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May 15, 2014


Completely agree about the double yellow lines! Town Planners et al have a lot to answer for in how our townscapes look. We have had years and years of the ugliest bright red and yellow plastic barriers all over Edinburgh for the duration of the very badly managed tram project. A visual disaster in such a beautiful city. And now we seem to have large plastic signs popping up on lamp posts reminding us what can go in our food composting bins. Really????

In Chi, sadly, yes. I grew up there, and walked past that lane daily to get to school, and yet I looked at the photo and didn't recognise it, but looked at the painting and knew it was Chichester.

I love seeing how much the trees have grown since then.

Jane you might love poring over a book with lots of photos of buildings (mostly American) called How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand. It's a couple of decades old now, but is one of my favourites in how people interact with buildings over time. Some great anecdotes and anthropology. Spot the Difference is so much fun.

In a similar vein, but heartbreakingly so, these then and now pictures of Christchurch NZ are fascinating. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/image.cfm?c_id=1&gal_cid=1&gallery_id=116929#7381709

ohhh sorry for the ugly link!

Maybe the double yellows and the lamp were there when Piper was, but he left them out as he didn't like them either?

Further to Victoria's comments, we are big Stewart Brand fans in this house - a real visionary in so many fields. The TV series based on the book How Buildings Learn (made in 1997) is available on You Tube. Episode 1 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvEqfg2sIH0

Yes, I love the Now and Then images too. Curious how places change so subtly over the years that we hardly notice until we are reminded by the old photos. I suppose there is nothing more certain in this life than the certainty of change. How's that for a Sunday!!!

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