Space Toblerone
Dec20

Space Toblerone

A great little find this, Space Toblerone by American author Alan V. Bern. Bern put up all the money to commission the artwork for the science fiction book and self-publish it in 1958, hoping to recoup his investment through support from the Swiss company whose produce he shamelessly promoted in the title. Space Toblerone ended up being his only novel, though, as – soon after publishing – he discovered to both his...

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Prelude To A Bloodbath (1974)
Dec09

Prelude To A Bloodbath (1974)

Facing criticism from an increasingly hostile press that its television programming was not preparing the then-present generation of children for what many assumed was going to be the decade-to-come, the 1980s, the British Broadcasting Corporation (sometimes known as the BBC) began to toughen up its output in 1974 starting with this annual based on the popular Basil Brush TV show. In addition to connect-the-dot puzzles, brainteasers,...

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Nightmare Before Christmas Gifts
Dec07

Nightmare Before Christmas Gifts

It’s almost Christmas and that means just one thing in our house: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton’s musical animation masterpiece. We have a tradition of watching The Nightmare Before Christmas before Christmas (as after or during is terribly unseemly). We don’t follow the tradition every year primarily because we’re forgetful but also we wouldn’t want it to become a ritual. From ritual...

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Russ Abbot Triple
Nov30

Russ Abbot Triple

Blame a friend on a social network for posting the phrase “I love a party with a happy atmosphere” as the inspiration for this trio of music videos from British comedian and actor Russ Abbot. I’m very sorry. Atmosphere The video that, of course, came to mind where Russ sings about parties with happy atmospheres and his love of them all while sporting a happy and atmospheric party jumper. We’re A Folk Group From...

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Doug McClure And Kevin Connor Movies
Nov15

Doug McClure And Kevin Connor Movies

In 1978 I was taken to the cinema to see a movie called Warlords of Atlantis. It was a movie that appealed to me on a lot of levels; Atlantis!; nasty creatures!; a bathysphere! I was young and bathyspheres were cool, so sue me. The movie’s lead was played by Doug McClure and over the years that followed thanks to the explosion of VHS films and then weekend showings on television I became introduced to a few other Doug McClure...

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Ghost Chili
Oct18

Ghost Chili

What happens when you eat a ghost chili? Does it hurt to eat a ghost chili? Should you drink copious amounts of milk to offset the searing pain that comes from consuming a ghost chili? I’ve no idea. Personally, I think you have to be certifiable to want to eat anything that will hurt you. I’ve got a scientific background and I’ve no interest in investigating these questions but your luck’s in if you’re...

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