Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A Man Needs His Wheels

You need wheels (as the Merton Parkas said)  if you want to make deals. However, Howard here doesn't seem impressed by his new ride - the Super Scooty Deluxe Cart Plus (with optional convertible pack) just doesn't measure up against his previous Dodge Wanger muscle-car.

Bonus - Not the sharpest tool in the police toolbox.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


Jewel of the Greek Islands.

Your for only 10 million Euros (cash only, no cheques.)

Bonus - Behind the scenes at ‘Planet of the Apes’, 1967

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Soviet Spying Mission

Of course, it looks like an inept souvenir photograph ... that's what they want you to think.

However, I'm convinced that this is a secret soviet spying mission to show the super secret submarine pens of South Central Chicago. (Not easy to say after a glass of Chablis)

Notice that these Julius and Ethel  wannabe have managed to disguise their identities behind ridiculous hats and shades.  Execute the treacherous buzzards!

Bonus -

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Jennie - Posing on a Rock

No wonder she looks a little nervous. Persuaded  by fiancĂ© Ricky to jump into a car and head out into the desert for some glamour photographs.
She's seen those B-Movies, and knows how it can end. Yet, she trusts Ricky. Usually.

I wonder what happened next.

Bonus - Commercial Break

Bonus 2 - Ugly Renaissance Babies

Friday, 25 November 2011

Return of The FLKs

Funny Looking Kids, I say !

Now lookee here, this ole slide may be out-of, ah say, out-of-focus, and more fungus covered than an Arkansas bootleg still, but you shoo can tell that these funny looking kids had brother and sister parents.  In-bred ahm saying.

(Sorry. Don't know why I slipped into Foghorn Leghorn mode.)

Bonus -  “If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?”  Fight Club (1999)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Awaiting Grandma

Not exactly a "Funny Looking Kid" post, but cute and kiddy-ish nonetheless.

Grandma's landed (in a Delta DC-8, I think, rather than a broomstick) and the family's turned out to welcome her. What I find charming is that going to collect grandma in the sixties was still an event to dress up in Sunday Best for. Nowadays, it would be jeans and a t-shirt.

Fascinating lack of security as well.

Bonus - Open Hand Bottle Cavitation Explode Technique explained and demonstrated for any martial arts fans out there.  May not work with beer cans.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Back to the Tedium

After the excitement of JFK day, how better to entertain the hundred of new Blog-Followers than....

A delayed Tedious Tuesday slide. Today (Weary Wednesday?) we feature the pre-match entertainments are the sell-out Unknown vs Don't Know Gridiron match.

Maybe tomorrow we'll have a Funny Looking Kid slide...

Bonus - I saw this a couple of days ago, and saved it for use. However, it appears to have gone viral...even appearing in the Daily Mail (nsfw). I feel so dirty, but here's are the Warriors of Goja

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

JFK Original Grave.

As soon as I scanned this slide, I realised that there was something different about this slide. But.... it wasn't really obvious what.

OK, with hindsight, it's obvious. But it took a while for an idea to blossom, then some Google-Fu confirmed it.

This is a view of John F Kennedy's original grave at Arlington Cemetery. As usual Wikipedia has more info, but  in summary : JFK  was shot on 22-11-1963 (48 years ago today) and the initial plan for a Hollywood burial was replaced by the Arlington Cemetery plan.  He was buried there on 25-11-1963, and at Jacqui's request there was an Eternal Flame installed. (I suspect the boxy structure in the background is the Propane Tank.

In March 1967, the bodies (JFK and two children) were moved to the new permanent grave.

Bonus - no doubt someone will complain but - a date appropriate song.  A Punk Classic.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Where California Began

Yes, another Parade Float.

Yes, it IS rather impressive. I suspect that the main structure of this 'ere float is made up of flowers, just like in the Passadena Rose Parade.

As far as I can make out, the motto on the front (rear?) of the float is "Where California Began", so I guess the photo was taken....In America !!!!

Bonus - Childish fun at the expense of Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Hettie & Nettie

Meet Hettie and Nettie

Hettie's the tall one, and Nettie's the one who's only wearing a coat and hat.

No information on the slide except "May 1962"
Bonus - Recreating Old Photos

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Ruby, Floyd ... and Paul

Just finished scanner a recent batch of 100 slides, and oh boy. It's the veritable Motherlode of Odd Slides.
I could easily create another calendar of fun from just this selection.

In fact, so tempting is it that I'm going to hold back most of the slides from this blog, and only occasionally drip freed them in as wallpapers.

