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BUILDING A BETTER BLOG

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WEBWATCH

My AJ colleagues view my enthusiasm for blogs with condescending amusement.

But I was not very surprised when one sheepishly emailed me: 'OK, I give in, http: // bldgblog. blogspot. com/ is quite interesting.' This is Bldg Blog, the work of Philadelphia-based writer Geoff Manaugh. It has just two columns. Captions and images run down the left, down the right goes a list of links to earlier captioned images, plus interesting sites.

It couldn't be simpler or easier to manage.

There are search engines for this and other blogs, and there is a link to getting your own blog from www.

blogger. com. Please do the latter only after careful thought and after taking an extended look at Bldg Blog itself. And, after being sure you could do it only half as well, then don't.

What is great about the site, apart from good spelling and an absence of the editor's opinion on everything, is its content.

Try some of these: 'Sky Tunnels of Toronto' ( a scheme to get rid of horrible lycra cyclists via giant glass tubes in the sky); 'Simian Urbanism' (city planning lessons from the movie King Kong); 'Cities That Clean Themselves' (photocatalytic concrete);

and 'Silt' (a meditation on J G Ballard). Wonderful.

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