Sunday, 31 January 2010

Wheeeeeeee !



Hopefully, some of you may recognise this, slightly. 

As we wave goodbye to January 2010, some lucky characters will be saying farewell to the January page  from the 2010 Slide Guy calendar.

Looks like fun, doesn't it ?

Bonus - How to Suck at FaceBook

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Hollings Fashion Show - Swimsuits


As requested by someone ("Hi D****" ), girls wearing very little.

From the Hollings Fashion Show 1988, the models display the students swimsuit projects. Not much else to add, really.

Bonus - Texans Outraged by Vegetables (I recommend checking the video ad, tho' possibly NSFK/NSFW)

Friday, 29 January 2010

Go West, Young Man

If this had been in focus, it could have made a great desktop wallpaper; trimmed and cropped. However, it's still intriguing. No information (you expected that, didn't you?) but I enjoy a little in the way of detective work.

A Kodachrome slide, but a bigger image than 135 film, so probably Kodak 828 size, which would suggest a 1950's or 1960's date.

Th banner of of Roses makes me think of "Tournament of Roses" in Pasadena. However, the wet road is a surprise.

Bonus - Advertising - Creativity in action.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Gracias Alberto Lleras !


Strange. I took one look at this slide, and immediately thought "That's not Europe. In fact, it look South American.  Columbia ?"

So, spotting the "Gracias Albertos Lleras banners, I did some Googling, and lo and behold, Alberto Lleras Camargo was the President of Columbia from 1958 to 1962. Cool. One point to me.

Bonus : Cool Taxis

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Extreme Joy


(Obviously, Blogspot doesn't want to upload a slide of two extremely happy girls in bikinis, jumping into a pool.  Maybe later...)


Edit :    Aha, now it works.   Yes, it's slightly blurred, but innit great?


Bonus - Kids in water, they love it

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Box of Plants


This has to be one of the worst slides I've featured on Tedious Tuesday.

Badly lit, badly composed, badly exposed and to be honest, not an especially startling subject. Just looks like a bunch of Heuchera seedlings.

Bonus : Australian dumb-ass superglues phone to ear

Monday, 25 January 2010

Reindeer in Florida

Yeah, good choice "Lion Country Safari", of Florida USA.  

Reindeer.

From the snow-bound north, to the sub-tropical regions of America.

Very clever.

Bonus : So normal, it hurts.


Sunday, 24 January 2010

STEAM !

As mentioned before, there are some excellent slides by competent photographers, and from the recent geologist in Hawaii set, I thought tht this abstract vulcanism one would make an excellent backdrop.

Bonus - A song about Scotch Eggs.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Duck Herders


Teenage Girls, cross-legged and beside the pool.
( That's going to bring some disappointed Googlers.)
Bonus - Cat Defines 'Nom, nom"

Friday, 22 January 2010

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Paris

I know I'm quite insulting about many (most?) of the images and photographers featured in this blog, and for that I am not very sorry. But every so often, I get a batch of slides by a genuinely talented photographer.

Just this week, I've been scanning some by a photographer who takes rather good scenic and landscape shots. Most are from a trip to Hawaii, and I'll probably offer one as a wallpaper this weekend, but there are some good uns from Paris France.

So, today's shot is a rather splendid shot of Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. No sarcasm, no snide comments - just sit back and enjoy.

Bonus - Epic Trampoline Skills

Extra Bonus - What Earth Would Look Like With Rings Like Saturn

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Biker Babe


Hog Wild !

There re those who maintain that the Harley Davidson is the ultimate motorcycle, but Betty is convinced that the 2-stroke step-thru' put-put is the ideal transport.

I mean, can you imagine a Harley with some wicker basket panniers? Go, try and imagine it.   You're smiling now, aren't you?

Bonus : That Wacky Germanic Wermacht.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Careful Now !

They could break your arm !  **


Of course, if one swan is strong enough to break a man' arm, then two swans would be strong enough to break a woman's leg, two arms and make off with her handbag.

Maybe.

** Could just be an urban legend.

Bonus : Hope your Christmas was better than this.


Monday, 18 January 2010

The Three Tenors (USAF Style)


For every Pavarotti, there are probably 1,000 Pavarotti Wannabees, and when Major General Herbert "Stormin' Herb" Schnecktel arrived at retirement age, well, the opportunity seemed too good to miss.

