Park Hill’s punk revolution
And talking of records...
Residents may have once nicknamed it San Quentin after the infamous American prison but Park Hill is now set to find new fame - on the cover of a punk album.
Leeds band Eagulls feature the iconic/horrific landmark on the front of their eponymous debut record.
At least the five-piece - unlike many artists and architects before them - haven’t tried to gloss over the historic problems of the block.
The design features a burned out car in front of the building.
What about callow tower?
So, by this column’s reckoning, that’s mugs, poetry books, cushions, paintings, tea-pots and badges which have all had designs referencing Park Hill. Isn’t it about time someone went left field and got inspired by, say, the Callow tower blocks in Gleadless Valley instead?
alex hits a shy note
And talking of rock stars, perhaps the most famous Sheffielder walking the planet - that lad from the Arctic Monkeys - has been telling a national magazine he’s actually quite shy.
Forget the fact he’s performed in front of more than 100,000 people at Glastonbury, Alex Turner reckons he’s not even comfy being the centre of attention around his own friends and family.
“I don’t even like opening my birthday presents in front of them,” he says.
switching-on to radio
And onto another (sort of) famous Sheffielder.
Church woman, the Reverend Kate Bottley from Walkley, may have been something of a success on Channel 4 hit Gogglebox - a TV programme which shows ordinary people watching TV programmes - but she tweeted her own media concept this week.
“We came up with the idea for a radio show,” she said.
“People listening to other people listening to the radio.”