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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007
    The Secret Life of the Motorway
    BBC Four is excelling itself with The Secret Life of the Motorway, an excellent piece of social documentary. Martin Parr reads out what people wrote on the back of their postcards sent from Forton Services in the early 1960s (when motorways themselves were tourist attractions); Will Self ruminates on how motorways might become our age's equivalent of megalithic remains: to future peoples, the only visible signs left in the landscape of our civilisation and its concerns. No Iain Sinclar or J.G. Ballard (as yet, two programmes in from three) but a host of other fascinating contributors. What better way to prepare for my M62 adventure.