On roads: a Hidden History by Joe Moran. History of the UK motorway network. Has a few psychogeographic touches, but fortunately doesn't get too up itself.
Fairly good with some interesting points, but not unmissable.
- There was a battle between serif and sans-serif typefaces on road signs. They were essentially equal in readability, but sans-serif won on aesthetic grounds, though it was thought to be too cold and too European for some.
- The first satnav in 1989was dismissed by the Independent's technology consultant as "one of the silliest new products in years". It cost £1,250 in
- Though there were no speed limits on the early motorways, drivers tended to be fairly slow. Average speeds on the M1 were 50mph a few days after it opened. Five years later the top speed in the left lane was about 40mph and 98% of cars were driving below 70. There were also no speed limits on normal rural roads at the time either.
- There's an audio artwork called Linked broadcast in radio along the M11, where you can listen to voices of people dispossessed by the motorway.
Saw Sucker Punch at the downstairs part of the Royal Court Theatre. Excellent play about a couple of boxers and their relationship with each other and their trainer, set in the Eighties.
Just very good all round. Convincing performances: the actors have had to work very hard to get into shape for the roles, and play it well too. The set and staging are good, with all the action taking place in a boxing ring. And the script is well done: though you have to swallow a major coincidence for the plot to work, the writing is convincing.
Well worth seeing.
Random. Nomskulls: skull cake moulds.
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