Six Sentence Stories: The Safe House Women VS The Masked Man

Starburst masks small ad. 1987.

I’m linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and everyone is invited to write a story or poem constructed of six sentences based on a cue word given.

This week’s cue word is Random



Editor’s note: the following is an extract from a larger work in progress, a ghost story, and features the characters Henry and Marling. This new instalment introduces two other major characters: Wendy Harper and the the Masked Man. You can read previous extracts here and here.

The Safe House Women VS The Masked Man

When they entered the bedroom they saw that the window was wide open and the curtains were flapping about like two demented phantoms, and that two metal coils were bobbing in the distance between Mrs Parker and the bed, which made it evident to the women that Mrs Parker had deployed her taser – further confirmed by the hooks of the coils which had attached themselves to the torso of the biggest man any of them had ever seen, a man wearing a mask – a buffalo mask of all things – and who was slouched upon the bed with the grin of the devil beneath his disguise, and Wendy thought… there’s no goddamn way this creep is gonna get the better of her and her friends.

Eighteen female eyes burned like lasers into his massive form, and his devilish smirk was wiped clean from his mouth as Wendy launched her knife – just missing the head of Mrs Parker in its trajectory, before embedding itself into the man’s left bicep… and the man – he didn’t so much as blink or yelp or cuss, but did nought else than pluck the blade from his arm and toss it to the floor, and then he growled, and then he roared, and he snorted, and he bellowed, and he made to rise his bulk from the bed to charge at the nine women standing before him, as though they were flimsy matadors to be tossed in the air before the goring began of each of their throats, which he swore in unsaid oaths he would rip open in one minute flat.

But the launching of Wendy’s knife served only to set off a wild and impressive catalyst, as the women began shouting and hurling missiles at the man who received body blows and headshots from such random items that included books, slippers, a bottle of mineral water, a table lamp, a cassette of Blur’s Greatest Hits, perfume, shampoo, a hairdryer, a set of hair straighteners, and a Hello Kitty toothbrush.

The man, understanding then that the women were about to charge him, did nothing more than leap from the bed and flee his tormentors, and in two long strides he was among the flapping phantoms the curtains still made, and hurling himself from the open window to return from whence he came.

They stood there in utter exhaustion, the nine women, puffing, panting, exclaiming enough curses between them to make a sailor blush.

“Well, that’s something to tell the grandchildren about one day,” Wendy said to no one in particular.

Wonder Woman wheels and statuette

TVTA’s vintage toy collection grows just a tad bigger this week as I’m very pleased to report the addition of a 1979 Corgi Juniors Wonder Woman car… And it’s not in bad condition considering it’s age – with the front decal, wind screen, and Wondy in the cockpit all present and correct, and with the wheels and suspension in working order 🙂

I also received a Wonder Woman Gal Gadot movie statuette completely free with a comic lot purchase I made. Bonus 😁 The statuette is officially licensed but otherwise uncredited for date and company.


And lastly, another Corgi Juniors… the Batmobile, 1976…

Thanks for looking!

Ad campaigns of the 1990s – Milk, GAP, JNCO, and a little quiz…

“Milk. Where’s your mustache?”

Slogan from the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board. Later, “Got milk?” and “Milk. What a surprise!” This clever ad campaign had a fair few celebrities and stars signed up: Conan O’Brien, David Copperfield, Dennis Rodman, Melanie Griffith, Isabella Rossellini, Lauren Bacall, Van Halen, KISS, Britney Spears, Spike Lee, and a whole lot more. I’m very pleased to report I got Sarah Michelle Gellar and Tony Hawk!


IYDKYDG. 1999.

Woah, what the blink is this? “IYDKYDG” ??

Quiz: see if you can you identify this 1999 “IYDKYDG” campaign and the product being promoted from the curious print ads. Clue: it’s a major brand. Award yourself 100 vintage points for the correct answer! Answers at bottom of post.

Is the product…

  1. sports clothing
  2. hi-fi equipment
  3. soft drinks
  4. mobile phones

IYDKYDG. 1999.

IYDKYDG. 1999.

Mind the GAP

Clothing brand GAP was founded in California in 1969 by Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher. Gap originally targeted the younger generation when it opened, with its name referring to the “generation gap” of the time (merci, our good mates Wiskeypedia).

Below is a selection of late 1990s GAP adverts.

GAP Technofied. 1999.


JNCO Autopilot. 1998.

JNCO (Judge None Choose One) is a California-based clothing company founded in 1985 by Moroccan-born, French-raised brothers Jacques Yaakov Revah and Haim Milo Revah. The brand was popular in the 1990s for its ultra-baggy denim jeans featuring oversize pockets with street-style art, and with a logo designed by local LA graffiti artist Joseph Montalvo, aka Nuke. JNCO’s street look was popular with skateboarding and BMX, as seen on some of the featured adverts below.

JNCO 50 inch bottoms. 1998.

JNCO Futures footwear. 1998.

That’s all for now 90s lovers! Thanks for wearing oversize jeans and drinking milk with us 🙂

Answer to quiz: 

The featured product is soft drinks by Coca-Cola. IYDKYDG stands for: If You Don’t Know You Don’t Go. This was one of Coke’s most bizarre and intriguing ad campaigns over the years.

’95 – ’15 – DC Comics Formidable Females

DC Girl Frenzy. 1998.

Artemis Requiem. 1996.

Supergirl and Batgirl. 1998.

Supergirl. 1998.

Supergirl N°2. 2005. Churchill and Norm Rapmund.

Wonder Woman 142. 1999. Cover by Adam Hughes.

Wonder Woman 132. 1998. The Baroness cover by John Byrne.

DCBS comics. 2015.

Catwoman 44. 2015. Lupacchino and Martin.

Catwoman.  2012.

Suicide Squad. 2012.

Midtown Comics NYC. 2015.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

1930s in film – Belles, Beaus, and the best of the ads (part 1)

Welcome to a new mini-series from TVTA in which we feature cinema stars of 1930s Classical Hollywood, plus beauty and fashion culture, all courtesy of British film entertainment magazines The Picturegoer Weekly and Film Pictorial.

The images you are about to see are almost 90 years old! And have been carefully scanned by TVTA from their original publications to delight modern cinema lovers.

Film Pictorial Vol 1 N°25. Aug 13. 1932. Greta Garbo.

Film Pictorial. 1932. Bright and Breezy.

The Picturegoer Weekly. 1932.

Film Pictorial. 1932. Laurel and Hardy.

Film Pictorial. 1932. Radio Studios girls.

Not much change afoot in 90 years

The content of these two journals is not much different than today’s comparable versions covering the entertainment side of movies; with articles and photos of celebrated film stars, Hollywood gossip and rumours, and adverts aimed at the fashion and beauty markets.

The adverts…

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