Friday, 1 October 2010

Odds and ends...

With Hat Tip to Catch Her in The Wry - one of the rabbit's favourite bloggers and link to the left - here is a Kodak 1922 Kodachrome Film Test - one of the earliest clips of colour film you will see. It almost, but not quite, seems modern while at the same time drawing the viewer back to a bygone age. It is 88 years old after all.

The rabbit is hopping down to London for the weekend to see his younger bunnies and do a few other things so here are a few more odds and ends, starting with two from the indefatigable Mahal. After all the American politics stuff, here is a bit of British politics. Hazel Blears was Secretary of State for Being An Annoying Dwarf (okay Communities and Local Government technically) in the last Labour Government before resigning having had an embarrassment over a £13,000 expenses claim our heroine found herslf obliged to pay back. Anyway, Blears has denied describing the last Labour government as sometimes 'wicked and malicious' at a fringe meeting, saying that she was referring to her Conservative successor as Secretary of State for Being Stupefyingly Fat, the jaw-droppingly corpulent Eric Pickles. However, the above tape reveals Blears to have been - erm - a touch confused in her denial. Below is Pickles practising being jaw-droppingly corpulent.

Talking of weight, the rabbit is pleased to report that he has lost 8lbs in three weeks of the sort of diet reported here recently. Meanwhile in Australia, all is well as is apparent from the report here. One is however constrained to ask that if this is what Australians are like at breakfast, how do they conduct themselves by dinner time when they have had the chance to wake up properly and perhaps even partake of strong drink.

The rabbit was sad to learn of the death from lung cancer of Johnny Edgecombe, the subject of a White Rabbit posting late last year, aged 72. On learning of his condition, he is reported as saying 'I'll get high till I die'. He no doubt did too. The above pic is from the early 60s and shows Johnny in a cab with 'Lucky' Gordon.

Very finally, the rabbit has discovered a sort of British Shorpy, except more narrative and thematic. It is called Another Nickel in The Machine and describes itself as 'a blog about 20th century London, its history, its culture and its music'. I know already I'm going to be back and back again for goodies. It's where I found above pic of Johnny Edgecombe.


Catch Her in the Wry said...

I love watching politicians getting caught with their own words and having to wiggle their way out. Since you forgot to provide the pic of the corpulent Pickles, I had to use Google. He looks much like an American politician who has spent too much time at the trough.

Thanks for mentioning me in the post!

white rabbit said...

Sorry Catchy - Posted prematurely. You may now admire Pickles in all his splendour - plus other goodies.

Catch Her in the Wry said...

What did the Australian diners expect while eating in "Fannie Bay?" I loved the cigarette smoking after all the activities ceased.

Enjoy your weekend with the baby bunnies.

sybil law said...

Note to self: flapper dresses made everyone look dumpy.
Have a great weekend!

Mahal said...

The 1922 clip made me think of Sonnet XVIII:
“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
As for Sybil's "Look dumpy" she can't live in any part of the UK or USA I've visited.

tony said...

Nickel is a Great Site! Thanks For The Tip.
Have A Great Pickle-Free W\E in The Smoke.

JoJo said...

Have a great weekend and safe trip to London!

Badger said...

A gross over reaction. A naked woman has never stopped me from eating breakfast (delayed perhaps but not stopped).

Petit fleur said...

Loved the Kodak clip. Nice.

As to the ditsy "politicienne", all I can say is "Are Sarah Palin clones taking over the planet? My GOD MAN! Soon every country will have their very own. Shudders!

I'm sorry about Johnny. Dig his quote.

Do enjoy your little bunnies.

The Dental Maven said...

Hope your weekend was a good one, Rabbit. Congrats on the recent weight loss. Enjoyed the Kodak clips!!

white rabbit said...

Thanks to all for good wishes - the weekend was very good but I wonder if it wiped out my weight loss in short order (a lot of eating - and no Tony - not with Eric Pickles). My older son told me to get a haircut, though. My parents did that in my early adolescence. The speaker changes, the message doesn't...

Badger - Welcome to my humble blog and quite so as regards naked women.

Mahal - Very cultured. Memo to readers: Shakespeare did not write the last line. The one about Sybil.