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Weekly Roundup

Blogs & Bloggers:

ThatLondonGirl

Travelista TV

Music:

Ty’s ‘Special Kind of Fool’

Spec Boogie’s European Tour

Little Brother’s ‘Curtain Call

Watching:

Tales from the Front Room

Documentary in which a host of black British names share memories of their front parlour, a room kept pristine and only for strangers, and one of the colonial teachings which early West Indian immigrants brought back to the mother country.

Forced to live out of one room in their early years in Britain, the front room was an aspiration and, like the Sunday Best they’d arrived in, the room bestowed dignity and respectability. Viewed chronologically from 1948 to 2006 and using a mixture of interviews, archive footage and mood reconstructions, the film explores the experiences of an evolving private space, illuminating much of the British experience of the last half century.

Watch on the iPlayer

Olympic Dreams

I’m gunning from Zoe Smith (no, not my sister) – British weightlifting star. In 2012 the Olympic games will be coming to London, and Britain’s top contenders are getting ready. This film follows athletes in three sports – rowing, weightlifting and synchronised swimming – who are training to be the very best for the one moment that could change their lives.

Watch on the iPlayer