Saturday, 30 January 2010

Thursday, 28 January 2010

haha....and squirm a bit too.

at my request one of my students bought a cd to the lesson last night.  his favourite song he said, was a very famous english song. very beautiful but he didnt understand the lyrics, so i said i'd help him with them.


the song was whiter shade of pale by procal harem.

have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of this song?...i had not. yes i had warbled thoughtlessly along to them but never tried to decipher their meaning.

so this is me....

We skipped the light fandango   ok so  here they're dancing
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor  ....really wildy dancing
I was feeling kinda seasick ....dancing til they feel sick
but the crowd called out for more ...people dont want them to stop
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away...the room is spinning
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray...they order a lot more drinks
And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale....later when a man is telling them a story after all the dancing and drinking
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale
 ...her face turns completely white...she's feelinig ill.

kiyo looks awkward and rather crest fallen. he thought that this was a beautiful song about beautiful things, like love and moon light and turtle doves.
i explain that the words really are quite beautiful, like a love poem, but the meaning is not so romantic. infact it's very suggestive (teach new vocab). this, i explain is the british sense of humor...especially in the 1960's.


so what does the next verse mean?

She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well've been closed


well...erm lets see. nothing is making sense to her....but she can see what he wants...da da daaaa....he's playing his game....wont leave her alone.

...erm yeah in short: he's very drunk. he meets a very drunk girl and...erm...you know. errrrm 'takes her home' *wink wink*

kiyo's eyes look like they might pop out of his head, he looks mortified... i try to keep straight face and appear unphased but a laugh explodes from my mouth, he sees the funny side. we both laugh. a lot.

p.s think im wrong? wikipedia it. 




vanessa bruno ss 10



this short it beautiful. beautiful photography. beautiful music. beautiful lou dillon.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

the little things that are keeping the blehs at bay...



like coming home to find these in my letter box. ( the work of lovely ms moment i suspect.)


1. hand warmers. they give you these little hot sachets that you shake to activate then slip into your pockets as you leave a restaurant when its cold out. ( well that happened once anyway and it made me happy)

2. a bizarre looking item of womens underwear which  i have recently discovered is a tummy/back warmer. it looks like a pair of big bottomless knickers with a rectangular pocket in the front to hold a sachet warmer thingy (see above). soooo toasty! an amazing discovery for a cramp sufferer such as i...they work like  magic.

3.  dazzlingly sunny, clear winters days. ( also magic)

4. heated seats on the trains... so cosy. now i know why everyone nods off.

5. the view of a beautiful, snow-capped mount fuji against the flawless, blue sky, from one of those seats, on one of those days.

6. 24 hour bars and convenience shops....oh what fun ( although, yes dangerous for those who never know when its time to go to bed.)

7. 3D cinema.  actually amazing...who knew? who cares about the tedious story line and terrible script when you can don a pair of orbison-esque glasses and walk through the mystical forests of pandora!

8. the nice man at immigration who changed my visa status on the spot ( i was told it would be a week before i could fetch it) thanks mister sign-language-interpretation-man. youre the best.

9.  lunching with ladies. a ton of melt-in-the mouth tuna sashimi. i'm telling you, to stave off the winter sads, it cannot be beat. stuffing your face with next to zilch caloretic (is that a word?) intake. (p.s why do we ever cook fish??)

10. and saving the best til last....ondine is coming to stay!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-):-)


Thursday, 21 January 2010

january was looking mighty fine...






from the top of the hill we climbed today. it was as warm as a spring day in englnd.  at the top we found a field of rapeseed in bloom. i couldnt stop taking photos. i mean look at all that yellow! i was positively giddy from it.  in the distance we could see the sea and and the rooftops shimmering down below us like wet shells. trees were budding. i felt the warm sun on my face and suddenly i could remember summer.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

today i wore a suit for the first time in my life. it felt weird.

oooops! i've been doing it wrong.

