But baby, its cold out there!

If anyone should happen to be thinking, I wonder what Harlean would really love for Christmas, I’m happy to give you an idea, assuming such a thing exists. Oh fine, a fully interfacing robot suit would be sheer heaven, but might be a shade expensive, even if it existed, so I might have to pass on that. But if anyone has one going spare…?

Its fair to say I’ve been lucky this summer, in that most of the time the weather has been warm (or hot), and reasonably dry, most of the time. This is because, the 3 things my back really hates, are cold weather (anything much below 50 issues start, and get much worse below 40), high winds, and rain, as they make the fracture in my back feel far more painful.

So, what I was thinking, if such a thing exists, is that wouldnt it be handy if I had a thermal (heated as well would be nice) full bodysuit that I could use during the winter. Oh fine, I probably need 2 or 3 to get me through a working week, but even 1 would be a help. Does such a thing even exist? I know, you can get vest things, and leggings, but I really need to be able to keep the cold out everywhere! I know, if it came in silver, would be heaven, but in truth, any color would do, my back wouldnt care!

Does something like this exist, or is there anything even vaguely close to this that exists? If so, please let me know. Equally, if someone fancies designing one, also, let me know! Because yes, the warmer my back is, at all times, the better! In practice, I cant (and I’m sure most buying presents for me) afford anything at too crazy a price, but if it clears a lot of my back pain, it may still be worth it?

But yes, if someone wants to supply, or buy for me, so much the better!

OK, video time. Fine, I have no idea why I havent used this before? It has a 20’s feel to it, including the most gorgeous flapper dress (would love the adult, size 16 UK version of this), and one of the most wonderful singers of this era too. And yes, just perfect for this blog!

 

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Witch Queen of exam taking?

Much to my amusement, at my age, I’m doing an apprenticeship at work. I know, full of prospects for the future at 60, I dont think! But anyway, it has to be done.

Anyway, I got through the first level of exams at end of last year/beginning of this year, and now I’m tackling the second (and thankfully final) level of exams before I can say its over.

Snag for me was, that first set were multiple choice, and even if all answers were relevant of sorts, it wasnt that hard to work out enough correct answers to pass. Unfortunately, this lot, it seems you actually have to do written answers, but hopefully I did enough yesterday to scrape through the first one, I sure hope so. With luck, it will be a few weeks before I find out, either way!

The amusing factor is that I’ve now started studying for part 2, of 5, and if everything goes to plan, I should be taking that exam a fortnight after the first one. Yes, you’ve worked that out, 31st October, aka Halloween!

So, given the dressing up plans mentioned in the previous blog, it looks a certainty that it will be a witch taking that exam, not a ‘human’. Oh, and I’m going to be invigilated by a Zombie, and I dont mean one of the pop group of that name! Oh goodness, this should be fun. Maybe if I can get a magic wand, I can force the computer to put up all the right answers for me, lol?

Now all I need is a magic wand (that actually works), and ideally a flying broomstick (also that works), and I’ll be in witchy heaven! First spell I’d cast, fix my back, of course!

So yes, whether I pass or not, that exam should be an entertaining sight, if nothing else! Yes, I would imagine there will be photos!

Right, video time. This song was a hit when I was a teen, so yes, its old. Just like any good witch should be! 😉

Which outfit for Halloween?

Actually, thats a play on words, but it would have given the game away completely if I hadnt done that! Mind, within a few minutes, you’ll know anyway, but for now…

I must say that one thing I’m loving at work at present, though I’m not sure how many others do, is that we are making an effort to ‘dress up’ for certain events. And yes, even though Halloween is nothing like as big here, as it is in the US (or so I’m told, closest I got was flying home on 30th, but shops were full of stuff), it seems we can get to dress up in ‘scary’ outfits to celebrate the day this year.

Fortunately for me, its a working day, falling on a Wednesday this year. Even more fortunately for me, I’m not actually doing calls on a Wednesday at present, as its my day of the week for doing the studying to finish my apprenticeship course. Yes, I know, such a course at 60! I know how silly I think that is, but if it has to be done…I suppose its a break from the phones, at least? Actually got the first, of 5 exams to finish that off, so I might feel differently about matters tomorrow night, after that, but besides that…

Thing was for me, what to dress up as, for Halloween. Yes, the chances of me not getting involved were miniscule, lol, given I love this sort of thing, and if people dont support it, it wont continue. And no, however scary some of the movie robots might have been, they dont really count as Halloween, lets face it.

