Deflategate Audio Transcripts
Jan24

Deflategate Audio Transcripts

The world of American Football is on edge as we await the concocted results of the NFL‘s incredible in-depth investigation into the manufactured outrage around Deflategate, that terrifying event between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts that is – at least in the NFL’s and the media’s “minds” – more serious than killing dogs, more harmful to the sport than beating up women in...

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Rutland High School Yearbook 1971
Jan15

Rutland High School Yearbook 1971

The Internet Archive is always a great place to have a virtual wander through if you’re forever finding yourself stuck in a timewarp of nostalgia like me. It doesn’t help you escape the timewarp of nostalgia – not that you’d ever want to because it’s nice there – but it does make it even more enjoyable. So, today’s discovery has been the the publications of the Rutland Historical Society and,...

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Japanese TV Adverts
Jan11

Japanese TV Adverts

I don’t speak Japanese. I think that will become very obvious very quickly as I try to work out what these old TV adverts from Japan, home of bewildering imagery, are actually for. Let’s see. There are giant, flying insects, a man in a baseball uniform, crabs holding yellow boxes with chicken symbols on them, and a wind-up power cord winding in. This is probably an advert for Click Clack Cluck, a natural compound made from...

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The Crabonauts Conquer The Stars
Dec25

The Crabonauts Conquer The Stars

January 1970 saw the presentation to the International Marine Biology Symposium in Khartoum of Jacques Cousteau’s groundbreaking work on the growing literacy of sealife so it was no surprise to see book publishers rush to fill the genre void. One of the first novels to print was C.D. Hippocampus’s science fiction adventure The Crabonauts Conquer The Stars. Taking place in the near future the story follows the first group...

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Space Toblerone
Dec20

Space Toblerone

A great little find this, Space Toblerone by American author Alan V. Bern. Bern put up all the money to commission the artwork for the science fiction book and self-publish it in 1958, hoping to recoup his investment through support from the Swiss company whose produce he shamelessly promoted in the title. Space Toblerone ended up being his only novel, though, as – soon after publishing – he discovered to both his...

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Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia
Dec13

Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia

I do like to visit charity shops, mostly in search of weird vinyl, but anything related to photography will always catch my eye too and so it was with this recent discovery and purchase, a book titled The Face Of Virginia, a pictorial study by A. Aubrey Bodine. The man himself is described on the inside jacket thusly: Aubrey Bodine has been taking pictures for the Baltimore Sunday Sun for 35 years, and he is practically an institution...

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