Tuesday, 30 September 2008

a tribute...

nothing more i can add really... except the world is a little less beautiful since saturday. RIP paul. SOOOOOOOOBB!!!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

it was the autumn equinox yesterday :-(

the only good thing about this sad fact is that its boot wearing season again so I shall soon be perchasing a pair of these . I supose if I have to look on the bright side autum does herald birthday celebrations whch means seeing all of my favourite people in the same place very soon. it also has the potential for breezy, clear blue kite flying skies, life drawing classes at the candid arts centre begin. favourite dark coloured winter clothes are back on the scene. boozy roast lunches resume on sundays. I get my annual hair treat. {the rest of the year I make do with DY trims} good TV is back and good films are released, I actually use my love film membership.
lie ins become legal. staying in is the new going out..... Ok so 11 good things...thats not so bad.

Friday, 19 September 2008

While looking for inspiration for my birthday party...







I googled my year of birth and the world wide web came up with these beauties. the bottom one sealed the deal, a 1978 party it is! the outfit posibilites are endless, as are the music platylists. I feel so proud that this was the look the year I was born.
my dear friends han and matt have kindly offered to prepare canapees , inspired by a recent car boot buy: the 1977 readers digest *entertaining* cookbook....tuna mousse, cheese cubes with pineapple, vol au vents with egg mayonnaise, potato nests {very entertaining but not how they meant it im sure} all that washed down with Liebfraumilch or maybe babysham ..actually what was the tipple of choice in the late 70's??....It will be just like abigail's party, we can all have very bad hair days and wear big square glasses and tank tops. excellent.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Monday, 15 September 2008

more pretty doodlings

Ive said it before and I'll say it again, I heart this kind of nostalgic graphic design and illustration thats around at them moment... like this ladies work it looks a lot like album cover artwork of seventies.... or like this and this which remind me of the illustrations of the late 60's that featured on the covers of oz magazine, they look like phone pad doodles or the psychedelic scribbles that adorned my exercise books at school. { no offence artists, im not saying your work's rubbish or nut'in}

Thursday, 11 September 2008

this was hong kong....

it was tacky.... but in a good way. I love a bit of commie kitsch...(a bit of ming dynasty kitsch ...even better)
The ladies were so stylish and completely designer label obsessed, obsessed with all things shopping actually, even more than ladies here.... Hong Kong is the land of conspicuous consumption some say. ( yeah of course i did, little bit)

It was was the most high rise country I have ever visited...I banished all thoughts of towering infernos and quite enjoyed the novelty of the street views with cars like toys and people like ants. Initially I found it quite hilarious that the words to aerosmith's love in an elevator escaped compulsively out of my mouth every time I got in a lift. ( this did wear a little thin after about day 3 but I couldnt stop )

It was a bit beachy too which was a very nice surprise indeed. I had no idea when I set off that I would be lying on sand any time soon.... there was me and 3 life guards on the beach. I think i was a major disappointment to them, I only got in the water for approx 1.5 mins...and I didnt need saving (the water only came up to my waist!) nice of them to hang around all day in case I did though.

How green it was on Lamma island! and tropical ( spider as big as my thumb)

and then there was the kind of bluey grey palette of HK bay, I guess it was the humidity that made it look that way. when you were actually on the island you had to look straight up in order to see the sky. I'm a girl who likes wide open space...and sky...I really like to see the sky, I like to avoid being in the shadow of anything.

There were quite a few meal time challanges...( which I rose to naturally.) In the space of 5 days I was served sea cucumber, sharks fin soup ( I know bad bad bad! I will probably be eaten by a shark next time I scuba as karmic payback), geese feet ( I really did..the pale jellyish, yellowish,clawed talons are still haunting me)

and chose my dinner from a tank...I think this little nimo is mouthing heeeeelllllp meeee at me though the glass. I didnt eat him.



There were so many pretty tropical birds at the bird market, sadly cooped up in small cages together. I felt like a bit of a swine going there at all...but you know I have a thing for birds. I couldnt resist. at first I wanted to charge round opening doors and shaking them free, but then I decided to respect this ancient tradition the only way I could, I took pictures and bought 2 wooden birdcages to use as light shades at home.


This was the first lotus flower I've ever seen. look at the colour! they look plastic but they're not!

more dodgy food....having said that I ate the best sasheemi I have ever had...and there was so much of it.... and I wasnt paying!



There was a lot of neon, lots of it everywhere in big gaudy signs over the streets in rainrow colours. I like to think they held nice, poetic words...not words advertising rooms by the hour.


I wanted to take these lamp shades home...but aparrently they weren't for sale ( plus I had the bird cages)


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These are birthday buns .....or maybe bums its hard to say.

It was great to get away, its so good to be reminded of the wonders that lie out there in the big wide world and to experience new an exciting things but its also great I think to remember what you have and love at home....like marmite on toast for instance. ...and horizons.

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