Get your bags here
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Horsleys is a new name in the bag supply business. The firm, based in Reading, UK, supplies "a range of block bottomed airsickness bags to suit your needs". Click here for more.
Thanks to George for the heads-up, and for a delightful package of Easyjet bags.
Bags in the press
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Photo: John Baxter
British baggist Aidan Stradling reports on "a publication that hit the book shops shortly before Christmas. It's a rather natty book called "Men and Collections".
Coming from the same stable that produced "Men and Sheds" the previous year, it contains a series of cameo pen pictures and photographs of men and their weird and wonderful collections.
Well, you've guessed it - the sick bags are in there. Pictured alongside yours truly. Available from all good book shops - and amazon.co.uk, of course.
There are some rather amazing collections featured - definitely a book worth a look!
On the left is the pic of Aidan from the book. Hint: if you want to keep your bags in mint condition, do not spread them out on the floor and lie on them.
I'm trying to get Aidan to take that vintage Air France bag out from under his elbow and to send it to me.
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Here's "the shirt that made barf bags cool", from French baggiste Gilles Beger.
Created for him by a professional designer from Kenzo, it features the Emirates cartoon, the Libyan Arab Airlines logo, and an ethnic motif from Air Afrique. Along with many other memorable bag designs.
Still waiting for this shirt to appear in the Kenzo summer collection.
Sealing it in
Monday, January 19, 2004
The TANS Perú bag has a mysterious instructions "HERE AQUI" and a plastic strip-cum-handle fixed to it.
I appealed for help on how to use it.
Armando Valdez Power of TANS Perú's marketing department kindly responded:
"I was taking a look to your web site and I noticed you are wondering how to use the strip plastic in our Air Sickness Bag. You have to tear one of the sides of the strip plastic and then wrap around the plastic bag to keep it closed."
Perhaps someone with some spare TANS bags can try this out and tell me if it works. I don't want to ruin my only precious specimen of this bag.
From bag to dust
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Help - my bags are falling apart in my hands!
I picked up my Biodegradable Dog Tidy dogshit bag, and it crumbled into dust.
What should I do? It didn't even have any dogshit in it!
Preservation hints here, please.
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Alaskan collector Bruce Kelly reports that barfbags have featured on magazine covers:
I ran across some old Mad Magazines in a flea market and noted some with covers that showed barf bags. I then proceeded to collect all 4 known mags featuring barf bags on the cover. At the time I was also hopeful I might discover some clever bag inserts in the magazines, but no luck. They are just covers.
The cover of Mad4 (shown on the left) illustrates perhaps another use for bags, although I would consider it quite a dangerous act to perform today, particularly with the advent of armed sky marshals.
Click here to see all four Mad covers.
What if there's no barfbag?
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
What should you do if you feel that queasy rumble in your stomach? You grope in your seat pocket, you pull out the airline safety card, the menu, the in-flight magazine, the catalogue of duty-free items, and a half-eaten sachet of stale peanuts... but there's no barfbag.
Sadly, this is not an unusual occurrence. Budget-strapped airlines are skimping on even basic necessities. Low-cost fliers charge you extra for seat cushions and visits to the loo. Burgeoning numbers of bag collectors rampage through aircraft, pillaging airsickness bags as they go.
The answer to your dilemma is on the left: puke into your neighbour's shirt pocket. "In an emergency: sometimes you don't have the little bag handy when you really need it", it says.
This useful idea is from Was tun mit nutzlosen Männer by Scott Wilson and Jasmin Waltz (Lappan, 2002). This book is an adaptation of Things You Can Do With a Useless Man.
20 bags for Christmas
Monday, January 05, 2004
Kevin Middleton of Melbourne wanted to get rid of his bag collection, so he sent it to me. 20 bags new to this collection! I can't thank him personally as there was no return address on the bagpack that arrived in my letterbox. Many thanks, Kevin!