Memories of hard toilet paper, gifts of Playboy magazine and metal cigar tubes
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5d ago
Gencraft AI’s 2024 idea of the 1960s … Yesterday, I was talking to a long-time acquaintance – female – about how times have changed in our lifetimes. It started when she asked me: “Do you remember hard toilet paper?” “Yes,” I replied. “That’s weird. I was thinking about hard toilet paper the other day. It was like greaseproof paper. Maybe it WAS greaseproof paper. It was in all the public toilets and we certainly had it in school and in my home when I was growing up. Who on earth ever thought it was a good idea to have toilet paper that was like greaseproof paper? Soft, absorbent toilet roll ..read more
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The ADDICT and a real viper’s nest of nastiness at the Edinburgh Fringe…
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by thejohnfleming
1w ago
People often say that Twitter/X is a viper’s nest of nastiness and this year’s upcoming Edinburgh Fringe – always with its finger on the pulse – inevitably has a play at TheSpaceUK about social media addiction, its ramifications and the trolling. ADDICT actor Craig Barclay (left) and writer Tony Voller… ADDICT is a one-man play written by Tony Voller, starring Scottish actor Craig Barclay, who raised his profile by playing a “troubled young man” in the BBC TV series Shetland… Interestingly, ADDICT is being publicised by TV presentation and promotion legend Trish Bertram, whose words of wisdo ..read more
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Why Ariane Sherine wrote a book on troubled and talented Sinéad O’Connor
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by thejohnfleming
2w ago
Ariane Sherine is an author, journalist and songwriter/performer… Ariane Sherine writes: Last year, I got the chance to pitch a biography of anyone who was no longer living. I chose the iconic singer Sinéad O’Connor. She had sadly passed away only weeks previously, at the age of just 56, and her death was subsequently revealed to be from natural causes.  I had read her obituaries and, though I’m not a celebrity, I had been surprised by how much we had in common. We had both been abused as children by a violent parent. We both took great solace in music during our brutal childhoods.  ..read more
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How Don Cullen, a Canadian cultural icon, ran a striptease club – Part 3 of 3
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by thejohnfleming
2w ago
Dave Hughes concludes his story (which started HERE) of his friendship with future Canadian cultural icon Don Cullen who owned and ran the Le Strip ‘burlesque’ club in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s… A very young Don Cullen A legally misjudged comment… Many might question how a luminary in Canadian arts and entertainment like Don Cullen was once the owner and operator of a place like Le Strip…a place where – to  quote the words of an Ontario judge opining on his judgment in a 1985 case involving a stripper who was raped at knifepoint – “a particular class of women” was employed. Those ..read more
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The soldier saved from Christianity by the strip club owner – Part 2 of 3…
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by thejohnfleming
2w ago
Dave Hughes continues his story (which started HERE) of his association with future Canadian cultural icon Don Cullen and the Le Strip ‘burlesque’ club in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s… Dave Hughes – soldier The armored car job plus the part time job I had working for a former police colleague in the alarm system business just wasn’t enough. And so, I became the ‘relief’ cashier at Le Strip. I was at a point in my life when I was looking for whatever it is we all look for at some stage of our development as human beings. My transition from a combat soldier in the war in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe to ..read more
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The AIM of The Iceman’s artifICE…
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by thejohnfleming
1M ago
The future AIM of The Iceman… Performance art act The Iceman aka Anthony Irvine has cropped up in this blog over the years, including his pure art incarnation as AIM. Last year, I blogged about AIM’s month-long art exhibition residency at the Guggleton Farm Arts centre in Dorset. Now, blow me down, AIM – or it might be The Iceman or it might be Anthony or it might be all three – is/are back there for another month-long exhibition/residency, 12th July-10th August. JOHN: Are you telling me  your artistic residency last year was so successful they have invited you back? ANTHONY: Yes. JOHN ..read more
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Movie Trivia: Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) and real-life killer Ruth Ellis…
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by thejohnfleming
1M ago
Lady Godiva Rides Again was a 1951 British movie about a beauty contest winner who tries to get a career in the movie business. It was directed and co-scripted by the highly-rated Frank Launder, whose wife Bernadette O’Farrell co-starred in the film; she later played Maid Marion in the 1955-1959 TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood. The central character in Lady Godiva Rides Again, though, was played by little-known and now mostly forgotten Pauline Stroud. Joan Collins and Audrey Hepburn had both tested for the role. Hepburn was rejected as “too thin” and Collins was relegated to a bit part ..read more
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A child’s growing crisis of identity…
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by thejohnfleming
1M ago
Traditional versus 21st century (images via Gencraft AI ..read more
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Tales of Prague, tourist bans, a stuffed dog and Reg Presley of The Troggs…
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by thejohnfleming
2M ago
Alexander Frackleton at Heathrow Terminal 3 last Friday On Friday, I had a chat with Alexander Frackleton, while he was transiting Heathrow Airport, London, on his way from Prague to Glasgow. He is a Scot who has been living in the Czech Republic for a while, teaching English to business people.   He hasn’t been back to the UK for seven years and thought he might notice a few changes in Glasgow. I was interested to know how Prague was faring, as I worked there on a few short contracts in the 1990s. It was in Prague that I developed a taste for McDonald’s ice cream. When I first went the ..read more
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Jason Cook: grit, determination, a cracker of a story and a new movie…
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by thejohnfleming
3M ago
Jason Cook on his phone in Borehamood Jason Cook has turned up occasionally in this blog. The last time was in December 2021 when my opening sentence was “You need grit and determination – and nowadays, ideally, the potential for sequels – to get movies made…” Jason Cook has grit and determination, is indefatigable, has a staggeringly fertile creative mind and he has sequels and now a prequel.  He also has dyslexia but has so far published four linked semi-autobiographical gangster novels, a children’s book called Rats in Space (the title explains it all) and a novel about the Rave ..read more
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