Monthly Archives: April 2013

Were you a pinball kid?

Were you a pinball kid?

Do you light up when you see an old pinball machine?

I must say, I got excited when I saw this vintage pinnie at a café in Bris-Vegas.

pinball

It was funny – there was a mum with her daughter at another table and I could tell the mum was getting exited at showing her daughter the joys of pinball. I’m sure  the mum was more exited than the daughter.

I’m definitely going to bring my son to this café –  because he is always asking me about how things were “in the olden days”.

I can’t wait for him to experience the joys of pinball – the lights, the sounds, the physicality of operating the flippers!

Plus, I might stand a chance at beating him at this old-school game. He is sooooo good at his home video games.

We went to a great 80s exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and my  son couldn’t believe that dad’s generation used to have to visit milk bars of corner shops to play video games.

pinball close up

 

southside school desk

This café Southside in Brisbane seemed to be into re-purposing and recycling  as well as retro – using old school desks and café tables – and even an old door as a café bench!

school desk cafe table

door bench

Warning – if you are going to play retro pinnies you have to come prepared.

This old machine only takes 2 x 20c pieces – not $1 and $2 coins like more modern machine! I love it when even the prices are retro!

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Were YOU a pinball kid?

Were you a pinball kid?

Do you light up when you see an old pinball machine?

I must say, I got excited when I saw this vintage pinnie at a café in Bris-Vegas.

pinball

It was funny – there was a mum with her daughter at another table and I could tell the mum was getting exited at showing her daughter the joys of pinball. I’m sure  the mum was more exited than the daughter.

I’m definitely going to bring my son to this café –  because he is always asking me about how things were “in the olden days”.

I can’t wait for him to experience the joys of pinball – the lights, the sounds, the physicality of operating the flippers!

Plus, I might stand a chance at beating him at this old-school game. He is sooooo good at his home video games.

We went to a great 80s exhibit at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and my  son couldn’t believe that dad’s generation used to have to visit milk bars of corner shops to play video games.

pinball close up

 

southside school desk

This café Southside in Brisbane seemed to be into re-purposing and recycling  as well as retro – using old school desks and café tables – and even an old door as a café bench!

school desk cafe table

door bench

Warning – if you are going to play retro pinnies you have to come prepared.

This old machine only takes 2 x 20c pieces – not $1 and $2 coins like more modern machine! I love it when even the prices are retro!

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Tony

Why we love Mad Men furniture – especially Roger Stirling’s groovy Corona chair?

Don’t you love Mad Men furniture – especially Roger Stirling’s groovy Corona chair?

While many fans may prefer Don Draper as their favourite character – for me Roger Sterling is far superior in the “hip office” department.

I love Roger’’s office – especially the Corona chair, which was very fashionable  in the 60s.( The Corona chair is the one in front of the spot pop art painting)

sterling mad men office

When visiting one of my clients in Sydney I was very excited to see modern replicas of these cool space-age looking Corona chairs. I fell in lust with the look and the feel of the chair.

mad men chair

Being such a fan of retro design, I researched the Corona chair and was interested to find:

  1. the chair, invented by Danish Designer Paul Volther
  2. the design evolved from an earlier model. The horizontal cushions with spaces in between were designed to give support and yet save on materials that were hard to acquire after World War II.
  3. The Corona chair was designed in 1961 and started to go mainstream in 1964

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When I help advertising agencies with their pitches and presentations, I like to study the offices of modern day creative teams. It’s amazing to see Mad Men photos and quotes on many of the desks.  I’ve yet to meet an advertising person with an office  as fashionable as Roger Sterling’s office – but I keep hoping.

have seen Corona chairs is building lobbies and it’s interesting to see the number of people who want to test out the chairs.

A modern replica  of a Corona chair. will set you back around $1400 (ottoman included)

Of course I had to test drive the Corona chair I saw in  the  lobby.

mad men chair!

I can vouch that the Corona chair it is comfortable and you feel pretty chic  and stylish sitting in it.

To get that full Mad Men vibe  you just need that extra something that modern offices don’t seem to have – a drinks trolley and a good martini!

Anzac theme: when your kids want to know their family Anzac connection

What a great day Anzac Day can be for passing on stories of  family tradition and connection with Anzac Day.

All morning my 9-year-old son has been asking if our family had any “solders at Gallipoli”.

Last year, I took my son to see his grandfather march as a “Nasho” who did national service between the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It was the first time we were all in the same city for Anzac Day.

My son was so happy to see his grand-dad march by and I’m pretty sure grand-dad felt good that his son and grandson were watching on.

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Boys often want to know about their family military connections – especially Aussie kids on Anzac day.

My son wanted to know how young boys around his age in the march had “won so many medals”.

IO + toy soldiers

I explained that they were marching and wearing their “family” medals.

Today, I called my mother to prepare “an Anzac Day briefing” for my son for when we visit  her on the weekend.

I  know I should have done this before Anzac day – but I’ll make sure my son is prepared to tell his kids about our family connection with Anzac Day.

On my mother’s side of the family  (the English-Australian side under the surname King ) we have, like so many Australian families, a relative who was in the first landing at Gallipoli.  He survived the campaign  – but was killed later in France.

My mum in now on a mission to “dig out” photos etc. for our official  family Anzac briefing too. I’ll sit in too because I’m keen to learn.

 

(Here’s a photo my mother later found of our ANZAC family connection – my grandad’s brother Sydney King)

Anzac Sydney King

 

I remember as a kid, searching for the Biancotti name on War Memorials around Australia.

