Thursday, 30 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 181

Bognor Regis 30/06/11:

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 180

Felpham 29/06/11:

Sundry Mortifications No.18 : Taking Things To Bits.

One of my enduring secret pleasures is 'taking things to bits'.
During my childhood my propensity for this pastime lead to me never receiving  any gift that was either complicated or expensive as 'he'll only take it to bits'.
(Oh, except for 'Lego' of course.)
Although this observation was true it neglected another aspect of my obsession with dismantling objects that of re-assembling them to my taste.

Last night, as I wandered the benighted streets of Bognor Regis, I found this in a skip:

It's a Roberts Radio/Cassette.
There's evidence for it's having being submerged in water at some point but it seems to have completely dried out and become home for a multitude of tiny insects.
It contains a full compliment of batteries and is fully functional.
The ariel had been snapped off and a label seems to be missing from the rear.

20 minutes of wilful screwdriver application later and I'd reduced it to this:
Now the difficult bit.
My vague intention is to mount the 'innards' on a piece of plywood and get them to 'work' again.
This may take some time.

Linda asked me if I might not find a jigsaw puzzle more rewarding.
Sometimes I feel she just doesn't understand me at all.

Tuc-Tuc Taxi Spotting In The Rain, In Bognor Regis.

Today, sorry, yesterday saw thunder and lightening make several visits to
Bognor Regis.
Planing to photograph a lightening strike, I took up position in one of the cast-iron shelters on the prom.
I might as well have tried to platt fog as try to photograph lightening.
Fortunately this happened:
Adie the Tuc-tuc taxi man obviously knows no fear.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

My Wish.

I wish Jonathan Meades would make a new television series.
In the mean-time there's always this:

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 179

Bognor Regis 28/06/11:

Monday, 27 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 178

Bognor Regis 27/06/11:

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 177

Ferring 26/06/11:

Saturday, 25 June 2011

My 'Track of the Week" Come Together (Lennon/McCartney) as Performed by Bugotak


Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 176

Felpham 25/06/11:

Not that I attach any kind of significance to numbers at all but, this is post number 666.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Mungo's Back!

I'm gnashing my teeth, tearing my hair and rending my garments.
I can see Mungo The Cargo Ship anchored just off Littlehampton waiting for the high-tide, around about now, but I can't get down to wave a greeting because I have to go out for dinner.

I've just returned from the beach where I took this picture:

A 'Tuc-Tuc' Arrives in Bognor Regis (exclusive video and pictures). Updated.

My goodness! Bogor Regis is an exciting town to be in this week.
Hot on the tail of a Hovercraft being washed up on the beach we see the arrival of our first Tuc-Tuc taxi service.

I emerged from the arcade to see a little knot of people stood around a very shiny little vehicle (out of shot):
There was a confused elderly gentleman dressed as a clown who had been delivered to the town centre in the Tuc-Tuc.
The other gentleman dressed as a clown is the mayor of Bognor Regis.
The mayor was in the process of wrapping up the 'event' and I was sore disappointed that I'd missed the whole thing.
Then the mayor announced that there would have to be a re-run for the benefit of the BBC who had been delayed.
The elderly gentleman dressed as a clown was re-loaded into the Tuc-Tuc and the little knot of people waved it off as it disappeared down the High Street.
Then the little knot of people waved at the Tuc-Tuc as it re-appeared at the other end of the High Street.
Unfortunately the BBC still hadn't turned up.
The little knot of people shuffled about, some handing out leaflets, some (local press I think) snapped more pictures of the Tuc-Tuc and the confused elderly gentleman dressed as a clown who decided to remain seated in it.

The BBC man arrived.
Lots of handshaking and BBC man type pointing.
What happened next (not very much) can be seen here:
The person that interests me most is the midget in the black county-court suit c/w black shirt and sunglasses. I'm not exactly sure what his purpose was.
Anyway, I wish the owner of the Tuc-Tuc every success and I'll keep him in my thoughts especially around 11:00 p.m. on any given Friday or Saturday night.
To finish here's a picture of the owner of the Tuc-Tuc with the confused elderly gentleman dressed as a clown:
Awwww, bless.

