Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Cold War Colossus

Air Vents
Telephone Exchange
P.A Systems valve amplifier
The BBC Broadcast...........all is well
Prime Ministers Bathroom

The Burlington Bunker was also known as Site 3, Stockwell, Subterfuge, Turnstile and Hawthorn Central Govenment War Headquarters. Burlington was built in 1956 and finished in 1961. The simple purpose of this place was to house The British Govenment in the event of a Nuclear War. The Bunker could accomodate up to 4,000 Government ministers, Military, Intelligence and Security bods, plus support staff. Definitely not for Joe Public. For us it was time to paint the windows white and lean the doors up against the wall (see Protect and Survive or The 1984 BBC Drama doc Threads).

Burlington was between 60 and 130 feet below ground and was 1km long and 200 metres across. To get round this underground labyrinth there was a fleet of electric buggies. At the time of impending Crisis/Nuclear Attack, 4,000 essential workers would assemble at a Check Point. This Check Point was Warminster and from there a fleet of army vehicles would have to transport the staff to the Burlington site. The problem was that it was believed the Soviets had targeted Burlington so even though it was blast proof, it could not have withstood a direct hit from an ICBM. So the bunker was pretty much obsolete not long after it was built.

The Burlington Bunker is now up for sale. With the size and the scale of the place the chance of it ever being open to the public is very slim which is a great shame.
© Crown Copyright: images reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Scala Forever

I have written a little about the Scala cinema before.
There is an upcoming nostalgiafest here

The Spirit Of Bristol

This sculpture was designed by Paul Mount and unveiled in 1971. One of the very few modern works commissioned for Bristol during the modernist era, legend has it that another city had turned the design down originally, and in truth it has never been particularly popular with Bristolians either. But when I was a child I always found it a very eye-catching object; its sleek, shiny surface glinting in the sun as we passed by it on regular journeys through the city.

Over the years the trees grew and enshrouded it, cutting out the sun beams, whilst passing drunks pissed on it, and bored youths scrawled their initials on it. We all forgot it was there, busily decaying. But recent renovation work, mainly due to the opening of a new Holiday Inn nearby, has at least cleared up the area and given the Spirit some visibility once more - a post-war beacon standing tarnished but proud, blinking in the sunlight once more.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

The Silver Buddha Of TKMaxx.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Turin Locations for Dario Argento’s ‘Profondo Rosso’

I recently had the pleasure of being shown around Turin by Roberto and Maurizio Opalio of My Cat Is An Alien, together with their longstanding collaborator Ramona Ponzini. One surprising discovery was that Dario Argento set some of the scenes from his 1975 giallo masterpiece Profondo Rosso aka Deep Red in the city, most notably round the back of the massive Piazza San Carlo, where the top two pictures were taken, and at the Villa Scott, across the Po River in the Turin Hills. Fans of this fabulous movie will have no trouble in recognizing the locations. More photos of the Villa Scott exterior can be found by visiting my blog or by clicking here.

PS - I am adding the following text to this post as Blogger does not seem willing to accept a comment from me in response to Mr Eldritch’s welcome observation:  I know what you mean, Tristan - I was also surprised to discover it was an actual public location. I think what makes it seem like a studio set is that you are only being shown one part of a much larger symmetrical arrangement. The statue is a male representation of the River Po and is partnered by a female figure, representing the Dora tributary, in a pose that exactly mirrors his. Add the fact that both statues are located at the back of two separate but similar rococo chapels separated by a paved avenue that leads into the main piazza, and you get some idea of the whole effect. A Dario Argento guide to architecture is long overdue...

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

G.P.O Prediction

This is almost spot on. The old GPO did very well with this one. Fax, Video, WiFi, Broadband. The past inside the present? 

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Saturday, 9 July 2011

The Photography of Noah Doely

Noah Doely

Not strictly "found" but the work of photographer Noah Doely resonates I think very harmoniously with the spectral vibrations of this blog.

Robert Baldock

Source: @jenaardell

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

It will never catch on

I just can't see this catching on. Working from home, doing School work, Contacting people who you have never met before, and sharing ideas and views and information. All on a computer. What a daft idea. It will never work.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Photoplay Devil Movies

Photoplay Film Monthly was the Empire Magazine of its day. In the 1970s we would have Photoplay delivered to our house every month. Of the 100s of issues of Photoplay my Father had, this edition, with features on The Exorcist and Zardoz is the only copy I have managed to save. Every now and then Photoplay would publish special editions. When it was announced that Photoplay would be publishing a Devil Movies Special Edition I tore along to Smiths and parted with 50p. 
Inside this special edition apart from the obvious films (Exorcist, Omen, Exorcist 2 Heretic, Rosemary's Baby) there are some interesting others. The Sentinal, Ruby, Suspira, The Devil Rides Out, Race with The Devil, Eye of the Devil (David Niven, David Hemmings, Donald Pleasence, Deborah Kerr, Sharon Tate) and Burnt Offerings (Oliver Reed Karen Black, Bette Davis) 
Now there was no way that I could see any of these films as I was quite young and could only just get into see a film under the old A classification which I think was the equivalent of a PG today. So for a few years this Devil Movies magazine was the closest I got to any of these films. To this day I have still not seen Burnt Offerings which in fact was released as a AA. Maybe one day.