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More amazing things about toast and toasters

In a previous post, I wrote about how a visit to a cool cafe adorned with retro toasters inspired me to ponder the importance of toasters and toast.

black toast

B toast 2

B toast sign

I was amazed to find that the toaster has also been used as a percussion instrument – and there is even a song about TOAST s you can enjoy here:

There is even a town in North Carolina called Toast

Toast town

When I travelled to Singapore, I was surprised to find a food chain that specialises in…you guess it!  TOAST.

Plus their range of popular spreads for toasts.Coming from a “toast” culture like Australia – toast is commonplace for me – but I can understand to other cultures toast can seem an “exotic” treat.

Toast-Box singapore

I also pondered how different expressions have been inspired by toast:

Of course – there’s warm as toast 

I was familiar with expressions such as You’re Toast – as in you’re finished.

I didn’t know (until now)  extra slang meanings for  toast:

a toast is another name for a drunk

Also: That’s toast! – means that’s splendid or excellent.

For vintage Toaster fans there are calendars and even toaster art as you can enjoy with this link:

cal_toasters

http://www.toaster.org/toasterart/index.html

And here’s a link to the original toast post:

TOASTERS retro

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/why-you-shouldnt-take-your-toaster-for-granted/

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Why you shouldn’t take your toaster for granted

Chances are YOU take your hard-working toaster for granted. Yes YOU!

black toast

I know I was guilty of toaster neglect and disrespect – until recently when I enjoyed a cool café in Sydney called Black Toast.

B toast 1

The café was decorated with lots of retro toasters as props and these props brought back so many warm and “toasty” memories.

As I looked at the prop toasters I heard other customers stop and look and react the same way I did:

Wow – I remember my grandmother had one of those!

 

So I started thinking about toasters and about how once they were once revolutionary designs that made our lives easier.

To simplify:

Before toasters – we toasted bread on a stick over a fire or in a metal frame in front of a fireplace.

Then we got the electric toaster – where we had to watch and operate it and  “change the toast”.

Then came the revolutionary pop-up toaster – you just put it in, the “magic” toaster popped up the toast when it reached the level of “toastiness” you required!

I love the retro ads – proclaiming the wonders of the new technological toaster – a real lady pleaser!

toasters R

And toasters became the cliché for wedding gifts – when you wanted to help a married couple on the way to domestic bliss.

Then the toaster became commonplace and taken for granted.

We forgot it about because it “took care of itself” – and didn’t need our attention except for the occasional crumb clean.

Maybe if it wasn’t so reliable and burned your toast – you’d pay it more attention.

It became a victim of it’s own efficiency!

Anyway, I am glad to see the toaster is pushing its way back into our attention – claiming back its place in our kitchens.

Look at the bold retro colours and retro designs. Hard to ignore!

TOASTERS retro

There are even novelty designs.

teapot toaster

In my toaster research I even found out that there is a toaster museum.

If you’re interested at the end of this post  are links to that museum and some design/retro articles.

B toast sign

I’m so glad that Black Toast café’s toaster props  – got me thinking about toasters in our lives.

B toast 2

The props reminded me of my grandmother’s old toaster where you had to change the toast.

… as a kid on a cold morning watching the heating coils (don’t know the technical name!) glow orange.

… OR  being woken up by the welcome smell of toast wafting into your room when you were still in bed

…how with one of the  revolutionary (pre-pop-up) toaster design – you opened and closed the side and the toast would slide and change sides for you.

Haven’t thought about this stuff in decades! Memories keep popping up!

What about you? What memories do toasters have for you?

Here are  those links I promised:

http://www.toaster.org/museum.html

http://www.bellemaison23.com/2008/10/retro-kitchen.html

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

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.

Mt spocks music from outer space

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 boys growing up.

Enjoy!

Here’s a presentation on Spock as Wisdom figure:

http://thatneilguy.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/spock-as-wisdom-figure-motion-picture.html

I loved Yoda and Mr Miyagi too! I’ll save those for future posts.

A couple of questions for you. Please add to the comments section.

Who was YOUR wisdom figure?

Who is the female equivalent?

If you’re interested – here’s a link to another post about Spock which in turn links to my logical analysis on why the latest Spock Challenge works so well!

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/why-spock-rocks/

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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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Why you fell for the Madmen 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.

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.

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’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!

