Tag Archives: London

The Difference between Happiness, Fulfillment & Pleasure (or the Trials of being a Museum Director)

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A couple of days ago a colleague of mine asked me what had been the happiest day of my life since becoming a Museum Director, and I said that I couldn’t really remember what that was. I said that perhaps … Continue reading

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London, or New Beginnings

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A few posts ago, I wrote of my restlessness and my desire to wander; and my deep yearning for faraway places, for family and old friends. In the last three months or so, I have been doing exactly what I said … Continue reading

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Music and Memory, or Soundtracks to Specific Moments in Our Lives

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Today I got to thinking about how music, place and memory are so closely intertwined, and how our memories of  places are often triggered by a song that we happened to be listening to at the time. Throughout my two-ish … Continue reading

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“There’s No Place Like Home” – New Conceptions of Home for Young Mobile Persons in 6 Global Cities

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I interrupt my New Urban Precincts series to say that I have finally uploaded my presentation at the recent Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in New York on 28th Feb on Slideshare, complete with (re-enacted) audio.  I’m not that … Continue reading

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Simple Pleasures Make A City

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Took a week off from Dream of a City to focus on 100 Ways to See A Street, but I’m back. It snowed yesterday, just light feathery bits of snow that didn’t last long on the pavement.  But on the … Continue reading

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Dream Of A City 2011… Winter(冬)

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The final installment of my Best of 2011 covers late Autumn in November 2011 till mid-winter in January 2012. During this atypically warm Winter season, I stayed mostly in New York, checking out art exhibitions in the major museums and … Continue reading

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Dream of A City 2011… Autumn(秋)

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In my eagerness to write about the last three weeks back in London and Berlin, I realise I left my Best of 2011 hanging.  And so, finally, here’s the third installment, capturing the best of my journeying between late Summer … Continue reading

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That Surreal “Zone” between Leaving One City and Arriving at Another

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I’m in the “zone” again. That transitional state of mind just before I leave London for New York.  It usually starts a couple of days before I’m due to fly, and doesn’t end till I’m spat out rudely onto the … Continue reading

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The Apparent Britishness of Quintessential Britain

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Ok, I admit I am a bit of an Anglophile.  But then, who isn’t?  Just recall the millions of people worldwide who tuned in to last year’s Royal Wedding.  (I didn’t. But I was in New York at the time … Continue reading

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On London’s Diversity

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After a week in Berlin, I’m back at my friend’s flat in Hackney, East London, where I’m staying for the duration of my time here. The flat is in an old, Georgian building, just off Clarence Road. This was the … Continue reading

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