October 17, 2014

P-Plates. A right of passage for every dumb bastard.

I’m seeing pictures on facebook of godchildren and nieces proudly holding their P-plates in front of their parents’ cars. Congratulations darling, you are about to get fat, vote for wars in Iraq, buy a house out […]
October 16, 2014

Bike planning lessons from Umberto Eco and Charles Jencks

Semiotics was a theory-fad among architects when I was a student. It did yield one useful lesson though: the lesson of the toilet bowl. It starts with Umberto Eco who said some objects are so well […]
October 15, 2014

How to be happy

Here in Australia we have just enjoyed Mental Health Week, during which every radio program it seems had some shrink as a guest. Let me save you the worry of downloading all of those podcasts. Open […]
October 11, 2014

When knowledge alone isn’t power

Unlike some other experts in the field of bicycle advocacy and urbanism I don’t carry thousands of stats in my head—just a few personal favourites. You amass lots of facts and rational arguments if you’re heading […]
October 10, 2014

Life During Wartime

I was 15 and staying with my dad in the holiday caravan of one of his friends. I got to hear him tell a story he would never tell at home, of the time his navy […]