I notice that the Wikipedia entry for the Tuc-Tuc or, Auto-rickshaw informs the reader that "autorickshaws can be found in many developing countries".
So, there's hope for Bognor Regis yet. 

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 175

Bognor Regis 24/06/11:

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Hovercraft on the Beach at Bogor Regis! (exclusive pictures)

Life in Bognor Regis doesn't get much more exciting than this!

It's owners were trying to drum up trade for a trip out to sea.
Didn't look like business was particularly brisk.

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 174

Bognor Regis 23/06/11:

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: 173

Chichester 22/06/11:

I had to post this intervention's images from Flickr as Blogger won't let me add them at the moment....
Which is annnoying.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Wrong Message.

I've spent a good proportion of today driving Linda through various rural idyls with a stop at a pleasant country pub in a village made out of money.

No drive with Linda is compete without a visit to a garden centre.
I didn't mutter under my breath and I didn't stump around with the face of a man who'd lost a fiver and found a quid.
No, I was very good, I distinctly remember smiling at one point.
I went to look at the aquarium section then on to the 'book-store' which was filled with all those books that suggest, although we're on our uppers, we British like nothing better than to have a good old sardonic laugh at ourselves.
But I know my intellectual limits.
A book in the children's section caught my eye.
I photographed the cover and, once home, made some additions:
It dawned on me that there's probably a whole new sardonic laughter publication here.

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 172

Graffham 21/06/11:

Monday, 20 June 2011

"Wonderful World" (Adler/Alpert/Cooke) Performed by OSM on the Baritone Uke for Linda's Birthday

By way of a bit of light relief from all things BigMetalTower I've recorded a song for Linda's birthday tomorrow.
(but, shhhhh..... don't say anything 'cos we're not mentioning this particular birthday.)

 Wonderful World by Outa_Spaceman 

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 171

Rear of Alexander Theatre, Bognor Regis 20/06/11:

Sunday, 19 June 2011

So Long To Wild Man Fischer.

I first heard Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer on Alexis Corner's Blues programme on
BBC Radio 1.
He blew me away, still does.

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 170

Bognor Regis 19/06/11:

BigMetalTower E.P. (Bonus Track).

Prompted by Le Sanglier's comments on the original posting of the E.P. I've decided to include the piece 'The Healing Chamber of the BigMetalTower' as a bonus track.
I left this track out of the E.P. at Linda's request.
She knows the context of the piece and said Healing Chamber was 'to heavy' and personally found it deeply disturbing.

I agree with her but without Healing Chamber the work is incomplete.

It can be down-loaded here:
The Healing Chamber of the BigMetalTower.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 169

Felpham 18/06/11:

Friday, 17 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 168

Goodwood Estate, Chichester 17/06/11:

Thursday, 16 June 2011

BigMetalTower E.P.

During the early years of my life I spent 12 years working on the shop-floor of a large factory.
First, as a Special Process (S.P.) Moulder, then, as an S.P. Machine Minder finally, as a Mould Cleaner.

Everyday/afternoon/night, depending on my shift, for a 12 hour period, I was exposed to types of sound that I have attempted to replicate here.

So, here are 4 selected recordings of my most recent investigations in
The BigMetalTower.

Click the cover to listen/download:

An image of some of the equipment I used in the making of BigMetalTower:

I do not recommend the sniffing of ammonia to heighten the listening experience.

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 167

Bognor Regis 16/06/11:

I had intended for this intervention to read "In The Future Everyone Will Be Anonymous For 15 Minutes" but guess who beat me to it?

A Jar of Fat.

Rather than pour the fat (that leaks out of the food I eat) down the drain I've decided to collect it in jars.
Beautiful innit?

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 166

Bognor Regis 15/06/11:

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 165

Bognor Regis 14/06/11:

My 'Track of the Week" Solo Cuatro as played by Danny Orduño Barines

I met a man on Sunday who plays a Venezuelan Cuatro which, although similar to the ukulele, uses a variation of re-entrant tuning (don't worry, that bit's not important) that I'd never heard of before.
I went looking for examples of the instrument being played and found this:

Monday, 13 June 2011

Cardboard Reality Interventions 2011: No. 164

Bognor Regis 13/06/11: