Book Review – “An Encyclopedia of Myself” Jonathan Meades (2014)

July 23rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes. Without a doubt, this is great. Less an autobiography than a description of time, place and persons (but not really the author). It’s brilliant.

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Book Review – “Museum Without Walls” Jonathan Meades (2012)

April 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


At last, took a while. Yes – some good words in there.

Jonathan Meades – Off Kilter Episode 3

February 8th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Here is the final part of “Off Kilter” – this time Jonathan travels around the “stadiums” of some of Scotland’s smaller football teams (and a visit to the pineapple building). If you have enjoyed watching these, please go and watch more of Meades’ work, Magnetic North, Further Abroad, Abroad Again, Jerry Building, Joe Building – they are all brilliant in their own ways.


Jonathan Meades – Off Kilter Episode 2

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Here is episode 2 of Jonathan Meades 2009/2010 series “Off Kilter”. The second episode is about Lewis and Harris, rusting cars, Calvinism and peat bogs.


Jonathan Meades – Off Kilter Episode 1

January 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Until early last year, I didn’t really know anything about Jonathan Meades. I kind of recognised him in his dark sunglasses from documentaries in the mid 90’s that I didn’t pay attention to. I came back from a run to see him talking about Aberdeen’s architecture in a humourous, erudite, smug, self-aware wordy manner. I watched the programme and loved it – the series was “Off Kilter” and was about (sort of) Scottish architecture. But Meades is much more than an architecture critic, he was also, at one point, a food critic. But that doesn’t really do him justice either. The way he weaves in personal memories, art, language, music, film, Donald Trump, meat and general disdain of mainstream thought and attitudes is unlike anyone else you see on TV.

I went and bought a collection of his programmes on BBC DVD, which is brilliant, though is far from comprehensive, and doesn’t include “Off Kilter”. There is a lot of his work on Youtube, including great documentaries about Communist art and Nazi art (“Nazi’s were hippies”).

Anyway, I wanted to watch Off Kilter again, so here it is, at least episode 1 (in 6 parts) to start with.


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