Monday, 29 June 2015

29/06/15: IELTS 8

Found in Stanhope Street, NW1. Text reads: “IELTS 8: Examination Papers Cambridge ESOL, CD 2 of 2”. Of course, CD 1 of 2 was nowhere to be seen. Had this educational aid been thrown away after an exam in a moment of joy (no longer needed)? Or had it been trashed in advance of the exam in a state of despair (why even bother with revision)?

Monday, 15 June 2015

15/06/15: Sangeeta/Salim Khan presents

Yet more treasure from Stanhope Street, NW1. "Sangeeta" (top right) could be the record label or artiste. “Salim Khan presents” reads the text at top centre. If anyone reading this can translate the rest and/or identify the CD, please let me know. Significant scratches and denting have occurred, but the disc remains in one piece.

15/06/15: Sarah Single Track 92

Stanhope Street, NW1. Was "Sarah" the recipient of this Maxell CD-R, the person who burned the disc or the artiste whose work the disc captured? Does "Single Track 92" refer to an isolated, one-off song or to a song that was released as a single? And why "92"? So many questions.

Friday, 5 June 2015

05/06/15: Dr. Dre – 2001

On the thin strip of pavement in the middle of the road outside Mornington Crescent tube station was this Dr. Dre CD. Contrary to its title, 2001 was released in 1999. I am not familiar with the work of the good doctor (indeed, he may not even be an actual doctor), so had to go online for information. Wikipedia states that this album "contains gangsta rap themes such as violence, promiscuity, drug use, street gangs, and crime". The same handy resource claims that 2001 "has sold 7,664,000 copies in the United States". Clearly, it sold at least one copy in North London too. There were some interesting scratch marks on the left- and right-hand sides of the disc. Unlikely to play.