Showing posts with label 1970's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1970's. Show all posts

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Family Fashion Parade!

I thought I would share some family snaps!

This is my maternal grandmother Sarah.

Aged sixteen.
I believe I have the necklace she's wearing.

Holding my mother

 No idea who that girl is.



She's second from the right here.

Second from the left here and apparently my family knew Grandpa Munster! Who knew 😉

On the right here 

On the left holding my mother with three on her sister in laws. Guess this explains my curls!

My granddad is in the middle and that's his sister, June I think, on the left and that's my nan again on the right.
Seriously, how cool is my granddad? I rarely use that word but he looks like a rockabilly here! I'd love for Andy to have a sleeveless cardigan like he's wearing here but alas, I don't knit.

My granddad again, in Germany.

My granddad's brother Ray marrying wife June

My mother

and her again, aged fourteen

and again, marrying my step dad aged twenty three I think.
Fabulous wedding photo isn't it.

My biological father at the Isle of White festival.

My Scandinavian, paternal great grandparents

Great uncle Bert, my nan's brother.

And I saved the best for last.
The In Crowd.
My nan's brothers and sisters plus girlfriend.
That's Bert again second from the right.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Five Spooktacular Songs

I couldn't let a month of Halloweeny goodness pass by without venturing into the world of music now, could I.

I am very musically minded, but I confess novelty songs don't do anything for me and they are the sorts of songs I do find in my favoured eras of music, but here are some Halloween Appropriate Songs that I do I Rather Like ...


I far prefer the Echo and the Bunnymen version over the original by The Doors.


An absolute classic. Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without this song.


An absolute classic.


From one of my all time favourite films, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and yes, that is Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick


I LOVE this piece of 1980's goodness!


Do you like any of these?
What's your favourite Halloween appropriate song?

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Five Classic Scary Films

It's October and that means Halloween!
So I have turned my blog over to Halloweeny things, just for this month!
The Follyween Bird?


For my first post of October, I bring you five classic spooky/scary/suspenseful films I rather like.

In alphabetical order ...

Cape Fear
"After being released from prison, an ex-con seeks revenge on the prosecutor who put him away, which includes making unsavoury threats towards his wife and 12-year-old daughter. In time, the lawyer decides to fight back."

In my opinion, this film stands head and shoulders above the 1991 Robert DeNiro remake. DeNiro is just too obvious as Cady, while Robert Mitchum (sigh) plays the role in such a subtle way. In Mitchum's hands, Cady really is menacing.
I stand by my opinion that to play something in a subtle way can be far more believable and will leave a lingering impression. Case in point is the 1966 version of Alice in Wonderland, which I will at some point cover on Film Friday. It would be all too easy to portray the March Hare as a zany, off the wall character, but Michael Gough portrays the madness of the hare in such a quiet, subtle way, it comes off far more convincingly.
So yes, in closing, Mitchum good, DeNiro, not bad, just too obvious.


"She was born in Detroit… on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine – a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath."

I shall call 1983 my cut off point for classic films, just because.
Yes, I know the film is not exactly a mirror of the book, but nevertheless, I did enjoy it, largely because Christine is such a beauty and really, who doesn't like a possessive and vengeful car?
I once said to Andy that it was odd, as even though red is my favourite colour, I didn't like red cars. "What about Christine?" he asked. I think I hold dear Christine in such high regard, that no other red car will do, she's so beautiful. And misunderstood ;) I am behind her every step of the way, but parts did make me cringe and hide behind a cushion, but not for scary reasons, I just don't like to see cars damaged!
I won't lie, I would have preferred to see a proper adaptation of King's book, but I'll take this as is, and enjoy it for what it is.


Don't Look Now
"A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. "

I own this film. I liked it enough to want to own it. But, I have seen it just the once because it got right inside my head, worming its way in, and the woman in red now resides under my bed! So, I can't offer any more than that, but I plan on watching again this month.


Night of the Hunter
"A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery."

It's Robert Mitchum again.
And again, subtle.
Chiiiiiil - dren!


"A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother."

Oh look ... subtle. I like subtle nutcases.
What can I possibly say about this most famous of films?  
Norman Bates, mummy's boy and seemingly mild mannered motel owner with the (gorgeous) house on the hill.


What is your favourite scary classic?

