Friday Swipe: Hooked, Crossrail and blowing my own trumpet

These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.

Designing the Elizabeth line

London’s mammoth Crossrail project missed its deadlines and its budget but it is, finally, partially, sort of open. It’s now known as the Elizabeth line – ‘line’ being important and specifically not ‘Line’, by the way – and it was a design undertaking just as it was an engineering one. This Design Week piece shines a light on the work.


Hooked is a podcast from Apple and Campside Media. It tells the extraordinary story of Tony Hathaway, who became addicted to heroin by way of a reliance on oxycontin and ended up robbing thirty banks in a year. It’s a heartbreaking, difficult tale, brilliantly told by Josh Dean as well as Hathaway, his family, his victims and the detectives that brought him to justice.

London from above

The photography of Munich-based Bernhard Lang isn’t new but I saw a link this week and it’s worth sharing regardless. His wonderful aerial photographs show a city I know well from a different angle, neither street-level nor EastEnders opening credits. I love London and I miss it every day. These shots bring it all back.

The Match

On Sphinx Football, my football blog/website/thing, I’ve added a new section called The Match. Every week, I’m covering one football match in detail – a match report, but with added depth and context. It’s really there to fill matchday programme pages next season but I’m enjoying the process.


Via Creative Boom, the photography of Freddie Miller explores the platform-dwelling people behind the binoculars. Miller’s deftly graded exploration of trainspotters and what fuels their obsession results in a beautifully raw and positively human series of images. They celebrate the hobbyists first and the hobby second.

Whatever you say, say nothing

This 2,000-page photobook showcases the work of Gilles Peress, a French photographer, from thirty years of “documentary fiction” that covers his time in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. These black and white shots on 1854 are incredibly powerful documents of an incendiary period of Ireland’s history.