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For the SF 49'ers' victory, an oldie from the archives that never made it to flickr. I also like Green Bay, but I'm generally indifferent to american football. Chinese temple in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

China 2011 - Brushing up some oldies from China in PS..

 

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Another oldie from 2009 :)) I was looking for an old sunset shot to process over the weekend and just within mins of searching, my eyes were tuned to this shot. I reckon this might have to be my favourite pagoda shot from Singapore. I have posted 2 previously about 4-5 yrs ago and I can see my taste for colours and processing have definitely changed throughout the years.. hopefully for the better! :D

 

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Sunset with the Pagoda in Chinese Garden, Singapore

 

The Shot

 

3 exposure shots (+2..0..-2 EV) in RAW with tripod

 

Camera :: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Lens :: Sigma 10-20mm F/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

 

Photomatix

 

- Tonemapped generated HDR using detail enhancer option

 

Photoshop

 

- Added 3 layer mask effect of 'curves' for selective contrast

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'level' to brighten the dark areas of the pagoda

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'saturation' (yellows) to slightly enhance the sunset

- Added 1 layer mask effect of 'photo filter' (red) to enhance the sky

- Applied slight noise reduction

 

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A real oldie from Beijing, for Chinese New Year!

 

This man, traditionally dressed, was trying to drum up customers for his restaurant, while frantically waving a fan.

This is the village where my grandmother lives. With its backdrop of verdant hills, filled with the songs of tweeting birds and of elderly people singing Cantonese oldies as they stretch and exercise alongside playing children, it is far removed - in character, if not in distance - from the chaotic, skyscraping cosmopolis that is usually evoked when one thinks of Hong Kong. I have thought of it as a second home since I first remember visiting at the age of eleven and, as the sun begins to set on my twenties, it is both the setting for and the subject of many questions I now ask myself.

 

I am single, childless and without the defined career trajectory that most people either enjoy or endure. My childhood and teenage years were spent living in my own head: I played video games, I read books, I watched films, I drew pictures and wrote stories. Since I graduated from university, I tried to correct that and have lived a life of extravagance and hedonism: of sex and booze and raves and restaurants and parties and press nights. I've earned more money than I ever imagined I would when I was a student, and I've (mis)spent it all and more. I've seen more of the world than I ever imagined I would by now, known so many moments of incredible joy and felt so connected to so many extraordinary people, and yet found that it doesn't add up to anything like contentment: rather, that the further I pursue this escapism - if that is what it should be called - the greater my existential discontent.

 

It has been three days since I arrived here in the village where my grandmother lives. Each morning, I have risen early and gone for a run along the river. I have taken many photographs that please me, an occurrence much more unusual than many might think. I have read more and written more in a three-day period than I have for some time. I haven't had to fight against the urge to engage needlessly and constantly with my iPhone. I have been for walks without wearing headphones, listening instead to the world around me. When I have been able to forget about the stress that awaits me when I return to my home in Glasgow, I have felt more content in being alone than I have for a long time.

 

I have walked around with my shirt untucked. This is an act which sounds laughably trivial but which is profoundly significant. I felt liberated: not because it is more physically comfortable to leave one's shirt untucked, but because *I didn't care* that my shirt was untucked. In realising that I don't care what the people in this village think of me, that there is nobody here to compete with, I released myself - my SELF - from the shackles of my own self-image. It is a self-image which I have constructed in collaboration with others over the entirety of my adulthood. It is one which I have broadly accepted and even embraced, and is perhaps all the more burdensome and all the more pernicious for it.

 

It is strange how some of the most significant things that happen in life - like falling in love with someone, or realising who you really are - aren't things that happen at all. They are not events which take place in the outside world, but are nothing more than a change in thinking, a rearrangement of pathways in the mass of jelly located inside your skull.

 

My epiphany today has not taught me anything I did not know, but it has made me feel the truth of things I have known for some time. First among these is that Glasgow is a city too small for both me and my past. Every street I walk in Glasgow is heavy with the weight of memory.

 

I wonder what life would be like if I lived in this village, how much happier I might be. I must take care not to romanticise my experiences here; they are not representative of the day-to-day struggle of living.

 

But I am wondering. And that's a start.

 

Hong Kong, 2015.

 

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......and finally the third option, a traditional western wedding. Cathedral of course.

This is why all Chinese women are Christians when it comes to weddings. they want the pretty dress. And if yo think this is incompatible with what I said about trad Chinese weddings, it isn't. They do it twice. I am not making this up.

Dress is another golden oldie, Gorecki by Casa del Shai

While the dummies get served first...another oldie, from Shanghai.

Another oldie found.... (sorry planning out quite extensive new shoots so just bare with me)

 

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Another oldie found.... (sorry planning out quite extensive new shoots so just bare with me)

 

Strobist Info:

Canon 5D MkII with Profoto 1000 light with large octagon softbox camera left high front, and large round white reflector camera right.

 

This and ALL images are COPYRIGHT 2012 by Jeff Boyle/Ikon Visuals and may not be used, altered, etc in any way shape, or form without expressed written permission by myself, to do so would be a breach of international intellectual property and copyright laws and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of international law.

 

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Bristol & West Country Bands - Music of the 60's

 

In the heady days of the early 1960’s, a time of massive change and innovation in the world of popular music. Fuelled by the excitement and electricity surrounding the new sounds of the time.

 

Merseybeat stars head down south - With the Merseyside inspired "Beat Boom" in full swing, the big stars in Bristol this week in 1963 had to be from up north.

 

Topping the bill at the Colston Hall were Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas who had just had a couple of massive hits with Do You Want to Know a Secret (No.2) - a Beatles' written ditty - and Bad to Me (No.1).

 

You certainly got your money's worth in those days. Also on the twice-nightly bill was Tommy Roe, an American who had shot up the charts with Sheila and the Folk Singer, plus a string of lesser acts. Tickets ranged from four shillings and sixpence to 10 shillings and sixpence (average wages were then about £10 a week).

 

The end of the month would see Freddie and the Dreamers, the Searchers and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (who were riding high in the charts with Do You Love Me) invading the city. The Tremeloes had previously reached No.4 with that "oldie, but goodie" Twist and Shout - a raucous number recorded by the Beatles on their first album.

 

Topping the bill was Roy Orbison, who had just made the top 10 with In Dreams and Falling. His Blue Bayou would reach the No.3 spot on September 19. Top tickets, in the balcony, would set you back 12 shillings and sixpence.

 

In 1963, the smallish, local venues were still torn between promoting beat music or jazz. Local bands Johnny Slade and the Vikings plus Dean Prince and the Dukes were on stage at Clifton's Victoria Rooms, with the Chinese Jazz Club at the Corn Exchange booking the Alan Elsdon Jazz Band.

 

"Thomas Alstone", the man with his finger on the pulse, tells us that local instrumental band the Eagles (and stars of the Bristol-made film Some People) were about to try their hand at vocals as well.

 

The result, on the Pye label, was an updated version of the Helston floral dance called Come on Baby, to the Floral Dance. I don't think it made the charts. If you really wanted to know what was going on in the city in 1963 then the newly published Bristol Beat was the thing to read. Billed as "Young Bristol's entertainment paper", it cost six pence.

 

This magazine informed us that the best- selling single in the city was She Loves You by the Beatles. Runner-up was Billy J Kramer's Bad to Me. Other top sellers were Wishing by Buddy Holly and I'm Telling You Now by Freddie and the Dreamers.

 

If classical guitar was you thing then Julian Bream was playing at Stourhead gardens on the Sunday evening. The two guinea tickets included soup, cheese, French bread and a glass of wine.

 

Back in the city - the Centre to be precise - comedian Jimmy Edwards was getting astride a horse to promote his autumn spectacular at the Hippodrome. If none of this was your cup of tea then how about a trip to the movies to see some really big stars - a trio in fact.

 

At the ABC you could join the queue to see Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris in Mutiny on the Bounty. And in September 1963, Bristol Zoo had its very own stars on show to the public - the only pair of white tigers in the world (outside India).

 

Bristolians were huge fans of Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

 

Recommended Link

 

bristolrock.net/c.aspx

 

www.bristolarchiverecords.com/people/people_Tony_Dodd.html

 

Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs

 

The original Bristol Comets and special guest star Sandra McCann. Formed in 1958 and playing Hamburg’s Kaiser Keller Club alongside The Beatles, Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs are the authentic sound of the ’60s. It was said that The Cadillacs were performing Twist and Shout, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Shoutlong before they became hits for The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Lulu.

 

Formed in 1958. Lineup: Vocalist; Lead guitar; Rythm Guitar; Bass guitar; Drums Dave Purslow. For many years considered by most to be the most popular 'pop group' in Bristol. Every teenager knew of them. A very polished group fronted by the stong vocals of Johny Carr (Con Sullivan), they had a solid style and had that certain charisma that got them noticed. This was what took them to Hamburg's Kaiser Club and playing alongside The Beatles, Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs became the authentic Bristol sound of the 60s.

 

The Cadillacs were performing songs like Twist and Shout, Youll Never Walk Alone and Shout before they became hits for The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Lulu. In the early 1960s the drummer was Dave Purslow, a very large gentleman. John rennie writes: Downend had a very popular R & R club which was every Wednesday I think. Knowle had serious Saturday evening dances at the community centre featuring top local groups. Speedwell TA hall had some big dances, one easter I remember starring Johnny kidd and the Pirates with Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs supporting. There was a memmorable local group R & R concert at the old Cabot cinema (before it closed down) in Filton along the same lines as the ones at the Colston hall. What about the rag week mersey versus avon beat shows at the Vic rooms in the early 60,s I hope this stirs some memories. Regards John Rennie.

 

See photo link below

 

www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2050007986/

 

Chet And The Triumphs

 

This Bristol band once supported The Beatles at The Bath Pavilion in the early sixties. The drummer was Graham Nicholson, who lived in West Park Road, Downend. His practice sessions could often be heard when you passed by on the pavement outside. His father was an inspector on the buses, based at nearby Staple Hill Depot.

 

John Coldrick lived a few doors away, also in West Park Road. He often passed by when we children were playing in the street outside our house on the corner of West Park Road and North Street. He always had a cheery word for us and took it in good spirit when we called out cheeky things about teddy boys and suchlike. A thoroughly nice young man. Regards Fray Bentos

 

Email to the webmaster: Hi, just looked through your website,brilliant! i saw a picture of Johnny Coldrick, with his band The Triumphs. I knew john in the early 60s and would love to get in touch with him.can you help? Regards Paul Newman....would be good to hear from anyone with contact details.

 

Email to the webmaster: I have great memories of the Glen ballroom and the club next door called Cupids Bar. Also the bouncer at the door of the Glen being David Prouse (of Darth Vader fame)I often would have a quick dance with him which looked strange as I was barely five feet tall and he was probably at least six seven. I now live in Australia but have great memories of Bristol, which I return to on a regular basis. I was also married for nineteen years to a member of the rock band Chet & The Triumphs. Regards Pam and Gary O'keefe

 

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www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2975315707/

 

Fred Wedlock

 

Once described as a 'West Country Billy Connolly, although he probably came first', Bristolian singer and raconteur Fred Wedlock has been performing in folk clubs and concerts since the late 1960s. He was born in Bristol, England, on 23rd May 1942 and had various jobs, including being a teacher, before turning professional in the early 1970s. He is related to 'Fatty Wedlock of Bristol City FC fame. Fred had various albums on small labels issued in the 1970s, and became widely known early in 1981 when his single The Oldest Swinger In Town hit the UK charts, rising to no. 6. Unfortunately he has never maintained that success, but the song is almost guaranteed to be played at family gatherings such as wedding receptions, as the middle-aged uncles and aunts take to the floor to gyrate after a few drinks.

 

Acker Bilk

 

The chances are that if you were asked to name a clarinet player, the first name that would spring to mind is Acker Bilk. Somerset-born Acker became world famous in May 1962 when he became the first British artist to top the US pop music charts, paving the way for other acts from the UK, such as a then still unknown band who were to have a fair amount of success on both sides of the pond a year or so after Acker's trailblazing hit - The Beatles!

 

Acker's US chart-topper Stranger On The Shore had topped the British chart some six months earlier, following its use as the theme tune of the eponymous BBC children's TV series. The record, which would nowadays be described as easy listening, perhaps seems an unlikely double number one on both sides of the Atlantic, but in those pre-Beatle days the charts contained a fairly eclectic mixture of ballads, rock 'n' roll and Dixieland-style 'trad' (short for traditional) jazz.

 

See photo link below

 

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Pete Budd and the Rebels

 

Pete Budd and the Rebels Line up: Lead guitar/vocals, Rythym Guitar, Saxophone, Bass and Drums. Pete Budd, then apparently voted as the 'best guitarist in the West' (according to the local pop music magazine 'The Western Scene') succeeded Les Watts as the lead vocalist and guitarist. Ivor Newick played drums and there was also had a saxophinist.

 

'Somerset Born And Proud' Pete later replaced Reg Quantrill as the Wurzels' guitar and banjo player. One of the trio who continued after Adge Cutler's death, he was the only member of the 1970s Wurzels who actually comes from Somerset. His is the distinctive lead voice on all of their 1970s chart hits, including their number one smash Combine Harvester and the follow-up hits I Am A Cider Drinker, Farmer Bill's Cowman, etc. Pete is still with the band today, and therefore the second longest serving current Wurzel after Tommy Banner. Pete started out in the band Pete Budd and the Rebels and also made a few records in the 1960s in a band called The Rainbow People. Pete was running a pub/restaurant in the West Country for a while. A keen fisherman, Pete emigrated to Devon a while back. His voice has been heard in recent years singing on the TV commercials for Ambrosia Creamed Rice.

 

Adge Cutler

 

The original and indisputably the greatest Wurzel of all time, and the brains behind the whole concept. Born 1930 in Nailsea, north Somerset. Held a series of jobs before becoming a Wurzel, including working as road manager for famous clarinet player Acker Bilk (who is also from Zummerzet) and his Paramount Jazz Band, working in a cider mill (Coates of Nailsea), and working on building a power station in North Wales. Spent a year in Spain working as an agent looking for property. During his time there he grew to love the country and the Spanish way of life, as well as becoming fluent in Spanish. Formed the Wurzels in 1966 and continued to gig and record with the band until his career was sadly cut short by his untimely death in 1974, when he overturned his MGB sports car at a roundabout while driving himself home from a gig. Buried in Christchurch, Nailsea.

