Saturday, July 25, 2009

present at the creation

Not exactly on topic, but relevant in a general way and a whole lot of fun any way you look at it. Here’s Joe Moran’s history of early gentrification in postwar London (pdf) from the 1950’s to the end of the seventies. Hampstead liberals, Islingtonians, the earthenware-based hegemony of Comrade Conran, it’s all here.

Bonus points for spotting the quote that inspired the style of this blog.

18 Comments:

Blogger Mr Kitty said...

Well...I'm only googling mind.. but Dean Acheson? But that wouldn't make any sense.

I think I've pressed my buzzer too early and whacked out my chance of my starter for ten at the very least.

Euston Manifesto?

But... you did say style so I'm thinking lower case. Hmmm

7/25/2009 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous magistra said...

'a would-be aristocrat, seeking by the appearance of plain living to
create the impression of high thinking and anti-vulgarity.'?

Because I have to say this blog doesn't really 'claim its connection to an earlier industrial materiality', or at least not succesfully. Let alone display 'instant good
taste … for switched-on people'.

7/25/2009 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Mr Kitty said...

"Because I have to say this blog doesn't really 'claim its connection to an earlier industrial materiality', or at least not succesfully. Let alone display 'instant good
taste … for switched-on people'."

Care to expand?

7/25/2009 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Instant good taste for switched on people"

Sums up the Aaro Watch style nicely!

Guano

7/25/2009 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger Bruschettaboy said...

"quaffing Shiraz and Chardonnay while criticizing the war against Iraq".

I note he references the Private Eye comic strip "It's Grim Up North London", which must be in line for some sort of award for having been going for more than ten years now, and not having been funny even once.

7/26/2009 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

"Fashionable and slightly sordid" - that's the one for my blog surely?

(Mind you, still true of much of the London Borough of Islington.)

7/26/2009 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yaeh, it the Peter Hain quote what did it.

I bet the people who commission it's grim up north london' think it's funny: it's just boring to everyone else. Which I guess shows how continually self-referential this whole "middle class" business is.

Captcha: "shumpike" whch sounds like something an Islingtonian would do to an architrave.

rioja kid

7/26/2009 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IGUNL is unfunny perhaps, but it's been homophobic _loads_ of times. Oh, if only there were some decent Crusaders For Liberal Values and Admirers of Tatchell working for PE, who could have used their influence to stop this happening!

Chris Williams

7/26/2009 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

It makes me smile sometimes, but like a lot of Eye cartoons (or perhaps all of them, to be honest) it's long outstayed its welcome and its hit rate is really low for a fortnightly strip.

7/26/2009 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celeb still makes me laugh once in a while, given that I am sucker for a really bad pun. I sometimes smirk at Yobs, but it's mainly just Dalrymple in pics. Directors, though, is usually good, and sometimes excellent.

OTOH I gave up buying PE a few months ago, so what do I know?

Chris Williams

7/26/2009 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger Mr Kitty said...

I think the singular cartoons still occasionally make me laugh, but the story strips are extremely dull. You can see the "punchline" coming a mile away. Like Alex in the DT.

7/26/2009 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

When Alex was in the 'Independent' before he went to the 'DT' the punchline always seemed to be 'what a bastard!' That said, I enjoyed it more in those days. There were a few good jokes about gizmos (Alex was an early Blackberry addict), but that was it. Matt in the DT is still the best one frame cartoonist. I have to say that I rarely get the ones in the Times at all.

Captha: thive. Definitely a verb suggesting 'agricultural' activity, say I.

7/26/2009 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger Mr Kitty said...

"Matt in the DT is still the best one frame cartoonist".

In terms of dailies. Agreed there. He never misses a trick.

7/26/2009 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Reply to Cohen's libel law piece in Observer letters.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jul/26/your-letters-observer

Also readers' editor gets another dig in at Cohen as he leaves.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainability/observer-readers-editor

7/27/2009 09:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mr Kitty said...

"Reply to Cohen's libel law piece in Observer letters.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jul/26/your-letters-observer"

NC was always going to miss the point on that one and I'm unsurprised that Johnson took him to task on it.

What he knows about risk calculation and its relationship to finance would fill a fucking postage stamp. But, this is classic NC hackness.

Get a theory, find someone in the know (Tim Johnson in this case)and then wildly extrapolate an interview to misrepresent him and then pontificate about economics like you know what you are talking about.

7/27/2009 09:58:00 PM  
Blogger Gregor said...

'I note he references the Private Eye comic strip "It's Grim Up North London", which must be in line for some sort of award for having been going for more than ten years now, and not having been funny even once.'

A James Delingpole Award?

Don't get the Private Eye but remember they did a really funny feature with Rev Tony.

7/28/2009 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Steady on. Thinly Disguised Autobiogaphy is one of the funniest things I have ever read. Albeit unintentionally.

7/28/2009 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Heasman said...

A very odd piece, referencing as it does "dumpsters" and "theater". (I only got a couple of pages in).

7/29/2009 10:33:00 PM  

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