Paul Rabbitts FRSA FLI
Author, Parks Historian, Public Speaker
|Posted on June 12, 2016 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
In the last 12-18 months, I don't think I have seen so much in the media, online and on social media and so many people commentating on such wide and major issues. There does seem to be a rise in worldwide issues that I must admit, make it a challenging and dangerous world we now live in.
Leave or Remain Campaign
Every day we hear reasons why to leave or why to remain. I have no intention of giving any reasons for either because I simply don't know and not sure which way to...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 9, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (2)|
A blog that emanates from a great meeting with Historic England today in Swindon, and with their Head of Publishing. Why? Unlike many history publishers, Historic England are not prolific but seem to concentrate on quality, somewhat more academic but cover such great subjects such as Turkish Baths, Breweries, Cinemas and Seaside architecture. Its diverse and they are keen to widen their portfolio on parks hence the new book on the social history of the bandstand.
But the discussio...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 28, 2016 at 3:10 PM||comments (1)|
Interesting times in the world of parks, as always, and lots of views on the park run blog which I posted on Facebook. It certainly raised the profile of parks so clearly nothing like a bit of controversy to raise the ante.
It led me to think about how parks have evolved over the last 150 years and the introductions, losses, changes, re-introductions there has been in these great landscapes. From the earliest parks such as Sefton Park, Victoria Park, Derby Arboretum and Birkenhead...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
There has been much in the news this last few days about a Parish Council in Bristol who have taken the decision to charge for their weekly park run. Check out this link. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2016/apr/13/why-charging-for-parkrun-is-a-terrible-idea
So is this a good idea? Is it the thin end of the wedge? Ar...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 27, 2016 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
I have been called many things over the years, and latterly termed a Dull Man but its always been an issue what people think about me. I think we all want to be liked in some ways although I suppose some really don't care, but truth be known, it does matter to me what people think about me. I have never been one for having loads and loads of friends and going out with mates, or even been a party person, but a number of people mainly through work and Uni, have been with me for a long ti...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 6, 2016 at 7:45 AM||comments (1)|
This is a funny.
I met a chap at work yesterday who I had never had the pleasure of meeting before who was keen to see whether we could work together on a project. He asked about the Cassiobury Park project in Watford and what it entailed and went on to describe the new Hub and the relocation of the bandstand back into the park. Of course he didn't know I have an obsession with them, so he went on to mention about the nutter he heard on Radio 2 a few weeks ago regaling the virtues...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 20, 2016 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Happy New Year everyone. Its now mid January and its cold, so cold and trying to stick to New Year resolutions. I am certainly spending more time on the train travelling into Watford. Which brings me onto the subject of this blog. Crap towns seems to have been a bit of a fashion over the last few years with bookshelves rammed with books on Crap Towns and Crap Towns 2 and lots of polls about the shittiest places to live in the UK. The latest isRead Full Post »
|Posted on December 23, 2015 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
So sat listening to yet another Xmas song on the radio - its on all the time in the office (John Lennon / Yoko Ono seems most popular). I always start feeling festive around about now. I hate the shopping aspect of it and the blind panic in people's faces. Its one day of the year. Anyway, people off, emails down to single figures and looking forward to a few things:-
|Posted on October 28, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
The definition of being dull - "uninteresting, boring, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, flat and bland" - to name but a few. Apparently I am one of Great Britain's Dullest Men, according to a new book out of the very same name. To tell the story, a took a call from a very interesting American fella called Leland Carlson who a couple of years back did a calendar on Britain's Dullest Men and it sold so well, he decided on a book and felt I should be in it because of the bandstand fetish. Hilarious...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Ah, as thin as the hair on my ever decreasing mop top, lots to write about but just haven't got around to it. Jeez a lot has happened over the last few weeks. What is going on in this mad world.
Personally, a short spell in hospital, gory details spared, but time to think. Then a wonderful time in Italy. A week in Umbria and Tuscany. My, the Italians have it right, they really don't give a damn - so relaxed and chilled, wonderful community spirit among the people, stunning landsca...Read Full Post »