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Going Underground Podcast

WappingshaftBack in California I was propelled from LA to B (via OC) by the miracle of engineering that is a 10-year old beige Honda Accord and everywhere was either 20 minutes or 2 hours away from everywhere else depending on the traffic.

Now I'm back in a city with a functioning, and an historic public transportation system, The London Underground. As well as taking me to and from work, the Underground has, briefly, been the focus of my work the past couple of weeks. First there was an interview with Geoff Marshall about variant Tube Maps (listen here), recorded for the Big Belly Crew (see below). Now exclusively, and only on Pocket Planet Radio..Annie Mole,the blogger behind one of the world's best City Blogs, Going Underground, talks about The Tube, the Wapping shaft, and Bumper Harris. (and yes it was IKB's dad Marc who designed the Rotherhithe tunnel.. I know..I know..)

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March 23, 2006 in Blogs, podcasts, Strange Enthusiasms | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Grease over easy: an interview with Russell Davies

I think the world divides into two types: those who like their eggs sunny side up, and those who prefer them over easy. As a member of the "over easy" camp, my breakfasts are long and lounge like. Loafing, lingering, lizarding and loitering, indeed, all the good l words, are stacked up like toast over the course of a good hour. I am, as you may have guessed, very much a B-type, an idler and a ne'er-do-well. My friends who like their eggs sunny side up, in contrast, rise with the day. They burst with nearly as much energy as the great ball of fusing hydrogen that has just bounced over the horizon. They are orange juice and sweet-and-low to my ham and hash-browns.

So it was good therefore, on a morning when an alcohol induced migraine lurked round the corner like a mugger with an ice-axe, that the first task of the day was to do an interview all about Eggs Bacon Chips and Beans (link here). Russell Davies - my interlocutor - is an expert blogger and a man who clearly takes pause over his morning repast. He's great company too. I've since listened to more bits of his blook/blog; it's great stuff, the essay on sausages was seminal and important, and worked on at least 3 levels - perhaps 4.  I encourage, all you breakfast lovers to throw away the can of chocolate slimfast and visit his site. It's almost as good as the real thing.

March 22, 2006 in Blogs, Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Big Belly Crew

Bbc Firstly apologies for the extended absence I've moved back to the UK and it's taken a while to set up home broadband. I don't like blogging from work.

Anyway was nice to see that Dan Chung has his own photoblog section on the Guardian's Comment is Free Site. We've covered the same events in the US twice now: A bizarre Michael Moore rally during the 2004 US presidential election, and the Michael Jackson trial. Dan's a really nice guy and a great photographer. This is one he took of me, in the company of a colleague from the BBC (i.e. The Big Belly Crew motorcycle club)

March 22, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack