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”
#37 – Willpower Is All In My Head
“You can have all the willpower you want — you just have to want it.”
#37 – Willpower Is All In My Head
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
Facebook Live allows you to broadcast realtime video from your smart phone for all your Facebook friends to see live. It will also be available on your timeline for people to catch up with later.
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 did a Facebook Live of me unboxing my latest, awesome 80s retro pop box. Check out the Steve Says Facebook page to see it or click on the image below…
What about you? Do you use Facebook Live? Do you think the Retro Pop box is as awesome as I do? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
Do you know your Bulbasaur from your Beedrill? Your Charmander from your Clefairy? Do you even care?
Possibly not. But if you’ve succumbed to the craze that swept the smartphone world this summer, (hmmm… that would be me!) then you’ll know I’m talking about Pokemon Go.
From toddlers to pensioners, players avidly stared at their screens in the hope of capturing a virtual monster. However, the tech may have progressed but crazes are nothing new – we little humans love to indulge in pointless collections and activities for no other reason than our friends are doing it (FOMO anyone?)
So join me now as I look back through rose-tinted nostalgia specs and revisit some of the crazes of my 80s and 90s youth, whether I wore it, played it or collected it…
PLAYGROUND: POGS AND TAZOS
I’ll fully admit that although I had some POGS, I never really understood what I should do with them. The thing is, in my neck of the planet, POG meant someone dirty and smelly, therefore chucking a little disc of plastic in someone’s direction was either some misguided declaration of love (you know how backwards teenage boys can be in being forward!) or actually… you were being told to get a bath!
But judging by this website and the subsequent instructions of various slamming techniques, merely collecting them and periodically shouting, ‘Play for keeps’ at random points in the playground does not an expert make.
Haylee craze rating: 1/5
Honorable mentions – Spokey Dokes, those little discs of rubber that popped and flew in the air, bouncy balls and Koosh balls.
FASHION: SHELL SUITS
Oh the shame of admitting this was once my favourite item of clothing! My lilac, grey and white mix of synthetic leisure wear made me feel cool, made me feel (cough) athletic, made me look… bloody awful!
If you didn’t own a shell suit, you might as well not have existed at my high school. Thinking back, we could have been the answer to greener energy – I’m sure a small group could generate enough static electricity to power a major city! The swishy, scratchy sound of multiple wearers could be heard from afar and this day-to-evening garment could be easily jazzed up with a neon bum bag. When our grandparents started wearing them for comfort, some of us began seeing the error in our fashion fixation…
Haylee craze rating: 3/5
Honourable mentions – bum bags, reversible sweatshirts, jelly shoes / bags, Chino skirts and braces (suspenders for you US folk!)
TOYS: TROLL DOLLS
Sometimes, just like fashion, crazes resurface time and again. When a neon version of the Troll Dolls came out in my childhood, my mum eagerly bought me them, spurred on by a nostalgic love of her own collection from years previous.
They were so ugly they were cute – you could braid, twizzle or simply brush their hair into a gravity defying peak. They had characters and co-ordinating clothing and for the most part they were tiny enough to fit in your pocket – which meant you could play with them under the desk in class!
I loved my row of trolls on the windowsill and it seems they’re back again, this time on the big screen. But CGI animation will never be the same as rubbing that day-glo nylon hair against your cheek…
Ah, the 80s were a beautiful time for fashion – said no one ever! Along with shell suits, bum bags, shoulder pads and big hair, teenagers scavenged bins at the back of pubs in the hope of finding the most treasured of all accessories – the Grolsch bottle top.
Inspired by the (lack of) fashion sense by brothers Matt and Luke Goss of the band Bros, their groupies would dutifully attach these items to their clunky shoes and clack around to prove devotion to the clan.
Mine always fell off… I think I taped them on at one point. Sexy.
Haylee craze rating: 2/5
Honourable mentions: Lace fingerless gloves and bangles, frilly white ‘pirate’ shirts and military, bandanas and denim.
ACCESSORIES: MOOD RINGS
My aura is askew, my chakra all to pot and everyone knows it because my jewellery is glowing an ominous shade of black.
Pfft! What a loads of old bobbins! Yet I believed every word and many a lunchtime was spent seeing how our fingers would react to the hot prefect that walked by or what we really thought of that mean girl who owned the place, in some weird lie detector game.
Several would try to cheat the system, insisting they could control the colours with the power of their mind but based on them working from changes in temperature, the average sweaty teenager didn’t stand a chance. And heaven forbid your ring turn dark blue when handing out books for the teacher – cue a chorus of ‘Mr. Cornelius and ___ sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G’!
Haylee craze rating: 3/5
Honourable mentions: Friendship bracelets, scrunchies, leg warmers, neon bobbles.
GAMING: CARD WARS
The 80s and 90s were rife with battles over small pieces of cards or sticker books that had to be filled. Over the monotonous drone of, ‘Got, got, need…’ repeated like a mantra on a daily basis, children would bond, break and come to physical blows because someone had not carried out a swap correctly.
Parents and teachers tried to ban their existence, prompting back alley deals to take place that would rival those of Mafia drug lords – robberies occurred, attacks were a constant threat and that was just the seven year olds! It was a dark time…
My weapons of choice were Garbage Pail Kids – a parody of Cabbage Patch Kids that were nowhere near as sweet. Whether it was because I was disgruntled with not owning a CPK or whether it’s because I’m slightly warped anyway, these completely un-PC, twisted little beings captured my attention. I liked the rhyming names, the play on words, the creepy-ass images… I’m sure they wouldn’t be allowed to be sold to kids these days!
And with that full-circle Pokemon reference, I’m at the end of my craze-y nostalgia post. I do hope you enjoyed it! So which crazes do you remember? Which ones had you rushing out to queue for the next release? We’d love to hear in the comments – until then, laters!
“Thanks to Haylee for doing her first “Haylee Says…” post – check out her awesome blog!”
It was daft. It was nostalgic. It was full of energy. It was exactly what I had hoped it would be.
When I heard that The Broons Live Stage Show was coming to His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen I knew I had to go and see it. Having grown up reading the comic strips and annuals I wanted to see the characters I was so familiar with come to life on the stage.
The story centred around the idea that Maggie was getting married and that all Maw Broon’s kids would be leaving the family home. There were more “jings, crivvens and help ma boabs” than you could shake a spurtle at. With a great cast belting out great musical numbers and who were clearly having a great time made this show everything that a true Broons fan would want.
Maw Broon was played by Joyce Falconer – a local Aberdeen lass or a “Torry Quine” to be more specific. I think there were a lot of people in the audience who had went there to see the show just for her alone – possibly having spent some time with her in nearby bus shelters whilst growing up together in the area.
Maw Broon – Joyce Falconer
Joyce did an amazing job as Maw Broon – even managing to strap on an accordion and dance round the stage while having a substantial bosom to carry around.
This was a great choice for Paw and he definitely knew how to work the audience.
The rest of the cast was just as great including Maureen Carr as “The Bairn” even although I will always think of this actress like this. Either way – me think she did a brilliant job!
If I had to pick a favourite character from the stage show I would have to say it was Hen Broon. Interestingly enough – he was played by an actor who is originally from Alaska – Tyler Collins. He still did a great job as Hen and really pulled it off whilst being very funny with it.
Tyler Collins – Hen Broon
There were mishaps, misunderstandings and music all along the way keeping the audience laughing and singing along. The show was brought to an end with a fantastic medley of popular Scottish songs ranging from Deacon Blue’s “Dignity” to “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond“.
It was a great show and I truly enjoyed it. It was also great to see so many other people awash with nostalgia as they watched the characters they had known and loved since 1936 (yes there was some really old people there that night) come alive before their very eyes.
Have you heard of The Broons? Have you been to the show? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
The Broons Live On Stage
Everyone in Scotland now has the chance to see The Broons live on stage thanks to the Sell A Door theatre company.
“Pit the kettle oan mither, this is braw news!” Scotland’s most famous family The Broons are coming to the Theatre Royal! The Glebe Street bunch have featured in the classic DC Thomson comic strips in The Sunday Post since 1936 and this production celebrates them on their 80th anniversary! Award-winning Scottish playwright Rob Drummond brings the infamous characters Granpaw, Paw and Maw Broon, Hen and Joe, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins and the Bairn to life in a production filled with laughs, love and comic-strip visuals, all set to a Scottish soundtrack. This world first theatrical staging draws inspiration from the famous comic strip to bring you a brand new lively and fast paced tale… Can Maggie really, finally be getting married?! Return to Glebe Street, the But an’ Ben, and of course the Kirk to find out! The marvellous artwork and well observed storylines of The Broons means that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales. We are thrilled to be honouring these much-loved characters and bringing them to life for a live theatre audience.
If you grew up in Scotland this show is a must so try and get along to one of the dates.
The Broons is currently touring Scotland. Click below to book tickets – you won’t be disappointed!