Saturday, 4 December 2010

MUSIC makes the people party

Wow here's another memorable wallow down memory lane
Did you know 8th December it will be 30 years since John Lennon was murdered ?
 Now to think of my miss spent youth without music is unthinkable i just wouldn't be here or me
Now i like all music dance R n B soul Motown rock heavy metal classical punk .......the list is endless but i have my faves then and still now,

John Lennon got me through my puberty and confusion of adolescence his music spoke to me and yes made sense as well as being really really cool,
'Give me some truth' ,i screamed these lyrics out a number of times 
  I loved the Beatles i covered for my music exam Sgt Pepper , but john was the main man always has been &; always will be, Paul may of been the traditional Musician but John could do more with it , a poet musician rock star husband farther and rebel many things make him and i got older read more on him see/ here more ,I relate and emphasise totally with him

His music is 'epic' its personal its sometimes political and a tour De force i remember staying up all night to see his live in Madison square garden gig 73 wow
Lennon was a lifelong stranger to normality.,and that is me also
He was above all other things the most human and that i liked about him he spoke i listened and to this day find it a great friend to turn to
the troubled child, rock’n’roll rebel, spokesman of his generation, reckless peacenik and henpecked house-husband of popular legend are some of many descriptions of John i like to think of him simply as a 'Artist' after all it is where he started ,in Art collage

Marc (feld) Bolan ,what a star, fun a force of nature, catchy songs very arty and picturesque, heck of a poet and a stunning front  man and guitarist one of the reasons i picked a guitar up and learned
Started Glam without who there would of been no 70s no Elton John no Bowie this is the original deal Marc Bolan ended the 60s as a cult star playing hippy, pixie acoustic music and hanging out with John Peel. He then went through a massive transition and re-emerged in the early 70s as a highly successful, fully-fledged glam-rocker who came to epitomise the first half of that hedonistic decade.

And taking from 50s rock n roll and funking it up and Beatle songs and Tolkien and his own dynamic wit and talent he created some of the catchiest honest tunes that still endure to this day with his hippy background, Bolan always had more about him than the likes of Slade and Gary Glitter though he wasn't as arty as David Bowie or Roxy Music. He always thought that he was going to be a massive star and had the looks, charisma and arrogance to define his time as well as a superb, swaggering rock'n'roll voice. This backed by a gift for catchy melodies, crunching guitar riffs

Sadly not valued as he should be or recognised nearly enough he was first in may aspects from starting glam to doing his hendrix guitar thing and in 77 started the whole new romantic look and style with synths and makeup long before it was thought of and this at height of punk (which he is credited by Johny rotten ramoans Billy Idol and others as being godfather of ), constant showman love listening to the original songs and remixes now and if I'm having a party Bolan will be in there

Freddie and Queen what can you say the first mega group ya know like U2 is now they sold out stadiums in south America rock in Rio 80.000 attendance never before or since ,look at Wemberly in 85 unbelievable you have got to stand in awe of the man and the group

He was the greatest showman and what a voice a genius( they all were) what made them a super group second only to the Beatles
This band endured for 20 years hit after hit album after album they reinvented the pop video as we know it
They re wrote the rules they had individual success as well as a group
There anthems are heard in sporting arenas now and there music is as popular now as it always was they were legends in there own time and more so now
Freddie Mercury is "unique". It seems that his dedication, determination and perfectionism towards his career, is what made him the superstar that he was. We can all learn from an example like that,
a flamboyant personality on stage, and an almost shy, quiet personality off stage. many layers to the man but always the Showman

Siobhan Fahey Shakespears Sister
Oh yes Arty grunge (before there was such a thing) punk attitude and indie (again before there was such a thing) music
Miss Fahey former Banananarama gal and obviously the brains / power behind it (Collapsed pretty quick after her departure and drying up of the hits) a nut case  really , a force of nature out of this world
Marcie formerly of Eric Claptons band and wrote some hits with him worked with the greats in the USA now here throwing her 5 octave vocals and melodic guitar playing into the mix

Shakespears Sister's unique selling point the two members ,that's why i cant separate them ,T-Rex Ramones Disco  inspired  and Motown driven singles and even a Bob Marley cover' is it love' and a cheeky 2 fingers up at her previous band with 'Your History' lyrics and sound
 then comes the second Album and bang there in there stride
its dark, its art school projects, film noire videos with a nod to 'cecil de mill,there are some fizzing electropop numbers here that are forced to share airtime with more sober, guitar based tracks and coldly romantic paean

Fahey she's a wonderful frontwoman and out of control rocker she brings fun and style and sassy cool to the group with a heavy dark vocal, Good though Detroit is, it's Fahey who provided a lot of the attitude in the duo, the band was special in the first place due to the dynamic between her and Marcella Detroit, perfectly demonstrated on their two biggest hit singles, Stay and I Don't Care, both of which pitted their opposing alter egos against each other
Siobhan Fahey remains a fiercely creative force. as does Marcy Levy sadly we will never see them together again but what they have done is great and best not think of what could of been
Shakespears Sister is back with Fahey only so realy in name only but Siobhan is worth the price of a ticket any day i know ive seen her gig and Marcy and been lucky to meet both and be on friendly terms with Siobhan ,
 So thanks gals for the entertainment

what do these all have in common?, Artists yes, but more than that
Ignorance to believe they were right and not be dissuaded by the nay sayer or thrown when they believed in what they were doing despite opposition,  and arrogant enough to truly know and believe they were the greatest , a lesson learned  ,and for me personally they were alternative, outside the norm or what society classes the norm and to truly embrace and enjoy what they did they had something to say....and they said it ,they make it just cool and ok to be you

Sunday, 21 November 2010

retro kisch nostalgia

As it says on the label folks

It was 25 years ago today ..................

I have a brief confession to make ,I'm a 80's Child,oh yes.
And i love it, how bland was the 90s or the naught's ? some good music but that's it realy
Reason for this self wallowing blog?, I have just watched Back to the Future again at the Cinema and WOW !! What a movie brilliant 
Been looking back on some of the iconic greats from what is so far the last great generation
there was 50s,60s,70s and 80s for real teenage youth culture that's slipped merilly into kitsch retro funk and groove

Adrain Mole  

Hows that for a list of iconic TV ?,couldn't list it all need a few blogs to do that alone ,ones highlighted in blue went on to set standards raise the bar and are still absolute classics today some went on to live action films some feature length cartoons some both and much merchandise and money is run off them then and now  "Money off old rope" as they say nostalgia for sure happy innocent halcyon days 

If not spoiled by re hashed remakes or ill advised updates,proof if any were needed there out of ideas and don't make them like they used to

The days of 'your' Cinema being in your town you could walk to it for me the old Palace my Dad went to or as i new it Tatton Cinema Big neo classical building Art Deco Egyptian so probably of the 30s era remember seeing
Ghostbusters Superman 2/ 3, Return of the Jedi, Star Trek 2, Flash Gordon,Back to the Future.and many more there,
The first Saturday kids shows, swap shop /Saturday superstore/ going live
Books ,well i wanted a "Famous Five" / "Secret Seven" gang with my friends."Target Doctor Who" books,Annuals and Panini sticker books swaps in school
Garfield was iconic
You ever had more than 10 sweets in a 10p mix-up.? ya know sneaked a extra one in, those bracelets, cola bottles ?
Cubs and the Scouts "Ging Gang Goolie" and camping 
towelling socks ,luminous clothing (This is one i didn't do or pastel shades more neutral and dark ) ,rolled up sleeves of my jacket (usually my Levis one) owned a American baseball jacket (still do,again Levis) 501's and laundry ads  ,white socks to school ,thin side of tie on show MUFC towel for PE, when i had the ball i was Mark Hughes
had my coat as a cape thought i was a superhero ,more gel than was normal on your hair, quiff s were cool
I loved Quatro ,Hollidays it was Orangina ,and Pepsi diet (white cans)
Angel Delight mmmm (now used to make smoothies ), Mash robots ,Saturdays were all about Grandstand and Conveyor belts regularly carried washing machines, deep-fat fryers and a cuddly toy.
Robin of Sherwood on TV and the Hulk was a real person and being both fascinated and freaked out at "Dark Season" that guy who looked like max headroomand, the Nazi's strait out of Indiana Jones and evil PCs (BBC computers remember them well) might go back and have a look at a episode remember having a thing for kate winslet off that ,nicola bryant was another hottie my Shakespears Sister poster Superman movie poster and original Star Wars one and the 4th Dr TARDIS & K9 black white picture on my wardrobe,

Rubik's magic puzzle you know the one with the three rings getting as well the jacks game and top trumps  commodore 64  the first video pirate movies 

I had a chopper that was 'pimped' by my Dad for my 7th birthday BRILLIANT bike so cool and had gears to ,black and blue ,i progressed to a BMX of course ice white black pads
My first HI FI ,separates a radio amp( In the kitchen now with the speakers i had) and my Akai record Deck,my first single was 7" radio ga ga from WH Smith first album queens the miracle and i do remember the Hits 7 double album and plenty of Cassettes including my walkman with strap  (Looked like something off Star Trek)

No remote controls, in fact our TV had a big dial you tuned the stations in to watch them had a wood frame to it to
In a word "Colourful" after the brown and beige 70s the 80s exploded,clothes TV everything was in vivid technicolor my bedroom was white and red including the furniture , grey carpet with pin stripe wallpaper (i remember the Superman and Flash Gordon wallpapers i had) and Playboy bedding with again more stripes my WWF bedding Superman ones and the funky 80s check number ,
I had a glass shelf to that eventually was home to various miscellaneous items, in particular the Dapol TARDIS and some pots and candles i made at school my lava  and fibre optic lamp and the cradle that had balls that knocked each other swinging and clicked ( my mate had the pin box used to love putting our faces in it )
technology got a foothold in our lives and we were off into the digital age i had a Casio watch, still do, there brilliant

Cartoons TV clothes everything shone and if like me any of this has made you smile or go i had or i did that then welcome to the 80s generation wasn't it brilliant

Sunday, 14 November 2010

we will remember them

Positive words and gos for all those we loved that are now gone
dead or otherwise

Well its that time memorial day and well quick blog ,my family has been involved in the armed forces one way or another
Long story but due to generational gaps my paternal Grandfathers brother Henry (Cheshire regiment )served and died in WW1 sadly one month before the end and having read some of his(9) battalion entry's he saw some fierce fighting in the most brutal and bloody of wars
 My Grand farther on my maternal side was in the Royal Fleet Air arm in WW2  and served world wide from middle east to Egypt to Sri Lanka to Australia
Another grandfather was in WW2 he was in the Desert rats Africa campaign and D day
I minor league was in Army cadets and TA Cheshires / Royal Regiment of Fusiliers,Both Nans served in civilian core munitions factory's etc

I have lost good friends as well as family recent years so this is my day to just stop think and remember them and there influence upon me my life and what they meant to me
and to say Thanks 

Sunday, 17 October 2010


Well folks this is it
Cant believe that 6 weeks have flown by so fast
But that's photoshop 101 and illustrator done for last week this week

Yeah bit of a mess this collage system, older, wiser and more attune, i can see glaring issues it is devoid of any standards such as school teaching what so ever

this was intro courses .......right OK, now new programs never used before
but why was illustrator so hard ? luckily i managed to solve what was wrong with the work sheets (not my job i thought) written for mac not PC and assuming to much

I used this analogy ,i will teach you to bake a cake but i assume you know already what a cake mix is er wrong this is a intro course and like i said wrong equipment so all the type and menu and keyboard short cuts for a different piece of equipment
so ill give you instructions to bake the cake in a microwave not a oven

And photoshop ok i know a intro course, but really if you need to tell someone step by step how to save a picture truly these people should not be allowed on a PC let alone on such a course,
so 24 people are slowed to this point because three don't know how to turn the PC on great
The illustrator is not long enough, though you cant learn much in that time,Personally id love this to be 6 months in that time you really would learn a lot and benefit from this, this is a bit of a cheap filler
needs to be ten weeks like the advanced courses photoshop would benefit also from this but illustrator defiantly
If you work out it is 2 hours a week only 12 hours whole course  is no where near long enough
everything is rushed pressured and dash for finish, 2 hours left to do everything in is not enough and giving us a ton of home work is not much of a answer either
there are those without PC at home and more without these very costly programs so not good really

now in final weeks gotten easy in illustrator yet it was nigh on impossible sure its going backwards
its been murder so far PC breakdowns loss of files
But i have learned and i have come away wiser thanks to home study chiefly
I am not complaining it was cheap compared to others i found ,and it got me started and I'm already down booked in  for a more advanced Photoshop course and funds allowing dreamweaver intro

Groovy people to some strait from industry so been fun picking thoughts and like i say lot of learning Illustrator is hard work that needs to be done repeatedly photoshop more flowing and easier

Liked being out in collage liked the late nights getting cold now but been fun nice new collage nice facilities the future is Bright and this is paving a way forward now not best time but job hunt CV re write
Look forward to learning more and funds allowing more ahead

Final thought
Better teacher style pacing longer lessons or couple of more weeks and better constructed lesson plans otherwise i say go for it its fun
let your imagination flow

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Doing the 'Timewarp'

I watched the DVD of 'Revenge of the Cybermen' recently bit meh for a DVD ,BUT the extra about VHS releases took me back and filled me with nostalgia
I remember it very very well i as i have said elsewhere owned 3 Pyramids of mars, Death to the Daleks and revenge of the Cybermen ,
Im to young to remember pirate copy's of the early 80s
Something done at the time on the Videos  and only in some few DVD cases re done, is these were edited, no credits or episodes just one long  story it was a brilliant idea and makes it all seem bigger and better definatly a improvement as seen on the Curse of Fenric DVD 

I recall this very clearly Saturday night sat watching Doctor Who on tape
Yes we were rental kings ,a shop you could go and take tapes home for a couple days, you want to see something rent watch done dusted, head cleaning on the monday ,

I remember seeing Robocop .Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the Future and other delights realy magical and a bag of pop corn if lucky 

My parents would get a tape for them for when we were in bed and id get a 'Who' :) think they new us by name,
It may of been on TV but to thrill at seeing these old VHS stories was something magical it was a different era and books was all you had really,being used to dads old war movies and black and white cowboy films the black and white who fascinated me , and in comparison to all other sci fi stood proudly unique ,i loved watching the very first Dalek story and this the doctor a grumpy old man ,thats the Doctor ?

With the advent of the digital age its all at your fingertips but back then this was it besides the books
I have got a few of these videos  now and some even signed,more happy memories seeing the stars of these stories personally and not being charged for the autograph either
And on the DVD was our old machine to.....................

For those of you playing the home game
this is what these delights were played on it was old when we got it to .......
you did not sneak a video on in our house, this thing made a noise like the Formula one cars when rewinding stopping it shook the house with a thud clunk
You eject and it launched the tape at you ,
the LED counter clock flashing as it was never set ,and behind those grills on top, is little wheels to tune it in and sort the tracking ,ahhhhh happy days

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

MY Theory

This i warn you will be brief
and i shall say this only once '
CO Don't like Classic Figures Merchandise
there i said it
I base my opinion on this fact they did it it was a wave it was out there ,it out sold the new who (Problem number one) and it was great
This is a by product a fringe idea for them there main 'who ' line is new who so they down graded it to small time and collectors stores in there eyes get to get to have there cake and eat it

I draw this conclusion after 3 hard years of getting classic figures and a whole year of extraordinary  merchandise at break neck release speed and at double / triple and general extortionate price EG (Fact) £8 figure of who is now £16 or bundled with another figure £25 ,New TARDIS £15 RSP Classic £35  with figure you already got BTW
Sublime to ridiculous?, oh yes, minor repaint or tiny little tweak
Or as has happened recently a figure vast majority already have  and one repainted ,no ooo or arrrrr factor any where but feel free to charge the earth
This is damaging how can anyone afford this (That question has puzzled me my entire life) but they do but i have noticed not all
and the quality is dropping like a brick paint sculpts not what they should be
And to be frank ,its getting really really sloppy and careless
EG (Fact ) there producing four pack remembrance  7th Dr Dalek set ,and it is really bad the white imperial came with Dr7 so i know it it is all shades of white and inaccurate and to stick the collar slats off this onto the wrong grey Dalek cos they have it is wrong

This all started out so well
We got Daleks with correct fenders guns eye discs  even the gun had detail like crimp in middle from handling ,real thought and attention

WHY ? like everyone said they did not produce the right 7th Dr Dalek (It was taller straiter) they could easily get money back off the cost of tooling this set ,
gos to show the imperial with Dr7 was not a 'one' off
there is Dr 6 white Daleks there is 7th s Daleks grey /black and white and skirt for special weapons (Which was superposed to be mistake not going to happen oh look there it is)  and there is all sorts of stand alone releases
now its like  they could not care less everything is a after thought knock it out and it is not good enough i expect for my money and for the high price there charging

well thats my theory and im sticking to it
I am more than happy to wait pick and choose
Got a real good gander at 11 Drs set today ,great  3/ 4 and of course we ain't got 8 .
 There is a LOT of repainting to be done and that  got me quite thinking and be good to own and how i can improve (although collage is center of my attention ATM )
 but rest leaves me cold made me yearn for these to be available separately at £8 ,fifty is a lot to find and hassle of selling all the ones not wanted

CO Knock it into gear please sort your house out and commit to WHO Classic

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Cheers Mate

Ahhh a ungodly hour struggling to breath virus's what fun
But thought dawned on me as you poor buggers reading this (I feel for you reading this i do), will know i am back in collage
I is back (Cue English teacher posh speaking friend pulling me up on my grammar,Is that how it is spelt?)
any way i am back in collage and it is dangerous roulette for me as i have to go back to some raw emotion it is not nice place to be sometimes
 Bi Polar you know people say you will get better ,you get used to it yes it is a piece of me as much as have a left and right arm it defines me this  what Artist isnt  mad ? Van Gough cut his ear off and drew boots when depressed John Lennon wrote Help ,huh ? tell me one that aint got the blues
Hard part is talking about it i got to this point i do NOT care anymore i put up with the prejudice all my life,whats another day ?,It has lead to isolation in some cases the strain on others is hard
So yeh this is me mental illness is a terrible illness and i get simply put mood swings (ive been putting up with these for more years than i can remember ,although tolerated to some degree)  and a high energy output and rapid thoughts ,to periods of quiet and depression , it can be managed ,i like to think i am winning
BUT not all bad news  and the reason behind this ramble is ,
Thanks mate you know who you are
Truly without are chats and you being so understanding i think id be off my rocker lol, you have no idea but thanks your brilliant
 I am indeed happy back in collage being creative being me ,think i go to far away from who i was and so nice to talk to like minded people people who literally speak your language how cant cope with 9-5 routine ordinary work  got to express /create /do ,minds ticking
It is fun learning a lot and doing a lot ,Heres to the future and good things

Sunday, 19 September 2010

So always look on the bright side of death Just before you draw your terminal breath

 something we all have to think about eventually. None of us really want to face it, but the truth of the matter is that the ONLY guarantee in life is that it’s going to end someday. Once you accept that you’re gonna go no matter what, then you can decide how you wanna do it.
  I don’t mean choose the circumstances of your death, but you can at least choose what happens to the body you leave behind?.
I was browsing the old web and came across the answer

  Here is a selection of geeky coffins I’ve found on the internet. Kinda makes you think about your options, doesn’t it?
Geek well into the after life

 How about this little number ?
a Star Trek themed casket and urn. The casket’s styling was inspired by Spock’s photon-torpedo-casket in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Oops, I guess that’s a spoiler. My bad. Spock died, in case you didn’t hear about it back in 1982. not sure if N.A.S.A would blast your urn into outer space for you as they did for Gene Rodenbury

not a problem here is one of my faves


 gota go ,go in style i say 

got a mate id get to make that for me he he

but personally if im to go i want this 

 Okay, this isn’t a coffin, it’s a desk. However, if you applied the same concept to a coffin it would be brilliant! What better way to go than in a block of carbonite! At least you’d be perfectly preserved. And you’d make a nice wall ornament too.kinda like stuffing the family pet your still around 
this can be found on Tom Spina Designs. 

Thursday, 2 September 2010

not another day

not recovered from operation shock and awe ,yet, but i will have to say........................
My god what a day, go dentist get teeth fiddled with, that was fun, bleed like a boxer
had a good friend ask me where i lived as i was walking out the door needed my address, its ok only known them five years
and that was unfortunate as i do like talking to her she has a unique voice, and is a lovely lady (Im getting punched for making her sound old )and not spoke to her in a bit
I returned the call upon returning from the Dentist then crack on with this pre collage prep stuff (backside still squeaking btw)
I had all but given up on making a effort trying with people for them to just be arses ,waisting my precious time but then something happens to restore your faith ....
Then i got a delivery man knock on my door,nothing unusual just befuddled as to what i had ordered don't remember ordering anything but as is programed in us you let them in and i opened the door to look at a rather tall gangly fella holding a slip of paper

 As my eyes went up from the paper i noticed something familiar in a shirt and this face seemed dimly reminiscent and then he said he had a purple blancmange for me, i just stood rooted in shock god knows what i must of looked like
It was my old mucker from londoniam :)
Ecstatic i can not tell you joygasam but what on earth is he doing on my doorstep ? this is Manchester he must of been really lost ,as my now clouded head was trying to compute this and the surge of emotion riding high in me i got a tad dizzy not knowing what to say or do
He had deliberately paid a visit to yours truly and WOW there he stood in my lounge
it was sadly all to brief but i can not begin to say how good it was to finally see him younger than i thought everything else as per
It was like reuniting with a long lost brother i was over the moon he took time out from work to visit me what a guy :)
we talked had a drink and showed some of our common interest and my horde of crap
and talked so much to say and no time to say it in
whats next the wife on my door tomorrow ?
 It was fantastic to see you and i still find it difficult to believe you were stood in my lounge
thank you a thousand thank you's and oh my god and wow
made my month

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

hi ho hi ho its off to collage i go

Well busy as a Dyke in a D.I.Y store,
back at collage all enrolled paid done dusted, just prepping in the few short weeks before start date.
Completely knackered thru lack of sleep,although really healthy body clock up at 8 am naturally ,but Mr wisdom tooth prevents sleep you know kinda disrupts flow of the night
Its called according to my Dentist 'a impacted wisdom tooth' i call it pain in the arse ,basically instead of growing up its growing on a angle,fine,but theres a tooth in front of it so cant go anywhere and boy do you feel it impacting and pushing
To add to this joy is infections aka Abscess on the gum leaving me with a sore dodgy bleeding gum now a permanent feature when i brush nice so all in all not good to add to this the answer is a hospital visit and to have tooth "Cut" out not pulled and this means a piece of jaw bone to boot ,thank you god oh and while in there and on the job taking top wisdom tooth as well so ill be very big pit holes stitches and a fine mess ,big ol day for me

So despite being up and down in the night im up early im out swimming and im trying to get back on top, its small steps but so damn many it gets tough at times.
Im emoting like a teenage girl, so i have a nice vast range of emotions cursing through my body trying to control me, People all over the place i need to deal with ,a mind that refuses point blank to focus, so i do hope i get a tad straiter prior to collage

I hope to milk all the services they got wonder if there is a Gym i can abuse have to see get there first first night then see what happens
Really excited about it and got my books stationary and all set hope to study read a bit prior to collage

We had a excellent full moon last night,I have my couch facing the main window ,i like the view,
 it was creeping through the clouds and in between the trees ,the whole image together looked like something from a James Herbert book
It was pleasant and eerie sat on the couch looking out of the window to it
 And putting the bin's out this morning and feeding bread to the birds (Fox that has the freakiest bark ever) and squirrels oh and we got a badger,either that or huge rat,
i saw the biggest mushrooms ive seen since Wales,now i know it is semi rural here but they were something off Star Trek or Dr Who at least 7 inch across
Very cool not sure what there called and i doubt safe to eat but this is a first and do look neat on the side lawn

Now Widow Twanky is calling T.T.F.N

Saturday, 21 August 2010

The Third Doctor

Enjoyed reviewing the 7th Doctor so i thought after watching "The Carnival of Monsters" (to catch up ,get up to speed with CO latest toy releases,just got seeds of doom and others to cover ) id cover another Dr
One i remember as a child at 9 or 10 in his video "Death to the Daleks" i liked him he was different his style was unique even as a child this Doctor stood out as something all together different he was as i remember exciting and still is,and i loved his console room i remember finding it erie, it has become my favorite console if not favorite room that belonging to the 4th and 5th Dr's version
A protector is how id some him up, and he will take physical action if necessary not in a crude way ,unlike the sixth Dr thugishly beating up opponents or killing them while smiling and with quip remarks but with class and style. Venusion aikido, that looks like real world  ju jitsu and judo (Probably something Jon himself practiced at sometime in his numerous activities )

This was a Five year era that gave us the Barry  Letts /Terrance .Dicks team (with Bob Holmes writing stories and creating many iconic villains) ,that was iconic and fundamental to shaping the program to be succeeded by Phillip Hinchcliffe /Bob Holmes team,  to form a truly golden era for Doctor who

John Devon Roland Pertwee (Pertwee is a modification of the original French Huguenot family name Perthuis de Laillevault), was born 7 July 1919 in Chelsea, London. His parents, Roland and Avice, divorced shortly after Jon's birth; they had been living apart for some time and Jon was conceived on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, when they had met up again by chance during the celebrations.
Jon and his older brother Michael remained with their father, who was a distinguished playwright, actor and novelist. Jon and Michael lived for a time with their Grandmother and their Uncle Guy at Caterham in Surrey, and then returned to live with their father in South Kensington after Roland remarried in 1927.

Jon was sent to Aldro boarding school in Eastborne at the age of seven, but was expelled for swinging on the lavatory chains Tarzan-style. Between schools, Jon visited a friend of his father's, A.A. Milne, and met his son Christopher Robin Milne, who introduced him to his toys, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Winnie the Pooh.

His Doctor seems to be a great big Grey area of haters and lovers, But there is a lot to like here, personal opinion aside you either personally do or don't like a Doctor
The over use of CSO and poor effects. As far as the effects go, yes they were ropey ,but for a shoe string budget and the early 70's id expect no less ,if anything the effects were pushed to there limits , but lets not forget Tom Baker and Peter Davisons era had their share of tacky effects - Underworld , Horns of Nimon, Warriors of the Deep, and the worse effects were seen in the late 80s that made theses effects look like high art ,and maybe CSO was slightly over used but then so now is CGI
A establishment figure hmmm ,Really ? he is stuck on Earth one planet in one time and he makes the most of it, you see many examples of him arguing with the the Brigadier or politicians, and frustrated at the establishment to go ahead and do it any way
He is a touch mysoginistic and chauvanistic. But that is as much a reflection of the age as it is the actor or the show and to be fare is perfectly acceptable ,this is no limp wristed jessie
They dared to change a formula by then 6 years old,

A show on the brink of cancellation as viewing figures had dropped and it was felt 6 years was long enough
gone was Dottie old man absent minded clown and something completely new  comes in
In a lot of ways was a program that was a sign of the times with carnaby street look  James Bond in films Adam adamant and other such shows as the Avengers on TV  and it changed as the time went on to being vastly different in its last two years
Much the same way as Peter Davison's Dr was a sign of his times with the public school boy preppy style and the  era of the Yuppie that was around, and films like chariots of fire and on TV in brides head revisited etc

The surprise was with discussion with the new producer Barry Letts , he was to play it strait as he later recalled "I was asked to play the part as Jon Pertwee ,and i had no idea who he was "
 And it worked Pertwees love of Gadgets vehicles and action was a perfect mix ,and the Man loved his clothes as can be seen again in his role all frills,silk ,satin and velvet & bow ties and cravats (This was 1969 to 1974), it was a totally bold new stroke for the character
He had an identity in the role ,that was as was asked for totally Jon Pertwee and the viewing figures and appreciation for Doctor Who grew under his tenure in the TARDIS,
 Pertwee is definitely one of the best Doctors  ,why ?

 The man himself is the first factor. Jon Pertwee is an obvious choice to play the Time Lord.
 Jon Pertwee was a man of considerable talents prior to working for the BBC, he had been a circus performer doing stunts on the wall of death with a motorbike , stunt driver (raced anything that had a engine) loved diving swimming skiing anything physical  and served in the Royal Navy
 Tall with a young old handsome face , with a shock of white gray hair he looked the part
So to cast a comedic Actor who was well known in the industry and had done a wide variety of parts , from Shakespeare,repertoire west end plays  to comedy on the radio films such as Hammer Horror ,Carry on films and much more , it came as no surprise that he was chosen to play the Doctor

I am fortunate to have met Jon several times and found him the consummate performer and entertainer a true showman ,he was polite friendly and always made time for the fans
He stopped to take time to talk to me  when he didn't have to, and as i got older and met him again i found him genuine sincere and approachable

To start with .His era had a bold new Idea of having the Doctor stranded on Earth that was a fresh  look with the occasional visit on behalf of the Timelord's to outer space, (although he spent less time on Earth that the Doctor has since his return in 2005 ),but then the 3rd Dr's last 2 years were copied by the first two years of Doctor who with Drs 9 & 10 out to space or in time then back to U.NI.T, HQ or jackies flat with both Dr's a trip to parallel Earth

U.N.I.T ,Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart ,one of the best characters in the program,
it was a good idea, the Dr is stranded and uses his knowledge to get a place to live and work on his TARDIS, to have Earth defended by a arm of the British military purpose set up for the unexplained ,pre-dating x files and such like ,so more action and thrills for the kids to cheer to and enjoy the adventures of a Dr that was, is instantly more identifiable
There was also the 'Mystery' element the puzzle the Doctor had to work out  searching out clues and putting it together to form the bigger picture
This gave the program a whole new life not seen before or since totally new fresh look like starting over
 the fact it is more scary to see Monsters on earth coming out of the wood work so to speak,
you thought it was safe to go in the sea then out pops a race of creatures who live under it and want to kill you, (This years before Jaws) under the Earth is a race of Creatures that see us as the invaders, the infestation to be wiped out ,and these are not even alien invaders ,the mundane bent towards death and destruction like daffodils or dolls or gargoyles or shop dummies coming to life to kill you, this has been often tried many times in Dr Who and other programs and films since
(This era was a perfect spring board for yet another completely different change of direction in the cosmos striding fourth doctor )
His era built on the mythos of the Doctor introducing Omega one of the founding fathers ,the planets name Gallifrey the Timelords the president  the first multi Doctor story
 The fact that his era had a majority of the best monsters and  introduced new legendary ones , Auton's,Sea Devils, Silurians, Ogrons, Draconians, Sontarans....... the Master, Single greatest Villain for the Doctor ever, played here believable and scary and sinister and very smooth by Roger Delgado
Only regret he never faced the Cybermen i feel this is a really missed opportunity, what he, his Dr could of done with a good U.N.I.T story against the silver giants from Mondas

The small, but important, fact that he regularly changed his outfit for a new look , he had some of the best title sequences and season 11 titles is still one of my favorites
,Liz Shaw the boffin scientist in his first season, Jo Grant is easily one of the best companions, and introducing the legend that has become  Sarah Jane Smith in his final year on the program
His era is worth watching and not dismissing to quickly, theres something to be enjoyed here.

Jon Pertwee returned to the role of the Third Doctor several times in the eighties and nineties. In 1983, he appeared in the twentieth anniversary television special The Five Doctors, and in 1989 again played the Doctor, this time on stage in Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure. In 1993 he appeared on screen once more as the Third Doctor in the two part charity skit Dimensions in Time, and also played the Doctor on radio for the five-part audio Doctor Who story The Paradise of Death. The success of that production led to a sequel, the six part The Ghosts of N-Space, made in November 1994 but not transmitted until early 1996. Jon made appearances at numerous Doctor Who conventions, invariably appearing in a version of the Third Doctor's costume which he'd had made especially for such occasions.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Seventh Doctor

Finally finished "the Psychic Circus" so thought id comment as felt compelled to,
They say that you always have a loyalty to the Doctor that you grew up with, and in my case, by the time I was seriously getting into Doctor Who at age 12 ,13 , it was Sylvester McCoy.
I had the VHS Tapes early fledgling titles( Remember these are the days of VHS costing as much as £20)  and "Death to the Daleks "The Pyramids of Mars"  "the Five Doctors" and "Revenge of the Cybermen" Will forever be all time classics for me
And i had the Target novelizations of previous episodes (Boy was i disappointed when i finally got to see invasion of the Dinosaurs)  the fun books like knitting album ,Dr who cook book and the Matt Irvine special effects book and Dr Who Technical manual (as i had yet to see this sonic screwdriver i was unaware of its importance to the Dr)
And i had the BIG reference books from messers Howe ,Stammers and Peter Haining ,
Ah the days before mighty Wikipedia and a search engine was a library

Granted, I’d been watching the show for a good few years by this point, I caught the State of Decay, the first story I ever watched. But while I enjoyed the Davison era and tolerated Colin Baker, (I wasn't a avid fan or dedicated watcher nor am i now it is a show i do enjoy watching periodically and do follow it is a show with great stories and entertainment and unique in the world of media )
 The eighties were dominated by producer John Nathan-Turner, who entered his role in 1980, heading season 19 until the shows cancellation in 1989 and season 26
I really found myself warming to the Sylvester McCoy (real name Patrick Kent Smith) reign in the Tardis,heck i even like his logo, tho not the opening titles or music

The man himself is the first factor. McCoy wasn’t an obvious choice to play the Time Lord,
 I loved that little bit of eccentricity,(and in real life is a really nice quiet man friendly and entertaining )
I felt that he had an identity in the role. and physically was a lot like the 2nd Dr in he was a small fun physical actor that had done a variety of shows and performances and physical theater,

His appearance once again dictated by John Nathan Turner ,(who you would of thought  would of learned his lesson after the sixth Drs costume) this is a man who is dictating and involved in design and look of costumes, yeah, same man who thinks the hight of fashion is Hawaiian shirts and bright colored trousers and shoes ,
it was ok, he kept his panama hat that he used at the audition and as well as a prop coming from his back ground in physical theater ,i liked ,the rest was strait from the 2nd Drs wardrobe baggy checked trousers crumpled shirt baggy oversized jacket with huge pockets ,
I liked McCoys touches of scarf in the Jacket lapel ,along with a unique iconic question mark Umbrella  and the Doctors pocket watch and TARDIS key in the Jackets top pocket ,but what was that jumper about?????? ,covered in question marks he looked like the riddler ,talk about ruining the character ,a item soon ditched in the books and audio novels and comics

He’s not the best Doctor Who ever, but he proved to be a good choice, and his passion for the show since is no surprise.
He also changed the tone of his performance a surprising degree over his run. and improved immensely,he may of struggled with the angry scenes and shouting but thats one small fault 

The early McCoy episodes, where he was playing the role a lot lighter, were certainly his weakest, as his portrayal of the Time Lord got much darker towards the end of his run.he improved
(A theme maintained in the New Adventure books i enjoyed and currently in the Big Finish audio plays )

Furthermore, once he managed to rid himself of Bonnie Langford (surely the worst assistant for the good Doctor of all time) and got Sophie Aldred in as his companion, things improved considerably. Some of McCoy’s earlier stories were the wrong side of ropey (Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers,anyone?), but when he teamed up with Ace it gave the writers an interesting, almost parental dynamic between the Doctor and his assistant that harked back to genuine old-time Who. It would have been interesting to see how the duo of McCoy and Aldred would have developed had the show kept going, although John Nathan Turner was believed to be looking to phase Ace out in the following series that never came.
A successful partnership that was very popular and endured in the spin off media and has proven extremely successful ,when free of budgets and time restraints  it gos to show what could of been
Although i hate the way she constantly calls him 'professor' that grated then and now he is the Doctor
nor do i agree completely with the Cartmell plan of the good Doctor as a god and one of the first ever Timelords, alongside Rassilon and Omega

And before we lay all this trouble and the show's woes on the shoulders of the producer Johna Nathan Turner,Who did yes stay to long ,but could not leave due to the BBC despite wanting to and would of given  new lease of life to the program  ,he did yes make it his own personal show and was involved way to much in to many parts of it  and it did yes become his personal view and fantasy and he made some terrible errors (like his successor Russel Davis and Stephen Moffet but unlike them he didnt influence the storys or writing or actually write for the show  ) and yes it did become as camp a show as the 60's Batman TV series

  I will say in its defense, his era took the show on some phenomenal highs and  into the 1980's. and definately glossed it up
Graham Williams left as producer at the end of the Horns of Nimon ,Shada  and it was up to John Nathan-Turner to vastly improve the series,

