Monday, 16 January 2017

Travel in style

I need one - if not all - of these "weekend bags" to take on our holiday!!!

Thank you, once again, Dangerous Minds for dangling these "shopping opportunities" in front of my face...

[All bags available for $75 - or around £62 in real money - from 99 Wooster]

Friday, 13 January 2017

"The Jones Boy"

Dame Edith Evans

Joyce Grenfell

Princess Diana

Rupert Everett

Gary Lineker

Tom Stoppard

Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Janet Baker

Princess Margaret

Photography by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO, RDI (7th March 1930 – 13th January 2017)

[with Andre Leon Talley]


Sunday, 8 January 2017

You don't get older, you get better

“You must never corner a rat because she’ll go for your throat. I’d punch someone out if they had a go at me. I had a reputation in the nightclubs. People learnt not to cross me”.

"I'm too busy putting my energies into my performance to be a diva."

From a article by Carolyn Hitt in the national news outlet of the Great Dame's native country Wales Online:
She is complex, paradoxical and perhaps ultimately unknowable.

For every off-the-record anecdote about her worst diva moments, there are hilarious instances of her sending this image up – from putting a stiletto through Morecambe and Wise’s polystyrene steps to camping it up on a golden mobility scooter with David Walliams this Christmas Eve.

Like diamonds, her imperious Bond anthems with their power-packed crescendos will last forever yet we sometimes forget her vocal gifts are equally attuned to poignant and tender ballads. Not to mention chart-topping dance music.

She is an artist who embodies the glamour of a bygone showbiz age yet she has remained relevant to each new generation – from thrilling the mud-splattered masses of Glastonbury by strutting her stuff in bejewelled wellies to reinventing herself through collaborations with contemporary artists like the Manics and Rufus Wainwright who have been honoured to pay her musical homage.

She has an instrument that seems effortless and spontaneous ... and she prefers us to concentrate on the remarkable voice rather than the equally compelling life story behind it.
"When I started singing, I couldn't be shut up."

"I learned by standing in the wings and watching established acts on stage."

"I decided to retire from show business at the age of 17, because I didn't like it a bit... but my singing was like this burning thing inside me and I had to go on with it.”

"For a little girl from Cardiff's Tiger Bay, I've come a long way."

"You don't get older, you get better."

Many happy returns to one of our favourites, the Number 1 Patron Saint here at Dolores Delargo Towers, the one-and-only Dame Shirley Bassey - who is 80 years old today!!

Right on cue I fell in love with you
You caused many a tear
But I had applause, I had a career
Until the final day
I'll play this part the only way I can
For to live I have to give
The performance of my life

Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born 8th January 1937)

Saturday, 7 January 2017

This weekend, I am mostly dressing casual...

...just like our first centenarian of 2017, Miss Jane Wyman!

"I was always being sent film and television scripts like Baby Jane or playing a lesbian, and I didn't want to do that. But when I was sent the pilot script for Falcon Crest, I could see so many facets to the character."

"Jack Warner would never put me into any of their costume epics. He said I had the wrong looks. I think Jack was probably right."

"I never go into anything except with both feet and a lot of enthusiasm."

"Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water."

"Where else can you meet such fascinating people and go to such places as people in our business do? It's a fabulous life."

Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Mayfield, 5th January 1917 – 10th September 2007)

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Breathtaking and deeply odd beauty

"People still get into knots about the ‘mystery’ of Bowie’s serial life-swapping in the 1970s, but he’d been pulling the same trick for years on the perimeter of Tin Pan Alley before he applied it to rock. A bit of sci-fi, a bit of up-in-the-air sexuality, a bit of scarves-in-the-air sing-along, a bit of an ‘Oh no he isn’t!’ panto vibe, and a lot of power chords. Surely one of the main reasons we project other, more fancy motivations onto the blank screen of Bowie’s waiting face is precisely because of its breathtaking and deeply odd beauty. If he’d looked more like John Bonham we might not be having this conversation."
If you only read one thing this week, make it Wham Bang, Teatime, a fabulous article by Ian Penman in the London Review of Books.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hooray for Hullywood

The people of Hull (a rather unprepossessing port city on the east coast of England) have been celebrating the fact they will spend 2017 as the "UK City of Culture" by posing for a series of photos "recreating" classic movie scenes, but with backdrops in their locality.

It looks like fun project...

More here

All photos: Quentin Budworth