At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Tuesday, September 14

My name is Claire...


... and i'm a Mad Men addict!!

for a couple of years now, i've watched bemused at awards ceremonies as all these unknown actors collected gongs for this unknown TV show...

recently the BBC began showing episodes from the first series on a sunday night - i'm guessing i wasn't alone in my bemusement! - and wow!!!

this is TV drama at it's absolute best! cracking script, cracking actors, incredible sets - i now want to live in NY in 1960 (but only if i can have christina hendricks' body!!)

the misogny, the chain-smoking, the drink-driving, it's a strange world, yet the one i know my parents inhabited - they were 18 and 16 in 1960, mum working in a shoe shop in lincoln, my dad in training for the RAF - but within 4 years they were married, living in singapore, and proud parents to yours truly...

like the characters in the show, they were stylish, looking old beyond their years, often playing at being grown-ups, but for all their outer sophistication, they were incredibly naive...

my mum went to see her doctor in the summer of 1963 because she'd been feeling 'off colour', and was totally incredulous at the news she was at pregnant, 'But i've only been married for 8 weeks!'

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Hi, Claire, I'm Kathy and I'm a MadMen addict too. I watched every episode of season 4 on dvd last month, and now I'm bereft b/c I have to wait for Season 4 to become available. I am 52 yrs old and I think I would have been almost the age of Sally Beth during the sixties. It is so amazing to watch the history that I remember unfold and to see the fashion that I remember my mother wearing. On the series they do a great job of subtly portraying the radical cultural changes that took place during the 50's, 60's, and 70's. I adore the mid-century art on the walls of the agency, and I remember my mother wearing many of the same styles Betty wears (although my mom was a petite brunette, rather than a willowy Grace Kelly type). Who's your favorite character? I'm oddly drawn to Peter, although I know he's a horrid man; I just love him! I also like Betty, and I'm crazy about Joan.

SO glad I discovered your blogs and another kindred spirit! Come back and visitme at Creative Fits, when you have time.

Love,
Kathy