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Old 15th Jul 2017, 8:18 pm   #21
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That would have been just the thing to have visible on the long, low sideboard as you tucked into a meal that began with prawn cocktail and ended with Arctic roll ..... And if your friends dared criticise it, you need only remind them that you had been to Venice, and they had not!
Funny you should say that. It's already sailing majestically across my long low 60s sideboard, the lights reflecting in the glossy surface just like they would on the canal in Venice! Strangely magical...

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Old 15th Jul 2017, 8:30 pm   #22
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Wonderful! I had an aunt who had one of those in her living room. I never saw it lit up, though. What a treat to see it now.

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Old 15th Jul 2017, 9:04 pm   #23
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Hey, you've got a lamp covered in mosaic tiles, too! Not a Tri-light, is it?
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Old 15th Jul 2017, 9:45 pm   #24
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Funny you should say that. It's already sailing majestically across my long low 60s sideboard, the lights reflecting in the glossy surface just like they would on the canal in Venice! Strangely magical...
Indeed.

There's just a certain something about the light from those little tungsten filament bulbs and the impure colours you get from filtered white light, as opposed to the narrow spectrum from LEDs. Or maybe that's just a modern version of a candlelight fetish!

There can't be very many surviving examples of these things, so treasure it!
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Old 16th Jul 2017, 4:46 pm   #25
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What's wrong with that?
Back to the Gondola, find another and put them in series?
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 6:55 pm   #26
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"All shipshape and Bristol fashion" popped into my mind.......
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Old 17th Jul 2017, 6:57 pm   #27
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 12:50 pm   #28
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Absolutely nothing wrong, so long as the wine is chianti in one of those basket-type holders and the pepper-mill is about three feet long. It would be a great idea if there were cheese-and-silverskin pickled onions and cheese-and-pineapple nibbles on cocktail sticks stuck into half a grapefruit covered in aluminium foil, too. "Abigail's Party", anyone?
Sorry for going off-topic. Nice gondola....
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These were always on top of the television sets in the 1970's.
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As an alternative to the ubiquitous "Mateus Rose" wine-bottle adapted as a lamp??
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 4:13 pm   #31
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No room on a modern set or they'd still be there!
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Did it come with a suitable bracket to mount it on a flat screen TV?

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Absolutely nothing wrong, so long as the wine is chianti in one of those basket-type holders and the pepper-mill is about three feet long. It would be a great idea if there were cheese-and-silverskin pickled onions and cheese-and-pineapple nibbles on cocktail sticks stuck into half a grapefruit covered in aluminium foil, too. "Abigail's Party", anyone?
Sorry for going off-topic. Nice gondola....
Not forgetting the print of the Oriental woman with a green face.
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I guess you'd have to have kept your food warm in an EKCO 'Hostess' trolley, in case anyone wanted seconds??

And also had one of the Russell-Hobbs pale blue ceramic electric percolator-coffee-jugs (like I have here, sadly minus its power-lead) with the flower-design on the side for some relaxed after-meal refreshment made with *real* ground-coffee {such sophistication!} rather than the traditional Nescafe or "Mellow Bird's" instant.

I have my late-parents' methylated-Spirit-powered fondue-set somewhere if you want to relive the 1970s **properly**.
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My preferred late 1960's/ early 1970's lamp bottle was the "Triple Vintage" cider bottle, my favourite cider and something I haven't seen for years.

When mains voltages were harmonised, our mains definitely dropped from 240V to 235V. Conversely, the mains voltage at my brother-in-law's house in France, increased from 220V to ... 235V. Incidentally, I started learning Italian last year, and was amused to learn that "Cornetto" is actually Italian for "Croissant"!
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 6:25 pm   #36
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Ice cream cones and croissants are all variations on horn shapes- cornet is just a little horn-you can play one if you're so inclined.

Getting back to gondolas, or at least period tat, my bottle based table lamp is an interestingly shaped wide bottomed long necked one that held Yugoslavian brandy in the mid '80s. With some pea shingle added it's a very stable base too.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 6:31 pm   #37
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Incidentally, I started learning Italian last year, and was amused to learn that "Cornetto" is actually Italian for "Croissant"!
Before the Mods jump on us like a ton of bricks, I thought that "Croissant" was French for "crescent", because they are crescent-shaped.
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The first avocado pear I ever saw was sprouting roots in a glass contraption on the class nature table.
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Sounds like the gismo normally used for a hyacinth bulb.

Melon Boats?

Wedge of melon, sprinkle with ginger, cucumber sail on cocktail stick mast. Should sail happily alongside the gondola.

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