Joined by Colonel "Bob" Robertson (left) and Lieutenant Joel Veitch (right), they serenades the party with a rendition of "My friends, unaccustomed as I am..." to the tune of Hail To The Chief.

The mood was spoiled by Bob forgetting to wear his dress trousers, and having to wear navy slacks belonging to his neighbor. No wonder Herb looks pissed off. (Still, doesn't explain why Herb's trousers look, umm, damp from the thigh downwards.)

Bonus : Maru and the Plug

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Lucy

A genius knows when to listen to the crowd, and so do I.

The masses (well, three of you) want funny looking kids, so...will this do? Some of you may recognise her from last year's Slide Guy calendar, but here she's the featured gal, not one third of the team.  Still dolled up for a...well, something.

Bonus :

Saw this  

and thought of this  (Gif by HappyToast)

Saturday, 16 January 2010

The Hermitage

OK. It may ot actually be a hermitage : I'm not sure what it is. It could be the village hall for Torridon, or the staff accommodation at the St Moritz Hilton.  Either way there's something obout this scene I like. It might be related to the wall in the foreground, built for no discernible reason, and at two separate times - witness the differing sizes of stone being used.


Bonus : Right This Is Going To Cause Nightmares

Any reuests for tomorrow's slide?   Weird looking kids or Scenery or Sunsets?

Friday, 15 January 2010

Scary Street Art


Or Graffiti if your prefer.

What is it?   An horned elf in a face mask? Penguin with horns? And is it holding a kebab skewer, or is a gear-stick.

Hmmm.   Nice.

Bonus 1 :  The Swedes Understand Irony.

Bonus 2 : Uses for old Christmas Trees.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Daphne's Fashion Choice.


The classic Blue One or the Hp and Trendy one?

Now there's a tricky choice. I know which i would choose to wear.

I mean, umm, if I was a girl, I'm sure I'd know.

Anyway, it's the little side details that make me smile. The bowls of cheesy nibbles on the coffee able. And I'm sure one of them will be little cold sausages on cocktail sticks.

But best of all...the three Viking Longboat wall decorations. Classy. Want.

Bonus Site: I would have recommended Sleep Talkin' Man, but sounds like it's broken out into the wider world. I mean, even the Daily Mail is featuring it.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

The Disdain of a Cat

As the old saying goes, you can lead a cat to string but you can't make it play.

Old Humphrey here is displaying all the symptom of being a grumpy old fat cat. Intrigued by a ribbon dangled in front of him, but too aloof to actually make a lunge for it. Besides, it's almost time for a snooze.

Bonus - The real dangerous sports club.


Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Can You Tell What It Is ??


Because I can't. Heck, I'm not even sure it's even the right way up, or even what the scale it. 

If pressed for a guess, I'd say that it might be a close up of tree bark. Scots Pine or something.

Suggestions are welcomes.

Bonus : Found picture. Info here


Monday, 11 January 2010

An Inconvenient Tree



Checking the Internet Surfer Responses log, I see that we have almost two replies. So, as every reader is valuable, here's one of the promised / threaten Before and After pics. Pity someone planted a tree there, blocking off most of the background. Oh well. Maybe I'll post one of the others in th future.

Bonus - What ?



Sunday, 10 January 2010

Wetton in the Snow

Usually, I'm complaining that I have no idea where or when a picture was taken, but that can't be the case here. I bought a box of slides marked "Wetton, Derbyshire", and uncovered a veritable treasure trove.

Most of them were slides of sepia tones old prints, and I had  great day one bank holiday taking my own photos at the same spot, for some Before and After shots - care to see some?

This slide had a hand-written note of "Off the Wetton to Butterton Road, Feb 1991". So that's fairly clear.  As we're still experiencing snow in reasonable quantities around here, I thought it would be apt to use this as a background for my PC.

Bonus : Misery Bear Goes to London   Fantastic

Friday, 8 January 2010

Pointing at the Porcelain


" Yeah, right. And then once, we went and visited the Mr and Mrs LaForge, and they're, like, from France, or Spain, or somewhere, and they talk weird, and sound funny, 'cos their French I suppose.   So while Mom and Pop were talking to them about school, n church, n stuff, I had to take a wizz, and a went to their john, and you'll never guess what they had there...it was a foot spa...yeah, right there next to the crapper, and I ent "No Way", but it was, and I just had to take a picture of it. And so I asked Mr LaForge "that's a foot spa in your john, innit?" and he says "no, ma pet-eat, zat is a Bee-Day", and I said "What?".     Them Frenchies, they're crazy.

Bonus.   From those nice guys at B3TA....

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Statue ? Yes, it's me.

Damned fine statue. Full of symbolism.

The Lion represents the British Empire, proud and fierce, and King of th Jungle. Never mind that the lion is usually a lazy old Lothario, with th lionesses doing the actual hunting.... that's not the intended message.

The Crocodile represents, the old African order, almost dinosaur-like in it's slow moving** and vicious nature.

The triumph of Lion over Crocodile clearly represent Imperial Confidence.

...except, that pose by the crocodile is rather suggestive. Maybe it's not a fight to the death. Maybe it's not  British Empire defeating the old order. Maybe the sculptor's message is "Africa has been well and truly flicked by the British."

** - Bonus. Slow moving crocodile?  Yeah, Sure.


Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Abstract Architecture


It's frustrating, isn't it?

You see a picture on the Internet, and you want to know more **. But, there's so little information that you have zero chance of finding out more.

This slide, for example. It came from a big box of random slides, and had no info on it, so it could be the Columbian National Orphanage, or the Greek Academy of Science, or the Arizona Institute for Corn Plaster Research. So, I just have to admire it for  being an intriguing, and slightly abstract photo.

** For example : This picture.    What on earth is the story behind it ? (Actually, there are some interesting discussions about it...try this.)

Extra Video : What happens when Whale Hunting Campaigners get in front of Whale Hunters.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Wild Flowers

Greeting Slide Fans. Not sure if today's really falls in the Tedious Tuesday style, but it's certainly not full of action or drama.

Wild flowers in a shady glade, but something about the colouring makes me things it's a shady glade on another planet. Still, that's probbly just a wild fantasy...more likely it's some just Ektachrome film going "off".

Which reminds me of a story. In 1992, the University of Alabama played DeVry Institute in a basketball game. The lads of DeVry scored a fantastic 141 points, and yet still lost by the margin of 117 points, as the final record-breaking score was 258-141 in favour of Alabama. Last week a reporter asked Don Maestri, who was coaching Alabama on the night: "Coach, did you in your wildest dreams ever imagine that you'd score 258 points in a basketball game?" Maestri smiled and replied: "Son, my wildest dreams don't have anything to do with basketball."

Seasonal Viral Video :


Monday, 4 January 2010

Milly, Molly and Mandy


Been a while since we last had a slide from the collection of schools Easter trips, so here's one from the bucket marked "Lloret de Mar 1968".

Three lasses, out on the lash. Probably all grandmothers or great-grandmothers now, but its nice to see them in their first flowering of youth. Hmm. That sounds a bit pervy.

Bonus : Fluffy way to stay warm

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Don Draper's Other Brother

Noticed in my newspaper this weekend that the BBC is gearing up to show series three of Mad Men. Yes !  Excellent series.


So, to celebrate, here's a monthly calendar to showcase Don Draper's other brother. That's Ted. Ted Whitman, with his mom Edith and wife Antonia. The two naughty scamps in the right are the kids Fletcher and Chad. Unlike the smooth and urbane Don, Ted is a Motor Mechanic, and goes bowling with the guys at weekends.

And for all you calendar hunters, here's January's. (And don't forget, there are still some Slide Guy print calendar's available. Drop me an e-mail.)

 

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Before the Party


As the festive season draws to a close, just another chance to post another retro slide. From the early sixties, I suspect, just as Joanie and Carl prepare for the Festive Ball at the local church hall.  Some say that the White Tuxedo is a tricky look o carry off, but here Carl shows that it's the classy look.
More worryingly, old Uncle Mort seems to have been consumed by the Christmas Tree, with only his shoes and socks remaining visible.

Bonus : From the rather excellent Garfield Minus Garfield  

Friday, 1 January 2010

A Quiet Welcome to 2010

A new year, and a new look for the blog. It was about time to move things around.

As most of the YooKay seems to be shivering, today's slide is a picturesque, peaceful shot. And as a bonus, this seems to go quote well with the mood. No real visuals, just the music


Just Triking Around

Sunday afternoon, and little Andy is mucking about on his tricycle. Maybe he'll manage two wheels (with stabilizers, no doubt) in the...