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Sunday, 18 May 2008

Baby Queen - We're out of Pampers

IMAGE: Queen as babiesBaby Queen sing We're Out of Pampers!

We all know Queen's big hit song - We Are The Champions. But did you know the song was written and performed when all the members of Queen were just ickle babies?

Back then they originally composed it as "We're Out Of Pampers", but as the band grew in maturity they decided the song needed updating with more relevant lyrics. And so "We Are The Champions" was born.
Another tune composed back in their baby days was a little song named "Another one bites the rusk", which I understand, also got the updating treatment.

Below is some archive footage of Queen as babies performing the song in its original form.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Inject some fun into your writing!

IMAGE: Novelty Syringe PenI'm not sure how practical this is, but it's a nice weird idea.
This is a Syringe Pen. A fully working pen in the shape of a syringe, that comes supplied with red liquid to replicate blood. While the pen itself writes with normal black ink.

Apparently this item is popular with medical professionals. In fact, if you are a medical professional, particularly a nurse, then you may find the site this came from quite useful.

The site is called Nifty Nurse and is apparently run by actual nurses, so they claim to "understand the needs of today's nurses and student nurses".
IMAGE: Novelty Bone PenThey can supply you with nursing tools, kits, traditional fob watches, stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers (hmm, I think I shall name my next pet that).

But more importantly, they can supply you with a super-dooper Syringe Pen for £1.49 or the equally silly, but maybe not as cool looking, Bone Pen, also a mere £1.49.

Dog owners may want to avoid this one though, as you may end up having to keep retrieving it from a shallow grave in the garden, (the pen that is - not the dog. Although maybe eventually the dog, haha).

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Knit your own authentic vintage clothing!

IMAGE: Knitted PoodleOkay, here's another post I'll be filing in the 'Weird arts and crafts' section.
I suppose it's not really that weird, except for the fact that the eyes of the poodle in this pic, start to freak you out after a while. And this poodle is/was intended as a pram toy.
Imagine waking up as a small baby and have this demented mutt giving you 'evils'.

So let me explain. This is Poppet the knitted poodle (pictured left). Now, I know some of you may still be traumatised by a previous post about 'painted poodles'. But I assure you, this post will make you feel warm and fuzzy.
Maybe not on the inside but certainly on the outside. That is of course if you decide to follow the directions and make yourself some 'cool' vintage knitwear.

Poppet the poodle can be found at Vintage Purls. A site dedicated to knitting which has a 'Free Patterns' section.
In this section there are several vintage clothing knitting patterns, circa 1920's to 1950's, for men, women and children. Alongside some miscellaneous items like children's pram toys or tea cosies.

All the patterns are free to download and are in PDF format. You will need Adobe's free PDF Reader to view these files. If you don't already have it installed, then I definitely recommend doing so, as it is a popular and useful format used by many websites.

I myself wasn't really interested in the knitting side of it, I just find old photographs and images interesting. Also I was intrigued by the knitted bathing suits made with "coupon-less thread".

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Thrilled to be in prison!

IMAGE: Michael Jackson behind barsHere's a video that is of course not new. In fact it's probably safe to say that it's an internet classic.
But seeing as I haven't yet posted it on here, I feel it definitely deserves a spot on Weird Wonderful Web.

A lot of people, on first seeing this video, thought it to be fake. As in, not a real prison and/or not real prisoners.
But subsequently there have been some documentaries filmed at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in the Philippines to try and gain some insight into why these prisoners, many of whom are violent rapists and murderers, will prance about to 80's pop.

The documentary that stands out for me though, was Channel 4's - First Cut: Murderers on the Dance Floor. If you live in the UK, I believe you can still get to see it on 4OD.
Outside the UK I'm not sure how you'll find it, but it's worth checking out.
The Wiki entry for the Cebu Thriller video briefly mentions said documentary and its investigation of abuse claims. The film tries to discover how the prison governor Byron Garcia gets these criminals to dance, and slightly more sinister, what happens to those that refuse? And why have so many of these tough criminals now got Byron Garcia tattoos?

Despite all that, this video (along with the prisoner's other dance routines) is certainly entertaining.