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Crossing the line: acting into leadership

This is the Morlaix staircase, an object beautifully displayed in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the V&A. It is over 11 metres tall and comes from a house in the town of Morlaix, in Brittany, France. The question it poses for me is: “When did it stop being a staircase and become a museum […]

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A new home for Neptune and Triton in the Europe 1600-1815 Gallery

Detail of Neptune's face © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Neptune and Triton (Mus. No. A.18-1950) by Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) is one of the V&A’s most well-known Italian marble groups. The sculpture, which stands nearly two meters high and weighs over 8oo kg was recently moved to the newly refurbished Europe 1600-1815 gallery, where it now stands in prime position, with Neptune casting his terrifying gaze upon […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 181

Lee High Road near Lewisham today and this fantastic looking audio shop. I think all the shop fronts portray the character and personality of the shop owner. Lewisham was most likely to have been founded by a pagan Jute, Leof, who settled (by burning his boat) near St Mary’s Church (Ladywell) where the ground was drier, in the 6th century. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180 Fulham Road and we’re staying near the top. Continuing a theme from yesterday I first started exhibiting with David Gill Gallery and working with Francis Sultana here in late 2004. The first piece I made for them was a massive nativity scene that went in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179 One of my favourite shops and a place close to my heart I had my 1st small solo exhibition here in 2004. Opened in 1979 this iconic fashion designer (and cyclist) Paul Smith was the first designer to open in a then very different Floral […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 178

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 178 What better way to start the week than with a proper breakfast. Nothing to do with Kraftwerk’s album of the same name The Electric Cafe has a formidable following – people seem to just bloody love this place. From pictures I’ve seen of the inside […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 177

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 177 Textiles and Fabric in East London – Middlesex St, E1. It used to be called Petticoat Lane, hence the name of the market there. Spitalfields’ historic association with the silk industry was established by French Protestant (Huguenots) refugees who settled in this area after the […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 176

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 176 I’m afraid I have somewhat neglected Shop of the Day for a while whilst I have been caught up with building the actual Tower! Eversholt St today and a Sauna & Massage Parlour. I wasn’t sure how to categorise these places. Entertainment? Health & Beauty? […]

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The Tower of Babel Shop of the Day 175

The Tower of Babel Shop of the Day 175 Love this chicken shop in Forest Hill where they’ve changed the sign by just putting an ‘F’ over the P. They did just about a ferfect job too, you’d never notice. I’d love to know the story behind it. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 174

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 174 Columbia Road today. Home of the famous flower market. The street of Victorian houses and shops is transformed on Sunday’s into the most amazing floral experience. Everything from pansies to banana trees.  Many of the shops and galleries are open just at weekends.  This is […]

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