A good haul

I had a successful charity shop rummage on Saturday, so here’s a quick look at some of the interesting finds…

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Yes, it’s issue 2 of Sonic The Comic, my brother would have had this back in the day. They had comics for £2 each, or 3 for a fiver, which I thought was a bit steep for 90’s stuff. There was another StC there, but it was missing it’s cover and a much later one (it had Knuckles in). Most of the box was Beano’s and Dandy’s, so I didn’t have a comprehensive dig, could issue 1 have been in there somewhere?

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I did get this Beano, though! It’s also one I had back in the day, where Dennis builds an elastic-powered plane big enough to ride on. Of course, I had dreams of doing the same thing myself XD. I also remember wanting to build a plane out of Plasticine and assorted geometric plastic shapes from school, and launch it using a lot of elastic, like an aircraft carrier steam catapult XD.

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¡Plop! 

More interesting than both of them was these, Chilean comics! I actually thought they were Colombian, as that’s where these editions were printed, and the prices ($550 for one and $3000 for the other!) are in Colombian Pesos. However I asked a Chilean guy at my work if he had “heard of it”, and he said it actually comes from there XD. Anyway, they are comedy comics with an interesting cast of characters (according to Wiki, one is an arrogant Argie who constantly talks about how amazing his country is XD). It’s also been going since the late 40’s!

I’ll do a “peep” at it on my comic blog one day. For now I’ll leave you with this: Almost every strip in it ends with ¡Plop! XD

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¡Plop!

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More Round The Horne tapes! I now have a full 8 episodes that I haven’t listened to. Ought to take them in the car of a morning. Nothing like livening up the morning commute by pissing yourself laughing!

“It’s the Polone Ranger! Howdy parder, what brings you down to these parts?”

“I’ve got a lousy agent…”

 The other week, I got this rather Un-PC-ly named book, from 1907:

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“John Chinaman at Home” …¡Plop!

I showed it to a Chinese woman at my work, who absolutely loved the photos. She asked me to buy her another copy if I saw it, however the ones on Ebay were £40-odd and up. There was also some of those modern photocopied editions with hideously generic covers available, but the company that makes them sells their glue-gunned POD books for the same price as original antique editions! Still, the photos are very interesting

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Anyway, Oxfam in Cambridge had put out a whole batch of antique books about China, including “Society in China” from 1894, which has a nice cover, which I failed to take a decent photo of:

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Those are a dragon and a flower

Anyway, I bought it for the woman at work. She even very kindly paid me back the £6.99 I spent on it :3, it has a few photos, though we later discovered most of the illustrations are actually line drawings. Several of them, of course, focusing on cruel punishments and tortures used in China at that time. Strangely the other book also dwells excessively on those, and even reports European tourists, missionaries and businessmen going out of their way to watch… ¡Plop!

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Three Saturdays

Not updated this again for ages. Dum de dum. Things have been ticking over, issue 2 of my comic (supposed to be cover dated March – April) is still not finished, but ought to be tomorrow. Only the editor’s page and a map to do!

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EXTERMINATE!

Also Doctor Who is back on, but I missed the start of the episode just gone >.<, I notice it appeared to show a prosperous India of the future, with it’s own space programme. I notice that this prosperous India of the future was still full of ethnically Indian people, though. I remember some “leaked episode synopsis” that was doing the rounds before the last series, which suggested there would be an episode set in Japan in the 2170’s. I bet if the BBC had actually made that, the Japan of the 2170’s would still be populated entirely by ethnically Japanese people.

Of course, in my own comics, scenes set on the future Earth will have, say, a mostly black guy (‘pure’ races will be rare hundreds of years in the future) named Vladimir Rodriguez, who comes from Tokyo and mainly speaks Japanese. Just to ridicule this “mah effnic origin” disease that the yanks are into, which is infecting Britain at an alarming rate.

