Monthly Archives: September 2012

Do you dig tiki kitsch – and pineapples and cocktails with umbrellas?

I blame Elvis’s Blue Hawaii and Gilligan’s Island – but looking back at my life I’ve discovered I really dig pineapples and “the idea of” coconut cream pies. Haven’t had a coconut cream pie – but I really want one!

On Sunday I went to see Dave Graney play at the Brisbane Writers Festival and he was playing at a place called The Pineapple Lounge – which happens to contain two of my favourite words  – Pineapple and Lounge (as in lounge music!)

As you can see, I’m a huge fan of the Pineapple. Maybe it was the childhood trips to the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast. Maybe it was the Elvis Movie  – Blue Hawaii where Elvis’s dad ran a Pineapple plantation. Anyway, I always loved the Tiki lounge “associations” of the Pineapple – so you can imagine how The Pineapple Lounge felt like “heaven”!

One dude was even in a pineapple-patterned vest.

On the evening of the Writers Festival the place was packed with arty, creative types chilling with a friendly, warm and laid-back Queensland vibe – not the rather chilled “we’re so cool and aloof” Sydney Vibe I’ve been used to for the last decade or so. I dig the Sydney scene – but I was so happy to find this Bris-vegas vibe that seemed to embrace a colourful dagginess!

got to dig out this shirt I haven’t seen in years – note the subtle tikis and pineapples!

Maybe the crowd’s “friendliness” was fueled by a concoction – cleverly called “Champine”.

When I told my 8-year-old son about the clever word play of Champine (he wasn’t at the evening) – my son asked if the DJ played Champine Showers!

I was so into the Lounge Music scene in Sydney around ’96. Maybe Bris-vegas has just caught up. Maybe it’s ahead of a resurgence! Whatever the answer – it’s great to see a colourful creative scene – fuelled not by Absinthe but by Champine.

I wonder if there is a club with a Gilligan’s Island theme  – club that serves Coconut Cream pies and Pineapple cocktails and Champine!

That would be heaven for a pineapple-loving Gilligan’s island fan!


Why retro flight bags are “cool” and stylish

Are you a fan of the retro flight bag? What memories do flight bags bring back to you?

For me – the retro flight bag always brings back images of The Beatles jumping on and off planes with their flight bags – often photographed emerging from the plane doors or walking down the stairs.

Back in the 1960s – flying was glamorous. It was a status symbol to fly and the flight bag (that was often given away to passengers) was a sure sign you were a jet setter.

with retro Qantas bag – the cane was not a fashion accessory but from back when I recovering from a torn Achilles tendon!

I love collecting retro flight bags and over the years I’ve picked up some real bargains for $20 at op shops and markets. These days bags can fetch high prices as there is a generation of people out here around the world who dig retro flight bags – probably for similar reasons why I love them so much – the image of glamour of the era when flying was something special! I fly around the world a lot for work these days. Even ‘though flying isn’t as glamorous these days – I do enjoy taking a retro flight bag on the plane!

another classic retro Qantas bag in the background!

I always loved stories like how Jimi Hendrix said he always carried a book of Bob Dylan lyrics in his flight bag – and I could imagine Jimi high above the clouds getting inspired by Dylan’s words. It’s interesting because now you can buy a Hendrix-inspired flight bag

and Beatle’s inspired flight bags.

In researching the appeal of the retro flight bag, I  found  a site for lovers of retro fashion and retro music who also love the glamour of Pan Am.

Here is a link to the site: ultra swank retro adventures!


If you dig the whole retro glamour of flying you will love this site.

This era was lovingly captured in the movie Catch Me if you Can.

And it isn’t just the retro flight bags people love – many fans (both male and female) also love the retro airline hostess outfits – ultra groovy – but that’s the subject for a separate post!