Daily archives: July 30, 2006

Deadline magazine

In the ongoing, if sporadic, effort to get rid of as much of my clutter as possible I just dug out an almost complete collection of Deadline magazines, which shall soon be heading to one of the local charity shops. Deadline ran from 1988 to 1995 (or ’96 depending upon which site’s history you read) and I remember picking up the first issue in the Gateshead Metro centre, after which I was hooked. It was the “lifestyle magazine for slackers” and the only publication I’d ever buy which used the word lifestyle about itself. The short, nasty, brilliant and surreal comic strips were the draw for me, but I stayed for the indie music and politics. There were a number of striking characters introduced over the seven year run, but the one everyone remembers is Tank Girl. The movie was disappointing, but I had a private showing at Withington’s now defunct Cine City (well, I was the only person to turn up, if truth be told).

Why am I mentioning all this? Just because I’ve flicked through a few issues (if I’m not careful, I’m going to lose the rest of the night to them) and I really think there should be some sort of Deadline for the noughties. It won’t happen, it’s too hard a concept to frame in terms of target demographic etc., but I can hope.

Deadline in wikipedia.

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Around Spinneyhead

Just a quick spin around the last week in the Spinneyhead family-


Small Scale Customs in the press. Yes, the Small Scale Customs number plates were reviewed by Railway Modeller magazine. I’ve had a few orders as a result and I’m looking forward to a steady trickle of follow ons. I sent the transfers to them a few months ago and all but forgot about it, so this was a pleasant surprise.

How to Save the World for Free

VAT problems at the Energy Saving Trust, energy from passers by, silent wind turbines and more.

2 Wheels Good

Ken Livingstone loses the plot and panders to anti-cyclist prejudice and how not to lock your bike, amongst others.


How your garden can save the country’s butterfly population.

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