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Offline Alan

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Croydon!
« on: October 25, 2010, 02:35:22 PM »
On Radio 4 today and available for 7 days on listenagain.... The Seven Car Parks of Croydon, thought you might enjoy it!:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vk2fx

Sue Perkins revisits her former home-town of Croydon to ask just how South London's 'Mini-Manhattan' became the butt of so many jokes, mocked by comedians from the great Morecambe and Wise to Basil Brush.

With a skyline made up of 60's brutalist office blocks and re-clad 80's ones, Croydon's aesthetics are hard to love, but whether you're heading to town from Gatwick Airport, commuting from the South Coast, or a new immigrant registering at the Home Office's Lunar House, Croydon is your welcome to London.

With a powerful sense of nostalgia tinged with panic, Sue, who's joined by fellow comedian Steve Punt, lurks on the stairwells and top storeys of seven car parks in Croydon, trying to get a new perspective on local planning decisions, past and present. She hears historic tales of Elizabeth the First and punk svengali Malcolm McLaren, Bridget Riley - Queen of OpArt - and the emergence of the hottest current urban music Dubstep.

Vincent Lacovara, fan of Croydon, and its current urban planner believes these concrete viewing platforms can provide a fresh vantage point from which the history and super-future of Croydon can be laid out before Sue - so that she can see all the possibilities it had to offer her, and which she missed growing up. The great architectural commentator Nikolaus Pevsner said Croydon's skyline was 'thrilling from a distance' but maybe that's the problem - up close it takes a trained or loving eye to appreciate the uniqueness of Croydon - and after all we can't all come from the Cotswolds.

The time has come to reassess the concrete dreams of the 1960's - and Sue is the woman to do it.


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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 04:31:13 PM »
Thanks Alan will have to give it a listen  :)

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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 05:54:09 PM »
Where's Croydon?  ;)

Seriously, if you ever get the chance to get lost on a bus ride through Croydon - do it, can be fun! You might see the South Norwood Clocktower or whatever!  8)
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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 07:17:08 PM »
I have never been to Croydon. But I know that Captain Sensible wrote a song praising the place on his album Women & Captain First. So it must have something going for it.  :)

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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 09:52:07 AM »
it has....
the bus out of there !!!! ;D
ts not the end but,the BEGINNING.

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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 12:34:40 PM »
Hey, marküs is still around! Nice to see you visit us once more! 

This reminds me of a line from a TV song ("people don't know"):
"Every day this bus goes the same old route..."  8)
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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2010, 04:48:29 PM »
I have never been to Croydon. But I know that Captain Sensible wrote a song praising the place on his album Women & Captain First. So it must have something going for it.  :)

The Capt. and Dave Vanian were grave diggers in Croydon and that's where The Damned was born. So, if you except that The Damned were the 1st recorded British punk band proper then Croydon is part of true punk history.
 I've always liked the place. Good pubs and lots of pub bands. ;D

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Re: Croydon!
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2010, 09:18:51 AM »
Not quite sure about that one, DJ. As far as I know, Capt was a toilet cleaner at Fairfield Halls, Rat was working there too. Vanian was a grave digger (but probably not in Croydon). And the way the story is told, it was when Brian James and Ratty met, that the Damned was "born", they put a band together and asked Vanian and Capt to join.
But in a way, Croydon is still part of British punk history of course. Ask Tony (fleagle), who was there.  ;)
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