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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

25 cent machine sells for $210,000

A 25 Cent Caille Roulette Gambling Slot Machine sold for $210,000 plus 10% buyer's premium and 7% sales tax at the Las Vegas Victorian Casino Antique Auction last weekend - surely a new record in the world of slot machine collecting.

Meanwhile, back home at the Brighton Jukebox Show, moans were heard from exhibitors about the lack of visitors. The move from Copthorne does not seem to have paid off. I think the venue could have been filled had the affluent, upwardly mobile and trendy folk of Brighton known what was taking place within a mile of their town...

Sad to see a pile of rusting scrap iron in the sea, the ravaged remains of the old West Pier. A national heritage tragedy with a grubby narrative of neglect, procrastination, greed and wanton destruction to rival Brighton Rock.

Sad also (to a lesser degree) to see John Hayward's vintage arcade closed and surrounded by scaffolding and boards. I trust it's being renovated for the Summer season?

Wednesday, April 06, 2005