Retro computer made by Leeds-based Systime computer may not be a great addition to one's business or home office but it remains a captivating keystroke in the history of British technology. The nostalgic device has been recently featured in Leeds to Innovation, a newly-online exhibition exploring some of Leeds' most impressive inventions. It was also one of the key components in the little known rise and fall of a global tech giant. Systime was established in and quickly became one of the largest computing firms in the UK.
The shop, which was formerly the Manna House, brings together a host of bright and edgy vintage clothing, vinyl records, retro gifts, handmade household items as well as up-cycled furniture. The project is the brainchild of Northampton-born business partners Matthew Lewis-Crick and Julie Teckman who think the contents of their shop could help to uplift Northampton's shopping scene again. We want to uplift Northampton and make it [Vintage Guru] somewhere that people can come back into town for. Matthew added: "Everything is all about local independents really and giving them the opportunity to get on the high street - whereas if they were on their own they wouldn't be able to afford the rates and wouldn't be able to afford the upkeep of staffing the shop. Traders stock up on a daily basis so they keep it fresh and current. The shop is open seven days a week from 11am until 7pm Monday to Saturday and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday. News you can trust since
Using the past as if there were no tomorrow has become a feature of 21 st century culture, often expressed through the terms retro and vintage. Differing from previous revival cultures oriented towards a distant past, retro and vintage are defined in their focus on the recent past, decades instead of centuries ago, and by being based on the reintroduction of the mass-produced objects of modern culture invested with authenticity and value, happening in an interplay of irony and nostalgia. This article will explore the terms retro and vintage through a defining introduction of the concepts and their cultural historical background and contemporary uses. The synchronous popularisation and specialisation in contemporary practice is illustrated with reference to the publications Scandinavian Retro and Retro Gamer — lavish popular magazines dedicated to vintage living design and vintage video games respectively.
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