Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wet Blankets - New Band from Geelong at Record Paradise Anzac Day 2015

And a Sausage Sizzle to help raise some of the $1500 need for Warrick's Wheelchair

Always great day at Record Paradise and this time promoting a great cause for a relative of ours. A bit of a surprise as only two bands promoted but all the members of Wet Blankets were there so why not play, and play they did......Just before they head offshore for a 7 week tour....Good Luck! 
Wet Blankets rock between two positions on “Slag”, like a guy crouched in a corner suffering from withdrawals. There’s either guttural hollers accompanied by spasming guitars, or there’s torpedoing, destructive guitar that razes anything within earshot.

Band: Wet Blankets.

Members: Zane Gardner (guitar/vocals), Mitch Campleman (drums), Billy Gardner (bass).

Summary: Geelong garage band fronted by 15-year-old Zane Gardner and backed by two members ofThe Living Eyes as well as an alternating second guitarist in Zak Olsen and Jake Robertson (both of The Frowning Clouds and Hierophants). 

Played first gig last August at Geelong’s Pan Studios; 

Wet Blankets, fronted by 15-year-old Zane Gardener, played their first show at Pan in August last year. Since then the band have released a seven-inch on Italian label Goodbye Boozy, played shows in Melbourne and have an upcoming LP on the way.

Gardner comes from a solid punk rock background, his father Grant played with legendary Geelong band Bored! while brother and band-mate Billy plays in Ausmuteants and Living Eyes. But Wet Blankets is Zane’s band, a band who have loads of ability when it comes to writting buzzy punks songs but not so much when it comes to holding down guitarists.

Their forthcoming LP Rise of Wet Blankets was tracked by the band as three-piece line up before guitarists Zak Olsen (Hierophants) and Jake Roberston (Ausmuteants) took turns shredding over the top.

The record pops with a rebellious punky swagger as Zane sings about shitty teachers and stealing carrots from supermarkets.

“Rise Of Wet Blankets” is available on 12” vinyl through Anti Fade records in Australia and Agitated records in the UK from March 16 - SOLD OUT

 Original Photo

Thai Saffron Brighton. Elegant Surroundings Great Value!

The surroundings are elegant and refined yet the prices are very reasonable, and the food is tasty and hot. It's always bustling with customers at Thai Saffron who are impressed with the modern bistro-style decor and the aromatic dishes.

The restaurant makes its own curry pastes, which makes all the difference. The food is absolutely spectacular and the presentation is beautiful. The people are friendly and the service is lovely. You are left feeling satisfied.

I love the fish cakes,Vegetarian spring rolls the Pad Thai and the yellow curry with chicken (which I believe they are famous for). Order all that for two and you will be full. On this occasion we opted for the above but substituted the Yellow Curry for an excellent Beef Massaman at the waitresses recommendation -  
It did not disappoint gorgeous rich peanut sauce, fall apart beef and perfect potatoes. Yum!

Definitely will be back again. From the warm welcoming smiles when we arrived, the comfortable atmosphere and great traditional menu its hard to go past when looking for Thai in Bayside.

This is a Brighton favorite and its easy to understand why. Beautiful and consistently good Thai food. Very generous serves of both entree and main and a great variety of both menu staples and specials. The duck curry is also sensational as are the other curries - each very different in style and flavor, so unlike many other Thai restaurants where all curries tend to taste very similar and often bland. Stir fries are tasty, clean and full of fresh seasonal vegetables. Service is always busy and tables quite tightly packed in so noise can be an issue at times. A very narrow and steep staircase is the only access to the upstairs dining room but this tends to be a little quieter for those willing to brave the stairs. 

You will most likely have to book or you'll disappointed and miss out. Thai Saffron never disappoints. 

Contact Details and other reviews - 

(03) 9592 9097, 135 Church St, Brighton. VIC 3186
Thai $$ - 
Open Dinner: 5pm -10pm, 7 days; Licensed, BYO bottled wine only, Corkage $3 bottle; Cards AE, BC, DC, MC, V, Seats inside 65, Private room, Kids welcomed

A great amount of attention has been given to the decor and food at Thai Saffron. Offering a complete dining experience, the sumptuous atmosphere and delicately spiced food make this a very popular place indeed. Excellent Pad Thai.

Other Published Opinions

Age Good Food Guide 2006 score 12/20

The Foodies' Guide 2004,
Allan Campion & Michele Curtis,'Any restaurant that makes its own curry pastes is a sure winner and that's just one of the signs of quality here.The soups,tom yum and tom kha,are excellent,the north-east Thai beef salad is clean and mouth-warming,the curries outstanding and the service informative.'

AGFG 2004, score 13/20, wide selection of vegetarian dishes, two courses for $25 or less

Age, Sunday Life, 4/8/02, Dani Valent

Age, Epicure, 2.5.00, cheap eats, Jane Faulkner, under $10

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Classic Australian Radiogram circa 1940's

Classic Australian Radiogram circa 1940's

Name: Classic Radio Pty Ltd; Malvern (Victoria)    (AUSTRALIA)
Abbreviation: classic
Products: Model types see below
Summary: Classic Radio Pty Ltd was at 10 Claremont Avenue, Malvern, Victoria. They had a branch at 245 Parramatta Rd. Haberfield in Sydney.

Production: 1941 - 1981 (approx)
During the late 1940's and 1950's Classic radio specialised in large radiograms often with cocktail bars incorporated. They also sold chassis, speakers and turntables so that purchasers could incorporate them into their own cabinets. In the late fifties they produced televisions for a short time.
By the 1960's they were producing kits and fully assembled Hi-Fi equipment based on designs published by "Radio, Television & Hobbies" and "Electronics Australia" magazine. They advertised in "Electronics Australia" until at least 1981. But after a bit of digging I found an extensive website by Tasmanian Paul Ledger. From his website came pictures of the Classic brand models Chieftain 10, Chieftain 2, Chieftain 3 and Chieftain 4. Apparently these were a "a series of advertising pictures featured in The Australian Radio Electrical Weekly. Classic were noted for their "Cocktail Cabinet" radiograms. Their radios were very basic designs, but sold well due to the attractive and innovative cabinetwork."

D. Murray in Classic TV offer
ADELAIDE, Thursday: Friday July 6 1956

David Murray Holdings Ltd. is understood to be making a share exchange offer for Classic Radio and TV Co. Pty. Ltd., of Melbourne, and Sydney.
Issued capital of Classic Radio is about £100,000.
The company operates factories in Malvern (Vic.) and in Sydney. It has been producing radios and radiograms for some years and since last November has been selling television sets in Melbourne.
It is understood that Classic has. a contract with a U.K-. manufacturer of 625 line television sets.
David Murray, Adelaideased credit retailer, proposes to raise £500,000 in registered deposits baling Interest at 9% with a minimum period of three years. Proceeds from the issue are mainly to provide for the expansion of the company's activities in Victoria where telecasting is about to begin.
The company's subsidiary, Paynes Bon Marche Pty. Ltd., has already opened a retail television department.

From The Argus Friday July 6 1956

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