The Classics

I was just sitting down and was watching “Cheers”…What a fantastic show! Even if Shelley Long should have never left and Kirstie Alley is a Scientologist. What a fantastic show! With Danny Elfman saying as well that they think the Simpsons will be ending still, it got me too thinking. I personally would love to see #TheSimpsons continue, I don’t think it’s THAT bad. Still better than a lot of stuff on tv right now. But I can take comfort in that there will definitely be reruns of it for years =D

Do you have any favourite classic shows that you could watch over and over again.

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Carry On

When I was younger and we were at my Nanna’s and Pops. They had this VHS set (yes, VHS) of this UK comedy called “Carry On”. There were a while rang of them. I never really thought about before, these people are/were real (I think 90% of them are dead) Probably once a year they show all of them on the tv series, over a week or so.

Carry On – 60 rare photos of the Stars on set

Does anyone else do that? You watch a movie or series over years and years, you don’t even think that they are just not here anymore. Because you are watching them at that particular time in their life. It doesn’t occur to you, that it’s years old.

Too re-read or not too re-read?

At the moment apart from the 3 books I am currently…That’s right you heard me…I am reading THREE books at the same time. When I went to my local Library recently though I was so happy to see an old favourite of mine. Cassandra Clare’S “Clockwork Angel”, the first book from her series “The Infernal Devices”.

I have not yet added the book to my “currently reading” books list on Goodreads.  Yet, here I am now reading this FOURTH book as well and I am loving it! Normally I can only read two books at the same time, and that is usually because I leave one at my house and one at my partners house.

A good cleanout

So…I’ve been living in the house I am living in now for about 10 years so and the house before this one was larger. Meaning that we now have a LOT of boxes that have not been opened for a long time.

One of mine and my Mother’s goals this year is too clear out these boxes and see what we can get rid of. Now my Mum is always saying that they’re just my boxes and so I offered to start going through and after pulling out 4…That’s 4…of her boxes (I don’t know why she keeps telling everyone they are mine, when they are in her cardboard to even begin with) I finally managed to find my one…There’s possibly another one in there, but they are pretty much all hers.

Anyways, getting past that annoyance…It wasn’t easy to get to them either can I just tell you, because she’s put them all in her walk-in wardrobe, which has stuff on top of other stuff.

The first box that I pulled was full…just of full…of these books that I used to read all the time when I was teenager and some of my favourites that I haven’t read in year. The box also included a very random VHS tape of The Lord of the Rings. I took a few photos, just to show the collection…Oh, the memories they bring back…Especially the classic Judy Blume 3 in 1 books.

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This or that? #70

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This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Do you  have a favorite classic? If so, what is it and do you remember when you first read it?

Now I don’t know if you’d call this a “classic” since it was written in 1980. Too me it is a classic book, it’s won numerous awards and in Australia we don’t have too many well known books, or authors and Australia is a fairly well young Country. In fact quiet a few of our books/authors. The author of the book I consider to be my favourite classic book has been called the “Sydney’s Dickens”.

My favourite classic is “Playing Beatie Bow” by the Australian/New Zealand born author, Ruth Park. This book was first published in 1980 and over the years has won different awards.

To simply break the book down, the book is placed in time in the 1980’s, Australia, Sydney and has a time slip in it. Beatie’s Bow’s family believe Abigail is the promised ‘Stranger’ who will arrive to save ‘The Gift’ for future generations of Bows. Within the story a lot of changes happen to Abigail.Which means it’s a book that goes from the present (or at least 1980’s present) back in time to the colonial Sydney 1873. The setting is around the real life location in historical Sydney rocks district. This was a location where a lot of ships were coming in and out, docking for various reasons.

A movie was actually made in 1986 and I haven’t seen it, but by all accounts it’s not as good as the book.

#FlashbackFriday

Over the past week my work has quietened down a bit so I have been able to voluntarily watch a bit more of the television. Lately the television stations have been a lot of shows from the past and it has been amazing! There is definitely truth in the saying “They just don’t make them like they used too”.

A lot of the shows that I’ve been watching as well are all comedies. Comedies are just my favourites. Let me refresh your memories and lets take a step back on a much “easier and kinder” time.

Good Times” (ran from 74 – 79)

This show is a spinoff from the show “Maude” which was also a spinoff from “All in the Family”. The main premise of the show is two parents and three children living in a housing project in a poor black neighborhood. When I read more about the show I was a little surprised to learn that the show was originally meant to be more serious. It is a great comedy show though. I have never seen the show before and I was laughing through the whole way through.

Who’s the Boss” (ran from 1984 – 1992)

Anthony Morton “Tony” Micelli (played by Tony Danza) is a former second baseman who was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. He wants to move out of Brooklyn to find a better place for his daughter, Samantha (played the sweetheart Alyssa Milano). He ends up taking a job in up-scale location, as a live-in housekeeper for divorced advertising executive Angela Bower (played by Judith Light) and her son Jonathan. This was an interesting show as it portrayed a women/mother as the breadwinner (even though Danza and Lights characters didn’t date in the show until later). It was probably one of the first shows where this was the case and it was HILARIOUS!

The classic “Different Strokes” (ran from 1978 – 1986)

This show was based around two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white businessman and widower and his daughter, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. Although this show is a comedy it has some extremely “hard core” topics, especially for it’s time. The main focus being about racism and in their personal lives all of the stars were hit with persona tragedy.

Comeback tv shows!

“The past should be left in the past”.

So with Full House coming back everyone I’ve been talking to has been really excited and can’t wait! Like with most tv reunion type shows, everyone is full of trepidation and anxiety, most people cannot wait, but are worried about the “let-down” too. There have been many televisions shows that have stopped and then come back many years later.

Unfortunately when you type in “Comeback tv shows” into Google, there was actually a television show called “The ComeBack”.

One that I have actually been really enjoying lately is “The Odd Couple”starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. I’m actually finding it to be really good, I didn’t think that it could work in this day and age…I was pleasantly surprised.

What shows are you looking forward to see coming back?