But enough of that. Two saturdays ago (or 1 week BDW) we had a huge storm. There wasn’t much visible lightning, but the thunder was just a constant rumble, it sounded like when you are videoing something and the wind blows against the microphone. I did capture a bit of footage, some of the thunder and some of the rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj_DpbIINUQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXJEKD_oetc

There had also been hail before that, I got a few photo of that after it had finished.

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There was also cool-looking clouds and sewage coming out of the drains, which somebody drove through really fast with their window down slightly, lawl.

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Anyway, on the second of these saturdays, I trolled into Cambridge to see my friend Asha. Except (as usual) she took forever to get ready (it was literally like all day). So Instead I wandered around Charity shops killing time. So, lets just turn this into a haul post!

The best thing I got was this:

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Grummock yer parts…

It’s a tape of Round the Horne , the greatest radio comedy ever! It’s where Julian and Sandy, who I’ve just noticed I never posted about (to my shame, got a CD of them ages ago), come from. Anyway, it evolved out of another show called Beyond our Ken (the host of both was Kenneth Horne), but was a lot funnier.

Anyway, this box contains 2 tapes, which are supposed to be the third set of four episodes. But one of them is actually from the tenth set, but as the show had got into it’s stride then I won’t complain! Anyway, aside from Julian and Sandy (polari-speaking queens who did a different, innuendo-laced, job each week)

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‘Evvy Metal

I also got this, for the amazing price of 10p. It’s an old demo tape by a band called Jackal, probably from some time in the 80’s, or maybe early 90’s. The paper insert appears to have been produced on a photocopier, and the red has been hand-coloured. An (admittedly vague) search of the internet has failed to turn up any reference to a metal band called Jackal, so I assume they are long since defunct. Shame, the music is actually pretty damn good (in fact, better than some early thrash which was signed by big labels – like old Testament – which all sounds like it’s recorded in an echoing empty room).

Also, I have been looking at Danny Choo, and his other site called Figure FM, recently. A lot of people were posting pictures of their “otaku rooms”, awash with manga, anime DVD’s and figures. I wanted to tart up my own otaku room a bit, though of course I am an otaku by the Japanese definition and not the foreign one XD. I needed some models to display – no, not anime figures! I’m an otaku for old British culture, and that means…

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Airfix!

I’d seen this set advertised in Commando a few times. You get two planes and a display stand for yer money. I got that one because “jet planes are easier, they’re just pipes with wings on” and also having an Argentine plane would be a bit “weird”. I presume the standard Douglas Skyhawk kit Airfix make comes with 1960’s US Air Force decals. I’ve not started to make this yet, though. As it will be displayed I want to get it right, so got a ‘simpler’ kit to ‘practice’ with. Of course I made tons of these as a kid (I also did a bunch of cheap foreign kits which never got painted, bright green ME109 ahoy!), but I usually just slapped on single coats of paint, glued on the decals (paper and all) and then they got broken and chucked out XD.

Oh yeah, the display cabinet itself, well I got that (along with some other bits) a few weeks ago when I went to Ikea. It’s a Detolf cabinet, which nearly all the otaku rooms on Danny Choo have XD. I have stuffed it with various odds and ends at the moment, but they’ll be gradually replaced by Airfix planes and ships (got my eye on a huge Golden Hind, but that will be tough to build), Gundams and a few (and I mean a few, possibly two XD) anime figures XD.

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The full thing. All that crap next to it is a stack of Roy of the Rovers which desperately needs gaps filling, putting in order and binding into 6-monthly books. Anybody got a spare grand?

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Some Lego stuff, including the Lego Felney characters, from when I had a regular webcomic (ha!) and the scanner broke. Also some limited edition Corgi Minis, a limited edition Lotus F1 model (now very battered and with sun-faded stickers) and some other bits.

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A Download Festival programme, a Star Wars toy, more lego (“FW Devil 1” is a ship of my own creation called a Slasher), some Judge Dredd cards that the Megazine gave away, my Camcon wristband and some bijou statuettes.

