Friday, 31 May 2013

Shihmen Reservoir

( You probably guess that.)

Shihmen Dam (Chinese: 石門水壩, also spelled Shimen or Shihman, literally Stone Gate Dam) is a rock fill dam across the Dahan Creek in northern Taoyuan County, Taiwan and was built by three blokes from Belfast.. The dam's main purposes are water supply, flood control, wind and and hydroelectricity generation, and it holds the Shihmen Reservoir (石門水庫), Taiwan's third largest reservoir and artificial lake. Completed in 1964, the dam and reservoir now supply water to more than three million people in northern Taiwan. However, sedimentation issues have impacted and continue to threaten safe dam operations.

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Mad Angles

Oh Yes.   Some architects are either willfully odd, or just plain mad.

Either way - I salute them.

Bonus - World War II Illustrations by Weston Emmart

Bonus 2 - London Comic Con - Seems like a fun time - even if I don't recognise many/most characters.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Dusk at the Hotel Dahmer

See. Not every slide is weird, odd, creepy or baffling. This slide is the good example of how some holiday photography can be good photography.

Bonus - Pinched from those nice chaps at B3TA.Com

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Bridge

Yes, Tedious Tuesday again.

I sometimes feel rather guilty about these "Tedious" slides - quite often,  they have a restful or calm look to them, and sometimes represents photographic experiments. Some successful, some unsuccessful.

Bonus - Giant badger 'causing hysteria' at Folkestone School for Girls

Monday, 27 May 2013

The Sketcher

Having spent a couple of days in London recently (What?  You didn't notice ??) I appreciate the ability to find a little oasis of calm in the busy city.

Bonus 1 - OK Tornado Sense

Bonus 2 - London, what I saw

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Hazy Days of Summer

( Or, To Be Brutal, Out-Of-Focus Days of Summer.)

A slide from September 1967, but the boys fashion would only narrow the shot to the 60's and 70's


Bonus - There's a man in Glasgow, who remembers what  people say to him, and then goes home and draws

Saturday, 25 May 2013

T' Wedding of Albert and Glenda

Looks like a scene from a seventies sit-com. Mouthy northern matrons bitching about 'er from No 73 and  how they's not good enough for a Vicar's son...

It writes itself, doesn't it.

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Hollings Fashion Show

Been a while since we last had a Hollings Fashion Show slide, so here's one from their 1988 collection.

Of course, I'm sure you guessed 1988 from the fashions involved.

Bonus - Is this real life, or is it just fantasy?  Those names.... Hmmmmm.

Bonus 2 - I was swallowed by a hippo
'There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. It was as if I had suddenly gone blind and deaf'.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cumbria's Top Terry Wogan Look-A-Like

On the far right, Mr Simon Bennet. Cumbria's Top Terry Wogan Look-A-Like.   And with a change of jacket - a very acceptable Ray Reardon impersonator.

Yours for 10 quid a night (+ Taxi Home)

Bonus - Evil + Genius

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


I was looking at this slide, wondering if it really fitted the theme of Tedious Tuesday.

#Then it struck me - Pareidolia. Seeing objects where there isn't really one. (Cloud that look like penguins etc)

There, in the slide was a very clear image. David Cameron holding a gibbon.  And wearing a Homburg.

See...see......SEE IT Now ?

Bonus -  Slightly related.
How To Hide An Aircraft Factory

Monday, 20 May 2013

Gleaming Foden

If you're wondering what the two badges below Foden say : "Historic Commercial Vehicle Club" and "National Traction Engine Club", so you can guess what sort of vehicle is pictured here.   Nice picture, to be honest.

Strangely "Gleaming Foden" came 4th in 1976's Song For Eurovision competition.

Bonus - The Wartime Evacuation of The Louvre

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Top O The World, Ma !

From March 1965, and no words are necessary.

Bonus : As a young adult, I thoroughly enjoyed a magazine from Bob Guccione's publishing house.  No, not that sort.   It was OMNI - A science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK. It contained articles on science, parapsychology, and short works of science fiction and fantasy. It was published as a print version between October 1978 and 1995. And now, I've found that Archive.Org has a comprehensive collection of PDFs.  Oh Calloo, Oh Callay !

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Clean Wholesome AMERICAN Kids

Now, Listen up you people out there. Recently, I see that there's been a lot of silliness on the Internet... not just on this site, but throughout the whole T'interweb.

