Monthly Archives: February 2015

How the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and Vulcan Salute can help at home!

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My 9-year-old son  Orlando is going through a phase(r) of being into everything Star Trek.


He thinks it’s cool that dad knows so much about Star Trek and has cool Star Trek stuff – like the thermo dynamic mug where the characters in the transporter room “disappear” or “appear” if you add hot  or cold liquid. Hot to make them disappear – cold to cool it down and make the characters appear.


Orlando “teaches” me about the new Star Trek movies.

I’m teaching him about the old Star Trek TV show.

He can be “hyperactive” and always bouncing around or talking about Star Trek or zombies.

I’ve found a way to get some peace – At his suggestion – I “act” in pretending to give him a Vulcan Nerve Pinch and he pretends to sleep for a while.

“How long does a person stay asleep, Daddy? he asks.

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As a kid – did you seek a wise teacher like Yoda or Spock?

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As a kid, did YOU seen a wise teacher like Yoda or Spock?

Like lots of kids I liked action heroes – but I also liked the logical, calm and collected types.

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O.K. –  maybe I was  a big nerd  even back then – but I always liked Spock from Star Trek – the TV show.

He didn’t rush in – he didn’t react emotionally. Even as a kid I liked that. I still do now.

I must say Mr Spock got back on my radar because of “The Challenge” video featuring  a confected challenge between new and old Spock.

Sure it’s an ad – but it’s well done.

Just this morning, I was searching the internet for Spock Wisdom and I found this interesting guy (I have no connection with) – but he, in my opinion, perfectly describes the appeal of Spock – especially to a certain generation of…

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The connection between #StarTrek and the #B-52s

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Did you see the  connection between the band the B-52s and Star Trek (the original TV show)?

I was a big fan of the B-52s and I must say, as well as enjoying the music, I loved the fashion sense – especially the costumes and hairstyles  that reminded me of Star Trek.

I first saw the groovy B-52s on Countdown.

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The guitarist Ricky Wilson’s outfit that looked like a Star Trek shirt

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and of course the high hair and short, groovy 60s looking skirts.

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B52s group shot

The B-52 took their name from the high hair style (aka Beehive because of the beehive shape) and seemed to love the exaggerated 60s culture.

I saw a great T-shirt that combined these two great things – the B-52s AND Star Trek and here it is…

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For those who love Spitfires – the ecstasy of high flight – soaring words

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Are you one of those people who grew up loving Spitfires?

Spitfire roundel

I was one of those kids who grew up in Australia being fascinated by the WWII plane – even in the 70s when jets had replaced the prop planes.

I was one of those kids who loved the Spitfire model plane kits.

Even now as a dad, one of the Christmas presents I got most excited about – was a Spitfire kit. I’ll make it with my son and introduce him to the Spitfire too.

Model Ps MP

These days I’m a word nerd who trains people to help  improve their speeches and writing.

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This week my love of speeches intersected with my love of Spitfires.

This week was the 28th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and I was reminded of Ronald Reagan’s assuring address to the nation.

His speech borrowed from the famous words of “The Spitfire Poet” – 

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UK duo #PublicServiceBroadcasting – a powerful combo of old and new!

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As a kid were you “brought up” watching those old war movies like The Dam Busters and Reach for the Sky?


Usually they were on a Sunday afternoon. They were the sort of movies dads would often watch with their sons. For me, there was often the smell of a “Sunday roast” cooking in the background 🙂 Funny, the memories that come back!


Even though I lived in Australia, boys in the 1960s and 70s were raised on these British movies – heroic tales from WWII.

Boys were often also into making model planes – especially Spitfires. Even as a grown up, I still love Spitfires – and those old movies.


You can imagine how delighted I was when a twitter follower and fellow Spitfire fan let me know about a UK duo called Public Service Broadcasting and especially their song Spitfire.

The songs is an instrumental with sampled lines…

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Why retro fans (and others) love “kitschy” souvenir tea towels?

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What memories do YOU get from those old vintage touristy-looking tea towels? (or dish towels as they call them in the US).


In this dishwasher age, I haven’t thought about tea towels for years – but they bring back so many warm and funny  and comforting memories.

I actually bought a tea towel today when I stumbled across a whole  vintage tea towel “shop” at at antique store that offered an amazing collection of unused vintage tea towels.

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Happy memories came flooding back of childhood holidays to touristy spots. Also childhood memories of  (before we had a dishwasher) doing the dishes as a family – YOU WASH, I’LL DRY!

Back before the American influence of “doing the dishes” – we called it washing up and wiping up!

Washing up time was a great time to talk about your day and there’s something about talking while you are doing a…

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More on those tacky touristy “trophy” tea towels

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What do you think of those touristy tea towels? Tacky and trashy, or terrific?

Delightful or dated and daggy?

What memories to touristy tea towels bring back for you?  Today I re-found a treasure trove that brought back so many laughs and memories!

Yesterday I posted about how I hadn’t thought about tea towels in ages until I saw a collection of vintage touristy ones in an antique store I popped into between business meetings.

TB in cafe

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I was tempted to buy one that I thought was “so bad – it was good!” Can you see the retro appeal?

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Just the image alone made me want a big fat juicy “Australian” hamburger – with lots of onion and pineapple and beetroot!

The adventure continues – and gets better!

These days, I’ve recently moved back to the same city my parents live in…

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