British heritage

The Crossness Pumping Station

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
I love historical places and architecture that offer insights into the past. In London, there are never shortages of heritage buildings with significant importance; in fact, there are so many that we often forget their existence until the annual Open House weekend!
I enjoy visiting hidden gems all year round, hence when [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Architectural conservation, Design, British heritage and was tagged with London, British design, heritage, Architectural conservation


The Mackintosh trail in Glasgow

Posted on August 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mackintosh architecture exhibition at RIBA London

 
Back in May I visited the Mackintosh architecture exhibition at the RIBA, which coincided with my Glasgow trip a month later. I have long wanted to visit Glasgow and buildings designed by the renowned Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (I am gutted that [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, Glasgow, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, British design, Glasgow, Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Blenheim Palace
 
For years, I have wanted to visit the 18th century Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and home of the Dukes of Marlborough; and finally last weekend, my friend and I joined a group to visit this splendid Baroque palace in Oxfordshire. We also managed to see Chinese artist [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, England, Chinese art, British heritage and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Chinese art, heritage, Ai Weiwei, Blenheim Palace


Manchester's past & present

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Bridgewater canal in Castlefield
 
Like human beings, all cities have their own characteristics, memories and energies. Having lived in several major cities at different stages of my life, I have come to realised that some cities' energies and mine just don't blend well (possibly to do with feng shui?). There are cities that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, England, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, graffiti/ street art, Manchester, street life, England's canals


Henry Moore at Perry Green

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: Henry Moore's Large Reclining figure in bronze; Bottom left: Henry Moore's house, Hoglands
 
I love seeing sculptures outdoor, and one of my favourite sculpture parks is the Hakone open-air museum near Mount Fuji in Japan, where you would find over 100 sculptures by masters like Picasso, Rodin, Miro and Moore etc [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, England, British art, British heritage, Sculptures and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, heritage, British art, sculptures, Henry Moore, sculpture park


Hampshire's heritage railway line

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Toothpicker

No, I am not a trainspotter! Sadly, I don't have the knowledgeable nor am I geeky enough to be one. However, I have always loved trains, especially the heritage ones and whenever possible, I would choose trains over planes as a mode of transport. I think it is a shame that many [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, England, Architectural conservation, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, Architectural conservation, Hampshire, trains


Winchester - England's ancient capital

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Winchester Cathedral
 
It is so easy for us Londoners to be absorbed in our lifestyle and become London-centric. We forget that London is not the centre of the world and there is 'life' beyond the city. Sometimes I am shocked to hear that many foreigners who move to London for work have [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Gardens & parks, England, British heritage and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, gardens, heritage, Winchester


Charles Holden goes west

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Toothpicker

Sudbury Town understand station
 
Last year, I attended an architectural walk organised by London transport museum to explore English architect, Charles Holden's iconic art deco underground stations (click here to read the blog entry) on the north east end of the Piccadilly Line. This year, I attended another walk (which was also [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Hiking & walking, Architectural conservation, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Transport, British heritage and was tagged with London, walks, British design, heritage, London transport museum, Charles Holden, art deco architecture


Help save Smithfield market!

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

The beautiful interior of Smithfield general market
 
I never intended to use this blog to advocate for a cause or an issue, but the more I write, the more I realised that there are many issues that matter to me (and to many others) and I simply cannot ignore them. I feel [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Social issues, Architectural conservation, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, Smithfield market


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, England, British heritage and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats


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