Music With the 50th Anniversary of the British invasion of America via the Beatles upon us, I thought it apropos to take a walk down Memory Lane, remembering the highlights of Beatlemania in my own life. When the Beatles hit the Mainland in 1964, I had just turned six years old and my whole world was getting through 1st grade without getting my knuckles rapped by Sister Marie Louisa’s Golden Rule ruler, keeping my ever growing number of siblings at bay and taking in the undeveloped desert that surrounded my Scottsdale, Arizona home. As with many of my earlier memories, this one took place one evening in the living room of our modern split level house ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: Mod Palm Springs

Episode 319    Jul 20th 2014

I’ve been spending some time working on my new fiction book about a lounge lothario assassin. More on that in the coming weeks. This week we talk to Rory Snyder about Mod Palm Springs which is coming up in October. I also have some inconvenient truths about classic cars for you, there’s some Batman news and I have a cool house with a great history to pick up if you have a spare 9 million sitting around, I’ll also announce the winner of our cd competition plus the latest and greets lounge and exotica from across the globe!

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Roadtrip Another fun, goofy and kitschy episode of “Look at life” from The Rank Organisation. This one is dated March 1960 at takes a look at London Taxi cabs and how the drivers learn “The Knowledge”. Look at Life was a regular British series of short documentary films of which over 500 were produced between 1959 and 1968 by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation. The films always preceded the main feature film that was being shown in the cinema that week. ( continue reading... )


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Roadtrip Join us as we take a look at Piccadilly Circus, London at the height of the Swinging Sixties! Picadilly Circus underwent some major changes to modernize it for a changing world at this time, which destroyed a lot of what you see here. We also take a look at the underground life of Piccadilly to experience some rare sights that few people have ever seen. ( read more... )

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Travel For those of you who are waiting to get away over the summer, here’s some inspiration. This “Look at life” video clip from The Rank Organisation dated May 1964, tells us about air travel in England from Heathrow Airport featuring classic BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) and BEA airplanes. Look at Life was a regular British series of short documentary films of which over 500 ( read more... )

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Daydreaming It’s Friday and the weekend is around the corner. So what could be better than taking a weekend trip to a vintage flavored past-time London with its vibrant and bustling city scenes? Join Ultra Swank as we take in the sights of 1960s London – grabbing coffee at one of the Moka Bars, checking in at a prestigious Hotel, trying our luck at the casino and to finish it ( read more... )

Roadtrip From Flickr user Arbyreed comes these wonderful photographs that captures the everyday life and style of “Swinging London” in the late 1960s. From Carnaby Street, to Picadilly Circus to a stylish Heathrow airport. Arbyreed explains: I lived in Oxford, England in the late 1960s and this collection contains some of the sights I took time to photograph. I wish I had taken more and more ( read more... )