diamond geezer

 Monday, December 23, 2013

festive fivelinks
(come back and indulge if the rest of this week's posts get too much for you)

Back in September I went to the Barbican to watch an excellent film on the City of London's Pedways. These elevated concrete walkways were meant to provide a safe pedestrian zone above street level throughout the City of London, but that vision never quite matched reality. The Barbican's highwalks hint at what might have happened, but the rampant redevelopment envisaged by the City's 1960s architects never quite took hold. Now director Chris Bevan Lee has made his 40 minute documentary The Pedway - Elevating London available online for everyone to watch, which I heartily recommend you do. And then go and tell him what you thought [may only be available for a limited time, which is three weeks so far] [by the same director: Far From The Sodding Crowd]
As this tube anniversary year draws to a close, so 150 great things about the Underground nears its end. As I write we're up to 149 (the platforms at East Finchley), so take your bets on what the final treat will be [or go back and revel through the archive]
For a nostalgic media slant on Yuletide, download this year's Creamup Christmas Number. Brought to you by the folks at TV Cream, this 24 page pdf pitches various festive stalwarts against one another in The Great British Flake Off [or check out their guide to this week's TV and Radio highlights, in case there's some treat in your double issue Radio Times you forgot to circle]
Whenever I want to feel Christmassy I stick on Victor Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony and the wolves come running [all four movements are available on YouTube, in one glorious file, while copyright avoidance lasts]
Dip back three decades into your musical memory by flicking through the Smash Hits Christmas edition 1983 [a new 30-year-old edition goes live every fortnight at Like Punk Never Happened]

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