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Do you love “cute” glass bottles like these?

Isn’t it wonderful when you have time (rather TAKE time) to slow down and think about WHY you like certain things.

 

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Recently, I’ve been noticing bottles and why, if I have a choice, I will often choose drinks in glass bottles.

 

My kids seem to love bottles too.  They love those cute little bottles that lots of Italian drinks come in. They are a special treat for the kids.

I think the appeal is  colour of the drinks and the “novel” little bottles. They kids never want me to throw out the bottles!! It’s become our summer ritual to get different colours and flavours on different weeks. Even though the tastes are often more “adult” – the kids love the ritual!

 

(No I don’t work for San Pellegrino or Fanta – I’m just a fan and I suspect my kids will grow up to enjoy this summer ritual too with their kids!)

 

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I also noticed my son keeps empty “retro” bottles in pride of place in his room  – along with his Batmobiles etc. 🙂

 

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My daughter loves our sweet ritual of checking out the colourful flowers at a “special” supermarket we visit together – and then getting some some colourful Italian drinks in those cute glass bottles.

 

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When I try to “analyse” why I like bottles – I think it’s the shape and memories of bottled drinks when I was a kid. When I was a kid, getting a soft drink was more of a big deal. Also, I came from steamy North Queensland where a cold soft drink in  a bottle seemed extra refreshing. Then again, maybe I just have a child-like fascination with colourful drinks and cute bottles.

 

Yesterday, I had a meeting in a cool cafe. I love my coffee – but it was such a hot day, I wanted a chilled and cold coffee.

 

And as you can probably guess , I chose one that came in a retro-looking bottle.

 

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If you love GLASS bottles please share WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT GLASS BOTTLES in the comments section below.

 

If you like some other type of container – please why you like that too.

 

And an appropriate end to this post – a nice sound of the clink of glass and… cheers!

 

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Do things like this remind you of a “movie moment”? This was a such great movie!

Do you have moments like this where you relate a current experience to some moment in an old movie you’d seen decades ago. That movie moment must have really made an impact to be remembered after all these years!

 

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Here’s an example I recently experienced.

I’m waiting for a business meeting and I get to the meeting place early (as I always try to do).

 

I see this old photo of rowers in a frame above a fireplace. I’ve got some time before the meeting. I study the haircuts, the looks in the eyes and the “young man’s pose” of pushing out your bicepts.  Hey, I used to do this too – though I wasn’t quite as buff as  as these young men. 🙂

 

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Anyway, this photo took me back to a very memorable scene in one of my favourite old movies. See if you can identify it.

 

I had to search and find the actual lines. I had a rough memory of the overall meaning.

I’m so glad the photo inspired me to think of the movies – and the to  search out what the real lines were.

Imagine you are hearing this line as you look at the old photo.

 

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“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you.”

 

Recognize the movie? Remember the scene?

 

Now, maybe  I am just too impressionable – but let’s just say this photo triggered my memory of this movie moment I’d found and still find inspiring – and that inspired me to truly seize the day.

 

I sincerely hope, this post inspires you to do the same!

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“…if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

 

What do you think? Did this movie (Dead Poets Society) inspire you?

 

Does some other movie moment inspire you?

 

Please share in the comments section below.

 

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How do you pronounce Adidas? and How it got its name

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Were you into Adidas gear?

I was – especially at high school.  And even these days when I drop my kids at school I see dads in Adidas gear.

I got back into it because I spend so much time  kicking balls around with my son – and to try to keep fit (so I can keep up with my kids!)

 

I am in no way connected with Adidas – I’m just interested in popular culture and yes, as a kid I was into Adidas. So I guess it reminds me of my youth.

 

Anyway, at my kids’ school one dad jokingly calls me Run DMC when I wear my hoodie.

 

That prompted a “dad conversation” with all-important questions such as:

 

How do you pronounce Adidas, I asked him.

 

“Ad-DEE-das” or “AD-ee-das”?

 

Being a bit of a word nerd, I wanted to find out.

 

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Like a lot of Australians I pronounced it ad-DEE-has – but I believe the correct pronunciation is AD-dee-das –  and here’s why according to my “research”

 

The name comes from the name of the original German founder  “Adi” Dassler.

 

His real first name was Adolf.

 

His father was Rudi (Rudolf) – so Adolf’s shortened nickname became Adi.

Adi- Dassler

 

There is also a myth that ADIDAS stands for All Day I Dream About Sports. (an acronym)

 

However that is a backronym – an acronym that goes back and is formed after to made up words for each letter in an existing word. I told you I was a word nerd!

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Now, often a more common “incorrect” pronunciation takes over a “correct” and original pronunciation – and often that “wrong” pronunciation is spread my popular culture.

 

As one of the dads informed me. (the Dad who jokingly calls me Run DMC)

RUN DMC has a song called My Adidas

The all-important question is: How does Run DMC pronounce Adidas?

AD-de-das  OR

ad-DEE-das?

– hear for yourself.

 

 

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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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Great memories of 80s State of Origin – when Mal Meninga was thin(ner)

My 10-year-old son and I are big fans of the State of Origin – so are my parents.

