The Dagenham Idol

Something I wrote a while back… 1. BARKING The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham was, he thought, London’s answer to East Berlin. An unremarked workers state. Part of a vast metropolis of public housing that accelerated away from the City before running out of energy and finally losing itself, ten miles out, in the […]

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Waking life

Watched Richard Linklater’s ‘Waking Life’ on the laptop on an evening train from Euston to Liverpool tonight. I’d seen it before so I knew broadly what to expect and let the animated talking heads undulate and philosophise as my eyes drifted from the screen to the views out of the window, and back again. The train was quiet and the landscape seemed […]

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The Tower Project – Euston

‘The angels are uncertain if they are living among the living or the dead” In 1999 the Euston Tower (a 1970, standard issue, office tower block) was being refurbished. Deborah Warner took the opportunity to put in the Tower Project installation. You took the lift to where she had taken three floors near the summit […]

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The Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is famous as the first English long distance path. The path was the idea of the journalist and rambler Tom Stephenson inspired by similar trails in the United States of America, particularly the Appalachian Trail. Stephenson proposed the concept in an article for the Daily Herald in 1935 but it wasn’t until […]

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