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A Day Off At The Seaside After Working All Week At Brentford FC

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A Day Off At The Seaside After Working All Week At Brentford FC

As well as Scandiwegians, I also have a 'day job' I do when my services are required. It's installing and maintaining electrical tv broadcasting equipment at major sports grounds like Wembley, Wimbledon and English Premier League ("EPL") football grounds. June and July is the peak period as that's when the EPL isn't playing, so work can be done on their grounds. How much work is required, so whether they need me, depends on which teams get promoted to the EPL each year. This year Brentford*, a team that had never been in the EPL before, got promoted so they needed a new installation. Brentford is in London,...

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 2

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 2

All about the return of the Scandiwegians to our beautiful old cottage in Reigate Surrey England. We discuss our bathrooms and flooring choices on a tight budget. Our Gingerbread House is a bit of a mix of styles that we call Victorian Cottage meets Scandinavian Modern, which may sound strange but we think works rather well.

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

During the 1960s and 1970s there was still a mass manufacturing industry in Northern Europe and the latest cutting edge designs began to be incorporated into everyday household goods. These new styles were often the work of graduates of the region's most prestigious art & design schools. Where once these avant garde designs would have been the preserve of the rich and privileged, now they could be bought on the high street and were within the reach of the masses.  To use a wonderful phrase that completely captures this trend, there was a democratisation of design.  Take the example of J&G Meakin and...

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

The 1950s-70s was a time of unparalleled creativity in Northern Europe. The war was over and there was an understandable sense of relief that turned into optimism and hope for a better future. The war had changed things. Huge social and cultural changes took place in the 1960s which, combined with technological advances and increased wealth & leisure time lead to a consumer boom. These were unprecedented times and they led to a surge of artistic creativity.

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How the British Fell in Love with Coffee

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How the British Fell in Love with Coffee

A little history of the British switch from tea to coffee drinking.

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