M1 - The Modernist Marvel

As the M1, Britain's first major motorway, celebrates its 50th year, performance poet and musician John Hegley presents a poetic meditation on the 200-mile stretch of road that is the transport backbone of Britain.

With his mandolin in tow, John slows down, turns off and seeks out the overlooked sights and sounds of the M1. He learns why there is no Junction 3, discovers that there was a scientific formula to the loo break that determined how far apart service stations should be built, and admires the road for the glimpse on the modern world it offers us.

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As the M1, Britain's first major motorway, celebrates its 50th year, performance poet and musician John Hegley presents a poetic meditation on the 200-mile stretch of road that is the transport backbone of Britain.

With his mandolin in tow, John slows down, turns off and seeks out the overlooked sights and sounds of the M1. He learns why there is no Junction 3, discovers that there was a scientific formula to the loo break that determined how far apart service stations should be built, and admires the road for the glimpse on the modern world it offers us.

*20091104

As the M1, Britain's first major motorway, celebrates its 50th year, performance poet and musician John Hegley presents a poetic meditation on the 200-mile stretch of road that is the transport backbone of Britain.

With his mandolin in tow, John slows down, turns off and seeks out the overlooked sights and sounds of the M1. He learns why there is no Junction 3, discovers that there was a scientific formula to the loo break that determined how far apart service stations should be built, and admires the road for the glimpse on the modern world it offers us.