Archived entries for London

george georgiou – invisible: london

Not seen work this good for a long time. Just so brilliant.

building the Victoria Line

A rather amazing British Transport film of the Oxford Street canopy installation. You can see where they got the inspiration for Quatermass and the Pit

These were the days when major infrastructure was designed, built and managed by individuals who actually knew what they were doing – can you imagine what the 1960s chief engineer would have thought of Boris The Oaf and Mad Ken… love the way the media are so polite and respectful. And quite rightly.

And not one Hi-Vis jacket in sight – plenty smoking too… even underground (but then the blitz was a recent memory, so a little Woodbine or Capstan Navy Cut in awkward places was utterly nothing). I wish todays’ crowds who have to endure the underground in all its human crap-ness could appreciate the thought and ingenuity behind the system – and the respect given to those who overcame huge engineering challenges – now long forgotten.

From berg london

I bid you goodbye

Robert Robinson – another stalwart of UK culture trivialised when here, missed when gone, replaced by no-one. This Fry and Laurie sketch says it all about the man with the dreadful comb-over and erudition like 100% proof liquor – colourless yet utterly intoxicating.

congregation of vapours

I’ve retired my piece on the London riots – this says it so much better.
As usual best watched full screen.

Telling piece on the “broom” nonsense

OK… now this is how you manipulate the truth

fleet street – shit creek

The long-acknowledged coarsening of british culture by the news of the world and its associated papers/competitors-in-flatulence, like the daily mail, should not, I hope, turn into a witch-hunt of “it was him/her Chief Constable, honest, I’m an upstanding MP who only welcomed them into my own home because I felt sorry for them, and anyway we can still fire you / make you resign even though you’re a brother freemason,” allegedly said Boris.

The essence of justice is “he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone” – UK politicians are in a very rocky place ironically, being positioned to question NI – they will throw those stones and they aren’t without sin, perhaps not individually but without doubt collectively, same as NI executives.

Hugely ironic – like foxes questioning foxes on who killed the chickens. Me M’Lud? Oh no, I simply ask the questions, my culpability-via-association in all this is – uh – academic (wipes mouth of blood and gristle).

But we are also collectively guilty perhaps of naivety to the reality of politics… both those who have always mistrusted Murdoch, alongside those who have allied with him in all awareness, in this vicarious torturing now of the hated Corporation… this sense of revenge, with smell of scapegoat to hand.

So there needs to be care taken. Let’s hope these right honourable elected first citizens haven’t forgotten the trouble over Dr David Kelly – let’s hope… there are no casualties in this round of media-political truth-averse farces, all of which will blow over soon enough anyway with snouts-in-troughs in Farmer Cameron’s field of Symbiotics… until the next shit-fan.

Suddenly, 30 years later, the Daily Torygraph get it. (Although, as a Maxwell Murdoch Barclay Bros paper, a bit of schadenfreude is in evidence…)

Jon Stewart there… what are the chances of that happening… (er, not, in the UK).

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