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Things you see in the market

Thursday is market day, and for once we were out early enough to catch it.

I don’t know if we have the equivalent of these open air markets in the States. Maybe we do and I somehow missed it. I spent many happy hours in flea markets, but that’s not the same (the flea market equivalent here is the car boot sale, and we’re never out early enough to catch those).

This is all new stuff. Some of it scruffy and cheap. Some of it not so scruffy and cheap. Some of it not so scruffy and not so cheap. Some of it from local stores at pretty much their regular prices.

There’s food and clothes and jewelry and shoes and tools and pet food and incense and household goods. There’s a Persian parfumier and a fake Indian (feather Indian, not dot Indian) selling dream catchers. There used to be a baker who came over from France. There’s cheese and crabs and rutabegas (which they call swedes). There’s a big book stall and a guy with a wok and statues of the Buddha and flowers. It’s a pretty Dickensian day.

The market seems to fill an important niche in the local economy. Buses full of bluehairs turn up on the day. In a land where everything is very, very expensive, it’s a place to go to get cheap garbage bags and wooden clothes pins.

Anyhoo, as we were leaving, I said to Uncle B, “gosh, that guy looks like Tom Baker.”

And he was, like, “that’s probably because he’s Tom Baker.”

So, there you go, vintage Doctor Who fans. Wot I saw in the market today.


Comment from the fella what is called sandman and such like
Time: May 17, 2012, 10:54 pm

Stoaty, you seem to be having quite a time in your adopted land, over’ere. I miss Tom Baker’s Who but no one can fly a fake London Call Box forever, can they now?

That said, that’s very, very cool. You and Uncah B rock.


Comment from the fella what is called sandman and such like
Time: May 17, 2012, 10:55 pm


Sorry for getting that backwards, but hey, I are a hill billy.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:05 pm

Neither of us were fans of the series, but the Baker era was about when I was tuning in. I remember him from The Live and Loves of a She-Devil, a nasty but entertaining little series. Badly remade by Roseanne Barr spit.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:06 pm

That’s pretty cool. How’s he holding up? It’s been 30 years since he was The Doctor.

Comment from the fella what is called sandman and such like
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:21 pm

yeah, I’m mostly meh on the series, and the trashcan like dahleks (dahlink,Zsa Zsa?)but I preferred baker’s Who to the other shmoes who wore the silly scarf and flew the crappy phonebooth prop. The more recent shots of feminine leg in the phonebooth ? Now that’s a different story: the gals I likey. Dr Huh? Meh, not so much.

But I absolutely loved Red Dwarf, no question. You ever run into Rimmer over there?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:37 pm

Actually, he looked pretty good, Grom. He had this great, thick thatch of wavy white hair.

Never saw Red Dwarf, sandy. The glass guy from the Antiques Roadshow is a local, though. So there’s that.

Comment from Deborah
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:47 pm

Sigh. Husband will shop, but he won’t meander. To my knowledge, he’s never been to a garage sale in his life. A used car lot is as far as he’ll go.

Did you and Uncle Badger buy anything cool?

Comment from the fella what is called sandman and such like
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:54 pm

The dude from Red Dwarf did Robot Wars and I loved that stuff. Love me some explodin machines…

Comment from Redd
Time: May 17, 2012, 11:55 pm

There are local farmer/flea markets all over LA. Then there are the real big once a month flea markets in Pasadena and Long Beach. There are also a few smaller ones. Visitors always love them.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 18, 2012, 12:05 am

You’ve never seen Red Dwarf?…it’s the best thing that ever came out of British TV!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 18, 2012, 12:07 am

Uncle B is the shopper in this relationship, Deborah.

Let’s see. I bought a copper bracelet (only found out afterwards it’s one of those magnetic things), an incense burner, a big tupperware thingie to hold the chicken feed and three lovely scented bath bombs. Uncle B bought a pair of pants and a shirt and a big flower pot.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 18, 2012, 12:27 am

The flower pot was for my head, of course πŸ˜‰

Useless fact: Tom Baker was once a monk. No kidding.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 18, 2012, 12:46 am

@Sandman – The funny thing is how much the Russians seemed to like Daleks. They even built their own version…


Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: May 18, 2012, 12:53 am

Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker were the doctors of my childhood when the reruns were playing on PBS and TVO. Mr. Pertwee passed away in 1996, but I’m glad to know Tom’s still around and presumably doing well!

There’s something about walking up to Tom with a paper bag of Bassett’s Jelly Babies, holding them out, smiling and asking, “Jelly Baby?” that just makes me smile. Hopefully he’d get a kick out of it too.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 18, 2012, 2:06 am

When I visited Britain (way too many years ago) I saw Tom Baker on stage – in the title role of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 18, 2012, 2:38 am

Tom Baker (wswoon), has a lovely website with lots o’ anecdotes on his life. He has apparently written a book a two. I always stumble on to it, whenever I feel the need to immerse myself in the Doctor Who scarf porn.

The Husband swears he’ll knit me a scarf, but I’m still holding my breath on that one.

I’ve seen those types of markets in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Riyadh, SA, and Tel Aviv, Israel. As well as here in the States. It seems to be a universal thing. I love those places, for some reason I am fascinated by the chaos and variety of people.

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: May 18, 2012, 2:40 am

Tom’s not only still around, he’s still involved with Who, at least on an audio basis. He does audiobooks of new Who stories that feature his Doctor, sometimes with other original cast members like Louise Jameson (Leela). Maybe that’s TMI for you guys, but when I was 12 I had a thing for him. Now I’m 48 and have a thing for Matt Smith, which I guess makes me some kind of predator, in thought if not in deed. Oh the shame.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 18, 2012, 6:09 am

Baker’s book, the Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a disturbing little volume.

