Places to Visit

A Little Gem Behind the Red Door

With fantastic rockin’ clubs popping up all over the place at weekends, it’s hard to squeeze everything into the diary and still have room for all that boring but essential domestic ‘stuff’, but just sometimes fate drops one in your lap that provides something that little bit different. So it was we found ourselves […]

A Vintage Man in New York – Part One

There was so much to write about after our trip to New York that it would make one giant post! Instead, I’ve broken it up into instalments, so here we go with part one…

There’s nothing particularly innovative or novel about taking a holiday in New York, so I can’t lay claim to any unique […]

Coleton Fishacre – Deco Devon Heaven

It always seems a bit of a cop out to write about National Trust properties on a blog like this, on the basis that it’s hardly an achievement to seek out a place that’s advertised on the website and publications of an organisation with thousands of members and dedicated to preserving the past. However, […]

Quant and Conran in Bermondsey

With the V&A’s current Dior and Quant exhibitions making even the national news, and tickets at a premium, it was good to remember that Mary Quant, and her contemporary Terence Conran, were also the subject of a much more intimate exhibition at one of our favourite venues, the Fashion and Textile Museum, tucked away […]

Don McCullin – Recorder of the 20th Century

The Tate gallery might seem an odd place for an exhibition of a 20th Century photographer’s work, but there are two very good reasons why the current one works very well there. The first is the sheer quantity of work on show. A venue like the Photographers Gallery in Soho might be able to […]

In Search of Giant Fleas – the Joy of the Flea Market

It was all so easy when I first started collecting ‘old stuff’. For one thing, it wasn’t that old – in the late 70s and early 80s, stuff from the 50s and 60s was at most 30 years old and much of it was simply classed as secondhand, rather than collectable. Charity shops were […]

A Bit of Vintage Culture for New Year

Filling that bit in between Xmas and New Year is always a challenge, but fortunately the round of family visits usually takes us close enough to London to throw up some opportunities, and with absolutely no inclination to join the orgy of retail that surrounds the post Xmas sales, we grabbed the chance to […]

Good Grief – It’s Charlie Brown in London

When the news broke of Charles Schulz’ retirement from cartooning in 1999, followed by his death the previous year, a little bit of my childhood died with him. Admittedly, I’d not read a Peanuts cartoon for a long time, and the ubiquitous application of the Snoopy motif to anything and everything in the late […]

Living With Buildings at the Wellcome Collection

Having indulged ourselves in the clothing of the 1930s, the next stop on our post-Xmas whistlestop tour of current exhibitions took us up to the Euston Road and the Wellcome Collection where the galleries are always guaranteed to set you thinking and where the underlying medical theme can produce a surprisingly diverse range 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 […]