Thursday, 23 July 2009

Woolworth’s, revisited

My local Wooly’s, obviously now defunct. Was turned into a an art installation for the Leytonstone festival. Not to sure if this has been done anywhere else in the country. But, it was a very surreal experience, walking around the old Woolworth’s store. I have no idea what the stores fate will be. It’s to big for a Starbucks and there’s an Iceland, next door but one.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009


I watched an ace movie the other day. Black Belt Jones. It stared Jim Kelly, he was in Enter the Dragon too. He’s my new hero. Well, maybe just for the week. I now have an urge to watch a whole load of Blaxploitation films.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

What's Cookin'. Leytostone picnic

When something of interest happens in Leytonstone. Well, you just have to check it out. It’s not often that a mini festival turns up on your doorstep.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Retna and I

I picked up some of my very old slides from Retna photo library today.
Anthony (pictured), seems to be the man in the know at Retna, regarding all indie-punk photos.
They’re slowly scanning the archive. So I guess one day, those tomb looking filing cabinets, will be no more.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Tito's Island

Tito’s Island.

The official name is Brijini island and it’s now heralded as a national park. But, the Island has had its fair share of cultural history. The main one being that the former Yugoslavian leader, Josip Broz Tito, took up residents here. This is were the island becomes a little bit more interesting. Tito, created a comfort zone by introducing a variety of plants and soon to follow, a strange selection of animals ( elephants, bears, giraffes all sorts of crazy stuff). The latter, were often gifts from various world leaders. I believe Queen Elizabeth, gave him some Shetland ponies as a gift. Anyway, not all these animals survived and many were then stuffed, so to speak. Eventually, a museum was created in honour of Tito, also containing photographs of various people who had paid him a visit on the Island. There are a few other quirky bits and pieces on the island to see too. Such as an ancient old Olive tree ( over 1500 years old ) and some Roman ruins; I was driven around in a kooky train with car wheels, and we seemed to just drive past the Roman ruins. Similar to passing a Z lister’s house in the Hollywood Hills, I would imagine.

Brijini Island, is about a 40 min boat ride away from the ship building town of Pula in Istria, Croatia. You can actually stay on the island and my guess is that the Golf fraternity will soon be taking over the place. That’s once the Brit’s realise that you’re not going to step on a land mine and the beer tastes pretty good out there.

How’s my Alan Wicker-man, travel notes doing?

you can double click on this photo to see it close up.