Dan McPharlin's mini cardboard synthesizers

Quite possibly the cutest things ever, tiny cardboard synthesizers and musical equipment by Dan McPharlin. An electro fanfare to dustysevens for this one.

Sunset ices

Anyone heading to Morecambe this weekend for the swinging Tutti Frutti 1950s seaside festival look out for the uber-stylish Sunset Ices ice cream van with its wonderful "Everyday is like sundae" slogan. Morrissey did write that about Morecambe after all. This is the brainchild of Kate Drummond who made such a lovely job of the Midland Hotel website and introduced the Knitted Village to Nothing To See Here. By way of return, after reading about the Top Hat - an ice cream delicacy peculiar to Rothesay (an ice cream cone with a snowball on top) on Nothing To See Here, she has introduced it to Morecambe as the Snowball Topper. As well as great ice cream she's got a little art gallery going in the back. If you're down that way do drop by and say hello. She'll be on the prom every weekend from Friday to Sunday.

United Nations foyer

It's United Nations fever round these parts with lots of links coming into my Flickr set following Michael Bierut's piece at Design Observer on Donal McLoughlin's creation of the UN logo and Ben's creation of a transatlantic blogging loop. DO also links to International Territory: the United Nations 1945-95 by Adam Bartos and I'll raise that with The U.N. Building by Ben Murphy, another staggeringly beautiful collection of UNHQ photos.

Wimbledon automata

These are rather lovely. Cardboard cutout Wimbledon figures from The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre Shop. There's a great selection of movable figures, all for only £2.95 a pop. The Many Expressions of Mr Face looks like another winner.

The postcard orders have quietened down and everything's been sent out. If you ordered some and they haven't arrived yet please let me know. There are still packs left if anyone else is tempted. Order here. I'm thinking of trying to get them into more shops - can anyone suggest places that might be interested? I was thinking of little shops and galleries that might be into this kind of thing. There are a few in Glasgow so I'll try them first, but any tips further afield would be most welcome.

  • Thursday 19 July - Miso Funky Market
    5-8.30 at Sloans in the Argyll Arcade. Lots of good stalls and crafty things.
  • Sunday 22 July - Grey Gardens showing at the GFT
    Part of the excellent Monorail Film Club. Introduced by Roxanne Clifford of The Royal We.
  • Until July 28 - Have a go on a hovercraft
    Between Kircaldy and Portobello crossing the Firth of Forth. It's a 2 week trial to see if this works as commuter transport. Hovercraft! Cool!
  • Until August 26 - Adventures in Time and Space
    Doctor Who memorabilia exhibition at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. We've been. It's small, but good.

Docwras Rock Factory, Great Yarmouth

I've put up my first Norfolk entry on Nothing To See Here - Docwras Rock Factory, the World's Biggest (Seaside) Rock Shop. It follows hot on the heels of another Great Yarmouth entry, the legendary Louis Tussaud's House of Wax. If Ben hadn't sent this in just before we went away I wouldn't have gone in but now I'm eternally grateful to him. It really is spectacular - hard to do it justice in words. Like a time capsule of 70s and 80s entertainment. The first display which starts off with Starsky and Hutch flanked by Max Boyce pretty much sets the tone. The amusement arcade at the back really deserves its own post so more of that later.

Herald interview

Yesterday's Herald article is now up on Flickr (my scanner hasn't worked in ages so photos have to do - bit blurry but still legible). Turned out well, I think. It's a bit about I like and Nothing To See Here and a bit about me. For the curious, it does actually say what I do for a living. Sadly Occupation: Blogger isn't totally true.

The photo was taken in the window of the Val D'Oro which is one of Glasgow's oldest cafes. The signage is partcularly fine. More photos here. Thanks to Teddy Jamieson at The Herald for asking me in the first place, and to Simon Murphy for taking such nice pictures.

If everything goes to plan there will be a short interview with me in this Saturday's (Glasgow) Herald, in the Lifelines section of the magazine. It's all a bit scary, but exciting too. The Herald doesn't put everything online but I'll post it up somehow. I'm always a bit loathe to talk about I like here - blogging about blogging isn't a great spectator sport, but it's been good to think about what I do and why I do it for this interview which happened around the same time as interesting2007 and the talk at Glasgow School of Art. Everything has felt oddly quiet since.

Donkey rides

This picture pretty much sums up our trip to Norfolk. Moments of classic seaside fun in between downpours. In that respect it was fantastically British. We all bought wellies on the first day and were sorted after that. Everyone who recommended Norfolk was right - a strange and interesting part of the world, with a charming way about it. It's funny how whole counties have their own atmosphere. We ventured south to Suffolk one day and it seemed all uppity by comparison. I was relieved to head back to the technicolour tack of Great Yarmouth.

I bought a new camera and took hundreds of photos. The best are making their way onto Flickr. More dispatches to come as time allows.

This is the loveliest (and the smartest) thing I've seen in a long time. Not saying what it is or it will give the game away. Fab (via 30gms).

Closing

On holiday now. Back soon.

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