Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Essex, My Essex, by Ian Sansom, who grew up looking back in Ongar. Ian is now living in Northern Ireland, but returned to Essex to record a documentary on Britain's most iconic county. He interviewed me in the Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch and promises a host of other Essex ephemera…
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Fifty four per cent of visitors to Colchester's Firstsite art gallery are only using the loos, claims an unofficial survey by Colchester residents. Though the gallery has responded by saying that even visiting the loo is a cultural experience as you have to walk past several works of art, including a Roman mosaic. I certainly enjoyed my visit there, described in The Joy of Essex, and can vouch for the loos and the coffee as well as the art, which admittedly could be a bit more populist. Still, might not a quick visit to the toilet leave Essex folk flush with a potential for future, more aesthetic visits? With luck Firstsite could become Essex's answer to the Loo-vre.