Tuesday, 18 February 2014

My (last couple of) weeks in 9

1. Loving my new NASA t-shirt from Pull&Bear    2. Street graffiti in celebration of Valentine's day  3. Incredible advertising by Lurpack    4. Old school motor and dusty hue doors down my road  5. Enjoying a moment of calm during the London tube strikes

Fuerzabruta at the Roundhouse in Camden. Incredible sensory theatre where everything happens around you and you are fully immersed in the act with a finale of raving in the sprinklers. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Going underground in Paris

I've recently read about this project from Oxo architects who are based in Paris. Their concept is to give the 16 disused 'ghost stations' in Paris a new use. Some of the stations have been left vacant after the war and some have simply never been opened. I think it's an incredible idea, I would 100% go to each of them. Swim over the old tracks. Yes. Watch a show/movie in the old arches, totally. Eat dinner surrounded by modern decor and hints of the old tracks, tiles and bricks. I'm down.

The parisian métropolitain is closely related to the life of the City of Light. 
Its stations are nearly as famous as its bouleverds, its churches, its museums.
From Champs-Elysées to Bastille, from Arts et Métiers to Châtelet, each one is unique, each one has its own story to tell. Every Parisian has their favorite metro station!

Some emblematic places in Paris, such as l'Arsenal, Porte des Lilas, Porte Molitor or Champs de Mars, used to have namesake metro stations. But after closure, they slowly fell into oblivion.

This project aims to bring back to life these ghost stations by giving them a new purpose.

At a time when New-York is talking about the 'Lowline', why couldn't Paris profit from its underground potential and invent new functions for these abandoned places?

This is about a slow transformation, to find, as opportunities arise, a new and thrilling way to take possession of these places.
To swim in the metro seems like a crazy dream, but it could soon come true!  
Turning a former metro station into a swimming-pool or a gymnasium could be a way to compensate for the lack of sports and leisure facilities in some areas.

A theatre on a disused platform could be an amazing venue for artists, choreographers or dancers to perform, in an outstanding yet familiar setting. 

Why not open a night club in the Arsenal station? Close to La Bastille, a vibrant neighbourhood, it is the perfect location to party in the heart of Paris without the risk of disturbing the neighbours.

An underground garden could be a place to enjoy calm and quietness on a rainy day, in a completely new environment.

And why not also imagine an art gallery, a space for artists to work and perform, or even a restaurant!

Far from their original purpose, more than a century after the opening of Paris' underground network, these places could show they're still able to offer new urban experiments.''

Art gallery






I wish I was here Wednesday

Kythira island (The Hidden Waterfall), Greece

Sunday, 15 December 2013

'Let it dough'..... Good tidings via baked goods and sprinkles

I love these photos by Christoph Niemann that featured on the NY Times this weekend. Nothing screams festive cheer like cookies, sprinkles and a few hot toddies all set to a snowy backdrop...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

... aaaaannndddd I'm hungry.

I am a bit of a burger fiend and with London being a pretty great city for pop-up burger restaurants I like to try and find the next best place to go.

I am also a big fan of Family Guy. Along with Friends and the Victoria's Secret fashion show, it is always something that is a regular on my Sky+. If you also appreciate both burgers and FG I think you will also be a big fan of the Cheese & Burger website.

Turn the sound up and enjoy the dulcet tones of Joe Swanson telling you all about the heavenly cheese surrounding some juicy beef goodness and feast your eyes on these bad boys. . . .

I'll take one Uncle Sam and two Bohemians please. To go. Extra fries.