TBMMCW.001

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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

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Why calculator spelling is so cool! Episode IV – A New Hope

It’s amazing how “silly, little  things” get reaction on the internet. I write about all sorts of “important” and serious things – but one topic that has got lots of positive reaction from around the world is a “silly” post about calculator spelling –  a random, spontaneous post that’s turned into a series of posts on the topic!

O calc spelling

It seems lots of people have fond memories of calculator spelling – and I was amazed to find out that it is a world-wide phenomenon! Posts about this at the end:

For me, one of the best things about re-discovering calculator spelling is “using the Force” of calculator spelling to help my 8-year-old son Orlando master some of the spelling basics – especially vowel combinations like OI. I’ve also been using the Force of Star Wars to make spelling more interesting 🙂

 

My son learns better with his hands and so the fun aspect of punching numbers into a calculator and making words and looking at the calculator upside down – helps him remember the words.

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He also learns well from forming words with Scrabble letters. He shuffles the letters around and then taking a “mental snapshot” of what the word looks like.

O scrabble

So this week, we’ve had fun and laughs – doing both – forming letters with  Scrabble letters of the limited calculator spelling alphabet  and then punching the words into a calculator.  Here’s the alphabet  you’ve got to work with.

beghilos

We used a simpler version:

beghilos

I’d been trying to help my son remember the OI combination for words like mOIsture.

Calculator spelling and Scrabble helped him remember a few more OI words:

soil

boil

A cheeky smile spread across my son’s face as he turned to me and said:

What a shame we don’t have a T in calculator spelling!

shi

He cracks me up!

It seems kids around the world like making “naughty” words with calculator spelling:

Here’s a link to an earlier post about this – and other posts about calculator spelling AND harnessing the force of Star Wars to teach spelling.  Enjoy!

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/naughty-calculator-spelling-from-other-countries/

https://sentimentalasanything.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/more-random-fun-geeky-stuff-about-calculator-spelling/

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http://busydadtobetterdad.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/how-you-can-use-the-force-of-star-wars-to-help-your-kids-with-school-work-episode-iv-a-new-hope/

Tonight’s spelling is about how the F sound can be made with the letter combination GH – an in lauGH and of course PH.

I’ve already got ideas about how to make PH words memorable: 🙂

O phantom

What memories do you get from the fab fabric – Terry Towelling?

Did you wear terry toweling as a kid? Do you still wear it?

I still love to wear my prized retro bright orange Yachtees Terry Towelling shirt.  It’s like wearing a towel – the warm embrace is comforting and brings back so many golden memories –   the beach, caravan holidays, bright and carefree days!

They were often called the Marlin shirt because of the marlin logo – but the official name was Yachtees!

My wife bought this vintage Bonds Yachtee shirt for me when she found it at markets at Byron Bay. The shirt gets so many comments when I wear it out.

Mums at school usually say “My dad had one of those!” or “I had a terry towelling hat!” It was such a “dad” shirt back in the late 60s and early 70s.

I had one of those TT hats too – mine had the zipper compartment on the top where you could store your hankie and your bus money. What a caring and useful piece of clothing! Plus is was bright orange and “high viz” (visability) before high viz became the norm, Definitely ahead of its time!

I always remember a girl at school wore blue terry towelling shorts on sports day (very daggy) and of course Sean Connery wore a blue TT “play suit” as James Bond.

It was the cool leisure fabric of the time.

I was so taken with the towelling that I formed a musical combo with my drummer mate Lindsay and we played “beach” and “sailing” music under the name “Terry Towelling & The Yachtees”. Of course, we would have worn the James Bond leisure suits if we could have found them 🙂 Maybe it was good that we stopped at the shirts!

Here’s a link to an amusing musing in The Guardian about memories of Terry Towelling.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/27/1088274630937.html

You may be comforted to know that people are still selling (and buying) Terry Towelling “fashion” items. Check out this hot little number that sounds like something from Seinfeld’s House of Peterman. I love the description!

“Our popular zip-front women’s robe now combines ease of wear with the absorbency and breathability of fine baby terrycloth. The result is a beautiful, breezy way to lounge. Step into it after a dip in the pool or right out of the shower, or wear over sleepwear. With its mandarin collar, ¾ sleeves, and side-seam pockets, this terry-cloth robe will make you feel cool and fresh every day.”

So here’s to the fab Terry Towelling – may your memory burn as warm and  bright as a bright orange Yachtee shirt!

Please share your memories of Terry Towelling!