 

The Comets

 

One of Bristol's own first-generation rock 'n' roll bands the Comets they had supported such acts as Gene Vincent and Billy Fury. The Comets were almost certainly the first Bristol based band to make the enormous leap from Skiffle to amplified music, and thus paving the way for countless other local bands in the late fifties - early sixties.

 

A talent contest at the Glen Ballroom in 1958 in which the Sapphires, a vocal group, and the Comets were competing. Their sound blew everyone away that night. They not only sounded great, they looked great as well, dressed like quintessential rockers of that era.

 

In 1960 a unique show took place at The major concert venue in the city of Bristol, England....The Colston Hall. 2000 fans packed the place on December 16th to witness the best of the cities young Rock,n,roll bands & singers, even though not one of them had a recording contract, and some of the musicians were still in school ! Such was the popularity of local bands, when there was no such thing as a disco. let alone MTV, and when there was very little "pop music" on the then austere stiif upper lip Radio.

 

Andy Perrott (acoustic guitar and vocals) started out as half of the 'Antones' with Tony Sweet and has featured in several local rock'n'roll bands including the 'Echoes' and the legendary 'Bristol Comets'. Andy left the music business for a twenty year sabbatical but returned in 1984 as front man with the reformed 'Comets'.

 

Tony Dodd (electric guitar and vocals) started his career in music at about the same time, as guitarist for 'Mike Tobin and the Magnets'. Unlike Andy, Tony has been playing continually since those heady days with the Magnets, including a band in the USA where he lived for three years. Locally Tony held down a residency at the renowned 'Dug Out' club and his bands include 'Hugget' and 'Dodds Army', and he is now a member of the Bristol Comets'.

 

See photo link below

 

www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2050007986/

 

The Eagles

 

The Eagles were formed by Terry Clarke www.terryclarke.com/ (lead guitar), Johnny Payne (rhythm guitar), Michael Brice (bass), and Rod Meacham (drums), all students at Connaught Road School in Bristol. Their name came from the youth organization, the Eagle House Youth Club, to which they all belonged. The quartet played local dances, parties, and bingo halls, performing during the intervals between the sessions at the latter, often for whatever was in the hat that was passed around.

 

The Eagles were a Bristol music quartet active from 1958 through the mid 1960s.

 

Led by guitarist Terry Clarke, who used a homebuilt custom instrument, the group included drummer Rod Meacham, bassist Michael Brice, and Johnny Payne on rhythm guitar. Playing primarily instrumental rock, they began their career in Bristol playing local venues such as dance halls.

 

They were launched into the world of professional music in 1962 upon being noticed by composer Ron Grainer, probably best remembered for his theme to Doctor Who. Grainer was interested in The Eagles for a film project he was working on, Some People, about a fictional Bristol band not unlike themselves. The Eagles contributed to the Some People soundtrack, and became Grainer's protegees, recording new versions of some of his film score work like the theme of the Maigret television series. The Some People soundtrack reached No.2 on the EP charts, and remained on the charts for a stay of 21 weeks.

 

The Eagles were awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy for their work on the film, and soon after were signed to Pye Records, at the time among the top three labels in Britain. After releasing the singles 'Bristol Express' and 'Exodus', The Eagles embarked on a major tour of England along with more established acts Del Shannon, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Tillotson, and Dionne Warwick.

 

The tour world lasted much of 1963, during which their debut album, Smash Hits From The Eagles was released in the UK and the United States. The following year brought their most successful single and the one for which they are best remembered today, a vocal rendition of 'Wishin' And Hopin'' backed with 'Write Me A Letter'. Unfortunately, 1964 also brought a pair of tragedies which ultimately led to the end of the group: Grainer went blind, and Meachum suffered a nervous breakdown. Soon after, in late 1964, the band went their separate ways.

 

After The Eagles Clarke continued in the music business, with the band Pickettywitch and later as a session musician and solo artist, working with such artists as Michael Messer, Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, The Band, and Johnny Cash. He released nine solo albums between 1990 and 2006, on Transatlantic Records and various labels. Payne returned to Bristol and continued to play with local bands.

 

The Eagles' music is available on many compilations of the era, and in 1998 Sanctuary Records released a massive 61-track two-disc compilation set Smash Hits from The Eagles and The Kestrels, by far the most accessible overview of the Eagles' music today.

 

See photo link below

 

www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2094324558/

 

Teach the world to sing - Rogers Cook and Greenaway

 

Britain's best ever song-writers hail from Bristol, well Fishponds/Kingswood namely Rogers Cook and Greenaway. They used to be David and Jonathan in the sixties, wrote 'If you like alot of chocolate on your biscuit join our club' and Cookie formed Blue Mink. Later he went to Nashville where he become the only Briton ever to be inducted into the Country Hall of Fame.

 

Bristol’s Rolling Stones

 

Mick and Keith, Brian and Bill and, of course, Charlie were already world-famous as the Rolling Stones, pop music’s favourite rebels, by the autumn of 1965. They’d just celebrated their biggest hit of all, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ when word came through that a Bristol band were claiming that they, not Jagger, Richards, Jones, Wyman and Watts, were the original Rolling Stones.

 

And it was all too true. Bristol’s Rolling Stones were the three Stone brothers who’d formed their own skiffle band at the height of the Lonnie Donegan era and played gigs like the Bristol Press Ball in 1957. Skiffle came from American blues music which often featured light travelling heroes described as rolling stones, so it was a good title.

 

The washboard group had changed their name to the Stone Brothers to avoid confusion when Mick, Keith and co. sprang to fame after taking their name from bluesman Muddy Waters’ classic ‘Rolling Stone’, but the matter still rankled. ‘We have no desire for the Jagger Stones to change their name. We only want to establish that the Bristol Stones are entitled to the name and were the first Rolling Stones,’ the group announced.

 

Top rock promoter/agent Tito Bums, then representing Mick, Keith and the rest chortled, ‘This would make a wonderful film.’ The Bristol Stones even consulted lawyers, but the matter ended quietly and amicably. . . and almost no one remembers the original Rolling Stones.

 

In the 1950s, Bill, his brother Ken and an unrelated Stone (Brian) formed a skiffle group. Their father was Moss Stone; not surprisingly, they called themselves The Rolling Stones. On the demise of the skiffle boom, they broadened their repertoire to include country and western . In 1965, there was a legal battle with the other 'Stones' which resulted in them being unable to continue with their name. A publicity leaflet for the Bristol Stones band at the time said 'Bill Stone plays a very fine banjo and can perform equally well Liszt's Liebestraum or Bye Bye Blues. Bill is a devotee of the great Eddie Peabody' (an American plectrum style player)

 

The Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra

 

The bands who put our city on the map THE Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, so the story goes, first got together after Fred Wedlock's 1968 New Year party at Clifton's much lauded Troubadour Folk Club in Waterloo Street. The "Piggies" as they were affectionally known, derived their unusual name from a specific location up the Gloucester Road - the section that goes uphill from the old Bristol North swimming baths to the turning just before Horfield prison.

 

Composed of musicians from other local groups the band weren't in fact an orchestra at all but comparable to Viv Stanshall's Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band or the zany Temperance Seven. John Turner (yes, the radio presenter and newspaper columnist) came from the Downsiders, Barry Back and Andy Leggett from the Alligator Jug Thumpers and Dave Creech from the Elastic Band.

 

Their music, which has been described as 1920s jazz and blues, actually sounded more jug band. Unbelievable sounds emanated from a collection of hot water bottles, plumbing pipes and the like. With a good dose of comedy thrown in, it all seemed to go down well. A music paper even labelled the "Piggies" the band "most likely to succeed". Things were looking up. With the Plastic Dog agency handling their gigs, a well received album, PHLOP, was released in 1970 on the Village Thing label. This was the year that John Turner left to be replaced by bass player Wild Bill Cole.

 

The band's next album, Piggery Jokers, was recorded in Cornwall in 1973, had its distinctive cover put together by artist Rodney Matthews in a unique, self designed font. Now it was Barry Back's time to call it a day being replaced by Jon "Wash" Hays on washboard. Then Andy Leggett left, too. But the "Piggies" weren't ready to call it a day just yet. Dave Paskett, Richie Gould, Pat Small and Henry Davies, plus guitarists Chris Newman and Robert Greenfield came on board (plus, on occasion, a fine guitarist called Diz Disley who had tasted fame with folkie guitarist and singer Martin Carthy and legendary fiddler Dave Swarbrick).

 

All these musicians featured on the next album, imaginatively called The Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, 1976. The music press were very kind. A Melody Maker hack wrote: "The Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra must be one of the most popular acts on the folk scene. Their spontaneous humour and good time songs have held many an audience anchored to the floor in wonder."

 

Three years later, despite a loyal following and much touring, the "Piggies" decided to throw in the towel. But still it wasn't the end. In 1988, the band reformed, by request, to play at Trowbridge's popular Village Pump Festival.

 

The gang were so well received and had so much fun that they decided to stay together, add Pat Small and singer Hannah Wedlock (Fred's daughter) to the line-up and go on tour again. Out of it came yet another album, Back On The Road Again. This was in 1991, the year Jim Reynolds and Dave Griffiths joined the band. The following year, Musical History, a compilation album consisting of a selection of tracks taken from 1968 to 1992, was released.

 

Barry Back, who had been the driving force behind the "Piggies" reunion, sadly died in 1992 and, shortly after, the band decided to pack up for good. Al Read, in his excellent book about the Granary Club, says that the band's first single on the Village Thing label, Shake That Thing/ Cut Across Shorty, can be bought for 47p.

 

The Retreads

 

One of the better bands was the Retreads, and were constantly booked to play most of the big venues, and played together with some of the bigger names of the time, Hollies, Searchers, Gene Vincent etc etc.

 

Jim Durcan, rhythm guitar, Derek Martin lead guitar and Ron Chappell on bass guitar, John Watson on drums. The band was soon signed up for Germany and spent a couple of years working the clubs there and under the management of the Star Palast owner Manfred Woitala, but returning every so often to play the Bristol scene.

 

While in Germany Jim had an accident and left the band, returning to his hometown Dursley in Glos, in the lineup at that time was a brilliant German pianist Jerry B, (Barthold Dunker) who made a great hit with the fans when the band once more returned to Bristol and on a longer tour covering the whole of the south of England.

 

After years in Germany and a few gigs in Sweden the Retreads returned to Bristol where eventually the band broke up. ( late 1966 ) Ron and Derek stayed in England and John Watson decided to go back to Sweden.

 

The Corvettes by Dark Haloun

 

I joined the corvettes as lead guitarist after Dave Fahy and Ray Truscott left for richer rewards. Steve Thynne had taken over as singer and rhythm guitarist. Geoff Fothergill played bass and Dave " Bocker" Box was on drums. We played most of the halls round Bristol and the villages within a fifty mile radius. Didn't do much for my uni studies but it was fun.

 

Strictly a covers band, but weren't they all back then. Alan B Williams drove the van and acted as roadie. He was chronically late, and we always told him that we were starting an hour before we really were. Geoff tried to teach me to drive in his Morris Minor, though without much success. When Steve moved on we got Alan Dale in as singer and Mike Morley( I think, memory is not what it used to be) on rhythm guitar. We discovered that Alan could sing a strong falsetto and started to do three part harmonies: Beach boys, Four seasons. It was a point of difference given that there were so many bands doing the same stuff. I was transferred to London and left the band in the mid-sixties.

 

Kinda lost touch with the guys after that. In 1973 I moved to Perth in Western Australia with my Aussie wife. Played in several bands over the years. For the last four years I've played lead in a sequenced trio, still doing the old fifties and sixties stuff. At 75 years of age it gives me an interest and keeps me off the sreets. Sorry I have nether photos nor memorabilia of the band but the memories remain undiminished. Dark Haloun

 

Anyone out there name any more ?

 

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Can you Help ?

 

Does anyone remember the Glen Ballroom, Locarno, Dug Out, The Granary Club, Town's Talk, Corn Exchange or any 1960s clubs or dance halls in Bristol?

 

The Glen

 

I've tried to find info & Pictures of it but no luck so far. We used to go ballroom dancing there back in the 60's. There was a club attached to it but you had to be 18 to get in, they played rock 'n'Roll their as apposed to the 'Proper' dancing in the ballroom.

 

Does anyone know if any of the Discs a gogo programmes were kept by the old TWW company.I would love to see us doing the Bristol Stomp again!

 

Anyone have any memories of the Mods & Rockers era and the coffee bars or the local West Coast Hells Angels in Bristol back to a time when British built motorcycles ruled the road ?

 

As a 51-year old Brisolian stuck in a 1960s timewarp, how many people recall the Monday night sessions between 1966 and 1968 at the then New Bristol Centre in the Locarno ballroom? (sadly now demolished) As I recall, this was THE place in Bristol at the time for 14-18-year-olds, with the entrance fee being 3s 6d for a session from 7pm to 10.30pm.

 

Records were provided via DJ (anyone recall names?) and there were two bars, The Bali Hai, where if you could stand tiptoe and lower your voice, you might get served with a half of cider by a waitress in a mock grass skirt!

 

Music was generally Top 30 stuff with a sprinkling of rarer Stax, Atlantic and Motown items which kept the Mods happy, and I am sure many a long-term relationship was started on the dance-floor.

 

Luckily, prior to demolition I was allowed in, and now am the proud owner of the Bali Hai mock Totem Poles which adorned the entrance to the bar, and also the sign from the Gents Stag Room - my partner thinks I'm crazy!

 

Chris Powell, Bradley Stoke

 

Danny Clarke and the Jaguars, Dean Prince and the Dukes, Jonny Slade and the Vikings, Mel Taylor and the Trek a beats, Dee Stars Predictions, A J and the others. The Road Runners.

 

The Quad. Mark Roman and the Javelins , Franklin big six, The Exiles, Mike Starr and the Citizens. The Blue Sound. The Lincolns, The Travellers The Concords The Ramrods. Dale Martin and the Mysteries. The Retreads The Strange Fruits The Burlington Berties. Venues the Vic rooms Carwadines Cool for cats (Yate) Bath pavilion the Corn Exchange the all nighter and all the church halls.

 

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Mods and Rockers

 

Email from Chris Powell to me: I was a 17 year old Mod living in St George/ Hanham at the time (1968/9). Most of us rode Lambrettas or Vespas, and The Rockers (or Greasers as we called them) rode old Vincents or Triumphs.

