Wednesday, 30 November 2011



Mind Alive Electronics and Music

Back at the end of October I posted some covers of the Mind Alive Magazine. In one of the magazines was an article on Electronics and Music. I did have every intention of posting the article a while ago but I forgot. I have finally got round to scanning this article and posting it. Spot the picture of John Baker at work in The Radiophonic Workshop Maida Vale. Sorry about the delay Dispo. : )

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Plymouth's Leading Night Spots 1970s

Found this wonderful old Cinema ad for Plymouth's Leading Night Spots, The Commodore, The Cascade and The Bird Cage. Plymouth must have had some top night spots back then because 28 seconds into the ad Boris Johnson turns up with glass in hand. Classy.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Beast of Jersey Update

The New English Library edition of Joan Paisnel's book The Beast of Jersey has been previously mentioned in FO, and I commented that the case had nothing to do with Jersey's later-to-become-notorious Haut de la Garenne orphange. Yet it has been reported that the "Beast", Edward Paisnel, did visit the place, where he was known as "Uncle Ted" as he interacted with the unsuspecting residents there. This is further backed up by the hardback first edition of The Beast of Jersey published by Robert Hale in 1972, that (unlike the later NEL paperback) contains rare photos connected to the case. The two incredibly creepy ones reproduced below show the "Beast" dressed as Santa (Satan?) at the Haut de la Garenne festivities:

Saturday, 12 November 2011

I found this picture a while ago. Its my bedroom floor from about late 1977. At the time I was going through my year zero punk phase. So all of this was going to be packed away. 
I remember taking the photo with our families trusted old Kodak Instamatic 25. On the bottom left are my sensible School Shoes and Sports bag, both of which lived in that spot for years. 
By mid 78 all these comics and books came back out of the cupboard and sat quite happy on the bedroom shelfs with the Sex Pistols, Clash and early Ultravox albums.  Out of shot on the right is the Aurora model of the Pan Am Orion Space Shuttle from 2001. What is obviously noticeable is that I went to the trouble of laying all this out on the floor and then not getting half of it in the picture. Note the electric blanket cable poking out from under the bed. 


Friday, 11 November 2011

New blog sighting: 'Children's Bizarre'

A new blog, 'Children's Bizarre', offers such fun as Squiffy the Skunk (left) and The Wonder Book of Clowns (behind you).

Tuesday, 8 November 2011



The Station That Was

What you are about to see are some stirring images of Grangetown Railway station in Teesside.
Once a bustling station, it is now reduced to nothing but decay and rusting bridges...

First we will see how it once was with its roof on in 1972..

And here it is in the early 80's with no roof carrying passengers to and from the ICI/British Steel works..

And here is how it was abandoned in the early 90's...

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Trinity Square Car Park- In Memoriam

I took these in Gateshead on a last minute work trip up north in August 2010. I'd understood that the car park was supposed to have been gone by July, so was delighted to find it was (mostly) still standing. I was transfixed by the demolition work; a giant pair of mechanical jaws taking huge bites out of the concrete, whole floors occasionally crashing through to the ground. There were three other guys with various tripods and video camera equipment nearby, intently taping every single moment of its final days.