Category Archives: odds & sods

Shuttleworth Collection

The Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Flight (although they might not have been known as that back then) at the Shuttleworth Collection in 1980.

Fairport Convention – Farewell Farewell

In the summer of 1979 we went to Fairport Convention’s last concert, at Cropredy in Oxfordshire. This has evolved into the Cropredy Festival, but at this time it was assumed that this would be it.

Odds and Sods 1975

A slightly random selection from 1975.

This was taken in June 1975 at a Masque Theatre production at Easton Neston – home of Lord Hesketh. Through the gate was the home of his Formula 1 racing team, whose main driver at the time was one James Hunt.

March 1975, London Zoo. This is Guy The Gorilla. Especially memorable for me because for some reason he charged the window me and The Brother were looking at him through. Scared the bejesus out of us – let’s face it, who wouldn’t be spooked when a bloody huge gorilla charges you – and I was a skinny and weedy 6 1/2 year old. Personally, I think he took a dislike to The Brother – perfectly understandable…

And this is one for the social historians out there – my mother’s parents kitchen in Pembroke Gardens. At least that’s where I assume it is – looks vaguely familiar, but I was probably last there around 35 years ago!

“Debris from party in my room”

I’ve started out on the mammoth project of scanning my dad’s photos. I’ve begun right at the beginning with film A001 from Spring 1954, when he was at Imperial College in London.

This one is captioned “debris from party in my room”. From what I can see, that is two bottles of Merrydown cider (1952 vintage no less!), a bottle of dry sherry (students were so much more refined in those days) and two unidentified bottles of god only knows what – given that he was a chemistry student, I dread to think what might have been in them. We asked him about stills once, and he rattled off a comprehensive list of what we’d need – a good 50+ years after being a student.
There is also a film canister and what appears to be a brand new manual for a Kodak Retina camera. I might have to scan this one in higher resolution to see some of the book titles.

(For some reason this post didn’t transfer from blogspot, so I’ve had to add it manually. The comments obviously didn’t carry over either, so I’ve added them as well)

Chris said:
Hi Sim, I’ve shown this to Mum so she is aware of it. She says that the unidentified bottles could be absolute alcohol from the labs. Apparently they used to brew fairly fearsome punch in a bucket. Mum said the resulting concoction was much brighter below the line than above when emptied. She said John did have a Kodak Retina camera. All the best with the project, I look forward to seeing what you find, Chris