The personal site of Tom Coates, co-founder of Product Club

History

On the design of American State flags…

08/06/2006

A few weeks ago I found a weird little sideline in the project I was working on that I decided to explore for a while and it drew me inexorably towards a subject that I’d never even thought about before – American State Flags. It’s quite difficult to trace the path that brought me to Read More

On Belaugh House circa 1900…

01/07/2004

Here’s something quite special (for me at least). While I was up in Norfolk over Christmas, my mother showed me a picture that had been taken of our home shortly after it had been completed (circa 1900). It may sound ridiculous, but I find it extraordinary how immediately recognisable it remains despite all the additions Read More

Two early views of income tax…

10/21/2003

Thanks to Radio 4 for these two early positions on Income Tax. Nicholas Vansittart, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1816 put the case for the tax: “This tax would press less on the lower orders of society than any tax which could be devised… It was a tax more upon the rich than Read More

Return to Broadcasting House…

07/01/2003

So I don’t know where to start really so I’m just going to come out and say it. After several weeks of organisation, negotiation and discussion I find myself cheerfully back in gainful employment. My new job has almost intimidating potential and at the moment is a little large a concept to easily digest, but Read More

A piece of writing from a book about Baudrillard pertaining specifically to Nietszche and history…

10/23/2002

I’ve been re-reading a little book on Baudrillard because it’s the only thing that fits in the pocket of my brand new coat (excessive money spent – we’ll say no more about this). In it I’ve stumbled upon a section about Baudrillard’s relationship to history and his debt to Nietszche that really appeals to me. Read More

Factfile: Belaugh, Norfolk

04/01/2002

I’m collating all the information I can find about the tiny Norfolk village of ‘Belaugh’ where I grew up, as part of my ongoing attempt to get some sense of personal history and where I fit into the world both geographically and personally…

A brief history of the Western World…

02/16/2002

One day Mesopotamia is assembled out of bits of twig and mud. It is one of the first places we see the ‘Indo-European’ language group that will split off into India and Europe forming the basis of most Western languages. The first written work of ‘fiction’ will be “Epic of Gilgamesh” – Mesopotamian critics give Read More