Friday Fun for the holidays

Good morning. The school holidays are here (or have been here for a week already) and thus it is properly holiday time. From tomorrow, I will be existing in a tent in Mablethorpe for a week, at one of those Christian summer conferences where everyone pretends they’re ok with camping, when really they’d rather be in a hotel. To give myself the impression that I’m going somewhere more exotic, I’ve been taking delight in a collection of old school travel posters – from the days when holidays really meant something.

HK Riveria Poster

Tasmania Poster

Japanese Railways poster

It’s appropriate that the last poster advertises railways (though without a train in sight!) as there is – of course – some TfL fun today too. When on holiday, it’s always a good idea to think back to your usual commute and gloat over the fact that you don’t have to do it for a while. Thus, it’s quite appropriate to feature some photos of people using the tube in days gone by this morning…

This collection of photos comes from the heady days of the 1980’s when the tube was a different world – people could drink [the alcohol ban seems much older than 2008], smoke, and generally behave in a way that I think tube users of the new millennium would find odd.

Jumping ticket gates

Booze on the tube

Photographer photographed

Stockwell Clock head

Another classic element of the summer holidays was the special holiday editions of comics (in our household that meant Bunty, obviously). This week, I’ve discovered a classic comic/animation, not necessarily suitable for small children, but incredibly educational – the history of the Guardian newspaper in cartoon form. (If you click on the play button in that link, it will unfold before your eyes.)

An illustrated history of the GuardianIt gets more interesting than this, promise! 

Finally, because it’s summer and, let’s face it, all Brits have had a moment of wishing they could go to an American summer camp, here’s the first episode of classic MTV show Bug Juice – classic summer camp fun and classic 90’s fashion…


  1. Bug juice, doesn’t come in a jar. Bug juice comes from who you are…….

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