A field of rape. Very picturesque.
And not nearly as infuriating as bloody Virgin Media - for a couple of days, they appear to have had ache or proxy problems. It getting damned annoying !
Well, that's what the sign says.
...and the significance of the baskets of freshly laundered towels ? Beats me.
( Sorry. not very talkative. Spent the evening dealing with an irate...bloke...whose returned something I sold on eBay that he's convinced is dead. Works perfectly for me.)
Bonus - who needs turning rotor blades ?
With today's furore over Gordon Brown ( or if you're a Daily Mail reader, Gordy Bottler McBroon) and his response to questions about Eastern Europeans in Britain, I thought I'd just on the bandwagon with a positive image of some Eastern Europeans
Here we have Bogdan and Mischa, two hardworking farmers who have worked every day of their lives, and never sponged off the state. A product of a strong community, centred on the church. Just the sort of people that the UKIP and BNP would love to keep well away from this Green and Septic Isle.
Bonus. Anyone else chuckle at Gillian Duffy's question "You can't say anything about immigrants. All these eastern Europeans - where are they coming from?".
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Now, I know this is supposed to be Tedious Tuesday, but this one is both topical and possibly interesting.
Europe was paralysed (© Daily Mail) by the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull emitted vast cloud of ash. This slide appears to have been taken in Hawaii, and another volcanic outpouring.
I'm sure a vulcanologist could point out the difference between Eyjafjallajökull's ash eruptions, and Hawaii's creeping ash wall, but I can't.
Bonus - Inexpilcable Photo of the Day - Buddhist Monk in Dodgem
It may have been The Summer of Love, but as these two lovely girls show, the reality for the general population was still Crimplene, sensible shoes and socks.
Here, the class takes a break from beaches and boys, enjoying the lush (?) valleys of the inland country.
Bonus : Courtesy of B3TA's Damocles...
Penelope is famous for the impressive spread she lays on, and when it's for the Surbiton And District Amateur Operatic Society, she really excels herself. Perhaps this spread will be the one that secures her the lead role in HMS Pinafore, rather than that snooty Mrs Agnews at No 38 (I mean, she uses pre-prepared canapes from Tesco ! the nerve of it !!)
Bonus - as The Polyphonic Spree went down so well on Thursday.....
I almost typed The Bride and Goon, but that chap looks far too much like a trainee solicitor to be a Grytte-Pype Thynne or BlueBottle.
If the mention of those two names leaves the reader with a furrowed brow of incomprehension, I'd direct them to here
Bonus - If you're a fan of great but odd music (Hi Reb) I urge you to try this vid. It's Lully
Who'd Have Thunk It?
The Slide Guy blog has reached 666 posts, and I thought I'd mark the occasion with a truly hellish beast of a slide. You may recognise the subject as Milton Jefferson, but if you did...you must be very VERY sad.
So, what sort of numpty actually keeps slides like this? Me, obviously, but why on earth didn't Maude and Milton just chuck this slide out when it came back ?
Bonus 1 - A Different Home - WANT!
The Monty Python team seemed to have come up with the "pepperpot" name, referring to the "little old wifeys" dressed up in the strange long heavy tweedy coats that seem to have disappeared nowadays.
And here we have three of them, enjoying a grim day out at Blackpool, the Las Vegas of Lancashire. Thick wool coats, mackintoshes, flat caps and grey overcast weather. But what....no whippets ?
On the pier are adverts for a few performers - Modley, Don Arrol and Julian Jorg. Forgotten names them all, but what's this - a quick Google throws up this eBay sale. Spooky or what?
Bonus - For all you iPhone users...
"Hey kids. We don't need to head off to that snooty Country Club do we ? We can have fun in our on garden, can't we? I'll go and fetch the pool from the garage, we'll have fun without those snobby, black-balling folks at The Club".
Bonus - A Game, of sorts. Regarding the Polyphonic Spree. Typically infuriating and charming.
He always was a bit of a "Leg Man", and today...he luck is in. Nice to see the dual-duty floor - for those youngsters out there, that's a Shuffleboard arena marked out.
Bonus - For Sensei Arkangel - Taekwondo Fail
Bonus Too - Smelly Cat / Meth Lab
I could understand The Blue Bell, The Bluebell, or even The Blue Ball, but "The Blue Bull". Curious. Very curious.
This one came from a box of slides of someone's trip back to The Old Mother Country (Eire) but you could probably guess the location from the place-names.
Bonus - Undoubtedly, one of the saddest cookery websites I've seen. Microwave Cooking For One.
Not convinced ? How many websites devote a page to reheating a Frankfurter?
Bonus - Art Attack - Adolf
Arran wool, Tank Top ? Check
Boys' Red Trousers? Check
Wide-Collared Shirt? Check
Purple Cords ? Check
Unconvincing Syrup ? Check
Father with "Just Shoot Me" look? Check
Welcome to The Seventies
Bonus : Man gets himself waxed for the love of humanity
I scanned this, and thought that it was another Don Draper / Mad Men era image and quite a pleasant one at that. Nothing wrong with women in swimsuits I'd opine...if I was a sexist bloke.
But preparing the slide for blogging today, I was struck by a couple of small things.
1. That's a bitching water-slide in the background.
Nowadays, the Daily Mail would be wingeing about Elf n Safety...I mean it's so high, and there nothing to stop the young and/or stupid from falling off it. Tough. That's just the way the 1960's were.
2. Why is he wearing gloves ?
Is he an undercover Custom's Inspector? Is he an off-duty butler? I doubt we'll ever know.
...you rarely see nowaday.
No, not two buses travelling on time.
I mean the Cross-Dressing City Investment Banker, riding into "The Square Mile", Side-Saddle, on a Grey Gelding called Trevor. I guess it must be a masonic thing.
'ere. Ain't the streets quiet?
Bonus 1 - A Masterclass in Caravan-Towing.
Bonus 2 - Man in hospital after rare wombat attack
As any film buff know, the concrete council housing estates of Dundee have stood in for the architecture of Soviet Russia.
What's less well known is that the Tay Rail Bridge provides an excellent 5/8th scale representation of the Golden Gates Bridge in San Francisco. By careful shooting, the Aberfoyle Nuclear Power Station is just out of shot, and the illusion will fool 90% of the audience.
Bonus : Teach your geek kids the A-Z of Comic Books
Bonus 2 : ZBIGNIEW RYBCZYNSKI - Tango Viewers of a certain edge will dread the words "Cutting Edge Eastern-European Animation", but this.... well...
...it's The Communards, from another dimension !
Actually, it's from a series of Herbert M Munroe Elementary School slides, but there's a strange vibe to these guys. A front man taking centre stage and the other guy, operating a small set of electronic gubbins. It could be anyone of a dozen early 1980's electro-pop outfits.
Except, transported to mid 1960's rural Mississippi. Playing to a school hall full of confused teens. Accompanied by the odd looking, but vocally amazing girl.
Yeah, that's what the picture says to me.
Bonus 1 - As promised, an April calendar to use as a backdrop.
Bonus 2 - Quizarray - Nostalgia and quizzes from B3TA-Bloke Monkeon.
Hey look, it's that bloke. The one with the ear. Or without an ear.
Yeah ! Van Goff. But he's got an ear. I thought he was supposed to have hacked one off. But he's still got one.
Maybe he had two on that side before.
Bonus - American Tea-baggers. Not slaves to proper spelling.
April calendar tomorrow. I hope.
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