Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Theres an obsession with reminiscing over woodstock at the moment. It seems to have sprung from the film about to be released - Taking Woodstock.
I've always loved the idea of naked people with lovely hair in a field screaming free love and dancing (it reminds me of Womad) but I'm getting caught up in the current craze.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I went to an art gallery last week to see previously unpublished paparazzi shots of Brigitte Bardot.
She's beautiful in every photo, and naked a lot too! Cheeky minx, apparently she's extremely comfortable without any clothes on.
I saw photos where her flaws are evident - in a positive way. Her tummy hangin' over some pants, a pimple or two on her face and lying on her back with her breasts pressed all over the place...all in a way that make her seem endearing and add up to an even more lovable character.
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I was at Brighton pier a couple of months ago and there was a million of those sideshow games where you can pluck a toy out of the box with a moving claw...and one of them was full of big sooty and sweep plush toys. Unfortunately it was the only carnival game out of order. I consoled myself with donuts instead.
Even my dad reminisces about Sooty :)
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Even those who called her immoral, deviant and a gold digger (Lily was married six times during her life) admitted to her artistry in her work. Her burlesque acts were memorable and refined stories based around mythology and folklore - she would enchant the audience by becoming Cleopatra, Salome or Carmen and could bring sincerity to an on stage bubble bath.
I have just finished reading the biography of Lily written by Kelly DiNardo.
Her stage presence as well as the way she lived her life is admirable. Lily aspired to glamour, her own values and moral codes and independence, all of which she achieved in her life. Not only did she inspire countless performers but she was an important positive figure in a time of many changes for women in society.
Despite her achievements Lily's story has a seamy undertow - and she died of heart failure caused by Heroin at the age of 81. She leaves behind a memory of burlesque at a time when glamour outweighed time constraints, live orchestras provided the music and dressing rooms were sumptuous rather than sordid.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
and did you know she's the sexy Mindy from that simpsons episode? What a minx!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Why should everything be instant now days? You value things so much more when you have to wait for them - like dessert (which is meant to come after dinner but is a rule I follow loosely). There is an anticipation and excitement that comes with waiting for the mail to arrive, as if you were a child again when the letterbox didn't bring you such serious looking white envelopes with your address glaring at you through its plasticy window.
You tend to treasure things that someone has written (not typed) and you can put under your pillow or read while eating bacon and eggs in the morning sun. You don't have the same care for facebook posts, or text messages, nor would you print them out and stash them away somewhere. Its not the same thing. There is an emotion to letter writing, and in the nature of the strokes that cant be imitated. As individual and unique as the person who wrote them.
Besides the hordes of junk mail (which i still read anyway, I love catalogues), the cost factor (send magazines and you'll know what I mean) and certain parcels that have gone missing (probably for the best, though avoid post office trainees), the post really has the most. and tangible is king.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I would have sat and contemplated the stories behind each painting for hours if the gallery wasn't so full of people. Put a nymph anywhere and I'm captivated.
Many of the paintings are based on folklore, mythology and poetry by Tennyson and Blake. The paintings are detailed, rich, descriptive and highly romantic - stories of lovesick women looking languorous. I recommend it to anyone who wont feel sick looking at so many sumptuous colours.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
My most favourite book.
The first half is a photographic story about a Cowboy called Kate with guns in her suspenders and an attitude which could seduce to kill. She has no problem walking around a saloon topless or peeking through sheer fabric.
She has real roar.
The second section is a collection of images telling short stories of bohemian women in lovely poses, each photograph looking like an artistic sixties pin up.
I love it so much that I can't even pick a favourite image from the book.
The photographer Sam Haskins is currently working on a new book "Fashion etcetera" check out these images which aren't making the final cut. If these are this beautiful, imagine which ones are to be published. Fashion etcetera will be launched in September with an exhibition at Milk Gallery in New York.