Christian Mayne

Christian Mayne

Charity Shop Madness

Now that every last classic album has been rinsed from the charity shop racks, there's nothing left to do but to crank the prices up on a few lesser known modern classics. Who is advising the shops of the value of - or even market for - these records is beyond me. Here's some absolutely insane record pricing spotted in the charity shops of Plymouth recently. Fucked 12" copy of B list disco hit: A Fiver Routinely used as an envelope 'stifferner' when sending more expensive ...
Fowey Ringers Painting and Rhyme

Fowey Ringers Painting and Rhyme

Located in the bell tower of the Fowey Parish Church, the following text accompanies the painting: "RINGERS PAINTING and RHYME This painting dates probably from the late 18th C. It is a sort of palimpsest and the underlying work can be seen in places. This earlier work looks to be a similar painting of ringers but turned through 90° and with the bells hanging down and not up on stay as they are on the later painting. It is dated 1732, 9 years after the 2 oldest bells were cast by ...

Cinderellas Rockerfellas, Cambridge Evening news June 14th 1989

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Stonehouse Heritage Trail 13, The Monster Skating Ring

Stonehouse Heritage Trail 13, The Monster Skating Ring

Here stood what was known as 'Albert Hall' built in 1871; soon after it was known as The Royal Albert Hall. It was said to be an ugly building on the outside but very pretty and tasteful on the inside. Originally intended for concerts it could seat 2800 people and 4000 standing. By 1875 Thomas Martin the owner following a skating craze decided to put together the 'Monster Rink' here in the hall. It was later said to be the largest in the Westcountry
Visiting Broadhempston

Visiting Broadhempston

Today I took a drive out to Broadhempston, a small village in the South Hams near Totnes. The main purpose of my visit was to see if I could locate the grave of my Great Great Great Grandfather James Elliott (1780 - 1857) who was recorded as being buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul. Broadhempston really does appear to be in the middle-of-nowhere, approached (according to my satnav, anyway) by miles and miles of single track roads with no passing places. A very attractive ...

Death of Queen Elizabeth II

https://youtu.be/owp8rksdWrA We anticipated it was coming so had the laptop on standby whilst having dinner. This is the news report as it was broadcast live on BBC News at 18:30 on 8th September 2022
Stonehouse Heritage Trail 22, Wolsdon Street Board School

Stonehouse Heritage Trail 22, Wolsdon Street Board School

The school was opened in 1871 and styled into fine fashionable Victorian gothic style of the time. Primarily built for Infants and Girls only this school soon had to increase its capacity steadily as the local populatiuon grew. Initially designed to accomodate 230 pupils, by the early 1900s nearly 600 were present.
Stonehouse Heritage Trail 19, Convent of Notre Dame

Stonehouse Heritage Trail 19, Convent of Notre Dame

This ruin was is the only remnant left of the Convent of Notre Dame. The building was built on land soon purchased after the completion of the cathedral. By October 1865 the convent and girl's school for boarders had opened. Pupils from all over the world would come and stay at this fine establishment. By 1936/8 the convent premises took over the large old Presbyterian Chapel. During the Blitz of Plymouth this building and its chapel.
Stonehouse Heritage Trail 21, St Peter’s Church

Stonehouse Heritage Trail 21, St Peter’s Church

Eldad Chapel was first built here c1830 until it's demise 1846 when the chapel fell into disuse. In 1848 it was renamed Church of St Peter's, at the same a temporary hospital was built nearby to cope with the outbreak of cholera, which was nursed by a group of women who became Sisters of the Holy Trinity who were allowed to receive Holy Communion daily. In 1882 major works were done to the tower, etc. and then during WWII it was gutted, being finally rebuilt late-1950s.
Peli iM2075 Concertina Hard Case

Peli iM2075 Concertina Hard Case

I've been looking for a workhorse case for my Concertina. The original refurbished Victorian jug case feels too nice to drag around pubs and already I can feel it's taking the strain. It's quite hard to find a decent quality and durable concertina hard case- most available from the popular folk music stores are lightweight covered chipboard efforts which don't feel quite up to the job. I tool receipt of a Peli iM2075 Storm Case today which I'd seen recommended elsewhere as a decent ...