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On This Day In 1963 – Soviets Launch First Woman Into Space

A former textile worker from the Soviet Union has become the first woman in space. Lieutenant Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was the fifth Russian cosmonaut to go into the Earth’s orbit when her spaceship Vostok VI was launched at 1230 Moscow time. Moscow Television broadcast the first pictures of the elated blonde – code-named Seagull – [...]

Dr. Enuf Lemon-Lime Flavored Softdrink

Dr. Enuf is a brand of soft drink bottled by Tri-City Beverage in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is a lemon-lime flavored drink (though its taste is different from common lemon-lime sodas such as Sprite or 7-up), and is fortified with several water-soluble vitamins. Its marketing slogan is "Enuf is Enough!" Dr. Enuf’s origins date back [...]

On This Day in 1975 – Missing Earl Guilty Of Murder

Lord Lucan murdered the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children, an inquest jury has decided. The earl has not been seen since the night Sandra Rivett died on 7 November 1974, and the jury of three women and six men returned the verdict in his absence. A warrant committing him for trial at the [...]

Kitty Kola – A Swedish Softdrink

Kitty Kola is a cola-flavoured soft drink. It  is produced in Sweden and bottled by Kopparbergs Bryggeri, Sofiero Bryggeri, Fagerdals Bryggeri and Fågelfors Bryggeri & Läskedrycksfabrik.The beverage is also found overseas due to the ease of exportation. It has been seen in specialty markets in the United States and other nations and is largely sodas. [...]

Some Photographers Seam To Always Find The Right Motives

Nifty, Camper And Boat In One



In a country with as many lakes as in Norway where I live, this would have been a real nifty thing to hook to the back of your car. And what a place to bring a date. Not much talk of going home when the evening turns to night when it is half a miles’ swim to the shore – Ted ;-)

Image found at  THE H.A.M.B. forums on jalopyjournal.com

Filed under: Camping, Maritime history, Traveling Tagged: Camper boats, Houseboats

Pre-War Classics Of The Road – Part 19


1914 Stutz


They called the Stutz ‘The car that made good in a day’ because of its first-time-out eleventh placing in the 1911 Indianapolis 500-mile race. Most famous of all the Stutzes was the 1914 Bearcat speedster, a ‘racy creation’ which was the star of the new Series E Stutz range. Available with either a four or six-cylinder engine, the Bearcat  featured Stutz’s patented three-speed gearbox/ rear axle unit and could exceed 80mph.


1914 Turner


Turner of Wolverhampton originally built the Belgian Miesse steam car under licence. and persisted with steam until 1913. They had already seen which way the wind of fashion was blowing. however. and introduced their first petrol car in 1906. After a three-year hiatus. they returned to internal combustion in 1911 with a cyclecar, but soon progressed to better things like this 1914 12/20hp with its sporting vee-radiator and detachable-rim wire wheels.


1914 Valveless


Although in later years the name of the David Brown Organisation was to be linked with that of Aston Martin, the famous Huddersfield engineers’ first venture into motor manufacture was with the Ralph Lucas-designed Valveless in 1908. The heart of the Valveless was a curious duplex two-stroke engine with ‘only six working parts’ (two pistons, two con-rods and two crankshafts). The two crankshafts were geared together, running in opposite directions.


1915 Ford Model T


Mass-produced in unprecedented numbers the Model T Ford may have been, but certainly in its pre-1917 brass-radiator form it was not devoid of style. Some Model T variants could be positively elegant, like this 1915 Coupelet, ‘as convenient and exclusive as an electric’, In 1914-15, Ford sales exceeded 300,000, so all customers were given a $50 rebate as a sales stunt inspired by Henry Ford himself.

Filed under: Automobiles, Retro technology, Vintage Science Tagged: 1914 Stutz, 1914 Turner, 1914 Valveless, 1915 Ford Model T

This Week’s Favourite Female Singer – Amber Foxx


402_amberfoxxAmber Foxx started her band in Southern California back in 2002. She was introduced to Tom Alamazar, a local guitar "shredder", and with Amber’s husband Bobby on bass they started laying the foundations for a band. Then at Viva Las Vegas 2003, Ruth Brown was too sick to perform and Amber was included in the Modern Stars Of Rockabilly set.

It was there that Amber meet Shorty Poole. A friendship was struck and soon Shorty was added on Steel Guitar. Chris "Sugarballs" Sprague was included on Drums for some of the songs from "HiFi Party". Amber and Sugarballs kept running into each other out and about. At a fill in show Amber and Sugarballs started singing Harmony together.

