Blog / 2010

Christopher Fowler
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Observatory
Despite travelling to a bunch of fairly wi-fi unfriendly places last year (it was easier to get online in Oman than in Italy) I managed to blog an article every day. I did this by preparing non-time sensitive pieces in advance and inserting them around more topical articles. It's a lot of work, as it precedes my actual writing day, and requires a fair amount of research time, but then - as I…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
A great photograph surfaces via the postcard archives of London, showing Piccadilly Circus in 1963, after the austerity of the fifties, before London had yet started to swing. What surprises me is the vividity of the circus-like colours (forced, obviously, but still very jolly - click to enlarge). I also like the way in which the vehicles look like Dinky Toys.
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Christopher Fowler
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London
This sketch received instant classic status over Christmas. For non-English viewers, the Two Ronnies were a Christmas staple, two sprightly older men performing silly patter songs and skits largely based around wordplay. Then one of the Ronnies died, and that was that until this year, when the surviving Ronnie reappeared in a new show with his partner played by a variety of comics, in this case…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film & Observatory
This is a time-lapse sequence showing a blizzard in New Jersey which eventually reached 32 inches. London would have come to a standstill just after the first inch. (Thanks to Michele for spotting it) December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.">
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Christopher Fowler
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London
Most of my visitors arrive jetlagged, queue for London Eye tickets, have their bags stolen in Covent Garden and snooze through 'Hairspray', so they don't always see the best side of London. If you have someone staying from overseas this winter, you can impress them even if they've been here before by taking them to places they probably won't have seen. First let's find your guest somewhere to stay…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
I've been catching up on lots of movies over this freezing, snowed-in Christmas period, and one of the most intriguing is Banksy's hilarious 'Exit Through The Gift Shop', a documentary that purports to be about talentless Thierry Guetta, an ADD French vintage clothing store king who becomes the documentarist to the nascent guerilla street-art group, comprising artists like Shepard Fairey, Space…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
If it wasn't for James Franco and director Danny Boyle, this true story of Aron Ralston, the climber who got his arm stuck between 'a rock and a hard place' (the title of his inspirational memoir) would simply have become another of the 'Trapped' sub-genre of thrillers like 'Open Water', 'Frozen' and the like. Boyle's big idea is to open out the action with split-screen work, dazzling…
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127 Hours
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Christopher Fowler
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London & Observatory
London's Regents Canal is 8.5 miles long, has 13 locks, 7 basins, 50 bridges and 2 tunnels. It was opened on August 1st 1820, and horses pulled barges along it, making deliveries in London until the railways took over. The riverside people regarded the boat people as 'water gypsies', but were friends with the bargees (the working men whose horses pulled the barges), and who had nickmanes like…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
Yes, this psychological-horror ballet drama is being talked about as an Oscar winner. Natalie Portman is incredible in it. The 'You Are There' camerawork which physically hurls you into a production of Swan Lake is immersive. And I thought it was ludicrous. Darren Aronofsky is a director committed to actors' vehicles, and this is virtually a one-woman show, with the emotionally frozen Portman…
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Black Swan
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
The only bad thing about 'Monsters' is the bland title, which might keep audiences away, and that would be a shame because the film is a genuine game-changer, as radical to the new SF as 'Night Of The Living Dead' was to horror. There's not much here for gorehounds and SF action geeks, but you can now consider this genre freshly reinvented. Shot on a budget of £500,000 by Gareth Edwards, a young…
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