Richard Trevithick Was Born 250 Years Ago

Richard Trevithick, an engineer and inventor, was born on 13 April 1771. I am not writing a long, detailed story now, but this is just the first story of the planned series of five. The second one will be published in December, third one sometimes in 2022, fourth one in April 2023, on the 190th... Continue Reading →

YOSHIKI – XY (Kodansha, 2020)

XY is the second photo book featuring YOSHIKI. It was released in November 2020. The first one was published 28 years earlier. The photos for XY are taken by Los Angeles based photographer Melanie Pullen. With the book comes a 30 minutes long DVD that takes you to see the photo shoot at The Paramour... Continue Reading →

Standedge Canal Tunnel – opened in 1811

The construction of the Standedge Canal Tunnel was completed in the end of March 1811, and the opening ceremony was held on 4 April. Nowadays it’s a tourist destination and you can experience a trip through the five km long tunnel, or alternatively, a shorter trip that I did during my visit in September 2017.... Continue Reading →

Prologue: Det Gamla Borgå

On this day, 3 April 1898 Louis Sparre gave a very special speech here in my home town. That speech was published on that year in a book form titled Det Gamla Borgå (Old Porvoo).  This is not a story, but more or less an advert of forthcoming (hopefully) story about the subject. The reason is... Continue Reading →

Sir Joseph Bazalgette Died 130 Years Ago

Sir Joseph Bazalgette is probably most known for renewing London’s sewer system. But he was much more than that and his other work are in fact more visible than the work beneath the ground. Because the ongoing COVID-19 situation ruined my plans to go to London to study more carefully his other work and take... Continue Reading →

Oskar Simolin 1838–1911

The name "Simolin" is a household name in my home town, Porvoo. The Simolin department store was, and is still standing on the edge of the Old Town and it was a place where I visited with my parents when I was a kid. The building is full of other activities nowadays as is the... Continue Reading →

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