Friday, 27 July 2012
"Is Thurrock really the most miserable place in Britain?" asks the Guardian. The feature relates to yesterday's news that Thurrock came bottom of the government's new wellbeing survey. Is there nothing to be happy about? Well, there's a shop called Curtains Babe, the bloke from Birmingham selling cheap meat in the market at Grays, the Cash Generator shop, a decent museum, plays such as Fur Coat and No Knickers, Tilbury Fort, Chafford Gorge and lots of countryside around. And if you're a container spotter there's lots to keep you occupied...
Friday, 20 July 2012
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Harlow's MP Robert Halfon is understandably proud of this and tells me: "You get loads of snobbery from idiots who don’t know better or who’ve never been here. Not many people know we’re sculpture capital of England with Henry Moore sculptures all over the place. How many other new towns have that?"
Of course, public sculpture always attracts interest from some Herberts interested in destroying it. John Young, the former Chair of the council tells me that one of his proudest moments was saving a Henry Moore sculpture that had a baby's head torn off by vandals and placing it inside the civic centre. Can high art exist in an Essex new town? Harlow is making a pretty good effort to ensure that Essex is in danger of getting well-cultured.