Friday, June 29, 2012

Freaky Friday - Johnny Carroll & Friends

Dodgy, dodgy Dave.
Taste the wine and show me what exactly?!

Not just a man - he is the Pleasureman.
(And do I spy a mullet resting on those shoulders?!)

Here's to Freaky dudes on album covers, surprise mullets and a great weekend.
Happy Friday!

All pics found at Amazingly Awful Album Art

Monday, June 25, 2012

Footloose - End Dance Scene 1984 vs 2011

I love a movie remake - especially an 80's remake.

Some have definitely been done better than others (think FAME 2009 - disaster!)
The Footloose remake is as good as it could possibly be.
It stayed very true to the original film, which I think is the secret to its success (and any remakes success in my opinion) and retained several songs from the original movie.

I was searching Youtube to watch the final dance scene of Footloose 1984 and 2011 to compare them.  And low and behold - someone has already made a video using cuts of both versions of the scene - God bless the internet.

The original seems less choreographed, and more vibrant and fun. 
The kids really seem to be cutting loose, Footloose (sorry, had to be done), making the most of their chance to dance. The final dance in the new version seems a little more sedate to me.

So, although I did enjoy the remake, I'm afraid you just can't go past The Bacon.
It's 1984 for me.

Your thoughts?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jubilee Swap - Lucy Violet Vintage

I signed up this year to be part of the 'Jubilee Swap' over at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping.
Lakota (of Faith Hope & Charity Shopping) matched bloggers who signed up from all over the world, with a partner to swap items with.
I was super lucky to be matched with one of my favourite Australian bloggers -  Kylie over at Lucy Violet Vintage.
In the swap, you had to send your partner a min of 3 items, a thrifted item (but if all items were thrifted - great!), a handmade item (either by yourself, a friend or an Etsy purchase etc) & at least one item with a Jubilee theme.

Kylie sent me this gorgeous package (even the package was Jubilee themed!) which included:

1) Hand made apron with 2 gorgeous pockets on the front of beautiful English landmarks.
2) A handmade ring by Pat over at A Treasured Past in a very cute Jubilee themed box.
3) A 1977 Queens Silver Jubilee teatowel.
4) English Breakfast Tea (T is for Twinings) .
5) All packed beautifully in a Diamond Jubilee Tin with a lovely note on a vintage London postcard.

Thank you Kylie for all the time and effort you have put into the swap and for all my beautiful gifts. I am thrilled with my treasures and you have certainly made my first 'swapping' experience a good one.
And a thank you to Lakota at Faith Hope & Charity Shopping for organising it all.

I have finally completed my purchases for Kylie (she set the benchmark pretty high & I had to regroup upon receiving hers!!) but her package will be on its way to WA this week!

While the closing date for the swap is not until the 7th of July, alot of people have already completed the swap and are adding links of pictures of their loot onto the Faith Hope & Charity Shopping site here if you'd like pop over & check out what other people received.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Freaky Friday - Awkward Pet Photos

Pleats, Pleather and a Pussy Cat - Happy Days.

He loses an enormous amount of cred 
with the parrot on his hand.

What is with the parrots?!

The poor dog looks deeply concerned.

Must I end every Freaky Friday post with a man in Speedos or underwear?
If at all possible, yes.

Happy Friday!

All pics from the land of all that is Awkward - Awkward Family Pet Photos

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Documerica Project - Photographs by Marc St.Gil

For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.

The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series, and they can now be seen online.

 Marc St. Gil was one of nearly one hundred photographers hired for DOCUMERICA. His assignment was to document the water and air pollution crisis in and around Houston, Texas.

While documenting the apparent pollution issues, St. Gil also captured striking images of rural life in 1970s in the Houston and San Antonio areas.


Here are a few of my favourites from Marc St.Gil's set, 
along with the photographs original captions. 

Above 2 pics - Campers at Garner State Park, 07/1972

 Leakey, a Small Town near Garner State Park, Derives Much of Its Income from Summer Tourists and Fall Deer Hunters, 07/1972

 Leakey Resident Cooling Her Feet in the Rio Frio, 07/1972

Owner of the Local Grocery and Drugstore, 11/1972

 Abandoned Oil Field, 06/1972

 Cut-Rate Gas Station Operates Out of Bus, 06/1972

 Lunching on the Beach Opposite the Olin Mathieson Chemical Plant, 06/1972

 Olin Mathieson Chemical Plant on Far Side of Lake 07/1972

 The Polluted Lake Charles Which Has a Dangerously High Level of Mercury. Olin-Mathieson Plant in Background 06/1972

