Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Horror In Wool

From a big stash that belonged to my late mother-in-law.  That balloon up there takes me back to family parties at my grandparents' house in the '70s - that scary, old-fashioned style of graphic (the face) was all over the party games that they had.  Same with anything that came from the local joke shop.  Stuff that looked like it came from the 1920s & '30s, and I'm sure it was just because nobody had bothered to update it.

Friday, 27 March 2015


The sworn mission of THE BRITISH ESPERANTIST is to bring you fascinating stuff, on a regular basis and at a competitive price. We have managed to do that twice this month, and we are very pleased with the results.

Firstly, we have the fifth issue of our flagship publication ‘The British Esperantist’. Within its pages you will find Lord Kitchener’s hand, twins in Felixstowe, and much, much more. 

The British Esperantist Issue Five

Secondly, we have a TBE first, a wholly (well, 95%) original publication called ‘Pseudoscientist’. It’s a limited edition magazine, written by Paul Bareham and brilliantly illustrated by Joe Blakey which covers everything from ESP to Big Foot and all cosmic points betwixt and between. We all have questions, THIS is the answer*.

If you want BOTH, please use the button below and save money and be twice as happy**.  

Pseudoscientist AND The British Esperantist 5

Thank you for your attention.

*   Answers not guaranteed.
** Double happiness not guaranteed.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Mouth Music: Cathy Berberian Sound

Sound = Cathy Berberian performing "Sequenza III" by Luciano Berio (1965).  Lifted from the Open University LP "Twentieth Century Music III", as seen HERE

Be warned, the volume varies WILDLY.

Video = Daisy's Adventures in Edgeland.  Filmed entirely on location on the areas known in our house as South Pylons and North Pylons.  South Pylons is an area of farmland that was bought by the council as part of a big new housing development, but which cannot be built on because of the pylons.

For about four years now it has been a fantastic everyman's land of rough, lumpy, open space.  Open but *unregulated*.  Maybe it's that, maybe it's the pylons or maybe it's just the rough, untidy nature of it but very few people go there.  It's bloody great.

Luciano Berio

Re: the music - can any of you remember the first time you became aware of this sort of thing?  Of vocals used in a way that would have seemed *wrong* to innocent nipper ears?

I have a - probably false - memory of it always being 'in the air', as it were, but I suspect my first actual encounter with this sort of thing would have been the theme to Children of the Stones (by Sidney Sager).

What about you?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Miraculous Ornament

Lost between Belbury Parish, Copacabana Beach and HyRule Castle, there you'll find Euglossine.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Triple D Action

'But if you have tried many times without success then you will have to accept that you are one of the very few who cannot dowse (loser).'

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Boy from Space BBC Study Series

My Good friend Mr Palmer recently picked up these two BBC study series LPs and very thoughtfully gave one of them (The Boy from Space) to me. The music and spacey sounds for the album were produced by the BBC Radiophonic Workshops John Baker & Dick Mills. Sadly there is not really a lot of music or spacey sounds on this album, but it is still a very enjoyable listen. The Boy from Space was written by Catweazle creator Richard Carpenter.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Anglo Saxon Fertility Gods

"The [Cement & Concrete] association was a research organisation, and I was asked to produce an example illustrating as many methods of producing textures, finishes and colours as possible. I chose to execute my version of the Anglo-Saxon fertility rite known as the Corn King and the Spring Queen. After all, the garden at Wexham was as fertile an area as one was likely to find."
These are by the guy who did the Hockley Flyover work (see previous post).  An apprentice to a firm of painters and decorators who went on to do municipal and public artworks of all sorts all over the world.  His website is a hauntalogical f---ing goldmine.  See here:

William Mitchell

Concrete Finishes for Highway Structures

Published by the Cement & Concrete Association, 1972.

See the full set on Flickr: MOAR concrete

I put it to you that this is the purest hit, the Platonic ideal, of a certain strand of hauntalogical whatever-it-is.  That strand being the municipal, "mildly alien" one. Not overtly supernatural, not overtly sci-fi but somehow suggestive of both.  I can't pin down why, exactly, but it hits the spot for me even more than the big stuff - the megastructures, the brutalist icons etc. Those photos of spanking new bridges passing over nowt but grass send a shiver up my spine.  Phwoar!

Btw, those last two are of the Hockley Flyover in Birmingham.  Do a Google image search of hockley flyover and you get some fantastic colour pics taken during construction, and a bunch that appear to show that all the knobbly bits are still there.  Any locals able to confirm that?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

New EP

Prufrock is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Steve Christie and artist Dolly Dolly (David Yates). After playing on Dolly Dolly’s debut album Antimacassar the pair decided to work together on the short series of tracks included on this EP. Dolly recorded sounds from his garden bird table, a grandfather clock, a 91 year old lady who recited a poem from memory, but sadly died two weeks after the recording was made, a group of adults with learning difficulties and a walk though Old Town Hastings towards the sea. Steve used an old school Steinway Grand Piano, a Lowrey DSO-1 Heritage Deluxe organ, a 19th Century Pipe organ, a cello, a violin, a recorder, and a bit of computer, and mastered it on an ex-BBC Pebble Mill Studer B67 tape machine. The project has been over a year in gestation and the pair are currently working together on a full length album.


No One Will Return Unchanged

Weirdness for Schools, published by Macmillan, 1969.  As far as I can tell, all compiled from previously published works, but it's a nice selection.  Note the Twilight Zone script.