JAMES BRAXTON As seen on BBC's Bargain Hunt and Flog It

Sunday, April 18, 2004
Pass them Apples
Poor Posh, there can be no crueler blow than the swipe of snobbery, delivered by Rebecca Loos. Not only has she allegedly pinched Posh's man, but now she delivers a critic on her children's manners. Cruel as itis, we still have an insatiable desire for gossip, which I believe is healthy, as it undermines poposity, whose cousin must be political correctness.

Wednesday saw the repeat of the Flog It biscuit tin. I remember the valuation day, and sale day well. I drove to Reading early Sunday morning to be greeted by the debris of Reading festival, party goers clutching pints of milk, correcting chemical imbalances in attempt to last just one more day. I went to school just outside Reading and remember running the gauntlet of punks loitering outside Reading Station. Punks were a general hazard of any school child in the late 1970's , but through a celebration of aggression, they stirred up some creative juices, embodied by the Clash and Joy Division. Its ironic that such a generation are now effectively the public face of the media, names such as Jonathan Ross and Ruby Wax. Reading had 2 big businesses, one was Huntley and Palmers and the other was Metal Box. The collaboration was not too dissimelair to Royal Doulton and the Lambeth school of Art. Two neighbouring businesses finding mutual ground in art. Interestingly, Joy Division's double album came in a film reel like box, made by guess who, yes Metal Box. So to the Huntley Palmers novelty biscuit tin modellled as a Thames river launch which went on to make a staggering £1,400. This really seems to have caught the viewers imagination, and was more exciting to witness.