Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday 22/4/16 - This Year Sucks Again, New Glasses & This Week's Wristwatches.

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While I will admit I was never a huge, huge fan of Prince, I loved the guy. I only have two of his albums, but I loved the guy. I loved his cat-like dance moves and his pimping and preening, I loved his buccaneer outfits and his friggin' sexy swagger, I loved that he knew how to play that axe of his (as well as a bunch of other instruments), I admired his contribution to music, and that he didn't seem to take himself or the industry too seriously.
I loved the very idea of him.
And now, like Bowie back in January, Prince Rogers Nelson is gone way, way, way too soon, and another large part of my '80s has been torn from my life. There was not a party that I went to back in those years where 1999 was not played- 

I was dreamin' when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray. 

The soundtrack to Purple Rain was getting very heavy airplay and the title track became some kind of anthem, with a guitar solo that was the musical accompaniment to a breaking heart. 
I have a friend who was a massive fan of his. I hope you're well, Carla. 
These days, I still can't listen through his song Paisley Park without getting teary.
At five feet, two inches tall, Prince was a giant. 
RIP, sir. 

This week also saw the death of another member of the Bond Old Guard. Guy Hamilton directed what many consider to be the quintessential Bond movie, Goldfinger. This is the film that you show
somebody if you want to explain what a Bond film is all about.
He went on to direct three other Bond films, as well as countless others. 
Sure, he was 93, and nobody lives forever, but it still bites when I hear of the passing of some of these people.

Work continues along reasonably well, but I'll be very glad when I've fully gotten the hang of the ERP system. I'm about 70-80% savvy with it, but man, is it a finicky system.
For those of you who don't know what an ERP system is, here's how wikipedia defines it;

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a category of business-management software—typically a suite of integrated applications—that an organization can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities, including: product planning, purchase. manufacturing or service delivery.

Like I said, it's a finicky system. Forget to input one tiny speck of information and you're screwed. Gotta go back a few steps and start again. Still, I'll get there. 

I wore the Omega Railmaster last weekend;

And then switched over to the circa 1969 Omega Seamaster Chronometer, seen here with a pair of Bailey Nelson frames that I snagged off eBay for $40.
I was thinking of going to the Bailey Nelson boutique and getting a frame called 'Fleming' (sad, ain't I?), but when I saw these, I thought they were a nicer shade of tortoiseshell.

With a cooler name;

Switched to the Omega Speedmaster Professional, but I took it off its steel bracelet...

...and put a Di-Modell Rallye strap on it. Gives it more of a '60s feel and look. I'm going to see if I can leave this strap on the watch for the rest of the year. I have a few too many straps and I think I should try wearing out a few of them.
Here's a better look at the strap, with the watch resting on my 12", 45rpm vinyl copy of 1999. My God, did I really buy it in 1982??!!
This record's been to more parties than I have.

Another week down, folks. Not a good one for music and movies.
However, one lady is still going strong.

 Happy Birthday, Your Majesty. 

Have a good weekend and thanks for reading, all.


  1. Well - this year also brought a sad reality in fact that now I need to start using glasses for reading. I guess after over 20 years of heavy daily computer usage is not too bad. I got a frame named "Llewelyn" - I thought it may ring a bell for you :) - though not because of the name but because it was nice, comfortable, reasonably priced, looked ok on my face and I didn't yet know what I was doing as this is my first pair of prescription glasses in my life.

    1. Make sure to keep them in their case when not in use, ZetiX. First pair of glasses might take a little getting used to.
      Just Googled the 'Lleweln' frames. Very nice blend of modern detailing with a classic design.
      Now, be sure to get yourself a spare pair. Always handy.

    2. Indeed. Specsavers was doing 2for1 so I got Dempsey frames - metal around the lenses (sort of in line with your thinking about more durable ones) and quite close design-wise to your Kenneth Cole ones :).

    3. Nice. I like the tortoiseshell along the temples (arms). And the lens shape is cool.