The DLR line

A journey on the DLR line from Poplar going east. It was a summery day and i tried to record the development going on along this stretch of the railway. Years and years ago Canary Wharf was built near me, since then it has been growing and growing. Canary Wharf Tower has the big corporations taking over the floors inside.

When it was being built i worked for a year in the canteen inside canary wharf tower when someone dropped a girder. As it fell clanging down the tower every one in the canteen raced for the door convinced it was going to land on top of them. Then it thankfully bounced off of a fixed girder away from the canteen and every one calmed down.

0327 leaving canary wharf0332 leaving blackwall0334 apartment blocks0336 a glimpse of the dome0340 leaving east india dock station0341 millenium dome and creek0345 apartment blocks and creek0346 covered bridge0356 pylon by track0357 red apartment block0362 unused land0363 factory and brown shed0364 view of dome from eastside0365 land clearing0366 cable cars0332 leaving blackwall

Monty Don’s Adriatic Coast

Monty begins in the city of Trieste, close to Italy’s border with Croatia, to visit a public garden first created by an obsessive royal plantsman more than 150 years ago, which is now being carefully restored. He then heads down the Adriatic coast through Croatia to pick up the trail that the Venetians followed, ending his journey on the beautiful island of Lopud, near Dubrovnik. Along the way, he discovers spectacular natural lakes and wildflowers, is given a tour of ancient olive groves, discovers a nursery where over 200 varieties of Iris – the national flower of Croatia – can be found, and is allowed into one of only two monastic gardens in the whole country.

Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens – Friday 8pm on BBC2

I saw episode 2 with a national park, 600 year old trees, reclaimed land turned into wonderful gardens. Catch word was land equals food.

From On the Box website

As humanity settles down

As humanity settles down
To making cars

As humanity settles down
To building slaughter houses

As humanity settles down
To going out on Fridays

As humanity settles down
To street lights in the evening
As humanity settles down
To watching televisions

As humanity settles down
To trains in the distance

As humanity settles down
Into bedrooms in the winter

A little sprig of Geranium
Blossoms in a vase

Todd Rundgren Birthday Carol

This lovely song is by Todd Rundgren from his album “Runt” 1971. Todd Rundgren produced artists at the Bear Studio owned by the legendary Albert Grossman in Woodstock.

Lyrics
I was born this very morning
And my brother he was also born,
In our first nine months we learned to speak
And we have been listening since early morn.
I love no one but my brother
Who spent those months with me
I hate no one and no other has so far hated me
But it isn’t yet the afternoon,
And things are still to be,
And when evening comes we all will see.

I am not very old and I won’t live long.
I was born this very morning singing this here song

Now I feel the worst for older people
Winding out their friendless hours alone
Seeing lives like plays at final curtain
Looking out to find everyone has gone home.
Is there something I can pray to?
Some offering I can send?
Or some ear that I can play to, to help him find a friend?
And maybe then redeem myself to keep me from that end
For the evening comes and who knows when.

Oh, my brother, where is our mother?
Is there no other to live together,
To be our lover?

Songwriters: Todd Rundgren

The artwork is by Bob Zoel.

Zoell’s art is formally disciplined, yet slyly self-mocking.

In 1970, he began exploring Abstract Reductive Formalism and representational painting, however he first gained attention for his counterfeit parking signs with oddly cryptic messages installed on Los Angeles streets. Critical acclaim soon followed for his minimalist abstractions that combined elemental geometric forms with evocations of “smiley” faces, stick figures, and other rudimentary imagery

Holy Moses, Sad Cafe

Exploring a book called Small Town Talk by Barny Hoskyns. About Woodstock the town outside New York and discovering some fab albums. This from an album called Holy Moses, Holy Moses, they sadly only made one album, but what a great album.

I painted a picture

I painted a picture
Of the sky raining down blood
Now it’s in my mind
Forever

I painted a picture
Of people in love
Now it’s in my mind forever

Oh, what have I done?
The authorities say
You have painted a picture
That will never go away

People will laugh
People will say
Oh, what kind of picture
Did you paint today?

There’s the equivalent to hard labour

There’s the
Equivalent
To hard labour
In every country
It’s the standard
Of governments
Everywhere
To take away
Your freedom to learn

There’s an equivalent
To mind control
In every society
In the world
They don’t
Necessarily need
Cells to put you in
They can threaten you
They can make you afraid
In many different ways

There are those who are born to explore

There are those
born to explore
They run
Like solitary deer
Through a country of wolves

The wolves
Could be friendly
But they’re made that way
By the world
They live n

You don’t need
To experience
Punishment
By society
Punishment is already
A studded collar
Worn by every one

The world and all its ways

The world
And all its ways
Turns your hair grey
It beats everyone
It starves everyone

Do you even notice
when you
have a beer
to your lips?
do you feel it?

you need warmth
they charge you
you need food
they charge you
you need wisdom
they take it away

get in line
get in step
follow your flag
to the end
of the end

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