Podcast: A load of old bollards

Oh look, a bollard. Image: Getty.

Don’t get too excited, but this week we’re talking about street furniture.

Earlier this year, CityMetric regular Ed Jefferson wrote us a lengthy history of the bollard, taking in the Napoleonic Wars, Welsh devolution and the collapse of construction giant Carillion. This elevated him to the status of one of the world’s leading bollardologists, and he has since given a talk on the subject. So he joins us to summarise his findings.

Before that, the New Statesman’s India Bourke points me towards some interesting facts on nature’s bollards, better known as trees – a subject currently proving to be a surprisingly contentious topic in Sheffield. All that, and the readers tell us about their favourite bits of street furniture, too.

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Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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Podcast: Beyond the wall, with John Lanchester

A sea wall in Japan. Image: Getty.

This week it’s another live episode, of sorts. In early April I was lucky enough to chair an event at the Cambridge Literary Festival with the journalist and novelist John Lanchester.

John was mostly there to promote his latest novel, The Wall, a “cli-fi” book about a Britain trundling on after catastrophic climate change has wiped out much of the planet. In the past he’s also written about other vaguely CityMetric-y topics like the housing crisis and the tube - so he’s a guest I’ve been hoping to get on for a while, and was kind enough to allow us to record our chat for posterity and podcasting purposes.

Incidentally, I didn’t find a way of turning the conversation to the tube. We do lose ten minutes to talking about Game of Thrones, though.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook as JonnElledgeWrites.

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