 Teenagers Enjoy Each Other's Company on the Bank of the Frio Canyon River near Leakey, Texas, and San Antonio 05/1973

 Area Young People Gather in the Cedar Woods by the Frio Canyon River near Leakey, 
Texas, and San Antonio, 05/1973

 Den behind a Store Which Caters to the Teenage Group in Leakey, Texas, near San Antonio, 05/1973

 The Atlas Chemical Company Belches Smoke across Pasture Land in Foreground. 06/1972

 Milk Wort and Butterfly in the Texas Countryside, near San Antonio, 06/1973

Friday, June 15, 2012

Freaky Friday - Mullets and Man Rugs

Mullets and cosy Man Rugs to 
keep you warm on these cold Melbourne Winter days.

No man rug here, but a very impressive 
mullet & a pair of zip front G string Speedos.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fame - Red Light

Great song 'Red Light' by Linda Clifford and scene from the 1980 film FAME.

Leroy (Gene Anthony Ray) helps a friend audition for the New York High School of Performing Arts, but ends up stealing the show and instead secures himself one of the highly coveted positions.

Watching Leroy's friend in this clip always reminds me to liberally apply Antiperspirant Deodorant before slipping on my pale blue leotard and hitting the dance floor.


I just love this fantastic photograph titled 
'Dating Teens 1964' by Dee Halpern of Southern Day.

"That is my boyfriend Dave and I in the summer of '64 in Sarasota, Florida.
We were married in 1968 and are still married to this day. 44 years." 
- Dee Halpern

Cool photo and story.
Many thanks to Dee for allowing me to share this pic here. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Retro Cups & Mugs

I have a real thing for brightly coloured retro cups and mugs.

This great collection belongs to Stephen of Target Retrospective.

Majority of this particular collection is Staffordshire Pottery,
for those in the pottery know.
 (This excludes me. 'There is much to learn my young apprentice.')

Big thanks to Stephen for allowing me to show his cool collection here.

Staffordshire Pottery Jar

Staffordshire Jars

Staffordshire Tableware Storage Jars

Midwinter, Hostess & J & G Meakin

Had to include these coffee pots - amazing!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bradford Motors Garage - 50% Off Storewide

It's RETRO. It's a SALE. I'm THERE! 

Bradford Motors Garage is closing it's Retail Store in Mordialloc.

Head on down there next Friday and Saturday to
grab some fabulous Rockabilly wares.

But if you can't make it to down to the store, please visit 
the online 'Retro Shop' at the Bradford Motors Garage website.

Freaky Friday - Golden Granny Moments

A few offerings of Awkward Granny Goodness....

Only the good folk at N.A.S.A know what's in her hairspray.

Keeping the 'wash n set' dry.

Granny wants off the ride!!


All images from the 
Freaky Mother Ship Awkward Family Photos

Happy Friday all!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rocky IV 1985

I love an underdog story, and they don't come much better
 than the Rocky series - all six of them.

My favourite of the Rocky films is Rocky IV.
Released in 1985, the fourth installment of the Rocky series
 was the most financially successful Rocky film.

Rocky travels to the USSR to avenge the death of his former
opponent and best friend Apollo Creed. 
Ivan Drago is the enemy. A seemingly heartless,
 Russian fighting machine, responsible for Apollo's death.

One of my favourite scenes is Rocky's training montage, in preparation
for his fight with Ivan Drago, set to the tune 'Hearts on Fire' sung by John Cafferty.

Drago has the high tech equipment, a large team of trainers, & steroids. 
In contrast, Rocky uses the elements, and trains with sheer hard work,
 determination and heart.

(My stomach hurts just watching Rocky's leg raises 
where his trainer Duke says 'No pain, No pain!')

This clip makes me want to run to the top of a mountain 
(or maybe just the top of my drive way) and yell out 

Monday, June 4, 2012

California Bay Area 1970

       I love these fantastic photographs from the year 1970 
by LANCE.V.NIX. on Flickr.

There are so many great photographs in Lance's collection, 
I found it really difficult to select only a few.
So, I have so decided to present them in two sets.
In this instance - one set just wasn't enough!

A huge thank you to Lance for allowing me share these
wonderful photographs here.

The first selection of shots is from the set titled 

"Random mid day shots I took while walking around the University of California, Berkeley Campus during the days of the Hippie Movement"
 - Lance Nix

The second selection of shots is from the set titled 

"At loose ends after my discharge from the U.S.Army I wandered around California for about 4 months before I finally landed a civilian job. I ended up at my cousin's place in Mission Beach for a week or so during that time." 
- Lance Nix

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