Tag: Urban Exploring

Hotel Grashoff / Cocteau Twins

Double goodies discovered today :

It is always cool to be lucky enough to find a good copy of the first Cocteau Twins (Garlands – 1982) album on the Intercord Label for just 2 euros at a Fleamarket.

Liz Fraser really does have a haunting voice, but I just love the echoey bass on a lot of these early 1980’s post punk albums. How do they get that sound ?

On the same journey we discovered this charming Hotel that has been closed since 2006 and is still in a remarkably good condition. Check the “before and after” pics.

I always wondered why people have to smash toilets and sinks once they get inside these buildings but this is because they are trying to get at the copper piping. Shame about the ballroom too, great sized gig venue.

Malacca – Motorbike Graveyard

 

On the Western side of Malaysia, Malacca was a great place to discover old colonial buildings in a poor state of repair, bunkers and history galore.

If you take a close look at the motorbike graveyard pics above you will discover an old second world war bunker in the background, as well as the one in someones front garden.

As always,the food is amazing everywhere in Malaysia and Malacca is no exception, although it didn’t help in the case of Harper’s Restaurant and Lounge below :

The Manics were not one of my favourite bands,but this is a mighty record. It really should have been a monster smash but it wasn’t released as a single until a long time after the album “Generation Terrorists” was released in 1992.

Berlin.

Well, in between running a shop in a lively market (now closed by the council) and my regular wholesale business it got a bit busy, but I have had time to carry on one of my fave ‘hobbies’ – discovering derelict buildings.

I am not sure why this is, maybe it is something about the thought that people used to thrive in these environments and the speed these places can decay once given up ?

Anyway,I have loved them ever since I used to wander around a whole deserted army barracks is Bulford in Wiltshire when I was a kid,terrified that someone would be one of the rooms around the corner or up the stairways.

So here is a recent one – below the old Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Pankow.

It still belongs to Zambia,but they don’t know what to do with it because they are using a more modern building in the the middle of Berlin.

In 2002 the Zambian government spent over a Million Deutschmark refurbishing the place and then they just stopped. It was vandalized inside for a while and has been empty ever since,however burglar proofing the windows and doors means you cannot get inside anymore…..