It’s a Down Under thing

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I’m always fascinated with Australia and New Zealand, I don’t know why but I enjoy a lot of tv based there. I am currently watching the new series, The Real Housewives of Aukland. No, don’t laugh, it’s a real show. And I enjoy The Real Housewives of Melbourne, too. I love how they talk.

I also like Doctor Blake Mysteries, which was recently canceled, not sure why, it’s an excellent show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and A Place to Call Home. These shows are period pieces that take place in Australia, Dr. Blake and A Place to Call Home take place around 1954 and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes place in the 1920s, she’s a rich flapper who solves murders with the police. Sort of a younger Murder She Wrote in a different era.

And I came upon a funny comic strip called Bushscrubs by cartoonist Vince Steele, who lives in Tasmania of all places. Tasmania!

The strip is hilarious. Vince describes the strip as “An Australian comic strip. Meet the Bushscrubs as Gazza and his dog, Benny, live the dream by running a camping ground out in the middle of nowhere.”

Vince posts the strips on Facebook here, where I usually see them.

The top sample here is really funny, it’s been a continuation of Trevor, this bird, who somehow managed to get into ladies clothing and ended up on a tour bus. The tour guide keeps calling him Doris. The credit card went through because they needed voice recognition and for some reason, Trevor’s squawk into the phone did the trick and he has full access to everything on the tour.

 

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Now all they need is tinfoil

tvI read a funny story in the SF Gate, which originated in the WSJ. It isn’t supposed to be funny, but it is.  The headline says it all: Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna.

I thought tv antennas would go on the list of Things From the Past, but maybe not. Remember using tinfoil to help with the signal? Next thing you know, these Millennials will be into black and white tv and maybe getting up to turn the channels.

Am I dating myself?

Martin Landau, cartoonist?

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Martin Landau at the NY Daily News. Courtesy of Daily News

As you may have heard, actor Martin Landau passed away this past weekend, he was 89. I always remember Martin from the Mission Impossible tv series. I remember watching it Sunday nights. I never really understood it, but I watched it, I guess to prolong the weekend.

I was surprised to learn that Martin was a cartoonist for the New York Daily News in the 1940s, before he became an actor. Mike Lynch has a lot about this in his blog today.

Martin: “I did that [cartooning] professionally, actually. I mean, I started on The New York Daily News as a kid when I was 17 years old, as a cartoonist and illustrator, and I was being groomed to be the theatrical caricaturist. And I know if I got that job, I’d never quit. So I quit.

Sending up the Bat-Signal

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Courtesy CBS

Los Angeles is lighting the Bat-Signal tonight (June 15) in honor or Adam West’s passing.  Mayor Eric Garcetti will light the signal at a special ceremony at 7:30 pacific time.

The signal will be shown from City Hall. The signal will be projected on LA City Hall.

Batman has always been a part of my life it seems. In the 1980s, while lying on the beach I used to think of Batman. What happened was that a friend of mine had fantasies of buying the shuttered St. Moritz Hotel in South Beach, which is part of the Lowes Hotel at 16th and Collins Avenue. Back in the 1980s, 16th Street was open, it was a street now it’s part of the Loews property. I would park there and lay out on the beach at the water’s edge, but with the St. Moritz hotel in the distance.

As I would lay on the beach, I would imagine that my friend Franco needed me to run the front desk or something, and he would send up a Bat-signal type thing from the roof to alert me. The way he would alert me was a little more rudimentary.  There was tinfoil on the two very top windows and when he needed me, he would open and shut the windows and flash the tinfoil into the sunlight, which would send a sort of Bat-signal up and then I would know I was needed to get inside to work.

A time before cellphones. 🙂

Batman’s Adam West has passed away

batman2You know when someone you don’t know passes away but you feel like they are friends? Friends in your head? Well that happened again today. Adam West, tv’s Batman passed away from Leukemia at age 88.

He’s one of those people that I feel is family. I never met him, never saw him at any ComicCons, but just from the 1960s series, he has always been a friend to me – in my mind. The Batman tv series was a huge part of my childhood. We didn’t have a color tv at the time, so I would go to my friend’s house to watch often. It was one of the first color tv series I ever saw.

The closest I ever got to him was seeing the Batmobile in one of the New York museums last year. I was in awe. The museum guard had to keep telling me to step back away from the car, I was getting so close to it.

It was on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.

Here’s more on his passing.

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