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Angel’s Slice of the Pie #9: My Vintage Cookbook Collection

Hi Nostalgiacs!

This week’s Angel’s Slice of the Pie has been inspired by a conversation I had with my friend MJ where we were talking about our collection of vintage cook books (I promise you, our conversations are a lot more rivetting than they sound!) It’s no secret that I collect vintage magazines. It is one of my absolute passions and it is through this interest that I met MJ – also an avid collector himself – and a few other people I have become well acquainted with. But what a lot of people don’t know is that I also collect vintage cook books and I get very excited when I find one to add to my collection (I do have a life – honest!)

I don’t know when I made the conscious decision to collect cook books. I was always surrounded by them when I was growing up. In the living room of our very first house in East London, we had book cases which took up almost half the length of our flock-wallpapered through-lounge. You could easily tell which books belonged to whom just by looking at the subject matter..

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A Dedicated Man by the ‘Other Elizabeth Taylor!’

A Dedicated Man, based on the short story by Elizabeth Taylor, starring Joan Plowright and Alec McCowen, was the first episode of a TV anthology called All For Love. It was first shown in the UK in 1982 before being shown on PBS in America as part of their Masterpiece Theatre series.

PLOT

A workaholic, dedicated to his job and separated from his wife, persuades a colleague to pose as his wife in order to secure a post at an upmarket hotel. The new ‘wife’ gets too involved in the charade which ultimately leads to trouble…

 

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How Things Have Changed: Keeping in Touch For Ex-Pats

For those of us who live abroad, when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends, there’s never been a better time to live in another country than right here in the twenty first century. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, WhatsApp… every day, it seems, there’s a new app we have to download or a new site we have to use which all the cool kids are using to keep in touch with their mates. Word! And if you really want to go back to being fairly old school, there’s always email and texting!

But way, way, back in the day, even before we had what we thought was the greatest invention since the wheel – good ol’ electronic mail – there were other methods of communicating with our not so nearest but still very much dearest, which at the time were essential for keeping in touch. The problem was that they were either costly or time consuming, which meant that people very rarely kept in touch with anyone who wasn’t family or a close friend. Now we can keep in touch with ;Colonel Mustard; Mr. Bun the baker, and the lady who gets the bus at the same time we used to if we want to, thanks to all those new modes of communication.

We take a look at some of the old school methods of staying in touch, even though there’s not really much chance of us ever using them again… Well not unless nostalgia gets the better of us…

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Every Night is Thriller Night With TV’s Thriller!

And no, we’re not talking about the Michael Jackson classic – as awesome as that is. Instead I’m talking about my latest addiction, Thriller: a British TV anthology series from the seventies created by Brian Clemens, which is all about, er, thrillers. Don’t you just love it when a television show does exactly what it says on the tin? (Or in this case, screen!)

Thriller

Everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love the suspense genre, so a TV series that showed individual suspense-filled stories, brimming with mystery and intrigue was right up my street. I watched the first episode – Lady Killer (known in America as Death Policy) and I was hooked! Since then, every night has pretty much been Thriller night for me as I settle down after a long day with yet another thrilling episode. It really is gripping stuff…

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My Last Post: Goodbye… But Hope To See You Soon!

Hi Everybody!

From having posted religiously when I first started this blog, I have now gone to not having posted at all for a very long time.

I feel a little bit sad as I write this but this will be my final post on this blog. I’ve enjoyed my time here but all good things come to an end and it is now time to move on. I have great memories of starting this blog, and different posts remind me of certain things that were going on in my life at the time. And it is because of this blog that I have met some awesome people – something I did not expect. So you can understand why I feel a bit emotional as I know that soon I will be logging out of here for the last time. But this blog will still be staying up – I see no reason to remove it so followers can still enjoy it as and when they want to.

However, even though it is the end for this blog, it is NOT the end for Nostalgia Pie!

Instead Nostalgia Pie lives on in what I like to think is a bigger, brighter, bolder, better version. The reason for my absence is that I’ve been spending a lot of time revamping Nostalgia Pie. It’s a lot like what you see here but with more features, more swagger, and a lot more ‘cool’ stuff! Don’t believe me – just head over and check it out for yourself. 

Admittedly, as the new-look Nostalgia Pie is still a baby, it has been experiencing some technical teething issues on and off. I’m ironing out a lot of these but some slight hitches still arise here and there but hopefully in time it will be running smoothly. I’ve been told by my trusty team of testers that how well it works depends on which device you use. Some had better luck on their phones than on their desktops, laptops etc and vice versa. So if it doesn’t work too well on one device, try another. Though hopefully this should all be sorted out ASAP.