Season 17 was a very poor season, dominated by Tom Bakers performance and one man show , poor production and overly comic stories including cartoon noises  and scripts from then script editor Douglas Adams
Graham Williams had left in his wake some very appalling stories,and direction ,production  standards were exceedingly poor,
The show did gain some high production ,and some unique stories under John Nathan Turner's (JNT) tenure at first, with some definitely adult in tone,with high viewing figures and generally enjoyed and liked family show in the beginning of his tenure  it improved as he made his changes and settled into the program ,
a weekday slot loosing Bidmead and his confusing inexplainable plots to going through several Script Editors eventually to Eric Saward ,
The fifth Dr  Mara stories dealing in strong psychological levels and demonic possession, control and domination very adult in tone to fun adventures like the Arc of Infinity , Awakening and the visitation  and organizing and running the Marathon 20 yr anniversary and season

He promoted the show endlessly and kept it in the media ,he got it firmly established abroad and oversaw the first videos and mass market of the show ,
He also worked under some appalling conditions and dictum's by the BBC and had no money or time or any discernible talent around him and his ambitions often exceeded the budget and means at his disposal  ,
He was a variety style producer who although had worked for some time on Dr Who was at times out of his depth in the world of Science Fiction ,and he had to take his work and adapt it to Sci Fi ,which sometimes wasn't altogether successful, sometimes it was
But that Changed when he got new writers and script editors in Cartmell /Aranovitch they helped bring new life into the show and turn it round in its last season it was more like the show of old
And the improvements in technology of effects ,camera filming etc helped along with a good solid Dr Companion  team in Sylv and Sophie
He new Doctor Who having worked for the program on and off since troughtons time and regular as Production Assistant  as of Talons of Weng Chiang  1977 but alas this just was not the 70s anymore it was the eighties and the demands of the program were not met by BBC,he did much to modernize the program but he ran out of ideas and rest became regular light entertainment needing fresh ideas new production from 85 onwards
But he wasn't helped by lack of writers lack of money lack of some key talent and resources to develop make the program and being at logger heads with his script editor wasn't helping
His ego new no bounds and as a result lots of directors refused to work on the program the talent pool of old writers or anyone from shows past he resented this didnt lend itself to smooth running

Then there were some of the stories. Detractors of the McCoy era  (and I am not blind to its problems)  will quickly point to  the likes of Dragonfire and Ghost Light as bad episodes that did nothing but hammer a few more nails into the show’s coffin .
The tepid Cybermen outing Silver Nemesis didn't help either, especially as it was designed to mark the programe’s 25th fact that year was a big turn around for writing and performance and improvement of the show but was let down by some stories

But what about Remembrance Of The Daleks?, that’s as a good a Dalek story as we’d seen since Genesis Of The Daleks. The same writer, Ben Aaronovitch, also gave us the King Arthur-inspired Battlefield, which too was quite a piece of work, even if the effects  left a lot to be desired plastic Knights Armour and wooly jumpers for chain mail  and a sadly unrealized Monster in the Greater Deamon (Sue Moore another upcoming talent that made her mark firmly in the late 80s Doctor who and was defiantly brilliant at what she did from Heamovors to Greater Deamon to the ancient one etc can only think how if she had gone on or been in Hollywood she would of ended up) ,Destroyer, that was squandered and was generally

Hampered by lack of budget,EG Jean Marsh was wonderful as Morgane the witch but really ,stand in middle of blacked out studio in front of a black curtain ,get the dry ice machine and give her a lamp to hold as a magic ball ,that's it!.
 it was like a cheap pop 80s video,this is BBC late 80s for you and what Doctor Who the program was battling against,it looked better quality in the 70s but this aside Battlefield is a great story and some great performances and really does much to have one eye on the future but a hearty nod to the past

The Greatest show in the Galaxy  is a realy good story ive just enjoyed Nice sets simple yet effective Tardis console room looked good (why did they feel the need to skip it i don't know)  the Doctor and Ace on good form ,creepy Alien robot Clowns and maniacal bus conductor and strange Gods creatures ,and the setting in the "Desert of Dorset" was more convincing than the actual recent trip to film in the deserts of Dubai.

And then there’s The Curse Of Fenric, the finest episode of the McCoy era, and a good candidate for one of the top five stories in the show of all time.
This put the Doctor to the side of the action for the most part, instead developing the character of Ace quite dramatically,(NOT in a Soap Opera way or about her in a way that is outside of Doctor Who but a part of it .)
in a strangely moving and brilliantly constructed story. It stands up particularly well, not least because the DVD release has edited the story into one full story with subtle new effects it has great monsters chilling atmosphere and a good story well directed and shot

Even throughout the low points of his era,and remember BBC had not a clue putting it schedule against a popular soap and not advertising or promoting it and giving it no resources or funds

  McCoy had a gusto, energy and quirkiness that served the show well, often at times when a story around him was sinking without trace.
And yet when he did get good material to work with, he made the most of it, and helped deliver some stories that simply shouldn’t be overlooked in the world of classic Who.
Given the cheapness and lack of care from  the BBC at this time  it is amazing what in some stories was achieved , and it really deserves some reassessment.
Try to ignore the lack of money and cheapness and theres some good story's 
McCoy's brief appearance in the TV Movie shows what could of been with money time and effort on behalf of the production staff, new costume and all

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Doctor Who ,"The claws of Axos"

i will start by saying


 The Claws of Axos box set ( The Claws of Axos, a four part tale that originally aired in March-April 1971, )An approaching alien spaceship is detected on monitoring equipment at UNIT HQ, where the Brigadier is entertaining two visitors - Chinn, a civil servant making a security inspection, and Bill Filer, an American agent sent to discuss the threat of the Master. The ship lands in England and the UNIT team meet its occupants a beautiful golden-skinned race of humanoids called Axons. The Axons claim that their ship, Axos, is damaged and that they need time in which to repair it. In return, they offer Axonite, a substance that can cause animals to grow to enormous sizes and thus end global food shortages.

The Doctor is suspicious, and rightly so, Axos, Axonite and the Axons are all part of one hideous parasitic entity brought to Earth by the Master to feed on the planet's energy and consume it. The Doctor manages to materialise his TARDIS, with the Master on board, at the centre of the Axos ship. Outmanoeuvring the Master the Doctor offers to link the two ships together to make one giant time machine, on condition that Axos in return helps him to take revenge on the Time Lords for exiling him to Earth. The trick works, and Axos is locked in a time loop from which it can never escape. The Doctor returns to Earth in the TARDIS, where he reluctantly admits to the Brigadier that the Master has escaped.

