Endangered and extinct alcohol species

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:  

Endangered and extinct alcoholic species

If you are a child of the 70s, 80s and even the 90s some of the alcohol you used to drink is no longer available or very scarce or considered bad-form to order and far worse to drink.

Aspersions will be cast on your character, if you're seen in public quaffing these drinks: but hey, for some of us that's nothing new!

I thought I would take you back in time, perhaps some of you may relive those simpler times when we drove drunk, in overcrowded cars with no GPS or mobile phones and we are still alive to tell the tale.

However, I'm also most likely taking you back to those; not so good mornings and days of hang-overs - where, when you woke up, your mouth did indeed feel and taste like the bottom of a cocky's cage!

I’m not providing recipes as Google has everything you need to revisit the making of these drinks especially if you want to revisit younger times or rediscover old ones. Arhh Good times....

EXTINCT or so close they are ENDANGERED:

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http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Two-dogs.jpgTwo dogs:

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Two-dogs-coaster.jpgTwo Dogs was a ready-to-drink beverage that was first introduced in Australia in 1993 and went on to become available throughout the world. It was a lemon flavoured alcoholic beverage that is widely considered to have been the "world’s first brewed alcoholic lemonade"[1]    

(despite the pre-existence of traditional drinks like Zima), paving the way for similar products such as Hooper's Hooch and Mike's Hard Lemonade. Source Wikipedia.  There is only so much longevity in the drinking public's like of souped-up lemonade. 

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Westcoast.jpgWest Coast Cooler:

West Coast Cooler is the original ready-to-drink from the 80s that has stood the test of time (well almost). Enjoy the exotic fruit flavours that complemented each giving a balanced, crisp refreshing drink. Real morning-after cocky cage stuff.... soooo sweet.

Claytons: 

The drink you had when you weren't having a drink. Such a successful ad campaign that the 'whole' Claytons personna took over social commentary and became a catch-cry for something ineffective or not the 'real' deal. Like he's a Claytons boyfriend... the boyfriend you have when you're not having a boyfriend. http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Claytons.jpg

Cold Duck:

Kaiser Stuhl is now reduced to a range of seven wine casks and one bottle product, Black Forest Moselle.

The period 1956 to 1975 were the the golden years of Kaiser Stuhl not only a wine story but an inspiring management story. Source Wikipedia. 

Blue Nun:  It's hard to keep a good woman down and she's back and more Golden!!  

Blue Nun is a German wine brand launched by the company H. Sichel Söhne (Mainz) in 1923 with the 1921 vintage, and which between the 1950s and http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Blue-Nun-1970.jpg1980s was a very popular international brand. For most of its existence, Blue Nun was a single German wine, which until the late 1990s was classified as a Liebfraumilch. Blue Nun can be said to have been the first wine to have been produced and effectively marketed with an international mass market in mind. Source Wikipedia

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Fruity-lexia.jpgGoon and the Flagon: almost extinct, or gone the way of the Dodo… 

Usually and preferably filled with cheap sweet nasty wine!! And then there's that clothes line game with the bladders of goon

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Coolibah.jpgMaking a comeback because of the “Wheel of Goon” or is that “Goon of Fortune” 

Only in Australia..... because for starters you need a Hills Hoist!

Rules of Goon of Fortune: Spin the line. Wherever the bladder lands, the adjacent person must tip their head back and take a drink. Repeat this until the last person is left standing; they are the winner! You are disqualified if you leave or refuse to take a drink.    

   

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cream-de-menthe.jpegLet's get specific:

The 70's: Those now Retro drinks:

Dust off those bottles of Crème de cacao, Creme de menthe, and Giuliano:

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Raj.jpegRemember drinking a Grasshopper, it was like dessert and a drink in one. Most notable because it has both Crème de cacao and Creme de menthe in it. But it has made a pop culture return in the popular ‘Big Bang Theory’ when one of the main characters (Raj) was found to only be able to speak to women if he was drinking Alcohol. Low and behold The Grasshopper was the drink that unlocked his tied tongue!

