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RIP Hugh Hefner


Well, if there is an afterlife, I wonder whether he will find it boring compared to what he created in his lifetime?!

Hugh Hefner has died at the respectable age of 91. An entrepreneur and iconic figure for his entire life, the Playboy Clubs, magazines, models, girlfriends, wives and Playboy Bunnies have been part of our lives since 1953. You only have to see the logo to know exactly what it is and represents.

I watched Girls of the Playboy Mansion religiously, with its dog poo littered carpets and girlfriends in various stages of further education; it was a bit of a mad house. They were given opportunities that some could only dream of, yet with it came rules such as curfews, no boyfriends and much more.

I respected Heff for the fact he built this amazing Playboy empire and was able to set all these rules for his harem around his own needs and desires. He treated them like girlfriends and daughters respectively, but you could sense the invisible wall he put between himself and the girls in the house. Hefner craved the attention and sexy women that had made him famous, but still wanted to be thought of as the world’s most famous bachelor (apart from being married).

Playboy won’t be the same without its founder, but I wonder how it will change now he is gone?

RIP Hefner xxx

Kitten Von Mew by Lee Parker Photography

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Welshpool 1940’s Weekend 2017


This Saturday I will be performing at Welshpool 1940’s Weekend in Wales. I’ve never been before, so very much looking forward to seeing the event! It looks like it will be full of military vehicles, stalls, entertainment and even the light railway has gotten involved this year!

See me perform on 30th September in Hall Street at 1.30pm and 3pm. I will also be hosting a vintage stall in the town hall all day!

For more information, please visit their website HERE

Welshpool 1940’s Weekend 2017


This Saturday I will be performing at Welshpool 1940’s Weekend in Wales. I’ve never been before, so very much looking forward to seeing the event! It looks like it will be full of military vehicles, stalls, entertainment and even the light railway has gotten involved this year!

See me singing in Hall Street at 1.30 and 3pm on the 30th September! I will also be hosting a vintage stall in the town hall too!

For more information, please visit their website HERE

WW2 Photos and Finds


I will write a proper post about Military Flying Machines Show at some point (still need to do one on The Big O Fest too!), but wanted to share these. I purchased them at the weekend and some seemed to be owned by a polish soldier.

Where there has been writing on the back, I have included images. If anyone recognises regiments, places, people, can read the text or has any other interesting info, please get in touch so I can learn more.

Christmas in WWII. You can make out the tin foil Christmas decorations on the fern plants!

A polish football player coming to see the troops maybe?

Soldiers in stretchers, either side of a mule.

YMCA tent in the background.

Can you read the text on the back of this photo, taken in Egypt 1941?

Check point? What is the place on the sign?

Think these are prisoners of war?


Polish Soldier Pay Book


British Soldier Pay Book. Love that the description of his complexion is 'Fresh'!

The ones below seem to be part of a set. I don't know whether they are 'souvenir sets' or used for press? Can you understand the text on the back?

Performing 



You aren’t just a performer, you are an audience member…watching the people in front of you, waiting for reactions for gratification…scouring for signs of mirth, boredom, admiration, disappointment. Just as you become connected with characters on screen or stage, their reactions and feelings get absorbed into you. Your performance may become better and livelier with a hedonistic audience. With quiet, unresponsive viewers or those that chatter through a set you either become disheartened, detach yourself from the situation with shopping lists or find it the perfect challenge to get their attention.

So to the girl and her mother who rolled their eyes, sneered and said ‘thank god’ when I announced my last track at a friend’s private performance just now…you are not the first, you will not be the last, but I’m not singing for you. I’m singing for myself, for the people listening and appreciating. For the children who don’t know the songs, but dance anyway. I sing so people can reminisce, to set the scene of an era and to keep them alive. I sing because I don’t have the guts to stop and tell you that I can hear every word and see every gesture. I sing because you can’t.

