About

Mr. Happy_trimI am old enough to know better, but young enough at heart to think that there might just be someone out there who would be interested in my musings.

I am an architect by trade, a Midlander by birth, a Londoner by choice, a blogger by nature and an optimist by instinct…

I’m in a wonderful relationship and generally happy with my lot in life (hence the choice of image)

The key aspect of this blog is the “Things I like…” category in which I hope to document interesting and shiny things that have caught my fancy and that I one day may want to remember….

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  1. And
    February 22, 2011 at 13:24

    Ahh.. I am in a wonderful relationship too!!!! xxx

    • February 22, 2011 at 13:27

      that makes me very happy, sweet pea jxx

  2. Andrew Cywan
    October 7, 2012 at 12:46

    Very nice retrofit design of the Post Office Tower, is it okay with you (blog owner) that I use this graphic in my next issue (second issue of ReproAcademy)?

    I will need your name and profession for the Attribution. If you also leave me a Land Address, I will post you a copy of both issues in the very near future.

    Kind regards

    Andrew Cywan

  3. Nigel Stutt
    October 18, 2012 at 13:19

    Joe – interesting blog by the way. I’ve just sent your Linked In page to Bernine Prior and Liona Vincent who are going on about arranging a Leeds reunion next year in June to mark 25 years of our graduation, hope you can make it. And please let anyone else know about it her email address is: bernine.pryor@freenet.de. I trust you remember me by the way!

  4. Jonathan
    November 23, 2012 at 17:23

    Joe – great blog. I remember that Richard Whiteley poster and so glad to see someone else does. I’d love to have one – would you be willing to part with yours? If that’s something you’d like to consider, try me at jonathan ‘at’ boxoftricks.org and we can discuss.
    Best
    Jonathan

    • November 23, 2012 at 17:41

      Hi Jonathan
      I would be reluctant to part with any of the posters to be honest. Infact I’d like to get the missing three to compelete the set. Sorry about that..
      But thanks for taking the time comment and thanks also for the blog compliments, much appreciated.
      Regards
      Joe Blogs

  5. January 2, 2013 at 16:55

    No idea if you are on Facebook, but on reading your post about the Watermans Arms, perhaps this is of interest to you (I confess, I am one of the group admins):

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/theiodthenandnow/

  6. Helio Hara
    May 12, 2013 at 04:22

    Hi, great blog! I was looking for information about Frank Dobson and found your piece about his work. I was wondering if there are replicas/reproduction pieces being sold as original. I recently saw a dark, polished bronze sculpture marked F Dobson 1926 in an antique shop and I was wondering if it is an original piece. Do you know if his work was faked? Thank you for the help!

    • May 12, 2013 at 14:21

      Hi Helio
      I’m afraid I wouldn’t know about fake/ repro works by Dobson. The one in our park is clearly noted as a reproduction, presumably to stop people stealing it….. There are long lists of Dobson’s works available online, so you could maybe try and look it up.. good luck with that, I would be very envious if you bought it and it was genuine… if you decide not to buy it, let me know where it is and I may well go and get it for myself..
      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment
      Joe

  7. Helio Hara
    May 12, 2013 at 20:29

    Hi Joe,
    thank you! I’ll do that. His work is just amazing and information about it is still so scarce. :(.
    your text was very helpful indeed.
    Helio

  8. Mrs B
    May 7, 2016 at 11:42

    Hi – I came across your blog on the Basil Spence print you have. Could you give more information? Did you buy it from the Organist whom you mentioned in your blog. It’s a beautiful print. I’ve seen it on a poster for Midland Rail (I think) and would love to know more.

    • May 22, 2016 at 15:18

      Hi Mrs B
      Sorry its taken a while to respond.
      I bought the print at a Mid Century Modern fair. The dealer I bought it from told me he had bought if from the organist, and although I have no proof that he did, he seemed genuine and knowledgeable enough about the transaction to convince me…. There are several realted and linked posts on my blog that tell more of the story, but I know no more than what Ive written
      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment
      Joe Blogs

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