Saturday, 30 June 2007

30/06/07: Meet The Folktons

The Folkton Drums were found by Canon William Greenwell in 1889 when he opened a round barrow on Folkton Wold. Here is a picture of their descendants.
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Friday, 29 June 2007

29/06/07: Torrington terror Tales #1

It all goes on in Torrington and here's the proof.
This is a composite of all sorts of bits and piecess, for instance the picture of Windy Cross is a composite of a photo I took outside the Londis with the pyramid found on a dollar bill, and the scyche that Old Nick is holding is one from a picture I drew of Tony Blair that never made it onto the blog.
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Thursday, 28 June 2007

28/06/07: Movie Poster for ‘Zombi Hesus 3D’

Wow! They've re-released this in glorious 3D. What were they thinking.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2007

27/06/07: Fluffer Fish

Fluffer fish are very handy if you are making fish porn. The last instance of fish porn that I know of was a movie called "Full Frontal Fish" made in Walthamstow in the early nineties by the Harris Brothers. If you have a copy of this film please send it to me.
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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

26/06/07: Welcome to El Rey

I love The Getaway by Jim Thompson. Luckily, Torrington is nothing like El Rey!

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Monday, 25 June 2007

25/06/07: I'm Clocked

The best position to put your pinball in.
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Sunday, 24 June 2007

24/06/07: Pin_Karma

Allow me to elaborate. As I mentioned yesterday we got Firepower running 100%, and then after setting it to a five-baller (but otherwise leaving it on factory defaults), we played a game, and I clocked it...FIRST GAME! Oh yes baby! How sweet is that? Pin_Karma.

For any pinball fanatics here are the details of the game repair:

1) We swapped out my old MPU and driver board for brand new replacement boards made by Kohout Enterprises System and available from - this got us back a working game with the Firepower game modification chips in place. With these mods there are various missions to complete including a biggie in multi-ball mode. we had a quick game at which point we noticed that the sound (but not the speech) was also screwed. Exciting!
2) We then swapped out the boards (including the sound board) with my backup set, which again got us a working game. I say 'we', basically I mean Richard.
3) While he was doing all that I was cleaning the bloom off the playfield.

If you want more Firepower details then visit: - it's worth it, we've just done an interview with Eugene Jarvis, programmer and sound designer on FP. Also I've just done a full set of FP playing cards for free download...

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Saturday, 23 June 2007

23/06/07: Pin Goggles

Along with Firepower I also own a Space Invaders. It has the most amazing artwork and a fantastic infinity backflash based on H. G. Giger's stuff from 'Alien'. In short an rocking looking game but not all that in the gameplay department. Firepower and Black Knight both have the typical Steve Ritchie 'flow' to them, but there is no real flow on this table unless you count repeatedly making the horseshoe loop in the centre of the table. In short I was wearing Pin goggles when I bought this. and Richard spent the day over at the farm sorting out FP and also taking a look at SI. FP is now 100% functional and SI now successfully completes it's boot-up sequence. Sweet!
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Friday, 22 June 2007

22/06/07: Thee Rock!

This is to be a serious pinballing weekend. Richard arrives today with his Black Knight in tow - he is loaning it to me for a couple of months. Amazing! Black Knight is of course one of the very best of the early solid states, barring Firepower of course! Black Knight was designed by Steve Ritchie with the software programming and sounds by Eugene Jarvis. It's going to live in the barn (for a while) beside my Firepower, which they also worked on together. And which also rocks! You may think that ""Thee Rock!" is what I am saying to Richard for being so generous, but no, this is what Richard will be saying to me in the early hours of Saturday morning when I completly blitz his machine on factory defaults.
This artwork is of based on the cabinet artwork of BK and I think would make a great tee-shirt. Do it!

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Thursday, 21 June 2007

21/06/07: Blue Monkey Coke

The Cult of the Blue Monkey has it's fingers in all sorts of evil pies. They are not to be trusted.
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Wednesday, 20 June 2007

20/06/07: Monstrous Tales

Can you think of anything more monsterous than Christopher Robin becoming a changeling and rampaging through One Hundred Acre Wood...and eating Pooh!
I think all monsters should be made to carry balloons, it renders them harmless, unless they are clown monsters in which case it makes them more dangerous.
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Tuesday, 19 June 2007

19/06/07: S.N.A.F.U

This is the design for the new international taskforce (consisting mainly of the coalition of the willing) whose job it is to seek out and extraordinarily render suspected terrorists to secret interogation centres based in Africa. As you can see it features the international symbol for religious rightiousness, the turkey. It bases all of it decisions on "gut feelings" and what God tell's it is morally right. Loverly.
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Monday, 18 June 2007

18/06/07: Guitar Sings

My friend Nick sent me a photo of a pack of guitar strings for inspiration.

On an unrelated matter, this is the 7" single that Monty Moroloss released after playing to a packed house at the Buckland Filleigh Astrodome. It was an amazing concert, everyone was waving their lighters in the air, although it's a bit scary when a mob turns on a performer like that. Boom! Boom!
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Sunday, 17 June 2007

17/06/07: Sententia

Here is a map of the long lost island of Sententia, which lies somewhere off the North Devon coast.
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Saturday, 16 June 2007

16/06/07: Clowns are coming

Clowns are scary! Don't read Stephen King's "It" though, it's a very scary book about a clown, and which stays scary right up until the clown is revealed to be alien or something. Stupid book.
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Friday, 15 June 2007

15/06/07: After a long journey...

...Why not enjoi a Kamouka Kool. Long journeys can be stressful and you have to concentrate hard. And it's very important to obey the rules of the road. None of this applies in the comfort of your own home where you can kick back with a cup of tea and relax into a Kamouka Kool.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Kamouka Kools are NOT tested on animals.
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Thursday, 14 June 2007

14/06/07: The Deal

Al-Yamamah ("The dove") is the name of the deal between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia worth £40 billion that was subject to a Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged bribes.

Lord Goldsmith announced last December that the SFO's head, Robert Wardle, had spontaneously recalled his investigators from Switzerland for "reasons of national security".

Tony Blair told the Commons he took full responsibility for the decision to withhold details of the £1bn payments to Prince Bandar from the anti-corruption watchdog, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Anyway, I expect you know all the details and just want to hear about the picture:
Al-Yamamah means "The Dove", thus the picture of a dove. You might normally expect a dove to be carrying an olive branch in it's mouth, but in this instance it's a scimitar...which forms part of the Saudi Arabian flag...which is coloured green. The dove's eye is one of those RAF symbols like Spitfires used to have on them. See, it all means something and I'm not shallow! The research on this picture took about ten times as long as the picture itself.

If you don't know the details can I suggest that you start here:

Who exposed this colossal bribery? Why, the feral beast by Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

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Wednesday, 13 June 2007

13/06/07: Radioheads

This is meant to suggest that with the advent of internet radio/podcasting anyone can be a radiostar. Usual conditions apply.
I'm very interested in this concept right now because me and Trev are wokring on an edit for
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Monday, 11 June 2007

12/06/07: Rambunctious

I love Rambunctious, it's my favourite card game!
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11/06/07: Let's Kill Books, Not People

Of course I'm not really advocating shooting books, that's a terrible idea. I'm saying if you read in a book (particularly a very old book) that it's a good idea to smite your enemy, then it's probably better to shoot the book than it is the person, who's probably actually alright.
The gentleman in this picture has done exactly that and good for him I say, although considering his appalling aim I would recommend that he lays down his gun entirely.
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Saturday, 9 June 2007

10/06/07: Teignmouth 1980

If you lived in Teignmouth in 1980 you will know all about this. "I EAT SHELLS" was sprayed in large letters on the railway bridge. I would love to be able to state catagorically who wrote this because it is brilliant, but I don't know so I'm throwing a blue whale into the mix as the possible culprit.
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09/06/07: Flim-Flam Artist

Welcome to the wonderful world of chiropractic, a world where even the most vile and pernacious illness can be dealt with by manipulation of the spine. DD Palmer, the inventor of chiropractic was previously a 'magnetic healer' who also dabbled in phrenology. Palmer insisted that a spiritualist medium inspired him in his search for “the single cause of all disease.” In 1895 Palmer claimed to have restored the hearing of a janitor named Harvey Lillard (deaf for 17 years) via manipulation of the spine. (FACT: The nerves of hearing are enclosed entirely within the skull.)
Palmer then announced that all diseases were the result of interference with the flow of ‘Innate Intelligence’ (a previously unknown force that flows through the spine) by ‘subluxations’, or misalignments of vertebra. It was known as the “Bone Out
Of Place” theory. He also believed that the body was not heated by blood, but by
“calorific nerves”.
In 1905, Palmer was indicted for practising medicine without a license. He was sentenced to 105 days in jail and was required to pay a $350 fine.
By 1911 there were signs that Palmer was considering turning chiropractic into a religion, as this extract from a letter by Palmer to P.W. Johnson, dated May 4 demonstrates:
“…I occupy in chiropractic a similar position as did Mrs. Eddy in Christian Science. Mrs. Eddy claimed to receive her ideas from the other world and so do I. She founded thereon a religion, so may I, I am THE ONLY ONE IN CHIROPRACTIC WHO CAN DO SO.”
In 1913, whilst taking part in the Universal Chiropractic Collage parade in Davenport, Iowa, Palmer was inadvertently run down by a car…driven by his son Bartlett Joshua (B.J)! To make matters worse, B.J. was accused of attempted patricide!
Fortunately, the charges were dismissed. Unfortunately, D.D. died a few months later of typhoid, one of the few diseases it appears that chiropractic cannot cure.
B.J. did not believe in germ theory and considered vaccination a form of poisoning.
His main contribution to the furtherance of chiropractic was his skill as a salesman.
B.J. said of chiropractic:
“Our school is on a business, not a professional basis ... We manufacture chiropractors... Give me a simple mind that thinks along single tracks, [and] give me 30 days to instruct him…”
And this:
“Question: What are the principal functions of the spine?
To support the head
To support the ribs
To support the chiropractor.”
- B.J. Palmer, Answers (1952)
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08/06/07: Damnation!

Werewolves want treats too!
He should of course gone for the one at the top/back as it's easiest to grab. Typical werewolf error.
The werewolf is stolen art - it's from the comic strip "House of Monsters" published in "Weird" magazine, Sept. 1976.
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Thursday, 7 June 2007

07/06/07: Zombie Sleepover Party

I've just read "Voodoo in New Orleans" by Robert Tallant. It's a great book, written in about 1946. I thought it was going to be about the rituals and processes of Voodoo, but it's actually about the charecters floating round at that time, flim-flam artists like Marie Laveau and Doctor John. Patter's has just read "The Serpent and the Rainbow" by Wade Davies, basically about the history of Haiti and in perticular Vodoun Zombies. Oh yeah, and the other night we watched "Zombie Flesh Eaters" (aka "Zombi 2") which is based around a Voodoo curse.
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Wednesday, 6 June 2007

06/06/07: Bertrand Russell's Coffee Pot

I'm reading 'The God Delusion' by Richard Dawkins, which is fantastic. I've just got to the bit about Bertrand Russell's teapot:

"If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."
("Is there a God?" commissioned (but never published) by Illustrated magazine in 1952)

Now that I've drawn a coffee pot as a spaceship I'm thinking, when Brition does finally launch a spaceship they ought to make it look like an everyday object...but huge, because then if we do meet any aliens they'll think we must be giants!
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Tuesday, 5 June 2007

05/06/07: On Melrose

This is based on a photo I took about 10 years ago. This loverly old lady is about to smite me!
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Monday, 4 June 2007

04/06/07: Let Me Smit thee

I'm not big on smiting myself, but I hear it's very good if you don't like someone. Typically, in the past a lot of smiting was done in the name of your god/gods unto people who didn't believe the same nonsense as you. In fact quite a lot of that still goes on now!
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Sunday, 3 June 2007

03/06/07: The Mook

Monty Murrell is a mook, he's always making me do stuff that is a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME, like this blog.
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Saturday, 2 June 2007

02/06/07: Creationism Not Evolution

This is a picture of Jerry Falwell's car.

Jerry Falwell has recently died, but by way of rememberance here is some memorable quotes from him:

The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible,without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc." (from Finding Inner Peace and Strength)

"But thank God this vile and satanic system will one day be utterly annihilated and there'll be a celebration in heaven." (speaking about the mostly gay Metropolitan Community Church on the "Old Time Gospel Hour" broadcast, March 11, 1984)

"Homosexuality is Satan's diabolical attack upon the family that will not only have a corrupting influence upon our next generation, but it will also bring down the wrath of God upon America. "

"He is purple — the gay-pride color, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle — the gay pride symbol." (from a "Parents Alert" issued in Jerry Falwell's National Liberty Journal about Tinky Winky)

By the way, the founder of "Answers in Genesis" Ken Ham, states, “If you can’t trust the Bible’s history, how can you trust its morality?”. Well, quite!

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Friday, 1 June 2007

01/06/07: Dirty Harry

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