Thursday, 30 April 2009

Leaving Injun Country

And at least the kids have their genuine Cherokee Indian Ice Cream Cones to keep them going.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

We Has Fishes

Seems like a while since I posted a slide of some people, so let's have a pair of piscine poachers.

Again, another set of slides featuring proud I just unlucky in getting so many, or was it a popular phenomenon in the 196os?   Did people have cocktail parties for the neighbours which ended with a slide show of "Where we went on our holidays....and some fish we're proud of."?

History needs to know.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Name That City !

An occassional competition.  From the photo above, can you Name That City ?

Struggling - OK, some clues.    That's Tower Bridge, with HMS Belfast in the foreground.

More ?   OK - Buckingham Palace? Wembley?           England ?      Oh come on...

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cormorant Corner 2

So, you might be wondering what the Nottingham trappers do with all the cormorant they raise.

Here, you can see the boxes stacked up, each containing up to sixty birds, ready to ship off to Gordon Ramsey's restaurant "The Abbatoir" for slaughter and cooking.

So efficient are the Notts hunters, that you won't any cormorants in the backgound of this shot.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Welcome to Cormorant Corner

Welcome to Cormorant Corner - Your one-stop shop for pictures of Cormorants in Corners.

Today's slide is of a flock of Higgin's Cormorants, resting off Walton's Cove, on the coast of Nottinghamshire. This is the traditional roosting ground for Higgin's Cormorants from all over the East Midlands, and the site of the last cormorant hunt before the Hunting With Dogs legislation banned such country sports.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Oriental Street, Southampton ?

Again, a simple boring shot leads me down all sorts of odd corners of the interweb.

First thought was "that's a narrow street. I wonder where it is." 

Google-mapping suggested that there are no "Oriental Terrace"s in the UK, but the mention of Saints in the graffitti suggests Southampton.

Further Googling suggests so, and indeed two of the victims on The Titanic lived in Oriental Terrace.  Boring slide to Titanic.


Link, link and link.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Bikini Babe

At the request of Mr Anonymous, a babe in a bikini.

No information on this set, other than the Kodak datestamp of 1977, but they appear to be some glamour modelling by a competent amateur.

The models - well, quite pleasant in my opinion.

...or would rather view Maude Jefferson in  bikini ?

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Young and Old

For a change, just a nice picture of people.

No puns, no sneering, no barbed comments. Just a happy grand-daughter and a proud granny.

So there. 'betyou never thought I'd manage it.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Fancy Dress Kids

Don't worry. This is the last one from theMalhamdale Show and Sports kids fancy dress competition (after this one and this one.)

Again, it's the clown that gives me Teh Fear. And now the full horror is revealed - He's got an accordian !!!!

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Bride and Bridesmaids

Springtime, and a time for romance and weddings. This shot, I suspect is that dates from the 1950s.

See, I do post some normal shots !  No sneering at the people here.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Brian Goes Greek

This is Brian.  Well,to be honest, I think of him as a Brian. He might be a Gerry, or Steve. Or Monty.

OK, He looks like a Brian.   Correction, he looks like Brian P______ from the office I work in.  Except, Brian P_____ would have tucked his shirt in, and pulled his trousers up snug around his armpits.    So, facially...he looks like Brian.

Brian, I think, is on holiday on one of the Greek islands. At least, from the intense blue sea, I guess it looks like a Greek iland.

...bugger.  Maybe I should just start rewriting this post from the st

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Tonight's Meal

Blogger is refusing to upload pictures. ...

...Ah success.   You might recognise Suzy from the previous Kuala Lipis posting. Here, she poses with Agnes, outside the Governor's House.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Yes. More fish

Continuing an occasional series, we have more 'mericans with fishes.  What is it with Hamericans proudly showing of their catches?  And why is it usually the women?

Suggestions on a postcard to the usual address.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Nova Scotia - So Much To Sea

After yesterday's scorching hot "Babe in a Swimsuit" slide, I think it's my duty to calm things down with another utterly tedious slide. 

No doubt I'm strictly breaking someone's copyright by posting a scan of a slide of a map, but truly, I really doubt anyone cares.

