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What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day?, Documentary, 2005 IMDB

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dsl SX

2013-03-15 03:24

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Wonderfully photographed 45 minute documentary filmed in 2005 but not properly released until 2012 of the Lea Valley area of East London just before development started to turn it into the Olympic village for London 2012. First half is very atmospheric footage of dereliction and abandonment - almost Chernobyl-like; most of the pictures come from second half which is uglier imagery of scrappies etc. Music by St Etienne.
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Mervyn Day was a West Ham goalkeeper (the local team for the area) in late 70s - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mervyn_Day - but is not part of the film.

Lots of photos of the old vanished industrial heritage and other oddities:
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Fatboys Diner at Trinity Buoy Wharf - unless there are loads of these huts, I think it has been used as a location in a few of our films.
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Sharp cassette player in Fatboys.
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PS Waverley on the Thames, normally found on the Clyde doing trips from Glasgow - the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_Waverley .

Any bones worth picking from these shots?
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(1st car may be a Laguna estate; 2nd is the Space Wagon, 3rd the Rover 800 - both with entries)

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dsl SX

2013-03-15 03:33

Short clip to give a flavour.

electra225 IT

2013-03-15 06:35

...Matchbox Toys...here was the place some of my childwood pleasures came from.

Lateef NO

2013-03-15 12:27

dsl wrote Any bones worth picking from these shots?
[Image: scrapped2.jpg].

I'd list the US-built 1994-97 Honda Accord Aerodeck seen there on the left.
EDIT: nevermind - better mainpic than the current one, though.

dsl wrote 2nd is the Space Wagon,

Actually, it's a Nissan Serena.

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rjluna2 US

2013-03-15 12:27

Matchbox cars from Lesney do make good toy cars. Too bad, they folded around mid-1980s :(

dsl SX

2013-03-15 14:07

electra225 wrote ...Matchbox Toys...here was the place some of my childhood pleasures came from.

And mine. There's some commentary in the film that in late 19th century the area had several match factories, so Matchbox was also honouring a local tradition with its name and the slogan about the models fitting into one. Working conditions in the match factories were so bad due to the constant exposure to phosphorous, that the workforce of match girls went on a bitter strike and formed a trade union. This became a major dispute, and one of the outcomes was the election for the area of Britain's first socialist MP, Keir Hardie - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keir_Hardie - which led to the foundation of the Labour Party (which "Son-of-Thatcher" Blair transformed into today's right-of-centre imitation Conservatives).

dsl SX

2013-03-15 14:11

Lateef wrote Actually, it's a Nissan Serena.

Sorry - I got the spacing wrong for the caption to the photo. Probably 2 Serenas in that one, centre and right.

Ingo DE

2013-03-15 17:11

Far left a Citroen C15 http://pics.imcdb.org/10314/scrapped1.jpg

Ingo DE

2013-03-15 17:29

@sixcyl: :hello: you as a collector and a local surely know http://www.musee-du-jouet-ancien.com/ ? (at the time the page is hanging)
At the 5th of May there's a visit planned ;)

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