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Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Undersea World Of Cushy Butterfield

The viewing platform of the Baltic Centre's a windy eyrie 150 feet above the Tyne: glass panels stand head height to discourage despair at the view of the Canny Toon's regenerated splendour. The architects may even have known what they were doing, because the panels afford a marvellous trompe l'oeil. Catch the light at the right moment and look downriver towards St Peter's basin: you will see a faint reflection of the Millenium Bridge caught in the panels. But it's a Millenium Bridge that has silently drowned, its apparent image deep beneath the waters of the Tyne where bollards and stanchions lurk to shipwreck unwary river traffic and a shoal of gasping pedestrians walk across its span, moving through their own underriver world, like limbo-wrapt souls caught in a fluvial mirror of the city above.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Frumplingtons said...

Reminds me of one of my favourite programmes when I were but a nipper: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. (Have I just revealed my total lack of street cred or taste in sci-fi?)

Any sign of the abysmal Spongebob Squarepants down there by any chance? Just wondered...

5/12/06 12:18 am  
Blogger Nick said...

Hello Frumplingtons, thanks for visiting. I'm not sure that 'sci-fi' & 'street-cred' are normally words I associate, but then I'm an unrepentant Blake's 7 fan . . .
Sorry to report no sign of Mr S Squarepants down there. . . some persons of taste and discernment must've chosen another site to dispose of the body . . .
Come back & visit again!

10/12/06 11:16 am  

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