Friday, 30 July 2010

The O-town Massacre










Met up with some of the old Heave moshers to watch the Leyton Orient v Spurs game (indie-football). A friendly obviously, and dare I say a Spurs B team was put out. Still it ended in a 2 all draw, so quite heavy on the goals for a friendly. It made a refreshing change from the usual Premiership, so a return to the Orient is on the cards.
Give me a shout if you’re interested.

Monday, 26 July 2010

The Seaside Experiment










I felt the urge to be close to the see over the weekend, maybe I had some form of mineral sufficiency? I Googled up places on the coast that were less than an hour away. Malden, was one of these places and after a brief bit of research. I took Barbara out for a spin to Malden... I must admit, just jumping into the car and heading off somewhere random was a pretty good feeling. Okay, driving to Malden is not quite the same as driving round the Big Sur, but for a Sunday afternoon visit to somewhere at the end of Thames estuary, it will do.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Whats' Cookin', Sunday Picnic


I spent Sunday at the What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic. I made the school-boy error of leaving my memory card at home. So a snap free day it was. Bit of a pisser, as it was a lovely day full of characters. Oh and some of the bands were pretty good too. I treated myself to a t-shirt whilst I was there, which I’m wearing now. Cocker doodle dandy.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Lumix DMC-FS5 : camera test










Bought this little nugget off of Ebay, it's quite a dinky little thing. Also, the wide angle is giving a burn effect to the corners, similar to a Lomo. Oh, I have stumbled across something here?

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The Good, The Bad and The Callaghan.















Follow the dusty B roads from Almeria towards Granada and head for a small town marked on the map called, Tabernas. This route will start to feel a little bit familiar and almost like you’ve taken a wrong turning off of Mullholland drive, even though you’re in the south of Spain. From here you’ll notice signs towards some delightful places such as Texas Hollywood and Mini Hollywood A.K.A. The Holly grail of the Spaghetti Western film sets.

I paid a visit to Mini Hollywood, this was originally built in 1966 and designed by Carlo Simi; Serge Leone’s set designer. This particular set has featured in a whole array of classic Westerns such as Django, Fistful Of Dollars and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly need I go on? I was quite chuffed to find that some of it was still standing, even though most of it has amalgamated into a tacky cowboy theme park, but I guess this place has to survive and I have no idea what the Spanish heritage budget is like. Unfortunately I missed the showdown that is performed everyday at around high noon, strangely enough. So I had to settle for a Ennio Morricone sound track that was being piped through the speaker system. Once I set my eyes on the bank with the Morricone soundtrack playing, I’ll have to admit my mind was elsewhere. Step inside the bank and there’s a museum of old film cameras and vintage film posters. Looking at the film cameras it makes you wonder how they actually produced such shots as these cameras looked quite hefty and must have weighed a good few tons. The film posters from various countries are spectacular and I was a little bit disappointed that none of these were reciprocated in the gift shop.

If you happen to be in the area then pay a visit, but don’t expect a magnificently preserved film set. However, do relish in the fact that somebody must have scouted out the area to be used as a film set. Serge Leone must have had a good walk around the place working out scenes and also the likes of Clint Eastwood and
Lee Van Cleef would have hung around the place too.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

The day Nashville came to Leytonstone






In the bad lands of Leytonstone. Every Wednesday, upstairs at the Sheep Walk pub, there’s a Country Folk night held. It goes by the name of What’s Cookin’ and if you ever happen to be in Leytonstone on such a night, then it’s worth a visit. Wednesday night just gone was a pretty good one. A chap called Phil Lee played a few numbers and so did Al Perkins. They both played with the main band Eric Brace and The Last Train. Phil Lee, is the dude looking like Sam Elliott’s character from the The Big Lebowski. He’s worth checking out. Al Perkins, chap with the bandanna. He was in Manassas and has worked with the Flying Burrito Brothers, I believe he may have been one for a while. That’s a pretty impressive CV.
I started getting into the Byrds country rock sound when I was about 17, I got into Manassas in my early 20s. So, as you can imagine it was quite a special night for me.

The What’s Cookin’ people are holding a picnic musical festival, Sunday the 18th I believe. If you’re local, then pay a visit and support your local artists.

Keep on trucking. 

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

I’m having a clear out and I’ll be putting this on Ebay.






For those in the know, Dave Prowse MBE, played Darth Vader and surprisingly, they over dubbed his voice with the actor James Earl Jones. Dave, once visited my primary school as The Green Cross Code man. He warned us about the dangers of crossing the street. We observed he’s warnings and many of us got a free sticker. He also informed us about his role in Star Wars and how they over dubbed his voice. He seemed quite bitter about the whole thing. Bitter enough to tell a bunch of 8 year-olds about it.

Moving forward. I was in New York, May, 2001. I was hanging around the David Letterman Late Show, trying to get a ticket (me being me, I managed to blag one). Whilst hanging around I popped into the deli that was always featured in the show. Low and behold, James Earl Jones was in there buying a snack. I kid you not. 

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

I'm the Taxman


Some recent tax discs from Barbara.  I've got some knocking about somewhere dating back to the 1970s. And yes, the question springs to mind. Who designs these things?
If you like this sort of thing, then check out the link below. 
http://www.britishtaxdiscs.co.uk/tax-disc-history.php