Someone once asked Paddy Ashdown “Why write a diary?” He replied, “So my grandchildren would know what their Grandpa did.”
My mother died from Alzheimer’s disease a couple of years ago, and by the time I finally got round to pose the questions I should have asked her years before, she was beyond replying.
For five years I thought I was writing this for myself. Now I’m not so sure ………
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
PICK OF THE PICS No.5
SELFRIDGES - BIRMINGHAM
Most people think of Birmingham as a bit of a dour place. How wrong they are!
It's in the middle of almost a complete revamp, and the centre has a real buzz about it. The centrepiece of the new Birmingham architecture is Selfridges Department store. Rather than going for the safe option, the designers have produced an absolute cracker of a building, like nothing you will have seen before. There isn't a straight line on it, and the outside is studded with what looks like 10,000 silver hubcaps. For once, someone's had the guts to make a hugely distinctive architectural statement, and they are to be hugely applauded for it.