Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sawdust Caesers

"These long-haired, mentally unstable, petty little hoodlums, these sawdust Caesars who can only find courage like rats hunting in packs, came to Margate with the avowed intent on interfering with the life and properties of its inhabitants." Part of the speech made by Dr George Simpson, chairman of Margate magistrates as he passed sentence on 4 who had taken part in the disturbances in margate , 1964.

Part of it became a catchphrase and the titel to Tony Beesley´s Book, which covers the rise of the Modernist style from the late 50´s and it´s development into present times. Not an easy Thing to cover and record the "movement" which has gone through a lot of alterations since it´s beginings over 50 years ago,  but Tony has covered it extremely well, combining photos with the voices of modernists who have lived and breathed it´s history.

A definate "Must have" for anyone interested in Modernism

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Blast from the past (3)

Just got hold of this bit of 60´s Technology, a 1961/62
Loewe Opta  
Bella - Luxus 6730 W
The Sound, which is deep and rich kicks modern Radios into the Long grass.
Fully functional, it was in a bit of a mess when I got it and needed a lot of cleaning, the box had coffee Cup stains, the dials had to be removed for cleaning, the glass had a thick layer of grime over it. At some Point the material covering the Speaker will have to be taken off and cleaned.
It´s big and heavy, 44 x 27,5 x 21 cm and weighs 6kg´s.
When it was first produced this cost DM269.....quite a lot back then and calculated (using THIS online converter) into it´s equivalent worth these days would cost DM1088.99 or 556.77 Euros!!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cheap clobber (6)

Just when I was in the market for a decent winter coat...and one turns up.
3/4 length coat...57% Alpaca and 43% wool mix...6 euros :-D
Best bit is the maker...Loro Piana.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Blast from the past (2)

Bit´s and pieces from my "scrapbook" from 78-/79 - 84-/85.

A brand new GP for 402 quid with VAT!!
As far as I remember the "Disco" was bloody awefull..virtually None of what was promised and asking the DJ for anything decent was a waste of time.
Mr Piller. The write up (don´t ask me which paper or mag it was in) that went with the pic is on another page. It says that Eddie is 18 at the time of the article. I won´t print what Eddie Said in the article as we all know, journos do tend to take things out of context.  
A cut up Flyer.
Don´t remember a topless dancer..maybe they meant that one of the blokes got thier Shirts off....
Paul Weller "getting back to nature"  in his Style council days..

Sadly ecstatic. That their heroes are News!
Looking at these newspaper clppings you´d think mayhem ruled, but as I said above, journos do tend to the creative side of presenting what happened. For instance..note the Headline with Death threat in inverted commas.
Just one of the many pages in the "scrapbook".