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Donald Trump inauguration from 2009 Aberdeen Film

As part of Jonathan Meades’s essay on the city of Aberdeen, one of the Off-Kilter trilogy on Scotland, we looked at the influence Donald Trump was having on the coastal landscape north of Aberdeen and the SNP’s then-leader, Alex Salmond’s involvement in the development. Here’s a graphic by the always excellent Tony Bannister from the […]

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Twitter Reaction To Benbuilding TX 3.01.17 – Jonathan Meades on Mussolini

Just a few of the comments on twitter on the repeat of Benbuilding – Mussolini:Monuments, Modernism and Marble. Love Joanathan Meades presenting @BBCFOUR facist architecture examined #benbuilding — Carole Bowe (@Cazlar123) January 3, 2017   Anyone else enjoying Jonathan Meakes on Mussolini, BBC4? The mans a treasure! #BenBuilding:Mussolini,MonumentsAndModernism — steve brindle (@AllooCharas) January 3, 2017 […]

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RADICAL ESSEX – Screening of The Joy of Essex

On the 10th September there’s a screening of ‘The Joy of Essex’ as part of The Focal Gallery’s exhibition ‘Radical Essex’.   Details are on their website – http://www.radicalessex.uk/event/the-joy-of-essex/ Jonathan Meades will be doing a Q&A based on the film which explored one of England’s least known, most misrepresented and beautiful of counties.

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Benbuilding article

Benbuilding article

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jun/01/the-dictator-who-failed-to-dictate-free-range-architecture-under-mussolini   Piece by Oliver Wainwright of The Guradian. Always worth reading.

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Concrete Poetry

Concrete Poetry

From Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness, a montage of concrete architecture featuring amongst others Preston Bus Station, Worlds End Estate, Notre Dame du Haut Ronchamp, Wotruba Church Vienna, Balfron Tower, University Skopje, Pilgrimage Church Neviges. Music by Stereolab. Sheer concrete poetry.

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Interview about George Martin

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03m25rr   This is an interview I gave to the BBC World Service following Sir George Martin’s death. It deals with how he and the Beatles changed the very nature of recording music – shaping everything that came after them.

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Meades on France

Meades on France

Unlike any television film on France you are ever likely to see. This clip on visionary French architects comes from the first programme which was sub-titled ‘An A-Z of France’ but which all the entries began with the letter V. Chosen as one of the Top Ten programmes of the Year by the Observer ‘… […]

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Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Adventure

Nigel Kennedy’s Polish Adventure – making a violin Polish-style. Part of a film following Nigel Kennedy on a musical journey through his newly adopted homeland.

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Schama on Rembrandt

Schama on Rembrandt

A look at the late paintings of Rembrandt by renowned historian and broadcaster, Simon Schama. He believes Rembrandt saved his best work for last – driven by ‘the rage of age’. Rembrandt’s later years were full of sorrow and troubles but he created a series of masterful paintings that looked at life, love, ageing and […]

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Benbuilding

Benbuilding – Mussolini:Monuments, Modernism and Marble

This is clip from a 90 minute film for the BBC about Mussolini’s architecture but it’s not just about buildings – it looks at the nature of fascism and Mussolini’s regime. Shot in Rome, Milan, Genoa and Sabaudia.

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