Friday, 31 July 2015

And the winner is...

The random number generator picked out number six, LOUISE NORMAN!

Louise, please email a postal address for me to send the box of robotness to - my email address is crinolinerobot AT yahoo DOT com.

Congratulations!

Everyone else, I've got a huge pile of wool at home, so I'm thinking of doing a winter woolly giveaway later in the year when I get my knit together. If I do find time to make some nice hats and gloves, what are people's preferred eras/colours? I won't do those as a draw, I'll do them on a 'first comment wanting it gets it' basis.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Birmingham with a toy robot

Every blogger looks at the search terms people use to find their blog. As I've covered both Chrystabel Leighton-Porter (the model for risque wartime cartoon strip 'Jane') and the astonishingly buxom Sabrina (no surname needed, back in the 1950s) in my 'Forgotten Bombshells' pieces, I get a fair few people looking for them, usually either their measurements or in the nude. Oh, internet*. However, a while back someone searching for 'Nice places to go with a toy robot' found my blog. Were they looking for nice places to go that already had a toy robot for them to meet, or nice places where their toy robot would be welcome? Sadly, I had no way of knowing.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Partners In Crime [television]

Agatha Christie Partners in Crime Walliams Raine episode 1
 I had a mixture of hopes and fears for the new TV version of Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime stories. On reflection, it wasn't awful, but I didn't fall immediately in love with the programme.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Win a box of robotness!

Yes, it's a little later than I'd have liked, but it is time for my annual blogoversary giveaway. In case you're not familiar with them, to celebrate another year of speaking my branes I give away a box full of things I like in the hopes that you might like them too. They're always all things I've bought or made, I'm not simply passing on promotional freebies. Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter. All you have to do is leave ONE comment, and then I'll pick a winner using a random number generator. Dead simple, eh?

Monday, 20 July 2015

New old dresses, old old dresses

1970s-does-Edwardian. Gorgeous.
I took delivery of a new old dress at the weekend - a grey wool late 1950s jobbie with a slim skirt and 3/4 sleeves. This is an odd time of year to be buying wool dresses, I suppose, but I got it because it was on sale on Etsy and the price was too good to resist.. It'll be just as wearable in three or four months' time. With that and my new 1960s pink cutwork shift (swapped for a silk Trashydiva dress I'd outgrown) I'm doing quite well for frocks this month.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

In which I apologise for being rubbish

I have not been eating cake. I spent seven days
living on soup, and can now manage mash.
I would like to claim to have been bimbling again, hence the lack of interesting activities on my part, but the truth is that with print deadline next week – my magazine recently went up in pagination, so there's loads more work and I went into the office yesterday (Saturday) – and my hideous dental infection sapping my will to do anything I've done very little of any interest. But here's what has gone on/ is coming up...

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Britain on Film


Britain on Film is a new digitisation project led by the British Film Institute, aiming to show the lives of British people over the past century. You can search the collection by location, decade or subject (for example, Factories, Street Scenes or even State Visits!). It includes classic TV programmes and feature films, but also documentary footage and home movies. Not all of the content is free to watch -  you'll need to pay for some of the films - but a good portion of it is. Also, you have to be in the UK to see the films.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Explorer style

 Have you ever wanted a particular style of home? I always wanted an art deco home, and this year I've really been enjoying Porcelina's posts about restoring her home to its moderne-era best, Cate's (Vintage Gal) renovations and Marija's (Pinky Purple Honey) notes on decoration. The thing is, I'm never going to have an art deco home because I'm never going to have those uncluttered surfaces. I have too many books and knick-knacks.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Resorting to Murder [books]

I am not a cheery Mim today, as yesterday I had some pretty heavy-duty dental work done. Short version: after 17 years of problems relating to two root canal fillings, I paid a private endodontist - root canal specialist - to redrill and clean out both those root canals. It's complicated by an operation that's left some amalagam filling in my jawbone. I shouldn't grumble too hard as most dentists would've wanted to pull both teeth, whereas my endodontist has definitely saved one, and we're going to see how the one with the bone filling below it does. He did a really good job. Anyhow, today it's all a bit sore (I can't even cope with soup with chunks in) so I'm cheering myself up with a bit of reading.

Resorting to Murder is another in the British Library Crime Classics series. I enjoy short stories, so thought this collection could be a real winner, but something about it left me flat. There are fourteen stories in the book, including some by some very famous writers, but many of them didn't really grip me. None of them were bad, but none of them were really exciting. ('The Adventure of the Devil's Foot' is not Sherlock Holmes' finest moment.) I have some collections of pulp stories from magazines like Black Mask, and they're great, so I reckon the problem with these stories is that they're very British, and that polite dance of manners and personalities that's so enjoyable in Golden Age British crime fiction needs more space than a short story allows. When you lose those subtle interactions and layered hints at possible motives, you're left with something fairly bland.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

June in pictures

I've been rat-sitting!
 I like taking photos with my phone. I have a lovely little camera, a Fuji X20, but I don't carry it everywhere and my phone gets used for random snaps. I like sharing images on Instagram, too, which drives me to take lots of photos with my phone. Since I started doing regular morning walks before work, taking photos has helped make things more enjoyable. I have a couple of main routes, and looking out for new, interesting, fun or just plain pictureque things to take pictures of en route definitely stops it getting boring. (In case you're wondering, my weight is pretty much unchanged, but I do find a walk lifts my mood immensely, so I'll stick with it.)