Friday, 4 June 2010

I can see clearly now the rain has gone

Hi all. I hope you are all enjoying the arrival of summer.

Mr and Mrs Deadman and Deadman junior have been out and about making the most of the weather and visiting some of the artists participating in Norfolk open studios . I was even successful in encouraging Mrs Deadman to purchase a super burlesque style etching for my upcoming birthday ( 21 again of course !)

It’s not been all play as more frames have arrived from the USA for processing. I also have a small show at Heydon Village Hall in Norfolk on 06/06/2010 with . We are outside so hoping that the weather holds.

You can get more of an insight into the life of the Deadman in an interview I have just done with Digger at which can be seen and read at . The interview has been illustrated with a selection of photo’s by popular vintage glamour photographer Tony Nylons. A pretty face is by far the best way of showcasing a classic frame. A photo of the lovely Lada Redstar in a mid 1950’s cat’s eye can be seen below. The frame is available at

Hooray for the sun and a tall glass of Pimms


1 comment:

  1. Sir

    Thank you very much for your recent posts. It is always interesting to hear the lastest news on the vintage spectacle scene from Norfolk.

    I apologise for not being in touch of late, however, Mr Mack, the firm's chief accountant has had me hard at it of late, tidying up the ledgers. I am afraid to say that one of the junior clerks took a little too much to drink one lunch time and ran amok in the customer accounts P to R. Before I knew it we were in ever such a muddle.

    In undoing the drunken hooligan’s nonsense I have found the hours long and the work painstaking. However it is pleasing to see the ledgers, at last, back under control. With the junior clerk now dismissed Mr Mack rewarded me for the excellent work that I had performed by asking that I continue to mind the Ps and Qs. “Continue in this manner Hooper and you may be looking at my job in twenty years time”. High praise indeed. I never dreamt of such progress.

    I am aware that there are those that see ledger work as dull, but these people are simply not aware of the exciting daily challenges in the life of the 1940s accountant. However, as a man who has was born and brought up amongst the books and lived his entire adult life amongst the ledgers, I find that on certain days complex accounting conundrums and fierce ledger work exhausting. I also fear that Mr Mack’s promises may ring hollow. And with these thoughts I arrive at the main purpose of this correspondence.

    I read with interest your interview with MrDigger. Fascinating stuff indeed. I can only assume that your response to Mr Digger’s enquiry “Is it a big team, small team?” (sic) mean that my recent application for work by way of a working interview at the Hemsby show was not a success. That and the fact that all of my 12 letters have been returned unopened. And there has been no response to my 8 telegrams. I had, perhaps wrongly I see now, assumed that I had merely noted your correspondence address incorrectly.

    In hindsight, I appreciate that my Hemsby performance may have, on occasion, bordered on unsatisfactory. My only justification is that I was distracted by the incredible sights and the exciting events happening around me in the year 1950 something. I felt as Marty McFly must have felt being suddenly transported forward in time to the year 2015 in that well known David Lean motion picture BTTF2, I believe, based on a work of fiction by HG Wells. Rest assured, if I am ever invited back I will travel over in the Austin and leave the De Lorean in the garage.

    You state in your above log that “A pretty face is by far the best way of showcasing a classic frame”. It is not that I disagree with you on this matter, I only wish to point out that, in life, some people can find extreme beauty off putting.

    After thoughtful reflection, I hope that you will make the same connection. Perhaps then the reason for the absence of any member of the general public to be found browsing your wares when I was left to mind the shop that short while at Hemsby, will become a little clearer. I only ask that you do not hold my good looks against me. I have lived my entire life under that wretched curse and often find myself asking the question “Lord, why me?”

    The day was not a waste for me, and if it is any consolation I have learnt that:

    a) The main constituent in a cup of tea is not milk or water, but tea. (I must admit this came as a surprise to me. I blame it on the rationing); and

    b) Only fresh quails eggs are acceptable when serving the Dead Man a Scottish egg.

    I remain at your service and should the opportunity for my future employ ever present itself within your firm, I will be ready, willing and able, to continue my business education under your expert tutelage. I am aware that I have a lot to learn but for now, and if nothing else, I possess the knowledge and the skills to “make a brew”.

    With best intentions
    and kindest regards,

    B Hooper Esq.
    The 1940s Accountant