Monday, 12 January 2009

Suburban sundown - Camp Malden Manor! - # 09/07


The 1937 utilitarian, poured-concrete equipment tower of Malden Manor suburban railway station unwittingly looks forward to the unpleasantness of the imminent WW 2. The tower has not aged elegantly, although the station is still rugged, clean, and fit for purpose.

Below it another shock awaits us! The unexpected, and very much enjoyed, echo of Britain's colonial past - the Indian Take-Away: strategically placed to catch home-bound commuters, and all tooled up with a little VHF transceiver antenna to communicate urgently with all patrolling Honda delivery mopeds.

Suburban sundown - sometimes it gets you down. (Lessons in English vernacular cost extra!)

6 comments:

  1. Perhaps symbolic of an emerging welfare state with its reliance on rationing, this grey concrete cancer looks as though it has been modelled on a concentration camp tower. If this is what it looks like in your wonderful morning light, spare us the image on a dull dreary arvo.

    This is an interesting series, 'Roon, with its social history and ugliness: it leavens the beauty that is posted nearly everywhere else!

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  2. Yes that pesky WWII was rather unpleasant! The Spice Express doesn't have a speck of ambiance does it? Have your tried the food 'Roon??? I dare you!
    V

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  3. Things remain, but change!

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  4. Julie's comment is interesting. I'm inclined - prefer I suppose - to post photos of nice things. Rarely do I post the underbelly - but I agree with her, this series is interesting. Perhaps I choose not to see it in Menton!

    When you've had enough, walk along the river and find something beautiful...everything is beautiful by the river. Or get a drink in the pub to feed your inner man and let's have another Bar shot.

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  5. Je vais te dire une chose : mon dear mari adore les forts de la ligne Maginot ou autres qu'ils soient allemands ou français ou les bunkers ou les bases sous marines. Cela fait de beaux ouvrages très fonctionnels et en ce qui concerne les forts très entourés de wild nature (ce n'était pas autant le cas lorsque nous les visitions il y a 35 ans). Je dois résister à son envie de s'installer dans un fort. Il rêve aussi d'une maison troglodytique...
    ARGH !

    Le béton vieillit mal du moins celui de mauvaise qualité (j'ai revu le couvent de la Tourette en début d'année ; pas terrible). Il ne faut cependant pas généraliser : lorsqu'il est bien fait ce peut être très beau (béton balayé, ou avec des moulages avec des reliefs)

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  6. Lorsque nous vivions au Maroc dans un appartement en rez de chaussée, nous avions une petite boutique installée à l'angle de notre appartement, comme si une petite souris avait grignoté notre fromage. Je trouve sympathique que l'espace soit partagé ou qu'il soit reconverti.

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