Saturday, September 06, 2008


And most importantly, I can AFFORD THIS!

Books I'm in no danger of reading

Yum. YUM.

Tom Robbins, deputy travel editor, The Observer

You can keep your foie gras and truffles; the gastronomic experience of my life was an ice cream, bought from the window of a little beach cafe in Cornwall. It was a legendary Robin's Hedgehog, the special creation of the cafe owner, Rob Ross. He starts by filling a cone with farmhouse vanilla ice cream. This is then smothered in a thick layer of Cornish clotted cream and dipped in a bowl of honey-roast hazlenuts, which embed themselves in the cream. I only ever had one, and that was when I was 10, but I've been thinking about it on and off ever since. · Chapel Porth Cafe, near St Agnes, Cornwall (01872 552487)

Friday, September 05, 2008


From a NY Times series titled "Why We Travel"-
A bridge scene in Moscow

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Random ten

1. Suspicious Minds- Candi Stanton
2. Distant Dreamer- Duffy
3. Gang Of Gin- Babyshambles
4. Sloop John B- The Beach Boys
5. Here I Am- Lyle Lovett
6. A Girl Like You- Edwyn Collins
7. Bang A Gong (Get It On)- T.Rex
8. Walk Away- Kelly Clarkson
9. Live And Let Die- Guns N' Roses
10. Angels- Robbie Williams

11. Teenage Dirtbag- Girls Aloud
12. Help!- The Beatles

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Miss Winstone, take your hands off the braces and back away from the Barratt.


Fwaaaaah, Mr. Walcott.

Part 238942304 in an ongoing series

This is what happens when you pull an unknown Northern Exposure Karen Walker out of the rabbit hat for the second most powerful job in the nation. Had Sarah Palin been on the rubber-chicken circuit for years, as Ronald Reagan had, we would have become familiar with her and her family, much as we did with (say) the Romney fraternity over the long course of the primary campaign. But she was sprung on the country out of nowhere, and just about the first thing we learn about this family-values matriarch is that her unwed teenage daughter is pregnant (then we learn that the governor used the line-item veto to slash funds for teenage mothers--what a monster).

I love you,


part 978 of an ongoing series

Brand — who describes his own style as “superhero S&M scarecrow”


“Once there was a story saying, ‘Russell Brand was arrested for rampaging through the London underground with a sword.’ I thought, ‘Well, this is ridiculous! What on earth would I be doing on the underground? Once you can afford taxis, you can swing the sword out the window.’”

Cute dress, Beth!

The Gossip at Get Loaded In the Park

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I'd be way more excited about this

if Thomas hadn't (apparently) adopted Meatloaf as a style icon.

Haircut, love. And a shave. Please, darling. You're hurting me.

New material sounds promising, though.

*high five*

There's a lot of singing at Kasabian gigs. Their songs - enormous chanted choruses with juddering rhythms - are often simple in construction but have managed to locate the secret nerve centre which makes human beings sing along while hurling a plastic beer glass in the air. While they've been away working on their third album, the band's sound has - if anything - got even bigger. Oldies like Shoot the Runner and Processed Beats now sound like Pizzorno's garden UXB has been grafted into the rhythm section.

And the new songs unveiled suggest this isn't about to change. Fire- which sounds like a glam rock Hokey Cokey and actually includes the line "shake it to the left" - is only seconds old when those hands shoot back up in the air. It's surely only a matter of time before the band start taking to the stage in tanks.

I don't know why I'm admitting this

but prompted by this post, I have to confess...

I like Journey.


I do. I can't help it. Child of the 80's and all that. Their songs make me happy, and is that really so wrong? IS IT? Shouldn't we grasp any happiness in this cruel, cruel world? SHOULDN'T WE?

Must go listen to some screamingly hip songs to compensate.

However, I must say- for the last time, J, Carlos Ashley Raphael does NOT look like Steve Perry.


Monday, September 01, 2008

"We'll be fighting in the streets..."

But the main antiwar march was peaceful, police said, estimating about 10,000 people participated. Late Monday afternoon, long after the antiwar marchers had dispersed, police requested and got 150 Minnesota National Guard soldiers to help control splinter groups near downtown

Love it

Because if there’s a poor child out there, that’s my child. If there’s a senior that’s having trouble, that’s my grandparent. If there’s a guy who’s lost his job, that’s my brother. If there’s a woman out there without healthcare, that’s my sister. Those are the values that built this country. Those are the values we are fighting for.


'Twist and Shout'- Babyshambles and friends


Wee hippie Shawn and Al at the DNC



and so, so chic...

Surf's Up

in Biarritz, France...