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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Forget Football, Forget Athletics, Great TV Sport Is All About Sheds

by | 9th, August 2014



Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: forget football, forget athletics, it’s all about sheds

Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year (Channel 4)

With Eurovision been and gone, Britain’s Got Talent over and X Factor still over the horizon, I’ve been jonesing for a televised competition to root for. Alright, so there was The World Cup and The Commonwealth Games but neither of can compare with… Shed of The Year . Presented by the ever-enthusiastic George Clarke as part of his Amazing Spaces series, the competition throws light on a hidden sub-species in British life the Sheddies.

We’re midway through the three-part series and this week’s instalment covered Summer House/Cabin sheds and sheds fulfilling their true destines as Workshops. The finalists in the first category could not have been more different from each other: a frontier cabin in the English woods home to a mummified Yeti, a gothic shed with a hidden underground shell grotto, a huge shed built to mimic an Elizabethan lodge and a Caribbean hideaway in a lady’s Shropshire garden.

It was Alban, the creator of the Elizabethan lodge that stuck with me most. The 76-year-old ex-carpenter has built an entire garden full of sheds. They ranged from a sentry box created to celebrate the Jubilee to a mock-up of a medieval jousting tent and a sandstone outdoor toilet shed. The lodge was among three sheds built for his grandchildren. The other two are a gothic cottage and fully-kitted out post-office. It all left the usual £10 in a birthday card from most grandparents looking a little limp.

The workshop sheds were no less remarkable. First up was a graffiti artist showing off the Stencil Shed, a collection of customised sheds with a conifer tree bursting from the roof. Then we were treated to the smallest entry of the

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