Friday, January 01, 2010

Hoaring himself around

A new year, a new decade, a new dawn, some new potatoes (with roast chicken and peas, I think) and a new blog to share with you both. My chum John Hoare will be spilling his guts and speaking his branes at Transistorized. Expect porn, scatology and trenchant analyses of near-forgotten Thames sitcoms. While we're here, John's other half, Tanya Jones, runs a splendid blog called Gypsy Creams, which highlights embarrassing and baffling adverts from 1960s and 1970s women's magazines. While the rampant sexism of many of the ads is unintentionally funny, my favourites are the hideous recipes made with the ingredients of what was then regarded as progress - frozen crap, canned vomit, desiccated piss in a sachet, etc. Now, I love mash, and I love corned beef (especially in a crusty roll with pickle - a favourite from the EMI canteen at Hayes when I was researching my first book), but you'd need to drug me and hog-tie me to make me go anywhere near corned beef Alaska.

4 comments:

Kecske said...

Blimey - look at all those lovely typefaces on Tanya's blog. Never been there before - thanks for the link.

Instant orange juice was the one that always baffled me - even in the 70s. Something you only drink because it's healthy but dried in a packet mixed up with coal based azo-dyes, artificial sweetener and industrial alginate thickener extracted from seaweed.

LF Barfe said...

Equally baffled. Azo dyes - aren't they used to make CD-Rs? I will always associate powdered OJ with a guest house in Gorleston, where we holidayed in 1978 or 1979. Rise and Shine rather than its rival Apeel, I recall.

Kecske said...

CD-R's eh? You'd think it would have given me a good memory...

Ponceau 4R was the delightful azo-dye in question.

Incidentally, thanks for the link to Gypsy Creams - it certainly sparked a few memories.

Tanya Jones said...

Thanks for the plug, Dave (and Louis)! Loved your messing around with the old Co-Op logo :)