Thursday, 29 January 2015

Save us, Agent Carter!

It may shock you to discover that I watch telly sometimes… Okay, it's no shock, I'm an unrepentant square eyes. I luffs my telly and radio. One thing I will not be watching, however, is Agent Carter. Why? Because no UK broadcaster is showing it! It's annoying enough when stuff gets snapped up by Sky Atlantic, which I can't get via cable, but I just have to tell myself that I pays my money, I takes my choice there. (And my excellent friend Kai sends me Game of Thrones on DVD for my birthday each year so I don't miss out.) That NO British broadcaster has seen fit to pick up the series is just bizarre. I'm not sure why no British channel has picked up this series. Perhaps they think people who watch period shows won't like superhero storylines, or people who like superhero shows won't want to watch one with a female lead (especially one not in lycra). Well, they're wrong. It's already a big hit in the US, so it could be here too.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Vintage market looking for traders

Re-enactors at last year's event
The Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans' Celebrations in Trowbridge is a massive event and growing each year. As well as displays from the armed forces of the present day, there are masses of historic vehicles to be seen, including flypasts by classic aeroplanes, and a good number of re-enactment displays. (Last year's First World War trench, lines with photos of young men from the town who'd served, letters home and diary entries and, in many cases obituaries in the local paper, genuinely had me in tears.) This year's event has an RAF-led focus, so I'll have to go along, if only to get lots of photos for Papa Robot who was in the Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s.

This year the town is hosting a small vintage market as part of the event. The full event takes place on the 27th and 28th of June, though the market is on the 28th only. With pitches costing just £25 each, it looks like a great opportunity for small local businesses who don't have masses of spare cash for overheads, and I know from past experience that the town gets a LOT of visitors over that weekend. If you know anyone in the area who fancies selling vintage at an event, please pass on the details.

(There's also a Medieval Market as part of the town's Magna Carta celebrations on the 24th-26th of July. Looks like Trow is Fun City this summer!)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The knitwear of Foyle's War

The final series of Foyle's War has been and gone - if you can call three episodes a series. I very much enjoyed it but it really was far too short, and I can't help feeling it was a wasted opportunity. People seem to enjoy seeing my knitwear write-ups, so I thought I'd take a look at all three episodes from series nine. (ITV calls it nine, some other sites such as IMDB call it eight.)
I like the fact costumes are repeated in different episodes; people didn't have masses of clothes
in the 1940s. Also, this vaguely military grey is appropriate for the era.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Crinoline Robot's vintage week

This was going to be a post about my lovely new vintage dress, which is a black-and-white 1950s cotton shirt dress from CalendarGirlVintage on Etsy. I heartily recommend her for service and speed, as well as quality of goods. However, my selfie skills (meagre as they were) appear to have evaporated, and every photo I took was under-exposed, over-exposed, all boobs, all belly, had scarlet legs (I balanced my camera on the snake's tank, which has a red heat lamp) or were blurry. BAH. So until I can persuade Mr Robot to take photos for me, you'll have to make do with this photo Jen (CDV's owner) took. Obviously it's rather wider on me than the dummy, but I think it looks great.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A Game of Battleships / End of Empires, Toby Frost [books]

The first of the two Space Captain Smith books I got for Christmas, A Game of Battleships sees the mayhem-prone crew of the John Pym taking on the combined forces of the Ghasts, Edenites and Yull in space. The fanatically religious Edenites have got hold of a Dodgson drive, and are using it to make their spaceship appear and disappear, Cheshire-Cat-like, making sneak attacks on the British Space Empire all too possible. The Empire, meanwhile, is holding a treaty conference, seeking to ally with the small, pink, hooting Khlangari. (Fans of bygone British kids' telly may well laugh at that, and at the pink-striped 'Baghparsian feline' that appears). The usual mashup of references to British pop culture and SF icons is present, with everything from Dune to Elite to Iain Banks' Culture novels to the Flying Spaghetti Monster touched on.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

New Agatha Christie 'Partners in Crime' programme

I completely missed the start of the second season of Musketeers (though this season has no Peter Capaldi, which decreases the crumpet content somewhat), but can tell you the BBC has made a new version of Agatha Christie's 'Partners in Crime' stories about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. I always enjoyed those stories, and wondered why more hadn't been done with them. The early 80s versions with Francesca Annis and James Warwick have dated really badly, it has to be said. David Walliams and Jessica Raine are the leads this time round.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

State of the Vintage Wardrobe

Trying to put a bit of glam into camping...
It's time for my annual appraisal of a year's purchases and style. I like doing this, because I've done it every year since getting more into vintage fashion, and it's nice to see where my style journey has taken me. I think when I've made mistakes in the past, aside from the obvious ones of buying the wrong size, they've been because I've bought something that would suit someone else who I've seen looking lovely online. I prefer things that are simple, streamlined and practical, and need to stick with that. My beloved spreadsheet, which I blogged about last September, has been a massive help. Nothing else has ever brought home to me quite so clearly what I actually wear – as opposed to the style I would like to have – and what I need to be buying. As a result I made far fewer poor purchases than in recent years, managing to buy things that were both my size and style.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 has started well for you. (The photo is of my outfit for last night; I'm back in full slob gear today.)

Lots of my favourite bloggers have already done their new year posts, and it's been great looking at their plans for 2015, and their highlights from 2014. Bits of 2014 were pretty hard. There was a lot of upheaval at work and for a while I wasn't 100 per cent certain I'd be keeping my job, though when I thought about it I realised there were other things I could do and it wasn't completely bleak. Many of my friends have had far, far worse times in 2014, and on reflection I reckon for me the positives outweighed the negatives.