And so on to today. Today was the second day of “Open Cambridge”, an event I also went to in 2010. Basically various colleges open up certain seldom-seen parts to the public for free. Lots of guided tripettes also take place around the city, but those were all fully booked months ago. Anyway I made a list of small libraries in colleges that I wanted to see and trolled around, only to find that this year’s Open Cambridge had a slight difference, namely, it was shut! Still I did go to the Whipple Museum (which is open to the public all the time anyway) and to the Sporting Christ’s exhibition, in one of the libraries there (which, it turned out, is a separate exhibition running for the duration of the Olympics and a good month and a half either side to boot XD).

Buut before that, I went into Ely and got a simpler Airfix kit, from the “City Cycle Centre”, an independent toy and hobby shop (with a side of DIY and, of course, cycling). I used to go in there a lot as a kid, but then we called it Zaskies, for some reason. It used to sell these wicked cap guns that looked almost like real rifles and shotguns, you wouldn’t see that these days! Anyway, up the stairs and round the corner used to be the Airfix (well and Revell, Tamiya and so on), Warhammer and Hornby department. These were all still in roughly the places I remember, but are now bigger(!) than they were when I was a kid. The back wall has also been knocked through and a load of other rooms (perhaps store rooms or other shops before) have now been incorporated into the main shop. Anyway, which simpler kit did I buy just to get my eye in? Which do you think?

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Can’t beat the classics!

… Mind you, if they’d had a Red Arrow I probably would have got that XD. It was £8, though the same sorts of kits in Model Zone (where I got that Falklands set) are only £5.99, you have to support these independent shops or they’ll disappear!

After that I trolled off to Cambridge, to be disappointed XD. Still I couldn’t resist the Haunted Bookshop, and bought a hardback, cloth-bound prospectus for a girl’s boarding school. Like you do. There’s an inscription dated 1943 in it, but I should think the book itself is older, from before rationing, because the paper is lovely, thick and glossy. It has a great many photos, which will be useful reference material for illustrations in my own boarding school story, Xin Zhou’s Schooldays – the first chapters of which will appear in the Red, White & Blue issue 2, erm, eventually!

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Recent stuff

The 21st of June was my 28th Birthday, for one thing. I got a nice cake with fresh cream in :3

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On nyom

On Saturday I went to Lincoln for a reunion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the course I did at uni there. Only one person that I actually did the course with showed up, though XD. But then again I spent all three years wanting to drop out and thinking constantly about suicide, so why did I go at all? I went because Lincoln has great book shops! Here’s some of the stuff I got:

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Bit battered, but the binding is strong

The 1963 Eagle Annual. For some reason I can never find Eagle annuals in good condition. This one is probably the best one I have! These first-incarnation Eagle annuals were heavy on the text stories (though the weekly was definitely more of a comic than a story paper). But they have strips too, including, of course, him!

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Still Frank Hampson style in the annual!

I also found another interesting item, the first Viz annual! This contains various reprints from the first 12 issues, which were self-published around Newcastle in 1979 and the early 80’s.

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Some early versions of characters that are still in it today

The artwork in this early stuff is pretty rough around the edges, but the gags are as funny as always! You can see why this was Britain’s most successful ‘self-published’ (though it had gone to a big company by then) comic ever.

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I also got some older stuff, including the School Friend Annual 1955, and one of those generic XXXX For Boys books from the 30’s or 40’s. Oddly, this one has lots of stories told from the point of view of animals. I did even wonder if it was actually a more modern book, printed in the style of the old fashioned kind, by some animal rights / socialist group. But then I saw one of the other stories is about a black boy who “dares” to come to a British public school and be good at boxing, so whatever.

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Dustjacket crammed in the back too, weirdly cut up.