 

Generally there wasn't any problems although it did kick off big time in the Summer of 1969 around the Centre- there were running battles for 2 or 3 nights and anyone on either a scooter or motorbike was considered "fair game"

 

A meeting was arranged on College Green between the Pascoe brothers (Willie and Angellino?) who were the "Ace Faces" in the Bristol Mod movement, and the leaders of the Rockers (names N/K)- there was the customary handshake and peace reigned thereafter. In all honesty, most of the "trouble" was built up by the media, as mainly Mods and Rockers were good friends. Indeed, I still have Lambrettas to this day and occaisionally meet Rockers of that era whilst out and about and chinwag over the good old days!

 

Main "Mod" places were- The Locarno; The Top Rank; The Never on a Sunday Cafe in Fairfax Street: Aunt Gemimas; Coke and Clobber; Beau Brummels on The Centre; The Weigh Inn (spelling) on College Green.

 

The Rockers used to hang out at The Starsreach Cafe in Staple Hill.

An oldie from Vancouver 2011 - and a character older Flickr Friends with good memories might remember.

 

After three years I thought he was interesting enough for another shot :)

Chinatown Paris, France.

 

Every time I’m enjoying the parade preparations, it’s a pleasure for anyone found of shooting colorful portraits.

Within all costumes used to celebrate the new year, the red color is the main tone, then come pink and yellow.

This year I had on my D80 a nice oldies : a 1970s Nikkor 85mm f2 AI-S, that was lent to me by a friend to let me test it on my dslr.

Indeed these Ai-S lenses are operating fully manual on a D80, that means no AF, and most of all no light metering by the camera. So I just took 2 shots in situ to adjust my speed, aperture and ISO, thanks to digital era I could check immediately through the lcd and histogram which adjustments to make, and I was ready for 2 hours portraiture within the crowdy parade characters.

I must say beside the slower ability to shoot due to the time needed to adjust focus (the D80 rangefinder requires much more time to be sure to have focus than it used to be with a film camera or a professional dslr) that I really enjoy the 85mm (i.e. 127mm on my D80). Even at f2.8-4-5.6 it was sharp enough to my taste, with nice bokeh on the back to emphasize the portrait itself.

An oldie that I've temporarily bumped up to the top of my photostream:

 

Marble House was built between 1888 and 1892 for William K. Vanderbilt, grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. The house was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the now legendary resort of opulent stone palaces. It was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and said to be inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. The cost of the house was reported in contemporary press accounts to be $11 million, of which $7 million was spent on 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Upon its completion, Mr. Vanderbilt gave the house to his wife, Alva, as a 39th birthday present.

 

After the Vanderbilts divorced in 1895, Alva married Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont, moving down the street to Belcourt, Belmont's summer estate. After his death, she reopened Marble House and added a Chinese Tea House on its seaside cliffs, where she hosted rallies for women's suffrage. She sold the house to Frederick H. Prince in 1932. Prince's estate gave the house and its furnishings to the Preservation Society of Newport County in 1963.

 

In 1971 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Five years later the Department of the Interior designated it, and the Bellevue Avenue Historic District in which it is located, as National Historic Landmarks.

 

tickets.newportmansions.org/mansion.aspx?id=1004

  

Forgive me for having been on a bit of a Rover binge lately, but for those who don't know on 15th April 2005, exactly 10 years ago, the Rover Group finally ran out of money and Britain's last volume car manufacturer disappeared forever. I remember well the BBC news reports showing workers being turned back at the gates of the Longbridge Plant in south Birmingham, their jobs finished and their cars ceased. In all, nearly 6,000 people in the Midlands were sacked upon the closure of Longbridge, and whilst Rover, a brand that had dated back to 1904 and had once been a symbol of pedigree British Motoring, finally died after a long and painful spell under British Leyland and ownership by BMW, MG was able to claw away from darkness thanks to Chinese investors, rescuing one of the most renowned and hallowed names in Motorsport history.

 

This however was truly the last great Rover, and one that was a succulent blend of style and substance. Reliable, well priced, smooth riding and sweet, the Rover 75 was the embodiment of everything that was to be found in the everyman's British motor car. But nowadays most people remember it as a prime example of how even though this car, as reliable, well performing and beautifully styled as it is, can be completely compromised by that all important part of the human psyche known as image...

 

The Rover 75 was unveiled in 1998 after 4 years of development, and was the first car to be launched by the company since the Rover 600 in 1993. In fact the car was built to replace both the Rover 600 and 800 to become the company's flagship motor. The car was the last to be styled by world renowned coachbuilder Vanden Plas, famous for its distinguished chrome nose and luxurious internal styling. I remember well the style and profile of this mighty car, filled to the brim with soft leather seats and sublime wooden trim, built to emulate the mighty Rover P5 of the 1960's, but with a fiery 4.6 Rover V8 under the hood for some extra grunt. It was perfect...

 

...trouble was nobody wanted it.

 

The main problem that killed the Rover 75 was its image. The car was designed to emulate grand old England, with that chrome and wooden trim making it look and feel very nostalgic. There's nothing wrong with nostalgia, in fact I very much enjoy a look into the heritage of Britain and the Rover 75 strikes a chord with me, it's very pretty, well styled and has a lovely feel to it, and many foreign buyers agree, with the 75 winning awards in Germany and France, as well as being dubbed the best car in the world by Italian stylists. The nostalgia of old England is something that foreigners love, they come to Britain in their droves to see old Castles and tour the quaint streets of our ancient cities. However, the only people who don't like the old British are in fact the British themselves. I consider myself a bit of an exception but on a grand scale a majority of British people don't like being referred to in some quaint old manner of plummy accents and established gentry, and would much rather like to be seen as modern and innovative like the Americans or the Germans.

 

Because of this, the Rover 75 was to the British nothing more than just some pathetic hankering for the past, and trying to firmly establish Britain as some kind of fatuous 'Ye oldie world' theme park instead of a 21st Century nation. For this crime the Rover 75 was punished with absolutely abysmal sales on the domestic market. Across the UK many of our airfields were littered with thousands and thousands of unsold 75's in storage because domestic sales were so poor. Rover was churning out cars that nobody wanted and losing an absolute mint.

 

BMW saw no enthusiasm in owning a car company that was failing miserably, so in 2000 the Rover Group was broken up into its most profitable parts. BMW retained Mini whilst Land Rover/Range Rover was sold to Ford. The remainder of Rover was sold to Phoenix Investments for the price of just £10, a clear sign of how little confidence there was in the ailing company. With little to no money to support the company no new cars could be developed, and Rover turned to the Indian firm TATA to build them their final product, the 2003 CityRover, an attempt to fill the gap left by the discontinued Metro that instead turned out to be the final nail in the coffin for the company. Bankruptcy came in 2005 and soon afterwards the Rover company went into liquidation. Although MG was able to escape death by way of Chinese investments, for the rest of the Rover company after nearly 100 years of operation, it was simply a case of TILT! Game over...

Forgive me for having been on a bit of a Rover binge lately, but for those who don't know on 15th April 2005, exactly 10 years ago, the Rover Group finally ran out of money and Britain's last volume car manufacturer disappeared forever. I remember well the BBC news reports showing workers being turned back at the gates of the Longbridge Plant in south Birmingham, their jobs finished and their cars ceased. In all, nearly 6,000 people in the Midlands were sacked upon the closure of Longbridge, and whilst Rover, a brand that had dated back to 1904 and had once been a symbol of pedigree British Motoring, finally died after a long and painful spell under British Leyland and ownership by BMW, MG was able to claw away from darkness thanks to Chinese investors, rescuing one of the most renowned and hallowed names in Motorsport history.

 

This however was truly the last great Rover, and one that was a succulent blend of style and substance. Reliable, well priced, smooth riding and sweet, the Rover 75 was the embodiment of everything that was to be found in the everyman's British motor car. But nowadays most people remember it as a prime example of how even though this car, as reliable, well performing and beautifully styled as it is, can be completely compromised by that all important part of the human psyche known as image...

 

The Rover 75 was unveiled in 1998 after 4 years of development, and was the first car to be launched by the company since the Rover 600 in 1993. In fact the car was built to replace both the Rover 600 and 800 to become the company's flagship motor. The car was the last to be styled by world renowned coachbuilder Vanden Plas, famous for its distinguished chrome nose and luxurious internal styling. I remember well the style and profile of this mighty car, filled to the brim with soft leather seats and sublime wooden trim, built to emulate the mighty Rover P5 of the 1960's, but with a fiery 4.6 Rover V8 under the hood for some extra grunt. It was perfect...

 

...trouble was nobody wanted it.

 

The main problem that killed the Rover 75 was its image. The car was designed to emulate grand old England, with that chrome and wooden trim making it look and feel very nostalgic. There's nothing wrong with nostalgia, in fact I very much enjoy a look into the heritage of Britain and the Rover 75 strikes a chord with me, it's very pretty, well styled and has a lovely feel to it, and many foreign buyers agree, with the 75 winning awards in Germany and France, as well as being dubbed the best car in the world by Italian stylists. The nostalgia of old England is something that foreigners love, they come to Britain in their droves to see old Castles and tour the quaint streets of our ancient cities. However, the only people who don't like the old British are in fact the British themselves. I consider myself a bit of an exception but on a grand scale a majority of British people don't like being referred to in some quaint old manner of plummy accents and established gentry, and would much rather like to be seen as modern and innovative like the Americans or the Germans.

 

Because of this, the Rover 75 was to the British nothing more than just some pathetic hankering for the past, and trying to firmly establish Britain as some kind of fatuous 'Ye oldie world' theme park instead of a 21st Century nation. For this crime the Rover 75 was punished with absolutely abysmal sales on the domestic market. Across the UK many of our airfields were littered with thousands and thousands of unsold 75's in storage because domestic sales were so poor. Rover was churning out cars that nobody wanted and losing an absolute mint.

 

BMW saw no enthusiasm in owning a car company that was failing miserably, so in 2000 the Rover Group was broken up into its most profitable parts. BMW retained Mini whilst Land Rover/Range Rover was sold to Ford. The remainder of Rover was sold to Phoenix Investments for the price of just £10, a clear sign of how little confidence there was in the ailing company. With little to no money to support the company no new cars could be developed, and Rover turned to the Indian firm TATA to build them their final product, the 2003 CityRover, an attempt to fill the gap left by the discontinued Metro that instead turned out to be the final nail in the coffin for the company. Bankruptcy came in 2005 and soon afterwards the Rover company went into liquidation. Although MG was able to escape death by way of Chinese investments, for the rest of the Rover company after nearly 100 years of operation, it was simply a case of TILT! Game over...

From Wikipedia:

 

Platycodon grandiflorus (from Greek "πλατυκώδων", meaning a broad bell) is a species of herbaceous flowering perennial plant of the family Campanulaceae, and the only member of its genus. It is native to East Asia (China, Korea, Japan and East Siberia). Depending upon the region, it is also referred to as the Korean bellflower, Chinese bellflower, Japanese bellflower, common balloon flower, or balloon flower (referring to the balloon-shaped flower buds).

This is one of best find in Beijing during my last Chinese trip.

 

These 6 vehicles are abandoned far north-west Beijing.

 

There are (left to right) :

- Ford Tempo II (1988-1994)

- Toyota Model F (1982-1991)

- Toyota Coaster (1969-1982)

- Toyota Crown S110 (1979-1983)

- Toyota Corona T80/90 (1970-1973)

- Toyota Crown S60/70 (1971-1974)

 

I never saw in China so many old Japanese cars.

 

I saw a picture of these on my Wechat Enthusiast Car group.

And then thanks to Chinese friends, I can get the location. But they said me we can't go inside the place.

 

But when I was doors were opened and I just entered with lots of luck to see these beauties.

 

Beijing in 1980-1990s should be great for cars enthusiasts.

 

Later a 3rd Beijing car spotting.

Some oldies that have been waiting their turn very patiently

Several years ago Philip took me to visit the Chinese Gardens and I loved it... I was taking so many pictures that a good number of them got overlooked... I have been checking back thru the oldie moldies to pick up some that I had failed to process... I can't believe there are so many nice ones that I just forgot about...

An onld chinese man wearing a Panama hat, with a sort of beach outfit looking a little bit out of place in the middle of a public park in Beijing.

This trick is an oldie but goodie from my bartending days which were over 20 years ago, professionally anyway, LOL! I honestly hadn’t thought of it until my friend Liz and I went to lunch yesterday. Something about the generic forks at the Chinese buffet reminded me of it, and I do love to amaze my friends with my nerditude, so I did the trick for Nellie (Liz). It is quite amazing to see. Usually the server notices and comments first, and then people at the tables around notice it and comment too! It is definitely an attention getter. Once you know how to do it, the hardest part is setting the tip of the toothpick with the forks on it, on the apex of the toothpick in the shaker. This shaker’s holes are not quite big enough to make it look its freakiest which is when the support toothpick is straight up. It was the only shaker I had, and it definitely still works, but I’ve set it up before where the forks would actually rotate around casually while we ate our dinner.

 

Here is a challenge for all my Flickr Friends!! We’re not blessed with children of our own, so I’m passing on the toothpick trick to our nieces and nephews, and all of you! I hope you will give it a try and then post a picture of your endeavor and share it with me on this post!!! Here is my best explanation of how it’s done!

 

Materials:

Two round toothpicks

Two identical four tine forks – lighter is better because then sometimes they spin.

A Salt Shaker (preferably with holes big enough to get the point of the toothpick just down to where the full tip is in, or a bit more and it’s tight – the one pictured is not “tight”).

Instructions:

Place one toothpick vertically in the salt shaker and push it down tight.

Interlace the tines of the two forks.

Insert the other toothpick between the middle tines of the two forks

(It’s okay if it is a bit to one side or the other in this endeavor, but should be as tightly inserted as possible).

Hold the tip of the toothpick in the forks at the tine end, and balance the tip between the handles on the tip of the vertical toothpick!

You will feel it and gently let go! Gravity will do the rest!

 

If you’re vertical strut is straight up, the toothpick between the forks will be angled a little different than in my post. Thanks for viewing and hopefully trying it!

 

I would be so excited if even a few of you tried this! Perhaps it would inspire your kids and open up discussions of physics, engineering, geometry and cantilevers…or, at the very least, make them GRIN!!! Thanks for viewing and hopefully giving it a try!

 

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San Antonio barbecue place. This looked good but we had had three barbecue meals the day before and I couldn't face another one (a rare moment for me).

