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Andrew Whitehead

Our introduction to Andrew Whitehead was through his work with the BBC, and during research of the Spitalfields area of London. He is a writer and lecturer with interests in the culture and politics of India, historic London, architecture, and political memorabilia. His blog is frequently updated and includes photography and a wide variety of topics.



Directly Related:
Curious London Area guides | Five Leaves Independent Book Shop |

Jess Dante

Our introduction to Jess Dante was a candid Q'n'A video about her life and relationships as an American living in England. As it turned out, Dante is the woman behind an online guide to visiting or living in London called Love and London. Dante has interesting views from a slightly different perspective, and produces travel vlogs and written guides to London for visitors.

Directly Related:
Love and London Website | A feature about Soho with Londoner and EFL teacher Aly from Papa Teach Me | Professional photographer Ewa Horaczko

John Rogers

Our introduction to John Rogers was through a video tour of the docklands area during research for a feature on the E14 area of London. Rogers is a writer and filmmaker who is currently out there, walking areas of London and reflecting on what was, what could be, and picking up on the details of urban environments and social comment that's left in plain view.

Directly Related:
The Lost Byway Website | Full documentary London Overground - Iain Sinclair & Andrew Kötting | Bob and Roberta Smith (Patrick Brill) Make Your Own Damn Art |
Herbert Wright talks about Post-digital psychogeography

