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Surface Design Show 2010

There are two shows I attend year in year out without fail. The first is of course 100% Design, a round up of everything fabulous in the design industry. The second is The Surface Design Show, a more detailed, trade focussed event open to the public showcasing the current uses and trends in interior and exterior surfacing. A lot smaller that 100percent, this event is all about new product launches, samples to you door via a scan badge (:D) and an amazing seminar programme –

BRE Seminars
Day 1 (17th February)
11.30 – 12.00: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products
13.00 – 13.30: Resource Efficiency
14.30 – 15.00: The Green Guide to Specification
15.30 – 16.00: ‘How Green is Green?’
Day 2 (18th February)
11.30 – 12.00: Environmental Profiles specifically focusing on flooring
13.00 – 13.30: Materials Fire-Testing and Certification
14.30 – 15.00: Environmental Profiles
15.30 – 16.00: BREEAM

The RIBA Lunchtime Portraits
Day 1 (17th February)
Future Intelligence in Material Application – Healthcare
13.00- 14.00: UCL Cancer Institute, with Neven Sidor at Grimshaw Architects and Prof. Mark Enright at Imperial College
Day 2 (18th February)
13.00 – 14.00: Sustainable Concretes and Surface Innovation – Housing
The Tarling Estate- with S333 Architects and Elaine Toogood at the Concrete Centre

The Construction Products Association Seminars
Day 1 (17th February)
14.00 – 14.30: The New Energy Efficiency Regulations 2010
Day 2 (18th February)
12.00 – 12.30: Responsible Sourcing

RIBA CPD Seminars
Day 1 (17th February)
12.00 – 12.30: Muraspec – Disability Discrimination Act and Colour Contrast CPD
15.00 – 15.30: Mapei – Epoxy Resin and Cementitious Flooring
Day 2 (18th February)
14.00 – 14.30: Schott Glass – Reflections in Glass

“Visitors already booked for 2010 include architects, designers and project managers from: Zaha Hadid Architects, Gensler, HOK, Foster & Partners, Will Alsop & RMJM, KCA International, PRP Architects, Nokia, Ford Motor Co, Aston Martin, Selfridges, Harrods, The London Regency Hotel, Southampton University Hospitals’ NHS Trust, London Underground and more!”

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
N1 0QH
Register here

I wanna go!

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Oh man.. Le Corbusier @ the Barbican heavenly, dont miss it! 19 February 2009 – 24 May 2009


Bollywood Training School

Photo from Topnews

If you fancy a bit of shaking your bootie Indian style, check out the press on London’s new Bollywood training ground. Set up by top Indian actors Anupam Kher, Urmila Matondkar, Tabu and Boman Irani, the school will open in September. (Thanks to Boing Boing.)

Photo from Topnews

Just Shoot Me


Another cracking 2 week workshop from my Alma Mater, The London Film School. This one is for the shooters out there: Lighting for HD with award-winning Cinematographer Nina Kellgren BSC. You can get more information here. Discounts available for freelancers.

Exercise your Writing Muscles

50th%20logo%20small.jpgI blogged a few weeks ago about the Writers Gym with Ellis Freeman at the London Film School. It’s an eight week course aimed at getting participants to exercise their writing muscles. I’ve been doing this course, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to recommend it highly.

I’ve been writing nearly all my life and have always enjoyed the solitary nature of the beast. So, I was quite skeptical about being on a course with other writers, planned exercises, etc. But, I’m really getting into it. It’s amazing how many excuses we make up to keep us from writing. This course helps you to get rid of all of the excuses and to develop the discipline of getting down to writing. I’ve already noticed the difference after two sessions.

There’s another eight week session starting on the 16th of October.

Travel and Childcare Grants

Remember those film workshops at the London Film School wot I wrote about last week? Now Skillset has gotten involved by providing travel and childcare grants for the Technical Drawing class (August 20th to 31st). A good deal as this course is an intensive 2 weeks. You can email my mate Saskia for more details at And, you can see more info here. I’ll also be there taking photos, but that is probably not as big an incentive to be there as the free childcare.


Had a fantabulous time at the Central St. Martin’s BA Fashion Show. CW scored us some tickets, and we tubed it over to York Hall in Bethnal Green. Forty students were showing their work, and it varied from “stuff I would wear if I bought new clothes” to some kind of spooky performance art and everything in between. Here are some pics I took on the mobile, so beware of the quality.

School Holidays

Well, it’s the start of the 3 week school holidays that can only mean one thing – the start of complete brain damage whilst all the parents in the land try and find enough stuff for their sprogs to do every day without depleting their bank account at the same time. It is a virtually impossible task. Our local tennis camp lasts 2 hours per day and costs £150 per week. Quite what they expect the kids to do for the other 6 working hours I have no idea. So far I’ve booked some comedy at the Soho Theatre for the Saturday afternoon and a 2-for-1 special at Roast. I know that London is a great city but most kids that live here have done the Natural History Museum, the V&A, the Science Museum as part of school trips. As a kid I remember relishing the holidays as a chance to mess around but after a week my kids just want to go back school. Is that a good thing?

The Public School System

In retrospect I had an idyllic childhood even though I hated school, had spots until I was nearly 40 and wore baggy clothes to hide my humongous breasts that attracted attention wherever I went. Still, I was lucky being American that I never had to go through the grueling entrance examination process that faces every 13 year old child here wanting to go to public school. All the good London schools are oversubscribed with children looking at a 1-20 chance of getting their first choice of school and parents looking at fees of £10,000/year+ for sending them there.


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