I reckon this is Nathan Barley’s Nailgun Arms. Although being a bit too far from Barley’s Shoreditch/Hoxton, over in Eyre Street Hill Clerkenwell – it’s a prime candidate. One evening I overheard someone describe a job as “uber uber uber cool”.
Snapped this on Remembrance Sunday on my way to Hanwell. Had it on my editing monitor all day, looping the video I shot with the cars whizzing past to Southall – became oddly hypnotic after a while. An everyday object of real beauty.
You can watch the film through Curzon on Demand
Here’s some great amateur footage from the Metropolitan Screen Archives of early work on the M11 Link Road at South Woodford.
Although this was shot in 1972 the road didn’t open till 1999 – after a protracted, colourful and determined protest fought in Leytonstone. I’ve been writing about this recently so won’t blow all my good work just yet.
I walked past Charlie Brown’s Roundabout a couple of years ago on my way out to the old Claybury Mental Hospital. It was a mash-up of fly-overs and warehouse retail units – handy for a cheap cup of tea and a pasty but hell on the lungs.
Left me wondering – what did Charlie Brown do to deserve such a thing?