I was first introduced to their inane brilliance as a child by my father who would play Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album in the car. Mum was not a fan, so this was probably the only place he could indulge in this pleasure (when she was not in the car, of course).
I like their movies but I really like their television series which ran from 1969 to 1974.
I know that Monty Python's comedy is not to everybody's tastes but I wanted to share an incredibly silly sketch that makes me happy. Here are Eric Idle and Graham Chapman in all their ridiculous glory:
I just heard that John Lennon's scrawled handwritten lyrics for 'A Day in the Life' sold for $1.2 million (over £810,000)! I like the song, but not THAT much. The haunting song (well,I find it haunting) was the final track on the Sergeant Pepper album released in 1967. Who are these people that can spend that much money on what is effectively an old piece of paper with writing on it?
I came across the above picture of air hostesses in the 1960s. Apparently the uniforms were designed by Emilio Pucci for Braniff Airlines (which confuses me as the plane has PSA on its tail). This impressed me enough and then I learned that Alexander Girard designed some of their planes!
Not so sure about this space bubble though - it was meant to protect them from the rain.
I wanted to know more about the poster advertising Pepsodent that was featured in my last post. The musical notes surrounding the words, "you'll wonder where the yellow went" indicated there must have been an accompanying jingle. So I went to YouTube and tadaaaa....
It dates from 1957 so is probably the one circulating the airwaves in Britain at the time the poster was on display. There were many others, including this extended American one:
Apparently they used the same animations but just voiced them over in the appropriate accent for each country. After listening to a few, I can tell you - that jingle really does get stuck in your head!
I forgot to say, my lovely mother-in-law also gave me this Monkees album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. She tells me that she bought it back in 1967 - as soon as the record came out. So cool!
You may have noticed that I've been absent for a few days. We returned yesterday from a sojourn to the Midlands. The above picture is of the Bull Ring Selfridges Building in Birmingham - not mid century but pretty cool all the same.
We also popped into Worcester, which was a surprise hit - a very lovely city filled with Tudor buildings and friendly people. We weren't so impressed with our planned destination, Stratford-upon-Avon (of Shakespeare fame) but I found the area around Anne Hathaway's cottage quite picturesque:
And I did think this plaque outside the Shakespeare Centre Library (just up from Shakespeare's house) was quite cool:
It was a great little break and at the end of it all, my generous mother-in-law gave me this Jersey Pottery piece after I mentioned that I liked the pattern. It's a posy holder or pomander but seems to be quite rare in this green colour.
Back at work tomorrow sadly, so we're going out for dinner tonight to pretend we're still on a holiday. Hope you've all had great weekends!
Since I discovered Bitossi ceramics yesterday, I have become besotted with them - particularly with pieces designed by Aldo Londi. The Rimini Blue line seems to be the most famous but I also like the smooth lines of the Arkitectura range.