Tuesday, 31 May 2016

All This By 1967

British Railways brochure.  1965?  1966?  Interesting bit about scrapping steam-trains: "their place is in the past; and now we must look to the future."

Monday, 23 May 2016

PFA Utilization

1972.  Sinterstrand, Lytag, cenospheres, pozzolanic activity, Aglite, screeds, arrester beds, GROG, calcine and frost heave.

Friday, 13 May 2016


“You people will never be safe. Remove your governments - they don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is gonna get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? Do you think politicians are going to die? No, it's going to be the average guy, like you and your children. So get rid of them.”

BBC1 Tottenham Ayatollah - Never Be Safe
SIDE A: Never Be Safe
SIDE B: Jihaddi John's Drug Binge

Pro-dubbed black cassette in clear plastic case with hand numbered cover.
Edition of 50.
Available now at
For digital only

All tracks recorded on location in London, Great Britain by Tottenham Ayatollah 2015-16.
Mastered by Sam at Mornington Crescent.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Finishing Line

As far as 1970s Public info films go, The Finishing Line has to be the most overlooked and hard hitting of them all. View it here and draw your own conclusions.
In 1977, a short film was produced in Britain to discourage children from playing on the railway lines and vandalizing trains—both problems in England at the time. But the documentary-style production did more than that: it scared the knickers off of kids and riled up their parents. The subsequent controversy surrounding this educational short was so great that it was ultimately banned. Even today, watching it is a shocking experience not soon forgotten.

Commissioned by British Transport Films (BTF) to be shown in schools, The Finishing Line (1977) is perhaps the most notorious educational film ever produced. The 20 minute short is akin to a gory episode of The Twilight Zone, or a Rod Serling-directed fake documentary. The atmosphere is so odd and the child body count so high, that it’s a wonder anyone thought this was a good idea to show to kids (the ages of the target audience was eight through twelve). Put simply, it’s a child’s nightmare come to life on the screen.
The film was directed by John Krish, a BTF veteran; Krish’s The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), which documented the end of London’s tram system, is still one of the organization’s most popular movies. In a 2013 interview with the magazine devoted to blood spilled on the screen, Fangoria, the 90-year-old Krish said he was surprised BTF even wanted to make The Finishing Line:
I came up with this idea of a sports day on the railway line, and I was absolutely sure they would turn it down so that I could get on with something else, and bugger me, they loved it. They loved it! The psychologist in the British Transport’s employ said, ‘This is exactly what we need!’