Tag Archives: Nostalgia

MODS

10-05-19

Met the PhotoBuddies in town yesterday, not for a PhotoWalk (the weather has been pretty dismal over the last week) but to have a look at the MODS exhibition at the New Walk Museum. A bit of nostalgia for the old folks.

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There wasn’t much light so I had to use 1600asa on the Olympus EPL1, being an older digital camera it does introduce a bit of noise to the images.

Fashion
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I was still at school when the MOD scene hit, I had various pairs of hipster trousers which looked great, but were made from a wool blend of material, I can’t wear wool next to my skin, it makes me itch, a bit like prickly heat, but I put up with it just to look cool !

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I loved this style of boot.

Scooters
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Apart from the clothes, and music, scooters were the main statement of MOD culture. After borrowing friends scooters I decided they were not for me, felt far too unsafe on the road, so I bought a motor bike and changed over to be a rocker. The Beatle boots looked great with bell bottom jeans.

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Never went this far, just the bell bottom jeans, a leather jacket, T Shirt, and white silk scarf.

Pinball
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Used to go to a bikers cafe to play the pinball machines, very similar to this one.

Autochanger
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Someone gave me one of these a few years ago, I would love to get it it restored to play the old 45’s I’ve got from the 1960’s.

Il Rondo
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After seeing the Easy Rider film in 1969 I decided the Hippie life was for me, so fickle. The Il Rondo was a music venue in the town centre, saw some great bands there, Genesis, King Crimson, Barclay James Harvest, Jethro Tull, and Caravan to name just a few. The building is still standing having gone through many reincarnations, mainly restaurants.

Really enjoyed the exhibition, and found I knew some of the contributors.

Sunbeam

17-07-18

Needed a haircut, a birthday card for my cousin and a 5 litre bottle of demineralised water, in that order. I hadn’t taken a camera with me just the phone, 5 litres of water can start to feel a bit heavy after the 2 mile walk back to home. On the return journey and making loud sloshing sounds from the water in my rucksack I noticed this late 60’s Sunbeam parked on a side street.

Sunbeam Rapier
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It brought back happy memories from 1969 of a friend of mine who had a Gold left hand drive Sunbeam, sadly he’s no longer around, but we had some great times with that car.

Walk to Town

02-06-18

I’m writing this feeling sorry for myself, I have broken a tooth and it aches. If you shook me there would be a rattle from all the painkillers. Hopefully on Tuesday when I go to the Dentist it will all be over, got a feeling it will be an extraction, the penalties of getting old (long in the tooth)

Took a walk to town last Thursday, the weather was a bit dull but I needed the exercise and the cats needed some treats.

Wild Roses on the Way
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Into the Park
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I’m so glad this park is on my route to town, all that Green is good for the soul.

A bit of Variegation
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In The Pink
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One of my Favourite Buildings in the Town
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Palais de Dance
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This was the premiere dance hall in the city from the 1950’s to the end of the 70’s. It’s derelict now and about to be converted into apartments. I only visited it a couple of times (not my scene) in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I remember the ceiling complete with the prerequisite glitter ball had lots of tiny lights that looked like a starry night sky.

Time is Short !

06-02-2017

It was bright and cold this morning so off to the town. Decided to pay a visit to where I used to live in my childhood. Haven’t been back for many years, and when I turned down the old street all the memories came back even though one side of the street is no longer there. My old house is still standing and it was great to see it, shame I had just filled the memory card up !!! but got a shot on a film camera.

Lets Hope Not
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Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian
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Must give this place a visit, be nice to get some Latvian beer. The area has always been very cosmopolitan, one of the first delicatessen’s in Leicester was just around the corner, much to my mums delight.

End Of The Road
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I can remember when it wasn’t. 

The Grand Union Canal
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Staircase
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Tree Shadow
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A bit of colour colour for the last image.

In the Land of Grey and Pink

Went for a walk to the city this morning but took a film camera with me, still a few shots to go before I can take the film in for processing. Been in a bit of a nostalgic/reminiscing mood this week, it was my birthday on the 19th, the Beatles wrote a song about my age, no not “Help” although that would be entirely appropriate. So this afternoon I decided to play a bit of vinyl, one of my favourite albums, Caravan – In the Land of Grey and Pink. I saw them live in 1970 and bought this album when it was released in 1971. Gentle English prog rock is probably the best way to describe it, with some great keyboard and bass playing.

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That turntable needs a dusting !

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And to make it even better my cat Mimi came and lay on my lap, of course with vinyl she only had a short stay as I had to turn the record over.
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As near to Grey and pink as I can make it.