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I like July 2004

Nice was great. I've spent bits of the weekend trying to sort out my photos but there are too many. So many signs and buildings and patterns. There seem to be a lot more patterns in France. I'm back for the weekend and then away (in Scotland) again tomorrow. I forget I have to work at all, and think I like is what I do for a living until reality comes crashing in. I don't really know whether I'm coming or going. So no links for another wee while, and then maybe a rethink as I'm not sure what I like is all about sometimes, or if it's what it's meant to be, or if that matters. Off for some fresh air and navel gazing.

Raymond Savignac posterWe're off to Nice for a break so no more news for a week or so. Some things I like about France: Norbert Dentressangle (the name!), Serge Gainsbourg, croissants, Orangina, Jacques Tati, Amelie, La Lectrice, Jacques Dutronc, Petonque, old men outside pubs, Fnac, Air, Daft Punk, Gay Purr-ee, La Defense, la Vache qui rit, hot chocolate in big bowls, Raymond Savignac, Raymond Peynet, Laetitia Sadier, This is Paris, Les Valseuses, Les Inrockuptibles, The Magic Roundabout, Patapoufs et Filifers, The Little Prince, saying 'Zut alors!' and 'Bof!' and 'donc'.

Anyway, I should be packing instead of fannying about with all this. A bientot.

Came home today and Neil had baked bread for the first time. Unemployment seems to be agreeing with him. It's the first day it's been warm enough to sit outside and have dinner. What a shame we all have to work.

I start to feel very guilty when I don't put things up, which is daft really, but common. So this is a bit of a mess but at least it's something.

Rothesay Pavilion ‘Uncompromisingly Moderne and stylish, [it] captures something of the boldness of Mendlesohn and Chermayeff’s only just completed Bexhill Pavilion.’ - Prof Frank A. Walker talking about Rothesay Pavilion, built by J. & J. A. Carrick of Ayr in 1938, the year of the Empire Exhibition. There are unsung Art Deco gems like this all over Scotland. The Regent Hotel in Oban is another, and the India of Inchinnan factory, the great Luma Tower and some other places I like such as The Carron Restaurant in Stonehaven and Glasgow's Rogano.

More Art Deco: The Kalakala - the World's first Art Deco ferry. More Kalakala postcards, a movie of the Kalakala's return to Seattle. And via things, Bath's Kilowatt House, yours for £2,500,000. Ah, shame I'm a little bit short this month.

Miscellaneous stuff:

Lovely Lot stickerNew likes are up and July is holiday month. Come fly with me. Cute Polish design at Aerolot - 'the site for fans of Lot Polish airlines'. Super-stylish souvenirs include stickers, posters and postcards. Even the timetables are works of art.

I like every aspect of flying - checking-in, finding your seat, looking out the window, airline meals and all the surrounding paraphernalia from airline logos (Olympic Airlines is a particular favourite) to uniforms and sick bags. The art of the sick bag, or whatever it's called nowadays is celebrated at Sick Sacks with some classic beauties. Modern upchuck at Design for Chunks. Not to be confused with flight bags. See also some nice aviation posters (1 and 2), airline history, and Otis Spunkmeyer Air (this Otis Spunkmeyer?). High-flying shoppers try Cabin Class Collectibles - Get your own personal stewardess to tuck you under your Pan Am blanket. Or buy the t-shirt.

And the plain old strange: Beef Island Airport, UK airfields and control towers of WWII, celebrity pilots - 'People who are famous, but not famous for flying', paper planes from a world record holder, future airport travel, and the Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports.


I like recommends:

Love on the dole Love on the dole by Walter Greenwood. Gritty tale of 1930s Salford life. Liberal use of the word 'Eeeee'.

The complete gardener The complete gardener by Monty Don. Very useful, easy to read book by I like's favourite gardener.

Fork to fork Fork to fork by Monty and Sarah Don. And again. Really useful for anyone trying to grow their own food.

This is London This is London by M. Sasek. Sympathetic reissue of the 1959 children's classic. More information at This is M. Sasek.