Libraries are brilliant. And the incredible renovation of Manchester Central Library has reminded me just how brilliant they are.
This website is about some of the amazing old stuff that I find, buy or see. Most of the things here are post war design, architecture, products or furniture, although that’s not a rule. Find out about me and the blog here.
Some things, in particular 1960s/70s GPO dial telephones, I renovate and sell. They are for sale in the shop.
Inspired by this post on Voices of East Anglia, I unearthed my dad’s 1978 Table Tennis copy of Know The Game, bought to accompany the DIY table he built for our garage in the early 80s. It’s always table tennis in my house, note. Never ping pong. If you call it ping pong, you’re an idiot.
I’ve always wanted to visit a real French flea market, so a holiday in the beautiful late-spring Pyrenees gave us the opportunity for a long drive into Toulouse, to visit the monthly weekend market (first weekend of the month, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) that seems to appear in just about every ‘best of’ list out there. C’est magnifique! A word of warning, though – […]
Last year, browsing the ace Brooklyn Flea in New York, I spotted a copy of the novelisation of Back To The Future (one of the greatest films ever made, as I’m sure you know) written by someone called George Gipe and published alongside the movie back in good old 1985. I was excited – I love BTTF, I could watch it […]
If I could have any dream job, it might well be a model maker for TV back in the days when computers were as big as a farm, and didn’t even have screens – let alone Hollywood budgets. Back when, if you wanted to build a spaceship, you’d need an empty washing up liquid bottle or two, some clear plastic […]
I part-own Caban Casita, a holiday cabin near Cardigan in west Wales.
The cabin is full of really cool retro and vintage things, like a 1970s Roberts radio, kitchen ware, some great books and furniture including an original Eero Aarnio egg chair.
Go to the Caban Casita website, or book a holiday via Under The Thatch