Seven Years of Alchemy

 


By Lee Harris

On April Fools Day in 1972, the Alchemy stall began trading in the indoor market at 253 Portobello Road. It came about and grew out of the needs of the alternative culture that spawned around Ladbroke Grove. It was a colourful time when nearly everyone you met had either just come back from India, or was about to embark on the overland journey. They had acquired a taste for Oriental and ethnic items such as incense, perfumed oils, balms and henna. Chillums from the East and sibsi’s from Morocco were the way you smoke dope, besides rolling a three skinned joint.

To me it has always been a sort of magical stall, reflecting the current of events and people that flow through the Portobello on a Saturday. At the tide of the great gurus you encountered beatific smiles and enlightened spirits, and everyone was into macrobiotics and the like. It was a period when the oriental root ginseng was eagerly sort after by a band of fervent devotees and out of alchemy came from the Emperor Ginseng Company, which sells ginseng and royal jelly to this day. At the end of our first year we put out the Alchemical Almanac and Handbook of Herbal Highs, which is now long out of print, and a year later the Guide to the East, an account of the overland journey to India and as the passing show unfolded we brought out the Brain Storm Commix series, which featured Bryan Talbot’s trilogy of the adventures of Chester P. Hakenbush, the psychedelic alchemist and out of this experience came the magazine you are now reading, Home Grown. In all we have now published over 130,000 copies over the years, which have been read by a great many more people, and have drifted to many a distant shore.

To think it all came out of a Saturday stall in the Portobello, out of the desires and wants, and the changing times of the god folk who passed through there over the years, stopping awhile to have a chat and buy a pipe or packet of skins. It is to all of you Alchemy says a big thank you for these seven years of Alchemy.

Here’s to the wisdom of the weed and the many strange and beautiful people I have met through it.

Stay high!

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Brio Refillable e-Cigarette Kit

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in e-cigarettes, Vaporisers | 0 comments

Brio Refillable e-Cigarette Kit

The tank vaporizer is an e-cigarette with a rechargeable battery, and the user fills the clearomizer with the e-liquid. The brio vaporizer is probably the safest and most comfortable on the market. This is because it is the first vaporizer with the flexible anti-filter mouthpiece. The mouthpiece has a clearomizer sealing system that prevents the filtering of the e-liquid.

Its flexibility is also more comfortable for the user and prevent knocks against the teeth. It is also fitted with the Overcharge Protection Chip, which stops the battery from overheating when it is charged. A charged battery provides around 800 puffs (equivalent to about 4 packets of traditional cigarettes) and a clearomizer full of e-liquid provides arround 600 puffs (equivalent to about 3 packets of traditional cigarettes).

FLEXIBLE TIP ANTI-FILTERING
One of the most confortable and safe vaporizer tank.

OVERCHARGE PROTECTION CHIP
Allows a 100% safe charge.

2 battery colours: black and red

Tech Specs

Nº puffs filled cartomizer: 600
Nº puffs filled battery: 800
Battery capacity: 650 mah 3.7v
Battery life: 300 charges
Liquid volume: 1.6 ml
Diameter (mm): 14
Length (mm): 129
USB charger: Yes

Instructions for use

Unscrew the mouthpiece. Using a bottle of e-liquid (the brio e-liquids are recommended), fill the clearomizer by the side walls up to 1.6 mls.

VERY IMPORTANT: do not insert the e-liquid into the hole in the metal tube in the centre of the clearomizer; this is the air conductor (if this happens, remove the e-liquid before using the product).

Screw the mouthpiece back on (taking care not to use excessive force) and the device is now ready for use. The clearomizer can be filled with e-liquid several times. After about 15-20 times it is advisable to change it as it becomes less effective.

It is advisable to fully charge the battery before using the device for the first time.

To switch the device on and off, press the LED button 5 times in quick succession. The LED button will flash when this is done correctly.

When the clearomizer is full of e-liquid, keep the LED button pressed down and inhale at the same time to use the brio tank vaporizer.

When the LED button flashes 10 times the battery needs recharging. To do this, unscrew the battery from the clearomizer and connect it to the USB charger, connect the charger to any USB port (the red light means it is charging).

Once the battery is fully charged (3 hours approximately) the light will turn green and the battery is ready for use.

