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Is This How You’ll Be Getting To Work Soon?!!

Wecome to the future!

When this first came out a lot of people across the net thought it was fake. It’s very real! The flying hoverboard is designed by Franky Zapata of Zapata Racing (who makes the water based version also). It had been in development for 4 years when he took it out for it’s first test run.

It has 4 x 250 horsepower engines and the intention was to create something that could make a man fly despite being so small. He wanted it to operate without helicoptery bits or a large jet backpack that indeed people would think it was not possible and it was a hoax.

He succeeded.

Next Zapata is talking about flying for longer lengths and flying cloud high. He is musing about  government and safety clearances…so who knows??!!

You thought your car insurance was high? Imagine the insurance on this baby! 😯

Plus I look forward to seeing it scooped up for the next James Bond movie.

Your Thoughts?

Perhaps we’ll see you literally dropping the kids off on the school run? 😯 Shopping?

Get With The Hepcats Daddio!

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…And so we begin our foray through 70’s male fashion. Don’t laugh…this was probably your dad!3

Male nightwear. This is pure sex on legs!4

The leotard…I have no words….except for the wallpaper flower shirt and large collar! Yaaas! 🙂2

Poor sheep. This is the 70’s so I’m guessing animal welfare was not at the top of the agenda.6 5

More leotardiness!…Actually I spot a join…it’s a 2 piece….the knowledge of which improves nothing.78

The men holding the pants sure are selling it! I actually wasn’t going to buy …until I saw them.9

The hat! 🙂10

The pose. The unitard. The helmet hair. The legend. 😀11

The chicken sold this for me…and you?12

Yesssir! You SHOULD be proud.13

Why oh why aren’t male ponchos a thing today? And apparently you can play football in them too!14

See now I’m glad he wore the hat. Would have looked silly otherwise.15 16

The ‘hey what’s that over there?’ poses! 😀17

The blond guys expression and action man doll pose is everything.18

The belted cardy needs to return.20

Awful taste has no age restriction. I like that. It cleanses the soul.21

A round of applause please ladies and gentlemen for the ‘tache. God bless that man.22

A fine set of pork chops.23

What to wear for your next game of badders.

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The guys on the left and right should be arrested for looking kinda ‘normal.’ No thank you. We don’t want that here! You may leave NOW!

 

Folks!

Can you see any of these making a come back? What were your faves?

Let me know below! 😀

 

Bloggers! If you are struggling to stay enthusiastic about blogging or struggling to build your audience, stay tuned for the upcoming post:

Blogging: What To Do When It Feels Like Nothing Is Happening!

The March

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Like something from a century ago or indeed something from quite a few current cultures, women (and men) took to the streets on Saturday 21st January in opposition to the denigration of women and a divisive US president prone to eyebrow-raising misogyny amongst other things.

The March appears to represent a fluent meaning depending on who you talk to. To some it would have elicited a rather large yawn, probably accompanied by the usual, dismissive ‘stupid feminists, what do they think they’re going to achieve?’ to ‘Trump is president – get over it!’ suggesting it’s all about election disappointment – nothing more, nothing less. To the idea that this marks a beginning of consistent opposition to the counter productive backwards steps the new American administration is seen by many to be taking.

It would be difficult to argue against that point. We have a president that does not seem to be very presidential …a tack which clearly has it’s supporters. To recap:

  • He has spoken about grabbing women ‘by the pussy.’
  • He has spoken to a woman on prime time television about ‘blood coming out of her wherever…’
  • He has recalled with pride how he would burst into the changing rooms of the women taking part in his pageants whilst they were undressing, knowing that they would not dare demand he GTFO.
  • He is embroiled in a underage sex case.
  • He has grandly marked women’s physical appearance out of 10 with zero sense of irony or self awareness.
  • He has suggested that women who are not deemed attractive by him are lying when they say they were assaulted by him, not necessarily because he didn’t do it, but because of course only attractive women get sexually assaulted.
  • He tends to forget his wife whilst embracing his new role, barging ahead of her and leaving those with manners to guide her unnecessarily but with old fashioned gentlemanly grace into position. It’s all new for her too after all.

Those are just a few things we know about.

It’s plenty.

The numbers of women (people) who marched against Donald Trump rather embarrassingly dwarfed the people who turned up for his inauguration.

So?

What does it all mean for women and for the future?

Could we really brush aside Trumps comments as his most rabid fans have done as locker room banter?
Let’s face it. He is not lying. This kind of language, behaviour and sense of entitlement goes on in male environments and occasionally spills unchecked from the mouths of even the nicest of men, possibly in the same way sexist remarks spill from the mouths of women also when they are out with the girls. The thing is…they are not the President of the United States.

