Saturday, 4 June 2016

Model World a Found Object

A few years back I uploaded a post onto Found Objects about the 1970s BBC series Model World and the accompanying Book, which I lost many many years ago. After searching numerous car boot sales and old book shops I finally have found a copy of the BBC Model World book, with all the model plans intact. Which goes to show if you keep on rummaging and searching, that lost old object can become a found object.  Right now I am a very happy chap.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

All This By 1967

British Railways brochure.  1965?  1966?  Interesting bit about scrapping steam-trains: "their place is in the past; and now we must look to the future."

Monday, 23 May 2016

PFA Utilization

1972.  Sinterstrand, Lytag, cenospheres, pozzolanic activity, Aglite, screeds, arrester beds, GROG, calcine and frost heave.

Friday, 13 May 2016


“You people will never be safe. Remove your governments - they don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is gonna get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? Do you think politicians are going to die? No, it's going to be the average guy, like you and your children. So get rid of them.”

BBC1 Tottenham Ayatollah - Never Be Safe
SIDE A: Never Be Safe
SIDE B: Jihaddi John's Drug Binge

Pro-dubbed black cassette in clear plastic case with hand numbered cover.
Edition of 50.
Available now at
For digital only

All tracks recorded on location in London, Great Britain by Tottenham Ayatollah 2015-16.
Mastered by Sam at Mornington Crescent.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Finishing Line

As far as 1970s Public info films go, The Finishing Line has to be the most overlooked and hard hitting of them all. View it here and draw your own conclusions.
In 1977, a short film was produced in Britain to discourage children from playing on the railway lines and vandalizing trains—both problems in England at the time. But the documentary-style production did more than that: it scared the knickers off of kids and riled up their parents. The subsequent controversy surrounding this educational short was so great that it was ultimately banned. Even today, watching it is a shocking experience not soon forgotten.

Commissioned by British Transport Films (BTF) to be shown in schools, The Finishing Line (1977) is perhaps the most notorious educational film ever produced. The 20 minute short is akin to a gory episode of The Twilight Zone, or a Rod Serling-directed fake documentary. The atmosphere is so odd and the child body count so high, that it’s a wonder anyone thought this was a good idea to show to kids (the ages of the target audience was eight through twelve). Put simply, it’s a child’s nightmare come to life on the screen.
The film was directed by John Krish, a BTF veteran; Krish’s The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), which documented the end of London’s tram system, is still one of the organization’s most popular movies. In a 2013 interview with the magazine devoted to blood spilled on the screen, Fangoria, the 90-year-old Krish said he was surprised BTF even wanted to make The Finishing Line:
I came up with this idea of a sports day on the railway line, and I was absolutely sure they would turn it down so that I could get on with something else, and bugger me, they loved it. They loved it! The psychologist in the British Transport’s employ said, ‘This is exactly what we need!’

Monday, 25 April 2016


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Friday, 1 April 2016

Tyneham Village

On the 19th of December 1943 225 people from 102 properties were evacuated from the Dorset village of Tyneham. The decision was taken by Churchill's War Office which was in need of a training area for troops to prepare for DDay.
In order to give our troops the fullest opportunity to perfect their training in the use of modern weapons of war, the Army must have an area of land particularly suited to their special needs and in which they can use live shells. For this reason you will realise the chosen area must be cleared of all civilians.

The most careful search has been made to find an area suitable for the army's purpose and which, at the same time, will involve the smallest number of persons and property. The area decided on, after the most careful study and consultation between all the Government Authorities concerned, lies roughly inside of the square formed by EAST LULWORTH EAST STOKE EAST HOLME KIMMERIDGE BAY.

It is regretted that, in the National Interest, it is necessary to move you from your homes, and everything possible will be done to help you, both by payment of compensation, and by finding other accommodation for you if you are unable to do so yourself.
The date on which the military will take over this area is the 19th December next, and all civilians must be out of the area by that date.
Southern Command 16/11/1943
The residents of the village always expected to return after the war but sadly never did. This was due to the location of the village within the firing range/training area The Lulworth range.Which is still used by the army to this day.
So its on a sunny but slightly cold day in March that I find myself driving along a very steep and narrow road/track through the Army's Lulworth Range trying to find Tyneham village. To get to Tyneham you must take the A351 road to Swanage, just past Wareham make a right down Grange Rd and then follow the signs for Tyneham, but be warned it can get a bit bumpy and quite steep on the approach to Tyneham. Once there the car park is only £2 and is quite spacious.
On the day I was there the ground was very muddy with some very large puddles so keep some boots in the car, just in case. As you wander around and drift in and out of the deserted houses you really do get a sense of sadness at what was once a very busy but now lost village. In most of the buildings there are storyboards explaining who lived in each building, and how long they had lived there. The storyboards do add to the feeling of loss for these people/families that had lived there for over 200 years. That said it is not all doom and gloom. There are very heartwarming stories as well; like the excitement in 1929 about the arrival of the Telephone box. Up to then the only phone in the village was in the back room of the Post Office which had been installed in the 1st World War. "According to folklore Tyneham has many ghosts. More than one person has claimed to hear the old telephone in the phonebox ringing". Another lovely story is that of the stage that was constructed in the Tyneham village barn so that plays and pantomimes could be put on for the villagers. As time went by the shows and gatherings were so successful that people would come from as faraway as Wareham and Swanage to watch these shows. Sadly this all stopped in 1914 after the outbreak of the 1st World War.

Deep in the woods is The old 16th centruy Tyneham Manor House, this is not accessible to the public. The house slowly fell into disrepair many years ago due to bad construction, weather, vandals and ricocheting bullets. There really is so much to take in as you stroll round the village and surrounding woods, I will certainly be heading that way again in the summer. I should say that if you do decide to visit then check the opening times on the Tyneham website. As the village is only open at certain times of the year, due to the Army blowing things up on the near by range.