Sunday, 31 March 2013

Family Reunion

Easter Sunday, and the perfect excuse for a family get-together. The Schwartz family obviously agree, as the whole  family have converged on Marge and Mohammed's for a knees-up.  The family includes The Twins,  cousin Cecil (still wrestling as Binky The Clown), Sheree (the Las Vegas Showgirl, and easy to spot) and Grandpa Howard (on day-release.)

(Slide actually titled "1954-Jan-31 Family at Hopes.")
Bonus - Politics LOL

Saturday, 30 March 2013

The Entombment - Moissac

How appropriate.   Had a spare half hour on Good Friday, and decide to scan in a few more slides.

Lo and behold, a most appropriate image appeared.  The Entombment of Christ, carved around 1485, and located in Moissac (presumably in the Abbey.)  More info available here. (My picture was taken in Sept 1990, and may be Left-Right reversed.)

Bonus - Great Adverts for Light bulbs and Cider

Friday, 29 March 2013

Swarkeston Cathedral

A local slide, for a change. This is Saint Fimbert's Cathedral, in the Derbyshire village of Swarkestone.  Built in the mid 14th Century, it was moved to it's current location in 1778 due to the overspill from the  Derby Municipal Water Treatment Plant.

Internally, it features a very unusual pulpit, carved from a single giant parsnip.

Bonus - Call Batman, there's a criminal genius on the loose.

Thursday, 28 March 2013


Officially, Spring is here. Easter is a day away.

But it's still bl***y cold here in Derby.

Maybe these daffs will cheer me up.
"dafodil time, Puyallup, Washington"

Bonus - Your Daily Dose of Weird

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


A little bit of a surprise here.   Most of the zoo slides I have are rather depressing.  A single example animal in a small cage.

Not here : a decent sized social group, and apparently plenty of space. Looks like an ideal environment.  Cool.

Bonus - Seventies US TV Dance Party.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

It it a bird?

Yes, I believe it is.  Or "They Are".  Five Pelicans in flight, I think.

Interesting in concept....but not a great photo.  That's the problem with Tedious Tuesday.

Bonus -

Monday, 25 March 2013

Tony Soprano's Cousin

One of the first slides I scanned (not that you're bothered) but the use of lesser technology works well with this image of an apparent Italian-American Wise Guy.

I'm now in fear of "being whacked" by some goon.   Damn.

Bonus - For science geeks - the interesting story of Prince Rupert's Drops. 

Saturday, 23 March 2013

To Bogachiel Peak

As Derby is paralysed by a couple of inches of snow, lets remind ourselves of warmer times. September 1951  on the High Divide Trail. Fancy a hike?

Bonus - Cat / Toast / Butter?

Friday, 22 March 2013

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Quartz Hill Almond Festival 1959

A Taste of Yesteryear.

Slide says "Quartz Hill Almond Festival" and is dated August 1959. That'll be the slide processing date, obviously.

And there still is a Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival, and you've just missed this year's event.

Bonus - Where did you get that hat? 

Bonus 2 - Set you reminders. Oct. 19, 2014. Mars might be hit by Comet.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

I Haz Fish! Again!!

Two things that Slide-Blogging has told me.

1. Americans Love Parades
2. Americans Love Displaying Their Catches.

But I've not seen a parade of Americans showing fish.  How strange is that ?

Bonus - The Loneliest Unicorn In The World.

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Sadness of Ralph

It's the sad, expressionless eyes that get me.  Just drilling into my soul, reminding me how sad, meaningless and futile my life is.

(No, I'm not going to "off myself". Not while I have the friendship of Cheese to comfort me.)

The wording on the slide says "Ralph - Age 3y 10m - Jan 1951"

Bonus - What Really Happened That Day?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Arch

Simple note on this slide - "Amphitheatre Vaison La Romaine", so I'd suggest this was in France 
From a selection of slides from the late eighties / early nineties, and seemingly  various cultural trips in Europe.

Bonus - I always thought it was built on site...
Bonus 2 - Strumpfhosentanz

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Mr Fluffles..... ATTACK !!!

Montana is cattle country, so young Timmy's hopes of getting a sheep-dog were doomed to failure.

But Timmy wouldn't be dissuaded, and in September 1962, he started his plan of training a Cow-Cat.

Talk about a Trivial Pursuit...

Bonus - Fancy a movie?   Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai

Bonus 2 -

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Fabulous Fifties Motors

Yes, yesterday's slide was of Bogota, and I strongly suspect that this one is too.

