The storms of Pompeii.

I clutched my camera firmly to my chest, hunkered down and learned against a wall made 2000 years or so years ago. My nylon poncho flailed around in the wind as a bitterly cold rain lashed my face. The ceiling of this building had been blown away in a storm of a different kind long…

Rome: Exiting to the Vatican

I’ll just say this. There comes a point when you are spending so much time with the great classics of art, that you find yourself really grasping what modern art is all about. Gosh I love history, but while I was surrounded by such breathtaking pieces of art I felt myself desperately seeking a breath…

Rome: City of typewriters

The flying time from Melbourne, Australia is brutal. I watched the sun rise as our plane took off at 6am, only to see it set 22 hours later as we commenced our descent into Leonardo Da Vinci – fiumicino Airport. On the way we stopped by Dubai for two hours, providing a stark contrast in…

Cold Hard Type.

In a group email recently Richard Polt discussed the idea of producing a book made up of contributed stories about typewriters and typing in a post apocalyptic world. And why not! I started writing a series something like that a little while ago which I am yet to finish. The first of which episode can…

New Podcast Episode

In this jet-lagged episode I visit an exhibition in a gallery in Rome, Italy, where the art of Olivetti’s design, as well as the company’s past and future is examined. In the Filthy Labs segment, I revisit my 2012 blog on 3D printing a typewriter. As usual, my podcast is available on iTunes podcast: Or…