Going down for the second time
A few days ago, I left the BBC for the second time. More quietly this time round, I've spent the last four months or so as the head of editorial development at BBC Media Action, the excellent (and separately funded) development communications charity within the BBC.
This blog is not about the job, but about the office. Media Action is based in Ibex House, a forbiddingly splendid Art Deco palace on Minories, where the City of London shades into the East End.
The quaintest touch about Ibex House is the internal decor in the lobby - the retro clock, currently hidden behind the Christmas Tree, and the even more retro and charming lift indicators.
Ibex House is vast - like an ocean liner (in more ways than one) - and has been described by Londonist as an 'Art Deco masterpiece'. It dates from 1937 and is an example of the Streamline Moderne style most famously on display in the Daily Express building on Fleet Street. It's listed - but only grade two.
The Morning Post closed in - yes - 1937. Almost eighty years later, Ibex House is still going strong.
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