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James Burke James Burke

Science Historian

Reggie Watts Reggie Watts

Vocal Artist Beatboxer Musician Comedian

Lucinda Lambton Lucinda Lambton

Writer Photographer Broadcaster
Field : Architecture

Jonathan Meades Jonathan Meades

Writer Journalist Presenter Film Maker

Sut Jhally Sut Jhally

Professor of Communication

Grayson Perry Grayson Perry

Artist Potter Writer Presenter

Ian Nairn - Field: Architecture Ian Nairn

Writer Critic Presenter
Field : Architecture

Clara Lieu Clara Lieu

Visual Artist Professor

Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

Filmmaker Journalist

Barbara Palvin Barbara Palvin

Model Actress

Sir Roger Scruton Sir Roger Scruton

Writer Philosopher

Lucy Worsley Lucy Worsley

Historian Author Curator Presenter

Martha Graham Martha Graham

Dancer Choreographer

Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken Robinson

Author Speaker
Field : Education

Poh Ling Yeow Poh Ling Yeow

Chef Artist Presenter

Andy Gotts Andy Gotts


Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell

Philosopher Historian Mathematician Writer

Sir Peter Ustinov Sir Peter Ustinov

Actor Writer Filmmaker Director Designer Humourist

Pat McGrath Pat McGrath

Make-up Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang Cai Guo-Qiang

Contemporary Artist

Maggi Hambling Maggi Hambling

Painter Sculptor

Benjamin Zander Benjamin Zander

Conductor Composer Music Director

Ramani Durvasula Ramani Durvasula

Psychologist Author

Chris Cunningham Chris Cunningham

Filmmaker Video Artist Music Producer

David Bailey David Bailey


Bridget Riley Bridget Riley


Jane Bown Jane Bown


Carrie Poppy Carrie Poppy

Host Journalist Writer Speaker
Field : Behavior Belief

Vanessa Hill Vanessa Hill

Science Educator Presenter

Mariko Mori Mariko Mori

Photography Digital Art Sculpture

Liz Bonnin Liz Bonnin

Biochemist Biologist Presenter

Sir David Attenborough Sir David Attenborough

Broadcaster Naturalist

Dian Fossey Dian Fossey

Ethologist Primatologist

Jane Goodall Jane Goodall

Anthropologist Primatologist

Bettany Hughes Bettany Hughes

Historian Author Broadcaster

Mary Beard Mary Beard

Scholar Classicist

Yayoi Kusama Yayoi Kusama

Painting Sculpture Installation Art Writing

David Hockney David Hockney

Painter Printmaker Stage Designer Photographer

Kara Walker Kara Walker

Conceptual Art Painting Printmaking Collage

R. D. Laing R. D. Laing


Edward de Bono Dr. Edward de Bono

Physician Psychologist Author

Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway

Journalist Novelist

Philip Larkin Philip Larkin

Poet Novelist Librarian

Marina Abramovic Marina Abramović

Performance Artist Art Filmmaker

Yoonj Kim Yoonj Kim

Correspondent Writer Presenter

Rachel Carson Rachel Carson

Author Marine Biologist Conservationist

Rachel Carson Noam Chomsky

Linguist Philosopher Cognitive Scientist Historian

Spike Lee Spike Lee

Director Producer Writer Actor

Richard Feynman Richard Feynman

Theoretical Physicist

Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking

Theoretical Physicist Cosmologist Author

Professor Brian Cox Brian Cox


Chris Bishop Chris Bishop

Professor of Computer Science

Alexandra Munroe Alexandra Munroe

Curator Art Historian

Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield

Film Director

Janet Street-Porter Janet Street-Porter

Journalist Broadcaster

Erving Goffman Erving Goffman

Sociologist Social Psychologist Writer

Lynda La Plante Lynda La Plante

Author Screenwriter Actress

Stanley Donwood Stanley Donwood

Artist Writer

Stanley Donwood Robert Sapolsky

Neurobiologist Physiology Biological Anthropologist

Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood

Poet Novelist Literary Critic

Paul Ekman Paul Ekman

Psychologist Anthropologist

Daniel Dennett Daniel Dennett

Philosopher Writer Cognitive Scientist

Cornel West Cornel West

Philosopher Social Critic Author

Nikolaus Pevsner Nikolaus Pevsner

Field : Art Architecture

Sir John Betjeman Sir John Betjeman

Poet Writer Broadcaster

Alan Bennett Alan Bennett

Author Playwright Screenwriter

Dennis Potter Dennis Potter

Dramatist Screenwriter Journalist

Charlie Brooker Charlie Brooker

Presenter Author Screenwriter Producer Social Critic

Hunter S. Thompson Hunter S. Thompson

Journalist Author

Glenn Wilson Glenn Wilson


Sonoya Mizuno Sonoya Mizuno

Actress Model Ballet Dancer

Paula Abdul Paula Abdul

Singer Dancer Choreographer

Misty Copeland Misty Copeland

Ballet Dancer

Bob Fosse Bob Fosse

Dancer Musical-theatre Choreographer

Kay Redfield Jamison Kay Redfield Jamison

Clinical Psychologist Writer
Field : Bipolar Disorder

Ursula Stephen Ursula Stephen

Field : Hair Stylist

James Joyce James Joyce

Writer Poet Literary Critic

Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut


Derren Brown Derren Brown

Mentalist Illusionist Author

James Randi James Randi

Stage Magician Skeptic of Paranormal and Pseudo-science

Stephen Fry Stephen Fry

Actor Comedian Writer

Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens

Author Columnist Journalist

Gerald Scarfe Gerald Scarfe

Cartoonist Illustrator

Storm Thorgerson Storm Thorgerson

Graphic Designer Music Video Director

Storm Thorgerson David Gilmour


Kimsooja Kimsooja

Conceptual Artist

Dame Evelyn Glennie Dame Evelyn Glennie


Frank Zappa Frank Zappa

Musician Composer

Igor Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky

Composer Pianist Conductor

Terry Gilliam Terry Gilliam

Screenwriter Director Animator

Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki

Animator Screenwriter Author Manga Artist

Daniel Day (Dapper Dan) Dapper Dan

Fashion Designer Haberdasher

Cara Delevingne Cara Delevingne

Model Actress

John Peel John Peel

DJ Radio Presenter Journalist

Vivian Stanshall Vivian Stanshall

Singer Musician Author Poet

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lawyer Supreme Court Justice

David Herbert Lawrence D H Lawrence

Writer Poet

Chen Man Chen Man

Photographer Digital Artist



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