The Bog Standard Advisor: The Town Hall, Barrow in Furness

It's said that Barrow Upon Furness is built the wrong way round; the front of things are at the back and the back of things are on the front.  This is as true of Barrow Town Hall as it of much of its wider urban landscape: so a visitor who has been caught short and … Continue reading The Bog Standard Advisor: The Town Hall, Barrow in Furness

The Bog Standard Advisor: St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

An OfSTED inspector once confided in me: if you really want to know a school, go and visit its toilets. And she was not wrong: for all the froth and razzmatazz that a school could muster when government inspectors came to visit,there would be many times they would forget to look after the basics of … Continue reading The Bog Standard Advisor: St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The Bog Standard Advisor: Nottingham Town Hall.

Nottingham Town Hall is a highly salubrious venue when it comes to visiting the city’s glorious past and the many artefacts that reflect its long industrial history. It sits in the pride of place of Market Square and naturally attracts a lot of street vendors, mobile tea and coffee units and neighbouring restaurants. What is less … Continue reading The Bog Standard Advisor: Nottingham Town Hall.

The Bog Standard Advisor: what’s it all about?

There are endless restaurant reviews across the world, reviewing every edible thing from eggs to echidna and back again.  One thing they all have in common is that they review and comment on the facilities which involve putting food and drink of various quantities and qualities into the human being. What they frequently omit to mention are … Continue reading The Bog Standard Advisor: what’s it all about?

The pressing question for the Modern City: how to deal with Urination Hot Spots?

Deeply woven into the psyche of our cities planners are many challenges of great significance: traffic lights, pedestrianisation and the night-time economy to name but three. The third member of this triumvirate of city signifiers brings many benefits but has also led to the emergence of a rather peculiar and problematic cityscape feature: the urination … Continue reading The pressing question for the Modern City: how to deal with Urination Hot Spots?