Sketched V U E . #1

1950s Plans for Easter House, Glasgow

Easterhouse, Glasgow

Proposed plans drawn up in 1963 for a new Easter House Township Centre in Glasgow.

Plans: John Rodger

A dog’s best friend is his man

Serbia - Dog Show in the Sun

A warm October Saturday morning in the heart of Serbia, cars begin to arrive from distant places.

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Italy, the reprise

View of Coastal Village on the Amalfi Coast

For those of you that enjoyed escaping from the cold January weather to the sunnier climes of southern Italy in our last post, here are three more photos from Laure’s trip to Ravello village on the Amalfi Coast. Bellissima!

Photography: Laure Barthez

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Italy: A French Perspective

Sunset mountains at San Vito lo Capo in Sicily

When Laure reached her final year at Montpellier University she fancied a change. A big change. Without a word of Italian she packed up a bag and headed off to Salerno to complete her studies.

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Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an an enormous reward. You will have created something.

Kurt Vonnegut

More from Vonnegut here.

Portrait of a Street #1 Picadilly

The Ritz - A Warm Welcome

Picadilly, London

If there’s one city that does Christmas right, it’s London. Picadilly is full of merriment and festive cheer at this time of year, take a look at our photos for a portrait of the street and a taste of the British capital; the doormen at the Ritz welcomed us with style and the Royal Academy was magic in the hushed rain.

Wherever you are, we hope your holidays are bright and that you’ve had some time out this week to make the most of friends, family and a little time to spare for  yourselves. Merry Christmas one and all! Baci, bisous, kisses, from the V U E . team.

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Polaroid Postcards from Calvi on the Rocks

Cat on Wall in Calvi

Calvi, Corsica

In the lead up to more stories from the heart of the Serbian countryside, we thought it was time for a little trip to the sea.

If there’s one festival we recommend you pencil into your diary next summer, it’s Calvi on the Rocks. Situated on the beaches of Corsica with mountains and pure sunshine as a backdrop, festivals don’t get much better than this. You dance in the sea with a bright cocktail in hand amidst the most beautiful people you could imagine – it must be the French. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll probably see the musicians soaking up the sun beside you – it’s just the right size to make you feel like you’re partying amongst friends. The quality of the music is top notch too with a great mix of that unique electro pop the Parisians do so well. LCD Soundsystem played one of their final gigs here, Sebastien Tellier and Hot Chip are regulars too. If that’s not enough to convince you, have a flick through my polaroid postcards from 2010’s festival. It can only get better.

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Mining Serbian Heritage

Creating a Regional Tourism Centre at Senjski Rudnik mine in central Serbia – an EU Project in association with the Government of Serbia.

Senjski Rudnick is a small mining village about 2 hours drive south of Belgrade, the Serbian capital. The settlement is set in beech wood covered hills and dates back to the opening of the Alexander shaft in 1853. Its significance is that this was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Serbia. Unfortunately although the coal mine in the village is still in operation, the village suffers from depopulation and the houses, school and other properties are in a very poor condition.

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V U E . S to Come

Cobbled Street With Man Reading - Serbia

Welcome to V U E .’s winter season. Out with the posh nosh, in with people, heritage and history. Where next for International V U E . ? We’ll be putting the focus on Serbia  with photo essays exploring rural tales of entrepreneurship, local dog shows and all the wonderful things long-term collaborator John Rodger came across during his travels in the country.

We can’t wait to share it all with you.

Text: Jessie Rodger

Photography: John Rodger

It’s Samos Perfect


Samos, Greece

To love a street enough to want to visit the whole town time and again doesn’t happen often, even less a whole island. Samos quietly bucks this trend. On the East side of the main town you stumble along what can only be described as the perfect Grecian street. The pastel shades of the famous island houses meet turquoise sea in a quiet yet vibrant corner of the town. What makes this spot even better is the few cafés perched on the harbour front; a simple corner away from the main town but a world apart from the bustle of visitors.

If your idea of a perfect holiday is iced coffees under the sun, time to read, great company and quiet without isolation – make Samos your next Greek island stop.

Text and Photography: Jessie Rodger

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