 

Update: A little history on the Pig Stand, from MySanAntonio.com:

 

Pig Stand's last stand

 

Web Posted: 04/03/2008 2:00 CDT

 

Drop by the Pig Stand restaurant on Broadway almost any afternoon and you'll likely find a small, white-haired man enjoying a late breakfast at the end of the counter, right by the "Pig Crossing" sign.

Gene Olson also is there most evenings, drinking coffee with friends amid a riotous menagerie of decorative pigs.

 

"I've been eating here for 35 years. It's just a friendly place with an old-time atmosphere. No one feels uncomfortable coming in here," said Olson, 72, a retiree from the U.S. Postal Service.

 

"And I really like the service, but of course, they watch over me like a child here," he joked.

 

Such loyalty is not unusual at the last redoubt of the fabled pig sandwich.

 

Once upon a time, the empire of the neon pig stretched from Texas to California and New York, as hustling teenage carhops at scores of Pig Stand restaurants plied motorists with pork sandwiches, milkshakes and speedy curb service.

 

Begun in Dallas in 1921 in the first blush of America's romance with the automobile, the Pig Stand boasted of being the nation's first drive-in restaurant. It also took credit for such culinary triumphs as Texas toast, onion rings and the chicken-fried steak sandwich.

 

At its peak before the Great Depression, the chain had about 130 restaurants. But when the company went broke three years ago, only a half-dozen Pig Stand restaurants were left, all in Texas.

 

And now — back from near-death in federal bankruptcy court — just one remains, pastel-hued old No. 29 on Broadway. In its tattered, whimsical splendor, it lingers like the last specimen of some exotic species, driven to the brink of extinction by modernity and beef-based competitors.

 

Beyond the root beer floats and trademark pig sandwiches there are enough porcine kitsch and "American Graffiti" style nostalgia for anyone. Here the pigs do have wings, as well as pompadour haircuts, zebra stripes, sombreros and other cute adornments.

 

At the old No. 29, Elvis and Marilyn are forever young and the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and Buddy Holly still are going strong. Aging motor heads still compare classic cars Friday nights in the parking lot.

 

Decades ago, mobs of cruising teenagers and hot-rodders hit the Pig Stand on weekend evenings. Now the place draws a grayer, slower clientele, some of whom discovered it during misspent youths.

 

"I first came as a teenager to the one on South Presa. It's got that old-fashioned feeling, just like an old car, that you don't get in these modern restaurants," said Bob Meyer, 65, enjoying a recent Friday night coffee and hamburger with a buddy named Bubba.

 

"You might call us old-timers, and old-timers like the old ways," said Meyer, who has restored a couple of '34 Fords.

 

Said the grizzled Bubba: "I used to work for the Pig Stand as a kid. And while I wasn't all that happy washing dishes, any old man will tell you about the good old times."

 

"The Pig Stands were really a rock 'n' roll environment. And now it's the music and the cars. They blend together," he said.

 

San Antonio once had more than a half-dozen Pig Stand restaurants. If the one on South Presa had the now-vacant building shaped like a giant pink pig, No. 29 always was the showpiece. And but for two interruptions, it has been open for business for more than eight decades.

 

In the late 1960s, the construction of the interstate downtown forced it to move half a block north.

 

Then, on Nov. 15, 2006, No. 29 and the other surviving Pig Stands were abruptly closed over unpaid sales taxes.

 

The raid by state agents came a year after Pig Stands owner Richard Hailey filed for both corporate and personal bankruptcy. The corporate filing listed $1.8 million in debt.

 

Hailey is the son of Royce Hailey, who began as a 13-year-old Pig Stand carhop in Dallas and eventually acquired the whole business. The younger Hailey declined to talk about the traumatic business failure, but said he is grateful that one Pig Stand survives.

 

"It makes me extremely happy to see it open," he said. "I still go by there often and get a cup of coffee. It still feels like home. I see the regular customers and talk to them."

 

Hopes of salvaging landmark Pig Stands in Beaumont and in Houston (where Shirley MacLaine filmed parts of "The Evening Star") ultimately died. And No. 29 also would have stayed closed but for its manager, Mary Ann Hill, bankruptcy trustee Vince Liuzza Jr. and the landlord, Marie Hernandez.

 

"I started as a waitress in 1967 at the Pig Stand on Rigsby when I was 18 years old. It's the only job I've ever had, and it's been a wonderful job," said Hill, 59, who now operates the restaurant as "Mary Ann's Pig Stand."

 

"When the Pig Stands were shut down, Vince called me and asked, 'Do you want that Pig Stand?'" she said.

 

"I said, 'What do you mean?' and he said, 'If you can come up with the money, Mrs. Hernandez will give us a lease.' She loved the Pig Stand," Hill said.

 

To reopen, Liuzza required Hill to pay off the restaurant's debts.

 

"He told me $10,000 would do it, but that was way off. The property taxes hadn't been paid in three years, the lease hadn't been paid in three months and I had to buy groceries. It took almost $50,000," she said.

 

Hill raised the money, signed a five-year sub-lease with a five-year renewal option and reopened No. 29 on Jan. 2, 2007. The customers quickly returned.

 

"2007 was the year of the pig on the Chinese calendar and I had so many customers come in and say, 'Thank God you saved the pig,'" Hill said.

 

Outlook unclear

 

Liuzza said the long-term outlook remains unclear.

 

"The trust is the owner and she is the tenant. She can stay there for 10 years if she performs," he said. "But what happens when the trust goes out of business? I need to come up with some agreement and get the court to bless it."

 

For restaurant employees and longtime customers, the brief closure was traumatic. Said Olson: "When it closed, I was more or less lost. I enjoyed eating the food at other places, but this place feels like home."

 

Waitress Irela Bustamante was heartbroken. She had worked there since 1975, when girls on roller skates still delivered food to cars.

 

"I was afraid it was over," she said. "When Mary Ann called me and said we might have a chance to reopen it, I got happy. I prayed to God that we might have our jobs again."

 

For many devotees, there's something about the Pig Stand that goes beyond the food, the music and the shamelessly corny decor.

 

On a recent morning, Wade Toth, 61, a large, bearded man in a blue Hawaiian shirt, lingered over the remains of breakfast. For years, he came almost daily with the late Marvin Ivy, who sold used cars a few blocks down Broadway.

 

"He ate breakfast here for 40 years, and always ordered the same thing. One biscuit with sausage and gravy, and a large bowl of hot sauce," Toth said.

 

"I was his driver. They'd see us pull into the lot, and since he used a walker and cane, by the time we got in from the truck, they'd have his order already working. Mine, too," he said.

 

Now Toth comes alone. He orders the same breakfast.

 

"The food is good, and they play oldies, not too loud. You can call it tradition or memories. I miss my friend. It's a way to stay connected, and this is one thing we shared."

Paris Chinatown, France.

 

Every time I’m enjoying the parade preparations, it’s a pleasure for anyone found of shooting colorful portraits.

Within all costumes used to celebrate the new year, the red color is the main tone, then come pink and yellow.

This year I had on my D80 a nice oldies : a 1970s Nikkor 85mm f2 AI-S, that was lent to me by a friend to let me test it on my dslr.

Indeed these Ai-S lenses are operating fully manual on a D80, that means no AF, and most of all no light metering by the camera. So I just took 2 shots in situ to adjust my speed, aperture and ISO, thanks to digital era I could check immediately through the lcd and histogram which adjustments to make, and I was ready for 2 hours portraiture within the crowdy parade characters.

I must say beside the slower ability to shoot due to the time needed to adjust focus (the D80 rangefinder requires much more time to be sure to have focus than it used to be with a film camera or a professional dslr) that I really enjoy the 85mm (i.e. 127mm on my D80). Even at f2.8-4-5.6 it was sharp enough to my taste, with nice bokeh on the back to emphasize the portrait itself.

A special inclusion for all of my deaf viewers, although those of you who can hear are welcome to enjoy it as well!

 

SOME MUSIC I LIKE:

 

How did this come about? I think at some point I asked my regular viewers, "What songs do you like?" and I got zilch by way of response. So I figured, you gotta lead by example and I thought I'd put together a list of about 100 songs I really like. But like a hungry snake, the list just kept growing, till now it's getting near 800. Bottom line is, it's all about enjoyment, so here's a bunch of songs from my inner iPod which I enjoyed and I hope you will too.

 

A RANDOM SAMPLING OF 700+ SONGS THAT I LIKE

 

1.Cretin Hop (Ramones)

2.All Quiet On The Eastern Front (“)

3.Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (“)

4.Rockaway Beach (“)

5.God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols)

6.Belsen Was A Gas (“)

7.Holidays In The Sun (“)

8.EMI (“)

9.The Hunter (Albert King)

10.Dancing Barefoot (Patti Smith)

11.See No Evil (Television)

12.Do You Love Me Now? (Breeders)

13.Pretend We’re Dead (L7)

14.Trojours L’Amour (Procol Harum)

15.Still There’ll Be More (“)

16.Whiskey Train (“)

17.Poor Mohammad (“)

18.Walking The Dog (Flaming Groovies)

19.Teenage Head (“)

20.Chest Fever (The Band)

21.The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (“)

22.Single Pigeon (Paul McCartney)

23.Bluebird (“)

24.No Words (“)

25.Every Night (“)

26.Maybe I’m Amazed (“)

27.Had Me A Real Good Time (Faces)

28.Borstal Boys (“)

29.Memphis (“)

30.Too Bad (“)

31.In France They Kiss On Main Street (Joni Mitchell)

32.Just Like This Train (“)

33.A Strange Boy (“)

34.Blue Motel Room (“)

35.Jericho (“)

36.When You Dance I Can Really Love (Neil Young)

37.Cinnamon Girl (“)

38.Pocahontas (“)

39.Ride My Llama (“)

40.Ways Of Love (“)

41.I Believe In You (“)

42.Dive (Nirvana)

43.Been A Son (“)

44.Molly’s Lips (“)

45.Polly (“)

46.All Apologies (“)

47.Jack Straw (Grateful Dead)

48.Sugar Magnolia (“)

49.Friend Of The Devil (“)

50.Bertha (“)

51.Playing In The Band (“)

52.Eskimo Blue Day (Jefferson Airplane)

53.Fat Angel (“)

54.It’s No Secret (“)

55.How Do You Feel? (“)

56.The Other Side Of This Life (Live) (“)

57.Have You Seen The Saucers? (Live) (“)

58.Life Is A Long Song (Jethro Tull)

59.Up The Pool (“)

60.Inside (“)

61.A Time For Everything (“)

62.Jeffery Goes To Leichester Square (“)

63.Mother Goose (“)

64.Living In The Past (“)

65.Presently In The Past (Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks)

66.News From Up The Street (“)

67.The Buzzard Was Their Friend (“)

68.I’m An Old Cowhand (“)

69.Stranger’s Room (Crosby & Nash)

70.Page 43 (“)

71.Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

72.You Don’t Have To Cry (“)

73.The Deserter (Fairport Convention)

74.Matty Groves (“)

75.Poor Will And The Jolly Hangman (“)

76.A Tale In Hard Time (“)

77.A Sailor’s Life (“)

78.Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (“)

79.Two Weeks Last Summer (Sandy Denny)

80.Gypsy Davey (“)

81.Back Street Slide (Richard Thompson)

82.Don’t Renege On Our Love (“)

83.The Wrong Heartbeat (“)

84.Sam Jones (“)

85.Ghost In The Wind (“)

86.Small Town Romance (“)

87.Big Chimney (“)

88.Business On You (“)

89.One Door Opens (“)

90.Bathsheba Smiles (“)

91.Upsetter (Grand Funk Railroad)

92.Nothing Is The Same (“)

93.Footstompin’ Music (“)

94.Bad Time (“)

95.Gasoline Alley (Rod Stewart)

96.Cut Across Shorty (“)

97.You Wear It Well (“)

98.Twisting The Night Away (“)

99.Angel (“)

100.A Hard Road (“)

101.Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)

102.Jumping Jack Flash (“)

103.Stray Cat Blues (“)

104.Factory Girl (“)

105.Prodigal Son (“)

106.Gimmie Shelter (“)

107.Around And Around (“)

108.She Said Yeah (“)

109.Route 66 (Live) (“)

110.Ruby Tuesday (“)

111.Dandelion (“)

112.Casino Boogie (“)

113.Torn And Frayed (“)

114.Thief In The Night (“)

115.Just Another Honky (Faces)

116.If I’m On The Late Side (“)

117.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Jeff Beck)

118.Sophie (“)

119.Play With Me (“)

120.You Know What I Mean (“)

121.Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers (“)

122.Shapes Of Things (“)

123.A Salty Dog (Procol Harum)

124.Walking After Midnight (Katy Moffatt)

125.Midnight At The Oasis (Maria Muldaur)

126.Gringo En Mexico (“)

127.Gringo (Little Feat)

128.The Fan (“)

129.Fat Man In The Bathtub (“)

130.All That You Dream (“)

131.Easy To Slip (“)

132.Dixie Chicken (“)

133.Do You Believe In Magic? (Loving Spoonful)

134.Coconut Grove (“)

135.Wild About My Loving (“)

136.The Other Side Of This Life (“)

137.Pow! (“)

138.Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (“)

139.Younger Girl (“)

140.I Want To Take You Higher (Sly & The Family Stone)

141.Babies Making Babies (“)

142.Everybody Is A Star (“)

143.You Caught Me Smiling (“)

144.Table Manners (Kid Creole & The Coconuts)

145.Latin Music (“)

146.Go Down Easy (John Martyn)

147.One Day Without You (“)

148.Poor Boy (Nick Drake)

149.Pink Moon (“)

150.Radio (“)

151.One Of These Things First (“)

152.It’s Only Natural (Crowded House)

153.Pineapple Head (“)

154.Don’t Dream It’s Over (“)

155.Weather With You (“)

156.If I Knew (Joan Baez)

157.Poor Wayfaring Stranger (“)

158.Banks Of The Ohio (“)

159.Glad Bluebird Of Happiness (“)

160.The Jean Jeanie (David Bowie)

161.Hang On To Yourself (“)

162.Golden Years (“)

163.John, I’m Only Dancing (“)

164.Stay (“)

165.Star (“)

166.Suffragette City (“)

167.Heroes (“)

168.The Supermen (“)

169.Black Country Rock (“)

170.Oh You Pretty Things (“)

171.Kooks (“)

172.Rebel Rebel (“)

173.Public Animal #9 (Alice Cooper)

174.Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets (“)

