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Constructing the televisual pop community in the GDR

Carousel of Notes was filmed in the early morning hours at the Alexander­platz city railway station in Berlin. The pending arrival of the first local train (known in Berlin as the S-Bahn) at approximately 4am formed the narrative thread weaving together musical performances by vocalists Fred Frohberg, Helga Depré, Britt Kersten and two other vocal groups. One of these was a student political folklore group named ‘Aurora’ after a Russian battleship in the 1917 revolution. Throughout the broadcast, the performances were punctuated by intermittent announcements of the

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe
The Kinder

to Liverpool Street railway station in July 1939 to witness the arrival of one transport of children coming from Berlin.2 When Panter-Downes died in 1997, the transformation of the Kindertransport into a celebrated event inside and outside Britain was yet to be completed. The lack of full awareness was reflected in her obituaries. One national newspaper dated Panter-Downes’ article on the Kinder to 1937 and located the place of arrival to Victoria station,3 while another vaguely stated that ‘In the 1930s she sold the [New Yorker] … a piece about Jewish refugee

in The battle of Britishness

Kremenchug. However, refugees frequently ignored instructions. As a leading Russian military figure wrote: ‘when moving by railway or by road [they] avoided or missed the defined routes and moved in all kinds of different directions, embracing wider and wider regions’.5 This ‘spontaneity’ reflected the lack of resources and the fact that officials failed to co-ordinate refugees’ movement. In addition, refugees more often than not changed their route themselves in order to feel safer. Matters were not helped by poor transport infrastructure. Railway stations were so

in Europe on the move
Closing rituals, genteel ironies

certificate issued to Phineas May, May 1926 160 � A lark for the sake of their country � 7.4 Thank you certificate issued to Charles Cassell, May 1926 chemistry student ‘for help[ing] . . . the L.M.S. Railway Co . . . in firing steam locomotives at Edge Hill station during the General Strike of 1926’. The legend reads ‘Largitas muneris salus reimpublicae’ (Allan, Letter, 1986). Many upper- and upper middle-class volunteers, especially those who worked with the Great Western Railway, received small silver trays. B. W. Pendred, then of Westbourne Park, who served as a

in A lark for the sake of their country
The ‘mill-stone’

anomalous’; its acquisition had blackened England’s name; and the Convention presented onerous obligations. The Cabinet, with Victoria’s consent, agreed to raise a loan on Cyprus’ revenues to buy the island and finance public works. 10 Admiral Sir Beauchamp Seymour, formerly the Junior Naval Lord under Goschen (1872–74) and now the Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Station, advised purchasing Cyprus. On

in British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878–1915
Making the journey abroad

,600 miles of railway line traversed the country.22 Crucially, for those planning ocean or ocean and rail journeys abroad, most of the Channel ports could be reached directly via London’s main stations.23 Railway mania spread worldwide, albeit at different speeds. By the mid-1800s the Germanic Länder, Denmark and Holland had 4,542 miles of railway, while France had 1,722 miles.24 In 1869, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rail lines met at Promontory Point in Utah, connecting both sides of the United States.25 A British government report on Indian railways in the early

in Women, travel and identity
The Mediterranean ‘Eldorado’

. Two days after the Convention was announced, an editorial in The Times claimed that Cyprus would ‘be an admirable naval station, whether for the purpose of protecting the Suez Canal, securing a second road to India, or giving this country the requisite authority in its relations with the Porte’. 3 But the next day, John L. Haddan, formerly an engineer-in-chief in Syria and the author of Ironclads

in British Imperialism in Cyprus, 1878–1915
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Trade, commodities and markets

12 9 13 23 2 10 3 1 5 30 11 13 31 3 2 5 1 30 14 6 13 23 7 5 1 1 5 32 13 17 21 7 1 2 1 33 12 11 16 18 5 4 1 1 8 30 19 16 19 5 0 1 1 45 7 2 14 23 6 4 0 1 13 20 3 28 28 5 1 0 2 Source: GMCRO, RCCP, B2/Misc. Vol. 14. were to be lost to the railway from 1841, resulting in a sudden and substantial reduction in Sowerby Bridge’s toll income by 1845. Rochdale subsequently became the second most important station, generating most of its income from corn.31 Ashton, Peak Forest and Huddersfield canals The Ashton, the Peak Forest and the Huddersfield canals were three

in Transport and the industrial city

about by this new wave of suburbanisation. John Carey has written the definitive account of this mindset in The Intellectual and the Masses in which he shows how writers such as H. G. Wells and Evelyn Waugh responded to the supposed dangers of the new suburbs.2 John Betjeman can also be included in this group, and his poem ‘The Metropolitan Railway – Baker Street Station Buffet’, identifies the theme of a suburban idyll ruined by incomers. Driving on the Kingston Bypass Cancer has killed him. Heart is killing her. The Trees are down. An Odeon flashes fire Where

in The experience of suburban modernity
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without seeming to be in the least alienated by the vast social changes of the intervening decades. There were, of course, other aspects of the film to which they responded, such as the noir element in the cinematography or the effect of the comic couple of railway employees involved in their own relationship – mirroring that of their social betters – or the class issues that resonate in the film, or the atmospheric use of the railway station in which much of the action is set. Above all, though, it was their willingness to engage with the

in The never-ending Brief Encounter