IT.

The complete archives of the underground newspaper International Times, 1966–1994.

International Times (it or IT) is an underground newspaper founded in London in 1966 and relaunched as a web journal in 2011. Editors included HoppyDavid Mairowitz, Peter Stansill, Barry MilesJim Haynes and playwright Tom McGrath. Jack Moore, avant-garde writer William Levy and Mick Farren, singer of The Deviants, also edited at various periods. The current editorial team include Mike Lesser, Niall McDevitt, Robert Tascher, Heathcote WilliamsIphgenia Baal, Elena Caldera, Claire Palmer, Nick Victor, Dave Cooper, Helen Moore and others.

Within a short time of the first issue, the name International Times was changed to IT after litigation threats from The Times of London. The paper’s logo was a black-and-white image of Theda Bara, vampish star of silent films. The founders’ intention had been to use an image of actress Clara Bow, 1920s It girl, but a picture of Theda Bara was used by accident and, once deployed, not changed. Paul McCartney donated to the paper as did Allen Ginsberg through his Committee on Poetry foundation.
(Wikipedia)

International Times 23, 1968

International Times 23, 1968

A great night out.

With stand up comedy, haikus and steampunk. Just perfect.

Andy Heintz – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Andy Heintz – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Phil Jupitus. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Phil Jupitus. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Marc Burrows – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Marc Burrows – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Boothby Graffoe. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Boothby Graffoe. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Andy Heintz – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Andy Heintz – The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Photo © Ralf Zeigermann

Yesterday

Went to the Independent Label Market in Old Spitalfields Market and almost bought a turntable. But then I’d also need a new amp. And proper loudspeakers. So I left it there: common sense prevails.

Which is good, so there’s something my bank manager won’t complain about. Btw, are there still bank managers these days? I’m doing all the necessary things online and haven’t set foot inside a branch for at least 8 years now.

Anyway, I was very glad to meet Colin and Malka at the Pink Flag / ~swim stall. They were selling lots of records and other merchandise, while at the same time probably freezing their legs off. It was really cold in London yesterday. Quite cold indeed. Very cold.

And now I’ve got a cold. Damn.

Happy shopkeepers: Colin Newman and Malka Spigel

Happy shopkeepers: Colin Newman and Malka Spigel

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: