Monday, 29 December 2014

29/12/14: Railway Modeller Free Special Excursion DVD

Third disc found in about 15 minutes. Must be something to do with the time of year. This one was in the road at Tally Ho Corner, Finchley. I was nearly run over taking the photograph, but it was worth it. The text reads:
A special presentation from RAILWAY MODELLER
A lively and entertaining DVD programme brought to you by the Railway Modeller team with guest TV presenter and railway historian Paul Atterbury

29/12/14: Princo Budget – “09”

This Princo Budget disc was in pieces on Avenue Road, Finchley, N12, about 50 metres away from the Tesco CD-R I had located just minutes earlier. The lower picture shows how the disc was when I found it. The upper image shows the same disc once fitted back together. Written clearly at the top is “09”. Ninth disc in a series? Or mix CD compiled in 2009? No way of knowing, but I am guessing the latter. Unlikely to play.

29/12/14: Tesco CD-R – WKUD?

This Tesco-branded CD-R was nestling beside the drain on the High Road between North Finchley and Whetstone. The disc appears unlabelled except for a scrawl at the top possibly reading “WKUD”. Unlikely to play.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

21/12/14: Pile of CDs

The Boots/Waitrose car park in Whetstone has been an ongoing source of abandoned CDs. These dumped discs seem to be a further clutch of bootlegged videogames, left on the floor near the recycling unit and partially covered by a pair of soiled knickers.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

20/12/14: NBA Basketball 2000 / Street Fighter EX2 Plus

Found on the leafy verge just metres to the left of "mp3 85" "Best" in Whetstone's Boots/Waitrose car park, these PlayStation game discs appear to be pirate copies if the dodgy repro is anything to go by. There were some more, deep in the hedge, but I was unwilling to scramble around in the litter.

20/12/14: "mp3 85" "Best"

The text on this Discvision-branded CD-R (found in the Waitrose/Boots car park, Whetstone) reads "mp3 85" "Best". Is that two titles or one? And does this consist of mp3s of music from 1985 only? If so, that's an impressively specific theme for a mix CD. To the left of this text is a cryptic script in a language I am unfamiliar with.

Friday, 12 December 2014

15/12/14: Camden Communion

Found in Camden at night, hence the especially poor photography. This is the first boxed CD find. Communion, it turns out, is the fifth album by Swedish group The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Keeping the box sealed is a British Heart Foundation sticker, which reads "Listen to me, then bring me back again". The album artwork seems designed to resemble an insurance advert or perhaps a brochure for luxury retirement homes.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

11/12/14: USB LAN Driver

Found on Great Bushey Drive, Whetstone.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

06/12/14: Lyonsdown Road, New Barnet

This Verbatim-branded CD-R was looking good in the winter light. Nothing written on the disc.

Monday, 1 December 2014

01/12/14: Alexandra Grove, Finchley, N12

Found where Alexandra Grove meets Nether Street. Unlikely to play.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

29/11/14: Kansas Zac Brown Coldplay

Kansas, Zac Brown and Coldplay seem an improbable combination, but here they are together on a Sony CD-R found in the Boots car park in Whetstone. Unlikely to play.

Friday, 28 November 2014

28/11/14: Will and Grace, series 4, episodes #18–22, Ridgeview Road, N20

Probably not the best place to start for someone new to the series. Unlikely to play.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

27/11/14: Maxell CD-R, Stanhope Street, Camden

Yet more evening treasure from Stanhope Street. This unlabelled Maxell CD-R was being slowly covered by mud and leaves.

27/11/14: 100 Anthems: Ibiza and Phill Collins, Fitzroy St, W1

In a deep puddle on Fitzroy Street (opposite Saatchi & Saatchi), between the curb and a white van, I spied two abandoned CDs. Upon their retrieval from the murky depths, these were revealed to be a Datasafe-branded CD-R with "Phill Collins" (sic) written on it, plus "100 Anthems: Ibiza". The large "02" in the centre of the latter indicates that this is disc two of a five-disc set (which, the web reveals, was released in 2008 by Apace Music).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

25/11/14: CD 3 Bangla, Stanhope Street, Camden

This Staples CD-R was found on Stanhope Street in Camden in almost the same spot as True Brits and also "Kigdavid If I Die Young". Poor evening light. Although damp from close contact with fallen leaves, it was in surprisingly good condition.

Monday, 24 November 2014

24/11/14: Bashment Nation Old Skool Vs New Skool

Found on the traffic island just outside Mornington Crescent tube station. This disc doubles up as a flyer for a club night from just last Friday. But it's a proper CD, too. Information reads:

"Bashment Nation
Old Skool Vs New Skool

Buy 1 get 1 free
£10 tickets until 1st Nov 2014

Friday 21st November 2014
@Industry Niteclub
2 Chesnut Road N17 9EN

No ID = no entry no exception
11pm–6am door close @2:30 am

This picture looks out of focus. In fact, the ink has run on the disc – making the wording hard to read.

Monday, 17 November 2014

17/11/14: True Brits, Stanhope Street, Camden

Second find of the day. This CD was produced in 2004 by the News of the World newspaper, and found in the gutter just metres from where I found "Kigdavid If I Die Young". The completely random, somewhat horrifying tracklisting runs as follows:
1. Mis-Teeq – "Scandalous"
2. Duran Duran – "New Moon on Monday"
3. Feeder – "Just The Way I'm Feeling"
4. Paul Weller – "Wild Wood"
5. Moloko – "The Time is Now"
6. Toploader – "Dancing in the Moonlight"
7. David Gray – "Sell Sell Sell"
8. Babybird – "You're Gorgeous"
9. Spandau Ballet – "Through the Barricades"
10. The Farm – "All Together Now".
Next to the disc was a plastic CD storage box, empty. Taken at night, this is not the best-quality image.

17/11/14: AppleCare Protection Plan TechTool Deluxe

Unusually, this was on the pavement, rather than in the road. It was at the top of Totteridge Lane in Whetstone, just next to Boots (opposite Ask).

Thursday, 13 November 2014

13/11/14: Naylor Road, N20 – second find

"System repair disc" is the text on this CD-R, itself in grave need of repair.

13/11/14: Naylor Road, N20 – first find

As with the clear disc near Regent's Park on 9th July, not a CD as such but the "fake" disc that comes at the top of a CD-R spindle. This has a purple hue. And it looks as though someone has taken a bite out of it.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

26/10/14: Paloma kids Akiu labels

An extraordinary month for abandoned CDs continued and concluded with this Tesco CD-R at the edge of the High Road in Whetstone. The writing on the disc appears to say "Paloma kids Akiu labels", but almost certainly doesn't say that. Any ideas?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

25/10/14: Country: Modern to Timeless Country Classics (disc one)

Found at the edge of Mays Lane, EN5. No sign of disc two. Released in 1999, this compilation includes Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, The Mavericks and many others. Highlights (I am checking the tracklisting on Amazon) are "Jolene" by Dolly Parton and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" by Kenny Rogers. The lowlights are "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus and "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" by Dr. Hook. Is the latter even country? The disc has sustained some damage, but it's rather attractive. Claw marks?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19/10/14: Barnet Odeon disc bonanza – 6 of 6: Mavado Mr. Brooks......

Sixth of six CDs on the Great North Road, Hertfordshire, EN5. "Mavado Mr. Brooks......" is written on this Sony CD-R. According to Wikipedia, "Mr. Brooks...A Better Tomorrow is the second studio album by Jamaican artist Mavado. The album was recorded during 2008 and 2009."

19/10/14: Barnet Odeon disc bonanza – 5 of 6: ASDA

Fifth of six CDs on the Great North Road, Hertfordshire, EN5. An unlabelled ASDA CD-R.

19/10/14: Barnet Odeon disc bonanza – 4 of 6: Reggae For Cyprus 2011

Fourth of six CDs on the Great North Road, Hertfordshire, EN5. This Sony CD-R, labelled "Reggae For Cyprus 2011", is my favourite of the six. Note the neat handwriting, the carefully inserted "u" in "Cyprus" and the little picture of the sun. You can imagine the owner's optimisim about the holiday and how it might be further enhanced by this compilation.

19/10/14: Barnet Odeon disc bonanza – 3 of 6: TDK

Third of six discs found on the Great North Road in Hertfordshire, EN5. A TDK CD-R. Unlikely to play.

19/10/14: Barnet Odeon disc bonanza – 2 of 6: "How High" Signalex DVD

Second of the six discs found in the Great North Road, Hertfordshire, EN5. Not a CD-R, but a DVD-R in the "Signalex" brand. How High was apparently a 2001 romantic comedy directed by Jesse Dylan and starring Method Man and Redman.

19/10/14: Barnet Odeon disc bonanza – 1 of 6: Polaroid

While driving past the Barnet Odeon on the Great North Road, Hertfordshire, EN5, yesterday evening, I spied an entire spindle of abandoned CDs in the middle of the road. There was nowhere to park, and light was fading, so I went back this morning. The spindle had vanished (it would have been a hazard for drivers), but there were still six CDs – scattered a few metres apart – at the edge of the road. This one was an unlabelled Polaroid CD-R.

Monday, 13 October 2014

14/10/14: Capper Street, WC1

This Imation CD-R was in the gutter on Capper Street, WC1, just a metre or so from Tottenham Court Road. The latter is proving to be a fertile source of abandoned CDs and October 2014 has been unusually generous in disc offerings. This one is unlikely to play.

13/10/14: Tottenham Court Road CD-R in the rain

Inches from the gutter of Tottenham Court Road, just outside Warren Street tube station. Unlikely to play.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

11/10/14: Philips CD-R, Leisure Way

Just opposite the Vue Cinema and Hollywood Bowl in North Finchley, this Philips CD-R lay on the pavement near the bus stop on Leisure Way. Unlikely to play.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

05/10/14: Southover, Woodside Park

Third CD in four days. Incredible. This was on the post of a garden wall facing onto Southover, a road in Woodside Park, N12. Some abandoned discs have a better time of it than others. This unlucky blighter had been separated from its other half, which was nowhere to be seen. Flipping over the disc revealed it to be a Maxell CD-R with nothing written on it.

Friday, 3 October 2014

03/10/14: Iron Age – Concussion of the Brain, Courthouse Road, Finchley, N12

Two abandoned CDs in two days: things are looking up. Iron Age's Concussion of the Brain was found by the kerb on Courthouse Road in Finchley, N12. As well as showing a picture of a brain, the CD lists four tracks:
1. Schizophrenia
2. Brainless
3. Intelligence
4. Mind Control
I am guessing that the genre is heavy metal. The small print shows that this was released on Crossroads Records in 1995.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

02/10/14: "Kigdavid If I Die Young", Stanhope Street, Camden

Unmarked Polaroid CD-R found on the kerbside. The insert paper (inside a plastic wallet) says "Kigdavid If I Die Young" and shows a YouTube page that presumably contains the relevant video. According to YouTube, as of today, "Kigdavid If I Die Young" has been viewed 511 times and received 16 thumbs-ups. I haven't done this previously, but for some reason I decided to keep this CD. If you're out there, Kigdavid, and you would like it back, get in touch...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

16/09/14: "Mix 18-04-10", Totteridge & Whetstone tube

Found this Tesco CD-R on the corner where the station car park road emerges into Totteridge Lane. Enigmatic. On Sunday 18th April 2010, the main talking point was air-flight disruption owing to eruptions of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Thousands of flights were cancelled. The skies were silent, but for the sound of birds. It was a joy to behold. It's nice to think that this mix CD might have been compiled to celebrate that special sense of quiet, while simultaneously erasing it.

Monday, 15 September 2014

15/09/14: Lady fragment, Camden kerb

Who is the mysterious lady with the red flower in her hair? If I knew this, I might be able to work out what the disc is/was.

Friday, 22 August 2014

22/08/14: Sutied & Booted: Disc 1, Llety Brongu, South Wales

"Sutied & Booted: Disc 1", found in a lay-by next to Llety Brongu Farm near Llangynwyd in South Wales. It does actually say "Sutied", not "Suited". No sign of disc 2 or any subsequent volumes.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

17/08/14: Dodgy CD, Totteridge

Found in a driveway in Totteridge. The less said about this one the better.

Monday, 21 July 2014

21/07/14: Music down the drain, Hutton Grove, Finchley, N12

What's left of the text suggests something to do with "Philadelphia". But did this TDK disc's contents relate to the city in Pennsylvania, the 1993 film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, or the cream cheese? Unlikely to play.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

09/07/14: Clear disc near Regent's Park

Strictly speaking, not a CD. It's one of those transparent circles that sits at the top of a CD-R spindle.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

21/06/14: In the mud outside Sequoia nightclub, High Road, Whetstone

Sequoia has now closed down. According to the Barnet and Whetstone Press, on 7th April 2014: "Sequoia, in High Road, Whetstone, had its premises licence rescinded following a meeting of the council's Licensing Sub-Committee in Hendon Town Hall, in The Burroughs, last Wednesday... Complaints from residents included noise from the nightclub and from its customers leaving late at night, litter and antisocial behaviour. Unlikely to play. 

Monday, 9 June 2014

09/06/14: Maxell MQ MasterQuality, edge of Regent’s Park

This Maxell CD-R was found just a few metres away from the "Joody Rahat, Coke Studio" disc, suggesting a connection.

09/06/14: "Joody Rahat, Coke Studio", edge of Regent’s Park

This Verbatim disc was found just a few metres away from the "Maxell MC MasterQuality" CD-R, suggesting a connection.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

27/05/14: "Artwork Boys/Men", Tottenham Court Road

Not in good shape at all, this one. What kind of "artwork" of boys/men did this contain?

27/05/14: "Okomo Mountain wing boot replacement" (and nameless pal), Tottenham Court Road

Considering their location in the middle of Tottenham Court Road, these discs were in surprisingly good condition. Why was the labelling so thorough for the Imation disc, but non-existent for the other?

27/05/14: "Anna artworks", Tottenham Court Road

“Anna artworks” are very likely connected with the “Artwork Boys/Men" disc, found just metres away.