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Scottish Widows Plaque

Scottish Widows: The Birth of Statistics

This plaque, tucked down a hidden courtyard in The City, is the only reminder that this building was the former Scottish Widows’ office at 28-30 Cornhill. I was reminded of a great story (one of many) in Yuval Harari’s remarkable book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind....

The Window Cleaner

(Allan Sly, 1990) Sly is used to creating expressive sculptures, but this tongue-in-cheek one is a favourite of mine. Our anonymous window cleaner approaches a building, looking up in exasperation at the size of the skyscraper in front of him (especially when we consider he’s only...

Seven Things I Learned From #PepysShow

7 Things I Learned From #PepysShow

The National Maritime Museum’s exhibition; Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution is a must-see for any London enthusiast. Here are seven things I learned from this remarkable show… 1. He was a social commentator at 15 Samuel Pepys, aged just 15, was in the audience at Whitehall on...