Archive for January, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2008 by norvenmunky

‘M Khan is Bent’



Its not known whom M Khan was, or indeed still is, but they achieved a certain amount of notoriety by having their ‘bentness’ advertised across North East London. Whomever started the campaign certainly made their mark, quite literally. A fellow modeller reported seeing the same slogan on the North Circular road bridge under the ECML, a couple of hundred yards from this scene, and it’s certainly been seen elsewhere. I first was aware of it in the late 1970’s from the slogan that you can see painted behind the train and wondered was he bent (1970’s terminology), or financially corrupt?

Considering the scale of the insult, (see pic), why did the man who painted it choose to use the polite form ‘M. Kahn’ – as if he was writing a letter to his bank manager? Perhaps he didn’t know Mr Kahn’s first name, in which case he can’t have known him very well – in which case it seems a bit much to go and paint definitive statements about his sexual orientation six feet high on the East Coast Main Line.
And perhaps even more intriguing, why was M.Kahn himself, no doubt a resident of the Finchley area and well able to contact the British Rail, content to leave the message there for over a decade? Is it possible that he wrote it himself? Which would suggest that the graffiti was not in fact an insult, but the biggest sex-advert in the world. Perhaps we’ll never know.

I also found this on a trawl through the dingy corners of the interweb. Note the use of the word ‘Bent’, and the date, sound about right.

DPP v Camplin [1978] A.C. 705 (House of Lords)
Lord Diplock:
“Camplin, who was 15 years of age, killed a middle-aged Pakistani, Mohammed Lal Khan, by splitting his skull with a chapati pan…At the time the two of them were alone together in Khan’s flat…According to the story that he had told…Khan had buggered him in spite of his resistance and had then laughed at him. Whereupon Camplin had lost his self-control and attacked Khan fatally with the chapati pan…”

Not so much M Khan is bent, as M Khan is dead, methinks.

Next week we look at Kropotkin. An anarchic geographer, who’s passion was for creeping into classrooms at night and changing the name of the countries on the globes. Allegedly.

Picture Copyright Hugh Dady, East Coast Main Line, New Southgate 1981.


Busy Being Fabulous

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2008 by norvenmunky

That’ll be all the interweb accident investigators, busy being fabulous with their detailed knowledge of the accident to BA038 on Thursday afternoon. No doubt eager for knowledge they’ll scan the net, going from forum to forum, chat group to chat group, exchanging trivia and meaningless data. Ooh it run out of fuel etc etc etc …

My bet if you want a fiver on it, having worked with other planes that have done similar types of things, is ‘computer said nah…’ Ctrl+Alt+Del

Do Something

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2008 by norvenmunky


Well its new years day, I didn’t know it was New years day of course, I was tucked up in bed with the moby turned off. Only seems right with a ‘Oh my god it’s early’ start, otherwise I’d have been sending HNY texts to one and all at about 07:00am just to get my own back.

The new year usually brings vows of action, weight loss, hair loss, celibacy, celibacy??? This year should be one of the most interesting for a number of years of modelling for me. I have a layout to do in N gauge, and requests to do more writing, from several sources which is good fun. I have Albion Yard to complete, that hopefully by mid year, the N gauge layout also by then too.

Hopefully I won’t get too sidetracked by things like the new 7mm house by JLTRT of which I have a few test pieces to play with which you can see blu-tacked together for a couple of test shots above and below.

The houses look really good when built in terraces with the uniformity of simple workers terraces from the industrial revolution. They effectively span from the Victorian era to the present day. I really want to get a couple of these and go to town on them so to speak, they have so much potential, just like the new year ahead of us.

HNY if i haven’t got your text No!