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Follow the Brown Signs Blog - September, 2015

“Uh-hu before you abuse, criticise and accuse walk a mile in my shoes” so sang Elvis…

September 18, 2015
IMG_5758[1]I've been excited about the opening of the Empathy Museum since I first read about its crowd funding campaign in August (through Indiegogo). The concept of a pop-up museum in a shipping container resonated with me immediately, not just because I'm rather fond of hosting random exhibitions in shipping containers given the chance but also because the museum's founder is Roman Krznaric, also a founder member of the innovative and life affirming School of Life in London and author of the book How To Find Fulfilling Work (a must-read for anyone struggling to find their...

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… but that’s another story

July 27, 2015
IMG_5672[1]A few weeks ago Go Set A Watchman, the sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird and the original manuscript that the aspiring author Harper Lee presented to her publisher in the 1950s was published and released after being presumed lost for over 60 years. The announcement of the finding and subsequent publication of the manuscript, which had spawned one of the most iconic books of all time, understandably received a monumental build up in the literary world. The climax exploded early on publication day and by 7 am when I got up...

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The bell doth toll for the Bromley Museum

June 17, 2015
Bromley MuseumLast week those of us who'd been watching the increasingly downward spiral of events unfolding at a small local museum in south east London finally heard the news confirmed that no one wanted to hear. It was not at all unexpected but nevertheless still immensely sad and frustrating that the local authority eventually announced they would be closing Bromley Museum forever as of the 1st of October 2015. No plans have been put in place to rehouse and show the collection elsewhere (unless you call a few display cabinets in an unstaffed...

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Defunct museums, rivalry to the death and the Egyptian Pharaoh hanging out at Niagara Falls

October 24, 2014
John Lenon museumAhh, greetings fair blog reader* and how goes it? I haven't had those eyes feast themselves on this here blog for a while so I'm pleased to welcome you back. *Quick aside: if a blogger writes a "web log" and is commonly referred to as a "blogger" how does one refer to a "blog" "reader"? Are you a "bleader"? I think you are, you look like one an' all.  I've digressed and I hadn't even started, sorry, back to my web logging... In the last few months I've been going out less...

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The abandoned theme park of Camelot

June 29, 2014
Magical castle This symbol adorned the brown sign pointing to a theme park called Camelot, in Lancashire. I remember trying to find out what it was a few years ago when my friend Simon at Buchanan Computing sent me a road sign design software package with lots of "locally approved" unique brown sign symbols pre-loaded onto it (he knew I'd really like them you see). Unsurprisingly this symbol caught my attention and so too did it capture @gars_grumbles imagination. She tweeted me yesterday: @lovebrownsigns flipping through your blog and saw the unique princess...

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Lincoln gets some long awaited brown sign highway cred

June 26, 2014
Lincoln brown signsLast year I was contacted by BBC radio Lincolnshire and asked to give an interview about Lincoln's long running campaign to get brown tourist signs on the A1. I agreed and, as I said in my interview, was quite surprised the city didn't have them already (the interview is here if you'd like to listen): listen to ‘BBC Lincolnshire can't get enough of this brown sign bonanza!’ on Audioboo // It turns out that the Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) have been appealing to the Highways Agency and then finally through their MP to...

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News of a scuttling

June 17, 2014
Clifton Suspension BridgeSince moving out of the Big Smoke Bristol is now my closest city. Just voted the best UK city to live according to The Sunday Times it has the winning mix of nearby countryside, lovely houses, good schools and "buzzy" feel. Its cultural and industrial heritage is outstanding, with Banksy daubing its streets and rolling stock since the early '90s and Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge and famous docks looking as grand and impressive as when the largest ships in the world once sailed from them, Bristolians have justifiable reason to be  proud...

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Great driving roads of the UK (many with brown signs FYI)

May 27, 2014
Pendle witchYesterday I was interviewed on a BBC wireless show. The subject was the great driving roads of Britain and the art of getting out and engaging in the world around you, doing some discovering for discovering's sake and you can hear my interview here :)  listen to ‘Follow the Brown Signs Mark Forrest show’ on Audioboo(function() { var po = document.createElement("script"); po.type = "text/javascript"; po.async = true; po.src = "https://d15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net/cdn/embed.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s); })();...

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Traffic Sign Regulations and General Directions 2015 news – WOOF!

May 17, 2014
Pre-worboys school signI first started this big old brown sign project of mine to celebrate the fantasticly varied and endlessly fascinating destinations across Britain that can be found simply by following a brown tourist sign, unsurprisingly then my project has immersed me in the vibrant heritage and cultural scene, but I have also often found myself immersed in the seemingly less exciting world of road regulations, traffic sign design and "roadside furniture" management. As everyone knows though I'm a massive nerd, just give me a paragraph to read on any subject, from...

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Tour de France Grand Depart – like the Tour de France but with some Yorkshire in it

May 7, 2014
Yorkshire grand departThis year the Tour de France will begin in Yorkshire. My dad's been obsessed with sweaty men in lycra puffing their way up French mountains (or "Alps" if you will) for as long as I can remember so I pricked up my little ears when the news was announced last year. I'll admit to snoring off however when I was told that my '90s favourite, Miguel Indurain, wouldn't be making an appearance. Apparently he's too old, which was distressing because he was about the only thing that got me through those...

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