If you are the copyright holder for the above map, please write to me at ihaveareallyboringjobsopleasehelpme (at) sootikin(dot)com and just ask.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Gerry - Miami Florida - December 1958

Well, the slide looks like it says Gerry, but I'll agree that that doesn't look like a "Gerry". Geraldine, or Greta, but maybe you can decipher the handwriting.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Obligatory Cathedral

Well, it is Easter Sunday, so I suppose something religious would be fitting.

It's not every week that we celebrate the Conception of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Anyone know which Cathedral this is ?

Friday, 10 April 2009

Anwoth...looks familiar.

Easter, so you might be expecting pictures of eggs. Or bunnies. Or chocolate.

Pah. I laugh in the face of expectation. I know how Christianity has usurped the older, pagan, traditions, subverting them for its own needs, but what to post ?

Fate sticks its hand in. Scanning some slides over coffee this morning, I happened across this slide, and immediately it looked familiar. I couldn't place it, but I KNEW that I'd seen that church somewhere.  A check of the slide mount showed just the date (Sept 1971) and a handwritten "Anwoth."     Not much of a help.

....Oh Wow...  Wikipedia shows a little hint regarding Anwoth.   Yes, it's the church that Sergeant Howie visits in The Wicker Man.  More location info here.      I strongly urge you to go and watch this movie. (Make sure it's the Edward Woodward one...the Nic Cage version looks awful.)

Serendipity.  Christianity and pagans.    Gotta love it.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

One Good Tern

... deserves another.

Actually, that awful pun reminds me that it's my aim to feed Marijuana to every seagull in britain. Feed them so much that they become intoxicated.  In pursuing this objectve, I aim to leave no tern unstoned.

My name's Iain, and I tell awful puns.  Pity me.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

A Bevvy of Beauties

Or is it a Trio of Tarts.

It's been too long since I posted something from the Hollings College Fashion Show, so let's correct that now. As fashion pundits will instantly spot, this is from the 1980s...1987 in fact. And fashions perfect for the typical Sloane Ranger.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Now, it can be told.

When Vito "The Butcher" Scagnetti decided to squeal on his bosses after 50 years of running the Akron operation, "The Family" wanted to ensure he never made it to the Federal Hearing.

The Witness Protection Program, however, tried their best, and almost succeeded. The disguise was pretty successful (well, pretty is not the best word) but Vito didn't really fit in with his new character of Grandma Vita.

Two weeks after this photograph, Vito was wiped out leaving "The Candy Store" Strip Joint at 2 am. That disguise wasn't that good.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Snowdrifts ahead

After the summery goodness of the weekend, lets get back to boringly pleasant photos. And for a contrast, let's have a wintery shot. Don't know where, when, who or why, but all in all, not a bad slide.

Just lacking a little something.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Second Prize !

Ah. Yesterday's slide makes a little more sense.

"Malhamdale Show and Sports. Saturday, August 29th 1970, Second Prize "

That clown, however, gives me THE FEAR !!!

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Kiddy Stare

Holy Flick !   We've hit the jackpot.  The Zenith of Retro Slides Weirdness ?

What's the story ?  Stay tuned, and there might be some more info...

Friday, 3 April 2009

Abstract Traction

Hot on the heels of the previous Traction Engine slide, here's another.

OK, it's more "artistic", but It's almost certainly a traction engine, or similar agricultural machinery.

Works for me. Hope it works for you.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Wednesday, 1 April 2009


Meet Sebastian.

How do I know that he's called Sebastian ?  Trust me. Just look in his his eyes, and tell me he's not a Sebastian.        See, you can't do it.

Clearly, Sebastian is loved by his folks (just like all Sebs) and has been wrapped up nice and warm, ready for a ride back from the playground on the back of Dad's bike.

Speaking of which...what on earth is that white thing in the background ? Does it belong in DRB's Nightmare Playgrounds

Omega Automatic Seamaster

People photograph the oddest selection of things. Omega Automatic Seamaster Yeah Gods. How Much?? Bonus -