They realized that harmony like that is a rare thing so they had to start playing together. In 2008 Tom Almazar stepped down as Guitar Player, and Amber lost a Friend, Guitar Player and Song writer from her band. But she was very lucky to meet Tommy Harkenrider shortly after and he has been a rare person that could fill all those spots.

Amber Foxx Has played the Viva Las Vegas, Greenbay Rockin’ 50′s Fest, and Rockabilly Rave music festivals as well as numerous clubs all over California. They currently have 2 CD’s "Restless and Wild" and HiFi Party". She is also included on the West Coast Ramble DVD Vol. 3 and the "Havin’ A Ball" DVD documenting the Rockabilly Rave from 2008.

cover Track: This is the Place
Album: Restless & Wild
Artist: Amber Foxx
Genre: Noe-Classic Rockabilly
Released: 2006

Download: 01-this-is-the-place.mp3

Text from amberfoxx.com

Filed under: Article, Music, Rockabilly Tagged: Amber foxx, Female singers

Advice To Young Men And Women

The Softdrink Project



I’m afraid I have been neglecting to update the list of the sodas featured on the Softdrink Project for some considerable time.

This deplorable fact has now been put right and the list is up to date again. I apologise for this lack of webmaster ship and order – Ted

You’ll find updated lists featuring all 70 sodas HERE and HERE

Filed under: Food & drinks, Soft drinks and sodas Tagged: Sadas, Soft drinks, The Softdrink Project

The Blackpool Tower



Blackpool Tower is a tourist attraction in Blackpool, Lancashire in England which was opened to the public on 14 May 1894. (grid reference SD 306,360). Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it rises to 518 feet 9 inches (158.12 metres). The tower is a Grade I listed building.

The Blackpool Tower Company was founded by London based Standard Contract & Debenture Corporation in 1890, when it bought an Aquarium on Central Promenade with the intention of building a replica Eiffel Tower on the 410_blackpool_tower2site. John Bickerstaffe, a former Mayor of Blackpool, was asked to become Chairman of the new company and its shares went on sale in July 1891. The Standard Corporation kept 30,000 £1 shares for itself and offered £150,000 worth of shares to the public, although initially only two-thirds of these shares were taken up. This lack of interest forced the Tower Company to ask for further cash contributions from its existing shareholders, but the poor financial situation of the Standard Corporation, worsened by the falling share price, rendered it unable to pay. Bickerstaffe’s remedy for the potential collapse of the venture was to buy any shares available, until his original holding of £500 amounted to £20,000. He also released the Standard Corporation from their share commitments. When the Tower opened in 1894 its success justified the overall investment of nearly £300,000, and the Company made a £30,000 profit in 1896.

Two Lancashire architects, James Maxwell and Charles Tuke, designed the Tower and oversaw the laying of its foundation stone, on 29 September 1891 with a time capsule buried beneath it. By the time the Tower finally opened on 14 May 1894, both men had died. Heenan & Froude of Worcester were appointed structural engineers, supplying and constructing both the main tower, the electric lighting and the steel front pieces for the aquariums. A new system of hydraulic riveting was used, based on the technology of Fielding & Platt of Gloucester.


The total cost for the design and construction of the tower and buildings was about £290,000. Five million bricks, 2,500 tonnes of iron and 93 tonnes of cast steel were used to construct the tower. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, Blackpool Tower is not free-standing. Its base is hidden by the building which houses Blackpool Tower Circus. The building occupies a total of 5,050 square metres (54,400 sq ft). At the summit of the tower there is a flagpole.

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Grand-daddy’s Sauce – Part 19


All posts material: “Sauce” and “Gentleman’s Relish” by Ronnie Barker – Hodder & Stoughton in 1977

The Fancy Dress


She: No one will know it’s me, I’ll be wearing a mask.
He: But I will be with you!
She: Very well, then – you wear the mask.
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Filed under: Humour, Illustration, Norwegians, Vintage Tagged: Fancy dress, Jokes

Popular Music History 1945 – 1980 – Part 10 – Punk


intro_ill_thumb1_thumbEven the most music interested among us can sometimes get lost in all the different labels music journalists and record companies choose to put on recordings.

The 11 thorough well written articles in “The Rock Primer” takes us through the most important of the different categories in popular music in the period 1945 – 1980.

The categories are:
Rock & Roll, Folk & Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Country, British Beat, California Sun, Dylan and after, Reggae, Punk and The seventies.

