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“I looked at my hand and my little finger was gone – the bone was sticking out. It’s the weirdest feeling; one second you’re fine and your little finger is there, and the next second it’s gone. It shoves reality up your backside. I was in so much pain and shock that the first thing that hit my head was the beat and the bass. The bass was hard, so I just ripped off my top, wrapped it around my finger and tied it up as tight as I could and skanked it out for half an hour. My mentality was, ‘I’ve only been here for an hour, I’ve paid £10 for this night, I’ve lost my little finger – am I seriously going to go? Nah, I’m going to skank until I can’t skank any more.’ After that, my mate dragged me down to the paramedics.”

Friends later told him that a “bunch of stoners found [his] little finger and were playing catch with it.”

“I’d gone off to watch my baby being born, and if you look at the top of the piano you can see my stand-in. We were probably actually giving birth at that exact moment and it’s very ironic that the song was called ‘Up All Night’, given what was happening. The video turned out brilliant. We all remember the Jubilee in 1977 and that looks pretty much exactly like the street that I grew up on. We didn’t use any extras at all in the video, just the people from the street. Even though I was only at the shoot an hour, it was a great hour of being in Take That.” - GARY BARLOW; “Take That / Take Two”

Photo Shoot: “Up all Night”  video shoot {Croydon, 2009}
Photographer: Mick Hutson.
{ Original Scan }

Segas Tech School

Stephanie Crombie, 2014

Since its closure in 1949, the vacant Segas Office Building in Croydon has been the subject of numerous speculative fantasies, but all have failed to materialise. Despite being caught in the middle of the ‘Mid-Croydon Masterplan’, its Grade II listed status has made the reuse of the building commercially unviable, resulting in its exclusion from the current vision for the town.

In the next 20 years, Croydon - an ‘Opportunity Area’ - will be the focus of rigorous redevelopment, with the total reconstruction
of much of its existing building stock. In 2018, the retail giant Westfield will subsume Croydon’s town centre into a new mega- complex, creating the ‘largest mall in Europe’.

While its listed status will temporarily ensure the survival of the building, its ability to compete with forthcoming developments has been severely compromised. This project will speculate on the future of Croydon’s town centre to identify opportunities for a radical reprogramming of the Segas Building – soon to be one of the town’s last vestiges of 20th Century heritage.