We all try to watch the games together.

My mum is a big fan of Mal Meninga – and once for Mother’s Day back in 80s, what she wanted was to go and meet “Big Mal”.

 

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Mal was always a big man. Before he was a successful Origin Coach – he was an amazing Origin player.

 

As you may know – “Big Mal” has gotten even bigger over the years.

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Anyway, my son and I like to tease my mother. Every time Queensland scores, we want a cookie…in Mal’s honour!

I wanted to show my son young, thinner Mal in action as a player.

My dad has the State of Origin box set and we watched an early 8Os game.

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What a buzz – seeing the old “retro” jerseys and the advertising on the side of the field.

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And how they used sand to hold the ball for conversions.

And how Wally Lewis (and so many other players) had hair.

And how the players often had “dark paint” under their eyes. I think that was to reduce the glare of the lights in the night games. If you know other reasons – please share in the comments section below.

 

I had originally planned to watch some of the old games AFTER this year’s series had wrapped up – to help with OWDOrigin Withdrawal Symptoms!

If you are an Origin fan – you too will probably suffer OWD – after this series is over.

Sure, you can get absorbed in the usual NRL games. We all support The Broncos.

I also encourage checking out some of the older games. Maybe for you, it was during the 90s that you first got into Origin.

 

What are your favourite memories of the “old” State of Origin games? Please share in the comments section below

 

I know after this year’s series wraps up,  three generations of my family will gather to watch some of the old games – and eating cookies when Queensland scores! Hey – we do it in Mal’s honour!

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Do you remember retro games like Battleship? Check out these “treasures”

Did you ever play this as a kid?

 

The other night my family was visiting another family (from school) and I spotted this on a shelf – partially hidden under other things.

 

I couldn’t help myself – and had to take a closer look.

 

battleship

 

Yes, it was the original Battleship game – not a newer model – but the same one I had as a kid.

 

The retro art work brought back so many memories. I bought my son a newer version – but it just wasn’t the same!

 

I was impressed how this fellow dad had kept all the pieces together for so long.

 

This takes discipline. I don’t even know what happened to my old Battleship game!

 

Yet this dad played the retro version of this game with his son – AND he kept all the pieces together.

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Don’t you love the clean-cut retro cover? How “the girls” are in the background doing the dishes! Take a look.

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Anyway, this fellow dad knows I dig retro –  and later in the night he wants to show me something.

Down in the rumpus room – in a cabinet (locked up) are other well-kept retro games – from his wife’s side of the family – probably games she played as a girl.

 

Games like…Bionic Woman.

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And my favourite (apart from Battleship) a very retro Scrabble. Check out the fashion and the carpet!

 

 

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I also saw a word that was soooooo popular when I was a kid – but a word I hadn’t seen for decades.

 

That word?

 

 

toltoys

 

Toltoys!

 

Please share your favourite memories of board games in the comments section below.

Our kids came and gathered around us as this dad showed me his collection of retro board games.

“Back in our day – we didn’t have video games or the internet” we said (sounding like Grandpa Simpson!)

 

 

battleship

Maybe next time we’ll have father-son teams playing the retro Battleship game. The girls (our wives) will be busy washing the dishes (by hand!) 🙂

 

Only joking! They’ll probably be playing Bionic Woman!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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Reflections from a fellow Cure-loving Dad at School drop off

Don’t you love it when you find a similarly minded person? Someone you share common interests with?

This morning at school drop-off, I enjoyed a good laugh and reflection with a fellow dad at the school.

He shares my interest in music. We are both “young at heart”. Our wives would probably call it “immature”!

In his younger years, my  fellow father friend was heavily “into” different music scenes – including the music of The Cure.

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My fellow Cure-loving school dad friend (I’ll not reveal his identity) told me how he really related to a recent post I wrote about how I still loved listening to the music of The Cure.

We spoke about Robert Smith and the evolution of the image of The Cure.

My friend  shared how when he was at school, he had the “more conservative” haircut of “early Robert Smith”.

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As soon as he was out of school he went for the more extreme Robert Smith look – with the long messy hair and a dark trench coat.

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I explained that when I worked as a lawyer, I found the suited Tony Hadley look from Spandau Ballet fitted in with my professional career image! So impressionable!

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Our wives laugh when my friend and I  as dads remember our younger, “wilder”  and oh-so-fashionable years!

Anyway, my friend shared how the first he rocked up to university with his carefully-crafted more extreme Robert Smith look.He claims he has no photos of the look! 🙂 I’ll have to ask his wife!

 

My friend was studying engineering at university  – and the lecturer took one look at his Cure look  and told him:

 

“The Art department is over in there!”

This blog is NOT ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things that make you smile).

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If you are interested – here’s a link to my original post about enjoying listening to the music of The Cure!

 

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Why you should enjoy the indulgence of listening to early Cure albums – in bed!

 

video the cure a forest

On a recent beach holiday, my wife and I would tag team with our two young kids. I’d take the kids to the beach in the morning. She would take the kids in the afternoon while I would:

1. try to get some writing work done

2. clean up around the unit we were all staying in.