Here’s the Punk article

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Filed under: Article, Music, Popular music Tagged: Garage rock, Punk, Punk Rock

Avoid Her Like The Plague



I think there must be something seriously wrong with me because I’ve always liked the teasers. They’re so much more fun than the decent ones. Besides, I’m a bit of a tease myself – Ted

This silly advice was printed in “The Girlfriend and The Boyfriend” magazine in November 1952, and I found the pages on saltycotton’s Flicker account

Filed under: Article, People, The fifties Tagged: 1952, Advice, The Girlfriend and The Boyfriend magazine

Bernhard Pankok – German Multi-Artist


413_pankok_01Bernhard Pankok, the son of a cabinet-maker, was born in 1872. After serving an apprenticeship as a painter and restorer in Münster, Berhard Pankok studied painting at the Düsseldorf and Berlin Art Academies.

From 1892 Bernhard Pankok had a studio of his own in Munich. There he freelanced as an artist, graphic artist and illustrator for the journals "Pan" and "Jugend". Greatly impressed by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Bernhard Pankok joined Hermann Obrist, Richard Riemerschmid, and Bruno Paul in founding the Munich "Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk".

From 1897 Bernhard Pankok designed furniture, showing work at numerous exhibitions. Bernhard Pankok showed his designs for a tower room at the 1900 Paris Exposition. That same year he was commissioned by the art historian Konrad Lange to build and design the interior of a house for him in Tübingen. The commission for "Haus Lange" (1901-1902) saw Bernhard Pankok move his base to Württemberg.


In 1901 Bernhard Pankok was appointed to the "Königliche Lehr- und Versuchswerkstätte" in Stuttgart, becoming director in 1913, and later mergint it with the "Kunstgewerbeschule". Between 1908 and 1913 Bernhard Pankok also designed the main building for the new "Akademie der Bildenden Künste am Weißenhof".


"Haus Rosenfeld", designed by Pankok in Stuttgart, was built between 1909 and 1912. An incredibly versatile and prolific artist, Bernhard Pankok designed furniture and interiors but also worked throughout his career as a painter and graphic artist. As a portraitist Bernhard Pankok was much in demand.


Bernhard Pankok also designed salons for ocean liners and the passenger cabins on Zeppelin airships. And he even designed stage sets for opera houses. In 1907 Bernhard Pankok was a co-founder of the Deutscher Werkbund.

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Filed under: Art, Article, Design, Illustration, People Tagged: Art Noveau, Bernhard Pankok, German Multi-Artists, Jugend

This Week’s Girliemag Article – Striped, Stripped & Swingin’


headingMarilyn Stevens has put a new twist to her dancing career by reversing the procedure of booking. Most strippers from south of the border aim for a series of engagements in the United States and very few of the American strippers ever book into Mexican clubs. The main reason for this is that the pay is seldom as much as in this country’s night clubs, but Marilyn has appealed so well to the Mexican patrons that she is now one of the highest paid dancers in Mexico.

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures

Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  is against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above. In other words you’re flying solo from here on – Ted ;-)

Filed under: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, The sixties Tagged: 1965, Cocktail Magazine, Glamour photography, Marilyn Stevens

On This Day In 1979 – Sid Vicious Dies From Drugs Overdose


423_sidSex Pistols’ bass player Sid Vicious has died of a heroin overdose in New York. His mother, Anne Beverley, found him dead in bed with his sleeping girlfriend in an apartment in Greenwich Village this morning.

There had been a party in the flat to celebrate Mr Vicious’ release on $50,000 bail yesterday pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, last October. The precise details of his death are unknown but party guests say Sid Vicious – real name John Simon Ritchie – took some heroin at midnight.

His mother, once a registered addict, said: "He knew the smack was pure and strong and took a lot less than usual." Shortly after taking the drug Mr Vicious, 21, collapsed, went into seizure and displayed the symptoms of overdose.

He revived 40 minutes later and went to bed with his girlfriend, Michelle Robinson, at about 0300 local time. The first police officer on the scene later in the morning was Robert Zink who discovered "a syringe, a spoon and what is probably residue near the body."

In retrospect he was obviously far safer in jail
Spokesperson for Virgin Records

The troubled punk musician – renowned for his violent behaviour – had been on a detoxification, methadone programme in prison, but he had developed a £40 a day habit since meeting Miss Spungen last year. It was the second time Virgin Records – the Sex Pistols’ label – had to bail out Sid Vicious.

He was re-arrested after his initial bail for assaulting Patti Smith’s brother, Todd, in a New York disco and had just served another 55 days in prison. A spokesman for Virgin boss Richard Branson said: "In retrospect he was obviously far safer in jail where the temptations that ultimately killed him were not present." Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McClaren – who was planning a comeback for the band – also blames the person who gave him the heroin at the party.

