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I needed to get the sun on my face today. I walked three or four miles via the cuts, down to Aston Science Park and turning off towards Digbeth. Catkins out, red deadnettle and gorse in flower; a Paul Nash-ish daymoon in the sky. There's a certain music to bridges: the slop and lap of the canal after a boat has passed, water dripping from a brick arch, the throaty croons and flutter of pigeons in the girders of a railway bridge. Some of the factories and buildings I noted along the way last summer have been demolished (it seems there's a crane everywhere you look in town at the moment). I ended up in the pub opposite the old Curzon Street staion which has been boarded up for a while after being used temporarily as arts admin offices (a mummified cat was found by workmen there a few years ago). Drank a tangy golden beer called Time Machine.

Speaking of Wells, the new R4 version of War of the Worlds is something of a disappointment. It tries to carry a visual iconic story through pretty much dialogue alone, when imaginative sound design and some of the original narration would do it wonders. You're better off relistening to the Jeff Wayne album. The rest of 4's current Mars season has been pretty good though, looking at various utopias and paradigms of the Red Planet.

I bought a new olive-green military coat last week and have been pretty much living in it ever since. It has rounded lapels like a smoking jacket and deep pockets, perfect for books, gloves, tobacco, oddments picked up on walks and the seventies "pocket binoculars" I got at the same time. They fold down into something like a cigarette case; my dad had a pair donkeys' years back and I wanted them badly.

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sovay
Mar. 8th, 2017 07:08 am (UTC)
Catkins out, red deadnettle and gorse in flower; a Paul Nash-ish daymoon in the sky.

I don't know if I have ever mentioned that I really like the way you talk about the growing world, but I do.

Drank a tangy golden beer called Time Machine.

Okay, especially for you, that sounds dangerous.

It tries to carry a visual iconic story through pretty much dialogue alone, when imaginative sound design and some of the original narration would do it wonders.

Radio without sound design is pointless. Foley is special effects for the ears!

It has rounded lapels like a smoking jacket and deep pockets, perfect for books, gloves, tobacco, oddments picked up on walks and the seventies "pocket binoculars" I got at the same time.

That sounds beautiful. Have you got pictures?
ashlyme
Mar. 9th, 2017 02:25 pm (UTC)
*I don't know if I have ever mentioned that I really like the way you talk about the growing world, but I do.*

Oh, thank you. :)

*Okay, especially for you, that sounds dangerous.*

Luckily, any slippage happened before I drank it! A low percentage ale with a picture of a very seventies timeship on the pump.

*Have you got pictures?*

Yes, I'll put one up in my next post!
selidor
Mar. 8th, 2017 10:22 am (UTC)
I read this too fast and my brain interpreted it as the plants growing in reverse, buildings springing back into life because of the beer's name.
That sounds like a perfect walking coat. And the weather is finally getting better for walks! We don't have many operative canals nearby, but the abandoned navigations are still mysterious and fascinating.
ashlyme
Mar. 9th, 2017 02:28 pm (UTC)
*I read this too fast and my brain interpreted it as the plants growing in reverse, buildings springing back into life because of the beer's name.*

That's a gorgeous image! And hello, it's good to see you. :) Where are you living now? "The abandoned navigations" sounds very romantic.
selidor
Mar. 9th, 2017 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm in Belfast these days. Also a very brick-featured town!
sovay
Mar. 9th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm in Belfast these days. Also a very brick-featured town!

*drive-by request for canal poems*
selidor
Mar. 13th, 2017 10:25 am (UTC)
Poem-well is a bit lacking poems these days, but I shall see what I can do...
sovay
Mar. 15th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
Poem-well is a bit lacking poems these days, but I shall see what I can do...

Yay.
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