Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Polaroid Transfer

This scan doesn't do this image justice at all! I bought it from Yefim Tovbis, out side the Met in New York. There were so many gorgeous images it was impossible to choose just one, but there was something about this one that made me choose it. I think it's the composition and the odd position and place the man is lying in. In real life the image is much bluer as well. Check out the rest of his work here.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Kensal Green Cemetary

I have some sort of fascination with grave yards, especially ones as old and strange as this. The wall between the grave yard and the pavement had fallen down and destroyed a few rows of graves which is sad, but when they're that old dies anyone really care? It's strange to think that a stone monument can outlive you in the sense that it'll be there long after everyone who ever knew you has died, making the stone a bit redundant to be honest. There was one very striking monument, inscribed 'to her', I don't think I've ever seen anything like it before. There is also a portrait of a young lady on the front. Very romantic and very sad. 

Saturday, 26 September 2009

New Books

Went on a little trip to London last week to visit people and I ended up in a bookshop which, joy of joys, had ALL the Penguin Great Ideas series, including the new one which I hadn't seen before. I am acutely skint at the moment so I only got these two. But they are rather lovely!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

More pretty packaging

Another find in Spain that arrived in the post the other day from Barney. I do like mail.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009


I spent a few hours yesterday procrastinating instead of doing work and I spent most of the time looking about on ebay for polaroid film. I found this website: which is a group of people looking to produce the film again, although not quite as we know it. There is hope yet for instant film! Hurrah!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

little stamp

This little thing is another stamp from my new collection. I think it's from 1920s Germany at the time of hyperinflation (considering it's worth 10million marks...) I've got  a whole load more like this which I haven't got round to scanning yet.

Rain, rain, go away

I am mourning the end of summer. Autumn has officially begun in ernest. Last week I was wearing skirts and flip flops. Today I'm in a scarf, boots, wooly socks and all soggy from the rain.
This map shows average temperature and rainfall, I shall search it later for somewhere warmer to migrate to.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Adventures in France

I am very jealous of Toby (the boyfriend). After I flew back home from Barcelona, he drove back through France and stayed with his uncle for a bit. They ended up exploring the house next door which had been empty since the War and was being knocked down. In it they found all sorts of treasures and I turned green when he told me about them (bikes, photo albums, furniture etc etc). Luckily he bought me back a small stash of lovely things, including this little envelope with negatives in it. They're a mix of family photos from around the 1900s - 1930s or so. When the dark room at Uni opens I'll be straight in there to develop them.


These are a couple of things I picked up in New York, intended as presents, that have somehow made it into my own private stash of 'stuff'. I couldn't work out if they were actually that old (ironically enough, I was born in 1988) or if they were a joke. SO I opened one (1989, just to be safe) and ate the stick of gum inside. It's definitely as old as I am. 


I love charity shops. I was mourning the loss of one of the best ones in Brighton when I found that it had actually just moved round the corner. I'm not saying which one it is but it's amazing because it looks rubbish so no one 'cool' goes in so the prices are still low (unlike cool places like oxfam) and they always have lots of wool, National Geographics, School Atlases and stamps for next to nothing! I bought 5 pages of stamps the other day, mostly from America and Germany. I am so excited about the Germans ones, which I'll post as soon as I get round to scanning them. Someone said it was a shame they had the rummer stamp on them but I think it looks better like that because it means they've actually been used. 

Home again.

I had forgotten how long it took to move house! I FINALLY unpacked the last of my boxes yesterday, including my box of maps and my eccentric scanner. I've been languishing in bed the last few days with the flu and today I've left the house! Which means I'm in the library using the internet :( The sunny weather has also gone with my flu, and now it's raining when I want to enjoy being well. Anyway I'm still in the process of getting my act together for uni, which means sorting out all the stuff I've collected from my travels. These are just a couple of maps from a school atlas showing where I've been all summer.