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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 12 Is this the king of multi purpose shops? Fishmonger, Bric-a-Brac and hairdressers.  Not traditional bedfellows but this shop on the Seven Sisters Road near Holloway Road is having a good go at it.  I’m not sure what is stacked up in the upstairs windows either? […]

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Peter Brook – the journey begins

In November 2014, I began to catalogue the Peter Brook Collection. The collection is part of the V&A Theatre and Performance archives and will be stored at Blythe House alongside many of Brook’s friends and collaborators including Paul Scofield, Vivien Leigh, Christopher Fry and Sally Jacobs. Unlike many archives which have come to us in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 11

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 11 Carrying on the theme of dual purpose premises.  This is a fantastic shop – one of my favourites.  It is in Thornton Heath near Penge – SE25.  Get your hair cut while you get your tyres changed – laudable use of time! ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 10

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 10 I can’t believe it’s Sunday again, this blog is making the time count down even faster.  So keeping with the Sunday theme here is a great example of one of my favourite types of shops.  A dual purpose outlet. That’s not a very catchy way of […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 09 Saturday night is party night so let’s go and stock up in Shepherd’s Bush. ©Barnaby Barford 2015

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 08 It’s Friday – which can only mean Fish & Chips.  Love the signage on this chippy in East Ham. Proportionally everything on this shop front really works- almost like a Mondrian painting. ©Barnaby Barford 2015

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A very big hanging

We recently returned from a week’s visit to Delhi and Jaipur, where we visited some of the designers showing work in the exhibition and also picked up several of our new acquisitions from them – about which there will be more in a separate blog. One highlight of the trip was a visit to the National […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 07

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 07 With Russian planes increasingly flying into or near UK Airspace perhaps this shop will be looking forward to an increase in trade… ©Barnaby Barford 2015 On the Lea Bridge Road before Bakers Arms.

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The couturier who fell from grace

  A brilliant, controversial designer, innovator and pioneer of fashion whose influence has been more fully appreciated since his death. Not Alexander McQueen but French couturier Paul Poiret. Like McQueen he was seen as a maverick, confronting established fashion rules and unafraid to break away from traditional couture techniques. He was one of the first […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 06 Forgive me for being a bit sentimental today but it’s my little boy’s birthday so how about this little independent toy shop in Clapham, been there for over 30 years. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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