I also got a book that’s part of “The Magnet Library”. I have another (also got in Lincoln and also with it’s dustjacket well preserved). I used to think the stories were reprinted serials from The Magnet, but actually they aren’t. The books aren’t published by Amalgamated Press, either. The other one I own is about World War 2, and features a “good German”, even though scenes of trench warfare and secret rays suggests it was published during the actual conflict! This story is called Scouts of the Sky, and appears to be about aerial piracy.

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Looks like Porco Rosso’s plane going down

Oh and of course I got the latest Commando’s. Including another of the Gold Collection with a fantastic Ken Barr cover.

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Is it any wonder these libraries lasted longest?

There was also some sort of military display going on in the city. I think I overheard somebody saying it was a commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the start of World War 1. I only caught the very end, though.

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Different regimental flags

I also noticed some interesting writing on a tall building that’s “out on it’s own” right next to the river. Never noticed this while I was there at uni:

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Looks like it was a print works once

Wonder if there was once waterwheel-powered machinery inside?

After the wandering and buying, I went off to the reunion. I also got a few more pictures later on, of the lights of the town and reflections on the Brayford Pool

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Found some Chinese writing

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A Terrible Tomboy – interesting book

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I found this book in Oxfam for £3 today, and thought it looked interesting. At first I thought it’d be like a short story I read in an issue of School Friend from 1960, where a tomboy who likes tinkering with motorbikes is “cured” by her prim-and-proper friend (if you think all old British girl’s comics / books were like that, you’re thick and brainwashed. Go and actually read some). But the story appears to instead celebrate her tomboyishness. Just look at these illustrations:

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Pictured: Not what you’d expect from 1904!

A girl who helps her brother explore dingy caves, and gives boys that (I assume, not read it yet) bully him a fwightful thwashin’? They ought to re-publish this today! It’d be far better than all this shitty, “original”, “It’s like cinderella except she doesn’t really love the prince, and it’s set in ☼JAPAN☼” bollocks. I can’t see why they shouldn’t reprint it today…

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Pictured: What you would expect from 1904

…oh. Never mind, then.

Lyra Heroica

The title of this book jumped off the shelf at me in the charity shop. But it was £10.95 for a book of poetry, which I thought was a bit steep (you could get the entire output of Opal Quill on Ebay for that… and have £7 left). So I left it a week, but when I went back again it was still there…

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And anyway, so what if it was £10.95 for a book of poetry – it’s called Lyra Heroica! Oh and also, though you should never judge a book by it’s cover, this one’s cover is fucking awesome anyway.

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Oh and it used to belong in the Cambridge Union Society, to which I recently went for a really cool all-day Japanese themed party (the daytime bit shockingly under-attended. Mind you there was this big room selling anime figures, t-shirts and cosplay that I didn’t actually enter while things were in full swing, maybe everybody went there XD). Oh and the union society recently invited some guy who had been acquitted of rape to give a speech there. Of course, like racism, rape is one of those crimes that “sticks” in the minds of the left – once somebody’s been accused of it, they did it! (wipe those grins off, Express readers, you lot are exactly the same with child molesting and terrorism). Also the guy is rich, and so must be capable of that sort of thing.

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There’s no “withdrawn from stock” stamp in the book. Somebody owes a lot of thruppences!

 It’s just a shame that a book so cool is filled with, well, poetry. There’s no doubt stirring, inspiring lines in there somewhere – but you have to find them!

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The new year

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Last sunset of 2011

I was magnificently lazy over the Christmas holidays, I just sat about eating chocolate and writing short half-arsed reviews of a bunch of small press comics for a magazine. Oh wait, that’s bad! I meant to do a heap of comic drawing, including finishing off my ill-fated manga for a competition the Japanese embassy was running. I’d failed to get it even near finished before that closed, but I hoped to get it finished by tomorrow for inclusion in the next “issue of” (it’s no longer a ‘regular’ comic) Non Repro. But won’t finish it in time for that either now.

