Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Flight on a 1930s Tiger Moth Bi Plane



Several years ago I decided that each year I wanted to learn or experience something new.
Recently it was my birthday and I was given a flight in a 1930's Tiger Moth Bi plane.
Being somewhat of a negative person the first thing I did was google "Bi Plane Crash".
I was surprised and alarmed to see that there were quite a few crashes. I was also disturbed to see that they generally go down because of an engine stalling. And here's the worst bit, they don't just glide down and the pilot can then try and crash land safely, instead they just drop out of the sky because the plane is ultra light and the engine at the front is the heaviest part of the plane.

Well as you could imagine I was a little nervous. Fortunately nothing happened and the flight went without incident as I flew across the Hunter Valley Wine district. The owner of the joy flight company put me at ease by telling me about the rigid testing procedures.
It truly was a marvellous experience and so very different to any other flight I had been on. Over my lifetime I have literally been on thousands of flights and to me those flights are not flying. It's a bit like driving a modern car with all the whizz bang gadgets that make driving something that dummies can do and ironically do on a daily basis! Drive a classic car and you will know what I am talking about.
Get into an open air cockpit on a very light weight plane that is moved by every little gust of wind and you will know what I mean.

Certainly after my flight I have a new found respect for the pilots of World War One. How those men flew and fought into those flimsy flying machines is beyond me, especially as they often had very little flying experience.

It's always fun to do and experience new things and this is one I won't forget in a hurry. Check out the pictures of me on this adventure. I chose to wear my forties aviators jacket and and fedora ala Howard Hughes!





Saturday, November 24, 2012

Cocktail Nation 248 Best Of The Best Releases 2012


best of the best music releases this week on the show as we take a look at some of the releases of 2012... This week we will play those tracks and replay some of the interviews around those releases.

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Jimmy Psycho That Old Black Magic
James Morrison The Masterplan
Sunday Combo Womp
Spy Fi Espia En Vaciones
Jimmy Vargas Lust Angeles
Laurie Allyn Paradise
Martini Kings Dance Of The Virgins
Tiki Joes Ocean Soul Of The Sea
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited Enter the Tiger
Martita Brake Shaken Not Stirred
Orchestra Superstring Kalopia
Barry Morgan Touch Of You


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cocktail Nation 247-Retro Christmas Cards




This week we find out about a very cool retro Christmas card company, news from Mr Ho's Orchestrotica, and the very best lounge music from across the globe.

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Barry Morgan Big Bossa
Liz Geyson Yes I Know I've Had It
Julie London I'd Like You For Christmas
Oscar Moore Come In Out Of The Rain
Melody Gardot Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica Maika
Xavier Cugat Cocktails For Two
Nicole Witt Cool And Indifferent
John Barry Underground Lair
Lucas Vigor The Dark Continent
Nutty Purple Panther
Paul Phillips Fever
Three Suns Haunted Guitar


Friday, November 9, 2012

Cocktail Nation 246 All Bond Special



it's hard to believe that we have has fifty years of Bond and this week we celebrate all those Bonds and Bond girls and gadgets along with some of the greatest spy music to ever be released. Joining me on the show is Bond Expert Dr Wes Britton to examine the amazing history of the Bond Franchise. I've got our look at the World of Swank
and a bunch of Bond tracks to wet your appetite for the new film Skyfall.


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John Barry 007 Theme
Shirley Bassey Goldfinger
John Barry From Russia With Love
Tom Jones Thunderball
Shirley Bassey Moonraker
Martini Kings You Only live Twice
Mel Torme Secret Agent man
Moon Rays Lament for a Trapped Spy
John Barry On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever
James Bond Sextet James Bond Theme
Elliot Fisher Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang
John Barry Underground Lair
Monty Norman Dr No's Fantasy
David Arnold Vesper

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cocktail Nation 245 That Touch Of Mink



This week we take a look at one of my favourite films which stars two of my favourite actors...Cary Grant and Doris Day. The Film is called That Touch Of Mink and Kramer will have the skinny on this Loungin Bachelor Pad Movie.
Word on a geographic change for some of the cast of Mad Men and we will find out just how the Easter Island MOAI got to their final resting place

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New Morty Show Blue Martini
Hugo Montenegro Our Man Flint
Doris Day Desifinado
Sonny Lester The Breeze And I
Barry Morgan Touch Of You
Nicole Witt You'll Think its Funny
Three Suns Fever
Si Zenter I've found a New Baby
Jack Jones Strangers In The Night
Les Baxter The City
Joey Altruda A Martini For Mancini
Julie London The End Of A Love Affair
Blue Zombies Call Me
Lucas Vigor Night Light Blues
Machiniso Hexotica