Tag Archives: nostalgia

The Plastic Record Player
[Partner Content] 23 DEC 2016

For some reason my mom opted to store most of the toys that Ryan, Claire and myself played with as children. As it turns out, both my kids and Claire’s kids love this very decision of hers – because it means that when the grandchildren arrive at Granny and Grandpa’s house for a visit then there are loads of toys already there, just waiting to be played with!

One of the favourites for the girls to pull out of the toybox is this old wind-up, red and white toy music box/record player.

Despite coming from the ’80s, this brightly coloured music box still winds up and plays tunes via its rainbow coloured selection of plastic ‘records’, basically pretending that it hasn’t just spent the last 30 years of its life in the back of a dusty cupboard!

But that’s the thing though – my mom held Fisher-Price toys in high regard, believing them to be the best in terms of quality and longevity, and this record player from them then kind of proves that very point.

The plastic hasn’t perished, the wind-up mechanism still works, and the colours haven’t really faded all that much either.

More importantly, the girls get an absolute kick out of playing with it.

For some or other reason, Fisher-Price kind of disappeared off the radar in South Africa in recent years though – with the result that both Emily and Jessica missed out on the excellence of their toys through, which really is a pity.

The truth of the matter is that most of the toys that they had as toddlers have long since been donated already, with most of those toys being already near the end of their lifespan anyway.

Pleasingly though, Fisher-Price have now themselves recognized the fact that they have managed to miss out on a whole generation of kids playing with their toys – and are now putting a whole lot of focus on rekindling their relationship with us the South African parents.

Which is kind of neat when you think about just how good their toys really are.

So, the question then is – do you have any memories of your favourite Fisher-Price toys from when you were a kid?

Related Link: Fisher-Price Facebook

Nostalgia Hit: Freezerland My Life 02 AUG 2010

Heh. When I was a bachelor, just moved out of the house and living in a flat all on my lonesome, one of my main staple food groups was that of Freezerland – basically the multitude of frozen, crumbed products that Freezerland produced en masses and sold at their factory shop in Bellville was all that stood in the way of me going hungry and being forced to eat my own poor attempts at cooking!

So day in and day out it was some or other variation of their crumbed chicked, fried in oil and accompanied by tinned pineapple, curried carrots, the all important smash (instant mash) and of course some Jive cooldrink to wash it down with (hey, I started out poor you know!).

Ah, the good old days.

Needless to say, I have since moved on from Freezerland, now being in the fortunate position where I have a trained chef to cook some or other scrumptious supper for me every now and then, meaning that the need for Freezerland’s frozen wonderland of goodies is now simply no longer there – ignoring the fact that of course I have long since moved away from Belliville – and thus can’t get any more of their products anyway! ;)

But that is all set to change, now that I have finally discovered that Freezerland still lives and breathes – and has a branch right here in my back garden – nestled in the heart of Somerset West business park!

A find completely by accident (thanks random advertising board), I had the pleasure of taking Chantelle into the hallowed halls of this new discovery on Saturday, where I enjoyed waxing lyrically to her with each familiar favourite passed, even going so far to grab a packet here and there in the quest to teach my wife exactly what it was that sustained me through those early years!

I am so looking forward to it, I am in heaven I tell you. Already the classic Southern Fried Chicken Strips have made their giddy return!

I am home. Freezerland is back and on the menu at long last! Long live this period of bachelor nostalgia! Oh to be young again! ;)

Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back Anime 16 JUL 2010

Yoshito Usui’s Crayon Shin-chan follow the adventures of the precocious and slightly too old for his boots, five-year-old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara. A bit of a cult classic back in Japan, 2001’s The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back, sees Shin and his friends from the neighbourhood deal with the mysterious disappearance of all the adults in his home town. It would seem that some or other madman is behind the mysterious disappearance and has now returned to take care of the children as well – leading to a madcap adventure as Shin and his little friends attempt to evade the clutches of the brainwashed adults and at the same time, break his parent’s free from this mysterious hold this unknown madman seems to have over them!

As I mentioned above, Crayon Shin-chan is a bit of a cult show in Japan, but unfortunately isn’t one that has particularly caught on in the rest of the world, mostly due to its nature of having most of its humour and puns linked very closely to Japanese parodies, traditions and phrases that simply don’t translate that well and are for the most part quite lost on Western audiences.

That said, this movie certainly did have its funny moments, enough to make me laugh out loud just that once or twice, even if it was the more crude chuckles that got me started!

The movie is absolutely silly fun from start to end, featuring Shin-chan’s distinctive zany art style which has become synonymous with the brand as well as a great little soundtrack that fits the tone of the movie perfectly. All the usual suspects get a great amount of screen time, there are more than a few funny parodies to look out for (though they might have to be explained to you first). The scenarios are all completely over the top, cute and silly all at once and as a movie adaptation, captures the spirit of Crayon Shin-chan perfectly.

It’s not necessarily a movie that I’ll watch again, but for some silly laughs and for something a little different from the norm, delving into the host of Crayon Shin-chan movies really isn’t all that bad a thing!

Eveything (even the parodies) kick off at Expo '70...

There's actually quite a lot of running around in this movie!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crayon_Shin-chan