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Grandpa’s War – a Century On

Although a blog is, by definition, pretty personal, I tend to stick to the lighter side of family life. But with the centenary of the end of the First World War this weekend, I thought I’d break from the usual round of eulogising about midcentury stuff to add my contribution to the stories of […]

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    Typewriters, Radios, Cameras – and they all work! Nirvana in Exeter

Typewriters, Radios, Cameras – and they all work! Nirvana in Exeter

After a week touring south Devon, from Exeter as far down as Plymouth, it would be easy to fill an article with a blow by blow account of the antiques, vintage and collectibles shops we found and the purchases we did or didn’t make in each but, frankly, you could get the former from […]

Confessions of an Occasional DJ Part Two- Going Vinyl

WARNING: this article contains material that non-vinyl devotees may find incomprehensible, or just plain weird.

When I made my first attempt at capturing the world of the rock’n’roll DJ, I’d just embarked on my own quest to bring the cornucopia of music from the Big Beat era to the ears of my unsuspecting neighbours. With […]

Rockin’ by the Sea with The Houserockers and Friends

Our quest to explore the rock’n’roll scene in our new home in the west of the country continues to unearth unexpected delights. Last year’s Rockabilly Rebellion in Weston Super Mare turned out to have a more regular counterpart in the Sunday afternoon Rockin’ By the Sea events at the Old Pier Tavern in nearby […]

Farewell Liz Fraser – the Original Carry On Blonde

And so another stalwart of British film and television comedy and drama leaves us – one who was there when TV was in its adolescence – and the BBC can’t even bring itself even to give her a mention on their news website. But clearly a spat between two daytime chat show presenters […]

The Long Idle Days of Summer – Not!

I’ve been slowing down the rate of posts over this untypical summer as, if regular readers have any sense, they’ll be lounging outside rather than glued to a screen reading my random ramblings. However, like any good journalist, I’ve been out amassing material for future publication, including a couple of weeks seeking out the […]

The Rockabilly Rave 2018 – Something Beginning with B

After attempting to capture the past couple of Raves for the blog, and with little hope of seeing enough of the bands at this year’s to merit a proper review of the music on offer, I thought I’d confine myself to a few impressions of another fantastic weekend surrounded by like-minded rocking folk. As […]

A Matter of Record

I’ve long been in awe of collectors of original 45s. Their knowledge and dedication in tracking down rare slices of vinyl, often from small production runs on obscure labels, leaves me with a feeling of cheating somehow when I load a CD chock full of rarities, farmed, sifted and labelled up for my listening […]

The Museum of Brands – A Collector’s Masterpiece

For those of us with an abiding love of design from the mid 20th Century, it’s a swift journey from the headline items like movie posters, classic magazine adverts and record covers to the minutiae of everyday life. But even for those less obsessive, who can honestly claim that they’ve not hung onto some […]

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    Sheet Music – Little Design Classics You Can Sing Along To

Sheet Music – Little Design Classics You Can Sing Along To

 

I’m not sure when I first started collecting sheet music – although the box files of it in my attic study seem (like everything else relating to one of my collecting bugs) to be steadily reproducing – I’ve got a vague memory of starting to amass music at pretty much the same time I […]