Some yellowing, slight rusty staples but no rips

fanzines

There’s a couple of more days left on this exhibition of fanzines at The Barbican Music Library, Barbican Library, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS.

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It’s a collection of various fanzines in three or four “Library style” glass cases. It’s a shame there weren’t no zerox reproductions of the actual fanzines so you could flick through and read about William Burroughs, Doctor Who or god forbid Terry and the Idiots. Sadly no copies of Ded Yampy or Steroid Abuse though. 
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So if you’re interested in self-publication throughout the years, go and have a butchers. But please, no spitting or swearing while viewing the Punk fanzines, this is a public library you know! P

Big gold dream

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Following on from the Gold theme in the last post here’s a couple of dream jars that are plonked here and there around the capital and worth looking out for on that lunchtime stroll. It’s all to do with The BFG film and for more on these oversized jam jars, have a butchers here. P

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Golden years, gold

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Yesterday lunchtime while popping to Fleet Street for some “Friday bits” I passed by the Law Society of England and Wales’ Chancery Lane headquarters and noticed some brand new looking shiny lions on top of the black railings there.

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Thinking they’d just been painted, I went over to tell the painters how good a job they done (and get some tips!) instead, discovered  a couple of friendly “gilders” in the process of covering the lions with gold leaf. They were only too glad to talk about it and gave us a quick rundown of the gilding process (good blokes!) The work looks a bit painstaking and takes a bit of time but boy, those lions look good! P

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Attack of the oversized director’s chair

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Seen walking over Waterloo Bridge this morning, an oversized chair outside Somerset House looking onto the river. I take it it’s something to do with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick – An exhibition of art inspired by the film maker at Somerset House, rather than a fishing chair for an angling giant. More on the exhibition here. P

Don’t touch that dial

Radio Live transmission

As a fan of all things radio I merrily legged it from Covent Garden over to the Tate Modern this lunchtime to see Cildo Meireles Babel. It’s a tower of around 800 radios of varying ages, from valve sets at the bottom to small modern electronic radios at the top, displayed in a darkened room.

As a self-confessed radio nut the installation is great to see and also hear, as each set is tuned to a different channel making each time you go to visit a one-off experience. The only complaint is it’s only audible at a low volume so hard of hearing punters like myself have to strain to have a listen.

Worth popping over to the Tate and having a look but pack your ear horn and bring a torch! More on the installation here. P

Spiral Tribe

spires are usOn friday as part of my regular trip to the Loon Fung chinese supermarket for noodles, I passed “the most eccentric spire in London” which sits at the top of the Nicholas Hawksmoor designed St Georges Parish Church, Bloomsbury.

The spire which features in Hogarth’s Gin Lane (1751) features four stone heraldic beasts (two lions and two unicorns) and is stepped like a pyramid. To top is all is a statue of George I in Roman dress posing as St George. Not your average steeple.

Below ground is the Museum of Comedy and a permanent Hawksmoor & Bloomsbury exhibition in the undercroft of the church and of course there’s the church itself. One to have a butchers at if you’re ever passing the Bloomsbury area. PMost eccentric spire