Vacations, Anniversaries & Changes

I’ll be on on vacation from 3rd September for two weeks and during that time it will be the 3rd anniversary of this blog – Steve Says… so I have came up with not just one fun & exciting blog plan, but two…

Fun & Exciting Blog Plan Part One

Someone once said “It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary”…

I say – “It’s A Jolly Holiday with You Guys”.

What do I mean?

For the 2 weeks I am away – September 3rd to September 17th I want to share your posts by re-blogging them. This will keep my blog busy and perhaps it will also allow you to gain new followers.

So, all you have to do is…

In the comments section below leave a link to your favourite post from the past few months, describe your blog and then imagine me lying in the sun by the pool, beer in one hand, iPad in the other and I will re-blog your post from there! Genius!

Fun & Exciting Blog Plan Part Two

I loved what Haylee from Aloada Bobbins did to celebrate her “blogiversary” which was to invite her readers to basically ask her any question and then she answered all the question in a Vlog post. Well, I’m stealing that idea because I thought it was awesome so all you have to do is…

Leave me any question you want me to answer in the comments below. Also Genius!

Finally, once I return from vacation and answer all your questions there will then be a few changes on Steve Says which I am very excited about too – watch this space!

I look forward to reading and sharing your posts, answering all your questions on, and also..my holiday!

Please share this post, re-blog it, tell ten friends to tell ten friends and share the blog love!

 

It’s That Time Of Year Again

Who is Karen Meldrum?

Karen Meldrum is an artist from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire with numerous commissions, gallery exhibits. Karen studied at Grays School of Art gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art and she’s since won various awards including the BP fine art award and the Royal Scottish Academy “Pillans and Waddies” Prize

Karen was asked to commission a painting by Greg’s mum for his 30th birthday. It was up to Greg what he wanted the painting to be and after drunkenly discussing options including him on horseback with cats, unicorns and Johnny Five from Short Circuit we came up with a slightly different idea…

It’s That Time Of Year Again

For 6 years we lived in a place called Rosemount Viaduct in the centre of Aberdeen and we had some great times there so we wanted to capture that. We took a Google Street View…

Rosemount Viaduct

…then decided it would be a cool idea to try and capture all seasons in the one painting divided into 4 sections…

Rosemount Viaduct

…we spent a lot (and I mean a lot) of time in the pub on  the corner – The Noose & Monkey and were quite often out on the corner smoking so we wanted that to somehow be added in. When I asked Karen if it was possible she obliged and asked for some photos of myself and Greg. Remember that these were the days before “selfies” and most of the time we were too drunk to bother about taking photos of ourselves so I dug out these ones…

We were all amazed and so, so happy with the final result – Karen came up with the title “It’s That Time Of Year Again” and I think that fits it so well…

Karen Meldrum

It’s That Time Of Year Again

It will soon be taking pride of place in our living room – we love it! The photo really doesn’t do it justice – it’s layered with various different materials and the colours seem to change depending on the light, it’s awesome!

Thanks Karen and Greg’s mum for such an amazing gift!

Karen Meldrum

Greg & Steve

 

My favourite part!

What do you think? Have you ever had a painting commissioned? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

Don’t forget to check out more of Karen’s work…

Karen Meldrum

Karen Meldrum

 

 

Whatever Happened To The Children’s TV Presenters We Knew And Loved?

Phil & Andi - The Broom Cupboard Years...

Are you an 80’s kid?

I love the 1980’s and I am a true 80’s kid. There’s nothing better than reading articles on the internet taking a stroll down memory lane and reminding us of TV shows, toys, and games that we all knew and loved.

That’s all well and good and I like reminiscing as much as the next person but I was inspired by a recent post on Suzie81Speaks about children’s TV presenters from her childhood. So, instead of just living in the past – let’s get real people…

Where are they now?

Let’s start with the Broom Cupboard which was the smallest studio in the world that the TV presenters sat inside where the walls were adorned with paintings and pictures that had been sent in by the viewers. Both Andi Peters and Phillip Schofield were resident in the Broom Cupboard for long stints and have since went on to have successful “grown up” TV careers. Andi can be currently seen on Good Morning Britain whilst Phil has been a long-standing presenter of This Morning.

Phil & Andi - The Broom Cupboard Years...

Phil & Andi – The Broom Cupboard Years…

I’m pleased they have went on to have very successful careers but I’m not too interested in that just now – what about their puppet sidekicks? Whatever happened to Gordon The Gopher and Edd The Duck? They were no doubt cast aside like a dirty pair of pants to collect dust in the BBC basement despite being just as popular as their human counterparts. It’s not all doom and gloom for the empty-handed puppets as to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Broom Cupboard in 2010 Phil was reunited with Gordon – there was a tear in my eye…

What of Edd The Duck? Where has he gone? Andi did no such reunion that I can see and it makes me sad. Come on Andi, we’d love to see you reunite with the other half of the duo that helped springboard your career!

Some very clever chap has made an unofficial documentary of Edd’s life and it is pretty good. Although, I do have to say I much preferred Gordon as Edd was a little annoying and quite often around tea time in my house there would be a shout from my Dad – “turn that f***ing duck OFF!”

One of the earliest children’s TV shows I can remember watching was “Playschool“. For anyone who has never heard of it, let’s just say it was classic children’s TV as it should be and none of this crap we get nowadays. Enjoy and indulge…

The lady in the clip is Floella Benjamin. With a fantastic name and brilliant energy she is a major memory from my early days. I knew she was still around today but I was shocked to f*** surprised when I typed her name into Google to see exactly what she is up to now…

Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin, OBE, DL is a British actress, author, television presenter, singer, businesswoman and politician

Amazing! To go from dancing around with a dark green large egg-shaped soft toy with green trousers on national TV to being a fully blown Baroness is exceptional. I hope she remembers the little people (especially Little Ted, he was my favourite) now that she is all grown up! On a slightly more risqué not, this section of the clip (12m 20s) is a tad questionable, don’t you think Floella?

