Saturday, September 23, 2006

Bugger.

Mutterings continued.

Received this from Ezydvd:

"Hi Pamela,
Thank you for ordering Mission - Impossible (1966): Complete TV Season 1 (7 Disc Box Set) from EzyDVD!

We would like to inform you that Paramount have changed the release date for this title to Thursday, 30 November.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused." Ah well. Gives the old credit card a bit of a breather.

Shiny Thing Purchases:

Shiny Thing not yet paid for - got a phone call from the lovely Brad, one of the Ed Officers I worked with last year (he's a fellow geek), who said, "You can say no but I found Darth Tater and Spud Trooper in a tin box in K Mart. Do you want it?" Of course I wanted it!! And here they are:






I don't know what it is, but the thought of Darth Vader as a Mr Potato Head, or vice versa, is screamingly funny. I once had some Darth Vader bubble bath. That's merchandising taken to a very silly degree.

Other Shiny Things: Had another mooch around Spotlight and came away with some fixin's for Xmas presents.

From the "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you" file: about a month ago I bought a Virgin sim card for my spare phone. Last week there was a message left on my answering machine from Telstra asking if I wanted to bring all my mobile phone numbers under Telstra. How did they know I had one that wasn't??

Further to my comment yesterday about British stagings of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, is this paragraph: "Great care should be taken over the very important Australian accent. It is not an easy one to assimilate, and must be watched in order that it does not tip in "American" on the one hand, or Cockney on the other. The former, in particular, is a danger, increased by some of the phonetic spelling in the script. English audiences are very much less accustomed to Australian drama than to American, and it is therefore the more important to fix the story firmly in its proper locale. Societies fortunate enough to possess an Australian member would find any time given to cajoling constant coaching would be well spent." Amateur Stage, Vol. XV No.8, August, 1960.

It's a step back in time looking at the ads in Amateur Stage as so many of them don't have phone numbers. Today's ads, of course, come complete with phone, fax, mobile phone, email and website address. This, for Clarvies Booksellers - 1 Greenwood Gardens, London, N.13. That's it. And the phone numbers that are included are so quaint - Grosvenor 5333, Temple Bar 5568. The ad for Charles H Fox, Ltd (Costumes and wigs for hire) also has a telegram address: Theatricals, Westcent, London.

Just think, there are people out there who don't even know what a telegram is.

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