Themen: Mayfair, Avery-Etiketten, Alain Ducasse und Gordon Ramsay, Kate Bush, Captain Sensible, Johnny Moped, Arno Schmidt & The Beatles, Gentlemen’s Clubs, Das Spielcasino der Kray-Brüder, Diana Dors, Literarische Lesungen.
The Iron Duke, Mayfair
As usual, over at London Leben.
International Times (it or IT) is an underground newspaper founded in London in 1966 and relaunched as a web journal in 2011. Editors included Hoppy, David Mairowitz, Peter Stansill, Barry Miles, Jim 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 Williams, Iphgenia 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.
Konstantin Binder takes photos through the viewfinder of an old Kodak Duaflex.
With stand up comedy, haikus and steampunk. Just perfect.
Over at London Leben.
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.
A Christmas Special with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
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.
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.
Here’s Comet Miniatures Last Day, via YouTube: