Jonathan Meades QuotesJonathan Turner Meades is an English writer and film-maker, primarily on the subjects of place, culture, architecture and food. His work spans journalism, fiction, essays, memoir and over fifty highly idiosyncratic television films, and has been described as "brainy, scabrous, mischievous," "iconoclastic" and possessed of "a polymathic breadth of knowledge and truly caustic wit".His latest film, Franco Building with Jonathan Meades, aired on BBC Four in August 2019 and is the fourth instalment in a series on the architectural legacy of 20th-century European dictators.
I don’t know about virtual world, I think it’s more a kind of parallel world. I think the advantages and disadvantages of technology are hugely exaggerated. It doesn’t make that much difference. Sure if you’ve got a mobile phone, you use that over your landline. But I think that life goes on and we absorb stuff.
I think the French agonise more about being French, I don’t think English think about being English that much. I think the Scottish think about being Scottish and the Welsh think about being Welsh, but the English don’t really care. But the French think about it all the time, it’s an absolute preoccupation.