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Friday, 28 February 2014

Mork and Mindy Retro 80s T-shirts

Nanu nanu! If you're not old enough to remember Mork and Mindy then you will, no doubt, think I've gone totally bonkers! "Nanu nanu" was the greeting used by Mork, an alien from Ork (played brilliantly by Robin Williams in his own, unique style) who arrived on planet Earth via an egg-shaped spacecraft. He becomes the roommate and friend of Mindy McConnell, played by Pam Dawber. The sitcom was first aired between 1978 and 1982 on ABC, but was also broadcast here in the UK

Mork actually made his first appearance on the fifth series of Happy Days (another series I used to watch in my 70s childhood) where Richie Cunnigham had a dream about being the alien trying to take him back to Ork.

Mork & Mindy Logo T-shirt
Anyway, as this post is supposed to be about T-shirts, let me now discuss them! By far, the best-looking tee is the one above which features an authentic print of the original Mork & Mindy logo. The tee is available at redbubble.com for men and women, and  in a range of colours. It's aalso available as a sweatshirt or hoodie. Redbubble ship worldwide, too.

See More Mork & Mindy T-shirts at Redbubble.



Official Mork & MIndy Ringer T-Shirt for Adults - Men
Mork & Mindy Ringer T-Shirt for Men
The best design award has to go this the official T-shirt which has a retro style ringer design. Ringer T-shirts were very popular in the 70s, which makes this one look like it's been plucked from a time capsule. Unfortunately, this particular tee is very hard to find in the UK, and I believe the only British supplier selling it is Fashion First on the Amazon website. Therefore, it's not cheap at £24.65 to £29.40 plus £8 delivery, but if you want to be amongst a minority of British people wearing this design then you may feel it's worth the asking price. It would certainly look fantastic at an 80s event/party.

The same logo (with a more faded look) appears on the following Carolina blue boys T-shirt which is available in three sizes for 4 to 7 year olds. The same design and colour is also available for girls and adults - Mork & Mindy Distressed Logo T-Shirt for Men


Mork & Mindy T-shirt for boys/children
Mork & Mindy boys T-shirt

There are, of course, many other T-shirt designs available, but the items I've featured are certainly the most stylish and the only ones to feature the original logo. See all Mork & Mindy T-shirts at Amazon.co.uk.

Mork & Mindy Distressed Tee Shirt for Women
Mork & Mindy Distressed Tee for Women
This distressed logo, slim-fitting tee for ladies is available at 80stees.com in sizes from small to XXL, and they ship worldwide. This design is also available for men - men's tee

Mork & Mindy Mini Skirt
Mork & Mindy Braces Mini Skirt
An interesting item I found at redbubble.com was this mini skirt which is available in sizes from XXS to XXL. Add it to your T-shirt and you have an instant costume!

You can read my review of the Mork & Mindy TV series at my website simplyeighties.com.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Bill And Ben - The Flowerpot Men - Fancy Dress Costume

So, who's old enough to remember the original Bill and Ben series? Simply titled The Flowerpot Men, the children's TV series first aired way back in 1952 as part of Watch With Mother on BBC1. It was repeated throughout the 1960s and 70s, and I certainly remember watching it back in the early 1970s when I was a wee lad.

The duo lived behind a potting shed in the garden and talked in oddle poddle (sounds like my neighbour!) and were friends with Little Weed. A new series was created in the Noughties, bringing the duo to a whole new audience.



Bill and Ben Fancy Dress Costume
Bill and Ben Fancy Dress Costumes
If you're going to a fancy dress party with a friend or partner and you've been stuck for an idea, then I suspect that these two guys never even entered your head! So, if you're looking for an original idea then this could be your answer.

These bright and colourful costumes would look great at any party, but especially one with a retro or TV theme, and they would also be highly appreciated at a kids party, too. The outfits could also be used at a gardening event or to promote a garden centre. There are, no doubt, countless other uses for the costumes.

The costume above includes a top, orange trousers, yellow pot hat with yarn hair, bow tie, gardening style gloves and double sided flower pot which is actually a drink holder.

Little Weed Costume
Little Weed / Flower Costume
You may also want Little Weed to accompany Bill and Ben to the event/party. This cute-looking costume includes a dress, leggings and headpiece, and would also be ideal on its own at a gardening-themed event.

If you're looking for 70s and 80s Fancy Dress then be sure to check out my website Simplyeighties.com for lots of ideas.


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