Episode 5: The Eastern Queen (Ilford)
Inspired by Thomas Burke’s The Outer Circle: Rambles in Remote London, Nick Papadimitriou and John Rogers explore the far-lying eastern suburb of Ilford.
Burke , like other writers of the early 20th Century, was disdainful of Ilford. Writing in 1921 he said of ‘the Eastern Queen’ that, “After Walthamstow it comes as tepid soda-water upon an August noon. Ilford wears an expression of unfulfilled desire. It hungers for colour. Even the rush and turmoil about the Broadway have a frigid tone.”
Nick and John ignored his advice and headed out along the Romford Road to find a visionary landscape, optimistic and vibrant, ‘rising from alluvial Essex’.
With reading by Heidi Lapaine and music by Europa51
Read more about this episode here
Episode 3 – Scarp
This week John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou head out onto the North Middlesex/South Hertfordshire Escarpment, subject of a forthcoming book by Nick.
Scarp is a conspicuous but broken ridge running from Batchworth Heath, near Harefield, on the Middlesex-Buckinghamshire border, via Oxhey to Elstree and thence eastward to High Barnet. Further east, the ridge runs through Hadley and Enfield Chase, widening considerably north of the former place towards Shenley and North Mimms. The eastern edge of Scarp curves north and then north-east, following the River Lee upstream into Hertfordshire, until it diminishes in height in the region of Hertford and Great Amwell. Much of the land is green belt broken by small clusters of dwellings, old farms and ribbons of Victorian suburban houses. Scarp attains its greatest height at Stanmore Common (480 ft).
With a reading from the book by Nick Papadimitriou and music by Europa51
Entries Tagged as ‘Ventures and Adventures in Topography’
December 7th, 2010 · No Comments
Episode 2: Leytonstone & Leyton –
The North-Eastern frontier
This week’s show comes to you entirely from
Leytonstone & Leyton as Nick Papadimitriou and
John Rogers explore the valley of the Philly Brook –
the buried and forgotten stream that runs beneath
the streets of the London zone that begat Alfred
Hitchcock, London’s short-lived ‘Left Bank’
and the great Panjandum. This is […]
November 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments
Episode 1 – Brent Cross
Ventures & Adventures in Topography presented
by John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou,
is a show taking you on a series of
lop-sided rambles around the margins
of London,exploring zones and areas
of the city drawing on an eclectic
range of references,influenced by old
\topographical books, psychogeography,
and the hopeless mis-reading of maps.
This week we’ll be taking you on […]
If it’s too cold to go out for a walk why not take an audio stroll with me and Nick as we explore the ‘skirt of London’
The new series of Ventures and Adventures in Topography starts this coming Wednesday, 24th November at 5pm on Resonance 104.4fm (and online). I’m here busily editing the field recordings from our walk around Brent Cross for the first episode. Here’s a very short fragment that tickled me.
As we prepare for a summer walking and recording the second series of Ventures and Adventures in Topography here’s a short video from the studio broadcast of he last episode of series one in December 2009. You can download the podcast of this episode here
Among the suggested topics for series 2 we’re planning one exploring Leytonstone and Wanstead probably following the course of the Filly Brook (or Fillebrook).
Did the last walk and the last broadcast in the first series of Ventures and Adventures in Topography on Resonance 104.4fm – and thoroughly enjoyed it. The walks with Nick have been priceless, and for the two of us it has been the bringing together and public sharing of a long held passion for old topographical books.
The whole series is being repeated daily at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4fm from today (you can also listen online at www.resonancefm.com/listen)
And now all the podcasts are available for download from our blog
Here’s a video I hastily shot and edited from that last walk, back to my home territory in the Chilterns with some audio excerpts from the radio show
Footage from a walk from Slough to Beaconsfield using the 1931 walking guide It Isn’t Far From London by SPB Mais. Audio recordings from the radio show Ventures and Adventures in Topography on Resonance 104.4fm. The reading is by Heidi Lapaine with music from The Three Chronology. Other music is by Electric Monk.
First thing I’ve shot on my sanyo xacti cg10 – very much doing it on the hoof concentrating more on the sound for the radio show