As mentioned in last week's Time Out myself and the Empress of Arcadia are delighted to be stalling out, as is tradition, at The Social Christmas Market this Saturday 16th December. As a diversion from Vintage Fishing Tackle for the Soul, we shall on this occasion have for sale a limited number of bookplates we have designed in conjunction with our dear friend Martin Clark at Tilley Printing and a revival of a Spratt's Dog Biscuit Christmas Card from the year 1926 printed by the good people at Aldgate Press. Doors open at midday and the stall shall close at 5pm. We look forward to your good company.
Monday, 11 December 2017
Thursday, 7 December 2017
On Wednesday evening next 13th December in this the year of our doubts and fears 2017 I will be acting as Master of Ceremonies at the Caught by the River Faber Social Christmas Party which takes place at The Social on Little Portland Street in the district of London known as W.1. There will be records played by Frances Castle, poetry from the Caught by the River Poets-in-Residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland, a reading by Daisy Eris from ''2023: A Trilogy by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu', Adelle Stripe talking about her novel 'Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile' and David Keenan author of 'This is Memorial Device' in conversation with Andrew Weatherall. There will also be a performance by a special guest. The night is almost sold out but you may buy one of the few remaining tickets here.
Saturday, 2 December 2017
The first of a four part serial that I have written entitled 'The Days When We Were So Young and Did Not Know It' in collaboration with my good friend the photographer Nick Fallowfield-Cooper is published in the latest issue of Fallon's Angler. It is a story based on and inspired by the extraordinary illustrated scrapbook of the Victorian/Edwardian lady Majorie Taylor (nee Tillard) and commences in the year 1895.
Monday, 20 November 2017
Across mansion blocks in all Arcadia trumpets sound, Elgar is on the radio, cabbage is boiled and chipped Coronation mugs of Victory Gin are drunk by the gallon to mark a triumphant return to The Abbey Stadium in Redditch for yesterday's National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair. Thanks to all those who supported the fair in advance, grafted at, stalled out and came through the gate on the day you made it a joyful riot. The next National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair will take place on Sunday 13th May 2018. All enquiries to the field telephone number 07980 274 383. Thank-you.
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Chipped Coronation mugs of Victory Gin are raised in thanks to Matt Sparkes who has very kindly given this Sunday's National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair a special mention on his 'Historic Moments' page in this week's Angler's Mail (cover date 14th November) where you may also read of a seminal angling match between Efgeeco and K.P. Morritt which took place on the River Kennet in early 1965.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Trumpets sound and flags are put out for Joan Porter who has featured the forthcoming National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair on the Fairs & Markets page in this week's issue (No. 2316 Nov 11th) of Antiques Trade Gazette.