So, why include this one? Well, it's a little too defocused for the calendar, but I still love it. No date on the slide, but the names of the guilty...sorry, subjects has been added. Regrettably, the text on Floyd and Paul's giant buttons are too washed out / blurred to read.

Friday, 18 November 2011

He Shot My Paw

Mad Jack McGruder was the meanest, hardest drinkin', cussin' and shootin' varmint in the whole Junior School, so when someone shot his pup's paw, he was out for revenge.

Bonus - You Park Like A ****. (NSFW for sweariness.)

Thursday, 17 November 2011

1..2..3..4 DANCE!

No, it's not the Native American Riverdance squad.

It's the New Mexico Rain Dancers.

Bonus -

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Seventies Fashion

They say that if you wait long enough, everything comes back into fashion.

Could be a long wait.

Bonus : While You're Waiting

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

A phrase that's been bouncing around my head for weeks. Google-Fu reveals that it was a hit for Zoe in 1990. Yeah...who?

Monday, 14 November 2011

American Baronial

One of the worst regarded architectural style, American Baronial is illustrated here by the charmless Hotel Prolapse in beautiful downtown Burbank.

American Baronial was a mix of faux Medieval Gothic, post-war pre-fab and Dadaism. Glass Pyramids and fake turrets mix happily...or to be honest, squat nearby without fighting.

Bonus - Please. Let this be a spoof. If it isn't.... these people need punching. Repeatedly.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Where DID you get that hat, Agatha?

Just scanned this beauty from Feb 1964 this morning, and oh boy, if I hadn't already design next years calendar, this is almost certainly a shoe in.

What was was Agatha thinking when she bought/ made that monstrosity? Not even Grayson Perry would thing that was a sensible choice.

Bonus - Principles of Self-Defence - Run Away. Well worth a read.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Lovely Girls

Heavens ! Our American cousins really do love their parades, even in what appears to be chilly weather, they'll trick up a couple of farm trailers, and load them up with all sorts of tat. And sometimes, lovely velvet-clad ladies.


Bonus - Cyriak's at it again. Kitty City

Friday, 11 November 2011

Only 16132Km From Frankfurt

As sung in the Gene Pitney song.

(Yes, another late night)

Bonus - Japanese Owl Transformation - can you guess what happens?

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Mr Sam Cooper

Mr Sam Cooper combines his roles as Motivational Speaker for the Arkansas Pub Landlord's Association and "Scary Red Eye Man".

His face was frozen into that wretched grin after witnessing the act of mating between two wild hogs.

Bonus - Too Soon? But appropriate for the day (UK at least.)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Great Car Parks of the World - No 76

The Mount Hopkins Nature Trail Overspill Car Park.

Personally I would rate it higher, but I'm off my head on Ibuprofen and Immodium.

Bonus - It's a man's life at Drama college. Evidence

Sunday, 6 November 2011

The Creepy Trio

I'm struggling to imagine the familial relationships here. Father with son& daughter? Husband, Wife and Father-in-Law? Three Strangers?

And is the "dada" really Jeff Goldblum? I dunno.

Bonus - Good Catch !

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Mrs Trellis, of North Wales writes...

"Dear Mr Arkangel, Love the Arbroath-related web-log, but it needs more Funny Looking Kids."

Who am I to refuse such a request, so here's another almost-made-the-calendar chap.

Bonus 2 - Well, someone's bound to complain, but he WAS a War Hero...

Friday, 4 November 2011

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Pilatus 2

World travellers will no doubt recognise this vertigo-inducing location, but for the less well travelled, it's from the Crag de Chavalier, the legendary Druidic fortress, just East of Lowestoft. It was here (in 1354) that the garrison of 23 Cub Scouts held out against a siege force of 2,500 of Napoleon's Finest Troops.

Bonus - Things You Never Knew Existed - The Corduroy Appreciation Club

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wooden Barn

I really do wonder what some folk think when they take photos, especially slides.

"I'm going to invite the neighbours round for a cheese and wine evening, and then project this slide of the end of a barn".

Nope, just can't see the attraction.

Non-Bonus - A "chum" directed me to a website, saying "You're weird. You'll like this". What was it? Spongebob Squarepants Pron.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Mrs Enid McGlumpher

...of 47, Cemetery Lane, Auchtershoogle, observes a tree in it's natural surroundings. And is impressed.

Omega Automatic Seamaster

People photograph the oddest selection of things. Omega Automatic Seamaster Yeah Gods. How Much?? Bonus -