175.Train Kept A-Rolling (Yardbirds)

176.Highway Star (Deep Purple)

177.No No No (“)

178.You Fool No One (“)

179.Flight Of The Rat (“)

180.You Better Think Twice (Poco)

181.Hurry Up (“)

182.Railroad Days (“)

183.What Am I Gonna Do? (“)

184.Golden Ribbons (Loggins And Messina)

185.Angry Eyes (“)

186.Vahevala (“)

187.Thinking Of You (“)

188.Till The Ends Meet (“)

189.Las Vegas (Gram Parsons)

190.She (“)

191.Still Feeling Blue (“)

192.Hearts On Fire (“)

193.That’s All It Took (“)

194.It Doesn’t Matter (Manassas)

195.The Treasure (“)

196.Move Around (“)

197.How Far (“)

198.So Begins The Task (“)

199.Both Of Us (“)

200.Love Eyes (“)

201.Hey Pocky Way (Neville Brothers)

202.Beginning To See The Light (Velvet Underground)

203.What Goes On (“)

204.Here She Comes Now (“)

205.My Baby Thinks He’s A Train (Roseanne Cash)

206.Siberian Khatru (Yes)

207.Long Distance Runaround (“)

208.Starship Trooper (“)

209.Roundabout (“)

210.From The Beginning (Emmerson, Lake & Palmer)

211.Hoedown (“)

212.Aloha Steve And Danno (Radio Birdman)

213.Go Wild In The Country (Bow Wow Wow)

214.Mile High Club (“)

215.On My Radio (The Selecter)

216.Stupid Marriage (The Specials)

217.Hey Venus (That Petrol Emotion)

218.Switch Board Susan (Nick Lowe)

219.Zulu Kiss (“)

220.Queen Of Sheba (“)

221.New Amsterdam (Elvis Costello)

222.Pump It Up (“)

223.You Belong To Me (“)

224.No Action (“)

225.Busy Bodies (“)

226.Moods For Moderns (“)

227.Science Fiction (The Divinyls)

228.Ring Me Up (“)

229.I’ll Make You Happy (“)

230.Stepping Razor (Peter Tosh)

231.Message Of Love (The Pretenders)

232.Cuban Slide (“)

233.My City Was Gone (“)

234.Tattooed Love Boys (“)

235.The Adultress (“)

236.Time The Avenger (“)

237.Time Won’t Let Me (The Outsiders)

238.You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis)

239.Stop Messing Around (Fleetwood Mac)

240.My Heart Beat Like A Hammer (“)

241.Like Crying (“)

242.Rattlesnake Shake (“)

243.Homework (“)

244.Chevrolet (Taj Mahal)

245.Leaving Trunk (“)

246.Further On Down The Road (“)

247.You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (“)

248.Going Down (Freddie King)

249.Bluebird (Buffalo Springfield)

250.Questions (“)

251.It’s So Hard To Wait (“)

252.Rock And Roll Woman (“)

253.Four Days Gone (“)

254.Uno Mundo (“)

255.Special Care (“)

256.Baba O’Riley (The Who)

257.Won’t Get Fooled Again (“)

258.My Generation (“)

259.My Wife (“)

260.Sea And Sand (“)

261.Drowned (“)

262.The Dirty Jobs (“)

263.Getting In Tune (“)

264.Love Reign O’er Me (“)

265.This Song Has No Title (Elton John)

266.Grey Seal (“)

267.Burn Down The Mission (“)

268.Amoreena (“)

269.Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters (“)

270.High Flying Bird (“)

271.Dancing In The Street (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)

272.Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)

273.Kashmir (“)

274.Black Dog (“)

275.Four Sticks (“)

276.The Battle Of Evermore (“)

277.The Crunge (“)

278.Immigrant Song (“)

279.Hots On For Nowhere (“)

280.Peace Frog (The Doors)

281.Queen Of The Highway (“)

282.Love Her Madly (“)

283.Hello I Love You (“)

284.The Crystal Ship (“)

285.The Unknown Soldier (“)

286.Once You Get Started (Chaka Kahn & Rufus)

287.Tell Me Something Good (“)

288.Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Diana Ross & The Supremes)

289.I Can’t Get Next To You (Al Green)

290.Wait Here (“)

291.To Sir With Love (“)

292.Let’s Get Married (“)

293.Love And Happiness (“)

294.Hangin’ On (“)

295.Take It So Hard (Keith Richards)

296.Three Roses (America)

297.Only In Your Heart (“)

298.Ain’t Got No Money (Frankie Miller)

299.Sneaking Sally Thru The Alley (Robert Palmer)

300.How Much Fun (“)

301.I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds)

302.Run Rudolph Run (“)

303.Queen Of Hearts (“)

304.Girl Talk (“)

305.Trouble Boys (“)

306.You’ll Never Get Me Up (In One Of Those) (“)

307.Almost Saturday Night (“)

308.Chelsea Morning (Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66)

309.SWLABR (Cream)

310.Dance The Night Away (“)

311.Tales Of Brave Ulysses (“)

312.Badge (“)

313.Those Were The Days (“)

314.Howling For My Darling (Howling Wolf)

315.44 (“)

316.How Many More Times (“)

317.Smokestack Lightning (“)

318.Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (Stevie Wonder)

319.Tuesday Heartbreak (“)

320.Looking For Another Pure Love (“)

321.Big Brother (“)

322.Golden Lady (“)

323.The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Traffic)

324.Walking In The Wind (“)

325.Many A Mile To Freedom (“)

326.Hidden Treasure (“)

327.Medicated Goo (“)

328.No Face, No Name, No Number (“)

329.Pearly Queen (“)

330.Heaven Is In Your Mind (“)

331.Such A Night (Elvis Presley)

332.It’s Now Or Never (“)

333.My Baby Left Me (“)

334.Baby Let’s Play House (“)

335.Blue Moon Of Kentucky (“)

336.Rave On (Buddy Holly)

337.Learning The Game (“)

338.Not Fade Away (“)

339.Can’t Help Myself (Bonnie Raitt)

340.Everybody’s Crying Mercy (“)

341.Wah She Go Do(“)

342.Bluebird (“)

343.Green Lights (NRBQ)

344.Just Ain’t Fair (“)

345.Me And The Boys (“)

346.Crazy Like A Fox (“)

347.You Can’t Hide (“)

348.Still In School (“)

349.Hobbies (“)

350.Definition Of Love (“)

351.That’s All (Sarah Vaughn)

352.Tanglewood ’63 (Gary Burton Quartet)

353.Treasure Island (Keith Jarrett)

354.Rita San (Art Pepper)

355.Mr. Knight (John Coltrane)

356.My Shining Hour (“)

357.Nigerian Marketplace (Oscar Peterson)

358.Uptown Dance (Stephanne Grappelli)

359.Love For Sale (“)

360.81 (Miles Davis)

361.All Blues (“)

362.So What (“)

363.Sarara (Flora Purim)

364.Riffin’ The Scotch (Billie Holiday)

365.Let’s Do It (“)

366.On The Road Again (Canned Heat)

367.Riki Tikki Tavi (Donovan)

368.Frankenstein (New York Dolls)

369.Bad Girl (“)

370.Trash (")

371.30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie)

372.One Eyed Trouser Snake Rhumba (“)

373.I Don’t Need No Doctor (“)

374.Four Day Creep (“)

375.All Right Now (Free)

376.Oh I Wept (“)

377.I’ll Be Creepin’ (“)

378.A Little Bit Of Love (“)

379.The Highway Song (“)

380.Mr. Big (Live) (“)

381.You’re Pretty Good Looking (The White Stripes)

382.Little Bird (“)

383.Leave Your Hat On (Randy Newman)

384.Political Science (“)

385.Crazy Country Hop (Eric Clapton)

386.Let It Rain (“)

387.Mainline Florida (“)

388.Black Cow (Steely Dan)

389.Bodhisattva (“)

390.Rikki Don’t Lose That Number (“)

391.My Old School (“)

392.It’s A Plain Shame (Studio) (Peter Frampton)

393.Catherine Parr (Rick Wakeman)

394.Tin Soldier (Small Faces)

395.Don’t Burst My Bubble (“)

396.Wham Bam Thank You Mam (“)

397.Rolling Over (“)

398.Mad John (“)

399.Western Lullaby (Wendy Waldman)

400.I Was Made To Love Her (Beach Boys)

401.Let The Wind Blow (“)

402.Darling (“)

403.Do It Again (“)

404.Pure And Easy (Pete Townshend)

405.Under The Falling Sky (Jackson Browne)

406.Jamaica Say You Will (“)

407.Something Fine (“)

408.Late For The Sky (“)

409.Weasel And The White Boy’s Cool (Rickie Lee Jones)

410.My Wave (Soundgarden)

411.Rusty Cage (“)

412.Fell On Black Days (“)

413.She Moves Me (Muddy Waters)

414.I Just Want To Make Love To You (“)

415.Rolling Stone (“)

416.The Stuff You Gotta Watch (“)

417.Cross Eyed Cat (“)

418.I’m Ready (“)

419.Dichoso (Willie Bobo)

420.I Can’t Stand The Rain (Ann Peebles)

421.I Pity The Fool (“)

422.It’s Your Thing (Isley Brothers)

423.End Of A Perfect Day (Kirstie MacColl)

424.Dancing In Limbo (“)

425.Le Foret De Mimosa (“)

426.Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine (“)

427.Us Amazonians (“)

428.El Paso (“)

429.Headache (Liz Phair)

430.Uncle Alvarez (“)

431.The Dogs Of LA (“)

432.Alice Springs (“)

433.I Don’t Want To Talk About It (Crazy Horse)

434.#9 Dream (John Lennon)

435.Going Down On Love (“)

436.Jealous Guy (“)

437.Hot Burrito #2 (Flying Burrito Brothers)

438.Day The World Turned Day-Glo (X-Ray Spex)

439.Search And Destroy (The Stooges)

440.I Wanna Be Your Dog (“)

441.Jessica (Allman Brothers Band)

442.Come And Go Blues (“)

443.Pony Boy (“)

444.Honey Don’t (Carl Perkins)

445.Write Me A Letter (Aerosmith)

446.Seasons Of Wither (“)

447.Back In The Saddle (“)

448.Last Child (“)

449.Driving On 9 (The Breeders)

450.Saints (“)

451.Blessed (Simon & Garfunkel)

452.Love Me Tomorrow (Boz Scaggs)

453.Hey Miss Sun (“)

454.I Ain’t Got You (The Yardbirds)

455.Down On Me (Live) (Janis Joplin)

456.Piece Of My Heart (“)

457.Move Over (“)

458.Half Moon (“)

459.The Giving Tree (Los Lobos)

460.Be Still (“)

461.Done Gone Blue (“)

462.Victoria (The Kinks)

463.Australia (“)

464.King Kong (“)

465.Apeman (“)

466.Sunny Afternoon (“)

467.Animal Farm (“)

468.Sitting In My Hotel (“)

469.See My Friends (“)

470.So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star (The Byrds)

471.Rosalyn (David Bowie)

472.Movin’ On (Bad Company)

473.Silver, Blue And Gold (“)

474.Call On Me (“)

475.Roadrunner (Jonathan Richman)

476.Emerald (Thin Lizzy)

477.Man Of The World (Robin Trower)

478.Hand Me Down World (The Guess Who)

479.Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix)

480.Wait Until Tomorrow (“)

481.Water Song (Hot Tuna)

482.I Know You Rider (“)

483.Don’t You Leave Me Here (“)

484.Mister Skin (Spirit)

485.Ladybird (XTC)

486.Generals And Majors (“)

487.Respectable Street (“)

488.You And The Clouds Would Still Be Beautiful (“)

489.It’s Nearly Africa (“)

490.Bird Song (Grateful Dead)

491.Live (The Bangles)

492.Going Down To Liverpool (“)

493.Mexico (James Taylor)

494.Lo And Behold (“)

495.Anywhere Like Heaven (“)

496.Sunny Skies (“)

497.Chili Dog (“)

498.Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (“)

499.Save Me (Aretha Franklin)

500.Rock Steady (“)

 

And while I'm on the subject...

 

501.Obviously Five Believers (Bob Dylan)

502.Hole In My Life (Police)

503.Walking In Your Footsteps (")

504.Invisible Sun (")

505.Who Do You Love (Bo Diddley)

506.Look Ka Py-Py (Meters)

507.Ride Your Pony (")

508.First Time I Met The Blues (Buddy Guy)

509.Goin' Hone (")

510.Peachy Tree (Sonny Boy Williamson)

511.Bring It On Home (")

512.Water Of Love (Dire Straits)

513.Setting Me Up (")

514.Save Her Doctor (Eddie Boyd)

515.Blue Coat Man (")

516.Insane Asylum (Willie Dixon)

517.Banquet (Joni Mitchell)

518.Gallows Pole (Leadbelly)

519.One Day I'll Walk (New Grass Revival)

520.Summer Of The Silver Comet (Tracy Nelson)

521.Pretty Girls Make Graves (Smiths)

522.How Soon Is Now (")

523.Hand In Glove (")

524.What Difference Does It Make (")

525.Last Night (Strokes)

526.Manhattan Island Serenade (Leon Russell)

527.Of Thee I Sing (")

528.Home Sweet Oklahoma (")

529.Out In The Woods (")

530.Funky Kingston (Toots & The Maytals)

531.54-46 Was My Number (")

532.Tupelo (John Lee Hooker)

533.Boom Boom (")

534.Welcome To The Club (Joe Walsh)

535.Ain't That A Lot Of Love (Taj Mahal)

536.Space Captain (Joe Cocker)

537.Day After Day (Badfinger)

538.No Matter What (")

539.Baby Blue (")

540.Surely (Carole King)

541.That's What You Get For Loving Me (Gordon Lightfoot)

542.Seven Chinese Brothers (REM)

543.Driver 8 (")

544.Radio Free Europe (")

545.Stumble (")

546.Ain't No Use (Moby Grape)

547.Fall On You (")

548.Someday (")

549.8:05 (")

550.Indifference (")

551.Poinciana (Ahmad Jamal)

552.Grandma's Hands (Bill Withers)

553.Is That Jazz? (Gil-Scott Heron)

554.I Hear Music (Chaka Kahn)

555.Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (Billie Holiday)

556.Angel From The Coast (Thin Lizzy)

557.Eight Miles High (Byrds)

558.Chestnut Mare (")

559.Everybody's Been Burned (")

560.Triad (")

561.Reputation (")

562.Come Down In Time (Elton John)

563.Twisted (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)

564.Cottontail (")

565.Moanin' (")

566.Harpo's Blues (Phoebe Snow)

567.Poetry Man (")

568.Two Fisted Love (")

569.Teach Me Tonight (")

570.Jackie Wilson Said (Van Morrison)

571.Into The Mystic (")

572.And It Stoned Me (")

573.Come Running (")

574.I Will Be There (")

575.B-A-B-Y (Carla Thomas)

576.I Ain't Never (Blue Ridge Rangers)

577.You're The Reason (")

578.Amanda Ruth (Rank & File)

579.Blue Spark (X)

580.The Hungry Wolf (")

581.Because I Do (")

582.We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (Animals)

583.Don't Bring Me Down (")

584.The Wold Is A Ghetto (War)

585.Cisco Kid (")

586.I'll Go Crazy (James Brown)

586.Papa Don't Take No Mess (")

587.Stay In School (")

588.It's A Man's World (")

589.Thoughts About Roxanne (John Mayall)

590.Me And My Woman (")

591.Your Funeral, My Trial (")

592.Alabama March (Peter Green)

593.In The Skies (")

594.Isrealites (Desmond Dekker)

595.Intensified (")

596.It Mek (")

597.Too Much Of Nothing (Peter, Paul & Mary)

598.Shackles And Chains (Arlo Guthrie)

599.Somebody Turned On The Light (")

600.I Know (Barbara George)

 

Just when you thought Dracula wouldn't rise again...

