Sunday, 17 March 2019

1969, Belgian Comics: “Jommeke: Anakwaboe”

The fortieth "De belevenissen van Jommeke" (translation: "The Adventures of Jommeke") album "Anakwaboe" is published in 1969. The comic series was created by Jef Nys in 1955, it was first published in "Kerkelijk Leven" (translation: "Religious Life"). In 1959 the first full length adventure appeared in the newspaper "Het Volk". After the bankrupcy of "Het Volk" in 2010, the stories were published in the newspapers "Het Nieuwsblad", "De Gentenaar" and "De Standaard". The main character is "Jommeke", an 11-year-old boy.

No 40: "Anakwaboe"
  • black and white
  • story and drawings by Jef Nys
  • published by "Het Volk"
  • republished in colour, 1979 by "Het Volk"
The main characters in this story are Jommeke, Flip (his parrot), Filiberke (his best friend), Pekkie (Filiberke’s dog), Annemieke, Rozemieke, Choco, the Queen of Onderland, Anatool, Kwak and Boemel.
The Queen of Onderland, Anatool, Boemel and Kwak
Filiberke, Jommeke, Pekkie, Annemieke, Choko and Rozemieke
Synopsis
The queen of Onderland once again takes up her residence in the castle of Achterberg. When Anatool presents himself as a servant, they notice that their hatred of Jommeke binds them. They call in the help of Kwak and Boemel and together they decide to kill Jommeke…
Flip
Jommeke and Filiberke
Trivia
  • Jommeke has been translated into French as "Gil et Jo", in English as "Jeremy and Frankie", in German as "Peter und Alexander" and in Swedish as "Peter och Alexander".
  • The name of the main character "Jommeke" is based on a folk figure from Wilrijk (near Antwerp), the village where Jef Nys lived.
  • The battle cry used by the villans, “Anakwaboe”, is a contraction of the first three letters of the names of Anatool, Kwak and Boemel.
The Queen of Onderland and Anatool
Kwak and Boemel

Thursday, 7 March 2019

1968, Television: “De Fabeltjeskrant” (“The Daily Fable”)

29 September 1968, the Dutch children’s television series “De Fabeltjeskrant” is broadcast for the first time on the Dutch channel NOS. The series, created by Leen Valkenier and produced by Thijs Chanowski, featured a combination of puppetry and stop motion. The first episodes were based upon the fables of Jean de La Fontaine. The main character, the owl "Meneer de Uil", introduces each episode reading a fable. The original series was broadcast on the Dutch channel NOS and the Belgian channel BRT (VRT). After 1041 episodes the series ended on 31 Augustus 1974.
Jacob the Owl
Ed and Willem Beaver
The original characters were Jacob de Uil (the wise Owl), Lowieke de Vos (the cunning Fox), Meneer de Raaf (Mr. Raven) and Juffrouw Ooievaar (Miss Stork). Leen Valkenier added the brothers Ed and Willem Bever (Beaver), Zoef de Haas (Hare), Bor the Wolf, Meindert the Horse and the Hamster sisters. At the start of the series all characters were voiced by Frans van Dusschoten, Ger Smit en Elsje Scherjon.
Miss Stork, Zoef the Hare, Lowieke the Fox and Bor the Wolf
Zoef the Hare, Miss Stork, Jacob the Owl and Gerrit the Carrier Pigeon
The show was adapted in the following countries
  • France: “Le petit écho de la Forêt” on Antenne 2 (1982)
  • Hungary: “Fabulácskahírek”
  • Israel: “Sipurimpo”
  • Italy: “Il bosco dei perché” on RaiUno (1980)
  • Norway: “Fablenes bok” on NRK TV (1976)
  • Sweden: “Fablernas värld”
  • United Kingdom: “The Daily Fable” on ITV (1973-1975)
  • Peru / Mexico: “Las Crónicas de Fabulandia”
  • Japan: “Fachishu shinbun”
Thijs Chanowski, Jacob the Owl and Leen Valkenier
receiving the Golden TeleVizier-Ring in 1969
Awards
  • Golden TeleVizier-Ring, Netherlands (1969)

