Monday, September 26, 2011

Retro News: The Pan American Show & Merchandise

Come fly with me.
Many folks tuned in to watch the Pan American Pilot show on Sunday. And this is my review of the show: It still can be salvaged before it's too late.

I previously had my reservations about the show. I didn't like some of descriptions I read of how the Stewardess were being portrayed. I felt that this was going to be another show that made women look cheap and indecent (like if there aren't enough shows out there already doing that).

I decided to watch the whole pilot this time and give it a second chance to see if perhaps somebody had exaggerated the plot. I admit that deep down inside I also wanted to watch the show because of the scenes, the 60's fashion, and the thrills of being a flight attendant.

So I had an open mind about the show. I watched it. It flew by. It left. And It disappeared from my radar.

Let's see if I could make myself clearer. The concept of the show was phenomenal. The story was a bit dull. The characters were somewhat real. And the commercial was great!

Do you remember that scene from the Truman Show when Truman's wife Meryl said, "Hi, honey! Look what I got free at the checkout. It's a "Chef's Pal". It's a dicer, grater, peeler, all in one. Never needs sharpening, dishwasher safe!"?

As I sat for a whole hour of the show I felt that I had watched a whole Pan American commercial. At the end of the show I truthfully thought that one of the Stewardess was going to invite us to fly with Pan Am.

Was I disappointed that the pilot episode was a big flop? No of course not. Confused yes. But not disappointed. I have my classic good shows fixes everyday. And they have had a good long run.

I do though want to give a word of advice to the producers of the Pan American show: If you want to make this show a hit you have to make it more realistic, more dramatic, less cheesy, and definitely less commercially.

Would I watch the show again? I really don't know. What I really do know though is that I would love to purchase some of those awesome looking Pan Am bags!

So I researched far and wide to see where we can all purchase one of those cute retro bags. And there it was. Out of all places the Pan Am bags are sold at Pan Am!

A note from our imaginary sponsors: "Now you and three of your friends can arrive in style by having the chance to win an original Pan Am bag! Visit Pan Am website to find out more."

Bon voyage!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Retro News: Pinkie Tea Etiquette & Kate's Engagement Ring

What Kate might be doing later: "Finally after all this running around like a headless chicken and getting the last minute things ready for the wedding I could properly sit down here at Starbucks and have my cup of tea all to myself.
Now I need a royal foot massage."
We are just a few days away from The Royal Wedding, and the excitement is in the air! London will be packed with over 1 million visitors from all over the world to observe one of the world's most anticipated wedding of the decade. And while I await for my wedding invitation to arrive ( I think that it somehow got lost in the mail) I am brushing up on my Royal Tea Etiquette. You never know when you will be invited to a high tea or an afternoon tea party at the castle.

One of the questions  that I had about the proper way of drinking tea was,"What to do with my pinkie?"

I have heard several times that the pinkie should be extended. But then I found out that is actually an improper way of holding your tea cup. The proper way to hold your tea cup is by placing your index finger into the handle of the cup up to the knuckle while placing your thumb on the top of the handle to secure the cup. The bottom of the handle should then rest on your third finger. The fourth and fifth fingers should curve back towards your wrist.

Now there is an exception to the rule. If in the course of lifting your tea cup to drink your tea your pinkie may somewhat extend naturally, that would be considered proper. As long as it doesn't look like you are purposely extending it out.

And talking about fingers. All eyes have been on Kate's Middleton's ring finger. Her engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana has sparked a worldwide royal ring doubles everywhere. May the real sapphire ring stand up.

The oval sapphire ring is surrounded by 14 rounds of diamonds set in 18k of white gold, cost over $40,000 when Prince Charles purchased it back in 1981. But because it was worn by William's mother, it is priceless.

The maker of the sapphire ring was Garrad & Co. This  luxury jewelry and silver company was founded by George Wickes in London in 1735.

Queen Victoria appointed Garrard to the position of Crown Jewellers in 1843.  This jewelry company produced numerous pieces of silverware and jewelry for the Royal Family, as well as the upkeep of the Crown Jewels. In 1911 they created the crown of Queen Mary for her coronation. And they also created the Crown of Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

But then on July 15, 2007 Buckingham Palace, announced that Garrard & Co's services as crown jeweller were no longer required. G. Collins and Sons were appointed as the new Crown Jewellers.

There is an English Proverb that says: "All good things must come to an end."

But, perhaps the future Queen will one day change things and follow Queen Victoria's footsteps and appoint the former jeweler once again and make every lady wear corsets and petticoats again.


Majestic Princess Ring

Do you want to own your own Princess Ring? Well, Avon created their very own Majestic Princess Ring at a great affordable price!

Quite dainty I might say!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ken Nordine the Voice of Word Jazz

When I first heard a series of Word Jazz I was totally blown away! I wanted to know right away who was the man behind this resonant and alluring deep voice. And that was when I learned about Ken Nordine.

You might not recognize or heard of his name. But you might be familiar with his voice which has been heard in commercials and in movie trailers. Ken Nordine  is especially known for his Word Jazz performance which became very popular during the poetry and jazz movement of the 60's.

The best way to describe Word jazz is that it's a combination of a narrative along with jazz music as it's background, which makes it both unique and totally fascinating!

Back in those days young people use to lounge in restaurants and listen to new music arts. And although this art has been around for quite sometime it is still new for many of us young people that love and enjoy jazz.

Last year in November 2010 Ken Nordine released his latest album Word Jazz: The Complete 1950s Recordings.

So why not kick back,


and enjoy a little Word Jazz along with your PiñaColada and Ken Nordine.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mad Men Barbie Collection!

I know that for all of you die hard fans of Mad Men out there you might be feeling a bit blue or perhaps mad that your show is in it's last season.

"You don't understand this is my favorite show!"

"I know. And I am sure that it would be a big adjustment for you. But everything will be alright. Trust me, you will survive."

"You think so?"

"Sure. Here I have a clean hankie for you."

Yes, for you ladies and gents out there that are going through a Mad Men withdrawal don't put your cocktails and your sheath dresses away just yet. Last year Barbie came up with their own Mad Men Barbie Collection, which are still being sold!

These four piece Mad Men Barbie Collection are sporting each of the characters signature looks.

So if you love the 60's look of Mad Men you are going to enjoy styling these fabulous dolls!

"Thanks, I appreciate it. I am feeling better already."

"You welcome."

"Here, thanks for lending me your handkerchief."

"Oh, that's okay you can keep it."

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