 

601. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey (Beatles)

602. America (Simon and Garfunkel)

603. Night Shift (Bob Marley)

604. The Door Into Summer (The Monkees)

605. Top Of The Pops (The Kinks)

606. Skin And Bone (“)

607. Been Caught Stealing (Jane’s Addiction)

608. 8 A.M. (The Movies)

609. I Won’t Close My Eyes (UB40)

610. Rooster Funeral (Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane)

611. Sorrow, Tears And Blood (Fela Kuti)

612. How D’Ya Do (Gabby Pahinui)

613. Spirit In The Night (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band)

614. Leave It (Mike McGear)

615. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Linda Rondstadt)

616. Luxury Liner (Emmylou Harris)

617. Cross Your Heart (The Red Devils)

618. Too Many Cooks (Mick Jagger)

619. Let Me Roll It (Paul McCartney)

620. A Day In The Life (Wes Montgomery)

621. Waitin’ On You (Dave Mason)

622. Hungry Country Girl (Otis Spann w/Fleetwood Mac)

623. Dire Wolf (Grateful Dead)

624. Chains (Beatles)

625. Boys (“)

626. You Got Me Hummin’ (Live) (Sam & Dave)

627. Let Me Be Good To You (Live) (Carla Thomas)

628. Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash)

628. I’m The Man (Joe Jackson)

629. Cancer (“)

630. Work (Chris Spedding & Peter Frampton)

631. Country Bumpkin (Dave Spinozza)

632. Light Flight (Pentangle)

634. Turn On Your Lovelight (Bobby Blue Bland)

635. Cat Fight (Dance Hall Crashers)

636. Over, Under, Sideways Down (Yardbirds)

637. Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran)

638. The First Time (Roberta Flack)

639. Marie, Marie (The Blasters)

640. Along Comes Mary (The Association)

641. You And Me (The Moody Blues)

642. Laughing (David Crosby)

643. Traction In The Rain (“)

644. Police And Thieves (Junior Murvin)

645. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath)

646. Rope Ladder To The Moon (Jack Bruce)

647. Theme From An Imaginary Western (“)

648. Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out Of Tune (Ellen McIllwaine)

649. Ain’t Nothing To Me (The Coasters)

650. How High The Moon (Les Paul & Mary Ford)

651. Dark Star (Live) (The Grateful Dead)

652. I Got You (Split Enz)

653. Let It Roll (UFO)

654. Don’t Be Denied (Neil Young)

655. Young Man’s Blues (The Who)

656. The Warmth Of The Sun (The Beach Boys)

657. You’re Gonna Need Me (Albert King)

658. Don’t Burn Down The Bridge (“)

659. Night Rider (Electric Light Orchestra)

660. Lucille (Little Richard)

661. Fodderstompf (Public Image Ltd.)

662. This Could Be The Last Time (Staple Singers)

663. World Weary (Noel Coward)

664. One More For My Baby (Frank Sinatra)

665. Teenage Riot (Sonic Youth)

666. TV (Rose Tattoo)

667. The Way Of The World (Flipper)

668. Up On The Sun (Meat Puppets)

669. Station (“)

670. Born On The Bayou (Credence Clearwater Revival)

671. Fortunate Son (“)

672. Pagan Baby (“)

673. Quit And Split (Shakin’ Pyramids)

674. Havana Moon (Chuck Berry)

675. Sweet Little Sixteen (“)

676. Around And Around (“)

677. Living In The USA (“)

678. Honey What’s Wrong (Jimmy Reed)

679. You Got Me Crying (“)

680. I Only Have Eyes For You (The Tokens)

681. Alberta (Leadbelly)

682. Fortress Around Your Heart (Sting)

683. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)

684. The Thrill Of It All (Roxy Music)

685. Virginia Plain (“)

686. Do The Strand (“)

687. I Talk To The Wind (King Crimson)

678. Lark’s Tongues In Aspic (Live) (“)

679. Choo Choo Mama (Ten Years After)

680. Goodbye T’ Jane (Slade)

681. Ride A White Swan (T. Rex)

682. The Heartbreak (Frankie Miller)

683. Company (Rickie Lee Jones)

684. Human Music (The Soft Boys)

685. The Devil’s Right Hand (Steve Earle)

686. In God’s Country (U2)

687. An Cat Dubh (“)

680. Who Does Lisa Like? (Rachel Sweet)

681. Rock And Roll (The Runaways)

682. I’m So Cool (Carlene Carter)

683. Appalachian Eyes (“)

684. Girl Don’t Tell Me (Beach Boys)

685. Show Me (Joe Tex)

686. Love Street (The Doors)

687. Yes, The River Knows (“)

688. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Red & Ruby)

689. Fox On The Run (Bluegrass Parkway)

690. Ride On A Rainbow (Olomana)

691. Open Up (Michael Hurley)

692. Honolulu (Michel Murphy)

693. Drinking Champagne (Myra English)

694. Mama’s Little Jewel (Mott The Hoople)

695. All The Way From Memphis (“)

696. One Of The Boys (“)

697. Don’t Let Go (Jerry Garcia)

698. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan)

699. Ballad Of Hollis Brown (“)

700. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (“)

701. Honey Pie (Beatles)

702. Carry On (Live) (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

703. Find The Cost Of Freedom (")

704. Dark Hollow (Grateful Dead)

705. Come Down In Time (Elton John) (yeah, I missed it initially...)

706. Lenny (Stevie Ray Vaughn)

707. Mary Had A Little Lam (")

708. Look At Little Sister (")

709. Hard To Be (Vaughn Brothers)

710. Flood In Houston (Savoy Brown)

711. Stay With Me Baby (")

712. Give Me A Penny (")

713. Made Up My Mind (")

714. Stay While The Night Is Young (")

715. White Line Fever (Flying Burrito Brothers)

716. Honey Bee (Muddy Waters)

717. I Am A Pilgrim (Byrds)

718. Reputation (")

719. Triad (")

720. Ret Hot (Billy Lee Riley)

721. Stella (Robert Palmer)

722. Dr. Zhivago's Train (")

723. The Best Of Both Worlds (")

724. If You Could Read My Mind (Gordon Lightfoot)

725. Did She Mention My Name (")

726. Teenage Kicks (The Undertones)

727. Turning Japanese (The Vapors)

728. High Cost Of Low Living (Allman Brothers)

729. Dreams (")

730. Like A Lover (Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66)

731. So Many Starts (")

732. Something So Right (Paul Simon)

733. American Tune(")

734. Misty Rains And Lehua (Na Leo O Pilimehana)

735. Peaches En Regalia (Frank Zappa)

736. Haven't We Met (Kenny Rankin)

737. Marie (")

738, Ain't No Free (NRBQ)

739. Good Shepherd (Jefferson Airplane)

740. Bear Melt (")

741, Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)

742. People Say (The Meters)

743. Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan)

744. Be Thankful For What You Got (William DeVaughn)

745. Saturday In The Park (Chicago)

746. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning (Bert Jansch)

747. Kiss From A Rose (Seal)

748. Because (Beatles)

749. Trouble (Little Feat)

750. Good Morning (Beatles)

751. Lucielle (Everly Brothers)

752. Jolene (Dolly Parton)

751. Tiger Rag (Jeff Beck w/Imelda May)

752. Please Mister Jailer (Jeff Beck w/Imelda May)

753. You Inspire Me (Nick Lowe)

754. The Spy (The Doors)

755. Wedding Dress (Pentangle)

756. Rosemary Lane (Bert Jansch)

757. One World (Dire Straits)

758. Why Worry (")

759. The Range War (live)(Todd Rundgren)

760. In A Silent Way (Miles Davis)

761. Song For My Father (Horace Silver)

762. Bright Sized Life (Pat Metheny)

763. What Do I Get? (Buzzcocks)

764. Brilliant Mistake (Elvis Costello)

765. True Love (Carl Perkins)

766. Sweetheart's A Stranger (")

767. September Gurls (Big Star)

768. California Man (The Move)

769. World Where You Live (Crowded House)

770. Eternity (Imedla May)

771. Rockin Around In NYC (Marshall Crenshaw)

772. Shattered (Rolling Stones)

773. A Dream Goes On Forever (Todd Rundgren)

774. Stuck In The Middle (Replacements) (NOTE: This is NOT the song "Stuck In The Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel, OR "Stuck In The Middle Of You" by...never mind.)

775. Where Can It Go? (Robert Plant)

776. Take A Giant Step (Taj Mahal)

777. Just For You (Peter Green)

778. The Story In Your Eyes (Moody Blues)

779. Hide Your Colors (Jayhawks)

780. Find A River (Lowell George)

781. He Was The King (Neil Young)

782. Train In The Distance (Paul Simon)

783. Night In The City (Joni Mitchell)

784. Homeward Bound (Simon & Garfunkel)

785. I Used To Be A King (Graham Nash)

786. Since I Held You (The Cars)

787. I Won't Close My Eyes (UB40)

788. Space Zydeco (Buckwheat Zydeco)

789. Tears Tears Tears (T-Bone Burnett)

790. Barracuda (Heart)

781. The Kind Of Love That Shows (The Movies)

782. Martha My Dear (Beatles)

783. Over My Head (Fleetwood Mac)

784. I Trip Through Your Wires (U2)

785. Has My Fire Really Gone Out? (Paul Weller)

786. Angel (Footsteps) (Jeff Beck)

787. From Four Until Late (Robert Johnson)

788. Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones)

789. Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune (Ellen McIllwaine)

790. Restless In Mind (Wendy Waldman)

791. World's Worst Loser (George Jones)

792. I Am In Love (Crowded House)

793. Fuji-san (Patti Smith)

794. Close Up The Honky Tonks (Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen)

795. World Turning (Fleetwood Mac)

796. Ain't Gonna Give Up On Love (Stevie Ray Vaughn)

797. Day After Day (Pretenders)

798. Rattlesnake (Replacements)

799. Throw Your Arms Around Me (Crowded House)

800. Listen To Her Heart (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

801. Don't Worry About The Government (Talking Heads)

802. Sulphur To Sugarcane (Elvis Costello)

803. Kinder Murder (")

804. Moon Over Bourbon Street (Sting)

805. Consider Me Gone (")

806. Find Him (Cassandra Wilson)

807. If You Don't Want My Love (Bobby Womack)

808. Reconsider Baby (Eric Clapton)

809. Lay Down Sally (")

810. Two Fingers (Jake Bugg)

811. (Be Yourself) Be Real (Al Kooper)

812. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Linda Ronstadt)

813. Cars And Girls (Prefab Sprout)

814. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Lucinda Williams)

815. Changed The Locks (")

816. Some Kinda Love (Velvet Underground)

817. Get Some (KD Lang)

818. Gloria (U2)

819. Blue Eyes (Elton John)

820. Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress (The Hollies)

821. Bus Stop (")

823. Trial By Fire (Hot Tuna)

824. Easy Now (")

825. You Can Touch (Crowded House)

826. The Moon Is Made Of Gold (Rickie Lee Jones)

827. Lapdog (")

828. Soon Forgotten (Muddy Waters)

829. Beside You (Van Morrison)

 

That's the imaginary playlist for the imaginary radio station KJIM, broadcasting nothing but songs I approve of 24/7 through your imagination. While only 800 may seem restrictive, allow me to inquire whether your own (real) local oldies station actually plays 800 different songs? Or is ther playlist actually a lot more narrow? Anyhow, don't be surprised if I add more to this list only sparingly. For now I feel like giving this a break because it's gotten to the pont where every time I think of a song I have to check this whole list to make sure it isn't already here.

 

LET'S EXPERIMENT:

 

I dare you to dislike anything here:

 

www.dropbox.com/sh/mvm76rtxl0y83m1/SVERZmllXE?n=190400999

 

Genre-wise it's all over the place. If the Jukebox has any consistency, besides just being songs I like, it's that it's all artists who completely immerse themselves in what they do. Rock, blues, jazz, country, soul, reggae, pop - it's all there. Quite a few of the songs are from the list,.I hope you'll take the opportunity to investigate some of the artists you've never heard of, or maybe have heard of but never actually heard. So does coming to this obscure space in this vast collection of photos have its perks or what?

 

IF THE JUKEBOX WON'T PLAY... What you can do is send me an email address to kjim96799@hotmail.com. I'll send you an invitation to join Dropbox. If you accept, you'll have your own Dropbox account and I can give you access to the Jukebox. Yes, this is sort of a recruitment thing for Dropbox, but if you respond to my invitation to join, then I get a little more free space added to my account, which I can use in turn to add more music to the Jukebox.

  

"Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are two of China's most controversial artists, renowned for working with extreme materials such as human fat tissue, live animals, and baby cadavers to deal with issues of perception, death, and the human condition. In Old Person's Home Sun & Peng present a shocking scene of an even more grotesque kind. Hilariously wicked, their satirical models of decrepit OAPS look suspiciously familiar to world leaders, long crippled and impotent, left to battle it out in true geriatric style. Placed in electric wheelchairs, the withered, toothless, senile, and drooling, are set on a collision course for harmless ‘skirmish' as they roll about the gallery at snail's pace, crashing into each other at random in a grizzly parody of the U.N.dead."

