Thursday, 29 January 2009

Bright idea

Oyule oil lamp by Sergio Silva

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Now playing on iTunes: Grace Jones - Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician
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Melting light

A series of unique crystal lamps by Pieke Bergmans, with Royal Leerdam Crystal and Solid Lighting.

Found on CubeMe.

Now playing on iTunes: Grace Jones - Barefoot In Beverley Hills
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Over easy

Sandy 1 egg mobile

Sandy 3 egg mobile

From Hinson Lighting

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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

More Grace

My Jamaican Guy

William's Blood

I am guessing La vie en rose

Devil in My Life

Beginning of the encore - the bowler becomes a disco ball.

Slave to the Rhythm

All images courtesy of Christian Newton

Now playing on iTunes: Grace Jones - Well Well Well
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A force of nature

Grace Jones, Telegraph

There is always the possibility that things won't live up to one's expectations. This was most certainly not the case with Miss Jones and her Hurricane Tour last night.

She opened the show from a raised platform that slowly lowered her to the stage as she sang Nightclubbing. Dressed in a sculpted black jacket, footless tights, and a skull cap with a spike of feathers, the lady looked as if she meant business.

With each song her basic costume of leotard, footless tights, and high (but not outrageous) heels was transformed with a singular addition. This is Life, which followed Nightclubbing, saw the addition of the disc-like mohawk pictured above. For My Jamaican Guy we were treated to a raffia coat with raffia fringe and a hat that resembled the spire of an Eastern temple.

By The Grace of Goude

For the first encore number Miss Jones appeared in this crystal encrusted bowler while lasers beamed down on to it as she sang. Which song? I'm not exactly certain. For nearly two hours, I was in a state of euphoria adrift on a wave of margaritas.

It was a fabulous party. Everyone wore black. And, nobody touched the savories.

Now playing on iTunes: Grace Jones - William´s Blood
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Monday, 26 January 2009

In less than 24

I can't, and won't, think of anything else.

Now playing on iTunes: Grace Jones - Devil In My Life
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Friday, 23 January 2009

Year of the Ox

The colour red represents happiness and light drives away evil spirits.

Flowers (not white):
Both kumquat and narcissus symbolise prosperity, peach blossom symbolises luck, and chrysanthemum symbolises longevity.

Nagami kumquat

Narcissus Chinese Sacred Lily

Prunus persica


Kung Hei Fat Choi

Now playing: Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II - Flower Drum Song
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More ways to waste time

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

Timothy Mo's Sour Sweet was made into a film in 1988. Saddly it has not been rereleased on DVD. Luckily, it is a wonderful read.

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

Now playing: Level 42 - The Chinese Way
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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Europeans eat sausages wherever they go

Kathleen Byron, the noted actress, dies at the age of 88. Her most memorable role was that of the deranged Sister Ruth in Powell and Pressburger’s Black Narcissus (1947). Sister Ruth is driven mad by her desire for the handsome Mr. Dean (played by David Farrar).

Her full obituary appears in The Times.

The original cinema trailer for Black Narcissus

Now playing on iTunes: Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to love
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The mononym


In our house there was a rumor that Capucine had once been male. After a while, true or not, it became accepted as fact. It seemed the most logical way to explain away such perfection. And, she was perfect.

Men look at me like I'm a suspicious-looking trunk, and they're customs agents.

Walk on the Wild Side (1962) - Capucine in her role as the disillusioned prostitute, Hallie Gerard, with Barbara Stanwyck as her Madam, Jo Courtney.

Now playing: Pet Shop Boys - Always on My Mind
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Among the fray

Pierre Frey , the French family owned and run fabric house.

Wallpaper Alexandrie Begonia
Classic Collection

From their range of printed fabrics, Tobago

New to their range of printed fabrics, Roses Anciennes

Now playing: Juanita Hall - Bali Ha'i
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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Napoleon III

Or, another way of saying Victorian in French.

Napoleon III Settee
Newly upholstered in Pierre Frey fabric and fringe trim.
Trianon Antiques on 1st Dibs

Pair of Napoleon III Slipper Chairs
Balsamo on 1st Dibs

Napoleon III Gueridon
With an inlaid mother of pearl tilting top.
Maison de Provence on 1st Dibs

Napoleon III Jardiniere
Antique black lacquer jardiniere with beautiful brass detailing and the original lid, circa 1870.
Antiques on Old Plank Road on 1stDibs

Now playing: Grace Jones - Love You to Life
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The common

... but not lowly snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, heralds the end of winter.

Anglesey Abbey, a former priory near Cambridge, is famous for its winter dell.

Galanthus S.Arnott and Galanthus elwesii, two of the larger more unusual varieties.

Now playing: Antony & The Johnsons - Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground
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Tuesday, 20 January 2009


Painters Smock Cushion by Paul Smith for The Rug Company. Fantastic woven texture and a divine pom-pom fringe.

Now playing: Cher - Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
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In an alternate universe...

RuBama by Mathu Andersen

Now playing: RuPaul - Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous
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Wildflower Meadow

Chelsea 2008

Now playing on iTunes: Beck - End of the Day
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Monday, 19 January 2009

More ways to waste time

The Holly Woodlawn Story: A Low Life in High Heels

Broken Goddess, signed limited edition

Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn in an homage to the silent screen. Shot in the summer of 1973, Broken Goddess became one of the great underground New York films of its period.

Now playing: Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
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Miss Peggy Lee - not the definitive rendition, but the definitive look.


Sunday, 18 January 2009

Winter warmer

French Onion Soup. Delia Smith does it best. Though she seems to have left out the sprig of fresh thyme and the bay leaf.

Ovenproof soup bowls are essential for the grilling stage.

Now playing: The Beautiful South - A Little Time
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Puett's world

J. Morgan Puett's Chicken Coop

Now playing: Little Big Town - Boondocks
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