Monthly Archives: July 2014

Living la vida joke-a – so many #puns on the #RickyMartin song >

Do you remember when this song first came out? So many people have made parodies or had pun fun with the title! Enjoy!

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This post was “inspired” by two “bad puns:

1. a tweet I read this morning that made me smile  – Living La Vida Data.

2. when a professional friend told me of a locum opportunity – I responded with “living La Vida Locum”.

Many people – including me cannot resist puns.

And this song – from way,way back in 1999 has spawned so many puns – comedy videos and even clothing slogans.

One of my favourites was Jimmy Fallon’s Living La Vida Yoda. Many people attribute this to Weird Al – but I believe it was written by Jimmy Fallon when he was on Saturday Night Live.

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Then there’s the clothing – for those living a life without much money – Living La Vida Broka.

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I think that’s what it means 🙂

When I would do “blokey” things I would say I was Living La Vida Bloke-a.

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Do you love the “warmth” of wood and timber?

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Do you love the warmth and “individuality” of wood and timber?

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Do YOU love the “look” of wood –  especially the “worn” and weathered look. How does this timber look make you feel? What does it remind you of?

I love old wooden jetties and  wooden signs in country towns, and old wooden farmhouses! The smell of woodsmoke! The individuality of the “imperfections” in timber.

Don’t get me started talking about timber!

When I think of timber – I think fishing lodges and  ski chalets. I think of pancakes and flapjacks smothered in maple syrup. Maybe some bacon! Then again, I’m usually thinking of pancakes and maple syrup!

Even on my MacBook, I tend to try to recreate the warmth of wood when I create a notebook look when I write.

I love how you can change the type of wood on your “desk” in the notebook “view”. I think…

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What memories do you get from this groovy “Brady Bunch” colour orange?

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How does this colour orange make you feel?

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For me – this colour orange always makes me feel happy and it brings back warm memories – usually to do with kitchens and food – orange and brown biscuit barrels (cookie jars – if you are from the US!) and Arnotts biscuits with orange cream centres!

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This was not my mum’s  kitchen – but I recall  our kitchen having orange cupboards with brown
“handles” – a bit like the Brady Bunch kitchen –  but without Alice!

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When I’d scour markets and vintage stores I’d often buy cool orange retro items – including an orange biscuit barrel and my treasured orange “Marlin” Yachtee shirt (seen at start of post!)

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This photo (sent by a friend) of an orange typewriter  really caught my eye – because I  love old typewriters AND that colour orange –  I don’t just dig this…I double-dig it!

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Why retro flight bags are “cool” and stylish

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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…

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What memories do you have of Doc Martens?

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What memories do you get from Doc Martens?

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Many people associate the famous boots and shoes with Punks and Skinheads – yet the iconic “Docs” were part of the lives of so many other groups and subcultures.

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Doc Martens bring back so many memories for me – accompanied by a soundtrack of the music of The Clash and early Elvis Costello.

Docs also remind me of thinking I was so cool and indie seeing indie movies in the 80s  at the great old Valhalla cinema in Glebe, in Sydney.  Movies like A Clockwork Orange.

I must say it took me a while to be able to afford a pair of Docs – but I definitely got my wearing value out of them!

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I’m back in Glebe this week – wearing the same Docs I wore back in the the 80s – but these days I’m on a…

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How did you react when you first heard Punk Rock?

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

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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…

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Why we love the early #Cure – how songs are always the same – again and again and again and again!

If you are reading this you are probably a fan of The Cure – and you’ll get the “reference” in the title.

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I loved The music of The Cure when they first became famous – and I’ve been listening to them again a lot recently.

 

I’m listening to the Cure as I write this blog – Jumping Someone Elses’s Train.

 

That song includes the lyrics:

 

It’s always the same and again and again and again

 

And in The Forest we hear:

It’s always the same

I’m running towards nothing

Again and again and again and again…and again and again and again and again and again and again….and again.

 

On reflection, I reckon part of The Cure’s success was due to the repetition – repeating musical lines again and again and again and again. There is variety – but there is also a lot of repetition.

Many of the great bass lines or drum rhythms and fills or keyboard lines are so powerful because they are repeated so often.

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I once read how Robert Smith didn’t like it when bass players of keyboard players got too fancy or “overplayed”.

He likes it when players played the same basic line again and again and again and again and again – like the keyboard in Play For Today.

At uni I played in bands (as you do). In some bands I played guitar along with very talented drummers who could play in the style of Stewart Copeland from The Police.

 

 

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I also played in an original “indie” band Eugene & The Egg  where I was the drummer.

I was a very, very basic drummer – yet my very basic style seemed to fit the sparse, minimalist music of the times.

I was happy to just keep a basic beat –  the same rhythm again and again and again and again and again.

And that CAN be a good thing.

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The guys and I are back playing again –  after living apart in different cities for many decades.

My drumming is still very basic – but in the type of music we do – that’s not a problem. It’s actually an advantage!

The guys seem to like “my restraint” in not over-playing. The truth is I couldn’t over-play even if I wanted to! 🙂

In this case a limitation can be a strength.

 

That’s another reason why I reckon The Cure were so popular – in their early albums they made you feel like you could be in a band – even if your musical skills were very basic.

In our practice space there was this old poster! (from the 80s I believe)

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Loved The Cure back then. Still do – even more so!

 

 

 

The James Bond improvised “flame thrower” – what’s your favourite Bond improvised weapon?

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Do you remember this  scene from one of the old James Bond movies?

Bond had to get rid of some threat – a poison spider or snake  (if I recall) and he used a spray can and his cigar to create an improvised flame thrower.

For some reason this scene really “stayed with me” – even decades later.

 

What made me think of this scene was hearing on the radio this morning about a man in real life  who tried to use a spray can and a lighter to get rid of a spider in the laundry.

 

The result: he burned down his laundry.

I’m guessing he may have always wanted to re-enact this Bond scene and this was his chance!

 

Anyway, back to Bond.

 

What’s YOUR favourite Bond improvised weapon?

 

Also, what Bond scenes have really “stayed with you”?

 

They can be from old Bond movies or the current ones.

 

Please share in the comments section below.

And don’t try this (or other Bond improvised weapons) at home!

 

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Bucket Hat buzz – the height of fashion! What do you think – fashionable or just practical?

Have you see all the latest buzz about how all the hip and current people  are wearing bucket hats.

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This made me chuckle – because it made me realise how cool my family was on our camping and fishing holidays when I was a kid. We wore bucket hats – in orange – a very hip colour at the time.

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I just thought we were being practical – with greater sun protection!

Also, I had one with a zip compartment in the top.

The bucket hat was often popular with fisherman – and I fondly remember the hat on  fly fisherman Henry Blake in MASH!

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Even as a kid, I thought this hat was so symbolic. He was in the military – yet his hat showed colour and variety and an interest in more peaceful pursuits.

 

When I did my defence correspondent training, our army instructors taught us how to use our hats as oven mitts when cooking our C-rations!  Oh – the practicality.

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My favourite bucket hats were in terry towelling. You could also use them as a mini towel – to wipe the sea spray from your face!

I’ll have to dig out some I collected on my travels!

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The only problem is bucket hats tend to blow away in the wind. That’s why you need the chin cord/strap to keep them anchored on your head!

 

I have a great surfing bucket hat from a trip to Western Australia – good brim for sun protection AND a chin cord to stop it blowing away.

 

What do you think about the bucket hat?  Fashionable or ugly?

What memories do you have of bucket hats?

Please share in the comments section below.

Below is a link to an article that inspired this post.

 

So – a toast to the practical and again fashionable bucket hat!

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Link:

bucket hats – what’s the appeal

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Have you seen these new re-workings of the old Ca Plane Pour Moi?

 

Wow – this post was inspired as I was bouncing up and down (pogo-style) on a trampoline when I took my kids to the launch of a new trampoline centre.

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I had a go too and  in my head I was imagining bouncing to songs by The Ramones AND the old Ca Plane Pour Moi.

I remember loving the old video of the song and I went on Youtube to watch it again.

As well as finding the old Plastic Bertrand version – I found all sorts of interesting more recent versions. Some are pretty racy!

Another video  was over-layed vision of the old Movie Faster Pussycat Kill Kill (I think).

Funny watching the old B&W groovy dancing to this tune.

 

Anyway, enjoy!

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First the Plastic Bertrand version:

 

and the groovy  dancing clip one:

 

 

 

and this rather racy one I found. Not Racy the old group – racy in style!

 

 

There are so many versions of this great song.

I still like the “elegant simplicity” of the Plastic Bertrand version – especially the way he throws his head back for woo-oo-oo-ooo!

 

I bet you’ll now have this song stuck in your head!

 

Here’s a link to another post about how pogo-ing (on a trampoline) to this song helped inspire an idea Pogo Au Go-Go!

 

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