Monthly Archives: March 2015

The twentieth century’s cathedral: Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Part II)

From steel to grass The closure of the Rheinische Stahlwerke zu Meiderich bei Ruhrort left in its wake unemployment and pollution by the bucketful. Nowhere was this poisonous legacy more evident in the vast wasteland stretching between the towering blast furnaces … Continue reading

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Not on the Circle Line: glimpses from London’s outer boroughs.

Like many other Londoners, I spend most of time outside the centre, the area – roughly delimited by the Circle Line’s tracks – where the overwhelming majority of the tourist attractions are and where visitors flock. Outside, oblivious to them, lie beautiful … Continue reading

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The twentieth century’s cathedral: Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Part I)

“Düsseldorf?” asked Terry, taking a sip of coffee from his paper cup. “Me’ old man used to fly over there a lot”. Terry, a retired teacher from Newcastle, was flying on his daughter’s staff travel to New York; as for … Continue reading

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Russian cars

As a kid I used to love those old cop films, shot in Italy or Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, where cops with the mandatory mustache, brown shirts and bell-bottomed trousers fought crime and terrorism (or both at the same … Continue reading

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“In Search of Kazakhstan”, by Christopher Robbins, Profile Books

I might not be a shopper faithful to the brands, but when it comes to books I’m quite a man of habit in the sense that I have a tendency to stick with an author that I know and respect and … Continue reading

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How The Other Half Lives – Jacob Riis and the birth of street photography

When I started taking photos (I don’t call myself a ‘photographer’ and I don’t ‘do photography’, those words infer a degree of technical prowess that I don’t master) my only source of inspiration was the occasional copy of the National Geographic … Continue reading

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Tbilisi people watching

The main objective of my visit to Tbilisi was the architecture of the city’s centre. However, what about its people? I was fresh from a rather disappointing stint in Oman, where I succeeded in being ignored, shooed off or be treated … Continue reading

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The stubborn resilience of life

Ruins. Peeled paint. Rust. Dust. Walls tilted to impossible angles, defying gravity. Roofs caving in. Empty plots strewn with rubbish. Stray animals. These are some of the features that welcome the visitor in Tbilisi’s old town and, there’s no way … Continue reading

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Memories of a place I’m missing

Surfing through the Internet a little ago, I found out that a gigantic (well, at least for Italian standards) skyscraper has mushroomed out of a disused industrial area in Torino, Italy. The area, known as ex Fiat Avio (Fiat Avio, an aerospace … Continue reading

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Precarious Equilibriums – Tbilisi’s Old Town, between neglect and recovery

It does not happen everyday to see a gigantic statue of a woman, with the features of a robot out of 1950s sci-fi film, clutching a sword and dominating from the natural pedestal of a steep hill. The statue, Kartlis … Continue reading

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