Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Rock, 70s-style

Go back a few decades, to around 1988 if you will, and picture Young Mim with Ozzy Osbourne stickers all over her High School work folders. I don't think I had a crush on Ozzy; really I just wanted to annoy people (those stickers were as close as I came to teen rebellion). But if you'd told Young Mim that one day she'd see the (almost) original Black Sabbath lineup live, she'd never have believed you.
Shows what Teen Mim knew.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Crinoline Robot's Vintage Week

While I wouldn't say I've had a particularly vintage-stuffed week over the past seven days, I do feel as though my love of vintage, which I'd felt was waning, is slowly trickling back. My enthusiasm for many things is trickling back; I'm knitting more and cooking more and so on. It's not just the weather. Since New Year there's been a restructuring at work and I wasn't sure if I'd be keeping my job, but this week I heard I was being kept on, which makes me feel so relieved. I am being given an extra magazine to do. My current one, Official PlayStation Magazine, is the bestselling games mag in the UK, and the one I'm getting in addition, Edge, is probably the country's most prestigious, so it's a big compliment from my bosses. (A big, terrifying compliment.)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Robshaws return

Back In Time For Dinner was one of my favourite things on telly in recent years. In case you missed it, it featured a family, the Robshaws, who ate typical British food from 1950 onwards, advancing one year per day*. They started with the tail-end of wartime rationing, and the final "historical" decade they visited was the 1990s. (I put historical in quotes there as I was an adult in the 1990s and still can't quite believe how long ago it really was... in the 1980s I was always baffled by how my mum and her friends were still mad about the 1960s, but it was only as far ago then as the 90s is now.) Anyway, to return to the Robshaws, they're going back – and they're going even further.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Swindon Steampunk Spectacular

It's a bit surprising that this has taken so long to happen: Swindon, home of the Great Western Railway, is hosting a steampunk spectacular from 24-26 March. The venue is about as appropriate as it gets, as it's being held at Steam, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, which is housed in the old engine works and has a spectacular collection of engines, carriages, and railway paraphernalia.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

I bought a fake!

January is rarely a fun month, and I haven't enjoyed this one much so far. When the going gets tough, the tough get sparkly, so I bought myself a brooch and earring set online as a pick-me-up. As a mood-lifter, £10 is pretty cheap, so what could possibly go wrong?

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Miss Fisher: action heroine

Phryne Fisher in a white lame coat with white fur collar
Yup, you read that title right. Just as I (and quite possibly you) have been mourning the dearth of decent period dramas on the telly, we get news that Miss Fisher is making the transition to the big screen. (News outlets reporting this include the Sydney Morning Herald and Australia's Daily Telegraph.) The series' producers, Fiona Eaggar and Deb Cox, have said in interviews that they'd like to do a trilogy of films and make them more action-packed, along the lines of the Indiana Jones films.

I love the Indiana Jones films, I enjoy the Miss Fisher series, and part of me is really up for this. I read a lot of vintage adventure stories, and while I enjoy the action, I do spend a lot of time getting annoyed at the casual racism/sexism, so in that respect an adventure written now but set in the past is perfect. (Anachronism, schmanacronism; I'm happy to lose a bit of historical accuracy if it means we can also ditch the racism and sexism.)

That said, part of me doesn't really get why they have to take an established character and play with her. The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries programme has a lot of dedicated fans, but fans of historical murder mysteries aren't always the same people who like action movies. While Miss Fisher will be in the films, there's no word yet about Jack, Dot, Bert, Cec and other popular characters from the television programme.

What do you think? Keen to see Phryne kicking arse and taking names? Simply keen to see more of those gorgeous costumes? Or thinking this is all getting a bit silly now and you wish she'd get back to regular crimebusting?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Woolly thinking

My crafting hasn't got off to a brilliant start in 2017.

I'm supposed to be knitting a (non-vintage) cardigan for a friend right now. I made a good start, only my tension was all wrong and it was coming out way too small, so I ripped it back... and then realised I didn't have the right size needle. As it's being done in one piece from the top down I'm using a circular needle. (For non-knitters, that's two points joined by a long, flexible cable, and it enables you to knit longer pieces than conventional needles, and tubes if you like.) I'm fussy about circs; I've used Pony ones but the join between cable and needle isn't completely smooth in the ones I've tried and I get annoyed at my knitting catching slightly. I've ordered a Chiaogoo red lace needle from Purlescence, but while I wait for that to turn up my thoughts have moved on to knitting things for myself.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My five favourite vintage sci-fi costumes: ladies

Servalan in white feathers
Servalan: fashion goals...
I did a post on five style lessons I've learned from The Avengers, and Sarah raised the subject of Star Trek. “I could definitely do a post on science fiction costumes,” I thought. It's been a struggle to pick just five, even keeping things within my 'nothing after the 1980s' blog rule, so I started by narrowing it down to the ladies. (Would you like to see a similar post on the chaps at a later date?) Princess Aura made the cut, but Buck Rogers space vixen Princess Ardala did not, and I wasn't actually sure if Wonder Woman should be in the mix – I suppose comics are sort of SF, but they're not the first thing that springs to my mind when I think of the genre. As much as everyone loves Carrie Fisher, I never liked Princess Leia's bun hair and white dress. Here are the five that made the grade…

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The Halcyon: Hotel Downton

The sets were nice, I'll give it that.
 Like Downton Abbey? Then you'll probably like the new WWII-set ITV drama, The Halcyon. I didn't like Downton, and I was sorely disappointed with The Halcyon. I'd really hoped for something good as there seems to be very little in the way of decent period drama on telly at the moment, but this really didn't do it for me.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

State of the vintage wardrobe: don't care

Every year I do a post looking at what I've bought, clothes-wise, over the past twelve months. What worked, what didn't, what I'd like more of, and so on. There's always some direction to this: a plan to get a couple more bags, move beyond the basics to something more stylish, that sort of thing. In last year's version of this post I said I felt I'd found a comfortable place, and didn't have many firm plans. I wanted more trousers – got those – and some pencil skirts – still need those. I wanted to wear a wider variety of my jewellery, which started out with me trying to wear a different piece each day, but that sort of backfired as I realised I wasn't wearing my favourite pieces in order to save them. But I did at least get more out of the box.