Monday, June 30, 2014

Visit Scarfolk Today

I have added a new destination to the 'Places You Really Ought To Visit' on the right.

"Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. "Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay." "

To those of us of a certain age Scarfolk is an only slightly twisted version of our British adolescence. 

It is very funny,pleasingly warped and its 'documents' and 'ephemera' are just delicious for those raised on Playschool, the Country Code and British public information T.V. spots. 

And yet again, Britain in the first half of the 1970s looks more disturbingly Stalinist than it seemed at the time.

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