Monday, December 14, 2009

London Tweed Run

The London Fixed Geer and Single Speed Club's 2009 "Tweed Run" from H Huntsman & Sons at Savile Row to the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. More photos here.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Buy the Best. The Coumbia

An ad from the Pope Manufacturing Company circa 1892.

Scans of 1930's Japanese Catholic Art

"My Girlfriend on Her Sickbed" by Kimiko Koseki

"Our Lady of Japan" by Luka Hasegawa

"St. Francis Xavier in Japan" by Utsumi

By Kimiko Koseki

"Christmas Gifts of Poor Children in Northern Japan" by Kimiko Koseki

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fra' Andrew Bertie, 1929-2008

Fra' Andrew died on Thursday. A great article about him on Andrew Cusack's blog here

The Lost Suit

I am a devotee of thrift shops. You will frequently find me skulking up and down isles of Am-Vets, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul or the Ladies Zionist Guild. It was in thrift-store-ville here amongst the defunct 8-track tapes, the undressed baby-dolls, the 1970’s coffee tables and broken hairdryers that I found the thing which slipped from my grasp.

While checking out the men’s suits I came across something that stood out from the rest. It was a 1960’s era safari suit. Yes, a safari suit. I am talking about a three piece khaki wonder with full sized breast pockets (perfect for storing extra ammo for that elephant gun.) What a thing! I panicked. I was breaking into a cold sweat.

This thing was bursting with a style not sported by anyone since Fred C. Dobbs in Treasure of the Sierra Madre. This was Proffesor Challenger, this was Gunga Din, this was the most bad-ass suit ever fashioned by hands of men.

“What a suit!” I thought to myself. Here it was, the Holy Grail of suits. My first thought was me wearing this three piece while camping in the Adirondacks. Oh other campers would be wearing “shorts” and “t-shirts”, but I, oh, I would be dressed to the hilt and roasting my weenies in style!

Then doubt crept into the back of my mind. What if people think I am some sort of a weirdy walking around dressed like Alan Quatermain. Would my wife take to my new garb with the same enthusiasm as I? Would they be after me with a net? Ought not I really be spending my money on something more useful? Quickly I went from hearing the calls of tropical birds in the treacherous jungle to bad 1970’s soft-rock music on the thrift-store sound system.

I left that suit there that day. I probably went home to watch T.V. and my twelve dollars likely got spent on snack cakes and beer instead of that suit, that cloth big game hunting piece of pure potential adventure.

Lets hope whoever did buy it is using it well today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Traditional Latin Mass returns to Boston

After being booted because Holy Trinity was slated to be inexplicably closed, the old Mass is back and they will have a Midnight Mass this Christmas.

Here was the announcement:

This morning Fr. Connolly announced (to the throngs in attendance at
the 10 o'clock Mass) [NOTE: He is being ironic; seven attended the
Mass, due to the snowstorm] that after his consultations with His
Eminence, he (Fr. Connolly) has decided that the Tridentine Latin
Mass will again be celebrated weekly at Holy Trinity. He mentioned
that it remains for us to work out a schedule of clergy to enable us
to have the priests necessary to ensure proper coverage. There also
will be careful consideration as to the time the Mass will be
celebrated. The possibility of having the Latin Mass take place
before the Novus Ordo one [NOTE: 10 AM] is under active

Peter Cooper
Holy Trinity Business Manager

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

These Animal Men

I had to fight not to turn this blog into a showcase for all of the gegakiana that I find on youtube, but there is too much and I can no longer fight it.

Here is an amazing musical video from a revolutionary 1990's Britpop band These Animal Men (the tag given to the unruly British by Julius Caesar).


Saturday, March 10, 2007

Thrift Store Adventures

I need to devote a post to a great blog I stumbled on: Thrift Store Adventures. I love thrift store shopping and have been at it forever. I always loved the mad assortment of bizzare things one could find there. There are certain wonderful and strange things in thrift stores, things you would never buy but the owner of Thrift Store Adventures has an eye for them and very clerverly chronicles his finds blog-style. Excellent! Check out some of the things they have on there:

Head on over there, its amazing!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A Yankee Doodle Dandy

One of my all time favorite guys, Brian Dewan, here playing an early rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandy (actually our state song). Mr. Dewan did a N.Y. cable access program playing an assortment of political songs, they are great and you can find the rest on youtube. I'll post some Dewan audio sometime soon, too.