Thursday, 17 August 2017

On progress and beverages

Alas, progress has brought us the modern coffee shop and every high street is full of them. 

We gladly join the back of the inevitable queue to be served slowly and overcharged for strangely named coffee and a foreign biscuit by an intense young man with a Captain Haddock beard. 

I fear this same progress will ruin the lovely British tea shop soon.

Pictured: A Butter Betty with Grimshaws

That will be eight pounds seventy five pence please.



Monday, 14 August 2017

The vital peg

Once upon a time it was difficult to start the average family car. There was a special procedure in winter and a different method in summer.

You needed to pull out the Choke knob just so far and no further. You also needed to have a plan if this method failed to start the car. You needed to know when it was safe to push the choke in, because doing this too early could cause the car to stop in the middle of the road.

Worst of all, you would not wish the choke knob to spring back into place before you were done with it. The safest approach, and the universal one, was to pull the choke out, and fit a peg behind it to prevent any such problem.

It is nice to see these old traditions still upheld at classic car shows.



Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Mobile Home

Watching the canal as the narrow boats go by - at slightly less than walking pace.




Monday, 7 August 2017

Moonshine

I always suspected the neighbours were up to something in their garden shed with its smoking chimney and strange nocturnal smells . 

One day it exploded and all that was left were these part filled bottles of moonshine. Naturally we didn't say anything. Were British.




Friday, 4 August 2017

Back in the fiftes

Back in the nineteen fifties Britain was in the grip of post war austerity. Everything was in short supply and the government tried hard to raise the national morale in every way possible.

Clearly the 1953 Coronation was a great opportunity to lift the people's spirits, and this was the ideal event to showcase the new Television network. So the Coronation was the first National Event to be televised. 

However there was a problem. 

Industry was instructed to turn all the melted down Spitfires back into aluminium saucepans and wrought iron railing. Thus there were no materials left over for the emerging TV aerial business. This is why many of the earliest aerials were in fact made of wood.

This is a rare remaining example located close to Alexadra Palace.


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Look out

To appreciate architecture, you must first learn to look up. To capture some forgotten nook or cranny you need to keep your camera with you.

So if you spend your time looking down at your smartphone and staying connected, you may actually be missing a lot of the world, actually.