I had the rare gift of time – and I loved it.

 

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I decided one day to enjoy a real indulgence. Instead of having my favourite music on in the background while I did chores – I decided to listen to two of my favourite albums by The Cure – uninterrupted  – and in bed!

Please let me explain.

 

When I was a teenager I fell ill with glandular fever and I had to stay in bed. I’d read and often listen to my favourite albums at the time including The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds and Faith. 

I know The Cure had a reputation for depressing music – but I was more interested in the “art” of those albums – the sounds that were  so “new” for that time (the drums and the phased guitars and bass) – and how short instrumentals would blend into fast driving songs.

 

I also loved the “unusual” sounds like what I describe as “angry breathing” on Play for Today on Seventeen seconds.

 

Anyway, one afternoon on this beach holiday I decided to listen to both these albums – in bed – and to really listen.

 

What a treat – what  happy memories of a time of  musical discovery!

What a luxury of listening to entire albums and the way one song blends into another and actively listening to the production and the sounds.

Maybe I’m just a big music nerd! If you enjoy your music too – I encourage you to take the time to listen to your favourite albums from start to finish with total focus.

Yes, I know we are often too busy – but I am so glad I took the time to really re-discover these albums in bed – the way I “discovered” them the first time round!

 

After listening the these albums – I started exploring videos on Youtube.

 

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The clips reminded me of bands I played in  at university. We were in Brisbane, Australia – but we loved that UK vibe and image.

 

Anyway, I better go do some more house chores – like fixing that tap that just goes drip, drip drip…

I live an ordered, contented life these day – but listening to The Cure makes reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm of those uni days!

 

In a previous post, I wrote about how I loved to listen to Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust when I was driving dusty roads. It was a real joy to listen to these early Cure albums in bed.

Do you have any type of music you like to listen to in any particular locations?

Please share in the comments section below.

 

Also, please share what the music of The Cure means to you. Any favourite songs?

 

Here’s a link to a clip of Play for Today and some of those unusual sounds like the “angry breathing”. I always loved the cymbal sounds too.

 

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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 from the classic movie The First of the Few (also known as Spitfire)

 

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So if you grew up watching those classic WWII movies and making model planes – I’m sure you will love this clip.

In previous posts I shared how these old movies and model planes made me a big fan of the RAF roundel (that later became a Mod sign).

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I was also delighted to see Public Service Broadcasting has a T-shirt with their variation of the roundel!

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and here’s a link to the clip.

 

 

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and here are links to other posts about Spitfires and Roundels!

 

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Memories of Captain and Tennille – the story behind that Captain hat and name!

What image do you think of when you think of  the duo Captain & Tennille?

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For me – it is that “Captain’s hat”.

I hadn’t thought about the duo since the 1970s until  recent news of the duo divorcing.

(O.K. – There was one, brief time when I thought of Captain & Tennille – when I  had to explain to my son a Captain & Tennille reference in Modern Family where Phil Dunphy refers to his fists as Captain & Tennille.)

Anyway, I started thinking about how clever their “branding” was – and I wanted to know the story behind that name and captain’s hat!

Why the name “Captain”?

The Captain’s real name is Daryl Dragon.

Apparently, when he played as keyboardist with The Beach Boys, Mike Love gave him the nickname Captain.

Daryl then started wearing the Captain hat to go with the nickname.

In my opinion very,very clever.

Names are so common place in entertainment. Coming up with a memorable name is so important.

“Captain” stands out.

The name plus that hat – REALLY stands out!

I love how Captain would wear that hat – even with a tuxedo! This was his “trademark look”.

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I remember being a kid dancing to my mum’s record of Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together.

To  kid at the time – this was a cool, rockin’ track.

Tennille’s 70s haircut reminded me of Purdy’s haircut in The New Avengers. Don’t get me started about Purdy!!!

O.K. back to the Captain!

I loved the groovy keyboard solo in Love Will Keep Us Together!

I didn’t enjoy Muskrat Love that much – not compared to Love Will Keep Us Together!

What are your memories of Captain & Tennille?? Your favourite tracks?

I never knew Captain’s  real name. I didn’t care. I just remembered that hat!

As a kid, I always thought Tennille was the first name of the woman. Of course it was her last name.

Her full name is Cathryn Antoinette (“Toni”) Tennille

Why Tennille?

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These days as a writing coach and trainer – I teach about the power of the sound of words and in advertising and speeches how to make messages stand out and be memorable.

In my opinion.

the T in Tennille – goes well with the T in CapTain.

Of course Toni has a T too – but I reckon Tennille is a rarer name and stands out more.

Plus Captain &  Toni would sound like Jimmy Buffett’s Captain Tony.

Also, maybe it was just  sign of those male-dominated times – but “leading” with the Captain works well.

To me this was the most “distinctive” part.

What about you?

Maybe you can think of other artists who don’t go by their real names – but have a more memorable name.

Some even have trademark hats/ headgear!

Please add in the comments section below – any artist/band names that really stand out for you – and why the name/image hooked your attention.

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