Typewriters and secretaries

Sunday 24 May 2015, 12.01am HKT


M E N T A L   I M P R E S S I O N S   R E V I V E D

SOMEONE once told me:—

“When you’re in anger, you should sit down and start writing something. That usually calms a person down.”

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I don’t think so.

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Time of My Life: School in the Disco Era

Sunday 17 May 2015, 12.01am HKT


T I M E   O F   M Y   L I F E

6.33am local time, Fri 15 May 2015, air conditioner on (20°C, 68°F)

LET’S go into the Time Tunnel for a bit today.

At the Temple of Apollo (actually northwest London), we replied in our good old English tongue merely to convince ourselves that none of us could understand each other; but I noticed that when I smiled slightly on concluding, others did likewise. This fact, and the similar occurrences of our lives, made us unable to resist the temptation to leave. The crisp, freshly polluted air of the town air outside the cave acted as an immediate tonic, and I felt a new life and new courage coursing through me.

thenakedlistener school 1970s

School, London, 1970s (Photo: Michael Arthy)

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Happiness is…

Thursday 5 February 2015, 5.00am HKT


R E M I N I S C E N C E S

4am local time, 14°C (57°F), nice and cool and dry and wonderful

ANYONE who’s as old as I am will (or should) remember this line from the 1970s and ’80s:

“Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet.”

That was one of the best remembered British advertising campaigns on TV, radio, cinema, print and billboards. It was also the longest-running ad campaign in the UK and lasted until all tobacco advertising was banned on British TV in 1991.

(via Privar a la cultura “auténtica” de su función crítica)

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Prices, United Kingdom, 1970-71

Monday 19 May 2014, 8.40pm HKT


9.20am local time, 29°C (84°F), super humid and pissing down

MY old man and I occasionally kept strange records to show where and how our bread and honey went.

While I’m still hacking Part 3 of my Elle Ess Dee story, I thought this might be interesting to some.

old rolodex

The Rolodex: “in which low-tech trumps high-tech”
(via Shane Burnett)

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Elle Ess Dee (Part 2)

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 6.00pm HKT


<< BACK TO PART 1

8.09am local time, 27°C (81°F), rainy days and nights

RHINO AND LOLLY,
BREAD AND HONEY

Life used to be coin-operated.

Nearly everything in the old days was priced, sold, bought and paid for in coins. Then Mammon (Thatcher) came to power. We went full retard and everything began to cost in notes (‘bills’ to our American cousins).

By the way, “bread and honey” is Cockney slang for ‘money.’

‘What’s that in old money?’

decimal coins via UK Metric Association

UK decimal ‘shrapnel’: the 20p came in the 1980s and £1 later still
(via UK Metric Association)

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Elle Ess Dee

Monday 12 May 2014, 8.07am HKT


>> PART 2

10.26pm local time, 24°C (75°F), heavy rain

here he comes imgur

Here he comes again … another nostalgic overdrive…

(via Imgur)

It’s not what you think. I’m not talking about the drug LSD (‘acid’).

Heaven help you people, you know when I’m being nostalgic, it’s TL;DR overdrive.

Recommended background music when reading this:—

Stars on 45: The Charts 1975–1979 on SoundCloud

The length of that medley is EXACTLY the time it takes to read his incredibly longwinded escapade of nostalgia.

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