Retro Immersion - British Style

The doldrums of winter are finally setting in here in northern Vermont. The holidays have come and gone, and we're having single digit temps these past few days. What better time to curl up on your couch and take in some retro television viewing?

While doing some research online for retro kitchen designs, Eric stumbled upon this article from the Daily Mail in the UK about "Time Warp Wives." It profiles three women who have basically shunned modern life and live in a different time - one in the 1930s, one in the 1940s, and another in the 1950s. The article mentioned a television series that was shown in the UK of the same name, and bits of it can be seen on YouTube:

Unfortunately we haven't been able to track down any full episodes as it is not available on demand via Channel 4 in the UK. But the YouTube clips themselves are worth checking out. 

Of course, there's also (an unrelated) blog of the same name: Time Warp Wives. It's a fun blog with a wealth of information on everything from home economics to retro fashion and design.

Also worth checking out is The 1940s House - a reality show produced by Channel 4 and also shown on PBS here in the USA. A modern British family was selected to live as a typical middle class family during the Blitz in World War II. The family must deal with rationing, and as if they were actually under the constnat threat of air raids. They black out their windows nightly and even build a bomb shelter.

The entire program is available on YouTube. 

If you're here in Vermont and getting tired of wearing fleece and boots, and are hankering for a little taste of something from a by-gone era, then dig into your closet and get into that vintage dress or three piece suit and  come dancing! On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, Vermont Swings hosts swing dancing at the Champlain Club in Burlington. There's a beginner lesson from 8:00pm to 8:30pm and then the dancing goes till 11:00pm. The suggested donation is just $5. the next dance is on Saturday January 28th (bring clean shoes to change into once inside - they need to protect the floor from all the salt and winter grit). 

Know of any other retro events or goings-on in Vermont or the rest of New England? Drop us a line and let us know. 

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