And I couldn’t end without thanking all of you for following this blog, your support and lovely comments since I began back in 2012. It’s amazing how many nostalgia addicts there are out there. Thank you all so much – I hope you join me over at the new-look Nostalgia Pie.

Big hugs xx

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in This, That and the Other!

 

Talking ’bout My Generation: 1998 World Cup England Team

The supporters

It dawned on me today that it’s been twenty years since World Cup ’98. Apart from the realization that I’m getting better at maths it brought back memories of what I consider to be the best match I’ve ever watched – the quarter finals where England took on Argentina and lost thus ending the dream of England taking home the cup. Everyone has their own opinion about what they consider to be the best match they’ve ever seen, and my choice where England got knocked out of the tournament might be considered a strange one – but boy where do I begin???

England captain Shearer, Beckham, Anderton and Scholes… Just some of the greats!

Everyone who knows me knows I’m hardly what you would call sports mad. I don’t know the first thing about football and if you need someone to tell you what the offside rule is, I better not be your phone -a-friend! But the England vs Argentina quarter final game was the very first time that I’d sat down with my family and watched an entire match. The first time I’d watched England play a major game. The first time I realized why it was called the beautiful game; the pride fans feel when they watch their country play, the glory, agony, ecstasy, and everything in between that every football fan experiences. It’s so much more than just kicking a ball around or taking home a trophy. It’s about sportsmanship, pride and honour – all this from someone who still doesn’t consider herself a football fan!

England goalkeeper, David Seaman

I don’t have a sporting bone in my body so I’ll probably never be a fully fledged fan like most of my family. But from that match on, I developed a new-found sense of respect for the game. I may not necessarily support anyone at club level but I’m most definitely an England supporter through and through.

I still remember my family gathering around the living room after dinner to watch the match. My brother was in his England shirt, and my mum who’s even less of a sports fan than me was pretty much jumping up and down with excitement. To this day, I still don’t know if I was watching a football match or a soap episode: team captain Alan Shearer elbowing opponents in the face with a smirk (come on Alan, you know you did!) Sol Campbell ‘s disallowed goal; Darren Anderton running around the pitch like his life depended on it even though  he looked as though he was going to drop. But most shocking of all was David Beckham’s red card after lashing out at Diego Simeone – an incident that many fans feel prevented Glenn Hoddles’ boys from progressing further in the tournament. David got a real thrashing in the press and  I still remember the next day’s headlines: “10 brave lions. 1 stupid boy.” Posh Spice pleaded with the nation to go easy on David, saying that he didn’t deserve to be the most hated man in England. I may be in the minority but I actually agree with her as I think David’s subsequent treatment was very unfair. But hey – that’s just my non-expert opinion!

Honestly, I had no idea football could be so dramatic! And that’s before we even get to that penalty shoot-out. I didn’t realize it at the time but I think most of the nation knew it was over when it went to penalties. Let’s face it – England don’t do too well when it comes to penalties. We would have to wait until 2018 for the ‘curse’ to be broken (thanks Pickford!) But I think I that’s why I loved this match so much – that passion from the England team. That energy, that hunger to win. And to be honest I don’t think I’ve seen it since.

Paul Ince’s disappointment at missing the penalty

What amazes me now is where the last  twenty years have gone – World Cup ’98 was only yesterday surely! Even though the names Vardy,  Kane, Alli, and Sterling are on everyone’s lips, for me I still keep thinking Shearer, Owen, Ince, and Seaman. My parents had Charlton, Moore, Best (yes, I know he’s Irish but he was still one of the top players back in the day!) and Stiles but for me the 1998 England squad plus Gazza – who never should have been excluded – are the players of my generation. Sadly I can’t get my head around the fact that all those players have now retired. Aside from the fact that I realize how many years have gone by, I also realize that I’m old!  But at least that Southgate is still hanging about! Who would have thought back in 1998 that we would see Gareth Southgate leading the future England squad into the semis – the first since 1990? In twenty years time, the kids of today will be looking at the 2018 England squad as the football legends of their generation the same way the 1998 squad are of mine.

The 1998 World Cup was won by the host nation, France. Football may not have come home that year but I know I was a different person by the end of that game. As a Brit now living in America, I still feel that sense of pride in my country and in my national football team. People often talk about which stars would feature in their ultimate band, but if we’re going to talk about the ultimate England squad, then it would be the 1998 line up without any changes. Although at the very least I would have Gaza’s as a sub! I hope the squad tomorrow play with the same passion, fire, and determination as ‘my’ team.

Glenn Hoddle, distraught after the game

Come on, England – you’re almost home!

 

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Sport

 

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Welcome Back Plain Jane… And Other Neighbours Characters I Wish Would Make A comeback

 

I was super excited when I heard that Annie Jones would be returning to Neighbours to reprise her role as ‘Plain Jane, Superbrain,’ Jane Harris. Jane was one of my favourite characters in the Aussie soap and a reminder of when Neighbours was in it’s heyday, on BBC1 and on twice a day. I thought Jane and Mike Young were very sweet together, couldn’t understand why she’d agreed to marry Des Clark, and hoped that she’d return to Erinsborough when she left Ramsay Street to go to England to take care of her grandmother, Mrs. Mangel. And Jane did indeed return – twenty nine years later! Gone were the glamorous looks and sense of style that made her the Lassiter’s Girl, and instead we found an eccentric, younger version of Nell Mangel.

I’m very glad that Jane is slowly reverting back to her stylish ways but sorry that Annie Jones’ trip back to Erinsborough will be a very brief one. Hopefully she’ll be back. But in the meanwhile it got me thinking about former Neighbours’ characters who I would love to see back in the Street again.

1. SCOTT AND CHARLENE

I think it goes without saying that we would all absolutely without a shadow of a doubt want the eternal king and queen of Ramsay Street to return, as the most famous cul-de-sac in the world has never been the same since Scott and Charlene left for a new life in Brisbane. Even though it was great meeting their kids, Daniel and Maddie, we would still love for Mr. and Mrs. Robinson to at the very least make a flying visit. It occurred to me the other day that there’s a whole new younger generation of Neighbours fans who’ll never know just how iconic Scott and Charlene were, so perhaps it’s time the characters came back but seeing as these are two roles that can NEVER be recast, I think it’s fair to say that we’ll never see Scott and Charlene back on the Street as I can’t see Ms. Minogue or Mr. Donovan in any hurry to return to Erinsborough.

2.THE ALESSI TWINS

If my memory serves me right, I think there have been four sets of twins who have appeared in the soap including the current set of twins, the Tanarkas. But I think Caroline and Christina Alessi were probably the only twins on Ramsay Street to have been played by real-life twins Gayle and Gillian Blakeney. The Blakeneys bring back memories of Neighbours and life in general in the early 90’s. Twin -mania really took off as Gayle and Gillian seemed to be on every TV show and every magazine cover at the time – they even had a pop career! The twins had some very memorable storylines on the show including Christina’s kidnapping and Caroline’s dalliance with her brother-in-law, Paul. In fact as Paul is still in the show, I’m sure writers could find a way to reunite Christina with her ex-husband. But the question is would Gayle and Gillian who have spent more than two decades living in California want to return to Ramsay Street to reprise their famous roles?

3. GAIL ROBINSON

Well if we bring back the third Mrs. Robinson, how about we also bring back the second one, Gail? Out of all of Paul’s wives, Gail, played by Fiona Corke was most definitely my favourite and in my opinion the only one of Paul’s wives who could handle him – but in the end she got tired of Paul’s workaholic ways and left him while heavily pregnant with their triplets. Since then, Gail has made a couple of brief returns to Ramsay Street and we’ve even met the triplets, but I would so love Gail to make a more long-term return to Ramsay Street. Someone needs to sort that Paul out!

4. SHANE RAMSAY

It may be called Ramsay Street but… There are no more Ramsays left! So what better than to bring back one of the members of the original Ramsay family as well as one of the show’s earliest characters, Shane Ramsay? It’s unlikely that Peter O’Brien who played Shane would ever return to the soap, which is a Shane, I mean shame, because Shane did have some very good storylines including Des-Daphne-Shane love triangle. Even though Des Clarke won her heart in the end, it was clear that Shane would always love Daphne and viewers couldn’t help but feel a little broken hearted for him.

