Sunday, 27 February 2011

Twinned with Royston Vasey: Lerwick's Local Characters

Some characters from my home town when i was a child (from the Local Museums Photo Archive...)

Albert Bowie - Local Photographer (and keeper of souls...)

Bobby Tulloch - Local Nature Expert (possible Shaman...)

Tammy Moncrieff - Family Friend (and local Pied Piper)

Les Allen - Local Hotel Manager (very powerful person...)

Peter Barclay - Master Butcher (with his Special Stuff...)

The Project Club Project Manual

I originally posted this on my Test Transmission blog but decided it should go on FO as well. I do hope you like it.

Before Play Stations and Nintendo DS, there was...The Project Club Project Manual.

This book showed you how to Fly a Plane,  How to Work with Metal, Make your own Microscope, Bath a Baby, Play better Soccer/Water Polo/Fencing.

My favorite is Adventures in Weaving???????

What adventures we all could have had.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Innocence and Experience

While perusing my well-thumbed copy of the Fairburn Figure series 'Boys' (in a *perfectly innocent* way), I came upon a familiar face among the posing youths.

Young Craig Warnock, soon to appear in the role of Kevin in Time Bandits.

Cini Pron

Object found buried in cupboard at father-in-law's house. But no tapes unfortunately.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Drug Ads

Presented without comment.

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Nuke Site

Another exciting explore was this visit to an old Nuclear Storage site. This site was operational from the late 1950's until very recently, as can be seen when walking around - it's pristine. That said, they are now victim to the elements and there are some signs of it showing, but not much at this stage.
There are dozens of surface-based bunkers and they were used to store nuclear warheads, manned and guarded by both British and U.S. troops. However, there is a very distinctive American feel to this area with the guard towers.

At it's height, security was immense, defined by the triple skin fencing, CCTV, a large dog section, foot and mobile patrols as well as search lights (which still turn and are just awesome!!!). Even though the site is now free of all nuclear arms (so we're led to believe), parts of the site are still used for training, mostly joint operations for Police and NARO as well as the CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) regiment.

As it is still in use by the M.O.D. no information with regard to it's location can be given.

Fraser Range

Fraser Gunnery Range also known as HMS St George is a former shore establishment for the Royal Navy, which closed during the 1980s. The site is currently derelict.  In 1972 Fraser was used as HMS Seasprite in Dr Who and the Sea Devils.

I have never been inside Fraser, but these chaps have

The 'F' stands for fuck BTW

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Hearken to the Witches Rune

The Singer Toni Arthur was also well known for appearing in 70s BBC Children's shows such as Play Away and Playschool (note she's the one in the green top), and also attended naked Pagan Cermonies held by Alex Sanders, "King of the Witches"

(thanks to Rob Young's article in Loops for pointing me in the right direction...)

The Night of the Goat
by Margaret Greaves
(Grasshopper books, 1976)

Hello everybody. For my first post here, I thought I’d go for something that hopefully can’t miss – covers and selected interior pages from what is certainly the most intriguing children’s book I’ve ever stumbled across in Oxfam.

(Hope I haven't taken up too much space on the front-page with all these - anyone who knows how to add one of those "more after the jump" links is more than welcome to do so.)

More Ghost Signs

On one of my days out in Southsea/Portsmouth I came across these lovely old Ghost Signs. But alas, it saddens me to report that on a later visit I found that the Drink and Enjoy sign had now been covered up.

Why did they do that?????

For more of my collected Ghost Signs. Please visit here.

That Hideous App

The Cock Crows

Ex-rozzer Brian Lumley has been hacking away at the Cthulhu mythos for ages , adding a dose of two-fisted action to the tentacled horror (for reasons best known only to himself).

He once said:

"I have trouble relating to people who faint at the hint of a bad smell. A meep or glibber doesn't cut it with me. (I love meeps and glibbers, don't get me wrong, but I go looking for what made them!) That's the main difference between my stories...and HPL's. My guys fight back. Also, they like to have a laugh along the way.”


Oh, Brian – subtlety’s not your strong point is it?

Titus Crow is a big a cliché of any occult detective you care to think of.