Welcome To The Curios

The Curios have been gathered from near and far. They may be common-as-muck or one-of-a-kind. They may be worth a pretty penny or a dime-a-dozen. They may be horrifying, captivating, loathsome, or scintillating.

Whatever the cause of their creation, hopefully they bring enjoyment to someone out there.


Postcard (Reproduction)

Artist: Erich von Götha


The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret (or: 'Leeches! Leeches!')

Just a few steps south of London Bridge is The Operating Theatre of Old St. Thomas's Hospital, also known as The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. The Museum offers a great up-close look at medical and surgical procedures from one of my favourite years: Yester*.

I loved this Museum; it was small, but absolutely filled to the brim with interesting oddities and curios. The staff were very nice and allowed us to take our time, and get really close to the exhibits and take an abundance of photos. In turn, I spent over £80 in the gift store, which is practically overflowing with fantastic books, some of which will be shared via The Curios at a later date, and various gewgaws, mostly skull-related.

A beautiful wrought iron skull hangs in the foyer of the building where you'll find the steep staircase to the Theatre.


Booya! Home For The Def Tribute Album

Coinciding with the release of 'The Complete Home For The Def and Other Stories', a collection of reviews, short fiction and essays by Stan Mahoney, available through Format Press HERE, I rediscovered this little gem, which had been sitting on my shelf since 2002.

I've been espousing the genius of HFTD for over a decade now, and I was honoured to be asked to supply a song to this tribute album. While the other artists on the album have covered HFTD songs, I mashed a bunch of them together, and to be honest, I'm a little embarrassed by my effort, as the final mixdown of the track is not as good as I would've liked it to be. Ah well, the quality of some of the other contributions more than makes up for it.

It's interesting that on a tribute album to a man with over 50 albums under his belt, there are double-ups on certain tracks...


I hope that I'l be able to post some more HFTD albums here soon, I just need to figure out the best way to transfer cassettes onto my hard drive.


Postcard (Reproduction)

Pee-wee Herman Topps Trading Cards

(I would love to know how many people actually got to meet Pee-wee Herman in person on 14 August 1988)