366 days of gratitude

October 8, 2016

Oamaru’s Majestic theatre was overseen by Mr Horsborough. always immaculate in a dinner suit and bow tie even for matinée showings.

Those were the days when each session began with the National Anthem (God Save the Queen, not God Defend New Zealand) and everyone stood to attention while it played.

Back then, 10 cents was enough to get you in to the pictures (yes, they were the pictures then, not the movies) with enough change for a bag of acid drops and an ice cream at half time.

Ice cream at the picture theatre was rolled and pressed into cones, dipped in chocolate and kept in the deep freeze until half-time. It tasted all the better for it.

For all that 10 cents seems very cheap for an outing, we went to the movies only a few times a year. Favourite films included The Great Race, The Incredible Journey, National Velvet,  Herbie, My Fair Lady, The Great Escape,  Hayley Mills in The Truth About Spring and The Parent Trap and Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Thoroughly Modern Milly.

Watching a DVD of the latter this afternoon I realised that she wasn’t very modern at all. But there was an innocence to the film, the baddies were bad, the goodies were good and while there was love there was no sex.

It was a refreshing contrast to a lot of modern movies and what passes as news and I’m grateful for that.


My Fair Lady

June 10, 2010

Frederick Loewe was born on this day in 1901.


Julie Andrews – Thoroughly Modern Millie

October 1, 2009

The search for something to mark Julie Andrew’s birthday led me to Thoroughly Modern Millie.

My best friend and I loved it when we saw it at the pictures, way back in the days when you stood for the National Anthem (which was then God Save The Queen) before the shorts which came on before the film.

You might prefer something from The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady or Mary Poppins.


Tuesday’s answers

May 26, 2009

Monday’s Questions were:

1. Who wrote A River Rules My Life?

2. Who said, Oozing charm from every pore/he oiled his way across the floor?

3. What is roygbiv?

4. Why are the Mercury Islands so named?

5. What does Lang may your lum reek  mean?

The quiz attracted four answers:

Deborah gets an electronic bunch of flowers for the most points: half a point for reading the book, a point for being right about 3 another half for being on the right track with four and a bonus half for making me smile with her answer to 5.

Lou gets a point for being right about 1.

Swinestein gets a point for getting 5 right and Paul gets one each for correctly answering 1 and 3.

The answers follow the break. Read the rest of this entry »


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