 

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

Old Person's Home

 

(I honestly think these 3 photographs are nicer to look at, when combined.)

as a young boy, I get the privilege of riding on the shoulder of my Dad...with that boost of height, I get a whole new perspective of the place I am at...

... Lately, I have nothing much to express.

A little touch of oldie...

my new pro account means i have space for some oldies...plus it's raining like crazy

Oldie Literary Lunch;

Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG, KBE, PC (born 27 February 1941), usually known as Paddy Ashdown, is a British politician and diplomat. He is currently the Chair of the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Team.

After service as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer for the UK security services, Ashdown was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999; later he was the international High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 27 May 2002 to 30 May 2006, following his vigorous lobbying for military action against Yugoslavia in the 1990s. A gifted polyglot, Ashdown is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and other languages. He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) in the New Year Honours 2006.

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You can see the entire session here:

KENDRA - FALL SESSION

 

TEEN IDOL

 

A teen idol is a celebrity with a large teenage fan-base. Teen idols are generally young but not necessarily teenaged. Often teen idols are actors or singers, but some sports figures also have an appeal to teenagers. Some teen idols began their careers as child actors, like Leif Garrett, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Hilary Duff.

 

The idol's popularity may be limited to teens, or may extend to all age groups. Many teen idols are targeted for adults for nostalgia purposes.

 

There were teen idols before there were teen magazines, but idols have always been a permanent feature in magazines such as Seventeen, 16 magazine, Tiger Beat and Right On! in the United States, and in similar magazines elsewhere. With the advent of television, teen idols were also promoted through programs such as American Bandstand, The Ed Sullivan Show, Soul Train and in the UK Top of the Pops. Today's teen idols have spawned an entire industry of gossip magazines, television shows, YouTube, and whole television channels such as E!.

 

Many American teen idols achieve "cross-over" success internationally; however, this list is not limited to American artists alone with some people such as German popstar Bill Kaulitz of the pop-rock band Tokio Hotel. In Asia, idols range from Japanese pop megastars Ayumi Hamasaki and Namie Amuro as well as Kana Nishino and Japanese music groups such as Momoiro Clover Z, Morning Musume, AKB48, and Perfume and Johnny & Associates boy bands Arashi, NEWS, KAT-TUN, and Hey! Say! JUMP among others while Chinese pop icon Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai, music groups F4 and Lollipop F, and South Korean singers BoA and Rain and music groups TVXQ, 2PM, 2AM, Beast, Shinee, EXO, Super Junior, f(x), 2NE1, BIGBANG, Wonder Girls, BTS, T-ara, Kara and Girls' Generation are examples. In Latin America, idols ranges from Mexican pop stars Thalía, Timbiriche, Lynda Thomas, Magneto, Puerto Rican born Mexican Luis Miguel, Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony, and the very popular Puerto Rican boy band Menudo in the 1980's and 1990's, and Paty Cantú, Anahi, Belinda. Ha^Ash and RBD in the 2000s and 2010's. Besides, former Menudo member Ricky Martin, their chief rivals Los Chicos and former member Chayanne, Venezuelan actor and singer Guillermo Davila and more, to Argentina, where telenovela, Chiquititas, ushered in a new era of teen-idols for that country, including actors Benjamin Rojas, Felipe Colombo, Luisana Lopilato and Camila Bordonaba, who went on to form teen band Erreway, precursors to Mexican band RBD. In Spain, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Miguel Bose, Mecano and Hombres G all enjoyed teen-idol status. Even in the classical music field, a British-Chinese violinist Vanessa-Mae became the first "teen idol" in that category.

 

In the past, young sports icons and Olympic athletes during their competitive times were considered teen idols such as Jean-Claude Killy, Peggy Fleming, Joe Namath, Dorothy Hamill, Mark Spitz, Jim Craig, Nadia Comăneci, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Dominique Moceanu, Michelle Kwan, Carly Patterson, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Michelle Wie, Mia Hamm, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky, Shaun White, Apolo Ohno, Simone Biles, Tom Daley, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas.

 

Early teen idols

 

The first known person to have been treated as a teen idol was Franz Liszt, the Hungarian pianist who, in the 1840's, drew such a following among young women that the term "Lisztomania" soon came to describe the phenomenon. The kind of idolizing following Liszt drew in Europe would not be followed for several decades. Geraldine Farrar, American opera singer, had a large following of young women nicknamed "Gerry-flappers" in the early 20th century. Rudy Vallée, who became a major success in 1929 with hits like "Honey" and "Deep Night", may have been the first American popular singer to have been idolized by hundreds of teen-aged girls at sold-out concerts. He was also possibly the first popular singer to have a star vehicle created for him: The Vagabond Lover. Frank Sinatra, whose early career is often linked to his appeal to bobby soxers, is also regarded as having been amongst the first teen idols.

 

1950's–1960's

 

The great success of young rock stars like Elvis Presley and Pat Boone, film stars like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, James Dean, Tab Hunter, and Sal Mineo in the 1950's, as well as the wider emergence of youth subcultures, led promoters to the deliberate creation of teen idols such as singers Frankie Avalon, Fabian Forte, Frankie Lymon, and Connie Stevens. Even crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra were still considered idols and rather handsome. Actors Edd Byrnes and Troy Donahue and other artists deliberately cultivated a (safer) idol image, like Paul Anka.

 

Anka initially modelled himself on a particular generic type, the teen idol [who] carried on the process ... of changing the image of male youth ... from wild to mild, by providing a cleaner, more wholesome image of masculinity than that of the previous era's rebellious rockabilly heroes and (working-class) so-called juvenile delinquents, like those in West Side Story....

 

Post-war teens were able to buy relatively inexpensive phonographs — including portable models that could be carried to friends' houses — and the new 45-rpm singles. Rock music played on 45's became the soundtrack to the 1960's as people bought what they heard on the radio. The great majority of the music being marketed to 1950's teens was being written by adults, but 1960's teens were increasingly appreciating and emulating artists closer to their own age, to teen fashion, and to lyrics which addressed their own concerns. Their parents worried about their attraction to artists (and DJs) who were edgy and rebellious. Faces on magazines fed fans; fans buy records, see films, watch TV and buy fashions.

 

Marketing of the teen idol generally focuses on the image.... The teen idol is structured to appeal to the pre-teen and young teen female pop audience member and children in general.... [They] are commodified in forms and images that are relatively non-threatening to this young audience and to the ancillary market of parents... The teen idol never appears to be autonomous and therefore never appears to be threatening as an adult; he remains, as long as he is popular, perpetually childlike and dependent.

 

Some marketers turned to film and TV for fresh, attractive, 'safe' faces. Tommy Sands's debut in a television film about the phenomenon, The Idol, made a teen idol out of Sands himself. Ricky Nelson, a performer of rockabilly music, also became a teen idol through his parents' television series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Some young TV stars were being hustled into studios to make recordings; for example, ex-Mousketeer Annette Funicello became one of the first big female idols as well as the Lennon Sisters whom had cut out dolls and were always on the covers of the gossip magazines; another, Johnny Crawford of The Rifleman, had five Top-40 hits. In 1963, Luke Halpin made a big splash as a teen idol in the television program Flipper. After Bye Bye Birdie was released in 1963, Bobby Rydell became an instant teen idol.

 

In the 1960's as situation comedies and dramas on television using child actors became more popular, actors Paul Petersen, Patty Petersen, and Shelley Fabares from The Donna Reed Show, Dwayne Hickman from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Sally Field of Gidget, Jon Provost of Lassie, Jay North from Dennis the Menace, Billy Mumy of Lost in Space (and later of novelty group Barnes and Barnes), Sajid Khan of Maya, and Keith and Kevin Schultz known as the "Schultz Twins" on The Monroes all became younger preteen idols and grew into being teen idols.

 

Likewise, Tommy Steele, the Beatles with Beatlemania, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys were teen idols, especially during the earlier part of their careers, although they quickly grew out of that status. The Rolling Stones did it through a more rebellious image, the Beatles did it through their more developed (or "grown up") music. Similarly, Neil Sedaka had two distinct eras of his career, with about a decade in between: one as a teen idol in the 1960's, and a later career in adult contemporary music. From the family band the Cowsills, Susan Cowsill, John Cowsill and Barry Cowsill became teen idols and were on teen magazine covers for many years. Many of the teen idols of the era were the sons of older, established stars; Dino, Desi & Billy were active as teen idols during the mid-sixties. The group included Desi Arnaz Jr (son of bandleader Desi Arnaz), Dean Paul Martin (son of singer Dean Martin), and Billy Hinsche (a mutual friend whose parents were not famous). Gary Lewis, son of comedian Jerry Lewis, fronted the Playboys during this era.

 

All of the Monkees became instant teen idols in the late 1960's after their TV show became an overnight success, especially for Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones. The British born member of the Monkees Davy Jones was regularly featured in all time teen idol lists. In 2008, Yahoo Music named Jones the number one teen idol of all time, and in 2009 he was ranked second in a list compiled by Fox News. Davy Jones still to this day tends to win many number one's and the top of the list in best teen idol contests.

 

Tiger Beat magazine, an influential teen music magazine, began publishing in 1965.

 

1970's

 

After Davy Jones came Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy, who held the title of Teen Idols from the late 1960's until the mid-1970's. Both Sherman and Cassidy were actors on television and chart topping musicians in the pop-rock category at the time; with David Cassidy in particular enjoying immense international fame and success. Sherman was on hit TV shows Shindig! and Here Come the Brides among many others. Musical series such as Cassidy's The Partridge Family, the animated series The Archie Show, and (to a lesser extent) The Brady Bunch integrated television and teen-pop music to significant success during this time frame. The Brady Bunch's Barry Williams and Christopher Knight, as was tennis pro/actor Vincent Van Patten all were constantly in the fan magazines at the time. Actors Richard Thomas, Robby Benson, Peter Barton, Leif Garrett, Mark Lester, Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, and Jack Wild were the talk of the teenagers in the 1970's as well. Musicians the Hudson Brothers were on many teen magazine covers for a number of years as teen idols. They had two shows on TV during the 1970's and recorded many albums.

 

One of the features of many teen idols is that their fans (and, in some cases, the musicians themselves) tend to develop a distaste for the music once they became adults, and it is not much listened to by adults, except for nostalgia: the legacy of bubblegum pop. Teen idol performers in this category would include Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, the Osmond Brothers (particularly Donny Osmond and their teen idol sister Marie Osmond), Andy Gibb, Tony DeFranco of the DeFranco Family, and the Bay City Rollers. Even modern classic hits and oldies outlets, which cover this time period, rarely play cuts from the teen idols of the era. A notable exception is Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five, who began his career as a teen idol along with his brothers, but whose individual career eventually evolved far beyond the limitations of that description and into super-stardom.

 

The Jackson Five were the first African-American music group to become national teen idols, appearing alongside white idols in magazines such as 16 and Tiger Beat.

 

1980's

 

In 1985 actress Alyssa Milano from Who's The Boss became a major teen idol and was dubbed "The Teen Queen of the 1980's. In the mid-1980's there was a group of young actors called the Brat Pack; the whole group collectively and separately became teen idols. They were Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. They starred in many coming-of-age films. The film that would help invent and popularize the genre was Francis Ford Coppola's coming-of-age drama film The Outsiders (1983), which starred C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swazye, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Leif Garrett, Emilio Estevez, and Tom Cruise. The movie would receive critical acclaim, and would also become a box office success, and later a cult classic.

 

Actors such as Patrick Swazye, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise were teen idols who would later become successful A-list celebrities.

 

Actors Corey Feldman and Corey Haim also became teen idols during the later part of the 1980's with films The Goonies and together The Lost Boys, Dream a Little Dream and License to Drive among other films. They were dubbed "the two Coreys". Before Corey Haim's death in 2010, they did a reality TV show for two seasons (2007–08) on A&E named The Two Coreys after their 1980's moniker.

 

Actor River Phoenix during his teen years became a teen idol during the later part of the 1980s.Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, and his rise to fame led to his status as a "teen idol".On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced cardiac arrest on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room at the age of 23.

 

Australian-American singer Rick Springfield was regarded as teen idol from 1971, after releasing his solo début single "Speak to the Sky". His career matured over the next two decades with more hit songs. He gained further fame as a television series actor.

 

In the 1980's, Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, caused a sensation in Latin America, nicknamed Menudomania that became compared to the Beatles' Beatlemania.

 

Also painted with the Beatlemania brush was British pop group Duran Duran. Dubbed "the Fab Five", this group is recognized as pioneers in the then relatively new area of music video, that started with the Monkees in the 1960's. Their exotic videos, such as Hungry Like the Wolf, being fixtures on cable channel MTV coupled with their exposure in teen magazines instilled them as teen idols in America and around the world though the majority of the 80's. Another British pop band Culture Club were dubbed teen idols, with Boy George's androgynous outfits that were copied by his teen fans and young adults alike.

 

At the end of the 1980's, actor Kirk Cameron became a major teen idol teenage heartthrob. Cameron was best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the television situation comedy Growing Pains from 1985 to 1992. Also Scott Baio and Willie Aames of Charles in Charge fame found themselves regulars in teen magazines.

 

In popular music, the late 1980's was the boom of teenagers dominating the music charts. Debbie Gibson became the youngest person to write, perform and produce a number-one single, "Foolish Beat", and also had many hits from her first two albums. Tiffany, another teen icon, became a pop sensation at 15 years old thanks to an aggressive marketing strategy. She promoted her debut album in shopping malls of the US. She is also the youngest person to have a debut album hit number one and have multiple number one singles from that album ("I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could've Been"). Having become a household name, she had then-unknown band New Kids on the Block as an opening act for her shows. However, the sudden popularity of the New Kids caused their roles to be reversed. Gibson and Tiffany's careers had stalled by the early 1990's; so had NKOTB by the mid-nineties. The other boy band from Boston, New Edition was very popular with the teen set by the end of the 1980's as well.

 

Madonna, was another example of teen idol and became a fashion icon between teenagers. Even, professor Joseph Straubhaar in the book Communications Media in the Information Society (1997) called a teen idol by 1992 year.

