Archive for ‘Film and TV’

July 11, 2022

Robbie Baby

Big Red

This evening’s Dick Van Dyke show was the episode when Rob Petrie brings home a motorcycle. Laura isn’t too happy; but he puts on the leather jacket given to him from Buddy and Sally and heads out onto the road. Sixties sitcom hilarity ensues.

Hardly Davidson

The bike used was a 50cc step through cycle based on many a European scooter of the day.

July 7, 2022

Rollerball

Johnathon E

– long sighted movie from 1975 starring the recently deceased James Caan (1940-2022). Ultraviolet corporate sport is the global entertainment and the individual personality is quashed. Inspired stories in my childhood comic 2000ad.

February 23, 2022

Olive Rudge

Arthur’s other ‘alf

– actress Anna Karen, known for her role in late 60’s sitcom On The Buses, passed away aged 85. Thick glasses, unattractive wig and extra padding gave her a dowdy look in her frustrated marriage to Arthur.

January 12, 2022

Flying Squad

The Sweeney

– the lineup on BritBox includes gritty seventies show starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman as Regan and Carter; a pair of serious crime detectives. First episode screenshot of a pair of police motorcycles accompanying a prisoner transfer van. “You’re Nicked!”

January 8, 2022

Wild Angel

– One of the “New Hollywood” directors from the seventies, Peter Bogdanovich, passed away this week aged 82. His first foray into movies was as an assistant director under Roger Corman in Wild Angels. A pivotal film that set the scene for what was to come. I’ve always got time to watch his first directorial debut triplet: The Picture Show; What’s up Doc? And Paper Moon. here he looks on as Corman discusses a scene with Peter Fonda.

December 19, 2021

Easy Street

Daryl Dixon

The Walking Dead cover art featuring one of the main protagonists of the TV series with his first ride. A choppered Triumph. Crossbow mounted to the steering head ready for zombie huntin’

December 6, 2021

“Hot Diggety Dog!”

Negan & Lucille

– we caught up with the 10th season of The Walking Dead. The final episode tells the past history of the villainous antagonist Negan Smith and his wife Lucille. Early days of the zombie apocalypse only hints at his tyrannical dictatorship of the Saviors. His weapon of choice, a barbed wire headed baseball bat, gets named after Lucille. Negan is seen wearing a motorcycle tshirt, and his signature leather biker jacket is introduced.

December 3, 2021

Matrix Matey

Neo

– Keanu wishes us all a great weekend. Especially from the saddle of a Norton Commando.

September 30, 2021

Tequila Mockingbird

George says…

.. go to the desert and grow a field of agave.

September 25, 2021

Lucasfilm origins

Android Police

– George Lucas’ first major cinematic offering is this dystopian world where the protagonist needs to find escape from the controlling authorities. The ‘droid cops ride white faired Triumph Bonnevilles through the tunnels of this future world.

September 20, 2021

Parked on a corner

Williams Bay WI

Like some desolate sun bleached scene from a Sam Peckinpah film.

September 4, 2021

Steve ‘n’ Pete

Josh Randall & Fred Kite

A pair of icons from the 60’s and 70’s. Who was the cooler?

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 8, 2021

Addams Family

A Lightbulb Moment

[explaining why there’s a light bulb in his mouth] “Oh, the children persuaded me to light up and ride my cycle around, just for old time’s sake.”

Mortician: “We love to watch him ride his motorcycle in the house.”

Gomez: “And wrestle the alligator.”

Thaddeus Logan: “Wrestle… the alligator? A LIVE alligator?”

Gomez: “Not very sporting wrestling a dead one.”

July 21, 2021

ESP

Ginge & Lefty

– if you grew up in Britain in the Seventies you would surely remember the children’s sci-fi tv show The Tomorrow People. I watched episode 1 last night and happened upon these pair of cockney thugs who were chasing the teenage telepaths on BSA bikes. Nostalgia.