What a gift Charlie Brooker’s dystopian series has been to journalists: any time a reporter covers a story about even vaguely dystopian technology, the main thing they have to do is determine which episode of Black Mirror it’s like, saving everyone the bother of finding out what’s really going on.
Inspired by Ed Jefferson’s recent look at London’s bollards, I decided to explore another aspect of our history that has worked itself into the fabric of the city: fences. You probably don’t pay much attention to fences as you’re going about your day-to-day life, unless maybe you’ve lost your headphones, which is completely fair enough.
A 1973 episode of sitcom Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads concerns the lads in question spending a day trying to avoid learning the result of a football match in order to be able to enjoy watching the highlights that evening.
Photo: Steve Cross
Jokes about Tolkien. As performed at The Over-Analyser’s Book Club, February 27th 2018. Photo: Steve Cross
I then performed a live version of the piece at the British Library.
There are about 790,000 roads with names in Great Britain – I got a list of all them from Ordnance Survey and did some number-crunching. Then stopped number-crunching and looked for the rude ones.
I am become the New Jasper Carrot, with some bus-based observational comedy for CityMetric.