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I decided very early on that the kitchen in my new man cave was going to be dedicated to the past, and so it is as I have put my classic old school magazine collection (basically stuff from the last full century!) in there for easy access. Yesterday, I added a new bar table (from Midori) in there, and the first of two bar stools (the second is incoming). Just a nice little corner to grab a quick breakfast or a snack, and the option is that you have a nice reading table to check out that priceless (well, it is to me) collection.

If I have people over for dinner, I will ask them to join me upstairs and serve it with the stunning mountain view I have here overlooking the water below my property. So I can afford to be a bit eccentric in the kitchen. To me, it just works and that is all I care about really.

And yeah, I have some cookbooks in there as well, covering pretty much anything you can think of. But the bottom line is, seeing old magazine covers with Agnetha Fältskog (of ABBA fame), Raquel Welch and Jane Fonda whenever you pop in there just adds to the overall quality of life. How could it not?

(Thank you Kalle for your support)

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Beautiful nostalgia

Posted: February 28, 2019 in Cool stuff, General, Hobby

Revell has put out a box that celebrates 125 Years of Hurtigruten, the Norwegian ship route that is highly appreciated because of the stunning scenery. The two boats, MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol has both been available before, but here they reappear together for the first time in this kit. 85 parts will do the trick, so it is not overly complicated. I would call this a good “father and son” box. The box includes glue and paint and as a bonus you get a poster of the excellent box art.

Located this wonderful Modesty Blaise cloth and figured it would look pretty good in the hobby room. Added some classic badges (Tommy Bolin, Rainbow, Whitesnake & Black Sabbath) to it and it looks pretty OK I think. I am getting a lot of stuff done at the new place now. Looks like I might live there exclusively by April.

On September 5 2013 I blogged about me putting my old MAD pocket book collection in a box for the eventual move to the countryside some day, and now I am happy to report that they can now be found in a nice little corner in my new man cave. Feels good. Behind them you can spot some classic Marvel and DC Comics stuff.

Having a bit of fun with the man cave updates and I can see in the stats that people enjoy this stuff. So today I will share some images of the upstairs library, kind of a general overview and how I made it look kind of cool. Well, it is a man cave after all. So let us take a look at this (sacred) corner in my new place shall we. I will begin with this general shot of this part, then close in on the cool stuff.

So at the upper right corner we have this, a nice couple of items. Note that the porcelain figurine on the right is holding a book. And I have always had a weak spot for model ships, so I grabbed me this one when I saw it a few years ago.

On the tallest shelf we have some Deep Purple related stuff. First a nice cardboard ad for the 1993 “The Battle Rages On” album, then a signed photograph of Joe Lynn Turner that I had framed (picture was shot in Stockholm back in 1991 by Dennis Karlsson).

Then moving left we have some interesting – and wildly different – items from the old collection. To the right we have a Frank Frazetta (limited edition) collectors item that has been made to look like one of his most famous artworks (also featured on the cover of the first Molly Hatchet album back in 1978). Spent a bit of money on that one, but it looks great.

Here is a few shots of four very different works, but I like them all and I think it looks OK.

This Vampirella figurine was added to the old collection about 20 years ago, had a bit of a Vampirella thing going then (collecting books etc).

This framed photograph of mid nineties Rainbow popped up in the mail when I had the DEEP PURPLE FOREVER club going. It has been signed by Ritchie Blackmore, which is kind of nice (had to frame it obviously!).

Then lets move to the two shelves you see here to the left (I will skip the small shelf in the corner for now). Viewed from the opposite side of this room, it all looks rather swell (I think).

Bought this painting of two battling ships in a second hand store about 10 years ago. Now it sits well beside the Leaves´ Eyes limited edition collectors item that I got when I bought the 2009 “Njord” box.

And finally, we have this. A classic Deep Purple bootleg (signed by David Coverdale in Stockholm 1981, I have blogged about this before). And what you see on the right is what it looks to be, and I like the look.

So, that was fun. Thanks for watching.

Bought a Sony MHC-V41D Bluetooth sound system and added it into the hobby room. It really is a bit of a monster, with loads of High Tech that makes you wonder if aliens have been involved in putting it all together (in fact, I  wish they could have offered one of them installing everything, the manual is quite frightening)? Still, I managed (with a little help, hello Kalle!) to get it to do what I want to use it for, which is to play CDs (no Karaoke for me please!). You also have a lighting system that is optional that you can manage. I guess it would be great at parties. And if you ever want to check out the sound of a new system, just pop in Tommy Bolin´s “Private Eyes” from 1976. Fantastic record with an amazing production (the bass alone is awesome). Here is a few shots…

Just added what I call “The Bar” into the hobby room in the new place. Strictly for medical purposes naturally. Johnnie Walker, Gibson´s London Dry Gin and (a small sized bottle of) Jack Daniels. I seldom drink these days, but I just enjoy the thought of having these in the hobby room.

(Thank you for a good day Kalle)