In fact, I'd go as far as to suggest that it is Parque de los Periodistas (Park of the Journalists).

But I'll not make any guesses as to the type of auto-mobiles in the foreground.

Bonus -

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Jaywalking Club

First Rule of Jaywalking Club - Walk on the road.

Looks like a fascinating plate, wherever this is. The main clue - on the right - "Banco de Bogota."

So that'll be Colombia.   Probably.

Bonus - A Brief History of Lyric Videos
Bonus 2 - Marcellus Wallace (NSFK)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

View From The Top

Ah, there's nothing better, at the end of a long tedious Tuesday, than climbing to the top of Observatory Tower at Château Slideguy, and taking a long loving look at the surrounding Flora and Fauna.

From up here, it's surprising the variety of wildlife that I can see - some of it is quite exotic.

Bonus - Spoilsport - List of common misconceptions

Bonus 2 -funny gifs

Monday, 11 March 2013

The Flower Ninja

The deadliest of all of the assassins.

The black-clad ninja is such a cliché - ninja's avoid being seen by blending in with their backgrounds.

Here we see a 16th Dan Ninja, in their special Chrysanthemum outfit, ideal for sneaking through a flower bed, to surprise their target.

Bonus -

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Frontier Mother's Day

No matter if you're roughing it out in the mid-western badlands of Cheshire, there's always time to celebrate Mother's Day. Here, we have Mrs Wanda Katzengruber and her sister Wanda. (Yes, that did cause problems when they were growing up.)

Bonus - Portishead: We Carry On

Saturday, 9 March 2013

New York Arabs

Americans.   They love their parades, it's the perfect excuse for dressing up as furriners, and traipsing through the streets.(October 1961).

Bonus - 20 Racy, Funny, Insulting, Creepy “Down There” Care Ads

Bonus 2 -

Friday, 8 March 2013

Happy Family

Happy Harry, Chuckles Cheryl and Apoplectic Agatha....the family that just keeps smiling.

'Tis a pity that Photographer Phil couldn't focus properly.

Bonus -

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Totnes, Apparently

It's amazing what you read written on some slide mounts - for example, this 'un...

Summer School Excursion to Totnes, August 1970.

Totnes, for all our non-uk visitors, is a town in Devon, and as   Wikipedia says..."Totnes (pron.: /ˈtɒtnɨs/ or /tɒtˈnɛs/) is a market town and civil parish at the head of the estuary of the River Dart in Devon, England within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is about 22 miles (35 km) south of the city of Exeter and is the administrative centre of the South Hams District Council.

Totnes has a long recorded history, dating back to AD 907 when its first castle was built; it was already an important market town by the 12th century. Indications of its former wealth and importance are given by the number of merchants' houses built in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Today, the town, with its population of 7,444, is a thriving centre for music, art, theatre and natural health. It has a sizeable alternative and "New Age" community, and is known as a place where one can live a bohemian lifestyle. Since 1970, Totnes has been home to the Devon Badger Racing Festival, held on the second Tuesday in August at the Elvis Presley Pavilion."

Bonus - 38 Interesting Maps.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Gloomy Children

A spectacularly poor photograph today. Just too much contrast in the real life scene.

Even Photoshopping wouldn't reveal the details of the children you can vaguely see in the foreground.

Bonus - On the subject...Gloomy Sunday

Bonus 2 - OTOH - Bruge Tandem Marching Band

Monday, 4 March 2013

The Brothers

Not twins, but definite brotherly similarity.  Ted and Ralph Frost.

From January 1964.

Bonus - Gulp

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Rocky and His Raccoon

Friends for life.

Simon "Rocky" Rockerfeller (of the distant Arkansas branch of the family tree) and Nibbler, a member of the family Procyonidae.

Interesting fact - There are raccoons in Germany.

Bonus - A Slow Loris Eating A Banana

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Woodland Lake Study - Sheet 8

Site plans by Close, Conway, Schonfeld, for the University of Arizona, (School of Renewable Natural Resources)

Trees.   And that's the main message.

And yes, in real life, it's surrounded by Trees.

Bonus - McDonald's Has Four Distinct Shapes Of Chicken McNuggets

Friday, 1 March 2013

East India Company

No, you don't deserve three consecutive days of babies.

Nope. You getting...umm... an odd slide - I guess the cheque was in the post.

Bonus - Worth a read - the extraordinary story of Australasian Antarctic Expedition Tough folk, these explorers.

Bonus 2 = The Virus-like growth of Walmart (Clickee Biggee)

Omega Automatic Seamaster

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