Friday, 9 September 2016

The Precious Things: Vintage Jewellery Pt II

More of my pretty vintage jewelery.
Part one can be found here.
1950's brooch, so incredibly beautiful.

Art deco broch, sadly missing some stones. I wish I could replace them.

No idea of the date of this piece ..
A gift

Art deco glass earrings ..
A gift

I really have no idea how old this is. The stone in the setting is cold to touch.
I strung it on the ribbon myself.

Sadly broken, no idea of age either, probably late sixties, early seventies.

Seventies bangles.

Charity shop earrings.

 Antique shop, £1.50 faux opal and faux diamond earrings.

REAL opal earrings, an anniversary gift.

Once broken, now restrung.  Vintage crystal.

1930's glass. Antique shop.

Faux pearls, given to me as a play thing.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Silver Screen Cars

More Beaulieu pictures from last December!

The cars from ...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

This is Truly Scrumptious's car Isn't it fabulous!

And this needs no introduction :)

And this was apparently in Carry on Screaming

Thursday, 3 July 2014

On This Day: 1971

The Doors.

Yay or nay?Yay for me.

I love hearing a good conspiracy theory, they amuse me no end, but that's not to say I agree with them.  I do not think Paul McCartney is dead, nor do I think Elvis is alive but when it comes to The Lizard King, I believe he is still alive *cough*

Doors' Singer Jim Morrison Found Dead

Jim Morrison, the lead singer of American rock group The Doors has died in Paris aged 27.

He was found in a bathtub at his apartment at 17 Rue Beautraillis by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.

A doctor's report stated the cause of death was heart failure aggravated by heavy drinking.

The rest of the band - keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore - are currently in the United States.

Morrison, also known as the Lizard King, was born in Florida in 1943, his father Stephen was in the US Navy and rose to the rank of admiral.

He formed The Doors with Ray Manzarek in 1965 in Los Angeles.

Morrison had come up with the name after reading Aldous Huxley's account of drug experiences, The Doors Of Perception.

The group became the first popular "new wave" band. Their first album, The Doors, released by Elektra Records in 1967, was a number one hit in the US, though only just scraped into the British charts.

Their following albums, Strange Days and Waiting For The Sun, provided further American hits and, in Hello I love You, a British number 15.

Arrested For Lewd Behaviour

But with its ever growing fame, the band lost some of its credibility in the rock underground.

Morrison's behaviour, fuelled by drink and drugs, became more outrageous and in 1969 he was arrested for "indecent exposure, lewd conduct and public intoxication" after a concert in Miami's Dinner Key auditorium.

Though some of the charges were later dropped, the scandal made it hard for the band to perform live for some time.

Morrison used the crisis as a spur to creativity and produced one of the group's most critically acclaimed albums, Morrison Hotel, in 1970.

Over the past year he has made clear he wanted to drop music altogether to become a writer.

He has already published two volumes of poetry, The Lords and The New Creatures, and planned to begin a literary career once his contractual obligations to Elektra were fulfilled.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

On This Day: 1975

What are your opinions on the Lord Lucan case?

Do you think it was murder or an accident?

Do you even think he did it?

 Missing Earl Guilty of Murder

Lord Lucan murdered the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children, an inquest jury has decided.

The earl has not been seen since the night Sandra Rivett died on 7 November 1974, and the jury of three women and six men returned the verdict in his absence.

A warrant committing him for trial at the Central Criminal Court was issued by Westminster Coroner Dr Gavin Thurston immediately after the decision.

Scotland Yard detectives said they were "making active inquiries" abroad in an attempt to trace the disgraced peer - nicknamed "Lucky" because of past successes at the gambling table.

The court was told how the seventh earl of Lucan had beaten and killed Mrs Rivett with a lead pipe in the basement of their Lower Belgrave Street home and put her body in a mail sack.

Lady Lucan said he later attacked and seriously injured her when she came to investigate why the family's nanny was taking so long to make tea.

The coroner told the inquest the motive for these attacks was a "matter of conjecture".

The peer's estranged wife said in a statement she was relieved the case was over and now intended to put the matter behind her.

"I cannot say that I am pleased or displeased with the verdict - I was only concerned with establishing the facts," she said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Roy Ranson said outside court he thought it unlikely the missing earl was still alive, but told reporters it would not affect the inquiry into the murder.

"We're still looking for Lord Lucan all over the world and until these sightings run out we'll continue to follow every one up," he said.