Archive for ‘80’s’

August 24, 2021

A Bit of Fry…

Writer, comedian, actor, wit, Qi host, travel journalist

– Stephen Fry celebrates his 64th birthday today. Along with Hugh Laurie, he was one half of the celebrated duo of mirth.

August 21, 2021

Remake

The Blob

– afternoon TV was airing this 1988 revisit of a classic ‘58 Steve McQueen horror. Kevin Dillon is the high school teen protagonist who tears around the town on his vintage Triumph.

June 21, 2021

Narcos

Medellin Cartel

– we’re currently watching Narcos, about drug lord Pablo Escobar, who, at the height of his infamy, was bringing in $70 million a day from cocaine smuggled to the US. the image is a still from rare footage of him on a Yamaha dirt bike as he rode around his Hacienda homestead.

June 4, 2021

Pencil Doodle

Early pencil drawing of the Mark I Lawmaster by the esteemed Mick McMahon

May 12, 2021

Page 3

The Sun

– once upon a time the third page of the biggest selling tabloid in the UK was a daily topless exposure. Samantha Fox was one of the most prominent in the eighties. Until she started a singing career…

May 5, 2021

May the Forth

Speeder Bike – Moon of Endor

– the first time I saw this chase scene in the movie theater back in ‘83 I was blown away. You were flung through the forest at breakneck speed as if you were aboard with Luke & Leia.

March 13, 2021

Motorsport Commentator

Murray Walker OBE (1923-2021) RIP

– Grand Prix racing was an adventurous spectacle when I was younger, no small part due to the excitement imbued by the high pitched commentary of Murray Walker. His father was a noted TT motorcycle road racer, which Murray took up briefly, before going into TV work and advertising. His races that were a shared experience with the couth color of James Hunt are legendary.

January 21, 2021

“You built a time machine…

… out of a DeLorean?”

– Launched 40 years ago today the brushed stainless steel paneled car with the full-wing doors was an eye-catcher from day one. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro it earned worldwide fame in Back to the Future as Doc Browns 1.21 gigawatt powered time machine.

January 18, 2021

Building Arch Span Earth

BASE

– Forty years ago today saw the first pair of skydivers make the first completion of the necessary jumps to achieve B.A.S.E. When they leapt from a Houston skyscraper. Today one or two courageous daredevil’s have added “moto ground launch” to their repertoire.

January 11, 2021

Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque

The King of Rock & Roll

– one of the most memorable song in late 80’s British music was the “hot-dog” song by Prefab Sprout. Written by Durham bred Paddy McAloon it tells the poignant tale of a washed up crooner living off a one hit wonder from decades past. Photo on blog is from photoshoot of their ‘85 LP titled Steve McQueen; the album was titled “Two Wheels Good” for the US market.

December 18, 2020

Project

Ninja in need of a Home

– it looks sad and forlorn in a garage stall. $450 all there; but we know the cost in getting ‘er back on the road. Given the means…

November 21, 2020

Family Tree

DNA

– For over six decades there has been a Tiger model in the Triumph line-up. Each generation epitomized the riding needs of its time.

October 22, 2020

Arranging Objects

Order


Knoll (nōl) vb. Knolling is simply the process of arranging objects so they are parallel or at 90-degree angles. It helps keep everything organised and when photographed creates clean, noticeable images. The term was coined in 1987 by a janitor name Andrew Kromelow who was working at Frank Gehry’s furniture making shop. The story goes that Kromelow would neatly arrange the jumble of the day’s tools at right angles on the benches as he cleaned up.

He dubbed the practice knolling because it reminded him of the right angles in Florence Knoll’s angular furniture (Gehry was designing for Knoll at the time).

September 19, 2020

After Akira

Manga Anime Inspiration

Quick sketch of a Tiger and it’s rider in Shōtarō Kaneda style from the cult Japanese Akira film.

September 14, 2020

Atari

Video Games

– 8 Bit graphics in bright colors. Shifting perspective and panning horizon. High scores and top speeds. Blocky pixelations but excitement was guaranteed.