Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Xmas Xylophone

This is one of the first generation Stylophones that had a transistor oscillator. 

My sister and I were gifted one of these babies in the 70s at Christmas one year. 

We learned to play the French nursery rhyme "Frére Jacque" on it and probably drove my parents insane!  I often wondered why the batteries were ALWAYS flat or we couldn't find any.

The first thing that always went on the Xylophones was the wire on the stylus, which apparently was a common thing.  Also, the metal parts around the "keyboard" usually came undone - ours was no exception.  This was a great wee toy that my sister and I enjoyed for years!

Today's music are the best auditions from X-Factor

Monday, 27 April 2015

Wombles and Willy Moon

We are heading down the home stretch with the last few letters of the A to Z Blog Challenge.

We have W, X, Y and Z left. WOW! I can't believe I made it this far.  Today's letter is W.

The Wimbledon Wombles.  Those orange, fuzzy foragers who were under-ground, over-ground Wombling free?  Sticking their bear-like pointy noses into everyone's rubbish and always finding something of significance?

Remember Great Uncle Bulgaria with his specs perched on the end of this nose and his tartan shoes. Orinoco is the lazy one, who is always late,  Tobermory the clever one and bossy Bungo.   Madame Cholet who spoke with a very posh French accent, who I always thought was Madame Charlotte and Cousin Cairngorm McWomble the Terrible.  There was wee Wellington with his blue and black cap and black rimmed specs?  They were all dead cute.  I used to watch the TV series every Saturday morning and sang along to the very catching song "Wombling Free"

The Wombles always had brilliant adventures while on "Tidy Up Duty".  They used to find all sorts of useless stuff that they made interesting.  My Dad always used to say that "The Wombles could make honey outta dog shite!"  Yeah...my Dad is quite a character with a mouth like a sailor...

Did you enjoy watching The Wombles?

Today's music features Willy Moon. He's not vintage, but his music definitely sounds from a different era. 


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Vinyl Junkie

We all had Vinyl records growing up.  The old, think 78s were not during my time, but the dinky 45" singles and the 33 were still very much the trend during the 80s. 

We religiously wiped them with our valour fabric squares that we kept in a plastic zippy.  We'd gently settle the needle on the very edge of the record, being incredibly careful not to scratch or bounce the needle.

Then cassette tapes came along and we used our pencil to rewind our tapes when they got stuck in our Walkman, then in popped the CD and vinyl made a trendy come back this decade.

Everyone now regrets using their old vinyl records as décor at the family sixties parties, or used them as frisbies to entertain their pooch.  These days they are pretty valuable, especially the old rare printings of some vinyl records. Don't you just love how as time ticks by the trends come and go and come around again...

Pity I didn't hold on to all my dad's Decca 45s of the early Rolling Stones stuff. 

Happy Shopping at a modern day Vinyl Shop, Record Mad

Today's music feature is Van Halen

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Under The Bramble Bushes

Remember clapping this Playground Classic?

My sister and I used to do clapping games at lightning speed - I still do it with my lassies too.

Under The Bramble Bushes
Under The Sea
Boom, Boom, Boom
True Love for me, my darling
True Love for you.
And When we Marry,
we'll raise a family.
Under The Bramble Bush...

We used this and other songs for clapping and skipping games too.

I loved skipping (with double ropes too) and Chinese ropes (which was just a bunch of elastic bands joined together).  You and a friend stood face-to-face about four feet from one another, hooked the elastics around your ankles and the person playing the game jumped in and out and on the elastic bands in time to the syllables of the song.

Not last night but the night before
24 robbers came knocking at my door,
I ran out, (run out of rope), to let them in, (jump back in)
and this is what they said to me :
Spanish dancers do the splits, (jumper doing the commands after each)
Spanish dancers do the kicks,
Spanish dances turn around,
Spanish dancers touch the ground,
Spanish dancers get out of town, (run out of rope, end of turn) 

 and loads of  risqué ones too

When Suzy was a school girl, she said miss, miss I can't do this I've got my knickers in a great big twist.  When Suzy was a teenager ... She said "ooh, ah I've lost my bra, I've left my knickers in my boyfriend's car".

I much preferred playing marbles in the dirty with the boys though.

Today's musical interlude is my favourite band as a teenager. I was so much in love with Paul Hewson aka Bono and had all their records.


Tank Girl

Tank Girl is a movie based on the British cult comic-strip, our tank-riding anti-heroine fights a mega-corporation, which controls the world's water supply. 

It's a fun film filled with quirky in-yer-face humour, sexy half-nude girls and great one-liners.

Look, its no Schindler's List, but if you're in the mood for a feel-good girl empowering film, this is the one to get you smiling. 

It's simple and predictable and full of sarcastic wise-cracks.


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