Monthly Archives: June 2013

What memories do you have of “Starsky” shoes OR KT26s?

STARSKY shoes

Were you an impressionable type who would buy things because TV characters had them?

I know I was!

When Starsky & Hutch was on TV – I remember wanting (and getting) his style of running shoes – the blue  and white Adidas ones.

And Starsky was always running fast in the show chasing bad guys. Must have been the shoes that made him so fast!

A matching Starsky 1975 Ford Gran Torino  would have been great too – but all I could afford was the shoes?

Actually my parents bought the fancy  Starsky shoes. I was kid.

starsky_and_hutch_car

What about you?

Maybe you preferred the funky platform shoes of Huggy Bear!

Later when I was at university – another style of shoes I remembered loving and having was the KT26.

KT26

Apparently these shoes were very popular in Papua New Guinea – because they were so hard-wearing even in harsh conditions.

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I think the name had a lot to do with the success. The KT stood for Kinetic Technology – that sounded so scientific and hi-tech.

And of course 26 was a magical number – for the distance in miles of the Marathon.

In metric countries like Australia – maybe they should have changed it to the  KT42.195 – for 42 kilometres!

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The joy of grandma’s chickens

O collecting eggs

My son Orlando loves it when we visit grandma’s – especially collecting the eggs from her chickens.

O getting eggs

My mother lives in the suburbs – but to my son it’s like visiting the country. He loves collecting the eggs (and my mum makes sure there are some to collect!)

As a dad, it feels satisfying to see my son getting so much enjoyment out of something so simple – a nice change from all the video and computer games!

For some strange reason I also enjoy being around the chooks!

TB motorbike T shirt

My son also loves picking some oranges of the tree  -and of course eating some of the eggs he collected and taking some home to his mum – like a hunter returning with food!

He also loves finding other things at grandma’s  – especially old photos of dad.

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Apparently, I enjoyed chooks and ducks too when I was a kid! The penchant for being around poultry made sense!

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Orlando laughed at the photos and  enjoyed making jokes at my expense:

“You were pretty chubby, dad! No wonder you were too slow to catch the  chicken!”

I hope that one day when I am a grandfather my son will brings his kids to visit. I hope I’ll have chickens too.

I’ll also have a stack of embarrassing photos of Orlando to show his  kids. That’s what grandparents do to their kids in front of the grandkids!

Here’s an earlier post about the simple joys of backyard chooks!

http://https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/the-joys-of-chooks-in-your-backyard-why-chooks-are-better-than-computer-games/

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Who remembers Hobbytex and “creating” your own t-shirts?

At a fun family catch-up this morning – my folks and my brother and I were telling my son Orlando about “the olden days” when you would create your own T-shirts.

These days you can buy such a range of cool kids T-shirts but back in the 70s you’d often make your own and you would often use those tubes of paint – Hobbytex.

hobby tex

Now as far as I can remember – I never wore a Hobbytex painted shirt.

Here’s a photo the type of cool motorbike shirts I would wear! 🙂

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My mother had some amusing stories – about other families of course!! 🙂

younger bev mum

My son laughed at the stories of how another mother wanted to get her son a Superman shirt and so she got a hobbytex-ed drawing of Superman.

This other mother’s  son proudly wore the hobbytex-ed Superman shirt  – but…other kids kept punching the boy in the guts to see how tough Superman was. My brother – I mean this other boy – had to stop wearing the short because of all the punches.

We told Orlando how lucky he was to have such a range of cool T-shirts and even costumes to choose from these days. Not like the “olden days”! 🙂

O Mr Incredibile

Another story was about another boy who had a super-cool dirt-bike T-shirt with the slogan “Do it in the Dirt!”.

This was a commercially available shirt – not a Hobbytex creation.

This other mother when she looked at the shirt noticed that the attractive young woman riding the motorbike on the T-shirt was wearing no clothes.

Wanting to save the attractive young woman from embarrassment – this other mother proceeded to get out the family Hobbytex kit  and draw a black bikini on the woman! How considerate!!

We hadn’t thought about Hobbytex for decades – but we had lots of laughs this morning!

Out of curioisty, I searched and found Hobbytex is still around.

Here’s a link:

http://www.hobbytex.com.au/products/Products.htm

This is great news – just  in case any mums want to draw in bikinis to make T-shirts more acceptable!!

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How did you react when you first heard Punk Rock?

What was your reaction the first time your heard PUNK MUSIC (like the Sex Pistols or  bands of a similar vintage)?

God save the queen

I remember being shocked and excited at the same time. I was visiting “the big smoke” of Brisbane from Cairns on a school drama camp in 1977.

At the time, Australia lagged behind the music trends of the UK.

Queensland lagged behind Australia – and Cairns lagged behind “the big smoke” of Brisbane.

I was still listening to Led Zeppelin and had long hair!

Some other drama “kids” took a photo of the Queen off the wall in a hall and pogo-ed around it to “God Save the Queen”.

This was the first time I’d heard the Sex Pistols! I had been brought up to respect the Queen.

I wanted to grow up to be a Grenadier Guard! Of course I was older than in this photo when I first hear the Sex Pistols – but you get the idea!

Whitfield

Cairns was pretty conservative at the time and I was used to standing for the Queen at the movies etc.

I was shocked – but loved the energy of the music and the pogo. When I saw videos of the Sex Pistols I loved the “naughty boy” attitude.

Of course, these weren’t “real” punks  at drama camp – but school kids jumping up and down to exciting punk music!

What was your experience and reaction when you first heard punk rock?

To get you in the mood here’s a link to a clip of God Dave The Queen. Crank it up and pogo!

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The joy of an old-school haircut from a Sinatra-loving barber

The joy of an old-school Sinatra-loving barber.

Barber 3

It was like a scene from one of those TV shows or movies – an old-school Italian barber, Sinatra songs blasting out on the CD player, and photos everywhere of stars from The Godfather, and 50s icons Elvis and Monroe.

barber 2

I was in Sydney for work and had a couple of hours between meetings. I must say the first thing that “hit me” was the swinging Sinatra tunes blasting out of one of those little “spaces” in the city.

Then I saw all the photos of  De Niro and Pacino, Sinatra, Dean Martin plus assorted Italian Opera stars.

I needed a “tidy-up” and decided to give this place a try – even though I’d never been there before.

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I know it sounds not a big deal – but I hadn’t been to an old-school barber in decades.

It was a nice buzz as it brought back so many childhood memories.

Also, it felt like being in a movie. I just hoped I wouldn’t get “whacked” 🙂 as tends to happen in movies.

It brought back memories of my dad taking my brother and me to the barber when we were kids.

I still remember the barber’s name was Billy Bragg – which was interesting because I later became a huge fan of Billy Bragg the musician.

I always remember getting a short back and sides. Back then you wanted a haircut to last a long time.

One of the best things about going to the barber was while my dad was busy getting HIS hair cut – I’d sneak a peak at some of the magazines. Very tame stuff by today’s standards but for a young boy it was exciting to look mags like  Australasian Post! Woo hoo!! Racy stuff!!

Aust post

Anyway, I’m looking forward to trying out some old-school barbers around Brisbane where I live.

Found this amusing visual haircut description that I might use. Which ones do you like??

The Executive Contour sounds good to me – but so does the Tony Curtis!!

retro haircuts

Another interesting thing about this old-school barber – the price – even in the heart of Sydney!

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