Heath Robinson

When Tomfoolery Gets Tired

There has always been a big market for very silly books, and the best are treasurable. ‘Squire Haggard’s Journal’,  ‘The Ascent of the Rum Doodle’, ‘Modern Types’, ‘My Uncle Harry’, ‘How To Be Topp’ and the whole raft of W Heath Robinson volumess like ‘How To Live In A Flat’ are all delightful, but one […]

A Home Of Your Own Part 3

London is filled with hidden studios, warehouses, schools and chapels that people with imagination colonised before the property boom. One set of light industrial  buildings near me had been turned into homes by a group of old hippies and creatives who had remained through the decades in a kind of collective-living environment, so we moved […]

An Englishman’s Home 2

The effect of needing a small plot of land and a house paid off over a lifetime kept alive a fundamental English concept; that ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’. In the 1930s a set of volumes entitled the Arthur Mee Children’s Encyclopedia ran an article on ‘How To Build A British House’, the end photograph showing […]