One of the biggest decisions I had to make as a teenager was to which brand of Denim jeans would I wear. Ultimately, once a decision has been made on the make and style, usually one carries on wearing that same brand.
At the age of seventeen, with an uncontrollable amount of testosterone raging through my veins and at a time when most of us lads were learning how to drive, or were hopelessly trying to get it off with the girls and also getting jiggy with it. If you knew what that meant and were able to, you were lucky, and especially if your hips where lose enough on the disco-dance floor.
A big factor concerned then, was as in fashion now. Who did one actually wear? And not what one was actually wearing! I’m sure you probably have all heard that statement by now.
The three main contenders available were Wrangler, Lee Cooper and Levi Strauss, and with a trim twenty-eight inch waist and a decent amount of Gluteus Maximus, that criteria certainly annihilated the Wranglers as they pushed my buns flat. The Lee’s were a definite no-no, they just didn’t cut the mustard for me, I think it was the stitching!! But the Levis, just had the finishing touch which kind of gently rounded up the produce and pushed the junk in the trunk nicely forward.
Of course, at the time, Levis were far pricier than the other two contenders. Only the best for me I thought and then the conclusion of deciding what style to choose. Somewhere in my travels I had noticed a role model wearing the 501’s, thin leg, slightly stone washed, bottom fly button undone. Yes, it was a guy from my home town, absolutely stunning he was, I should have realised then that something was up, as I was soon to learn the reason why the lower button was left unattended.
It would seem I had already made my lifetime choice and that being many years previous. Sadly the only problem I encounter every time I purchase same, is the leg length, and being vertically challenged the minimum available is a 32 inch inside leg, my crotch to hem measures only twenty-seven and one half inches. At least now you realise just how I managed to be honoured with the nick name of ‘Stumpy’. Once my dear ageing seamstress has done her magic, there is always enough remaining to possibly make a scarf !
The television adverts for Levi Strauss have been running for many years, scenes including Drug Stores, Prison, Elevators, Oil rigs, washroom, both Gay & lesbians have been featured, even the cuddly toy Flat Eric, Mermaids, Kung Fu scenes and an original made in 1970 with Hippy cartoon characters as if on a psychedelic trip.
Of all the commercials made for Levis, my favourite has to be the classic Launderette scene with Nick Kamen and I certainly wouldn’t believe you if you told me it wasnt yours and I am aiming this statement to both man and woman.
So, even now at my age, I can still manage to squeeze into what I consider the best brand name for Denim, however, you wouldn’t have ever caught me in double denim, that has never been my style.
I thought I would try a little “Still Life” today. Perhaps the amount of apples is far too much, however, I have a little something in my mind for later.
I have been fortunate to keep up with the latest devises that technology now makes available and affordable on the open market. For years I bumbled along with many PC’s running the ever unstable Windows programme and with a constant fear that the blue screen of death was always loitering overhead and at the worst possible time would drop my work off a shear edge into the irretrievable chasm.
If ever watching a television programme or a film at the cinema, and then noticing an Apple Computer appearing into shot, instinctively I would engage the part of the brain known as Broca’s area, a thought from my silent vocabulary .. ‘Oh I wish I had one of those’ would then become public knowledge.
Why the brain reference? …. If you notice in the photograph, there is a Macintosh Classic computer, it was given to me recently by the widow of Christopher Upham Murray Smith, he was a prolific writer and penned so many books on the neurosciences and travelled the world addressing conference and seminars alike, most of his compositions were written in his study which over looks the sea, the same view I am fortunate to have, he was my upstairs neighbour, and most of his notes are stored on this same machine. It still fires up, with a noisy whirr but ever the old faithful.
This brings me onto another subject involving apples ….
Apple pie, served hot with cold pouring cream … Just like the Mac its a great American classic. ….. Retro enough for you?
Who remembers those awful furry characters on television consisting of a beagle, a gorilla, a lion and an elephant who rode around on six-wheel drive all-terrain buggies?
They used to drive me crazy, crazy as in, did my head in. How on earth anyone could relate to the insanity they portrayed and that ridiculous dirge “The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)” which, once got inside your head, you couldn’t remove. I bet you have already hummed or sang the tag-line since reading this …. haven’t you? …. come on now, dont lie.
How on earth Hannah & Barbera managed to write and produce thirty-one hour-long episodes I do not know, or to be honest care for that matter, the only thing I couldn’t understand was why on earth as a closing episode they didn’t drown the damn things.
The only Banana Split that interests me is one you would find on a Dessert Menu. Strangely I havent seen or tasted one in years, the smell and texture of the Clotted and Ice Creams along with the Chocolate sauce smothered over the already split banana on a long thin dish is a childhood memory and if you were really lucky a Glacé Cherry adorned the top, sometimes two.
Having completed another seven-day challenge and enjoyed every moment of it, I have decided to continue with another weeks worth.
One of my biggest hobbies has always been photography, so in true retro fashion, I intend, starting from tomorrow to try to recreate the past by using the media of Lomography ….
What is Lomography you ask.
This is what makes lomography so fun–and so frustrating. Lomo cameras are highly unpredictable–like it has a life of its own. That’s why most of the beautiful lomo photos are ‘happy accidents’. So if both a professional and a beginner in photography takes up lomography for the first time, both are likely equal in the field of lomography. Coming up with beautiful photos taken by toy cameras require you to understand your camera, develop a friendship with them and this understanding will take some time and practice.
I shall be using a 1980”s Polaroid SE 635 Instant Camera, cheekily bid from eBay for £25, worth every punt dont you think.