Next year

Jan 1, 2014


Someone said time is an illusion. So, perhaps we are just imagining that it is 100 years since 100 years ago. Anyway, I’m with John Carey who said “Giving names and numbers to days, months and years is just a doomed attempt to impose meaning on a universe that has none”. Happy New Year!!

Practically Wireless

Jan 1, 2014

I was recently given a couple of issues of “Practical Wireless” from 1959. More synchronicity then ensued. The very next day I entered a charity shop and the first thing I saw was a humungous heap of “Practical Wireless” magazines from a couple of years ago. I purchased one random issue for the sum of 20p. Reading the editorial I saw that they were lamenting that their magazine, and a number of other minority-interest subjects were no longer to be stocked by W.H.Smith newsagents. The editor was rightly concerned that although subscriptions were available and the magazine would continue, they would now lose many sales from casual readers who picked up an issue from time to time.

Practical Wireless Nov 1959

Practical Wireless November 1959

I was one of those casual readers for a time in the 1970s when DXing and sending off for a self-assembly Sinclair matchbox-sized radio seemed like a good idea. In 1959 “Practical Wireless” was full of adverts of do-it-yourself kits. Radios, TVs, HiFis, even self assembly Tape Recorders! Or bizarre stuff like this monstrosity to convert your 78rpm Record Player into a Tape Recorder !!!


Looser ends

Jan 1, 2014

After scanning all 96 pages of that old copy of “Practical Wireless” my machine decided it had had enough. It coughed and expired. So I’m cheating here by borrowing this fascinating file. Originally posted by Bob to the Scanarama forum (thanks!) it contains the whole of the Dargan storyline across a number of issues of “Rover and Wizard”. I mentioned this particular comic here 3 years ago. Now I finally get to read it. More loose ends securely tied down…


Dargan the Terrible

If you can’t be bothered to read the above here is the plot.


Corny rubbish title I know, but it’s a title that’s been used quite often for articles in car and “classic” car magazines over the years !!! On Boxing Day, I found I had an hour to spare before lunch. I decided to have a look at my 1967 Triumph Herald 13/60, owned since 1980, which, according to the tax disc was last on the road in 1993 and which has resided in a neighbour’s garage since 1999. My last visit must have been five years ago! A sudden compulsion to exhume the vehicle came over me. Pump up two tyres. A fresh battery. No go. It’s a tight fit (and gloomy) inside the garage so I decided to push the car into the daylight. Of course the brakes (and clutch) were seized solid. But with the car in first gear using the starter motor I managed to wind the car out in a series of hops and skips. Whilst I was “moving” I thought the best thing to do was to keep going!! It took 15 minutes to hop/travel the distance of 8 houses before the car was safely on my own drive. I must have looked a comical sight. It would have made a great piece for UToob. Curtains twitched but no-one came out to give me a push!! Lifting the bonnet, the starter motor and earth strap from the battery to the bodywork were too hot to touch. I took a spark plug out. It was completely dry. So I need to find out what’s stopping the fuel flowing. I know they say modern fuel goes off rather quickly and can gum up pipes and carbs. But this car’s petrol tank contains good old 4* from 1993 which I expected would still work. Perhaps I’ll have to drain the tank. My Triumph Herald isn’t quite as bad as this example found on the Interweb but, seeing it in daylight now it needs loads of work on every single aspect. When it was re-sprayed in 1982 it looked ok. It had just been completely dismantled and “rebuilt” by myself. It is a true Frankenstein’s vehicle. The rear body tub is from a 1964 Vitesse 1600cc. The roof is from a 12/50. Driver’s door is from a Convertible. Passenger’s door is from a Bond GT4S. That was a big mistake. In 1982 the car was a rolling restoration and consequently was driven for a few weeks complete with Bond and Convertible door glasses!! As they are different shapes to the saloon glass I couldn’t fully wind up the windows until I’d got round to changing them. It’s more time-consuming than you realise. Glassfibre sills and valances came from an ad in “Exchange and Mart”. Even the bootlid was sourced from another car. The bonnet obviously is from a Bond. Once it even sported a Tristan Convertible conversion kit instead of the metal roof !! Now I guess a proper restoration would be relatively “easy” (if I threw enough money at it that is). Something must be done or it just becomes a 14 foot long metallic garden ornament!!! herald2

Get gone???

Jan 1, 2014

no get

It appears to me that the Letterer in this strip from “Monster Massacre” has forgotten to get a get????

Cupid Stunt

Jan 1, 2014

Maurice Cole 1944 – 1995