The reason? Sherlock! Yes the BBC finally got off their arses and made another three (three! When are we getting a proper series?) episodes of this. And BY GOD are they awesome. The first one was shown on New Year’s day and the second last night. The second was based on the Hound of the Baskervilles… except now “Baskerville” is a secret bio-weapons research facility. You can see where this is going… except it doesn’t go there, actually XD.

Speaking of Sherlock Holmes the latest Hollywood film is incredible too. It’s 2 and a half hours long mind you. But actually there’s only 8 minutes of story and the rest is filled up by slow motion (troof). Still it’s incredible, even if some anachronisms annoyed me… no, his car is not one of them! But the fact there’s nobody walking in front of it with a red flag is. Mind you though, Sir Conan Doyle never liked Sherlock Holmes using motor vehicles, and still had his hero riding around in horse-drawn cabs even after he’d bought a motorcycle. Of course Sexton Blake’s writers had no such qualms, and a motor-car featured in those stories as early as 1898. Later he was thundering around in a Mors car at thirty miles in the hour!

An even more annoying anachronism (to me), though, is the fact that they got the German flag wrong! Germany wasn’t using that flag in 1891 (though had used it earlier), they were using a Black-White-Red tricolour up to 1918. Mind you though, “The First World War in Colour” managed to get it wrong too. As did an old docudrama about the early days of Albert Einstein.

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My 2011 Calendar, from Sweatdrop Studios. It kind of sums up the person I was in 2011, very interested in Japan to the point of considering moving there and even becoming a naturalised citizen (eventually). I was working diligently on learning the language and spending hours reading blogs by foreigners who had gone to live there.

I was also giving vague thought to converting myself to drawing manga style, in the vague hopes of “doing a Bakuman” once I was naturalised. But then my girlfriend dumped me in November, and in December I found myself constantly saying “Nanaji” for Seven O Clock, when it ought to be “Shichiji”. Also I read a load of Debito (though a lot of it “through the filter” of Tepido). I still think he’s bonkers and his followers a bunch of commie shitstabbers. But you can’t argue with clear cases of shitty policing, insane working hours with no recognition and GIANT FUCKIN’ INSECTS. If I never set foot in neon hell again, it’ll be too soon!

On to the 2012 Calendar, then…

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Yep, that sums up the kind of person I want to be in 2012, the same person I was in 2006! I’m getting the Mini on the road no matter what and waking the echoes of a July afternoon out in the fens (without going over 50 XD). I’m also doing Download and as many local rock/metal/blues/ska gigs as I can cram in. Oh I’ll be collecting more antique comics rather than horror movies though. (Bring back Silverscreen! Those shops were great). Starting with this…

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It’s 6 months worth of The Boys’ Friend (aka the best British comic ever) from mid 1904. I got lucky on this one, nobody else bid and It went for £50! I was expecting to pay over £100. Maybe the low price was because it’s January. Anybody else out there wanting to sell bound volumes of the Boys’ Friend/Realm/Herald, Union Jack, (Halfpenny) Marvel or Skipper please do it right now or wait until Jan ’13 eh?

Boys Friend Price fluctuations…

Complete year 1903 – 04 – £49.99 (Was “pickup only” and BIN, I cheekily offered to pay extra postage and the seller agreed, bargain!)

Complete year 1902 – 03 – £170 (! And I had to drive down to Enfield to get it. Well worth it though! they look great on the shelf)

Half year Jan-Jun 1910 – £110 (great condition)

Half year May – Nov 1904 – £49.99 (woohoo)

Plus loads of individual issues at about a fiver each. Anybody out there got any they want to unload?

 

Other crap I can’t be bothered to write at length about…

– Helicopter crash! I saw it fly over my work, it seemed to be ‘skidding’ in the air and the wind was really strong that day. It exploded near Ely and crashed into a field

– The strong wind! Part of our fence blew down. A panel of fence at work somehow not only blew down but ‘jumped over’ a big wheelie bin.