 

1990's

 

The manufacturing of teen idols has been marketed more aggressively and with greater sophistication since the 1980's. The rise of MTV in the 1980's and the success of the boy bands of the 1990's and 2000's has continued to fuel the phenomenon. Besides a combination of good, clean-cut looks and a ubiquitous marketing campaign, such bands typically include a variety of personality types (e.g. "the shy one", "the smart one", etc.) Classic examples of "boy bands" include Menudo, New Kids on the Block, Take That, Backstreet Boys, and 'NSYNC, all becoming the best selling pop groups of the decade. Hanson was initially marketed as such a band, but eventually outgrew this label to become a successful indie band. Female pop super star Mariah Carey, was very popular with teens in the 90's decade. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, and Britney Spears, along with mega girl groups the Spice Girls and Destiny's Child, also became very popular at the end of the decade. Other notable examples from the 1990's are female R&B singers Mýa, Aaliyah, Monica, and Brandy. After Brandy's television show Moesha went on the air, it brought her many teen fans and she was always on the cover or in the teen magazines for many years. Brothers Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and pop star Aaron Carter were both teen idols in their heyday, as was, to a much lesser extent, sister Leslie. Robbie Williams of boy band Take That had teen idol status as did Ricky Martin during the Latin music explosion of the late 1990's.

 

Many of the major teen idols in the 1990's were from boy bands and musical acts. One major exception was the situation comedy Home Improvement 's Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who appeared from 1991 to 1998, but never embraced his stardom. Another major teen idol was Freddie Prinze, Jr. who skyrocketed to teen heartthrob status after starring in successful teen horror films.

 

The 1997 film Titanic made Leonardo DiCaprio a teen idol; during "Leo-Mania" his face appeared on many teen magazines. Other teen idols from TV were most of the cast of Saved by the Bell, Joshua Jackson and James Van Der Beek of Dawson's Creek, Ben Savage and Rider Strong of Boy Meets World, Joseph Gordon-Levitt of 3rd Rock From the Sun, Jonathan Brandis of seaQuest DSV, Jared Leto of My So-Called Life, Joey Lawrence of Blossom (and to a lesser extent, Joey's brothers, Matthew and Andrew), Jason Priestley and Luke Perry of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame, and Erik Von Detten of various TGIF shows. These actors were often found on the covers and pages of teen magazines during the 1990's as teen idols as well. Sarah Michelle Gellar was a major teen idol in the late 90's, as a result of her lead role in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fraternal twin sisters and TV actresses Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen were major tween idols, and as they grew up they later became teen idols during the 1990's. After the movie Clueless, Alicia Silverstone found herself a teen idol. The comedy duo of Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are also teen idols, in which they star in the Nickelodeon sketch comedy All That, their own sitcom Kenan & Kel, and the 1997 film Good Burger. Nickelodeon also produced The Amanda Show which featured Amanda Bynes as well.

 

2000's

 

The Walt Disney Company and its numerous outlets (e.g. Disney Channel, Radio Disney and Walt Disney Pictures) have successfully developed a new generation of teen idols. In the early 2000's, the company developed the careers of actresses and singers Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, initially targeting youth and female teen audiences. While still teenagers, Duff became famous for her starring titular character in the Disney Channel teen sitcom Lizzie McGuire, and Lohan became famous for her starring roles in many successful teen movies, including Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and Mean Girls. Other Nickelodeon and Disney Channel stars are also teen idols, including Jesse McCartney, Raven-Symone, Kyla Pratt, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Emma Roberts, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, Victoria Justice, Jennette McCurdy, Elizabeth Gillies and the Jonas Brothers.

 

In 2002, Canadian singer Avril Lavigne dominated the music scene and eventually became a worldwide teen idol. Listed at number 4 on Yahoo!'s Top 25 Teen Idols of all-time. Other teen idols are in the R&B and hip-hop realm, including JoJo, Ciara, Keke Palmer and Chris Brown.

 

2010's

 

Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, YouTube star Becky G, and The X Factor alumni Little Mix have come to be teen idols. Ariana Grande was a popular teen actress before gaining mainstream popularity as a singer and teen idol.

 

In Japan, more and more "idol groups" have appeared. In Japanese culture, persons called "idols" are media personalities in their teens and early twenties who are considered particularly attractive or cute and who will, for a period ranging from several months to a few years, regularly appear in the mass media, e.g. as singers for pop groups, bit-part actors, TV personalities, models in photo spreads published in magazines, advertisements, etc. One of the most successful groups is Momoiro Clover Z. Their performances incorporate elements of ballet, gymnastics, and action movies. During 2016, about 636 thousand people attended their live concerts, which was the highest record of all female musicians in Japan. The group has been ranked as the most popular female idol group from 2013 to 2016.

 

Since their rise to fame in recent years, pop singer and YouTube sensation Justin Bieber, country-pop musician Taylor Swift, boy band One Direction, pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, and girl group Fifth Harmony have become examples of modern-day mega teen idols who have achieved international success, known for their devoted teen female fans, as well as an adult fan base making them all international superstars as well as teen idols.

  

LINKS:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_idol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_(person)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_idol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_pop_idol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_idol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Japanese_gravure_idols

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_symbol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin-up_model

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_worship_syndrome

 

This trick is an oldie but goodie from my bartending days which were over 20 years ago...professionally anyway, LOL! I honestly hadn’t thought of it until my friend Liz and I went to lunch yesterday. Something about the generic forks at the Chinese buffet reminded me of it, and I do love to amaze my friends with my nerditude, so I did the trick for Nellie (Liz). It is quite amazing to see. Usually the server notices and comments first, and then people at the tables around notice it and comment too! It is definitely an attention getter. Once you know how to do it, the hardest part is setting the tip of the toothpick with the forks on it, on the apex of the toothpick in the shaker. This shaker’s holes are not quite big enough to make it look its freakiest which is when the support toothpick is straight up. It was the only shaker I had, and it definitely still works, but I’ve set it up before where the forks would actually rotate around casually while we ate our dinner.

 

Here is the challenge for all my Flickr Friends!! We’re not blessed with children of our own, so I’m passing on the toothpick trick to our nieces and nephews, and all of you! I hope you will give it a try and then post a picture of your endeavor and share it with me on this post!!! Here is my best explanation of how it’s done!

 

Materials:

Two round toothpicks

Two identical four tine forks – lighter is better because then sometimes they spin.

A Salt Shaker (preferably with holes big enough to get the point of the toothpick just down to where the full tip is in, or a bit more and it’s tight – the one pictured is not “tight”).

Instructions:

Place one toothpick vertically in the salt shaker and push it down tight.

Interlace the tines of the two forks.

Insert the other toothpick between the middle tines of the two forks

(It’s okay if it is a bit to one side or the other in this endeavor, but should be as tightly inserted as possible).

Hold the tip of the toothpick in the forks at the tine end, and balance the tip between the handles on the tip of the vertical toothpick!

You will feel it and gently let go! Gravity will do the rest!

 

If you’re vertical strut is straight up, the toothpick between the forks will be angled a little different than in my post. Thanks for viewing and hopefully trying it!

 

I would be so excited if even a few of you tried this! Perhaps it would inspire your kids and open up discussions of physics, engineering, geometry and cantilevers…or, at the very least, make them GRIN!!! Thanks for viewing and hopefully giving it a try!

 

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'identities'.

showcasing personalities of vinyl collectors through their favourite objects; from an electric guitar to coffee beans, i gave them life through this photographic series.

 

disclaimer! this series was part of a fictitious exhibition called 'off the record'.

full project overview.

Sucky overexposed shot even with adjustments. Will roll with it anyway.

 

Top: Bought last night on sale at The Limited. Has cool fabric covered buttons at back neckline.

 

Jackety-thing: And oldie but goodie light cotton number from Bryn Walker. Covers up non-Michelle Obama "thunder and lightening" arms in the sleeveless Limited top.

 

Pants: Gosh, another Limited item. Bought years ago when I was a corporate type. Really holds up well, nice shape (full but not too full) and they feel great. These were wonderful work travel pants.

 

Belt: From Ralph Lauren outlet store, bought on road trip to Southern California because I forgot a belt.

 

Purse: Vintage Coach bucket/hobo bag, circa late 70s when Coach was making very high quality leather goods. So tough, this bag would survive a direct nuclear blast.

 

Scarf: Scarf tied to purse old school action. Hermes depicting global iconography (chinese person in traditional clothes, London double decker bus, map of the world, etc.)

 

Bracelet: Very cute glass bead bracelet from the hubs and my stepkiddo Jenn

 

Watch: Timex Ironman because I still like to think of myself as an athlete,

 

Earrings: Ann Taylor Loft, little brown beads alternating with lacy little gold beads.

 

Shoes: Can't see them, but my faithful Pikolino slingbacks.

 

The main reason why I flew home was for my dad's 80th birthday :) My mom threw a big party because being 80 is a lucky age/number for Chinese. Everyone had so much fun, especially my dad :)

  

Shan restaurant in Artesia, CA has become one of my favorite restaurants in the Southland. It's a Pakistani restaurant owned by a guy from Bangalore, India who's trying to combine Pakistani cuisine with hyderabadi, mughlai and (Punjabi) tandoori elements from Indian cuisine. Got that? Whatever, it's great food. It's because of this place that I've become a big fan of goat meat. Who knew that a goat curry could taste so good?

 

The buffet here has over twelve items, I think, including pickles and dessert, although I'd really recommend a walk down the street to a proper Indian sweets shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. Buffet items include more or less standard dishes like palak paneer, tandoori chicken, chicken biryani, and vegetable pakoras. A couple of the lamb dishes offered up were ones I'd never seen before. One was a minced and mashed lamb with a sweet taste to it--totally different from anything I'd earten before. It was sort of like grinding a lambchop into your breakfast of hot Quaker oatmeal. And, of course, there's the aforementioned goat curry.

 

Oh, and I should mention that Indian cooks need to all go and observe a Chinese butcher chopping a chicken. There's one proper way to chop up chickens for a meal, and the Chinese know how to do it. I couldn't make heads or tails of some of the tandoori chicken pieces that I put on my plate.

 

There's not really much ambience to speak of at Shan. They've got some funky disco ball light fixtures and one of those fake flame things hanging from the ceiling. They've also got to improve a bit on the cleanliness part of the whole restaurant thing, but I can overlook a few crumbs on the table and the dilapidated men's room, I think. The Bollywood oldies soundtrack and the cloth napkins go a long way here. The restaurant is affiliated with a halaal butcher shop of the same name that's also located on the same street (Pioneer Blvd.), although I've still not managed to find it.

 

Speaking of halaal, did you know that Sikhs aren't supposed to eat meat slaughtered this way? I've wondered myself whether I'm inviting some sort of karmic retribution by partaking in halaal meats from animals slaughtered with a blade to the throat and left to die. Muslims assert that it's more merciful and humane to the animal than other methods, but I'm not entirely convinced.

 

Anyway, I once went to this restaurant during Ramadan and I'm telling you that if you're a non-Muslim, you'll want to get there before the fasting crowds arrive during that time of year. This is a popular place and when you have seventy or more really hungry Muslims ahead of you in the buffet line, you won't be left with much to choose from.

 

In sum, Shan gets my seal of approval. Come visit me in L.A. and we'll go.

Oldie but goodie selfie. This is someone's art piece from Taipei, but it was the most intriguing one out of the entire exhibit because of the blurry reflection.

Merseybeat stars head down south - With the Merseyside inspired "Beat Boom" in full swing, the big stars in Bristol this week in 1963 had to be from up north.

 

Topping the bill at the Colston Hall were Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas who had just had a couple of massive hits with Do You Want to Know a Secret (No.2) - a Beatles' written ditty - and Bad to Me (No.1).

 

You certainly got your money's worth in those days. Also on the twice-nightly bill was Tommy Roe, an American who had shot up the charts with Sheila and the Folk Singer, plus a string of lesser acts. Tickets ranged from four shillings and sixpence to 10 shillings and sixpence (average wages were then about £10 a week).

 

The end of the month would see Freddie and the Dreamers, the Searchers and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (who were riding high in the charts with Do You Love Me) invading the city. The Tremeloes had previously reached No.4 with that "oldie, but goodie" Twist and Shout - a raucous number recorded by the Beatles on their first album.

 

Topping the bill was Roy Orbison, who had just made the top 10 with In Dreams and Falling. His Blue Bayou would reach the No.3 spot on September 19. Top tickets, in the balcony, would set you back 12 shillings and sixpence.

 

In 1963, the smallish, local venues were still torn between promoting beat music or jazz. Local bands Johnny Slade and the Vikings plus Dean Prince and the Dukes were on stage at Clifton's Victoria Rooms, with the Chinese Jazz Club at the Corn Exchange booking the Alan Elsdon Jazz Band.

 

"Thomas Alstone", the man with his finger on the pulse, tells us that local instrumental band the Eagles (and stars of the Bristol-made film Some People) were about to try their hand at vocals as well.

 

The result, on the Pye label, was an updated version of the Helston floral dance called Come on Baby, to the Floral Dance. I don't think it made the charts. If you really wanted to know what was going on in the city in 1963 then the newly published Bristol Beat was the thing to read. Billed as "Young Bristol's entertainment paper", it cost six pence.

 

This magazine informed us that the best- selling single in the city was She Loves You by the Beatles. Runner-up was Billy J Kramer's Bad to Me. Other top sellers were Wishing by Buddy Holly and I'm Telling You Now by Freddie and the Dreamers.

 

If classical guitar was you thing then Julian Bream was playing at Stourhead gardens on the Sunday evening. The two guinea tickets included soup, cheese, French bread and a glass of wine.

 

Back in the city - the Centre to be precise - comedian Jimmy Edwards was getting astride a horse to promote his autumn spectacular at the Hippodrome. If none of this was your cup of tea then how about a trip to the movies to see some really big stars - a trio in fact.

 

At the ABC you could join the queue to see Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris in Mutiny on the Bounty. And in September 1963, Bristol Zoo had its very own stars on show to the public - the only pair of white tigers in the world (outside India).

 

Bristolians were huge fans of Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

Well sorry lately for not commenting on your posts ladies and gents, I have been battling some form of nasty bug that Sophia brought home from the nursery!! Arrgh She recovered faster than I have!

 

Anyways this was shot at my father's home and it just seems to have an oldie woldie feel to it, Cellnet - BT is bloody old!

An oldie but goodie. I love these pants and chinese red sweater! The sheer bolero is from the summer collection. The belt I did with a gold buckle this summer. Decided last week I needed a silver buckle to go with Cad & Tart's great necklace.

April 2nd 2000

Simatai section, 120 km from downtown Beijing

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