Now, a presenter who may only be familiar to those who grew up in Scotland is Glenn Michael but bear with me as I’m sure every country has their version of “Glen”. He hosted a Sunday afternoon show called “Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade” which introduced me to cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, Asterix, Fantastic Four and many others. Every time I hear the theme tune I am instantly transported back to those Sunday afternoons and I can literally smell the Sunday dinner being cooked…

Where is Glen now? After a record-breaking run of 26 years starting on 6 April 1966 with “Cavalcade” and a career from before that he is, unsurprisingly, retired at the ripe old age of 88. A recent interview in the Herald caught up with him and is well worth a read.

A brilliant fact I have just found out is that Glen Michael inspired Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar who, among others, produced the Kick Ass comics. If it wasn’t for Glen and his show, Mark said, none of his comics would exist. He even offered Glen the ultimate show of his gratitude by landing him a cameo role in the movie version of Kick Ass. Sadly, the part was cut from the final edit but what an honour and I would love to see that footage!

Thanks Glen for being a true legend of children’s TV and restoring my faith in the 80’s – unlike others I shall not name.

Enter Stranger…

Hearing those two words still give me nightmares, or should I say Knightmares. An adventure game show which would quite often see kids getting killed by dragons or falling down big endless pits of death! Cheery, right? I can’t actually remember if they announced that the kids were actually okay and went home safely. Either way I loved it and the entire game was overseen by the Dungeon Master himself, Treguard…

Scary s*** for a kids TV show isn’t it? It’s not exactly an after school dose of Blue Peter!

What became of Treguard, this scary figure that happily sent kids into a nightmare world and in some cases to their death? He was an actor of course, played by theatre actor and director Hugo Myatt and has since appeared as other similar, dark characters as well as, interestingly, computer training videos – I’d love to see them.

As a treat for all you fellow geeks out there a remake of Knightmare was produced last year to celebrate Geek Week. Thanks, Treguard for making me crap myself whilst eating my fish suppers on a Thursday evening after school…

Last up, I couldn’t possibly write an 80’s post without including my favorite children’s TV show EVER…

Of  course, it’s Rainbow – the ultimate 80’s memory for me. In short, a man in a house with three puppets who occasionally get visited by the friendly neighbourhood singing trio. Let’s cut to the chase – Zippy, George & Bungle are all living in a retirement home for puppets in South end On Sea and perform weekly for the other residents who include Sooty & Sweep (not Soo as she is a little b**** and wasn’t allowed to take up residence there who now lives alone in a high-rise flat in Essex and gets no visitors ever). Well that’s my take on it and I’ll have no one spoil my fantasy now let’s deal with the humans.

Geoffrey played by Geoffrey Hayes done a wonderful job of keeping those troublesome puppets in check. Puppet Daddy could be his official title…

He also had a wicked sense of humour, especially when he decided to be part of the infamous “Twangers” episode. Sadly, he found it hard to find work after the show was cancelled and now works as a taxi driver. With the 80s being so retro now he has picked up various other pieces of work but he seems happy doing what he does and I for one would be thrilled if I got in a taxi and he was the driver!

I hardly ever see my neighbours so I would love to have Rod, Jane & Freddy live next door to me. Every so often they would just pop in, sing a little song about something topical and then f*** off again. Best neighbours EVER! These days Jane is still in a relationship with Freddy although she was originally married to Rod, hmmmm, let’s not go there and simply remember them as being the “pure” meaning of a threesome…

They did go on to have their own show and still pop in to the odd pantomime. Thanks for the music guys and gals!

I hope that’s helped clear a few things up?

Who do you remember? What are they doing now? I’d really love to know! Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @stevesays2014

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Periscope: Retro Pop Box Unboxing

What is Periscope?

Periscope lets you explore the world through someone else’s eyes…

What is Retro Pop Box?

The retro pop box is a magic gift delivered every month for you to re-live your youth.

Each Retro Pop Box™ will contain 4-7 items, valued at over $45, that are carefully curated for a maximum jolt of nostalgia from YOUR FAVORITE DECADE.The unique pop-culture products within each box will span the decade and touch on iconic events, music, shows, movies, toys, candy and more!

I put together the two things and “attempted” a Periscope (stay with me) of me unboxing my latest, awesome 80s retro pop box. Check it out by clicking the image below or take a look at it on my twitter feed…

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What about you? Do you use Periscope? Do you think the Retro Pop box is as awesome as I do? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

 

50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You To Do Anything: #32 – There Is No Problem That Can’t Be Overcome

What are the 50 thoughts that can motivate you to do anything?

I recently stumbled across an awesome website called Entrepreneur.com and I was particularly interested in one article and want to start sharing these thoughts and giving my own personal and visual interpretations of these “50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You To Do Anything”

#32 – There is no problem that can’t be overcome

“Everything can be solved or worked around.”

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#32 – There is no problem that can’t be overcome

What about you – how would you represent this particular thought? Or, if you want to know why I chose the particular image let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014

For the other thoughts take a look at this.

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#FridayFunny: “Debbie Does Dirty” – Deborah Meaden From Dragons’ Den Gets Dirty

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Deborah Meaden gets dirty

I love the BBC TV show Dragons’ Den – maybe even one day I’ll go on it with one of my crazy ideas such as the Pop Mosaic. One of my favourite dragons is Deborah Meaden – she’s awesome but who knew she was so dirty…

Forget “Debbie Does Dallas” and watch this…

What’s the funniest thing you have came across this week? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @stevesays2014