 Brandy Alexander and other

heavy dessert-like drinks like a  White Russian    

The 80s: more than big hair and bigger shoulder pads...

Cinzano: Bianco, Vermouth and much, much more

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Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new "vermouth rosso" (red vermouth) using "aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram, thyme, and yarrow)". What became known as the "vermouth of Turin" proved popular with the bourgeoisie of Turin and, later, Casanova. Source Wikipedia.

Experience what were thought to be such witty and funny ads.... Oh how they've aged, good thing Joan Collins has aged far better than the inane humour on show here. Oh the shame!! 

White Zinfandel:

It's actually pink and is said to be making a comeback!! Whether adored or despised, 

White Zinfandel is like Donald Trump: inescapable.

Blue Lagoon:

More than the cringe-worthy movie of the same name whose cringe-worthy-ness was lead by Brooke Shields….. 

Sometimes drinks from the 80s JUST need to die... like Swan Gold:

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/swan-gold-prem.jpgThen Swan Premium came along, it was to compete with the top of the class, cream of the crop, best of the hops... Crown Lager. The ads were slick and sophisticated. 'They said you'd never make it.'  They hit right at the Aussie core. Unfortunately everyone in the ads (great achieving Australians: Greg Norman, Darryl Somers, Brad Hardie .. who?) seemed to fizzle as soon as they took a sip and appeared in the ads. Then eventually so did the beer... fizzled that is.

But then there was the America's Cup and that's worth looking at again as it was inspirational viewing.

Non-Alcoholic and or close extinct: 

Tang: selling point Astronaut's used to drink it in space!    

Tab: The Ad with 'The Body' herself, alas even Elle Macpherson couldn't save it!

Classed as one of, if not the first, 'Diet' soda, alas.... gone the way of  'New Coke'... Dead. 

Right!! Can you imagine any red-blooded Australian woman hugging her man after he's lusted after Elle Macpherson just because he's drinking a diet cola... MMMmm ads have certainly changed or is it we've got a little more sophisticated?

This is really only the tip of the iceberg! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the memories, maybe partake in some!

Dare you to…


When God created woman

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo:

When God created woman
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When God created woman, he was working late on the 6th day...

An angel came by and asked, "Why spend so much time on her?" 

The Lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?"

“She must function in all kinds of situations.

She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time.

Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart. 

She must do all this with only two hands.

She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day"

The Angel was impressed, "Just two hands... impossible!

And this is the standard model?"

The Angel came closer and touched the woman, 

"But you have made her so soft, Lord.”

"She is soft”, said the Lord,

"But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome."

"Can she think?" The Angel asked... 

The Lord answered. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate."

The Angel touched her cheeks...

"Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her."

"She is not leaking...it is a tear." The Lord corrected the Angel…

"What's it for?" Asked the Angel.

The Lord said, "Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."

This made a big impression on the Angel,

"Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.

A woman is indeed marvellous"

Lord said, "Indeed she is.

She has strength that amazes a man.

She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. 

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She smiles when she feels like screaming.

She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.”

The Lord said, 

“She fights for what she believes in.

Her love is unconditional.

Her heart is broken when a 

next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life." 

The Angel asked: "So she is a perfect being?"

The lord replied: "No. She has just one drawback, she often forgets what she is worth."

Unknown.

Women know your worth and enjoy yourself: Dare you to…


The Most Golden of the Golden Girls

From A.M.:

 

Now this is humour old school style - it's worth watching all 33 of them

 

 

 

Enjoy.... Dare you to... 


Great lines from movies not so well remembered but clever.

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 

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Great lines capture the essence of a scene, a movie, a life and in some cases a generation.

We all remember lines like Gone with the Wind’s:  ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn’. Then there’s the one that was never said in the movie Casablanca: ‘Play it again Sam’ what Bogie actually said was ‘You played it for her, you can play it for me! Play it Sam. Play as Time Goes By.’

Everyone remembers: Forrest from Forrest Gump  saying, ‘My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.’

But may have forgotten: ‘Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.’ 

1933: DUCK SOUP: Groucho Marx: ‘You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.’ 

