Thursday, 30 July 2020


Read today that the ex-Manchester United and Everton midfielder Norman Whiteside had auctioned off all the treasured memorabilia from his football career.


To cover his pension and keep his head above water in his later years, although he is still only 55.

He got around £200,000 for his FA Cup winners medals, shirts he'd worn for Northern Ireland at the World Cup in 1982, plus other bits and pieces.

Which I guess will last him a few years, but the amount is what a top-level footballer can earn in a WEEK.

Whiteside was of the era just before the real money washed into football as the Premier League dawned in 1992. When winning trophies for Man Utd he was on £250 a week. Good money, and a good living back then, but nowhere near enough to last a lifetime.

He also represents what happens to players when it all ends suddenly.

Having enjoyed a stellar career, starring in the World Cup as a 17-year-old and scoring the winning goal in the 1985 FA Cup final, an injury ended his career at 26.

No vast wages to back him up, meant years later he has to sell every memento to survive ...

People often get hot under the collar when discussing footballers wages, presuming that everyone who plays the game earns millions. It simply isn't true of course, and remembering that football is essentially an entertainment industry, it is seriously playing catch-up with the other industries.

For example, I once watched a documentary on George Formby, where it explained his father, who trod the boards in the music halls around the turn of the 20th century, was earning a staggering £3,000 a week.

A huge sum now, let alone in the 1900s!

Compare that to the footballer Tommy Lawton some 30-odd years later...

He was at the top of his profession in 1939, having won the Championship with Everton, and playing regularly for England, he would have been the top earner in the game.

In his autobiography he mused that in that year he earned £450 for the whole year, which included bonuses playing for England.

Quite a difference to Mr Formby!!!!

Football can reap unimaginable rewards for the very best today, but lower-level players are hanging on hoping for a new contract at their clubs, on unspectacular wages.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020


Just discovered a 'new' vintage thing.

1970s Detecto Puzzles!!

It gives the humble old jigsaw a whole new twist. The idea was to solve a mystery by completing a jigsaw.

They also look great, the box was made to look like a classic murder mystery style book, complete with dramatic cover!

Open the 'book' to read the short mystery story, giving you the characters, plot, clues and hints as to whodunnit.

The jigsaw then reveals the culprit and how they did their dastardly crime!

The one I have is 'The Haunting of Pelham Grange' from 1975.

Someone is trying to spook poor Norah Vance, next in line to the family fortune.

The ghost of ancestor Sir Norbert Vance keeps appearing at night, calling out her name, and smashing up the place.

Will Norah go mad and thus forfeit the fortune?

And who amongst the gathered crowd could be the perpetrator?

Is it her sister Adeleide, Reverend Hugo Murdoch, Psychic Society secretary Bernard Sibling or ageing journalist Fred Oldacre???

The snooping, but canny Evelyn Whitty (a Miss Marple-type character), is on the look-out, and is determined to find out what's happening!!!


Here is the completed jigsaw ...

But who was it?!

You'll have to buy it off me to find out!!!!

Tuesday, 28 July 2020


Have been at the PVA glue again!!!

This time sticking some classic vintage Beano comics on to a tired-looking old coat rack ...

This is always an easy and brilliant way to upcycle something that isn't wanted anymore.

That's always the best thing about our vintage world – the art of reusing and recycling.
Make something cool AND help the environment!!

If you want to do your bit, then pop along to my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset and find it in my unit there!

Saturday, 25 July 2020


Finally some news to give you regarding markets!!!

I'll be at the Giant Shepton Flea Market on Sunday 16th August!!!

I haven't traded anywhere since February, so it has been a long and frustrating time, but as this is a huge outdoor event, this is the best place to get up-and-running again.

Lockdown did at least give me time to work on many restoration and upcycling projects, so I'll be bringing along quite a few of these!

Put the date in your diaries and pop along to this fantastic event!!

OR ...

If you can't make it, run along to my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset!
Since it reopened in June, it has been absolutely flying, with vintage and football fans snapping up all sorts of goodies I keep in stock there!

Friday, 17 July 2020


Fancy something to read this weekend?!
And you're a fan of vintage?!

Then have a go at my ARTPIX magazine, up on the Issuu website.

There is a special feature on the timeless vintage mag Picture Post, and loads more!
Click HERE to read all about it!

Wednesday, 15 July 2020


After working flat out on my computer recently producing my ARTPIX magazine, I decided to do something completely different this week.

Making a wooden bird box ... !!

And its an environmentally friendly one! 
As I've only used recycled wood, as in driftwood, found on my local beach at Chesil Cove on the Isle of Portland.

Its very much a Heath Robinson affair as you can see, but I love the different colours of the wood and how it came out a bit haphazard.

Hopefully one day it will make a nice home for a family of birds!!

It was great to be out in our yard making something instead of being cooped up, but I'm already working on and planning my next issue of ARTPIX magazine, so stay tuned!!

Read the first issue HERE

Friday, 10 July 2020


My brand new digital magazine – ARTPIX – is now online and ready to read ...

So if you are a fan of the ace jazz musician LOUIS ARMSTRONG, go and have a look now!!
You'll find some pics of original items, and a rundown of his amazing career.

Plus a whole load more vintage-inspired articles!!!