OK, I admit it. The house from the excellent new BBC drama “What Remains” was driving me nuts. It’s somewhere in Blackheath, but where? I wandered up and down Pond Road, thinking it was near the railway bridge… Close, but no cigar.
I knew I’d seen it before. Then one of the production designers tweeted that it was in Eliot Park.
And here it is, looking considerably less spooky surrounded by leaves and blossom on Google Streetview!
There’s a great post about the production here. Amazingly, the interiors of the house were all shot in a studio.
It’s a good first episode – hopefully the other three parts will live up to the first. If you’ve ever lived in flats inside a converted Victorian house, it will push many buttons – the way sound travels in unexpected ways, the timers on the lights, the uncared-for communal areas. It has lots to say about modern life in a city, and online too. Don’t be put off by Frank Gallagher. It’s a subtle performance, and the house really feels like the star of the show.
Anyway, there’s a good review of the first episode in the Telegraph, complete with a fantastic new genre “Norwood Noir”, which should clearly be “Blackheath Butchery”… Can’t wait to find out whodunnit. It’s clearly not going to be the teacher.
It feels very strange to see the name of my blog in the shop windows around Blackheath. I sometimes feel as though this blog doesn’t really get published anywhere other than on my own screen.
I had the same experience when I went to the lovely Spice of Life curry house, and saw part of my review on their menus a while back. (Pretty sure it’s gone now, but it was fun whilst it lasted).
So it’s really nice to see fragments of my demented typing appear in the physical world occasionally, rather than only existing in the dark shadowy cyber realm…
Great article in the New Statesman explaining how the Royal Parks are actively destroying charity social capital and more:
What the Royal Parks is doing to a charity softball league should matter to us all
Instead of the charity workers having free access to the Old Football Pitches, they will have to pay a total of an estimated £6,000 each summer, and if the charges are not paid then the police will be called. These charges are supposedly for the “management” of the space, but nothing has actually been done to improve the Old Football Pitches. The only change is that there are now charges when there were no charges before.
Does this part sound familiar?
This is part of a trend. Hyde Park, like many other public spaces, is now shifting into becoming a “venue” and usage is becoming a revenue stream. What are public goods are being turned slowly into private goods: you will get what you pay for. The deputy chief executive of the Royal Parks even assured the charity softball players at a recent meeting that one often only appreciates something if it is paid for.
Disgraceful. There’s a petition here.
A very good point from Gina:
What? Not a word from the Bugle, the Blackheath Society or the Blackheath Village Residents’ Association in response to the fantastic ruling by the High Court that Jeremy Hunt was acting outside his powers when he announced the downgrading of Lewisham Hospital’s maternity and A&E departments??
The absence of comment from our local bloggers and websites could mean that not everyone is aware of a petition seeking to persuade Jeremy Hunt to accept the decision and not spend more taxpayers’ money appealing it.
This is the link:
Local people have won a sensational battle, but the war goes on. Please sign the petition and forward it to absolutely everybody!
More on the story here: