I have recorded a podcast with N Quentin Woolf for Londonist about Battersea Power Station. It covers the full history of the site, looking at the history of the power station, the property battles, failed dreams and possible future.
On Friday, I will be a guest on Wandsworth Radio at around 6.30, again talking about Up In Smoke and the power station.
The image above, incidentally, is a screengrab from Ray Davies’s excellent 1984 film Return to Waterloo, starring Tim Roth and Ken Colley, which is set largely aboard the 8.52 from Guildford to Waterloo. Recently released on DVD, I review it in the forthcoming edition of Uncut.
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A lovely review of Up In Smoke has appeared on the London Society website this week, and I will be talking about Battersea Power Station at a London Society event alongside Owen Hatherley in September. More information on that soon. Owen and I discussed architecture and music on Resonance FM a few weeks ago, and you can listen to that here.
Before that, I’ll be one of three speakers at a Londonist event on July 20th at The Pipeline on Middlesex Street, E1. I will tell some strange tales about Battersea Power Station, Amy Dickens will discuss her blog about commuters and Matt Brown will tell us that everything you know about London is wrong, which also happens to be the title of his latest book. All that for a fiver and chance to say hello. Doors open at 7pm.
To give you a taste,here’s a blog post I wrote about the power station’s current predicament for the New Statesman. I’ve also recorded something for their City Metric podcast – more information on that as it comes.
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I wrote a piece for Waterfront about the serene and occasionally hedonistic pleasures of living on a narrowboat in the summer. You can read it here.
I also took part in a podcast talking about canals for Waterfront, which you can listen to here.
I recently walked one of my favourite sections of the canal, from Kensal Green to Little Venice, for the first time in years. This is what I saw on the way.
Slopes for horses that slipped into the canal.
This statue garden once took up the space outside a single house – now it’s the entire terrace.
Ghost sign, of recent vintage.
Psychogeography centre, between Trellick Tower and the Westway.
The most important building in London – where boaters get their toilets emptied.
Towpath rumour said this boat once belonged to Richard Branson.
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Tagged boats, canal, Kensal Green, Little Venice, narrowboats, regent's canal, richard branson, slopes, towpath, trellick tower, water, Westway