Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
28 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 DIGITAL EDITION NOW ON LINE D D D DI I I IG G ITA A A A A AL L L L L L L L E ED D D D D D D DI I IT T TI I IO O O O O ON N N N NO O O O O OW W W W WON L L LI IN N NE E E www.wairarapanews.co.nz FREE 4110178AA BIGGINS INTERIOR SOLUTIONS FIBROUS PLASTER PRODUCTS ESTABLISHED IN 1943 Biggins Interior Solutions have been servicing the Wairarapa for over half a century and continue to deliver hand-made, high quality brous plaster products throughout the country. Known for their numerous amounts of work done on heritage buildings around Wellington this includes Government House, Supreme Court, Parliament and Miramar Picture Theatre. Our extensive range of decorative mouldings will add a touch of class and charm to your home. However, if you don t nd that special something from our range, we are happy to make you a one-o original -- exactly to your design and speci cations. Our team of experienced tradespeople o er the full range of service from manufacture through to installation. Visit our website to see our range of products and examples of recent projects undertaken or feel free to come and visit our showroom for friendly and helpful advice. 310 WAIWHETU RD LOWER HUTT PH: 939 3080 FAX: 939 3081 www.interiorsolutions.co.nz 40 09567AD Spy spoof: In a futile bid to look the part of a sinister spy writer, Oy Oy 7 creator Sol Weinstein cocks his Cavendish & Harvey pistol, which fires 25 butterscotch pellets a second. He wears his trenchcoat and trench-hat to go along with his chronic trench-mouth. MATTHEW DALLAS By MATTHEW DALLAS Oy Oy 7 returns Oy Oy 7 returns The lovemaking was profane to say the least. Totally indulgent. He was the kind of agent to be turned on by a navel orange. Sol Weinstein is describing Israel Bond, the master spy and semitic seducer at the centre of his satirical adventure novels, which are back in print for the first time in 40 years. The titles betray both the satirical tone of Weinstein s writing and his inspiration; Loxfinger, Matzohball, On the Secret Service of His Majesty, The Queen, and You Only Live Until You Die. Ian Fleming and I were writing in different alternative realities at the same time. That s the line I ve always stuck to -- and I m not changing it for you, says Sol, who has called Plimmerton home since he left the United States in 2002. Kapi-Mana News was introduced to the New Jerseyan in 2006 when we learned he had composed, some 40 years earlier, the sentimental 1961 show tune The Curtain Falls. It was a stage favourite of both Bobby Darin and Bob Hope, and returned to prominence in the Darin bio-pic Beyond the Sea. A newspaper reporter turned comic writer, the Israel Bond adventures allowed Sol to move away from writing for night club entertainers in the mid-1960s. When Playboy magazine serialised Fleming s James Bond adventures, they interspersed them with Sol s Oy Oy 7 series. A big James Bond fan, he added peculiarities from his own life and an absurdist streak to the Fleming formula. Licensed to both kill and pray over the corpses, Israel Bond travelled the globe, protecting the holy land from criminal masterminds such as The Man With the Golden Gums and Auntie Sem-Heidt. The spy often relied more on quick puns and his prowess in the sack than actual espionage skills. But then, who could resist the temptations of Sister Sweetcakes the swinging nun, Kopy Katz -- the mistress of reproduction -- and, wait for it, Poontang Plenty? Poontang Plenty was my Pussy Galore...I really kept [Bond] busy, Sol says. Four volumes of Israel Bond adventures were published as $1 paperbacks by Simon & Schuster, selling between 400,000 and 500,000 copies, but later fell out of print. Sol was approached by American publisher About Comics last year to include the novels as part of its prose imprint. At 83, Sol s wit is still sharp, fast and indulgent. He wisecracks constantly, his enthusiasm unhampered by the mild case of Tourette s Syndrome he s had since childhood, and jumps at the chance to write his own photo caption (see below). Though no-one ever took Israel Bond to the big screen like 007, Sol soon found success in television, writing for variety shows and prime- time series The Jeffersons, The Love Boat and Three's Company. Folders of his scripts still stack his bookshelves, and photos from another age, of Sol with showbiz pals like Sammy Davis Jr and Dom Deluise, jostle for wall space with jazz posters and paintings by local artists. He enjoys life in New Zealand, a quiet and charming place. I wonder what Oy Oy 7 could do now to take Iran out of the ballgame. Because that s getting scary. The world is in the hands of crazy people unfortunately. You have to be thankful for New Zealand s positioning. I try to make people laugh, but on the inside I m just as scared as anyone else. What s more, Monk [his cat] wants me to turn over the house to him and put me in an old folks home. Buy the books at http://oy-oy-7.com.
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