5. HENRY RAMSAY

I don’t know who couldn’t love Henry Ramsay. Before he appeared on screen, viewers were led to believe that Madge’s son was a bit of a bad apple but once he arrived, it was obvious that Henry had a heart of gold. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for anyone. A practical joker whose hair-brain schemes often went wrong, Henry provided much of the show’s lighthearted moments. Unfortunately his love life was a bit of a disaster zone – but that was until he captured the heart of his beloved Bronnie. Ramsay Street was a much quieter place when Henry left to start a new life in New Zealand. When Brad Willis first appeared on the Street in the 90’s, my sister and I labelled him the new Henry – but the truth is there’s only ever been one Henry Ramsay. If only we could find a way to get Craig MacLachlan to play Henry again…

6. THE WILLIS FAMILY

When the Kennedys arrived in Ramsay Street, I didn’t think I would ever get used to them as I missed my favourite family the Willises too much. But more than twenty years later I can honestly say I love the Kennedys – who would have thought they’d still be here now – but I do still miss the Willises. Despite having their ups and downs, they tried not to take life seriously and were an incredibly loving family. Neighbours may have brought back the Willis family five years ago of which Therese and Piper still remain, but I love the nineties incarnation which consisted of Pam and Doug and their four kids, Adam, Gaby, Brad and Cody. Sadly Doug and Cody have been killed off but it would be awesome to see the remaining Willises make a comeback.

7. GLEN DONNELLY

I think that Paul Robinson was so traumatized by the knowledge that he had a half-sibling, that he’s done his best to permanently eradicate all thoughts of his dad’s illegitimate son from his mind. When was the last time anyone heard Paul mention his half-brother Glen? True, the two hated each other so much that it’s unlikely that they’re on each other’s Christmas card lists, but anyone who didn’t watch Neighbours in the early nineties would be forgiven for not knowing that Scott isn’t Paul’s only brother. Glen’s exit from the show was under very tragic circumstances as a fall from the Lassiter’s roof meant that he was never going to be able to walk again. His bid to file a lawsuit against Paul turned very bitter and led to Paul having a nervous breakdown. In the end Glen felt that his only option was to leave Erinsborough with the help of a friend, leaving his fiancée Gaby Willis devastated.As Paul is still in the show I think it would be brilliant if they brought Glen back to really shake things up for his dastardly half-brother.

8. DES CLARKE

Ramsay Street hasn’t been the same since ‘Clarkey’ left – the original occupant of what is now the Kennedy house. Des was in the show from the very first episode til the early nineties when he left with his young son Jamie to start a new life in Perth. Des managed to pack in a lot during his time on the show, including finding out he had a sister, being reunited with his long-lost father, and his very unlikely romance with Jane Harris. But the storyline we all remember Des for was the loss of his beloved wife Daphne after a fatal car accident. I still remember Des feeling crushed at Madge and Harold’s wedding as he struggled to come to terms with Daphne’s death. It was wonderful to see Paul Keane reprise his role as Des for the show’s thirtieth anniversary episodes but the only downside is that it just wasn’t long enough. Come back Clarkey!

9. SUSAN COLE

We have Paul, and we also have the lovely Clive Gibbons, two characters from the early days of Neighbours. Now wouldn’t it be great to throw Susan Cole into the mix? For those of you whose minds need refreshing, Susan was the former mistress of Madge Ramsay’s ex-husband Fred, and the mother of his child, Sam- remember the baby Charlene claimed was hers but was in fact her half brother? Yep, it does sound very Bold and the Beautiful, but it was definitely Neighbours! Susan began a relationship with Paul Robinson (as every woman naturally does!) while sharing a house with Clive, not realising that he was secretly in love with her. Clive did eventually get the girl but sadly for him the girl was still in love with Paul despite having agreed to marry Clive. Susan left Erinsborough having ended her engagement to a now heartbroken Clive. It would be great for her to reappear on the Street and stir things up for Paul and Clive… but where would that leave Sheila?

10. MATT ROBINSON

Reading this list of former Neighbours’ characters who I would love to see return, I’ve just realised how many of them are connected to Paul Robinson in some way. Not that that should be a surprise – after all he’s been in the show longer than anyone else despite a long absence from the show in the nineties. So we’ll throw in another Robinson – Matt Robinson, the son of Paul’s cousin Hilary. Matt, played by Ashley Paske, was the street’s resident heart-throb back then. Matt worked hard to forge a bond with his birth mother, Hilary, as well as to overcome his battle with dyslexia, but it was his breakup with Gemma Ramsay that led to him leaving Erinsborough for good. Hilary does make the odd appearance from time to time so it would be fantastic if we see Matt with her – even though viewers understand that mother and son have had a falling out.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in TV Shows

 

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