1954: SABRINA: Thomas her father: ‘He’s still David Larrabee and you’re still the chauffeur’s daughter. And you’re still reaching for the moon.’ 

Sabrina: ‘No father. The moon is reaching for me.’ 

1957: THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS: J.J. Hunsecker ‘I'd hate to take a bite outta you. You're a cookie full of arsenic.’

1958: VERTIGO: 

Scottie: ‘Don’t you think it’s sort of a waste for the two of us to…’ 

Madeleine: ‘Wander separately? Ah, but only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere.’ 

1965: DARLING ROBERT: Robert: ‘Your idea of fidelity is not having more than one man in bed at the same time.’

1970: BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS: Ashley: ‘You’re a groovy boy. I’d like to strap you on sometime.’

1978: CALIFORNIA SUITE: Hannah: ‘You’re worse than a hopeless romantic. You’re a hopeful one.’

1981: BODY HEAT: 

Ned: ‘Maybe you shouldn’t dress like that.’ 

Matty: ‘This is a blouse and a skirt. I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ 

Ned: ‘You shouldn’t wear that body.’ 

1983: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? Jessica Rabbit: ‘I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.’

1988: BULL DURHAM: Annie: ‘A guy’ll listen to anything if he thinks it’s foreplay.’

1988: BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: Jamie Conway: ‘She’s got a heart like a twelve-minute egg.’

1991: NEW JACK CITY: Nino Brown: ‘Sit your five-dollar ass down before I make change.’

1996: TRAINSPOTTING: Renton (a junkie): ‘I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?’

1996: THE LAST KISS GOODNIGHT: Charly Baltimore: ‘Were you always this stupid, or did you take lessons?’

1999: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY: Ripley: ‘I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.’

<<<2000: ERIN BROCKOVICH: 

George: ‘How many numbers you got?’ 

Erin Brockovich: ‘Oh, I got numbers comin' outta my ears. For instance: ten’. 

George: ‘Ten?’ 

Erin Brockovich: ‘Yeah. That's how many months old my baby girl is.’ 

George: ‘You got a little girl?’ 

Erin Brockovich: ‘Yeah. Yeah, sexy, huh? How 'bout this for a number? Six. That's how old my other daughter is, eight is the age of my son, two is how many times I've been married - and divorced; sixteen is the number of dollars I have in my bank account. 850-3943. That's my phone number, and with all the numbers I gave you, I'm guessing zero is the number of times you're gonna call it.’ 

2001: Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN: 

Luisa: ‘You have to make the clitoris your best friend’   

Tenouch: ‘What kind of friend is always hiding?'    

2002: ONE HOUR PHOTO: Sy: ‘No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.’

2006: THE DEPARTED: Frank Costello (Boston mobster): ‘I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.’

<<<2011: CRAZY STUPID LOVE: Jacob – ‘I'm going to help you rediscover your manhood. Do you have any idea where you could have lost it?’ 

2014: BIRDMAN: Mike Shiner: ‘Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige, my friend.’

<<<2017: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: P.T. Barnum: 'No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.'

These movies are worth a look... be inspired, intrigued, entertained...dare you to..


Canberra: Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Canberra politics: rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. 

Alas!No longer do the initials of our two, not-so-illustrious leaders, stand for what exactly they stood for, the best indication of what we get from them. Although we still have BS (Bill Shorten: BullShit) but we have lost MT (Malcolm Turnbill: Empty).

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Maybe Scott Morrison’s initials of SM do still leave the door open for a reflection on how dire Australian politics is at present. So will ScotMo give us a glimpse of some real S&M? But then again Australian politics has been dishing this out to us for years. That is S&M: Sadomasochism the giving or receiving of pleasure from acts involving the receipt or infliction of pain or humiliation.

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The answer to one of life's enduring questions

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 

 

Some other wise words from a wise man...

 


A Salute to Female Lead Singers may they always rock on…

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 

A Salute to Female Lead Singers may they always rock on…  

  

May we find many more to add to the fantastic legacy.

It’s time to remember all the great female lead singers of kick-arse bands - women in Rock who really ROCKED!!

Let me take you back:

I’m going to spend a little more time on the ladies of the 60s, 70’s and 80’s because as pioneers they’ve gone through and given the most, to allow the women of today to fly and be free. (I wish they’d remember this a little more and not be so quick to become the latest pop-porn princess and use their talent and not their bodies to sell their music). Some of them have some serious talent. Maybe they just get a little lost behind the male-driven need to project an image only a smidgen above… slutty/sexy, no-talent, karaoke singers.

Let me take you back to a time when women were first daring to take steps to real emancipation and have control over their own sexual desires with the ‘pill’ being developed and dispensed. This was the real break-out decade. Women moved away from the straight-laced duty bound 50s… where women were neat, prim and proper - something like this.

THEN along came a group of women that turned the world on its head: and girl did we enjoy being tossed on our head and then some.

1960s:    

This decade was the birth of powerful women, and down with Suzi-home-maker there was more than one cardboard cut-out of woman-kind.

Janis Joplin:   Her alter-ego Pearl ruled and stood for everything new and abrasive about what women could be and do. For the first time they could openly, drink, F*@k and not give a damn. Unfortunately, as with many trail blazers fighting to beat a path through the overgrowth of prejudices, and haters it takes a toll and sadly Janis was taken from us too soon. 

Tina Turner: Probably best known for her courage, persistence and above all, talent. Fought against her internal demons, her violent husband and a world full of biases. Especially for a young, black woman with attitude and a voice that was made in heaven but could entertain the devil out of anyone. She triumphed over many setbacks to become the amazing woman who captured our hearts and minds.

 

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Cher.jpgCHER: More recognition and respect has come this lady’s way the longer she’s survived. She’s proven she has a voice for the ages, so unique and powerful. She conquered such a misogynistic industry. She is that rare breed to hold onto her dignity and her femineity, while not only projecting but being unashamed of being a strong, smart woman and what she’s had to do to stay at the top.

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The 1970s:

Nancy and Ann Wilson: from HEART.  

OMG, these ladies are always so under-rated and over looked. They were one of if not the first of their kind, that is a band formed and lead by women. The sisters wrote the songs, Nancy played lead guitar and then you had Ann’s amazing vocals. They were hard rock in the 70s with songs like Magic Man and Barracuda. If you haven’t heard the amazing guitar riff and vocals on Barracuda, you haven’t lived. So as Molly would say do yourself a favour.  As with most women we are survivors and adapt so when the 80s came around they were the band with big hair, and bigger songs with power ballads such as Alone, All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, and These Dreams.

Suzi Quatro: Again, often forgotten but she’s still rocking well into her 60s. She splashed onto our black and white screens all tough, leather-clad, with attitude and a voice that was as wicked as her bass playing. She led her band and toured as Suzi Quatro. There was no Suzi and the… just Suzi Quatro - a concept way before her time. (Later Suzi incarnations would see the flourishing of Suzi and the Banshees, Martha and the Motels). Suzi’s songs have stood the test of time, who doesn’t like a good Devil Gate Drive, Daytona Demon and The Wild One.>>>>>>>

Debbie Harry: The first to mix real sexuality with toughness,  thus to be seen by men as a strong woman to be respected and loved. Blondie started out more punk then anything. She was even an early pioneer with cross-over rap with the bands single Rapture, even Grand Master Flash approved of what the 'blonde skinny white girl was trying to do!' Blondie then crossed over into the 80's disco, rap, and rock she could do it all.http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Debbie-Harry.jpg

 

THE 1980s :

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Chrissy.jpgChrissie Hynde:  One of the best lyricists of a generation. Tough, gritty and uncompromising and that’s just her personality, not to mention her attitude on stage. Her songs are lyrically strong and evoke a great sense of life. Listen to Hymn to Her, my favourite Night in my Veins and that’s even before we get to the sublime Pretenders classic, Brass in Pocket.

   

Pat Benatar:  The voice, the moves and she definitely could ‘walk that talk’, mamma could she sing your heart right out of your chest and then she’d ROCK.  Great set of wind pipes as well as pins, with a voice like velvet gravel. If you need an introduction listen to You Better Run, We Live for Love, Treat me Right and of course Hit Me with Your Best Shot.

 

 

 

Madonna:  Turned the world around again: probably more POP than rock, but she told us to ‘Don’t go for second best….’ At times we’ve both loved and hated Madge. She doesn’t play nice like everyone expects women to. She strives to win, taking no prisoners; you’ve got to give her that. Frequently there is no encore at her concerts and she is notoriously late to shows, but you still come away from the show buzzed and fulfilled….

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Annie.jpgAnnie Lennox:  Enduring, humble and with an Oscar at 60,  more than accomplished. Rumour has it her androgynous appearance meant the terribly risk-adverse Americans needed to sight her Birth Certificate, so they could be absolutely sure she wasn’t a man, so when she appeared on MTV everything was as it seemed!! Really; no wonder they have the Donald as their president - they deserve him.

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Chrissy-Amp.jpgChrissy Amphlett:  Now you’re talking; especially if you’re an Aussie. Tough, the inventor of unapologetic (forget the recent pop-porn-princesses: Chrissy strutted her stuff before you were even born). I once read a so appropriately titled article about Chrissy called ‘The not-so, subtle art of sleaze!’ When it was really tough to be an Aussie woman in the business, never mind fronting a band and daring to write your own songs…Chrissy dominated all. AND then she dared to wear a schoolgirl uniform… flipping the middle finger to everyone, flaunting most male fears and weaknesses while appealing to them anyway…

 The Go-Gos….  Not so much hard rock in fact the very opposite to Chrissy Amphlett, but they were different for their time, they wrote their own songs and played their own instruments, rising to the top of the Billboard album charts. Everyone remembers Our Lips are Sealed or as some people remember it Alex the Seal!!  

Joan Jett  could be said to be a Suzi Quatro clone, except she played six-string guitar, not bass. She is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts,  and for earlier founding and performing with the Runaways, which recorded and released the hit song "Cherry Bomb". The Blackhearts' version of the song I Love Rock 'n Roll was number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 1982. Joan's other notable hit songs include Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah), Light of Day, I Hate Myself for Loving You and Dirty Deeds. (Source of this paragraph: Wikipedia).

 

 

 

1990s More Statement women:  

Melissa Etheridge: I love this woman. So talented so brave and above all what a voice – all grit and gravel. But there’s even more she’s the consummate live performer. Don’t get me started on how good she is as a lyricist. Yes she’s talent personified, which is what it should be all about. Just go to her discology… too many class songs to mention, but in case you are wondering listen to: Bring me some water, Similar Features, Like the way I do. Occasionally, Yes I am, Secret and she also has an Oscar.

 

 

Sheryl Crow: Gets it done! Most of you will remember All I wanta do. I love, If it Makes you Happy and Soak up the Sun but there are sooo many others. Stunning looks and talent… she’s got it all.

Gwen Stefani: No Doubt… Tall, blonde talented, witty, clever lyrics more than just a girl, a force of nature.

Dolores O’Riordon: The range of her amazing unique voice that could sound like an angel or a zombie depending on which song you chose to listen to.  Sadly, she left us way too soon. One song that may be new to many people: listen to Ordinary Day.. soft yet powerful; a mother singing of her love to her daughter. I hope she’s at peace, happy and in a warm sun now.

 

Christine Aguilera:  warrants a mention just because she has such a powerful and a truly amazing voice. If it was a weapon it would be a Howitzer heavy artillery cannon.

2000s: 

I’m not going to mention too much about these ladies because they are still so active and in current news they dominate music gossip sites and social media. That being said, you can Google, tweet, Facebook, and Instagram etc, any of them to fully find out all you need to about every facet of their talent, lives and thoughts.

P!nk: What a live show! Yes, all in all a good gritty role model and takes no shit! 

Avril Lavigne: So much talented, potential and then struck down by Lyme disease and many other setbacks. But my choice for such precocious talent that it was almost why she was brought down by the weight of expectation. I keep hoping for a healthy comeback.

 

 

Amy Lee: With Evanescence. The big voice behind the best combination of heavy metal and opera we’ve not only seen but heard.

Aussies: 

Deborah Conway: An immensely talented Aussie much more than the band Do-Re-Me; but who can forget Man Overboard and her powerful vocals and savvy for song writing. If you loved Man Overboard then you’ve got to listen to Adultery and really anything Deborah is a part of.

Suze DeMarchi: Front woman for Baby Animals: Early Warning need I say more…. Over-powering live performer.

Sarah McLeod: Of Super Jesus fame, singularly the closest quintessential lead songstress to Chrissy Amphlett and even better than Joan Jett. >>>


 

2010s….  

Now, all we really have is chart domination by a lot of pop princesses, with manufactured songs, sounds, and styles. While they no doubt have talent and a voice, they struggle to play an instrument or write their own songs.

There are those that do stand out and are worth a mention:

The closest we have to strut your stuff and walk the talk:

Florence Welsh  of Florence and the Machine: Now that’s a voice and a powerful stage presence, and she writes.


 

Lady Ga Ga: Speaking of total stage presence and overpowering talent, voice and ingenuity. Not to mention her crazy original costumes>>>>>>


 

 

 

Taylor Swift:  Whatever your thoughts, she has never put a foot wrong even traversing such dangerous territory as moving from country to contemporary and achieved this while keeping her integrity and showing her talent. Not the greatest of voices but up there for singer/songwriters of the last decade. 

 

 

 

Beyoncé : nothing more need to be said other than: elegant, hard-working, talented and dare I say it, real??

OVERALL: Others that deserve a mention: Cindy Lauper, Martha and the Motels, Sarah Mclaughlin, Fiona Apple, and Mia Dyson. 

Where are all the female lead-singers of rock and pop bands these days?

Woman are supposed to be more emancipated than ever, having more equality and options open to us than any other time in history. We have women’s basketball, football, AFL, Rugby Union great advances have been made but where are all the female lead singers?

We seem to have taken great strides backwards in this area.

Hayley Williams of Paramore gives me hope. It’s pop-rock but it’s ALRIGHT. Songs worth a listen are Ain’t It Fun and Still into You.  >>>>>>

 

There are other female lead singers and bands out there, but they aren’t being backed by record labels, radio stations and big music businesses as a whole.

Rena Lovelis of Hey Violet: well put together pop-punk, but they aren’t well known and aren’t well-funded by a big business machine. Why? Songs like I Can Feel It, rock! And Break My Heart isn’t that bad either. 

 

 

Can someone tell me why suddenly there is no room for female talent out in front of a ‘proper’ band? There must still be a deserving market for them. Am I that much of a dinosaur? Good Music is good music after all, is it not? Talent is talent so why can’t we have more women following in the footsteps of the fine ladies mentioned above.

WHY AREN’T we still seeing HOT talented, leather-clad, woman with attitude? ROCK CHICKs out front of major influential bands, playing a kick-arse guitar while singing songs they've written (not a song written by some committee or business) and can she have a voice that can blow out any Marshall speaker??

I live in hope this can be turned around and female-led bands can be brought back to life and the into the spotlight.


Thoughts on the many moods of driving.

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:

There's more than anger.  

I have the angry dragon out this week but anger is only one of the emotions we experience when we are driving: There are others like...

 

Confusion:

Amazement:    

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Disbelief:

Concern: For people's state of mind and to give a 

WARNING: BEWARE the elderly driver wearing a hat.

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Nurturing: I see opportunities for teaching moments:

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Clarity:

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Here's one demostration of a dumbass prepared earlier. (Worth a view).

 Vindication! 

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It's enough to drive you to drink... (not that I condone drinking and driving) but opening a bottle once your good and home is very helpful in relieving the angst of driving with those who can't drive and should also stay at home. Dare you to..

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Driven to insanity

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:

Lately I've noticed 

 

 

So don’t be driven there take a detour to pleasure... dare you to....

 


A Quick Guide to Football World Cup 2018.

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 

A Quick Guide to Football World Cup 2018.

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Was it the best ever?

For those who aren't devotees of the 'beautiful game' here's a quick, catch-up guide to appear up-with-it at those parties or lunchroom conversations…

At first I was sceptical: 

Would this world cup be worth a watch because this guy wasn't there to look at, I mean he wasn’t playing? (I know he hasn't been in one for a long while but.... so good looking and hot.. you could fry an egg on that smouldering look).

http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Becks-1.jpg                                                Becks is so worth a look he's another shot of him.

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AND....

These guys' teams (Italy and the Netherlands) didn’t even make it. Which also had me thinking this World Cup might tank. 

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http://amjaxon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Pablo_Daniel_Osvaldo.jpgPablo Daniel Osvaldo                         Memphis Depay 

 

 

But wait there was more…

Good surprises that is: I discovered ICELAND, wohh mamma!!!

They had this guy: Rúrik Gíslason

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And the next best thing, NO not another Hemsworth, but another Norse god: Birkir Bjarnason Thor himself: 

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And not just on the field there was this guy Hervé Renard the coach of Morocco. The internet made all the right noises as it went into meltdown about how he looked 

like Jamie Lannister (aka Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). 

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More concerns when this guy, Cristiano Ronaldo left early. 

 

Then the upsets kept coming and the usual suspects weren’t around to keep playing through the rounds, like the Germans and the Spaniards.  No more watching the bodies... Ummm the skills of : 

Germany's Jerome Boateng     

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  and  Spain's Lucas Vazquez

However that didn't stop the entertainment and finally the football world realized what the rest of us have noticed for years….. This….

Most likely because of this guy Neymar Jnr…..

Neymar Jnr probably almost single-handedly was why his side, Brazil, didn’t make it through. But it’s great to see all the memes and parodies…. Here's a few of them:     

But French football great and actor Eric Cantona's can't be ignored:

 

Then there were the statistics, which even got a shake-up this time round: Source New York Times via: News.com 10th July 2018. 

The 2018 Russian World Cup has been the scene for a staggering statistical anomaly which marks the event as the most dramatic World Cup finals in recent memory.

According to a statistical analysis conducted by the New York Times, the 2018 finals has set a new record for the highest percentage of goals scored occurring after the 89th minute.

23 goals have been scored in the 90th minute and second-half stoppage time — accounting for a staggering 15 per cent of all goals scored.

Like Belgium's amazing (with seconds left to go) win from the jaws of defeat against Japan: This is why this world cup has been the best: Remember to click on the Youtube link to see it.

In other words: 

It’s been a really exciting world cup to watch and not just been a bit of a YAWN… I must admit I have always thought football (aka soccer) has been 30 mins too long. So with the above stat in mind…. I reckon tune in after the first 30 mins of the 90 min game!

THE SURPRISES KEPT COMING:

I had been laughing at an app people, I’m assuming probably mostly men, could buy. It was obviously not run by Optus (Australian Fans will know what I’m talking about) BUT….

Apparently, you could get this app for your phone that vibrated every time your team scored a goal. But wait, as usually the score line in World Cups is 1 to 0 or maybe 2 to 1 and this over 90 minutes; I thought what a waste. The app didn’t seem to get the most out of a vibration mode. Maybe except for the last world cup semi and you were a German fan when they beat Brazil 7 to 1.

 

Anyway my feeling was if you wanted to get most thrill for your bills they need to provide this app for basketball games or maybe AFL, that’s Aussie Rules Football. Now that’s what I’m talking about high scoring games, high scoring vibration …. Pleasure, ohhhh such pleasure especially AFL, you’d get a vibration for a main goal and one also for a minor score, now that’s what I'm talking about....more thrills for your hard-earned bills. Ahhh.

(There were a lot of words and writing about vibrators, I mean vibrations so I thought you'd appreciate another Becks shot).  

Anyway, back to the 2018 Football (Soccer) World Cup in Russia: these guys are in the final - so still one last twist - this is the first time France and Croatia will meet in a World Cup final.

Croatia 

France 

So enjoy the Grand Final and maybe just tune in for the last 60mins. Dare you to...

(PS: The French got the job done, but Croatia were couragous)