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….

  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.

    • 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.
      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):


  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

  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.

  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

  9. November 7, 2017 at 17:47

    Hi Joe,
    How goes? Have you checked out my site recently?
    Am thinking about retrofitting the BT Tower?
    Have a look at it and we can discuss a strategy.
    Kind regards,
    Andrew Cywan
    0045 2812 0848

  10. Hilary Spong
    November 29, 2018 at 21:53

    Hi Joe, would you give Bill Mitchell a call when you get a minute, thanks

  11. July 10, 2019 at 14:03

    Dear Joe,
    I am currently researching the work of William Mitchell as part of an Historic England funded project in Worcestershire. I wonder, would you mind contacting me via email in the first instance so that I can explain more about the project? I can be contacted via amindykowski@worcestershire.gov.uk
    Kind regards,
    Adam Mindykowski
    Historic Environment Advisor (Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service)

  12. roroldam
    August 8, 2019 at 15:52

    hello. Have really enjoyed your Isle of Dogs – Past Lives site. I was hoping you might be able to help me identify the opening sequence of Antonia Bird’s film Face (1997). A later sequence is on the Samuda Estate but the opening looks like somewhere different. Her commentary suggests it is also the Isle of Dogs, but I can’t find a match to the building. You can see the place here:


    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    • January 7, 2020 at 15:20

      I don’t know where it is, but I am pretty certain it is not the Isle of Dogs.

    • January 7, 2020 at 17:27

      I agree with Mick I’m afraid, I don’t recognise that as being on the Island…

  13. September 5, 2019 at 10:43

    A fascinating blog, Joe. Chris Foss, John Lautner, Spaced… It’s like you’ve googled through my own brainbox. I hope you get to return to it again, soon. Wonderful to meet you last night, too. Cheers, Robert Graves (not that one, the other one)

    • January 7, 2020 at 17:35

      Afternoon Robert,
      Thank you for your kind words..
      Apologies for the ridiculous time it’s taken to respond, I did give up blogging for a while, but I feel it’s time to get back to it… all those opinions I’ve been storing up for the last few years need to be released..
      I must congratulate you on your website btw, some really fine images, the Postcards from the Future especially.

  14. Steve
    February 14, 2020 at 21:07

    Hi Joe, found your article on Bill Mitchell whilst browsing on my iPad. I worked for Bill in the early 70s. If I can help you with anything please don’t hesitate to email me.

  15. March 27, 2020 at 16:14

    Hi Joe! I’m Owen and I shot the Chiho Aoshima collage you mentioned on your blog here: https://wharferj.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/where-is-chiho-aoshima/

    It’s great seeing that photo getting some love! I wondered if you’d be open to linking my name in your blog post back to my website, https://owenbillcliffe.co.uk? Every link back to my site makes Google like me a little bit more, and I need all the help I can get right now with the coronavirus crisis raging through the event photography industry. If you have the time I would be SO grateful. Thank you so much!

    • May 2, 2020 at 20:33

      I’d be happy to Owen, I’ll do it asap..

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