Remember Armchair Thriller? Possibly not, unless you were around in the late 1970s. It was a series of mini-dramas made by ITV, very much like other ‘creepy’ shows of the era (Thriller, Tales of the Unexpected and Hammer House of Horror), except Armchair Thriller was played out over a series of weeks, with each episode ending on a cliffhanger.
The show hasn’t been available since on either video or DVD – until now. Network is reissuing all episodes, kicking off with Rachel In Danger and A Dog’s Ransom. Both received high praise over at our cult film/TV site Cinedelica, both are available to buy now for £12.99 each and both are available to win in our latest competition.
Three lucky people will each receive a copy of the first two Armchair Thriller DVDs. To be in with a chance, all you have to do is enter your details on the competition page (hosted on our Modculture site). Good luck!
Enter the Armchair Thriller DVD competition
There’s nothing more iconic about Twiggy’s famous 60s look than her amazing eyes. She’s most certainly got a great pair of peepers, but its those ‘lashes that make the statement.
If you’re looking for quick and easy do-it-yourself false eyelashes then Andrea Modlash is the perfect range to choose from. There’s a variety of lengths and shapes to choose from, so you can be as bold or natural looking as you choose.
They’re available online in the UK from Eye Beauty for around £3.50 per pair, and each pair is reusable too.
Find out more from the Eye Beauty website
One of my pet peeves is mis-use of the word vintage – surely its meaning is pretty clearly removed from the word retro? Well, Urban Outfitters have me cursing their blatant misrepresentation by ‘naming’ one of their new bags Vintage.
Irksome name aside, though, it’s not half bad. Rich brown leather and a decent size make it perfect retro fodder.
£80 isn’t exactly a bargain, but for that price you can hopefully guarantee higher quality than a lot of high street lookalikes.
Find out more at the Urban Outfitters website
While you probably aren’t spending much time in the garden at the moment (not if you are reading this in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), spare a thought for those who have no choice but to brave the cold – the birds.
Now is just the time to give nature a helping hand with a birdhouse and this Vintage Radio Birdhouse is an unusual spin on the average birdhouse. Made from wood, it has been fashioned to look just like a 1930s radio complete with speakers and tuning knobs.
Its costs $30 (approximately £16) from Uncommongoods although you can expect to pay about another $20 on top of that for international shipping.
The subtitle of this musical biography sums up its story neatly. “Eye Mind – The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound” by Paul Drummond offers insight into the history of this important band.
Although not commercially successful, the 13th Floor Elevators were indeed pioneering and lay claim to being the first band to refer to their music as psychedelic rock. But the rest of their story is pretty tragic, with the band falling apart. Drug abuse, mental health problems and clashes with the ultra conservative authorities all contribute to their downfall.
However sad it may be, it does make for an interesting story and a good read. It is available to buy from Amazon for less than £10.
I don’t know how we missed this, but according to a recent report in The Times, that icon of swinging London, the BT Tower (formerly Post Office Tower) could be set for a new lease of life – as a boutique hotel.
The Times quotes the Estates Gazette, stating that BT has appointed a team of designers to draft ideas for the base of the grade II listed building, possibly expanding it to a six or seven-story hotel. And best of all, re-opening the revolving restaurant on the 34th floor to the public. The restaurant was originally run by Butlins – I suspect something more upmarket this time.
What will become of the rest of the tower (currently used by BT for administration) isn’t clear. More on this when we have it.
Wikipedia page for the Post Office Tower
Photo via Art Of The State