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Take a ride in my Time Machine.

Published June 10, 2013 by Jill London

Today’s post can take you back in time. No kidding. It is a time-travelling vehicle to take you back to what some might describe as a more innocent time. I’m not convinced it was necessarily innocent but the commercials back then were more fun than the majority of today’s slick and strategic offerings, and I know these ads had the power to stick in the mind.

Don’t worry about feeding the cat while you’re gone, we won’t be long.

(This love of commercials may seem an odd one, by the way, but I’m not alone in my affliction. Visit fellow TV nostalgia buff Matthew Curry for a selection of commercials from the US.)

Accurist: John Cleese and the endless possibilities of a wristwatch.

BT: Maureen Lipman as everybody’s favourite Jewish grandmother, Beatie.

Yellow Pages: Just one of the very memorable yellow pages ads; this one on the dangers of leaving your teenagers home alone.

Honey Puffs: With Henry McGee, better known as Benny Hill’s straight man.

Metz: Terrified many a viewer in the 1980s. Could this be the inspiration for Doctor Who’s Whispermen?

R Whites: Long before the harlem shake this sent many kids gyrating about the school playground.

Heineken: Bryan Pringle and the lovely Sylvestra Le Touzel in a scene nabbed from My Fair Lady.

Kia Ora: A well-loved classic.

Kinder Surprise: Cue the chorus of cries as toddlers and innocents witness the horror.

St Ives: Stop gap animations like they used to be.

If this has sparked memories of any old favourites you can’t quite remember you can find a plethora of UK adverts here:


Monty Python’s Argument Sketch

Published April 10, 2013 by Jill London

This is definitely a Marmite thing (you either love it or you hate it, for those unfamiliar). I adore Monty Python but I know for some others it’s a real fingernails-down-the-blackboard experience. This is one of my favourite sketches, which I thought I’d share today after noticing a python theme going on with two of my fellow bloggers, namely; The Other Watson at and The Stressed Out Student at so my thanks, and your appreciation (or ire) is due to them 😉

For me this clip is one of the best examples of Pythonesque humour; Palin and Cleese’s timing is impeccable, they don’t miss a beat, despite the fact that the script must have been a nightmare to memorize and is far more complex than a cursory glance might suggest. The sketch is just over 6 minutes long, and the dialogue runs at the speed of the average game of ‘yes/no’ which most of us can’t keep up for more than a few seconds, making it the verbal equivalent of a championship tennis rally.

Group shot of the Monty Python crew in 1969

Group shot of the Monty Python crew in 1969 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cleese: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position!

Palin : Yes, but it isn’t just saying ‘no it isn’t’.

Cleese: Yes it is!

Palin: No it isn’t! ( pauses for double-take)

Also, because you’ve been very good and because I’m in a good mood, I’m including a link to ’20 of the best Monty Python sketches’ which is featured in Paste Magazine

Bon appétit!


An adult human foot is about 28 centimetres long.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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