– The Pheonix, and it’s dire distribution: http://blog.crystal-knights.co.uk/2012/01/09/the-post-formerly-known-as-wheres-your-pheonix/

–  Despite the lazy last days of 2011 work is going ‘decently’ on comic for 2012. I hope to do at least 6 issues of the Red, White & Blue, 3 of the The Trident, 2 of The Sentinel (a ‘red top’ for comic collectors) and 1 of the Small Press Digest (encouragement-filled magazine with yellow covers). I’ve got a table at Camcon in May, seemingly the first nerdy convention in Cambridge for many a year (possibly since the Old Boys’ Book Club met there!). Gonna be great! Also got a ‘premeet’ in April.

 

The coolest thing I bought today

What do you think it was? A Hook Jaw poster?

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Yeah that’s pretty cool but not what I was going for. What about the comic the poster came in?

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That’s also cool (and overdue XD). But again not what I was looking for. What about a girl’s annual from 1940 in fantastic condition?

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That’s closer, and I will be able to use it and a similarly aged and conditoned Champion annual for a wartime themed blog post. But no that wasn’t it, it was this…

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Based on the title alone that book must be as manly as a long-haired, bearded lumberjack sitting on a Harley at the bottom of mine shaft smoking a cigar, drinking Jack and loading a magnum.

Re-arrangin’

At about 5:50 on Saturday I decided to have a re-arrange of my room (mainly to put the bed nearer the heater XD). I thought it’d take “two or three hours”. I finished at about 7:00 tonight.

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Lets get goin’

Actually that picture is from the middle of the re-arrange, the dark brown shelf was on top of a cupboard and the bed was where it is. Also the books on it were where the bed now is XD. However this is before most of the other books in that picture had been moved. That was a rather, erm, chaotic process…

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I also made more room for things by increasing the gaps on the shelves, so more big books could fit in them the right way up rather than on their sides. I also chucked away about 100 old PC and Playstation demo CD’s full of games such as Z: Steel Soldiers and Colin McRae Rally ’98. I chucked them away from an upstairs window into a skip full of broken paving slabs, that was fun.

Oh I also found a button with yaoi on it.

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Eh?

Anyway now the collection is all nice and fancily arranged and even, believe it or not, in some sort of order! Plus there’s empty space to fill with even more rubbish.

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Oh and my desk now has empty space on it, fancy.

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What am I going to do with all this?

Got this yisty

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The Secret Battleplane by Percy F Westerman

It’s “A Westerman”, there was actually two Westerman’s (Westermen?) who I think were father and son. I’ve read one other story by them which was wicked, so I’m looking forward to starting this one.

The cover, though… A fish-shaped aeroplane with flapping wings? It’s derived from the plate inside:

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Flapping wings I tells yer! And isn’t that rear gun rather badly positioned?

Of course, this was published in the 1890’s or early 1900’s right? Before aeroplanes were invented? Surely we can forgive them a slip like that?

Well, no, because the story was actually first published in 1916! And this edition is from 1932. The 1932 edition apparently had “minor alterations”, but apparently the elephant in the room was overlooked. What where these minor alterations, why it appears to have been a “remember this book is a product of it’s time and contains language you may find offensive” disclaimer. In 1932!

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It’s political correctness gone mad!

Also today I took delivery of 11 issues of the 1970’s girl’s comic Jinty.

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 because that’s how I roll.