In Context
The autopsy confirmed Sid Vicious died from an accumulation of fluid on the lungs, characteristic of heroin abuse. Anne Beverley and Malcolm McClaren were involved in a wrangle over where Vicious should be buried.

Mr McClaren thought he should be buried in London, his home town, but Vicious’ wish was to be buried with Nancy Spungen in Philadelphia. Ms Beverley scattered her son’s ashes in the Jewish graveyard where Ms Spungen had been interred, without seeking the family’s permission.

The Sex Pistols re-formed for their 20th anniversary in 1996 with original bassist Glen Matlock taking the place of Sid Vicious.

Text from BBC’s On This Day

Filed under: Article, Music, People, Punk rock Tagged: 1979, BBC, Dead celebs, Drugs overdoses, Sid Vicious

The Sunday Comic – An Estimated Breath

Müjde Ar – Turkish Film Actress


Müjde Ar (born Kâmile Suat Ebrem, 21 June 1954 in Istanbul) is a Turkish film actress.

She is the oldest daughter of the dramaturge and song writer Aysel Gürel. She left school at the age of 20, while she was doing a German Language and Literature M.A. at the Istanbul University.

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At the age of 21, she married TV director Samim Değer and started to work as a model before taking part in Turkish B movies. After making about 100 B films & family comedy films between early 70s and early 1980s, her breakthrough came with the 1984 Yavuz Turgul film Fahriye Abla (Sister Fahriye). Fahriye Abla was the screen adaptation of Ahmed Muhip Dranas’ poem of the same name.

Her portrayal of modern, sensual, independent, rebel woman in her films after Fahriye Abla won the hearts of Turkish filmgoers. It was considered a revolution in the relatively conservative mainstream Turkish cinema at that time, when females played mostly second fiddle roles. Mujde Ar then became the cult object of women cinema and the lead of many films by renowned Turkish directors Atıf Yılmaz, Halit Refiğ, Başar Sabuncu, Ertem Eğilmez.

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Her filmography includes Dul Bir Kadın (Widow), Dağınık Yatak (Messy Bed), Ahhh Belinda, Adı Vasfiye (Her Name Was Vasfiye), Asiye Nasıl Kurtulur (Who Can Save Asiye?), Asılacak Kadın (Woman to Be Hanged), Teyzem (Auntie), Karşılaşma (Encounter), Ağır Roman (Heavy Fiction).

Müjde Ar has received several major Turkish cinema awards, such as the Golden Orange in Antalya Film Festival and the Turkish Cinema Critics Association Best Actress Award. She has recently come into the public spotlight. Müjde Ar was the opening night presenter of Ankara Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival in May 2005. She was reported recently to be working on a new film project to act along with Turkish pop music diva Sezen Aksu. This project seems to be frozen for the time being, however.

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Through the late 1970s, she was the girlfriend of director Ertem Eğilmez. In 1980, she started her relationship with composer Atilla Özdemiroğlu that would last until 1995. Müjde Ar married politician Ercan Karakaş in 2005.

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Peter Basch – Magazine And Glamour Photographer


Peter Basch (September 23, 1921 – March 15, 2004) was an American magazine and glamour photographer. He was born in Berlin, lived and died in New York City. The main body of his work was produced in the fifties and sixties.

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Early life
Peter Basch was born in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Felix Basch and Grete Basch-Freund, both prominent theater and film personalities of the German-speaking world.

In 1933 the family came to New York due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. The family had US citizenship because Felix’s father, Arthur Basch, was a wine trader who lived in San Francisco. After moving back to Germany, Arthur Basch kept his American citizenship, and passed it to his children and, thence, to his grandchildren.

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United States
When the Basch family arrived in New York in 1933, they opened a restaurant on Central Park South in the Navarro Hotel. The restaurant, Gretel’s Viennese, became a hangout for the Austrian expatriate community. Peter Basch had his first job there as a waiter. While in New York, Basch attended the De Witt Clinton High School. The family moved to Los Angeles to assist in Basch’s father’s career, during which time Basch went to school in England. Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

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After the war, he started attending UCLA, but his mother asked him to join her back in New York. His parents had decided that Basch should be a photographer, and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch’s had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.

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Text from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I mean, what can you say. Nice work if you can get it – Ted

Filed under: Actresses, Article, Models & starlets, Nudes, Photography Tagged: Brigitte Bardot, coleen Farrington, Glamour photographers, Jane Fonda, Jayne Mansfield, Julie Newmar, Magazine photographers, Natalie Wood, Peter Basch, Senta Berger, Thelma Oliver Pawnbroker, Tina Louise, Zahra Norbo