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Now playing on iTunes: Grace Jones - Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
My Jamaican Guy
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
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
Monday, 26 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
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.
Narcissus Chinese Sacred Lily
Kung Hei Fat Choi
Now playing: Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II - Flower Drum Song
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
Thursday, 22 January 2009
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
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
Pierre Frey , the French family owned and run fabric house.
Wallpaper Alexandrie Begonia
From their range of printed fabrics, Tobago
New to their range of printed fabrics, Roses Anciennes
Now playing: Juanita Hall - Bali Ha'i
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
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
... 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
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
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
Sunday, 18 January 2009
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