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Thanks for this, it has inspired me to take another road trip later this summer. Hopefully my Turkish will be slightly more conversational by then...
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2012 on Old Tea in Anatolia at EatingAsia
Love it when you see those guys wheeling those huge metal cauldrons on their side down the alleys.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2012 on The Blacksmiths of Maraş at SkyBlueSky
Modernist architecture has fascinated me from a young age, probably having been surrounded by it - the looming Park Hill, the Hole-in-the-Road. My building at university in Manchester - ironically the architecture building - more resembled a military command post. Born in the 80's, I'd only really experienced it in its decayed and grimy state, and struggled to understand why architects would inflict that on a nation. But then I realised they were just being overly optimistic, and admitted a degree of admiration. Contrary to what most people think, it seems it did work for a while. The BBC4 doc on the Park Hill showed that the first tenants were in love with their new apartments. But it didn't last sadly, probably because many people became more affluent, could buy a car, and drive to the suburbs. Which is good, unless you were one of those people left behind, fearing the daily trip up the dark, piss stained stairwells. I used to walk down Golborne Rd on my way to work and though I couldn't live in Trellick Tower, it's a fantastically imposing site. If you go to the Barbican on a good day, the falling water and hanging gardens really do look like a Utopia. The flats in the video above are just off Abbey Rd and I looked around one this year. It was a great flat, but looking down the walkway, we both looked at each other and thought the same thing - that it resembled the slum in Gomorrah. Sad really. Anyway, apologies for the length and thanks for this, I'll make sure I go see the film.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Utopia London at cityofsound
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