I’ve briefly mentioned The Beresford Hotel before and it’ll come as no surprise to most of you that this example of Streamline Moderne is one of my favourite buildings in the city.

It was originally built a year before the outbreak of World War II (that’s 1938, history fans) to provide accommodation for visitors attending the Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park. Unusually its architect was also the owner and managing director of the hotel, something which I’m sure your boy from Grand Designs would be furious about.

During the war it became a favourite haunt of American servicemen but it went into steep decline after the war and was sold off to Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 1952 and was converted to offices.

It was sold again in 1964 to Strathclyde University who reconverted it into accommodation for their students and renamed it Baird Hall, both uses a far cry from the glamour of its original purpose.

The Beresford was converted again in 2003 to private apartments and, speaking as someone who used to live on Sauchiehall Street, they must be lovely and quiet at the weekends.

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postcard series - #5

i bought this one recently and just got it in the mail yesterday. it’s another one showing the tower built in glasgow for the 1938 empire exhibition. during its construction one person was killed by a falling girder and when opened more than million tickets were bought to travel to the top for views of the city and surrounding countryside.

‘dear lena,

we arrived here quite safely. the weather seems very nice today. we have just been round the main shopping centre. hoping you are feeling well.

much love ____ & _____

p.s. going to the exhibition tomorrow and sat.’

Grounded #64 ~ 190415

{Ballardian Music: The Music JG Ballard inspired}

JG Ballard, who died on April 19, 2009, cast a huge influence over the literary world. But for those who have never picked up one of his novels there’s another forum for learning about his work - pop music. No other writer has had as much influence on pop music as JG Ballard. His dystopian vision and sense of fear have held artists entranced and inspired bands across the decades. Here is a handpicked list containing songs, albums or even bands’ names refer to his works:

Manic Street Preachers – Mausoleum
Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People
Klaxons – Golden Skans
Gary Numan – Cars
Radiohead – Airbag
Joy Division – Atrocity Exhibition
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Terminal Beach
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
The Human League – 4JG
John Foxx – Velocity Logic
Locrian – The Crystal World

B-Movie Ballardian Video Neuronica
John Foxx / Karborn / Barnbrook
A film and sound seance manifesting J.G. Ballard neurones. Mobilised by ultracolour and inframusic, anatomised hallucinogenetics and proximity psychopathagens.

watch online: http://www.hyperballard.com

Only Connect Festival Of Sound 2014: J.G. Ballard

2014 edition of Only Connect is a music festival inspired by the ideas and the universe of the influential British author J.G. Ballard.

info: http://nymusikk.no/en/hva-skjer/only-connect-jg-ballard-1
and much more: http://www.ballardian.com/


???????? did the UKIP miss out on the 2012 London Olympics where the opening ceremony was a gigantic bash of the most British Britishness from the moment 007 leapt out of a parachute into the stadium with the Queen and also involved Mary Poppins fighting Voldemort plus the NHS and Mr Bean making appearances. 

jesus speaking as someone born in a former British colony this is giving me creepy-ass Victorian-era British Empire Exhibition vibes. 

That grumpy feeling when historical events so uncharitably refuse to adhere to your chronological argument.  Wanted to emphasize why the Great Exhibition is such a surprise in terms of class relations by having an image of a Chartist demonstration in Hyde Park in the 1840s.  But no, the Chartists insist on having their demonstrations elsewhere in the 1840s and the event where they tear the railings off of Hyde Park doesn’t happen until 1866.  Rude.

Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire

“Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840 – 1914” explores one of the most striking aspects of the close connection between photography and modernity in the specificity of the Ottoman Empire. 

The exhibition mainly consists of albums and archival materials from Ömer M. Koç Collection and a wide selection of photographs from the albums commissioned by the Sultan Abdülhamid II. Camera Ottomana can be visited until August 19th at the RCAC’s Gallery.

‪#CameraOttomana‬: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda Fotoğraf ve Modernite, 1840–1914 sergisini 19 Ağustos'a kadar ziyaret edebilirsiniz. // You can visit the Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840–1914 exhibition until 19 August. by anamed.rcac http://ift.tt/1HdJX9n

New blogpost (James Bond And The Fall Of The British Empire) has been published on My Entertainment Blog

New Post has been published on http://www.sofunnycat.com/james-bond-and-the-fall-of-the-british-empire/

James Bond And The Fall Of The British Empire

By Matthew Parker

For Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the spectacular collapse of the British Empire after the Second World War was like a bereavement. It even followed – almost to the letter – the classic sequence of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and, finally, acceptance.

Fleming had been brought up in the years when the sun never set on the empire. His childhood was accompanied by dashing stories of buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan and naval hero Horatio Nelson. His first brush with expulsion from Eton was not thanks to girls – that would come later – but when he and a friend played hooky to visit the 1924 Empire Exhibition in London, a vast undertaking where 56 of the 58 countries then in the Empire showed their wares and entertained 27 million visitors. For Fleming, this empire was a huge source of national pride.

Nostalgia for the glory days of empire was part of the attraction of Jamaica. When Fleming built his house, Goldeneye, on Jamaica’s north coast in 1946, it could have been a hundred years earlier. Jamaica was an imperial throwback with a conservative and deferential people and rigid social and racial hierarchies.

At that time, the British Empire READ MORE HERE

Via:: Huffington Post – Entertainment News