Lockdown Headwear, Trainspotting and “Lust For Life”

A lovely post last week from C over at Sun Dried Sparrows was inspired both by the lyrics to David Bowie’s song Queen Bitch, and by the fact we’re all soon going to have to wear bippity-boppity hats to cover up our uncut and uncoiffed hair.

She’s so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat and bippity-boppity hat

Well, it’s taken a global pandemic but I’m becoming a lot less shy around here. The Swede over at Unthought of, though, somehow has already shared his “hat picture” in reply, so here is mine. It’s from a long time ago, when I still looked young and cute, taken on our honeymoon in Edinburgh in 1992. No far-flung trips to foreign climes for us, as money was tight, but I have such fond memories of that week and a simple three hour drive down the A9 was all that was needed to get there. My hat was a favourite from the time and seemed to stay on my disproportionately big head just right.

Who else is willing to share a picture of themselves in their favourite headwear? I nominate C.

My Honeymoon Hat

Regulars around here might remember that a few years ago, whilst having yet another trip to Edinburgh, Mr WIAA and myself made a short film recreating scenes from the film Trainspotting (written about here).


My last post was quite a serious one so in order to lighten the mood I’m happy to humiliate myself again by sharing the practice film we made on day one, and the final cut from day two. Twenty five years on from the picture above and everything looked pretty much the same. Right now, Edinburgh will be a ghost town.

(Just in case anyone missed out on Danny Boyle’s black comedy about a group of heroin addicts living in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh, I have added the official trailer from 1996 to the bottom of this page as a postscript. My little films will thus make more sense.)

Day 1 – Carrying out the Recce and the Outtakes

Day 2 – The Final Masterpiece (soundtrack by David Bowie and Iggy Pop)

There were plans afoot for a mini-blogger’s summit to take place in Edinburgh towards the end of the summer. Will we really still be in lockdown mode then? I for one sincerely hope not.

Until next time, look out those bippity-boppity hats and get snapping.

Lust for Life Lyrics
(Song by Iggy Pop/David Bowie)

Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And a flesh machine
He’s gonna do another strip tease

Hey man, where’d you get that lotion?
I’ve been hurting since I bought the gimmick
About something called love
Yeah, something called love
Well, that’s like hypnotising chickens

Well, I’m just a modern guy
Of course, I’ve had it in the ear before
‘Cause of a lust for life
‘Cause of a lust for life

I’m worth a million in prizes
With my torture film
Drive a G.T.O.
Wear a uniform
All on government loan

I’m worth a million in prizes
Yeah, I’m through with sleeping on the sidewalk
No more beating my brains
No more beating my brains
With the liquor and drugs
With the liquor and drugs

Well, I’m just a modern guy
Of course, I’ve had it in my ear before
‘Cause, of a lust for life (lust for life)
‘Cause of a lust for life (lust for life, oooo)
I’ve got a lust for life (oooh)
Got a lust for life (oooh)
Oh, a lust for life (oooh)
Oh, a lust for life (oooh)
A lust for life (oooh)
I got a lust for life (oooh)
Got a lust for life


Trainspotting – The official trailer.

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

16 thoughts on “Lockdown Headwear, Trainspotting and “Lust For Life””

  1. Ah many thanks for the name-check. Lovely to see the very chic model in that Vogue fashion shoot image here 🙂
    The outtakes made me smile too – how many miles did you run in all that day?! I’m also looking at those Edinburgh locations through new eyes having envisaged a few of us being there in person later this year…. perhaps that’s one for 2021 instead with the way things are going – but still determined to make it at some point.
    As for the hat pic… (strokes chin) I’ll have to see what I can do. Could this be the start of a new Swedey McSwedeface style series perhaps?!

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    1. Sorry, boring you with my hat picture now but we all loved your bippity-boppity hat post so much, it’s been an inspiration. Believe it or not I still have that wrap and on my Wardrobe Planning set of spreadsheets (I’ve mentioned them around here before) it’s the oldest thing I still have in my inventory. Kind of timeless really.

      As for the hat pictures, a fair few seem to have come in now and Graeme, my Orcadian correspondent says he’ll post a picture too. Yes, a new phenomenon, Bippity-Boppity-McHatface. Think it’s you that should really be following up on this one though and sorry if I’ve hijacked your post. We all need the distraction.


    1. Well I really hope you can get to Edinburgh at some point too – Suspect it won’t be for some time though.

      The videos were great fun to put together and made our saunter around the town even more interesting than usual. I love finding the locations for films when I visit places (my Local Hero telephone box trip too).

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    1. We were jinxed big time. Edinburgh will suffer more than most cities as just so dependent on tourism, the Festival and the big Hogmanay party. Good for renters though as so much accommodation will now be available at knock-down prices. A lot of the world’s ills are being readdressed by this crisis.

      Hope you’re doing ok – Keep well and stay safe.


  2. A fabulous post that I somehow managed to miss completely, so many thanks to C for linking to it. Your hat is a corker Alyson. Is it still in the wardrobe? When we eventually meet in Edinburgh, we should all be holding an LP sleeve to our face and be wearing a titfer at a jaunty angle so that we can easily identify each other! Then you can lead us for a jog around those Trainspotting locations, pausing only at the occasional watering hole for light refreshment! Your short films and the Bippity Boppity McHatface phenomenon have cheered me up no end. John Medd is quite the dude too isn’t he?

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    1. Yes a new phenomenon – Bippity Boppity McHatface.

      As for my hat, long gone I’m afraid as spent too long at the back of a cupboard in our Victorian era flat – Didn’t do it any favours. C definitely won the prize for coolest hat picture though – Wish we’d been able to see the whole film. If Edinburgh ever does happen there are many film locations to visit but we certainly enjoyed our day(s) recreating those Trainspotting scenes.


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