Author Archives: aides mémoires

Silver End Modernism

Silver End village near Braintree was developed in the mid-1920s by the Crittall family to accommodate a new factory (the eponymous steel windows, which, as I recall from Grandad’s flat in Willesden, were very cold to the touch) plus housing … Continue reading

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Frinton-on-Sea Modernism

  Shades of the Weissenhofsiedlung and Södra Ängby: Modernism in Frinton-on-Sea. The Frinton Park estate, begin 1934, was intended to be a very modern housing estate, but – perhaps unsurprisingly – only a small part of it was built. The … Continue reading

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Molly Drake

I first read about Molly Drake a couple of years ago when the CD was issued of home recordings made by her husband in the 1950s. She sang with the English vowels of Celia Johnson in “Brief Encounter” and accompanied … Continue reading

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Dunkirk

Dir: Christopher Nolan, with Fionn Whitehead and Mark Rylance In retrospect, I can pick holes in this film, but while I was actually sitting in the cinema I was totally immersed in it. (More than I could bear at times: … Continue reading

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The Bofors Gun (1968)

DVD, Dir Jack Gold, with David Warner and Nicol Williamson I first learned about this play (by John McGrath) from an early 1970s edition of Pears Cyclopedia, the cultural sections of which I used to read endlessly. In retrospect I … Continue reading

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The Great Stone of Fourstones

The weather is so lousy this summer that a day with no rain forecast must be seized with both handlebars. So the Brompton and I set off to find the Great Stone of Fourstones (there are no others, which makes … Continue reading

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Leeds-Liverpool Canal

As it wasn’t raining today, I took the Brompton and went to Keighley to cycle along the canal towpath to Leeds. (Perhaps not the best bike for the rough surface, but definitely the best bike for the crowded trains.) I … Continue reading

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