I did consider vampire, because fine, I find the idea of being bitten like that rather exciting. But given I cant do make up, it would only really leave the teeth, so… I’ll be honest, I’d been thinking witch, simply because its the easiest option for a woman. And lets face it, with my looks, I have less need to be made up to look hideous than most. 😛

Anyway, my friend Angie, that I know from Blackpool has been advertising lots of great outfits for sale. One of which was a gorgeous black hat, mask, and dress, for a witch. Thing is, the dress is a ‘few’ sizes smaller than ‘Miss Pear’ could wear. Yeah, about an 8/10 UK, whereas I need about a 16/18, ideally the latter especially if its a zip up dress! Not that I’m sure how I could study, wearing the mask, but anyway…

Well, besides that, a little later, a great looking red hat, this one in fact

witches hat

appeared, and yes, purchase has been arranged. There shortly will be two of us looking for a suitable dress, in my size to match. Oh, and if anyone knows of a broomstick, that actually flies, I’d love one, especially as First Buses went absent without leave again on Monday night! Perfect for Halloween, but I might be tempted to use more often, if one truly existed, lol!

As stated, the need for make up, to make me into a hideous witch, might not be critical! Ability to cast magic spells, purely optional, though might be fun!

So yes, if you see a witch flying through the sky on Halloween, between Bradford, and Huddersfield, I might have struck lucky! 😉

Right, video time, something very silly, from the Muppets!

Happy Birthday One Two Five

In these modern times, would you care to nominate any movie star who’s career is likely to last 75 years? Probably not? And lets face it, even if they did, the chances of them making 1 silent movie, let alone hundreds in that career, very unlikely!

But did you know, there was one movie star who did both, and managed to live within 8 months of reaching her century? Well, some readers might, but I suspect, not many. But yes, that amazing lady was Lillian Gish, who would have been 125 today, had she still been living, and she did her best to do so!

Of course, a lot of those silent movies are now lost to time, a lot of that down to films being made on nitrate film back then, which was a highly volatile material, to put it mildly. Indeed a lot of the lost films relate to fires created by these films being burnt to shreds. Thankfully, a number of her films do survive, unlike poor Theda Bara for example, who has 2 extant films from the numerous ones she made.

The thing is, back in the 1910’s (yes, a century ago), she was one of the biggest stars of the time. And she stayed that way until the dreaded introduction of sound to the movies. Though whether it was a lack of interest, or a lack of something else (her voice seemed fine in later life), she didnt make many talkies back then, before her retirement. Well, partial retirement, because as stated, she didnt actually make her last movie until 1987, at the grand old age of 94!

No, no one really knows why she never married in her life, though she did say she was married to her movies. But apart from one fling, and another reputed earlier affair, she never seems to have shown interest in romance. Was it that her preference was frowned upon back then, or was she really just totally asexual, who knows?

But yes, on this day in 1893, one of the great movie legends entered the world, and it took until 1993 before she left it again! So happy heavenly birthday, Miss Gish!

OK, video time. Well, this guy is still with us, though only (only!) 79 at this time. I know, the number is 109 out, but what can a woman do?

Just suppose, if those waxworks were real?

Probably to the surprise of myself, and my computer, I’ve just finished writing a piece for one of the writers forums. I know, I said I’d stopped, other than brief 55 word pieces, but seems I was wrong! No, you cant see it just yet, it needs an editor, for 2 good reasons. One, I write in UK English, most of my readers read in US English. Now, despite rumours, in a spelling sense at least, its 2 different languages, lol! Secondly, when I write at speed, grammar tends to go out the window, which is fine for a brief blog, but not so good for a story.

Even then, I’ll see if I think its worthy of an audience beyond the Forums, and if I’m told it is, then I will probably post it on the Archive at least. Given its about 3500 words, the best you’ll get here is a link.

Anyway, I took to a back look at one of my favourite movie eras, the 1930’s. I know, I know, its when Clara Johnson did most of her work (she did extras work, and early musicals at end of 1920’s), but thats besides the point for tonight. Though yes, the story, is very loosely based around her.

But this time at least, its not the musicals I’m looking at, its the horror movies, and in terms of tonights piece, one particular movie, ‘Mystery Of The Wax Museum’. Lets just say it was an opportunity for the ‘Queen of Scream’, also known as Fay Wray, to show just how strong her lungs were, lol.

One of the significant points of this movie, other than that it was one of the last films made in 2 tone technicolor, is that it involved young ladies being turned into waxwork models. Unfortunately, as you would see, if watching the full movie, some of those ladies were less than perfect in not moving when the camera was on them, especially their faces, therefore rather giving the game away that they werent quite wax! Also, unlike Fay, I wouldnt object to being turned into a waxwork model anyway!

But anyway, the thesis of my story is, just suppose there was a method to turn those young ladies actually into waxworks, for the period of filming, then turning them human again afterwards. Now wouldnt that solve a lot of problems, and for some at least, give them an interesting experience too?

