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  • #16
    Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
    Have residential tower blocks been brought up before? Not really something a lot of people would be nostalgic for, many seem deliberately characterless, unlike for the old Coronation Street type row housing they replaced. It seems in the UK and America there was some sort of idealistic hard rule that there be no businesses run on the premises or grounds. This seems hard to believe to me, where the old row house blocks were often capped at the ends by corner shops and pubs. Why wouldn't they want people starting a business out of their homes? I started a couple out of my parents' stand alone house on a residential street, and today with computers in every home I'm sure lots of business might be operated by people in their homes. It seems though this no business rule would explain the spaces then being a black hole filled by illegal, er, business trades (drugs etc.) rather than the idyllic protected communal non-commercial parkland no doubt envisioned by these visionaries. I'm betting the big thinkers behind the whole scheme never lived in their creations for the masses!

    I just watched an early '80s program on the problems with many that were constantly needing fixes and repairs into the millions of pounds. It interviewed some of the workers who 'assembled' them from prefabricated pieces saying how often they didn't fit together as intended, were warped leading to gaps, and the father up you got the greater the effect, and also how as few as 20% of bolts required were used in the steel bracing which when exposed to water that would seep into concrete would rust. They also showed one dramatic tower that had partially collapsed killing five people!

    Tower blocks turned up in drama programs in the '70s and '80s, I remember a Doctor Who with Sylvester McCoy set in one. They often were a sinister place!

    Well, would be interested in peoples' memories of towers, maybe even good memories? They couldn't be all bad (or sinister), there were probably some early ones that were well constructed and thought out.
    As far as TV drama is concerned your post strikes a chord. Many moons ago there was a kid's afternoon drama on Thames TV called Ace Of Wands. It was very early 70's and was essentially a psychic themed series, very imaginative and rather eerie in my opinion. Anyway, getting to the point there is a six minutes plus clip on YouTube which shows a stark contrast between traditional terraced housing and a nearly completed modern tower block of the time. I have a bit of a thing for London history so others might not find this as absorbing as I do. I'm not exactly a dab hand with the internet so rather than attempt to post a link the programme was Ace Of Wands - The Meddlars for any forum members who might be interested. I've never lived in a tower block but having visited people that did I found them quite claustrophobic. Also the balconies on the higher levels could be pretty scary if you didn't have a head for heights!
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    • #17
      I have an Ace Of Wands DVD set and I see that is on it so I might pop it in and refresh my memory. There was a Tomorrow People where the new kid (Mike who was in that Flintlock group) lives in a newer building but not quite a tower. I remember the 'Till Death Us Do Part movie had their row being bulldozed with Alf Garnet the last holdout while the rest had gone on to a tower. Also The Likely Lads movie where they go to their old pub from the tv series just before it's closed and knocked down.

      I've been on the little balconies of some very tall buildings, even once when the wind made it sway. Seagulls passing below height! But I suppose the highest I've been is probably the Seattle Space Needle. Terrified of flying and high bridges, but great with something solid under me or on boats.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by beccabear67 View Post
        I have an Ace Of Wands DVD set and I see that is on it so I might pop it in and refresh my memory. There was a Tomorrow People where the new kid (Mike who was in that Flintlock group) lives in a newer building but not quite a tower. I remember the 'Till Death Us Do Part movie had their row being bulldozed with Alf Garnet the last holdout while the rest had gone on to a tower. Also The Likely Lads movie where they go to their old pub from the tv series just before it's closed and knocked down.

        I've been on the little balconies of some very tall buildings, even once when the wind made it sway. Seagulls passing below height! But I suppose the highest I've been is probably the Seattle Space Needle. Terrified of flying and high bridges, but great with something solid under me or on boats.
        The Ace of Wands DVD set you mention has been on my wish list for quite a while, I'm not an impulse buyer but I think in this case it's high time to make a move. Pity so many of the episodes have been lost! I remember (vaguely) seeing the Alf Garnett film at the cinema with my parents. There was a scene when Alf mistakenly takes LSD I think. I can't remember if the consequences were side splitting or not, might well be another DVD for the wish list.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by W1 Rover View Post
          There was a scene when Alf mistakenly takes LSD I think. I can't remember if the consequences were side splitting or not, might well be another DVD for the wish list.
          I have it on one of those free DVDs that came with newspapers. There was a hallucination scene where he's at Buckingham Palace being complimented by royals (you only see their hands/gloves and a corgi) maybe that was some kind of spiking or thought he'd been dosed.

          The free with newspaper DVD series had The Likely Lads movie, the Steptoe And Son movie, 'Till Death Us Do Part movie, one of the Are You Being Served vacation movies and one of those old B&W St. Trinian's features. Often these are on ebay for under a pound.
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          • #20
            I am looking for somewhere that doesn't have a communal entrance and has an entrance directly from outside and not via corridors and steps - two reasons why I am looking for a new place is because: A) it would be easy to escape if there was a fire; and: B) more privacy and less harassment from neighbours. I am expecting a housing application form booklet in the post this week in order to get the ball rolling, fingers crossed. If I was offered a tower block, even if it was on the 15th floor, I would turn it down flat (no pun intended).
            I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
            There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
            I'm having so much fun
            My lucky number's one
            Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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