The Boss Man.

When the boss picks on someone, at work, at school, even at home, it is usually a signal by the weak-minded that it is okay to do the same. See the Stanford prison experiment. Lemmings develop a gang mentality that makes them behave in ways they would not behave on their own. It is this that makes Trumps behaviour alarming for the potential victims of his throwaway, irresponsible nonsense. The rise in attacks (on either side of the argument) bear this out whilst making the protest responses to it gratifying.

The protests show little sign of ending or focussing solely on his lack of respect for women…

So, School Me…

The March…What did it mean to YOU personally?…If anything.

HNY! – Predictions For 2017

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1. Someone will comment on the weather, be it hot or cold and blame it on global warming.

2. Someone will plough the depths of wit and originality and accuse someone somewhere of being either a lefty liberal, a feminist, Hitler or a millennial snowflake.

3. A douchebag somewhere will harm an animal and receive zero repercussions for their actions.

4. A celebrity will die.

5. Trump will do something Trump-like. Twitter might just mention it.

6. Somebody will be terribly offended.

7. And a woman will shun those tiresome and wholly inconvenient strips of cloth they have been forced to wear for decades and finally show up at a red carpet event completely naked, citing feminism and freedom, having starved herself for 12 months beforehand.

That’s just what we see happening. We could be wrong! Flippant or serious, personal or world changing, what are YOUR predictions for 2017?

The Dust Has Settled…

drumpfSo the dust has settled, (sorta!) and America has a new president. Far from having a favourite in the run up to the election, I watched with amazement at the choices, the behaviours, the immaturity and the mud slinging and not for the first (or last) time I was ass-clenchingly embarrassed to be human.

That aside I had a few questions that kept running though my mind. See if you can help answer them:

  • Why is it that everyone else is thrown on the scrap heap by at least 50 these days and yet, if you are (usually) male and white you are deemed capable of starting the most powerful job in America…or in the world at the age of 70? Winston Churchill retired at 80 for goodness sake.

 

  •  Why was Hilary repeatedly taken to task for the wrong doings of her husband? Highly misogynist no? That’s like going to a job interview and they keep referring to my husband over my little female head.

Her husband shagged lots of women. Not her. What were her accusers suggesting she do? Leave her husband to please them? Why the hell should she, anymore than any woman who stays in a marriage when she knows her husband is an oaf? I found that so strange…as if there wasn’t enough else to be horrified by.

  •  Not so much a question but a thought… The thing that is great about America is also what is kinda crazy about America. ANYone can be president.

 

  • Just how much stink eye do you imagine is currently being cut in the Clinton household right now, bearing in mind that at least one of the reasons we are not talking about the new President Clinton today is because of the rank behaviour of the previous President Clinton?

 

  • And to wind up on a positive note, Trump shows that anything is possible. If he had joked about the presidency and then did nothing about it, he’d be watching it on television like everyone else. You have to be in it to win it.

So, crazy, crazy election. Strange week. Strange year. Can you answer any of my questions or sum it up…at all?

What Say You?!

 

Women And Cosmetics

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A tribe in Central Africa, north eastern Congo had a rather distinctive look. It involved binding the head tightly to deform it to a conical head shape as below.

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A baby’s head would be tightly wrapped in a custom called ‘Lipombo.’ It would begin a month after birth and continue for the next couple of years until the desired shape was reached. The practice was seen as a status symbol denoting majesty, power, beauty and higher intelligence.

Perhaps surprisingly the practice did not necessarily affect the brain which is soft and malleable in a baby’s head and simply follows the prevailing shape of it’s container.

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The practice began to die out as late as the 1950’s upon the arrival of westerners. It was also outlawed by the Belgian government who ruled colonial Congo at the time.

It is interesting that most images of this physical deformity are women.  Although I have seen a few men bearing the conical head shape.

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What Say You?

How does this practice strike you?

Think you would have taken part in this practice had you found yourself in this location pre 1950?

He’s A punk, He’s A Dog, He’s A Pig, He’s A Con…and then De Niro stopped being polite….

What Have I Just Watched?! 😯

Is this the most honest character summation ever?

Regardless of your politrics, have you ever heard anyone famous EVER be so straight up?

Do you agree? Do you disgaree?

Would you like all politicians to be so straight ‘tawking?’

Who would win in a fight, De Niro or Trump??!!! 😯 😀