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I am married to Spiderbaby and live in Banbury, Oxfordshire after eight years living in the USA and Sweden. I am working and training as a clinical scientist for the NHS in Oxford.

There are now over ten years of photographs on my blog! It all started with a photograph I took on the 1st of May 2004... It's been a wonderful journey, thank you all who have shared it with me, and made this blogging community one I keep coming back to!

Interesting things I read recently:

"Only one in five people born [in the UK] since 1975 believes in God".
Source: Prof David Voas, University of Essex

"For every dollar invested in the Human Genome project, $141 was returned to the US economy". Francis Collins, NIH
Source: New Scientist 27 July 2013.

I am Pavlovs_dog on PSN and would be happy to link up with Playstation-owning mobloggers : )

Too Much Information: The first album I ever bought was the Fraggle Rock soundtrack. Pretty cool, eh? I was only 16 : )

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From the concrete brutalist school of architecture...

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...I give you the Scottish parliament. Having toured this ghastly excuse for a building I'm beginning to feel it was the Scots that got the raw end of devolution. Then again I bet it was the English that paid for most of it ; P

Gael says:

I thought it was fab, especially from the inside. Intriguing blend of the practical and the aesthetic, with a touch of the surreal for good luck : )

21st Jan 2007, 17:52

crickson says:

Then, with the greatest respect, you are mental. It's incredibly ugly, bits look like they've been glued onto the outside, there's no overarching architectural theme to the building, it's just a mess. The use of 'Scottish marble' (i.e. concrete) for just about everything makes it look like a relic of the 1960-70s.

22nd Jan 2007, 11:10

anonymous says:

I went to Stirling University, and now I'm at Essex - 1960's concrete prison architecture is in my blood : )

22nd Jan 2007, 12:07

Gael NLI says:

Anon was me! I shall return with a robust defence of my sanity in due course ...

22nd Jan 2007, 12:09

OJ says:

I like brutalist architecture too Crickson, though I haven't been in the completed Scottish parliament I have seen the pods glued onto the outside and I've seen pictures of their use as window seats, which I'd love to use myself.

As your fourth picture reveals, that concrete can be very warm depending on the light.

22nd Jan 2007, 12:12

crickson says:

You're both mad I tell you. It looks like a municipal swimming pool.

22nd Jan 2007, 14:32

FilbertFox says:

i have to agree it has a certain (anti)charm. And don't you dare call me mad Cricks, unless you want pain....

22nd Jan 2007, 15:24

OJ says:

Some of my happiest memories were formed at municipal swimming pools ;)

Does it have a hydroslide?

But seriously, I'm quite fascinated by this little beauty. Perhaps I like buildings that provoke a strong reaction...

22nd Jan 2007, 15:32

Gael says:

Go see for yourself Oj - it's fab : ) interesting counterpoint to Holyrood House over the road, too : ) where they do v good cake ...

22nd Jan 2007, 15:42

OJ says:

I should do. My friend who lived in Edinburgh doesn't live there anymore, hence I saw a lot of the building work but not the finished thing.

22nd Jan 2007, 16:00

crickson says:

Don't go! It's awful! It has no charm at all!

*senses this has all gone awry, but can't figure out how.

22nd Jan 2007, 17:42

FilbertFox says:

tee hee

22nd Jan 2007, 17:43