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 18, 2012, 10:12 am

4200 microSieverts per hour in Souda Greece? WTF????!!!!!!!

look at this – especially the end for Souda


Comment from mojo
Time: May 18, 2012, 2:10 pm

What, you didn’t say hello?

“You’re Tom Baker!”
“Yes, I know.”

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 18, 2012, 4:12 pm


It is perfectly legal. He’s around 28 or so, he was 25 when he first got the job. Although scrawny and pale, he’s got a dashing personality and a panty-dropper of a voice.

Not that I would ever ogle such a young thing, but it is a perfectly acceptable thing.
Besides, I was between the ages of 10-13 when I was convinced that I would be marrying Tom Baker. So, I understand love that is frowned upon by society, and I do not judge you. πŸ˜‰

Comment from David Gillies
Time: May 18, 2012, 4:13 pm

Tom Baker, followed by Peter Davison, were the Doctors of my youth. Apparently he’s as mad as lorries. Fun fact #2: Tom Baker was married (briefly) to Lalla Ward, who played one version of Romana. She’s the sister of the Earl of Bangor and married to Richard Dawkins now (she illustrates most of his books.) Douglas Adams introduced them at a party.

Comment from nightfly
Time: May 18, 2012, 4:18 pm

Baker was “my” Doctor, thanks (for once) to PBS.

It should be noted, in reply to “the fella…”, that only Baker had the scarf. In Peter Davison’s first adventure, he unravels the entire thing to leave a trail for himself back to the control room, because he’s lost in his own TARDIS.

Such great fun. Thanks to the BBC and Netflix, I’ve gotten to see many of the other guys at work too – all except Colin Baker, actually. Poor guy, everyone seems to want to forget he ever happened. The writing really was that bad, apparently.

Comment from Jon
Time: May 18, 2012, 4:37 pm

I’ve been to farmers markets in Massachusetts (there’s one in my town), Colorado and New Mexico. So, 3 states at least.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: May 18, 2012, 5:05 pm

Tom Baker was The Doctor to me also. Watched all of his episodes many times during the stoned idleness that was the early 80’s to me πŸ™‚ I was skeptical of the relaunch, but have been getting caught up on Netflix. Really fun getting my 10y/o son hooked on it…he prefers Matt Smith over David Tenant. I think both are great, and Amelia Pond’s character is the hawtness. Great writing, and nice to see real special fx. I do miss the toilet-plunger Daleks, tho.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 18, 2012, 5:07 pm

Not a farmer’s market, Jon. They do those, too, on a different day. This is more like a giant open air Woolworth’s.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: May 18, 2012, 7:11 pm

Stoatie: I told the cubs about you seeing Tom Baker in the market, and they’re totally jealous that you live in the same stomping grounds as him!

Comment from Jon
Time: May 18, 2012, 7:53 pm

Ah, little different then. My bad.

Comment from Nina
Time: May 18, 2012, 11:40 pm

I have a deep, dark, confession to make to y’all, my non-judgmental friends: I have never seen a single episode of any iteration of Doctor Who. I realize that this puts me at risk of being shunned by my peers, and I beg all of you to keep it to yourselves, as I expect that they will turn me away from the Manchester airport at customs should word get out.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 19, 2012, 1:49 am

Nina: I thought about saying “that’s ok, neither have I,” but realized that might not be a consoling thought, given my status as this blog’s flaming-liberal minion. But, just in case it might be of any comfort. . .I have never seen a single Doctor Who episode either, and I am abashed to admit that I feel no interest in doing so.


Comment from Nina
Time: May 19, 2012, 3:52 am

I do only because there are so many cultural references I only barely get. Kind of like not seeing the Avengers.

Bad Nina.

You’re a flaming liberal? What a shame! πŸ˜›

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: May 19, 2012, 4:29 am

Nina, Can’t Hark exaggerates a bit. She liked “–All You Zombies–“, so there’s hope. πŸ˜‰

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 19, 2012, 4:20 pm

@Can’t Hark & Nina,

{{{rends clothing}}} {{{gnashes teeth}}}

…wait what? I thought I was the RINOliberal of the bunch!

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 19, 2012, 4:27 pm

Feynmangroupie: There’s two of us? Don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know!

Although, actually, management here being pretty laissez-faire, they probably wouldn’t.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 19, 2012, 5:10 pm

That’s because I’m hard-core libertarian. I’d ban your asses buy Ayn Rand’s ghost would make me spontaneously combust.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 19, 2012, 6:50 pm

Actually, I’m more of a Anarcho-Capitalist/Objectivist with war-like tendencies and an a fondness for high-calibre weapons. I just don’t give a fig about what other people do with their lives, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my ability to live mine. Plus I’m a raging foaming-at-the mouth for abused/neglected animals and children, and want ultra-vengeance for them.
I’m also an environmentalist…just not into the climate change idiocy…I’ve seen too much of the science to accept that fiction.

Way too many contradictions to tow any party line. Apparently that makes me a liberal/RINO. So be it. I’ve never actually voted for a liberal, though.

I keep reading things that say it is wishy-washy to called oneself an “independent,” so I just do my best to be as contrary as possible. πŸ˜€

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 19, 2012, 10:25 pm

Thank you, ghost of Ayn Rand!

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