2015: A Suburban Odyssey

I give you, the Newbury park bus shelter. 

Understandably, you sit there severely underwhelmed at that sentence with a cruel urge to escape from reading one more word. But resist you must, for there aren’t so many bus shelters in Britain that are vaguely interesting, let alone suitable for insane puns adapted from an even more insane film.

The Newbury park bus shelter is a Grade II listed building designed by the British architect Oliver Hill more famous for building the British pavillion at the Paris Expo of 1937. An avid modernist architect, he ‘blamed Hitler’ for ending his career, for his post-war designs were much less realised. Slightly weird. 

Apart from being a high arched open structure with a copper clad barrel vault roof, it has an exceedingly boring wikipedia page. But hidden within its cavernous depth of mindless info-dump is the statistic that 4.4 million passengers were served by the station in 2013, which incidentally overshot my estimate by 4.4 million passengers (to 1 decimal place of course, we want to be precise in our gross misunderestimations).

2015: A Surburban Odyssey

[2015: A Suburban Odyssey, Newbury Park, 2/3/15]

Comparison: Newbury park station newly opened, July 1949 (Image credit: London Transport Museum Photographic Archive)


P.S. This won the Festival of Britain architectural award in 1951. I thought since I’ve gone to the ridiculous trouble of going to the desolate land of Newbury park, took a picture, then painstakingly wrote a blog post about a bus shelter, I might as well include some actual interesting facts, which, on reflection, isn’t really that interesting now.. Ah well, here’s hoping this obscure fact will stick in at least one of your brains somewhere unobtrusive.

Brief update on bubble research: Sadly too technical for words, unless you enjoy Differential geometry as explained by a bio-physicist. However, it is pleasing that the maths at the nanometre scale uses the same exact machinaries as supernovas and blackholes.


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