Tag: spaghetti junction

Beauty, mystery and dreams and the A38(M)

‘In my youth, I lived in the shadow of Britain’s largest motorway intersection, Spaghetti Junction. It was a thing of beauty, mystery and dreams.’ So says Ian Emes who has produced ‘Flightpath Tegel’ a film, a homage to JG Ballard’s…

Privacy Invasion Hour

Loads of bits of Birmingham are now live on Google Street View. To see which, go to Google Maps and then – if you see a little yellow man – drag the little yellow man down onto the street to…

How to look good clothed

A few weeks ago I bought a T-shirt with the Rotunda on it, and unusually it wasn’t one I’d designed. It was from this ‘shop’ on Spreadshirt.net, quite expensive but pretty unique. Unique for how much longer, I don’t know…

Spaghetti, jewel of the Midlands

Elizabeth Ingram is a jewellery designer of no mean talent and — despite living in Scotland —she’s designed rings based on one of Brum’s most potent forces. She says: “I have just designed some jewellery based on Spaghetti Junction, which…

A bridge to far?

In 1990, several architectural designers came up with some alternative design ideas for the area over and under Spaghetti Junction. Robert Adam, the classicist English architect, came up with this Tower Bridge-esque design, but there were plans for offices on…

Falling in love with Spaghetti Junction

BBC Four are showing a doccumentary about ‘The Secret Life of the Motorway’, the first episode features the building of the first Motorway in Britain, the M6 Preston by-pass, and Spaghetti Junction. There’s archive and public information films as well…

Buy 365 days of Brum, get one free

It’s that time of next year again, when in a flagrant attempt to pay for all the incidental costs of B:iNS we unleash the Birmingham:It’s Not Shit Calendar on the suspecting public. It is, we’ve seen calendars in the shops.…

Keep your eyes on the road

‘Motorists’ have chosen the ‘UK’s best-known sight seen from a motorway’ – a motorway. In a crap poll people have decided to name Spaghetti Junction – always seen from the air in photos and film, and iconic for that –…