DeLorean – all-new electric time machine

As a record producer he made some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, now lifelong petrolhead Phil Wainman has gone back to the future to regenerate a classic DeLorean sports car – as an all-electric vehicle! The iconic DMC DeLorean PRV V6, the same model as the star of the 1985 blockbuster movie Back to Read More…

Drawing inspiration from horrible history

Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown on his Dorset life ‘What I’ve realised since I came to Dorset is that history is not preserved in aspic, it’s part of people’s everyday lives, they live in it – it’s all around us.’ History is something that Martin Brown knows a bit about. Since he teamed up with Read More…

Frank is still doing it his way

If a single volunteer is worth half a dozen pressed men, Swanage will need an even greater number to replace the tireless community efforts of Frank Roberts should he ever fully retire Some fifty years ago, Frank Roberts fell in love with Swanage during a family holiday, like many before him. To Leeds-born Frank it Read More…

Shapely bottoms and well-made bows

In recognition of Dorset and the wider Wessex region’s emergence as a fount of quality violin-making in the mid to late 20th century, bow maker and violin repairer Andrew Bellis has embarked on a project to collate details of makers. They include William Luff, for many Britain’s finest violin maker, who lived near Beaminster for Read More…

‘Photography is saving my life’

‘Not only is Brownsea Island a jewel in Poole’s crown, it is absolutely instrumental in me being here at all.’ Photographer Paul Williams is talking about the significance of Brownsea Island in his on-going recovery from the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that saw him make three serious attempts on his life following an incident Read More…

Bournemouth’s historic flight path

It should have been a landmark event, a chance for the aeroplane to affirm its place in public affections after playing a notable part in ‘the war to end war’, but instead the 1919 Schneider Trophy air race descended into farce in the fog between Bournemouth and Swanage. Already flying’s most famous piece of silverware, Read More…

The Swanage beach boy

‘I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,’ sighs Barry Wiggins as he sits in his hut on Swanage beach and stares out to sea. ‘Everything’s different. Well, nearly everything. One thing that hasn’t changed is the view; the Isle of Wight, that hasn’t changed.’ Barry has known the view from Swanage beach for Read More…

Bournemouth’s Bowl of music magic

Unlike many a fondly remembered music venue – tiny, tight and wont to overheating – Bournemouth’s Chelsea Village was the bee’s knees, the height of sophistication. When it opened in 1970 it was like nothing the town had seen before and within weeks it became a magnet for revellers from miles around. ‘We thought we Read More…

The Vinyl Say 027: The Who

In every collection there are records that get played all the time, many of them for years, decades even. Then there are those that, while no less treasured, somehow fall by the wayside to lie in wait, ripe for rediscovery. This series chronicles some of those nuggets as they resurface from my own back pages. Read More…

Dorchester’s Bones Museum

Already something of a mecca for museum-lovers, Dorchester now has another one thanks to the restless curiosity of local entrepreneur Stephen Ware. Having collected film and sci-fi memorabilia since the age of eleven, last year he decided to sell it all and invest the proceeds in a new collection… of skeletons and taxidermy. In October Read More…