Severn Valley Railway 1940’s Event


I meant to write this post LAST year, but just never got around to it. It was more of a chance to tell you about Kim Clark at Time Machine Vintage than anything! I wore her gorgeous summery dress to last year’s SVR WW2 event and Betsy wore the matching little playsuit! I had a few other things made by the talented lady, but could never find the perfect weather and location to don the all in one trouser playsuit. Low and behold, June came round again and so did Severn Valley Railway, with sunshine and warm weather! So I got to wear 2 Time Machine outfits at this fantastic event!

Both have been sooooo comfy and far more enjoyable to walk around in than a suit and high heels. There is so much to see at the 40’s event and quite a bit of walking, so I wanted to be comfy but of the period. The linen jumpsuit is actually based on a 1930’s pattern, but Kim and I loved the styling and it was easy to create an early 40’s look with it too. I cannot wait to wear it on holiday with some yellow bakelite jewellery and a more 30’s twist! Kim has a real eye for vintage style fabrics (and sometimes gets her hands on 40’s and 50’s originals too!).

It was fantastic to be back at Severn Valley. It had its ups and downs in past years, but it truly is a lovely event and a wonderful day out. Where else can you get on a steam train and stare out the window at soldiers, scenery, elephants and rhinos?!

Pushchairs are not easy to get on and off the trains, so you may find yourself carrying your little people more than anything, but it is a perfect event for families. Some of the ‘vintage’ stalls were more 80’s does 40’s and polkadot 50’s dresses, but there were some good authentic stalls inside the Engine House (albeit flipping pricey!!!!). You may want to bring your own lunch and snacks as food is very pricey, but you can always have a cooked breakfast to start they day off at the station’s restaurant.

Very much looking forward to going again next year! Here are some photos of the 2016 and 2017 Severn Valley Railway 1940’s Events…

2016

Time Machine Vintage 1940’s reproduction summer dress and baby romper!

 

 

2017

With cheeky Chico!

Time Machine Vintage’s wonderful 1930’s outfit, twinned with an original 30’s hat and WW2 brooch. Shoes by Rocket Originals.

I love the fact that Betsy has never actually been on a modern train yet! Only vintage trams and steam trains!

Support Your Local Fete!


I just love a good village fete. There is something very ‘Darling Buds of May’ about a decent fete in fabulous weather. Ive been lucky enough to go to 2 so far this summer (One performing, one pleasure) and have another in the diary too. It is wonderful how a little place can rally together and create something lovely each year!

Snitterfield Village Fete was yet again great. This year had a light Back to the Future theme, with the presence of a DeLorean and the compare dressing as Doc! I just wish that they had a better variety of vintage cars and stalls there. Maybe a carboot area would work well? They have some great entertainment from a choir, ukulele group…myself obviously…and even a mini Crufts. Eatery wise, they had a pig roast (yum!), cream teas and more.

I happened to be invited along to a very quaint fete in Pershore this weekend just gone. My friend’s daughter was one of the May Pole dancers and I couldn’t wait to go and see! It was a great set up, right in the heart of the village, either side of a little brook. There were even a couple of stall in people’s gardens! This one had a dog show too, a couple of guys playing guitar and a duck race. It was lovely to have some real bric-a-brac stalls to rummage through , but not enough of a selection of savouries to eat unfortunately. Luckily our friend had made us a slap up lunch, so we just wanted an ice cream in the shade!

So here are some photos of both days for you. I do hope you support your local fairs? Usually they are raising money for a village fund, school, youth club or the like, so it really is important to have you there.

retro teacup ride

Teacup ride with Betsy! I got waaaay too dizzy on this, but she loved it. Snitterfield 2017

delorean

In the DeLorean with Doc and Betsy! Snitterfield 2017

May Pole Children Pershore Fete

In line, ready for May Pole. Pershore 2017

May Pole Children

The May Pole in Pershore 2017

Cooling off in dappled shade! 31 flipping degrees!