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Echoes of the underground – A Footsoldier’s Tales – Ebook

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Books, Comics, Music & Films | 0 comments

Echoes of the underground – A Footsoldier’s Tales – Ebook

Echoes of the Underground by Lee Harris

JUST PUBLISHED ON BARNCOTT PRESS!

www.barncottpress.com

AVAILABLE TO BUY HERE

Paper back version will be coming soon

Echoes of the Underground: A Foot Soldiers Tale is a unique collection of ‘underground’ writings by Lee Harris, the majority of which were originally published in the  ’alternative press’ of the 60′s and 70′s; International TimesOzHome Grown and ‘Other Scenes’ .

The collection includes writings on the ‘Beat Generation’, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, the 60′s theatre revolution, and the South African apartheid era (Lee was one of the few white members of the ‘African National Congress’and met Nelson Mandela).

There is some interesting material covering the ‘War on Drugs’ and the early days of the ‘Legalise Cannabis’ movement – as you might expect from the publisher of Home Grown, Europe’s first cannabis magazine.

 

Also included are rare interviews with beat poet Michael McClure, the director of the musical HAIR Tom O’Horgan, the man who ‘turned on’ Timothy Leary by giving him some L.S.D., Michael Hollingshead, and Harry Shapiro, author of ‘Waiting for the Man’ and the Jimi Hendrix biography‘Electric Gypsy’.

Some unpublished work is included in this insightful and personal collection of writing which covers some of the most exciting and revolutionary times in recent world history.

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* Price (£4.00) varies according to location and rate of the dollar.

 

AMAZON KINDLE:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C6OCTNY

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Shisha-lite charcoals

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012 in Hookahs, Smoking Accessories, Tobacco alternatives | 0 comments

Shisha-lite charcoals

Each pack comes with 80 pieces of quick lighting charcoal, for use with you shisha hookah,

Simply light the charcoal with a lighter or matches and the charcoal will provide all the heat you will need to enjoy your smoking mixture using you hookah.

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Flavoured Herbal Shisha Molasses

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Flavoured Herbal Shisha Molasses

High-Life Herbal Molasses is a Herbal Smoking Mixture available in a wide variety of flavours. Best smoked through a High-Life Hookah!


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Double Platinum Flavoured Blunt Wraps (pack of 25)

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Double Platinum Flavoured Blunt Wraps (pack of 25)

Double Platinum flavoured cigar blunt wraps come in packs of two available in a variety of flavours

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Double Platinum Flavoured Blunt Wraps (pack of 2)

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Double Platinum Flavoured Blunt Wraps (pack of 2)

 

Double Platinum flavoured cigar blunt wraps come in packs of two available in a variety of flavours

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Upsetter Magazine

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Books, Comics, Music & Films | 0 comments

Upsetter Magazine

Deluxe special edition of Upsetter Magazine Issue 1, a magazine on the great Lee Scratch Perry

Limited to 200 copies – Each copy is individually numbered –

Includes articles on Lee Scratch Perry in Studio One, The Ska Years, Upsetter News, Colour Photo Postcards

Discography 1963-68 & Original Perry art

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Pure Hemp Small Shoulder Bag

Posted by on Feb 11, 2012 in Clothes & accessories, Pure Hemp Bags | 0 comments

Pure Hemp Small Shoulder Bag

Dimensions: 18cm x 19cm

Hemp is known as one of the most durable and high quality natural fibers that exists and holds an extremely high tensile strength. It softens with time and yet remains hardwearing and long lasting, they keep their colour over time as fabrics from hemp dye well.

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Pure hemp red shoulder bag

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Pure hemp red shoulder bag

Dimensions: 29cm x 38cm x 8cm

Hemp is known as one of the most durable and high quality natural fibers that exists and holds an extremely high tensile strength. It softens with time and yet remains hardwearing and long lasting, they keep their colour over time as fabrics from hemp dye well.

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Pure hemp medium belt bag

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Pure hemp medium belt bag

Dimensions: 21cm x 14.5cm x 8cm

Hemp is known as one of the most durable and high quality natural fibers that exists and holds an extremely high tensile strength. It softens with time and yet remains hardwearing and long lasting, they keep their colour over time as fabrics from hemp dye well.

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