Paul Korff.

The late Paul Gerhardt Korff was born 21 April, 1935 at Queen Victoria Hospital. His parents were Frederick and Lurline and brothers were Dick and Karl (Charlie). His sisters were Lurline, Connie and Helen. He went to Flinders Street Primary, then to Norwood Primary and finally to Norwood Tech where he commenced his Secondary Schooling. […]

Making a Handmade Book from a Lump of Lead.

Robert Macfarlane on how a sunken lane inspired a handmade book, Holloway  An alchemical question: how do you make a book from a lump of lead?  A year ago, I couldn’t have told you. Now I know the answer. I know because I was fortunate enough to become friends with an artist called Stanley Donwood, a […]

Unsolved: The Missing Sodder Children.

This is one of the most intriguing stories that I have read for a long while. Read on at the Smithsonian. For nearly four decades, anyone driving down Route 16 near Fayetteville, West Virginia, could see a billboard bearing the grainy images of five children, all dark-haired and solemn-eyed, their names and ages—Maurice, 14; Martha […]

Protectors of Iceland.

I did these paintings for the album “Með Vættum” by the Icelandic metal band Skálmöld. The inspiration comes partly from Heimskringla, an Icelandic Saga, but also from the amazing lyrics written by Snæbjörn Ragnarsson. The album tells the story of an unknown heroine who grows up with the wights (mythical creatures), protecting the land from […]

The Electric Roller Chair of 1918.

Here in the early 21st century, many parks and zoos offer motorized scooters for people who can’t or would rather not walk around. But it’s far from a new concept, as you can see in this photo from 1918. The December 1918 issue of Electrical Experimenter magazine included this description of the “electric roller chair” […]

The Beatles in Comic Strips.

Published by Marco De Angelis 20 January 2014 A COLLECTION OF COMIC BOOK APPEARANCES: Is a book featuring a collection of some two hundred cartoon strips dedicated to the Beatles, many of which are extremely rare and now inaccessible. Many years after their break up, the Beatles still remain the biggest phenomenon of music and […]

“Wheels” Part 2.

11. Don Woolman, Austin Wasp, The Flash bought his first car for 100 pounds in 1951 by asking the previous owner whether he wanted to sell it when it was parked out the front of the Old Guv in King William Road. Originally it was red but he rolled it at Murry Bridge and painted […]

“Wheels” Part One.

After reading Nick’s fine, epic about his motor bike, I got to thinking about some of the cars and bikes that people got to work with. Warning: Some of the models may be wrong! 1. Dennis Bradley, FJ Holden, driver’s window broken and had a towel to keep the rain out! Drove with the fuel […]

Is Rome Older than we thought?

It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archaeological findings prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more ancient than believed until now. According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus and Remus founded the city on 21 April in the year 753BC. But it is […]

The Sweet Mr John Cadbury.

John Cadbury (1802-1889) was born in Birmingham to Richard Tapper Cadbury, who was from a wealthy Quaker family that moved to the area from the west of England. As a Quaker in the early 19th century, he was not allowed to enter a university, so could not pursue a profession such as medicine or law. […]