Some of the stories have great writing, featuring a mysterious family moving next door to a girl and keeping their daughter prisoner to experiment on her, for instance. Also a down-to-earth skater girl from Australia moving in with her snooty English cousin. “Daddy’s got a new S-registration car! How wonderful!” XD

It’s just a shame that such stories were segregated into “girls” and “boys” comics back then. (Also the girl’s comics seem to have got the worst of the artists, there’s a general “can’t be arsed” air running through most of the stories). Of course in these enlightened times such things have moved on from that Victorian mentality… oh wait, actually it’s not a Victorian mentality because in the 1890’s papers such as Halfpenny Marvel and Union Jack were intended to be read by both sexes (though to be fair the “girlyness” often went no further than a love interest who is seen at the start of the story, gets totally ignored and then pops up at the end to marry the hero). Also the heroines of girl’s story papers of the 20’s and 30’s could kick the asses of the characters of the 60’s and 70’s… whilst hanging off the running board of a speeding car and shooting a Tommy gun.

Not that you’ll hear about any of that in revisionist “the further back you go the worse it was” articles written about these sorts of papers in The Guardian by somebody who has never actually read one.

Dubs At The Hall 2011

On Saturday I went to a car show called Dubs At The Hall, at Holt Hall in Norfolk. Unfortunately I missed the actual “car show” part as that was on Sunday, and I had something way cooler to do that day (pics tomorrow, hopefully). But there was still a few things to see, and the village of Holt itself was very nice.

But before that…

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Asahi Beer? Now I like superdry as much as the next vomiting salaryman on a train, but I’m pretty sure the last time I had it was, er, the last time I was in Japan!

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What’s the date on it? Eh? Today??

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What I’d actually bought. Fail.

Anyway after waking myself up I started off on the drive to Holt. Encountering around Ely bypass a black van with Ely Folk Festival advertised on it in chalk(!). The driver of the van thought that it was the correct procedure to slam the brakes on when exiting a roundabout, and to suddenly brake heavily, lurch around a corner and then indicate. I will not, of course, be going to Ely Folk Festival after a display like that.

Anyway, my planned route to Holt had been two roads, but my dad suggested a more “diagonal” route. Knowing my own amazing abilities to get lost even on straight roads I wasn’t expecting much, but amazingly I found my way to Holt ok! I’d not written any directions for where to go when I reached the village, because “the show’s bound to be signposted”.

NOT ONE SINGLE SIGN.

Well OK there was a banner advertising the show itself on a roundabout, which gave the dates, which was really fackin helpful. After a lot of circling about the lanes of the village…

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Which is very pretty

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No matter where I turned I kept ending up back here. It was like something from The Prisoner!

I finally, by PURE LUCK and a lot of turnings down winding residential streets that weren’t on maps, found my way to the show! After parking I walked into the show proper, through a nice path in a pretty forest.

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The sound of cover bands and aircooled fours lures me on!

 I was finally there. And discovered that it was in fact tiny. I was kind of expecting several large fields of row after row of custom bugs, Golfs and vans! Oh well. Let’s make the best of it.

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A rat Polo. There’s two kinds of “rat”, the proper kind – as in that evil Viva/Firenza in PPC several years back, and “Chav rat”, which is one rusty panel and a load of stickers. This car manages to be in the middle!

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Those were the various VW’s in the “show area”. However the show was actually stolen by a mighty Buick! It looked like the villain’s car from a comic!

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I took a turn around the rest of the interesting things at the show, and had some food. Then it was time to leave.

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The campsite and car park also had some interesting vehicles in them, I took pictures of a few as a substitute for the small showing at the, er, show!

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Why yes people were camping in the shed caravan!

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After leaving I decided to have a look around Holt itself. The village is beautiful! Very clean and well-maintained, it also has good roads, lots of parking and a load of small, non-chain shops. It was like stepping back in time 60 years! Except of course the people weren’t as well dressed and all the cars were modern ugly bloaters.

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Well, most of them.

I found a book shop that was full of crammed, haphazard rooms – just the way I like it! I went to the children’s section and got a few good ‘uns. I realised later that I ought to have looked for a crime section, and the attendant (maybe) Blakiana within. Oh well. I also got a 1984 Eagle Annual from another shop.

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The green book is by Charles Hamilton (aka Frank Richards) – the 20th century’s Shakespeare!

In all a pretty profitable trip :3