Category Archives: Film

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Madness

Lockdown in England Day 400

It’s been more than a year in lockdown, I recently had a false positive test for COVID-19, and things are really getting to me.

This Madness song says it all.

I like the Jaguar ~ great car, drives like a truck.


jack collier


a better Jaguar


Tunes on Tuesday ~ Monster Mash

I was working in my lab, late one night…..

The news is so depressing and divisive that I thought we could all use a bit of a laugh today.  This is one of those songs from the past that appeals to the 1960s in me, along with the E-Type Jaguar, England beating Germany in the World Cup, and Sean Connery as James Bond.

The Aston Martin DB5 is the classic car for British Secret Agents.  However, originally Bond drove a blower Bentley.  Not a lot of people know that.  And that the Addams Family drove a Packard V12.  Of course the only V12 worth owning is an E-Type.

I digressed a bit there.  Must be lockdown madness.  I am attending a 12-step group for the whole howling at the moon thing……


jack collier


V12 E-Type Jaguar in dark BRG

RMS Titanic

April 15th 1912 RMS Titanic Foundered

RMS Titanic

Off the coast of Newfoundland, the White Star liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the early hours of the morning 109 years ago today.  She was four days into her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York and travelling at 22 knots when she sideswiped the ‘berg.  Of the 2,240 souls aboard, more than 1,500 perished in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, making this one of the deadliest peacetime disasters ever to happen at sea.  Fortunately Titanic was not carrying her full capacity of 3,500 souls at the time of the disaster.

Yet, even though carrying only half of her maximum passenger capacity, there were still not enough lifeboats for all those aboard, and the evacuation was badly managed meaning that not all of the lifeboats were full when they rowed away from the sinking ship.  Some carried as little as 28 souls out of a capacity of 65.

Of the 892 crew only 45 were trained seamen or watch officers, capable of commanding a lifeboat.

Following this great disaster an International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea was convened in London in 1913.  Eventually new rules were declared requiring that every ship have lifeboat space for each person embarked; that lifeboat drills be held on each voyage; and that all ships maintain a 24 hour radio watch.  Modern safety at sea is largely a result of the Titanic Disaster.

The wreck of the RMS Titanic was eventually found on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean on September 1st 1985, by a submersible launched by the U.S. Navy research ship Knorr.

Perhaps the best movie about the sinking of the Titanic is A Night to Remember from 1958.


jack collier

Sinking of the RMS Titanic

Songs on Saturday ~ The Chain

there’s nothing wrong with the car, except that it’s on fire

Back in the great days of motor racing, before it became a procession of ugly electric slot cars, the iconic commentator and pundit on the BBC was a chap called Murray Walker ~ famous for getting it all wrong at the best time.  The music for the opening credits for the Grand Prix show on TV was The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

This is the short version.


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Murray Walker passed away about a year ago. He loved this lotus 72 as driven by Emerson Fittipaldi



Tunes on Tuesday ~ Vanishing Point

high speed means freedom of the soul

The movie Vanishing Point is as far away from a ‘chick flick’ as it’s possible to get ~ the whole thing is just one long car chase with minimal dialogue and a lot of engine noise.  What’s not to like?

A 1970 Dodge Challenger is a very cool car indeed.

I’ve driven newer Challengers, and I’ve driven on those roads, but these days Dodge Muscle Cars are emasculated shadows of greater, faster, classics.


jack collier

anyhow, in the desert I prefer a convertible Mustang

what Women want from Men

women need to feel protected by the man in their life


women would be dishonest if they ever said they didn’t like hot looking men


some women would be dishonest if they ever said they didn’t prefer men with money


women like men who are supportive, understanding, kind, and considerate

they also like men who tell them what to do


a guy who can, at least, put up a shelf without it turning into a disaster


women hate it when men don’t pick up the check


adventure, excitement, new experiences


hot sex whenever she wants it


a partner not a child


jack collier

women like guys who own a cool car

better than guys who take the bus


Songs on Saturday ~ Last Train to Clarkesville

in Clarksville it’s de rigueur to marry your cousin

I’ve never been To Tennessee but I like this Monkees song, and it’s so mid sixties.  Anyhow I like trains.

Enjoy, and try not to dance to this track.


jack collier

the supercharger is a bit OTT

Songs on Saturday ~ Funkytown

in the 80s funkalicious and funkintacious were real words

If anyone had asked me who recorded this song, I would never in a million years have come up with Lipps, Inc.  Well, there you go.  I like the costumes and the weird dance.  I can remember dancing to this in a club in Newcastle upon Tyne.  That night there was a girl I should have walked away from ~ instead of marrying her.

Some definitions of funky are to do with being strongly musky or musty.

I’m not quite certain about that one.  Is Chanel #5 musky?

I must have been very drunk at the time,


jack collier

Joanna Lumley, aka Purdy

very funkalicious

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Blues Brothers

everybody needs somebody to love

I first came across the Blues Brothers on a family vacation to Florida, which included visits to the theme parks.  In Walt Disney World there was a street performance of Blues Brothers music, nerdy but great.  I’ve liked the disreputable due ever since.

A black suit can look cool, but only if it’s clean and pressed.

Once in my lifetime I will perform that at a Karaoke pub.

Before you mock try following the dance moves.


jack collier

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Travolta Strut

strut your stuff down main street

Another part of my morning routine, learning the ultra cool swaggering walk, aka the Travolta Strut.  I have this nailed, lots better than some Zebra.

You can tell by the way I use my walk that I’m a woman’s man.

Stayin’ alive ~ more than only just.


jack collier

don’t try that walk if you’re a woman

it will make you look like a hooker


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