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Scarborough Hosts Greatest Eighties Party Ever

Posted by Big Boo on March 3rd, 2010

scarborough-open-air-theatreI you’re a fan of the music from the Eighties then you might be interested to hear about The Greatest Eighties Party Ever, which is set to take place on July 31st 2010 at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Playing at the event will be some of the biggest names of the 1980’s (see the list below). The Open Air Theatre last played a concert in 1986, and not long after this the venue closed and fell into disrepair. However it is being renovated and The Greatest Eighties Party is to be a fitting event to mark its reopening.

The full list of acts is:

  • Boy George
  • Rick Astley
  • Paul Young
  • Nik Kershaw
  • Midge Ure
  • Heaven 17
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts
  • T’Pau
  • Hazel O’Connor
  • Toyah

Tickets went on sale on Friday 26th February and start at just £25 (with additional booking fee). You can get them from Ticketline on 0871 424 4444 or via the Ticketline website.

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Trick Stick

Posted by Big Boo on March 1st, 2010

trick stickHere’s a nice obscure one for you. So obscure in fact that I ended up having to create my own image to go with this post!

The Trick Stick was a rod of yellow plastic, about 3 feet long, with a big red ball of plastic on each end. Attached to the middle of the rod was a length of thin plastic cord, which had a ring on the other end. Sound exciting, doesn’t it? You slipped the ring on your finger and voila, you became a master magician, able to make a plastic stick seemingly float in the air around you!

The idea was obviously based on the floating wand tricks performed by many stage magicians over the years, but being made of primary coloured plastic it never looked quite as cool as a magicians black cane. Couple that with the fact that getting the stick to do anything that looked remotely realistic was near impossible, and you end up with a toy that severely failed to deliver on the promises of the TV advert.

Yep, on TV the person demonstrating it could do more than just spin it round their arm. This guy made it float between his hands and whizz around his head, things which were really not a good idea to attempt in the comfort of your own home, unless you liked having a lot of broken ornaments and a smashed TV set, which is what you wanted to do with the Trick Stick the next time the advert came on.

In the end, after trying to look all mystical with it and failing miserably, my Trick Stick normally ended up being held in the middle and spun round and round as fast as I could get it to go, like a majorette twirling her baton in a carnival procession. It wasn’t even very good at that though, as you had to watch that you didn’t get whipped in the eye by the plastic cord and ring.