The State of (Retail) Independence: Celebrating Small Business Saturday

06 December 2014, from a local shop near you, throughout the United Kingdom

Once upon a time, some five decades ago perhaps, there was no such thing as hulking supermarkets. Anything of comparable size to today’s traffic-thronged boxes would be the market hall of a major town or city such as Bolton, Ashton-under-Lyne, Leeds, Huddersfield or Sheffield. Unlike today’s supermarkets they were, and remain in many cases, icons of civic pride. Continue reading “The State of (Retail) Independence: Celebrating Small Business Saturday”

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Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Four): The Polaroid Super Colour Swinger 2

Instant photography, 1976 style

Cast your mind back to the summer of 1976: standpipes in streets; baking hot temperatures, and a mother of all downpours to finish. Needless to say, a good time to holiday in the UK’s seaside resorts and, probably, a great year for ice cream companies, Kodak and Fujifilm.

No holiday’s complete without a set of snaps, but the average photographer couldn’t see their results at an instant. Unless of course they purchased…

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