War Memorials

For me Anzac Day always brings back memories of going to dawn services with my dad –  and asking him him the sorts of questions boys ask their dads.

As a boy I’d look for “my Biancotti name” on the War Memorial statues around Australia and the name was never there.

I wanted  a name like the names of the fallen heroes. (That’s the way boys think!) I’d search every war memorials in every town I’d visit – searching for my name.

One day, my dad explained why there were no Biancotti names on the statues – the Italians were “on the other side” in World War II. In WWI Australia mainly had people with British names.

Australians with Italian last names did fight for Australia – but I never saw a Biancotti on one of those memorials.

I’ll make sure my son knows of his connection to Anzac Day and to look for the English side of the family (the King name) on War Memorials.

I’ll ask my wife to investigate her side of the family too – on the British side. In my opinion it’s important to investigate these things so you can pass it on to your kids.

Anzac Day – a great day to remember and to reflect on what we can do to make sure our future generations are connected to the Anzac Spirit.

Why you fell for the Madmen look?

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Sometimes you just look at  something and you dig it.  It’s love at first sight. You may not know why – but you fall in love with the look. It connects with something you already like – something deep inside you.

I must have been so influenced at a young age by posters for movies like Vertigo.

My mum worked as as movie  “usherette”  – so from an early age I’d be at the movies   absolutely love the movies, milkshakes and movie posters and great poster art work – like this:

Vertigomovie

Later when “I fell for” the music of the White Stripes I also loved the look and the art work.

I love the whole White Stripes music and culture package – links to retro but with a modern edge.(well modern for back then when they were big!) I still dig them.

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Then when Mad Men came out I fell in lust with the whole “look” of the show – including the opening titles and the Vertigo-inspired Art work.

When I was selecting a theme for this Sentimental As Anything blog I picked a theme that hooked my eye.

Today I bothered to look deeper and I found that the theme is inspired by the style of Saul Bass who created the Vertigo poster.

 

(I’ve since changed the theme!)

I wonder if Saul knew how influential his art style would become.

He  was probably just doing another design “job” – but what an impact!

I love working with creative advertising people – the word people and the art/design people.

It was a Melbourne advertising creative team that first “turned me on” to Mad Men – way back before the show came to Australia.

I was helping the creative teams improve their pitches.

The creative team members  were so excited about this new show coming out. They had seen the Mad Men look from their advertising connections in the US.

They too loved the whole Mad Men look. It was love at first sight!

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Did you fall for the Mad Men/White Stripes/Retro Movie poster art look?

madmenseas4artworkpic1

Sometimes you just look at  something and you dig it.  It’s love at first sight. You may not know why – but you fall in love with the look. It connects with something you already like – something deep inside you.

I must have been so influenced at a young age by posters for movies like Vertigo.

Vertigomovie

Later when “I fell for” the music of the White Stripes I also loved the look and the art work.

I love the whole White Stripes music and culture package – links to retro but with a modern edge.(well modern for back then when they were big!) I still dig them.

Hardestbuttoncover

Then when Mad Men came out I fell in lust with the whole “look” of the show – including the opening titles and the Vertigo-inspired Art work.

When I was selecting a theme for this Sentimental As Anything blog I picked a theme that hooked my eye.

Today I bothered to look deeper and I found that the theme is inspired by the style of Saul Bass who created the Vertigo poster.

I wonder if Saul knew how influential his art style would become.

He  was probably just doing another design “job” – but what an impact!

I love working with creative advertising people – the word people and the art/design people.

It was a Melbourne advertising creative team that first “turned me on” to Mad Men – way back before the show came to Australia.

I was helping the creative teams improve their pitches.

The creative team members  were so excited about this new show coming out. They had seen the Mad Men look from their advertising connections in the US.

They too loved the whole Mad Men look. It was love at first sight!

TBMMCW.001

If you enjoyed this post – Let’s connect:

If you found this post interesting you can follow me and connect with me.

I blog about fun pop culture stuff as well as more serious  business communication tips.

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tony biancotti

@tonybiancotti

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Cheers,

Tony

The joys of chooks in your backyard – why chooks are better than computer games

O chook

My son absolutely loves it when we visit his grandparents.

My parents live “in the suburbs” – but for my son it’s like a trip to the country – because his grandparents have chooks in the backyard.

For overseas readers – chooks are what we call chickens in Australia.

When I was a kid we and most people in our street had chooks in the back yard.

O egg

I love seeing my son get  so excited about collecting eggs.

He thinks he’s so cool because we don’t have to buy eggs from a supermarket – we get them fresh!

He loves getting me  to “feel” when an  egg is still warm.

“Straight from the chook’s bum!” we say.

eggs in bowl

At home, I often have trouble getting my son off the computer or away from the TV. He’s constantly glued to some type of screen device.

At grandma’s he prefers chooks to computer games!

He gets a buzz from “playing with” the chooks – especially from feeding the chooks from his hand and feeling their “tickle”.

Feeding birds – not angry birds!

O feeding chooks

My mum  proudly tells he backyard chooks are coming back into fashion. She promises to find me magazine articles about it!

She tells me my brother who is a carpenter was “commissioned” to build a fancy chook pen/shed – she describes at the Taj Mahal of chook pens!

(If you need a fancy, fashionable  chook chateau let me know and I’ll pass on your request!)

Aahh simple joys and warm memories –  as warm as an egg fresh from the chook’s bum!

T&O egg