UK Hover Train on Inside Out East

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0952dp0/inside-out-east-18092017

There is a fascinating segment about the UK Hover Train developed back in the 1970s and then frustratingly abandoned in this ‘Inside Out East’ programme on iPlayer (Hover Train features at 19m 40s in, available until 18 Oct).

I had heard about the Hover Trains existence before but this is the first film footage I have seen. Such a waste of technological development. Could have been the Concorde of the land.

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Two Types: The Faces of Britain

We are surrounded by types, the words on signs, buses, shops and documents which guide us through our lives. Two types in particular are regarded as the faces of Britain – Johnston and Gill Sans.

I stumbled across this one night and I am so glad I watched it back and learned more about these fonts, which are part of British culture.

A surprising journey from its creation, to break out away from the chaos of serif font advertising, to falling out of favour as old fashioned and associated with wartime posters, on to re-emerging as fashionable and anti-establishment in the 1960s and 80s.

The programme also features a preview of the new BBC Sans typeface which has begun to roll out already.

via BBC Four – Two Types: The Faces of Britain

Secrets of Silicon Valley

Jamie Bartlett uncovers the dark reality behind Silicon Valley’s glittering promise to build a better world. The tech gods believe progress is powered by technology tearing up the world as it is – a process they call disruption.

Interesting two part series. If you are not familiar with the tech/startup scene you might want to be in a good/hopeful mood before you watch it.

via BBC iPlayer – Secrets Of Silicon Valley – Series 1: 1. The Disruptors