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more sales...and then Motorhead...what a day!

A definite cert to cheer me up is recieving notification either by phone , email or simply a cheque dropping through the letterbox via  my cheerful postie - that someone appreciates TowerBlockMetal merchandise  so much , that they have put their money where their mouth is, seperated with  their hard earned cash and now have the walls of their homes and their coffe tables  adorned with essential innercity apparel 
A big THANK YOU  to the customers of the OldSweetShop, Nether Edge Road , Sheffield 7  for buying mugs, tote bags, cards and prints - there are  more designs to come, thanks again to Emma for all her help
(another thing that is definitely going to  cheer me up - is going to Manchester tonight , hanging out with mates that go waaaay too far back- drinking far too much - then watching the Godfather of Metal himself ladies and gentlemen.......  Mr Lemmy Kilminster)
There's is only one God! ...Available from TowerBlockMetal

Moore Street Substation - illuminated!

One of the perks.... well maybe probably the only perk!... of my employment is that I get the chance to cruise all around the city in the dead of night to many weird and wonderful places and get into the real under belly of the beast. 
 Now I am not suggesting for one minute that the junction of the Inner ring road and Moore Street  /Eccleshall Road is the heart of the beast  but it has always been home to one of  Sheffield finest and somewhat overlooked Brutalist buildings .....which is now bathed in irridescent light...ladies and gents check out...
The Moore Street Substation
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moore st generator illuminated
Okay Okay i took the pics on my mobile.... needs must doubt I'll be back for more shortly
Personally I think its fantastic  that it has been illuminated  - the buildings a star anyhow, like many Sheffield 1960s city centre monoliths its loved and loathed alike
Like  countless other folk  for many years I was always intrigued by the building, particulary to the fact that there are  no noticeable doors or windows, and no body has ever been seen around it or even trying to get in it! apart from pedestrians and Urbexers of course  - on a humourous level I always likened it to Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory and imagined Oompa Lompahs making magical bars of chocolate inside.....that thought was very short lived  though as my mind rebooted to its default, sinister, cynical
darkness,  the structure then became the body recycling plant where surplus / dissidents civilians were  turned into foodstuffs (like in the Orwellian film  Solyent Green)
Apparently the lights were turned on at the end of Sheffield DesignWeek at the end of October -   a small crowd gathered  in the subway intersection  to watch the official "switch on" by the original architect  Bryan Jefferson who was proud to comment
"it is great that whilst I have friends whose buildings are being knocked down, mine are being floodlit - this is a very proud moment for me".
I have to say that given Sheffields wealth of iconic 1960s  Modernist buildings and also the historic celebration of them - this event should've been better advertised. i for one would've been there, its obviously been on the cards for a couple of years. Incidentally the bill for it is approx £47K  which i have no problem with but I'm sure other nay sayers will..
Check out the links below for more info