don DeLillo’s book, although it was first published in 1985. Perhaps it is the accumulated prescience of the book that … Continue reading

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