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The Age of Beautiful Machines

Published on October 21st, 2014

There’s a time in our history where cars had this ability to be beautiful in a purely mechanical fashion. We were on Parliament Lawns a few weeks ago and the old cars were on display. This old guy has a very beautiful machine… and I’m not sure who the boisterous young guys were, but they loved it too. So, old man… I’m sending you the vibes of serious envy.

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Blonde Girls Dream of Sunday Yackets

Published on October 20th, 2014

Yes, it’s back to the yackets (you’d call them yachts), because I have a thing about photographs of Megan. These were shot at the sailpast. Yes, that’s what the yackets were up to… sailing past.

Ilford FP4 PLUS 125 shot on a Nikon F2A Photomic
Ilfotec LC-29 at 1 + 24 for 8 and a half minutes at 22 Celcius

Skinheads 1979-1984 (Book Review)

Published on October 20th, 2014

Skinheads 1979-1984

The Cracked & Spineless bookshop in Collins Street, Hobart mentioned they had copies of Skinheads 1979-1984 by Derek Ridgers. Without question, I had them put a copy away for me. Not only am I a man of that era, but I have fond memories of the Perth skinheads back in the early 1980s. The Perth skinheads were often at full war with the rocker gangs and had pitched battles at one point with the police. One small group of skinheads would enter Hungry Jacks in the Perth CBD every other Sunday; they’d take over a table and start chanting “We shall not be moved” until the police came to deal with the problem. I remember, for some reason, one particular (and large) skinhead. He wore a white tshirt with a British flag and red and blue braces.

Derek Ridgers’ perspective of the London skinheads runs pretty close to my own. I could have fallen in with them in my early years quite easily; although I certainly don’t lay claim to sharing their right wing politics. But young men are attracted to the party and that was certainly true of my younger self. And in Perth, although I was serving in the Navy at the time, the skinheads did look like The Party.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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