. . . appearing in the Arena, Verona!!!!

well, at least in the newspaper of the same name, and at

Cantine del’Arena . . . . which is very close by . . .


. . . on being ‘original’

This thing about spotting similarities is also a problem when I’m saying watching TV, or even sitting in a bar. I’ll say to Lesley, ‘See that guy over there? Who does that remind you of? ‘ She often can’t see any resemblance until I say ‘he’s got so and so’s nose . .’ or eyes or whatever.’ It’s not a ‘skill’ I’m proud of, and it can be real nuisance; I can waste an awful lot of energy trying to think of who some bit-part actor in a TV cop series reminds me of . . .

PS for more ways of wasting time see next post 🙂

The Slamp of Happiness?

I’m always wary of anything bearing oriental calligraphy – not because I don’t like it– but because I don’t understand what it says . . . . I bought a shirt in Singapore,  which I’ve never worn it. It has a lovely calligraphic design on the front—- it may say ‘have a nice day’;  it may say ‘May happiness go with you wherever you go’ or it may say ‘Have you seen what this idiot looks like?’


Cheesecloth shirt; one owner never worn . . .

petitelapgiraffe . . . yeah sure . .

this is so well done . . .the idea of using a ‘billionaire’ stereotype character, makes it almost believable. Believable? well put it this way, I have a Bengal which is a cross between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic cat wild but cute – . . . but now you CAN buy an even wilder cat called Ashera for $25,950 ap. so mini giraffes is not that absurd . . . well, it is but you know what I mean

Liz Taylor 1932-2011

A few Taylor related facts:

She signed her first film contract in 1941.

She converted to Judaism when married to her first husband Mike Todd (born Avrom Goldbogen)

She often argued about being Jewish with Richard Burton who claimed that he (as a Welshman) saw the Welsh as the ‘Jews of Britain’. Though (as a Welshman) I see what he’s getting at: having a separate identity under a national banner BUT he was somewhat ignoring the fact that there were already the Jews of Britain. . . .

Taylor insisted that Cleopatra was filmed in the system her late husband had patented Todd-AO ( a.k.a. Goldbogen-AO? ) to which she owned the rights, this adding to her already massive fee of $1 million.

Design Classics: Gitanes packet

After one of my regular ‘commenters’, Cayman Thorn remarked on my inclusion of Zippo lighters, which brought to mind, my mate Barry (again) who said that from a design standpoint, a packet of Gitanes was the perfect smoker’s kit!! This was a late night attempt to capture the elegance of the packet- hmm, must take more water with it. . .