In need of TLC. New and old pics of Leicester’s listed Western Park Open Air School

      With vandals on one side and the elements on the other, Western Park School – formerly Western Park Open Air School – has taken a bit of a kicking in recent years. Shut in 2005, this elegant 1930s building – Grade II listed and one of very…

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There’s a new film Suffragette – here are some suffragists, they’re usually less camera shy

  “Always and always facing toward the light.” They’ve not seen Poltergeist, have they? Here are some magnificent suffragists standing proud in Bowling Green Street. I don’t know their names but I’d like to buy each of them a drink. Which they’d most likely turn down, cos they’re probably part…

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Here’s a highly suspicious 110 year old Leicester advert for male hair restoration

      Take Mr Henry Lee, the verger of St Peter’s Church in Leicester. Add Professor GF Moss, who had consulting rooms at 70 Sparkenhoe Street. And then throw in photographer Mr HJ Hitchcock to take a picture. What do you get? The answer is this rather spiffy advert…

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The Electric Cool – Festival of Psychedelic Rock @ University of Leicester 17th October


    The headliners Sienna Root were rocktastic organic man-flesh from Sweden. The Cult of Dom Keller were a Leicester-Nottingham hybrid with an awesome drummer. And my oldest mate Ben, representing Western Park, and to some extent Hinckley, did the opening Moog atmospherics under the moniker The Early Remains. Oh,…

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Modern Toss creator and former Leicester resident Mick Bunnage, also of cult musos Deep Freeze Mice

Mick Bunnage. Writer, cartoonist, musician. He once worked for Honey magazine, interviewed Vivienne Westwood for Honey magazine and got told to "get on with it" at the old Abbey Park music festival.

      Mick Bunnage is a dream interviewee. The former musician, Loaded writer, cartoonist and Leicester resident has an unerring habit of making the mundane seem peculiarly jocular. Even when he’s trying to pronounce the address of his old stomping ground in Belgrave. “Leer-rah Street,” he hazards. “Leer-eh?” He…

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The prettiest industrial estate in England?

Use me as the main one

It’s a sunny Sunday in October and I’m pootling around Faircharm Industrial Estate with a camera. Faircharm is a mixed use industrial estate on the edge of Aylestone Meadows, bisected by the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal. On first appearance it’s pretty underwhelming, but carry on walking, graze your…

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