Saturday, 31 March 2012

Racton Ruin

Welcome to Racton Ruin also known as Racton Monument and Racton Tower. Racton is not the most easiest place to find. Tucked away in the back waters of West Sussex just of the B2147 and then up a tiny lane/horse track. You can see Racton from the B2147 but I still managed to drive past it. Racton was built around 1772, designed by Theodosius Keene for The Earl of Halifax. There are mixed views as to the purpose of Racton. Some say it was built as a summer house as part of The Stansted Estate. Another is that it was a view point for the Earl to observe ships in the Solent. The Totally Haunted Bods say they found a reference to Racton being used as a brothel, but do not include any info about this reference.
Racton is a popular place for the Ghost Hunters, and is supposed to have had links to The Occult and Devil worship. Another local rumour is that it was used by smugglers. In the late 80s and early 90s Racton was the scene of many raves and parties. I personally remember driving with a car load of people from one end of Sussex to the other in search of a party at Racton, which we never found and maybe never even really happened. Perhaps the strangest story concerning Racton Ruin is the rumour that the singer Demis Roussos was interested in buying the Folly once. Strange indeed.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Science - from the Beginning

Taken from the titular textbook, published 1960 by Oliver & Boyd. The illustrations are by C.S. Macdonald. A wee bit more at between channels.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Broadcast for Schools

This must have been done already, no?

Bones Records

"Roentgenizdat" or "X-Ray Pressed" records are 7-inch bootlegs made from discarded X-Ray plates found in hospital skips. They originated in the 1950s within the underground nightspots of the USSR and Eastern Europe, and contained pirated music from the West. Are these the coolest or what?! More here (in Russian).

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Stylophone Latin American Album

Picked this up recently on one of my charity shop patrols. I should point out that one night after a few glasses of wine I did decide it was time to play along to it with my Stylophone. Brazil is my fav. Don't think the neighbors were that impressed with my play along version. The family in the 2nd picture all seem to be having fun. Remember.......A Stylophone is for life, not  just Christmas Birthdays and Space Oddity.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Dead Bees

Sadly my hive didn't survive the winter this year. Opening it up was like finding a ghost ship full of tiny corpses.

Dead. Clinging to her honey.


Photographs taken with a macro lens on an iPhone.

Von the Don

Friday, 9 March 2012

Illustrations by Hannes Bok

100 Year Old Paper Plane

Found in the eaves of St Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple.


Blood and Roses (1960)

It's a real pity that the film Blood and Roses (1960) or Et mourir de plaisir isn't available on DVD. This adaptation of Sheriden Le Fanu's Carmilla is really worth seeing. It's a much more atmospheric take on the story than the Hammer film The Vampire Lovers, which I did enjoy as well.