Sunday, May 20, 2007


How to Fold a paper hat..

Take a sheet of newspaper with the fold facing away from you.

Fold the right corner on the diagonal into the centre.

Fold the left corner into the centre.

Fold the remaining inch up towards the point, turn the hat over and repeat, use tape to shape the hat and hold it together. Decorate with leaves, shredded news paper, anything.

Place the hat on your head, walk down the street with two great mates and your wife on the way to a children's concert (well 18+ gig by a 1980's childrens entertainer).

Last night Stace and I saw Peter Combe, for those of you not born in Australia, Peter Combe was a children's entertainer with such hits as Wash your face in orange juice, news paper momma, toffee apple, and Juicy Juicy green grass just to name a few.

Imagine if you will a crowded pup 800 people, all the same age brought together by 2 hours everyday of quality programming during the 1980's. WE are talking the greats, Captain Planet, Widget the World Watcher, the Trap Door (oh globitz), and somewhere in the middle a five minute snippet, a song by the "beatles of childrens entertainment" Peter Combe. 5 minutes with lyrical genius such as …

The Tadpole song…

"What is happening to me
Whatever can it be
I'm not very happy and that's because
I liked the way I was

Now listen - it's really rather nice to be a frog
And live at the bottom of a bog
So don't be concerned or worry about a thing
Come on and sing-sing-sing"

and Juicy Juicy Green Grass (a Sheeps Lament)

Oh juicy juicy green grass (juicy juicy green grass)
Where have you go-one (where have you go-one)
Will you come ba-ack (will you come ba-ack)
Oh juicy juicy green grass (juicy juicy green grass)

Summer's been so dry-y (summer's been so dry-y)
Turned you into brow-own (turned you into brow-own)
Oh will you come ba-ack (will you come ba-ack)
Oh juicy juicy green grass (Juicy juicy green grass)

800 hundred people, half in paper hats singing loudly, dancing, even an attempt at moshing, remembering all the beautiful moments of our youth, how much promise and excitement the world held. In short Australians grew up with Peter Combe, the crowd last night cheered and screamed, 3 encores and a sell out for the pub.

I don’t think I have ever had so much fun at a concert before, laughing and being a kid. Just an amazing night of beer, women and song.

Isn't that what it is really all about?

Peter Combe Music (well snippets)

25 Comments:

Blogger Keshi said...

U look nice even in a paper hat matey.

Glad to know u had a fantastic time! Beer, women n songs ha ;-)


Keshi.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Menchie said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time! is that a new haircut under the paper hat?

5:49 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

HAHA! It sounds like you had a rollicking good time. That is so cool. :)

6:13 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Outstanding, I love it, jocularity jocularity :)

7:43 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: thanks i am thinking about wearing the hat to work... suits me:)

Menchie: Slight trim (shaved bald)

Shelly: i thought you would appreciate it... you have a big kid feel to you:)

7:43 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Cazzie: annother big kid and a mum., you would remember Peter Combe, if not you should educate the youngings in the joys of washing one's face in orange Juice:)

8:02 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Im gonna make one n wear it to work too. Aidan ur a trend-setter :)

Keshi.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: take some shots, id love to see it:)

3:08 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

I have a big kid feeling me? Well, sometimes if you count the BF.

Ha! ;)

5:48 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Good Clean Fun! It is exhilerating to remember how simple the world was when we were kids and how we love to complicate everything when we 'grow up'...speaking of complicating,
I am surprised and dismayed that you omitted to explain the fantasmagorical wonderment of not being able to fold a piece of paper more than 7 times in your hat construction...kindly explain the physics behind this phenomenon in 5 thousand words or less.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Frank Baron said...

Alas, I've never heard of Peter Combe and that may well be because I'm not Australian AND I was 30-something in the 80s. However, I'm a professional writer and can appreciate the wonderful lyrics you so kindly posted.

And that's one heck of a spiffy hat. :)

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Hildegarde said...

I can imagine the ambiance and the enthousiasm and atmosphere around Peter Combe sparkles out of your text.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Aidan said...

SHelly: thank you very graphic:) being a kid is a good thing..

HE: The foldy phenomena is a tad lost on me. unless we get to a level in which the bond refuse to budge with breaking, inter molecular bonds are a lot stronger than i am ( well a little **flexes muscle(s) ***)

Frank B: You could make a hat for your self, it would be great for storing lures, and attracting literate fish.

Hildegarde: It was a crazy night, so much fun. The crowd was mental:)

5:08 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

o cmon u serious?

Keshi.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

You would look awesome in a paper hat...
I am sure you would have a pair of shoes amoungst the 30 to go with it.....

8:47 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

lolz ur making fun of me ha!

Keshi.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: do i look like the kind of guy that would stir you:)

4:01 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

nah u dun LOOK like such a guy Aidan, but do SOUND like one :):)

Keshi.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: maybe a little:) but is all in the name of fun

8:49 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

ofcourse I know that! :)

Keshi.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Aidan I found a pair of shoes to go with my paper hat..they r made of straw ;-)

Keshi.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Great hat, Capn' Aidan. But you didn't tell us about the women. Yes, isn't that what it's all about?

8:12 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

WW:Women stories come later, stay tuned. Well more woman stories, being married really put a crimp in my dating

Keshi: That's funny you actually have a pair of shoes for a paper hat:)

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Do you really need to be told? said...

Got some news for you, we made the TV (well the Ethereal TV anyway) Beat TV has snippets of us all, including Stace's refusal. Congrats you're now about a Y grade celeb!!!!!

Also I dare you to youtube Peter Combe and check out the original Newspaper Mama video clip (I swear he's wearing a very familiar looking paper hat that kinda freaked me out when I saw it)

7:53 AM  
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