Disposed equally in a radial direction…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s instruction is to pretend that you are an eel and writhe and squirm around the aisles and displays whilst doing your regular supermarket food shopping.

I’m in the mood for gadgets… Yes, let’s crack open that musty old junk shop book The 1954 Gadgets Annual. As the cover is plain and rather boring, we’ll have a look at the title page instead. Good old W. N. Shaw, he never disappoints…

DSCN3900I’ll bet that the Gadgets Magazine was really popular back in those days of austerity, a time when people would make their own useful household items from bits and pieces that they had kicking around in the cupboard under the stairs or in their garden sheds. Let’s have a quick thumb through and look at one or two of the projects available: A “Parachute” Kite-Release Device, Using Up Pencil Stubs, A Self-lighting Screwdriver, A Compact String Cutter, A Handy Smoothing Gadget, A Rubber Hose Lino Cleaner…

‘Yes Albert, what now?’
‘Do you remember that plastic tubing?’
‘What plastic tubing?’
‘We use to have a length that we used to use to poke out the…’
‘Have you looked in the shed?’
‘What do you want it for?’
‘I’ve been looking in my magazine, at non-slip bowsers.’
‘Yes dear?’
‘What is a bowser?’
‘I don’t know, but they do look like handy things to have…’
‘Is this in that stupid Gadgets Magazine?’
‘Yes, Madge…’
‘Hm… Bowsers indeed!…’
‘These are non-slip ones…’




About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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