- Women named Rickie
- Jauntily coloured beach huts
- The seaside, collecting shells
- Roisin Murphy
Things I do
I ask people to draw maps...
· Draw the World
· Draw Europe's nations
· Crowdsourced Continent maps
I make map cards:
· See map cards
· Buy map cards
And other things I write about:
· Little moments from travel
· London art & museums
· Football with foreign fans
· London shop geography
About this blog
I may have asked you to draw me a map - have a look around, they're all here somewhere.
- The line Respectfully I saw to thee I'm aware that you're cheating / But no one makes me feel like you do from Ms Diana Ross' Upside Down
- Any DJ that sees fit to play Kylie's Your Disco Needs You
- The inimitable campy queeniness of someone who is cabin crew
- The weird and wonderful experience of meeting a fox on a drunken ramble home, especially if the street is empty and it's only you and the fox.
- The phrase creakingly posh.
- The Wet Look Jersey Maxi Dress by Kate Moss for Topshop. I can't wait to see it on the drunken streets of London. It would be amazing to strut in.
- I've been reminded of the immense gloriousness of Sia's Breath Me.
- Eurovision 2008 has a stage, with a great big phallic pole up the centre, and tentacles.
- Eurovision 2008 has a logo. It is intriguing. I'm quite excited to speculate what the purple shape is - a plum? a pepper? a wind-based clay instrument? Your suggestions please!
- The Norwegian church in London hold a traditional Norwegian Constitution Day Parade in London every year.
- Camden Arts Centre's new website is ever so nice.
- Finland and Estonia's national anthems share the same melody, but different words.
- Port Cities documents the seaward life of the UK's cities. London's Chinatown was once in Limehouse.
- Bhutan's stamps are amazing - 3D, metal, colour, bonkers. Great!
- The art of making patterns on kimono and Japanese material is called Shibori.
- The carp is a symbol of masculine strength in Japan, because the carp swims against the current to mate.
- An understanding that nostalgia for the Soviet era in post-Soviet countries does not mean a longing to return to that era, but a longing for the past that is universal for all.
- Tetra Pak is owned by two of the richest people in the UK, yet remains very difficult to recycle.