Dutch, original version: "De Fabeltjeskrant"


English version: "The Daily Fable"


French version: "
Le petit écho de la Forêt"


Italian version: "Il bosco dei perché"



Swedish version: "Fablernas värld"

Saturday, 2 March 2019

1967, Film: "Fantômas contre Scotland Yard"

The French comedy / crime film "Fantômas contre Scotland Yard" premiered on 16 March 1967 in France. The film was directed by André Hunebelle and written by Jean Halain and Pierre Foucaud, based on the novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. Main stars are Jean Marais in the double role as Fantômas and Fandor, Louis de Funès as Le commissaire Juve and Mylène Demongeot as Hélène Gurn. The music was composed by Michel Magne. This is the third and final episode of the Fantômas trilogy after "Fantômas" (1964) and "Fantômas se déchaîne" (1965).

Synopsis
Fantômas (Jean Marais) imposes a head tax on the rich, threatening to kill those who do not comply. Journalist Fandor (Jean Marais), his fiancée Hélène (Mylène Demongeot) and commissaire Juve (Louis de Funès) are invited to Scotland by Lord McRashley (Jean-Roger Caussimon)...
Jean Marais as Fandor, Louis de Funès as Commissaire Juve
and Mylène Demongeot as Hélène Gurn
Jean Marais as Fandor and Louis de Funès as Commissaire Juve
Jean Marais as Fantômas
Main cast
  • Jean Marais as Fantômas / Fandor
  • Louis de Funès as Le commissaire Juve
  • Mylène Demongeot as Hélène Gurn
  • Françoise Christophe as Lady Dorothy MacRashley
  • Jean-Roger Caussimon as Lord Edward MacRashley
  • Robert Dalban as Le directeur du journal
Louis de Funès as Commissaire Juve, Françoise Christophe as Lady Dorothy MacRashley,
Jean Marais as Fandor and Mylène Demongeot as Hélène Gurn
Jean-Roger Caussimon as Lord Edward MacRashley and
Louis de Funès as Commissaire Juve
Trivia
  • Only the opening scene was shot in Scotland. The rest was shot between Château de Roquetaillade, near Bordeaux, and Fontainebleau Forest.
  • Mylène Demongeot claimed that a fourth episode called "Fantômas à Moscou" ( "Fantômas in Moscow") was planned.

Trailer 1967

Saturday, 23 February 2019

1966, Cars: Ford Taunus 12M/15M (P6)

In September 1966 Ford-Werke GmbH (Ford of Germany) introduced the new Ford Taunus 12M / 15M. It was the sixth newly designed German Ford to be launched after the war for this reason it is known as Ford Project 6 (P6) or the Ford Taunus P6. 

The front wheel drive car was available as a two or four door saloon, a "Turnier" (station wagon) and a coupé. The Taunus 12M was available with two engine choices, a 1183 cc V4 water-cooled (1966- 1968) and a 1305 cc V4 cylinder water-cooled. The Taunus 15M was offered with a 1498 cc V4 cylinder water-cooled engine or a 1699 cc V4 cylinder water-cooled engine (from 1967). All cars had a four-speed all-synchromesh manual gear box with a column-mounted lever. From February 1968 a floor-mounted lever was available as an option. The 15M was differentiated by its grill and rectangular headlights / rear light clusters from the 12M which had round front lights and extended lozenge rear lights.
Predecessor: Taunus 12M / 15M P4
Ford 12M 2 Door (1967)
Ford Taunus 12M Coupé (1966)
Ford 15M 4 Door (1968)
Evolution
  • in August 1967 the Taunus name was dropped and the cars were now named Ford 12M and Ford 15M
  • in 1967 the 1699cc V4 engine became available for the 15M
  • in March 1968 the Ford 15M RS was introduced with the floor-mounted gear change as a standard feature
Ford 15M Turnier (1967)
Ford 15M RS (1968)
Ford 15M RS (1968)
Successor: Ford Taunus TC1 (1970)
In August 1970 the P6 was replaced by the Ford Taunus TC1. A total of 668,187 P6's were produced at Cologne-Niehl (Germany) and Genk (Belgium).
Ford Taunus 12M / 15M Advert (Germany, 1966)


Ford 12M / 15M Advert (Germany, circa 1967)

Sunday, 17 February 2019

1965, Music: Belgian Single Charts 01/04/1965

N° 20
Adamo with "Elle..."
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Salvatore Adamo
- Highest Position: N° 5
- Weeks in the charts: 16




N° 19
Johnny Hallyday with "Johnny lui dit adieu"
- Country: France
- Music/Lyrics: Ralph Bernet, Joy Byers
- Highest Position: N° 19
- Weeks in the charts: 4



N° 18
Rocco Granata with "Melancholie"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Konrad Fuchsberger
- Highest Position: N° 18
- Weeks in the charts: 4




N° 17
Chubby Checker with "Lovely, Lovely"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Robyn Supraner, Sherman Rothman
- Highest Position: N° 16
- Weeks in the charts: 8




N° 16
The Supremes with "Stop! In The Name Of Love"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland
- Highest Position: N° 12
- Weeks in the charts: 8



N° 15
Shirley Bassey with "Goldfinger"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 16




N° 14
Will Tura with "Lach ermee"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Nelly Byl, Jean Kluger, Gaston Nuyts
- Highest Position: N° 14
- Weeks in the charts: 8




N° 13
Elvis Presley with "Do The Clam"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Ben Weisman, Sid Wayne, Dolores Fuller
- Highest Position: N° 10
- Weeks in the charts: 8




N° 12
Lucille Starr with "Colinda"
- Country: Canada
- Music/Lyrics: Davis, LeBlanc, Doc Guidry
- Highest Position: N° 12
- Weeks in the charts: 16




N° 11
Marc Aryan with "Katy"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Marc Aryan
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 20




N° 10
The Beatles with "Rock And Roll Music"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Chuck Berry
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 16




N° 9
The Beatles with "Eight Days A Week"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
- Highest Position: N° 9
- Weeks in the charts: 8




N° 8
The Rolling Stones with "The Last Time"
- Country: UK
- Music/Lyrics: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 12




N° 7
Gudrun Jankis Orchestra with "Let Kiss (Jenka)"
- Country: Finland
- Music/Lyrics: Rauno Lehtinen
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 20



N° 6
Adamo with "La nuit"
- Country: Belgium
- Music/Lyrics: Salvatore Adamo
- Highest Position: N° 3
- Weeks in the charts: 20




N° 5
Lucille Starr with "The French Song (Quand le soleil dit bonjour aux montagnes)"
- Country: Canada
- Music/Lyrics: Larry Vincent, Harry Pease
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 16

N° 4
France Gall with "Poupée de cire, poupée de son"
- Country: Luxembourg / France
- Music/Lyrics: Serge Gainsbourg
- Highest Position: N° 4
- Weeks in the charts: 8



N° 3
Roy Orbison with "Goodnight"
- Country: USA
- Music/Lyrics: Roy Orbison, Bill Dees
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 20




N° 2
Bobby Solo with "Se piangi, se ridi"
- Country: Italy
- Music/Lyrics: Mogol, Roberto Satti, Gianni Marchetti
- Highest Position: N° 2
- Weeks in the charts: 16




N° 1
Guy Mardel with "N'avoue jamais"
- Country: France
- Music/Lyrics: Françoise Dorin, Guy Mardel
- Highest Position: N° 1
- Weeks in the charts: 16





Friday, 1 February 2019

1964, Car Spotting: Old Hospital, Burchtstraat, Aalst, Belgium

Left to right
Ford Taunus 12M (P4), Chrysler (Plymouth) Valiant, Renault 4CV, Simca 1000, Simca 1000, Ford Anglia (105E), Fiat 1100, Vauxhall Victor FB, Mercedes-Benz W110, Ford Anglia Sportsman (123E), Opel Rekord Panel Van (P2).