Whenever I head off into the Great Outdoors I do like to be prepared, which is really just the Scouts way of saying ‘planning for the worst’. Fortunately, ‘the worst’ for a few days away (certainly here in the UK) usually just means inclement weather with a fair certainty of rain, so with this in mind all of my ‘valuable’ (read not-exactly-waterproof items such as smartphone, car keys and wallet) go into a small dry bag which is duly stuffed into my rucksack.
It’s no surprise that I’m a big fan of modern design and engineering – almost daily there are new and beautiful solutions that I am both technically and aesthetically amazed by. However, I often can’t help but look back at what was – some of our modern design roots and (in my humble opinion) shining examples of great design.
When I picture my ideal place to live, it’s in natural surroundings, embedded in the local environment. In truth this could be a number of different environments, but the ‘natural’ connection is key – it’s common knowledge that time spent in nature is hugely beneficial to us, and I couldn’t agree more. So, each time my wife and I have moved over the years (and there have been quite a few moves), we have always strived for locations and structures that fulfil this need, but there is always ‘room for improvement’ so to speak.
Skateboarding – cruising stylishly through an urban environment, leaning on style, history and culture – what’s not to love? Unfortunately for me, I’ve never really got on with skateboards – I think I missed the optimal learning window in my younger days (when injury consequence played little part in anything) and haven’t since taken the time to address it.
I’m sure anyone who has ever had to call a tradesman into their home may well recognise that pre-quote sinking feeling – often accompanied with a lengthy inhalation and pained ’sympathetic’ expression. As someone who likes to try and take on most DIY jobs out of both curiosity and reluctance to shell out unless absolutely necessary (I mean, how hard can it really be?), I have discovered the painful line between learning on the job and professional experience more than once.