John Cale live on Spanish TV in 1985

What can I say? One of the comments on YouTube so aptly describes the gig: “Fantastic, a whole hour and a half of drug-fueled chaos to sift through, thank you.”.

Enough said. Except that I can’t imagine gigs like this happening in 2013 or 2014, which is quite sad really. These days it’s all Lady Gaga, me thinks. Groan.

Comet Miniatures

While this most extraordinary SciFi model shop on Lavender Hill in London has unfortunately closed down, you can still walk through the shop with the help of Google Street View, hopefully preserved for eternity. What an amazing place this was.

Comet Miniatures on Google Street View

Comet Miniatures on Google Street View

The website is dead too, but apparently Comet’s proprietor Tony James is setting up a new virtual business under the name of Timeless Hobbies.

Last but not least here’s my Flickr set of the cramped inside of the shop.

It’s a shame really – first Model Zone went bust, and now Comet Miniatures has closed down. Basically all that’s left now here in the UK is Forbidden Planet for all kinds of SF toys and models.

Here’s Comet Miniatures Last Day, via YouTube: