The Sydney Opera House and the amazing story of the French genius behind the design of the sails

We took this photo of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings during our one year backpacking journey in January 2000. Like most people I guess it never occurred to us how such a complex building had come about. In 2019 I read about the death of a man originally from France, Joseph Bertony, who carried out 30,000 manual calculations by hand to create the sails. Incredible! Most of us live very uneventful lives compared to this man and his story is a most interesting one, His story will fascinate you so it’s definitely worth a read.

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Have bicycle – Will travel far and lightly on the planet

This is an organic cotton T-shirt using a base Teemill design that we have modified. For cleaner air in our towns and cities and for our personal health many more of us are going to have to switch to walking, cycling or sharing transport systems. Today’s model of ever more and larger polluting vehicles only causes unnecessary pollution and is unsustainable in resource terms even if they are personal electric cars. There are around 7,800,000,000 of us and in 2020 alone, 366 days, the human population increased by the equivalent of ten Switzerlands, 80,000,000. There is no way we can give this sort of growth a sustainable lifestyle without seriously degrading the planet. The bicycle is a humble solution but it has to be married to the way our infrastructure is built and much of that has been built for the personal car and is therefore wrong and will need to be changed. Anne Hidalgo’s 15 minute city is the perfect marriage between urban living and the bicycle. The T-shirt is available from, You can read about the 15 minute Paris here,

Hey, you looking at me?

I was in a shop and I noticed the display and that with certain angles the mannequin appeared to be watching me through a mirror. It reminded me of the film Mannequin with Kim Cattrall, I can’t remember where I saw it first but I do remember seeing it in a pizza restaurant in Mompos, a small town in Colombia over twenty years ago.