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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.

 

C and T bottles

 

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!)

 

C bottle

 

 

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

 

O bottle in room

 

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.

 

C and flowers

 

 

SP Mandarino

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.

 

paper moon coffee

 

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!

 

C and T bottles

 

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What’s the actual wording? “A man’s got to know his limitations”

Do you remember the line from the old Dirty Harry movie about a man knowing his limitations?

a good man knows his limitations

 

 

 

I’ve had discussions with lots of mates about what the actual words are.

 

Is it “a good man” or “a man”?

 

Is it: “always knows his limitations” or “man’s got to know his limitations”?

 

Nerdvana

 

 

Anyway, being a real “pop culture nerd”  and “movie line nerd” I’ve researched this  – just in case you ever need to debate what the real words are.

The line is from the 1973 movie Magnum Force where Dirty Harry takes on vigilante cops.

 

His boss tries to keep him off the case – and regards Harry as a risk to society and a risk to proper police and justice procedure.

 

He tells Harry that he (the boss) has never had to take his gun out of his holster.

 

Harry replies with an insult wrapped inside a compliment.

 

“You’re a good man lieutenant. A good man always knows his limitations.”

 

At the end of the movie,  in another confrontation the lieutenant pulls a gun on Harry. Instead of killing Harry, the lieutenant decides to prosecute him.

 

The lieutenant drives off  and his car explodes – and Harry says:

 

A man’s got to know his limitations.

 

So, there are two versions of the line:

 

A man’s got to know his limitations.

 

AND

 

A good man always knows his limitations.

 

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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!

 

rowers photo

 

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. 🙂

 

young rower

 

 

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.

 

rowers photo

 

“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!

young rower

 

“…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

TB adidas

 

 

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.

 

C and TB train

 

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!

word nerd CU

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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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.

A Forest

 

 

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.

video-the-cure-a-forest

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.

 

 

Eugene and the Egg copy copy

 

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.

egg gig 14

 

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)

poster cure

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

 

 

 

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

Spray can Live-and-Let-Die-James-Bond-Roger-Moore-aerosol-cigar-fire

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.

Bucket-Hats

 

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.

warm-orange-memories-2

 

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!

henry blake hat

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.

War Correspondent training

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!

Tb bucket hat 2

 

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!

TB bucket hat

 

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.

plastic_bertrand_ca_plane_pour_moi

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!

Please add your reactions in the comments section below.

 

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!

 

Pogo au Go-Go

 

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

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.

B52 countdown

 

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

Rickywilson b52 star trek

 

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

star trek high hair

 

 

b-52s

 

 

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…

live long and lobster

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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”.

 

mum and Mal

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.

Mal cookie

 

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.

Origin series

 

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

old origin

 

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!

big-mal

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