This has to be one of the quickest turn around's
 in the history of Dr Who and Character Options, 
we saw the 'Delgado' Master a month ago in a leaked image from China 
but this was announced Friday on store shelf Saturday thats quick
 You may wonder why the Krynoid is now flesh colored and called an Axon.
 In fact it was an Axon first. The humanoid Krynoid costume was a modified Axon costume. I suspect we'll get a Kyrnoid eventually, since that leaked test prototype was in Krynoid colors. 
question of who he'll be packed with? We shall see.maybe the 4th Dr from the 11 Doctors box set ?
This is the reason it is a box set and not a clamshell it is huge and heavy to 
 standing a good 6 inches tall 
and this is from the early days where a lot of care and attention went into the product ,the detail is astounding the paint is brilliant
 alas you can tell due to the features on the head that it is the KRYNOID not a AXON, the axons tended to have marshmallow heads ,no features
but i have seen it with simply the head turned round looks great 
this is a stunning piece and big if your a 3rd Dr fan hes your doctor or you just like this story this is going to take some room up and stand very proud on your shelf  

 Articulated to boot this at this detail and cost is not a toy but a collectors item 
It has been a big year for Doctor Who and this is great work 

The packaging is nice, with a internal picture of the episode showing ship and Axon's and box back  has a brief synopsis and couple of pictures, and not much said on the Master ,if anything, and using the picture from the Sea Devils ,which is a odd choice and one of the worst pictures they could use it seems to be really selling the Axon  

Now the reason i bought this 
well was for this one reason i am a HUGE Master fan i love the Moriarty to Holmes it was a genius idea ,Master of evil Master of the Dark arts the evil to the Doctors good and personality individual in his own right , a great character brilliant portrayed by the late Roger Delgado 

No Photograph can do this Justice 
Stunning is the word ,
Breath taking another, I made a 8" custom Delgado some years ago and did exactly the same look
 the raised eyebrow the sneer of contempt the look of disdain

They have even given him a darker skin tone ,Brilliant, his high forehead and graying hair (subtly shown)  
The Nero suit is perfect the braiding the leather gloves the flash of cuff (no cuff links sadly) 
and TCE to boot not from this story but his signature weapon 
 in a clamshell with the Axon

Now i grew up with Ainlys camp interpretation ,which i still like to some degree but thanks to UK gold ,i got to see this man in action and my blood ran cold
 He was evil ,he was nasty, he was mean and he loved it ,he enjoyed what he did 
he was a rouge and so likable, the cockney accent the attitude the look and the suave style sold me so totally
He IS the Master no makeup required he had the look you can see why he got a lot of villain parts 

If i do the list here to prove a point of great stories to sit of a evening and watch and enjoy 

The Mind of Evil, in the Prison so clever so manipulative
 The Time Monster,Bit off more than he can chew in another nefarious scheme his two piece with Pertwee is stuff of legend 
Iconic the Dameons  
Frontier in Space  one up on the Doctor in every twist and turn, and even playing the Daleks as surely as a puppet master pulls strings 
The Sea Devils, whats not to like?, it is all here iconic monster Master Dr action the lot
Terror of the Autons his debut story sheer brilliance what a story from i am the master and you will obey me to company exec from hell  his confrontation with the Dr TCE in hand and the look as he threw the scientist off the tower terrifying  

It sets up who he is as a character and often thought of that line in the song " WHEN A FELON'S NOT ENGAGED IN HIS EMPLOYMENT OR MATURING HIS FELONIOUS LITTLE PLANS" 
Thats him thats the Master maybe he is not around at the moment but you can bet he is not sitting idol 
and Claws of Axos is yet another example of plans gone wrong he arrives on earth a prisoner of the Axons 

the doctor and the master

on shelf with his other incarnations


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Who do you think you are ?

perWell hello there,
Busy ol time of late ,so what is new?
well being a typical boring hum drum day (widow Twanky eat your heart out )  but new stuff has happened which is of interest to me and makes sense in my world 
Well we are full steam ahead for the future and dare i say it future proof ,
I am a Graphic Designer (sounds like the pirate king tune ) Career (Insert laughter here) of choice.
 I had a long break out, want back in, really not satisfied doing much else to be fare so im way, way out of touch, spot in the distance out of sight ,so i enrolled at collage borrow some funds here save there voila im in 
Ever done a job and thought im bored to tears and what am i doing here thats most jobs to me 

Oh but better much better i milked it i got 2 for one
 i envisaged one course as that is what i saw within remotely my price range ,but as i fretted about needing two ,and where do i find that sort of money ?,see most courses to get back up to speed were looking at 700 ,1000 pounds plus, well unless i win lottery i am out
I kept chipping away and now i have the course first i thought just photoshop now i have both photoshop and adobe illustrator (Adobe programs are industry standard art pc packages used on macs) 

So im in local collage....ish, and two night courses in around two month duration so head down milk it and home study in between, make this really work !, this is truly last chance saloon here and i got big plans for my future, that don't involve the UK 

Im going great guns health wise,swimming is fun, getting tons from the counselor,still mad as  box of frogs don't worry ,and still got creative juices flowing, ,just in a slightly better place given time i will get there if nothing im a fighter ,who said being stubborn is a bad thing ?
Finding more about me, you cant see wood for the trees, and then your eyes are opened and new thoughts take place, re wiring of the brain here re thinking and you know at first a shock and does leave you with tons to think about ,and some things i was right about 
a wall is useful and attitude is a necessity,keep yourself to yourself do what you gota do, and sod em all   
I have truly gotten far away from me as a person, and far away from who i am
i am in need of getting back to the energy the raw experiments the try  and if i like go with  i feel stagnated and rusty ,so heres to future
Now if i can only stop being permanently knackered  

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Doctor who -Toy Stories

 thought i would use this as my personal repository and toy box and some what catalogue ,while having fun along the way

so this post will be pics of settings and scenes of my Who toy's enjoy ill update as new stuff comes in and a brief sentence of what's what 
The Tardis 05

Like the Character Options Box i enhanced modified and improved the console room play-set and finished it off it is now in situation of the "Who Store" Blackpool permanently on display 

The TVM 7th/8th Doctors Tardis 

Brachaki refit 66/76

Death to the Daleks