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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 129 This is the sort of thing that needs doing on a Saturday isn’t it?! Why are shoe repairs and key cutting and engraving so intertwined? 5 Devonshire Road Forest Hill SE23 3HE ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Our Private Pinterest Board: The best of our rejected contextual images


First I’d like to thank the wonderful guest bloggers we had over the past few months who have done a fantastic job of sharing their expertise and insight with us. We hope you’ve been enjoying these blogs posts as well. If so, you’ll be happy to hear we’ve enlisted even more amazing people to post in […]

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How to gather data to show how visitors really use your site-specific features


In this post we show how you can capture useful data that shows how your visitors are using features that are unique to your site. This is something that you can’t get from out-of-the-box Google reports. Google Analytics is great for all sorts of useful general stats. However, your services will always have unique features. We show how it is […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 128

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 128 Last hairdresser today so thought we visit a true Londoner @VidalSassoon 1928-2010 was born in Hammersmith and lived Shepherd’s Bush.  Due to poverty as a single parent, his mother placed Sassoon and his younger brother in a Jewish orphanage, where they stayed for seven years until he was […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 127

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 127 Winchmore Hill N21 today.  Love a hand painted sign.  Wonder if it has anything to do with the 1968 B Movie Classic staring Jane Fonda. Why do all Barber’s have the same 5 photos of mens’ hair cuts?  I don’t think they’ve changed for at […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 126


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 126 Trendy Hoxton and one for the Germans….no nonsense barbers.  I must say I am falling more and more in love with the shops in the middle of The Tower, you really realise how unique each one is. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Clothworkers’ Object Study Day, 27th May

Hanne Faurby with Eveline Gordon embroidery samples © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

At the end of May we welcomed visitors to a series of talks given at the Clothworkers’ Centre by V&A staff, the second of our Clothworkers’ study days. In these talks, we showcased some of the research that we’ve undertaken within the grand tiled walls of Blythe House. As in October, the talks were extremely […]

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Glastonbury: A Living Installation


The last five days at Worthy Farm in Somerset were a midsummer night’s dream. With Friday’s empty slot on the Pyramid Stage remaining a mystery, the festival site was alive with rumour and expectation. Secret gigs and underground clubs were on everyone’s lips and despite the unsettling character of the festival’s micro-climate (blazing sunshine one moment […]

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Ice Cold in Idaho

Eliza leaps onto the frozen ice!

Someone once said my life was like a comic book…. I had survived the late night muggers in snow thick Central Park (with the help of Spider-Man), I’d flown over the Oregon Trail to Portland and to the love of my life, KK. I’d been duped. She wasn’t waiting for me. She was with another […]

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Pride of Place


Having already heard about early trials of this project (but being sworn to secrecy about it!), we’re excited to see today’s launch of Historic England’s new research project Pride of Place. Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) are working with historians at Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Culture and the Arts to identify buildings and places with […]

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