Monday, 18 January 2010



rosemarie fiore's 'drawings' are made using fireworks. amazing! see more of her work and processes here.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

an essential part of the january survival kit is good music... and so i give you...



hey- elvis perkins and dearland
saturday night at the movies - the drifters
really now - the dreamletts
these arms of mine - david ivar herman dune
sounds and pleasure - hopeton lewis
eyes full of rose - horse feathers
rain on - woods
i shall not me moved - shirley ann lee

(image fround via google image.)
p.s i'm working on how to link mp3 files so you can listen to all of these from this page...i'm nearly there.
welcome to the world molly rosa howes...you're going to love it here.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

those who know me know what i think about january. i'm by no means a fan. its one long, cold, dark skint come down from december's festivities.  i'm trying to make the most of the freezing days and lack of money by staying in,  keeping cosey, listening to good music and surrounding myself with colour. i've been getting creative with what i have at hand...origami paper, felt and glue.
the result is my walls are looking very colourful and yes, ever-so- slightly play-school. i really really need to paint them white, the horrible wet cement colour is doing nothing for my january mood.
thats an add that to the list:

26. paint walls white.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

wool is cool




wool and the gang is brilliant if, like me, you have made lofty resolutions about making things but in fact your knitting skills are... lets just say a little rusty. there are video tutorials on how to do all the fancy stitches. you can buy ready to knit kits, beautiful yarn and knitwear. it make knitting look so cool!
brain food is just what i need in january. its a good time to replace all the knowledge that died along with the brain cells in december's overindulging. the somber city has some very interesting articles and essays, it looks like they haven't updated for a while. lets hope they keep it going.

i'm glad to see the little people project is still going strong.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

music blog zeitgeist

check out the top 50 artists of 2009 according to how frequently the blogs listed on the hype machine posted their songs.
50 visual artists were invited to create a new piece of work inspired by and including the band name.
if you're ever in japan, you'll hear this word a lot. it's pronounced ka-why-eee, it means cute/adorable and is used as an exclamation of appreciation for pretty much everything under the sun... and the moon so it seems.

idol


i will never forget you is a book of nickolas muray's portraits of his muse and lover freida kahlo, taken throughout their affair in the 1940's. each one serves as a kind of love letter to his subject, immortalising her striking beauty in dazzling technicolour. everything about these portraits appeals to my sense of aesthetic (and romance) . the traditional costume and jewellery, the colours, the patterns, the flowers. my god, they are just so goooorgeous. i have a postcard of one on the wall above my bed but really i need to own a whole book of them.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

new year, new list.


1. use my diary religiously so i don't forget what i need to do...and i know i can fit it all in.
2. bbq on the beach.
3. take more people portraits, wedding photos. create a new moon booth.
4. borrow a sewing machine, buy some knitting needles and make nice things for my house.
5. start a monthly creative coffee and cake morning (rollover, sort of)
6. sort out my teaching materials into some kind of order and find them a home.
7. write to my grandparents regularly.
8. drink less (rollover).
9.visit hokkaido, kyoto, okinawa.
10. rock out at a japanese music festival.
11. picnic with friends under a canopy of cherry blossom.
12. get bare-nekkid at an onsen.
13. start a language exchange... learn enough japanese to have a proper conversation.
14. hunt down junk furniture to make-over for my apartment
15. go kayaking.
16. pay off debts ( ok this one should really be at the top, i know)
17. collect japanese paper, fabric and postcards.
18. tell my friends and family as often as i can how much i love and appreciate them.
19. go on a japanese camping adventure
20. jog. (eh-hem!)
21. tidy up and redesign my blog.
22. learn to play a few cords on the guitar.
23. find and marry a banjo playing paul newman lookalike...with a beard (rollover)
24. start a secret project. ( dont tell anyone what is is incase i never get round to it)
25. make a japan movie.
phew-ee 25!! I know! thats even more than last year, but i reckon a few of these are in the bag so i'm confident i can make a decent sized dent in this list by next new year. good luck with your aims, hopes and dreams for 2010.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

a close second to yellow ...


Pantone is pleased to announce PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the Color of the Year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

In many cultures, Turquoise is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that to many people, Turquoise represents an escape, taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting – even if it is only a fantasy.

Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens

Monday, 4 January 2010

happy new year to you.


what a year it was for me! so much has changed. new job, new home, new country, new friends and maybe most importantly new mantra...be brave!
i wrote myself a list of resolutions last year. it was a long list and some of the things on it were never going to be easy. some of them, quite frankly, were never going to happen... but im ok with that because i really did stick to the most important ones and changed the course of my life in a very good way.

it hasn't been without its challanges but all in all, it's has been a great year, thanks to the friendships and the kindness, love and support i've been shown throughout...you wonderful people make my world go round.

i'm still in holiday mode at the moment. staying up late, getting up late and thoroughly over indulging in every way. on wednesday life goes back to normal so i'm postponing my resolutions for 2010 until then. some of them will be roll overs from last year...some will be completely new challenges, which i look forward to getting my teeth sunk into.


ps the butterflies are made from origami paper. my living room wall needed some colour.

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