Successful museums should by definition be a building designed to display a set of artefacts in a manner that ensures that the architectural design is an integral part of the understanding of the collection. This paper argues that the 19th century models for museums (and architecture) based on an understanding of tradition; provide a better synthesis of object and architecture, than short lived 21st century ‘fashion’ spaces.

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Corrymoor Socks

Corrymoor socks have been a friend to me ever since I saw them way back on an episode of BBC Countryfile. The program was about local producers with the main ones being the aforementioned sock company and an rake company, the program saw each of their websites crash and demand went through the roof.

I like many others, purchased a pair there and then and also purchased the rake but that is another story. It took a while to arrive but the appeal was there, a made in UK product that was natural and came in funky colours. I had never before tried mohair socks and my experience from wool socks is that when they get damp, they get damp and your feet get cold.

The first pair arrived and I was amazed, they fit perfectly on your feet and the advantages of the Mohair goat wool were there to feel. They adapted to the temperature so they are cool in summer and warm in winter, when they get wet they still keep your feet warm and toasty and they still have the quality of repelling sweat and smells like they would on a goat.

The best bit is that you can chuck them in the washing machine totally fine. Naturally I now own about £100 of socks and they are all wonderful, you have to be careful though as some colours do not shrink but some do (like the purple.)

You can view more information on Corrymoor here.

I am not endorsed or affiliated with Corrymoor Socks, my views are my own.

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Buff UV Headwear

My neck burns pretty easily, it is quite annoying when your out on a cycle or in a boat and the weather looks really dull and you don’t put any sunscreen on and then boom the sun pops its bright shiny head out the clouds and you go lobster.

Hopefully this Buff UV multifunction scarf should do the trick to protect my neck in such situations – it also makes you look kind of dandy, admittedly not in sahariane format…

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Mango Bikes – It has Finally Arrived

Way back in June I ordered a Mango Bike, at the time I thought the small wait would be fine but it was for various reasons prolonged until the start of September. It is such a fun process playing with the online options for hours to try and come up with a bike to your exact liking, what colour to choose and where to apply it. There are almost infinite options to choose from, I eventually picked a classic combination of a blue frame with red and white components with a cheeky bit of a pink on the handle bars and saddle.

I ordered the bike and waited, but it stayed as the screenshot for an age. These bikes are popular and sell out immediately when stock comes in so you have to wait a few months to get your baby.

Eventually it arrived and everything is well, I have yet to ride it extensively but it does accelerate well and pings around corners. The saddle is fantastically uncomfortable however and I will be changing that for a Brooks Colt ASAP.

Here are some pics, the weather hasn’t been good enough for beauty shots yet:

The box – the tea was a necessity
How it arrives… looks a little daunting.
The finished bike!


Little test ride around a local lake


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