Coney Island, Baby!

Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!

Día de Muertos: Day of the Dead

Day of The Dead

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos or sometimes known as Día de los Muertos)  is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, but also in other countries around the world, in particular the US. It is a three day celebration of past families and friends, beginning on October 31st, and ending on November 2nd. On All Hallows Eve, children make an altar to invite … Continue reading Day of The Dead

Universal Monsters Part 1- The Movies

The Classic Monsters featured in more than 120 movies made by Universal Studios. After some early entries including the first ever Werewolf movies The Werewolf (1913) and The White Wolf a year later. It is generally agreed that the first true entry into the Universal Monster canon was in 1923 with The Hunchback of Notre Dame  starring Lon Chaney. Today, the horror movie is often seen … Continue reading Universal Monsters Part 1- The Movies

Ned Flanders Leftorium Store from The Simpsons

International Left Handers’ Day

August 13th sees the 28th annual Left Handers Day aimed at celebrating with pride all things left-handed, and raising awareness for those southpaws who have to make their way in a world designed for right-handers. The website http://www.lefthandersday.com/ provides a range of articles, including advice for parents with left handed children, and a wide range of merchandise available including scissors, knives, pens, and notepads. (and … Continue reading International Left Handers’ Day

Academy Award of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Poster

Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design

So, today is the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. Writing this on Sunday morning, we don’t yet know who’s going to win what, what upsets there might be, and how controversial things are going to get, either in the results, or through protests and support against what has become the year that so many secrets, half-secrets or known but not publicly disclosed stories began to emerge. … Continue reading Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design