Archive for the ‘Ephemera’ Category

Having worked my way through a considerable amount of my late dad’s ephemera, this (presumably now no longer restricted) Police Manual of Home Defence is easily the most unsettling item I’ve come across. Printed by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office in 1974 it states that “it is essential that every police officer should be familiar with […]

Still maintaining the theme, for a while at least. I’ve been sorting through papers (and photographs – see over the last few weeks and came across a number of certificates my dad had gained through various efforts in his earlier years. Like the photographs they seem impossibly personal, holding a much greater significance than their […]

Box Of Delights


Although I’m perhaps not known for my love of Christmas I do actually enjoy the time of the year when “the weather outside is frightful”. One aspect that I particularly enjoy is the ceremony of the advent calendar. I always remember having them as a kid – when the opening of the appropriate door wasn’t rewarded by […]

  – I’m not a huge gamer but the London Games Festival does look like an interesting place to be, if for nothing else the DS World Record attempt. –  Nice to see a small piece in the Guardian about the School Of Life’s M1 ‘Trip Up The M1’. I hope they keep up with […]



We’re five days into the new season and as I’ve mentioned we’re already in the relegation zone (I know it’s early but it does still matter) and now we’re no longer in the Carling Cup. And I didn’t see anything of the Perseids meteor shower last night. But in better news I managed to pic […]

You’re tempted aren’t you ?

  – Lovely piece in the Times by Jeremy Austin about the arrival of Lucha Libre in the UK. If you don’t know Lucha Libre is a term used in Mexico (and other Spanish speaking areas) in respect of a certain type of wrestling, known perhaps most notably for the amazing masks. – A little […]