Monday, 31 December 2012

Monday, 17 December 2012

Space Visitors

Space Visitors - Part One (Kosmicheskie... by kosmikino

From this here blog:


which  specialises in "Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Cinema, Television and Animation from Russia and Eastern Europe during the Soviet and Eastern Bloc Era 1924-1992".  Go there for Part 2...

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Saturday, 15 December 2012

A 7 inch Tape Find

On a recent run into Brighton I popped into my favorite place to have a rummage, Snoopers Paradise, and as usual was not dissapointed. Lurking around on the floor was a pile of these old 7 inch EMITAPES. They were being sold for the very good price of £1 (one was in fact £2) so not being a greedy chap I only bought the one. My next task is to track down my friend Mr Packer who has a couple of old Tascam and Fostex tape players, and then find out what is on this tape. I will report back here when I know more.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ghost Blox

Glassware Robot
ELECTROKNIGHT* Craterius and his faithful squire Raven
Pilgrim (city inside robot)
AZ-TECH - Death From the Sky
All by Lego genius "the oneman".  More here: the oneman on Flickr

* from Stanislaw Lem's 'Cyberiad'

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

F.A.B: Benkson 68

As featured on the control panel of Thunderbird 5! (Not this exact one, but an identical model)

Bought originally from Woolworths in Edinburgh, in 1963 (see receipt above).  Battery powered, still works.  Found in local 2nd-hand shop "Squirrels", of North End, Portsmouth, where they do all sorts round the back: gramophones, old turntables, transistor radios etc.  I believe they're all carefully restored and cleaned up before being put up for sale, by Ed Hearne of Angel Radio fame.  They also have a pretty good stock of 78s and (mostly) novelty LPs.

PS: anybody know where I can get 3" reels, cheap?

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dolls at Play

There are so many images like this one on tumblr - the fact they are gifs makes them even more unsettling.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

How Milton Keynes Might Have Been: North Bucks New City, aka 'Pooleyville'

View from a monorail cab

Turns out that before the plans for Milton Keynes were drawn up, there was an ambitious scheme for a carless, monorail city on the same site.

From an article by Guy Ortolano, published in The Historical Journal in 2011:

"The city’s boldest innovation, however, was its system of
transport : a quiet, automated, high-speed monorail. The
monorail would be paid for out of local rates, and thus free
at the point of service, and no home would be more than
seven minutes from a station.  The system would employ
the latest surveillance technologies, enabling a single
command station to track its cars, monitor its stations,
and communicate with its staff. Clean, safe monorails would
thus whiz through the city – and even through its buildings –
on a track ‘slung way above the people’, atop a network of
mesh ready to catch any suicidal jumpers in ‘a resilient wire
hammock ’. When one admiring journalist called the plan a
‘city for the 70s ’, Pooley responded that he preferred to think
of it as a ‘city for the 90s in the 70s ’."

Full text of the article in this here PDF:

Planning the Urban Future in 1960s Britain

Sunday, 2 December 2012


Futuropolis: 1978
Les Visionnaires deL'Architecture: 1965
Megastructure: 1976
Urban Structures for the Future: 1972
The Usborne Book of the Future: 1979
Tower of the Future: 2009

I'll post more from these in: THE FUTURE!