Welcome to Daza and Enid's home on the internet where we celebrate the best of the twentieth century.

You'll find an exciting array of last century cultural detritus in each room of our house. Sounds in the lounge, toiletries in the bathroom and tastes in the kitchen.

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Edward Woodward Hour CoverA classic of light entertainment from TV's man of action Edward Woodward. With the success of Callan, Woodward became a household name – this popularity giving him the chance to show his lighter side in three light entertainment specials in the early 1970s for Thames Television. At one stage Network announced it was to be released on DVD, then it was removed from their site and they never replied to my queres regarding its status, and now it has appeared under another label...

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Retro Dartington Avocado Dishes FT137

Two Dartington Avocado Dishes FT137

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James Mitchell did a series of short stories on Callan. The ones I have found references to are:

  • 1967-12      - Merry Christmas from the Section (aka Callan's Christmas) in the TV Times Christmas Extra of that year

 several for the Sunday Express:

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A Magnum for Schneider

The book was reprinted under a variety of of titles, includng A Red file for Callan and Callan.

1969 UK Hardback Herbert Jenkins Ltd

Herbert Jenkins Ltd, London (1969)

1971 UK Paperback

Corgi Books, London (1971)

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A Magmum for Schnieder 2013Russian Roulette 2013Ostara Publishing have reprinted the first two Callan novels by James Mitchell as part of their imprint Top Notch Thrillers with ebook (Kindle) editions as well as bullet stopping paperbacks. Daza interviewed the Top Notch editor to find out more about the imprint and their plans for the work of James Mitchell...

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The Callan FileThis new book is scheduled to come out at the beginning of December 2014. According to one of the authors We had to move publication back due to the sheer amount of stuff we've unearthed.

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2012 saw BBC Radio4 Extra broadcast an adaption of A Redfile for Callan written for radio Adrian Bean. Daza discussed the adaptation and the character of Callen with Adrian...

 

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For many years before I moved out of the family home I loved tracking these down, but the thrill wore off once I had to start shifting them from flat to flat. Also the advent of E-bay and the internet have taken the thrill of the hunt out  the hobby, 'cause it's a lot easier now to get anything now at a price.

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Swedish scientist Nils Ahlen had it all - a beautiful wife, a nobal Prize for science, and tenure. Unfortunatly he also has a trusted lab assistant who looked as dodgy as possible so Nils should really have known that his wife and the lab assitant would run off with the plans for the turn-sound-to-energy device and try and sell it to the Russians.


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Audrey Dallas-Simpson (1925-1984) was one of the most successful commercial artists Audrey Dallas-Simpson print of young girl with big eyesof the 1960s and she achieved her phenomenal success mainly through sales of prints of her work which, at the height of her fame, literally sold in their millions, rivalling sales of other popular print artists of the period such as Tretchikoff. Mostly she signed her work Dallas-Simpson, but she also painted under a number of pseudonyms including Emma Louise, Audrey, and Kelita with a subtle change of style in the painting but with the same subject matter. 

Dallas-Simpson was originally from London, and moved with her husband in the mid 1960's to live by the sea in a mobile home in Lancing, West Sussex. The two worked as a team, with her husband helping to prime her canvases. She was also known to paint directly on board.

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Set in 1946. The war is over... but not for everyone. Demobbed pilot Jack Ruskin (Roy Marsden – The Sandbaggers) has developed a passion for aviation and he's determined to keep flying. Unable to find work with an established civilian airline, and armed with only his demob suit and a seventy-pound gratuity, he decides to launch his own air freight company with wartime colleague Peter Witney. Boasting just one plane, Ruskin Air Services is born amid the austerity of post-war Britain... and it's not only the Great Freeze that threatens to keep Jack's fledgling business on the ground.

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The Screaming MeemeesThe Screaming Meemees were one of the biggest post-punk new-wave pop bands in New Zealand in the early 1980s. The band formed in Auckland in 1979, composed of vocalist Tony Drumm, guitarist Michael O'Neill, keyboard and bass player Peter van der Fluit and drummer "Laurence "Yoh" Landwer-Johan.

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Turtle's Progress Title Over the course 13 episodes that this show ran during 1979 and 80 viewers followed the amusing and often sliglty surreal adventures of a couple of petty crooks on the way up. The brains of the operation was Turtle, a lovable, unrepentant, small-time petty crook who could always see the profit. His accomplice and protector Razor Eddie provided the brawn as well as the charm. Both were needed as they had to deal with trouble from the police and other felons.

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The Boy From Lapland 1976-1977, NorwayOnce upon a time last century children watched television about children, much as they do today. Like Mika, Ante was a Sami boy living in Lapland who loved life on the plateau. Ante featured in a 6 episode television series screened in Norway in the mid 1970s (first shown on NRK television in winter 1975). The series was based on children's book Ante by author Tor Edvin Dahl.


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Scottish KultureReleased in 1979, this album was a compilation of Scottish DIY punk synth new wave music. A few went on to international fame, most are world famous in Edinburgh, but all are worth a listen....

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Warner Archive.com have made this long lost cold war mini series available via their Made To Order DVD service, and at US $18.95 is a pretty good deal.

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Written and narrated by Eric Thompson (the driving force and voices behind the original Magic Roundabout), The Magic Ball was the first production from animation wizards Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall, who would go on to create such masterpieces as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and Chorlton and the Wheelies. First broadcast on ITV in the early 1970s it became a hit with the public, winning two silver medals at the Venice Film Festival of Children’s Films and a silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival. This set contains all thirteen episodes of the second series.

Sam spends much of his time in his Aunt Mill’s antiques shop, from where his amazing journeys begin. In distant places and strange new worlds he encounters a host of characters in need of assistance – from bored, lonely giants to stranded spacemen, shipwrecked sailors to bees with a fear of flying – and, with the help of the magic ball, he is always able to conjure up a solution!

Network DVD have announced the release of Season 2 of this delightful series on DVD, due 31 December 2011.

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Our readers have demanded answers to their last century questions. Who are we to deny them answers? These FAQs are genuine questions as logged by our webmonkeys.

What century was Clarice Cliff famous in?

The last one.

Who are the notable musicians?

Ennio Morricone, Ennio Morricone and Ennio Morricone.

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