This needs to stop.  The t'interweb was not built for silliness. Or Cats. Or porn.    It exists only for Jesus, Guns and America.   Stare at this slide of some good clean American kids, then pray for Jesus to save you from oddness.

That is all.

Bonus - Infomercial GIfs, because real life is hard.

Friday, 17 May 2013

The Pink Bride

Like a big pink yummy meringue.

Unlikely to be a genuine bride, surely not even that Japanese can be that mega-cutesy. So, I'm guessing a model for a bridal show.  But, no matter.  Very pleasing on the eye.

Bonus - Ice Needles emerging from Minnesota Lake Video and Article

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The "Name That Country" Quiz

 Prizes are being considered !

a.  Spain
b.  Canada
c.  Japan
d.  Latvia

Send your answer to The Japan Slide Quiz, Derby

Bonus - I may have posted this before, but...

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Artist At Work

An illustrator at work, but where and when?  I'm no fashion guru, but that seems a mod-ish dress - yes, with a Mad-Men vibe (think Midge from series one) so I;'m guessing early sixties.

But, if you know better - please speak up,

Bonus : Silly fun - Your Eyes on Your Pet

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


After the response to yesterday's Irish slide, here's another to remind you of "The Old Country".

A desolate windswept bunch of hovels on the northern part of Craggy Island.

Bonus - Violent but rather engrossing music video in a FPS Shoot-em-up style. NSFK, undoubtedly.

Monday, 13 May 2013


From a box marked "Trip to Ireland" this is quite possible an Irish Chandelier.  But then again, it could be from anywhere. Possibly even Liberace's Bathroom.

Bonus - Awesome Marker Pen / Coffee Cup Art.


Sunday, 12 May 2013

1951 Aug - Ivalee Jones (Seattle) - Flying U

(That's what's written on the slide)  Heavens? Is that really how Seattle looked in 1951?

Boy, it really was a rural back-water.

Bonus : Kitten surprised by lizards

Saturday, 11 May 2013

How Photography Used To Be

This amateur Weegee is a perfect reminder of how much photography has changed in the past 60 years. Time was when a huge one-shot quarter-plate monster like that was de rigeur for serious photographer. Each picture took time and thought before taking a shot. Now, a compact digital camera with huge capacity means it's easy to snap away at everything.    Not necessarily an improvement...

Bonus - interesting background(s)...  Explained

Friday, 10 May 2013

London Double-Wide

A little bit of Americana in the London Metropolis

OK, prefab houses aren't alien to UK cities, but to me, they evoke the spirit of american "Trailer Trash".

Bonus - Infeasibly Large !

Thursday, 9 May 2013


Or  "Funny Looking Peruvian Kid".

What is it about travel to foreign climbs that makes some folk photograph the natives as though they're some sort of human zoo exhibit?

Bonus - Human Zoo - C4 Documentary

Bonus 2 - The Jesus Duck

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Monday, 6 May 2013

The Lincolnshire Alps

A spectacular Bank Holiday Monday here in Derbyshire, so I thought I'd come in from the Garden and post this slide of Lake Leat, which is just east of Skegness.

Bonus - NSFW - Deep Inside The Biggest Little D*ld* Factory In America
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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Red Barn Doors - February 1966

Occasionally,    Just occasionally, I happen upon  slide which actually shows some artistic intent..

Bonus - Does a bear shit in the forest?  Yes, and sometimes....

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Someone's Birthday

It's clearly some little girl's birthday.

Actually, today's my Mom's Birthday.  Happy **th Birthday Mom.

Bonus - If you only watch one video this week, I recommend : Diving Giraffes

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Baked Alaska... Baked..In Alaska !

Yes, with the Coleman Outdoor Camping Oven, you too could enjoy fresh baked goods, even when you're Off The Grid ! Just think ... Baked Potatoes, Christmas Cake,  Roast Parsnip.   Order Now and bake, Bake, BAKE !

( Actually, I used to own a Coleman oven. It was great !)

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

I WILL Become a Star - You'll See !

OK.   Unless Mr Bernard Wilkins-Reinhard  has become a star in Outer Mongolia, I think it's safe to say that he was wrong.

Bonus - Richie Haven R.I.P.

Omega Automatic Seamaster

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