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Who Do We Think You Are?

Hockney-Salts-MillNow, let’s be honest, at times we all adore a bit of a snoop. There’s probably at least one celebrity’s home that you’d like to look round: not to see the carefully staged and styled glossy magazine shots but see the house in “the raw” as it’s lived in. There’s also at least one house that we all know and looks so intriguing that we’d love to check it out. After all, this is one of the main reasons that visiting stately homes and palaces is so popular. We’re desperate to see how other people live, as we believe that from this we can work out Continue reading →

The Storage Story

1.CLC01BC-Le-Modulor-FigureThe haulage, distribution and warehousing industry seems to understand it well enough. Storage has officially become a science. The messages emblazoned on the sides of trucks tell the story loud and clear. Complex Logistics Integrated Supply Chain Management,  Warehouse Analysis and Global Location Operation and Movement Systems.

Not that long ago, when the world was a simpler and less scientific place, goods were made and lorries simply moved them. Today, however, sophisticated computer programmes, scanners, satellite tracking and positioning devices keep us informed Continue reading →

Home, Home On The Range

sarpaneva-potPeople mistakenly think that nomadic tribes just aimlessly wander about their countryside. In fact, they tend to follow established routes, arrive at specific places at certain times of the year and can stay there for extended periods of time. These routes are often determined by the weather when it is necessary to move to warmer, drier terrain or when it is better to move to high or low ground. Sometimes the routes lead to traditional meeting places where extended family groups gather together to celebrate cultural and religious occasions Continue reading →

The Incredible Shrinking Home

Isokon Donkey. Self Storage!

Isokon Donkey.
Self Storage!

When the Garden City new towns were first planned in the 1920s, the developments included plenty of green, outdoor space in an attempt to bring a semi rural aspect to an urban conurbation.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, housing schemes that were built in cities that had been badly bombed   tried hard to ensure that there were playground areas for children and lawned areas and gardens for all residents. Today, many newly built blocks of flats or conversions of older warehouse properties provide little or no outdoor space at all.

Whilst planners want to preserve the “green belt” areas of Britain so that our countryside is not spoilt, many urban dwellers (and it is in the cities Continue reading →