Blog – Home Videos 1992-1995

Whilst most 11-year-olds were out discovering girls, a certain Black Country-accented – and rather camp – Mr Tom was busy nurturing the Grundy media empire.

In addition to the weekly family newspaper and radio show, I founded ‘TGTV’ where I’d hand over to myself, and back to myself, within my bedroom ‘studio’ – all with Yamaha keyboard accompaniment. CNN, it ain’t! (Though our levels of journalistic integrity are probably comparable). Highlights include: An epic magic show (including incredible Uri Gellar-style spoon bending), news & local weather, early evidence of self-righteous hippy conscience and Santa NOT caught on film.

View on YouTube here (There is an interactive, clickable timeline in the info section.)

After digitizing and restoring many hours of VHS footage, I put together a few other compilations, including a medley of numbers from my primary school band. We toured other schools in the West Midlands performing unique renditions of Barbra Streisand hits, ‘The Theme from Lovejoy’, Bryan Adams’s ‘Everything I Do’ etc…

I recall feeling particularly rock-n-roll, as – although I was offered ‘lead keyboard’, I rejected it in favour of remaining on ‘bass keyboard’. Be sure to look out for bonus footage of yours truly playing ‘Boy With Limp‘, in our splendid production of The Pied Piper. Oscar-worthy.

Japan – Videography

Easter backpacking in Tokyo, Japan. Footage from Ginza, Tsukiji Fish Market, Harajuku, Shibuya and Shinjuku.

0:00 – Shibuya, 2:09 – Tokyo Metro, 2:30 – Ginza & Sony Building, 3:10 – Tokyo Tower, 3:19 – Harajuku, 3:31 – Shinjuku, 3:49 – Tsukiji Fish Market, 5:55 – Slideshow.

Tokyo – A rare Sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine.

0:00 – Sumo, 3:49 – Sumo pantomime, 6:30 – Yasukuni Shrine, 7:20 – Slideshow.

Tokyo – In search of the weird and wonderful in Japan. Footage from Akihabara – a maid cafe and Meguro Parasitological Museum.

Tokyo – Asakusa & Meiji Shrine

0:00 – Asakusa Shrine ???? Senso-Ji Shrine, 2:10 – Korean food in Asakusa, 2:57 – Capsule Hotel, 3:14 – Meiji Shrine.

Kyoto & Nara – Cherry Blossom Season

0:08 – Shinkansen Bullet Train, 1:00 – Kyoto, 2:05 – Path of Philosophy Cherry Blossom, 3:12 – Geisha Show, 4:16 – Fushimi Inari Taisha, 5:10 – Sagano Bamboo Forest, 5:59 – Nara, 6:49 – Slideshow.