Archived entries for Newcastle

manchester on radio 2 : rainy city

Guy Garvey’s Rainy City will be broadcast again on Monday 15 Nov 2010 at 10pm. I’m sure the climate has made the internal the catalyst for manchester’s distinctive music and graphics, but the place is less wetter, more humid, than the allusion to it always raining, makes out.

Glimpsed Boys from the Blackstuff at HMV today. Anyway I am thinking later, tonight: Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Newcastle… back kitchen windows seen at night from a smelly diesel local train at age 13 in the coal-sooted 1970s.

his clyde less bonnie moment

Vanilla sky, Dark city, the Matrix, and now Inception all follow a simple-as-sliced-bread storyline (mixtaped from 30s city-noir) that pits individual against system. Dopplegangers and unreliable narrators make us think fantasy, think escapism, think I am not a number, invincible against the Forces of Control for many, several, seconds, in an airconditioned box.

Raoul wrote The Revolution of Everyday Life, an almost unreadable book that is nonetheless frighteningly incendiary in its own way. Individual less system = freedom (but freedom costs).

Raoul wants to kill cops. I doubt he has read the above. But he’s possibly seen the films – more like a dull rambo fantasist though.

I have a basic experience of the north tyneside area where Raoul Moat grew up. This is the Denton of A Touch of Frost. This is Chris Killip, the Battle of Orgreave, Boys from the Blackstuff (west), Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (east). It is Scando-Saxon territory : cold and rain is not a bother.

In Hollywood, it ends in some anonymous corridor in an urban glass prick. I think he’ll take the country comfort route, like Hoskins and Campbell killing the cruel farmer/adulterer-stoning-caster within themselves in Potter’s Pennies from Heaven.



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