I also suggest that maybe those ‘mind controlled’ slaves in the sci-fi films of that era (like Flash Gordon) were mind controlled/brainwashed for real, during the period of filming too, to ensure perfect obedience.

No, neither really happened, but it might have been interesting if they could have been. And yes, I would have volunteered for all that stuff to be done to me, for sure!

OK, no music tonight, just the trailer for the Wax Museum movie. And I’m sure, unlike my story, Fay genuinely had no desire to experience life as a waxwork model, lol.

I am a silver machine?

Oh fine, I wish! Irony is, we are apparently doing a dress up day at work on Halloween, and if I thought I could find (suspect I know where it is, actually), and more critically could still get into one of my robot suits, then yes, I’d be tempted to wear one for the day. Not that I could wear a Cyberman helmet (later addition) to the outfit in a call centre, but besides that… I might yet see if I can afford to try and find a nice witch outfit for the day, though sadly I suspect I will have to rely on First Buses to get me to work, not a broomstick, and no, I dont think I would be wearing the Witch outfit on the bus, anyway!

Well, I could just try and find a metallic silver cape, and hood, and do the robot thing, because… I have an Ebay account, but very rarely use it. I know you can get quite a lot on ‘buy it now’ nowadays, just like a shop, but rarely buy anything nowadays, due to a minor issue called lack of funds.

This therefore leads to the fact that every few months or so, I get an email from Ebay, offering me £10 off to use on ‘buy it now’ stuff on the website, and I got one last week, for fashion items. Well, I saw a number of dresses I liked, some of which were in a sensible size (when a UK 12, is an XL size, I despair), one of which was this rather nice, metallic silver maxi length dress, which would then only cost me about £13, with the voucher, fine, I was tempted. Snag was, voucher had to be used by Monday, and though I tried to load money on the pre paid card on Friday morning, it didnt get processed in time for use that day. Which meant it wasnt going to get loaded before Monday, which is a working day for me. Oh, and the bidding closed on Sunday! 😦

Thankfully, no one bid for it, the seller put it back on the market again, and I grabbed it yesterday evening, which meant I got to bed about midnight by the time I’d sorted that out, and done everything else. But yes, its heading my way. Fine, you want to see it, I hope?

metallic silver dress

I know, shows a bit too much flesh in the chest area for a robot, so I either need to find a metallic silver top, or cape, or something, ideally. Oh, and a silver hood would be nice, lets face it, but not sure I can afford all that!

But yes, fine, the inner robot won out, lol! Not quite sure when I wear it, but I’m sure I will sometime soon! Halloween, maybe, but probably not without accessories, which I cant afford, lol!

And yes, you’re right, probably wont buy on Ebay until I get my next voucher in a few months!

Right, video time. I have no idea who the lady is in this video, but consider this, if still alive, she’s probably a pensioner by now! Well, I’m 60, and was 14 when this was made, and I’m assuming she was at least 18, so…? But yes, if anyone actually wants to turn me into a silver machine, please let me know!

Dr Fumanchu calling?

One of the amusing things I get to see, is the stats on both my blogs, and get to see how views are going, and other stuff. Until this year, this was always the more popular blog, presumably because some of the ‘kinky’ stuff kept coming up in searches, seemingly for brainwashing helmets, and mind control game shows, given I know which blogs are read the most. Mind, that was comparing about 30 a day on here on a posting day, about 20 otherwise, compared to at best, 15 and 10 on my more personal blog.

Then at the start of this year, the other blog exploded into life, dwarfing this one, even if this pretty much stood still. 100 views per day became the norm, and quite often more, even topping 200 a few times. And for 8 months or so, that streak continued, but then… The other blog stats collapsed, going down to single figure viewing figures for a week or two. Then just over a week ago, ‘normal’ service resumed, and the lowest this week so far, is 150 in a day!

The strange thing I’ve noticed, is that one popular location has appeared out of nowhere, Hong Kong! I’m averaging about 25-35 views per day from that location alone at the moment, and I have no idea why.

Has Doctor Fumanchu finally caught up with my blogs, is realising that I want something ‘delicious’ done to my mind, and body, and is just reading up on me, before offering to take control of me, brainwash me, or turn me into a robot, who knows? No, I dont think it is, given he’s supposedly a fictional character, but it would be so much fun, if true. Hey, if its some other wicked scientist from that area, with sinister designs for me, bring them on!

But yes, I do wonder what happened for those 2 weeks or so, thats for sure?

Right, video time. Well, Hong Kong is part of China nowadays, so this came to mind. A pretty decent live performance, though if anyone wants to go find the original video, fine by me!