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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
London things. A huge collection of images and information on the (ongoing) redevelopment of London’s South Bank, and the countless schemes that have been mooted for the area near Waterloo Station. While we’re on the subject of London old and new, re-live the slow death of the mighty Nine Elms Cold Store (has anyone heard the Cold Store Tapes?). The store, which once housed 20,000 tons of meat, has been replaced by St George’s Wharf, perhaps the worst new building in the whole city. Unsurprisingly, the development's website is strangely coy about showing images of the whole scheme, but as the site plan shows, it is vast. At the time of writing, just 3/5 of the scheme has been completed.

The developers, St George, are busy wrecking the riverfront downstream with Battersea Reach - a far more 'sophisticated' sounding title than the site's original name of Gargoyle Wharf. Same architects, too. Not everyone was happy - the empty site was a high-profile squat for a while in the mid-90s, the Wandsworth Eco Village. More capital concerns: London Geezer has started a new weblog collating the best of their London-centric posts. We've also re-visited Ideal-Homes, which contains countless beautiful images of pre-sprawl Georgian and Victorian London.

Great British journalism at work as Retrocrush gets the tabloid plagiarism treatment - reminiscent of the Daily Mail's close scrutiny of TV Cream and their fracas with Mil Millington (more at The Register and the Wikipedia). Grayblog has had similar problems. Naturally, our one-update-a-day policy means we’ve been scooped by me-fi. More media news. Bowblog's enthusiastic review encouraged us to check out the Digital Guardian, currently in beta. He's right - it's very intuitive and easy to use.

Modern Matters on modish plastic. They also have a Space Age Electronica section / Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli, an online exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, via ThatRabbitGirl. Schiaparelli's 12 Commandments for Women are typically strident ('Remember-twenty percent of women have inferiority complexes. Seventy percent have illusions' and 'Never fit a dress to the body, but train the body to fit the dress').

The art of Edmund Dulac, illustrator of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Sinbad the Sailor and the Arabian Nights. Art passions also has galleries of those other romantic favourites, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Rackham (including the latter's swirling, delirious illustrations for Wagner’s Ring). Modern fantasy: the art of acid (via me-fi).

Other things. Underground train drawing at Rodcorp. We like the post about 'becoming Homo moblis' as well: I can identify with that 'phantom tingle' pathology generated by the constant use of a vibrating mobile phone. The site links to a fascinating visual history of bloodletting / German TV ads from the 1950s, part of TV History / old stereo manuals.

Recipes at Foodster / a beautiful little tree animation from onfocus / New Yorker, evocative photo at Meccapixel / Classic Gamer magazine / how can this be true?, a mathematical illusion / from yesterday’s comments, House in Progress on the nature of Kitsch. They ask, quite reasonably, how can you tell the difference between kitsch and tacky? Their handy quiz will show you how / the photography of Moriya Madaido, via Raccoon.

Seamless City, 'the first single continuous image of a complete city in history'. Related: things has a more modest equivalent: Bellenden Road, a minor piece of urban history catalogued on the 22nd March 2003.