18 Nov 2006 • 1,470 views
We are in the toilet today, in the second installment of this 3 day location shoot around my home.
One thing I've always appreciated about this small, one bedroom, 1930s council estate flat, is having a toilet that is self contained and separate from the bathroom.
I became a tenant here 11 years ago. It was still council then. Its currently housing association.
The toilet was the first place I decorated, and its the only room so far never to be redecorated.
These walls would likely induce some kind of fevered panic attack in any hardcore comic collector, were one to ever sit in my toilet. I cut up and wallpaper-pasted a number of prized rarities on these walls. But I say better to be seen and appreciated day by day, than stored alphabetically, in a special polythene bag, up in the attic.
I have a warm fondness for Super Hero comics. For instance back in 1971, when I had only been alive for 11 years, I went to a military boarding school, the Duke of Yorks in Dover,
for 5 years, (till I was 16 and I could legally quit the whole schooling system). Of course It was blindingly obvious that I was not a military boy and this was not an appropriate school for me, but thats another story. My mum probably believed she was doing what she thought was best for any child. Plus she clearly had a bit of a thing for the military. All of her husbands were soldier boys. And it was during my first term at school that my mum met her 3rd and final husband. My step-dad was an ex-drum major of the grenadier guards who at that time was working in a second-hand magazine and comic shop in the west-end. Thus my school holidays always began with a huge stack of comics from my step-dad's shop. That was really great.
I sold my childhood comic collection in the late 1970s. The money enabled me to buy a brand new state-of-the-art analog synth. A Yamaha CS-something or other.
Similarly in the mid 80s, I was living in Spain for a year and a friend back in England was posting me each installment of THE WATCHMEN and MIRACLEMAN as they came out. I remember that was a mighty treat when they arrived.
previous shots of my toilet can be seen over on flickr....... "ICON"
and "ALWAYS BE PREPARED"
And having now docu-memorised enough of my toilet, I AM now going to strip it and redecorate. It has been 11 years after all.