Friday, 30 November 2007
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
We are all looking forward to the Golden Compass opening next week, another year, another evil woman on our screens this time portrayed by Nicole Kidman who will hopefully grab the baton of evil terror and manipulation and run with it. It is strange how fairy tales are littered with these women, devious and cruel always out to get what they most want in life no matter what the cost, whilst the men stand by weak and insignificant, waiting for their conscience to be woken by the children. Just look at Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe and now The Golden Compass all of course written by men. I am sure much has been written as to why, but I shall just enjoy the film.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I read recently that television is littered with the Lolita complex, daddy daughter combinations are everywhere. Yet we rarely see this in reverse the older wiser woman supported by the handsome young buck, it seems a little unfair. Whilst men age with grace their faces morphing into a well loved sofa last seen on an allotment, women freeze their faces into virtual rigour mortise desperate to avoid the graveyard shift. So it is just fantastic to see that over 8 million people tuned in to the new drama Cranford on BBC1 more bonnet buster than bodice ripper, strong roles with fantastic dialogue and not a ounce of botox in sight written by a women and acted by a who's who of our finest mature ladies. A rival was heard to say “and its not even written by Jane Austin” It is said that 2/3rds of the audience were over 55 well my girls love it and cannot wait for the next episode
First came this brilliant idea from Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Then came this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1znQjpafPM&feature=related
The Guardian gave the John Lewis Christmas campaign very short shrift but the adverts come as a refreshing change from the usual festive tripe (yes Morrison's I mean you) beautifully understated.
There are some parts of my job I love and research is one of them. I have a huge amount of autonomy, I chose the theme, the media, everything, this year I have been really been inspired by the work of Sarah Morris her work is amazingly clinical and complex, it just so happens that the new school gave me this amazing skeleton so the students can work from direct observation and Sarah Morris, brilliant, We have had some very cold crisp days as well, check out the blue sky, I got some great photos and a piece of history, this has now got concrete floors and the roof is about to go on.
There are some parts of my job I loathe and paper work is top of my list, number crunching too. This year is the worst it has ever been and some times the enjoyment is buried depressingly deep.
(http://www.albrightknox.org for the Sarah Morris painting)
Monday, 26 November 2007
IS there anywhere chicer to be than part of the Vogue family? We think not, and today we're celebrating a new arrival with the launch of Vogue India.
Kitty “I am not sure I think it might be football”
Mum “Oh that’s nice what position do you play?
Kitty “ I am the goal keeper”
Mum “ Oh are you not a bit small too play in goal?” (She is tiny for her age)
Kitty shrugs “No its OK, I like it, the trick is to keep your eyes open. When they shot the first time I kept them shut and the ball hit my legs so hard it hurt, now I keep my eyes open and watch the ball so I can catch it”
Mum “Good for you”
So you see a 12 year old has managed to learn what all England goalkeepers have not. KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN. Obviously they kept them shut which explains why they let all those goals in, and why we will not turn into a bunch of raving xenophobic morons during Euro 2008, mores the pity
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Saturday, 24 November 2007
No 1. If I reflect over past posts I realise that one area of my life that remains slightly under recorded is my love of food. I love food, seriously, I love eating out, eating in, just eating. I did like cooking before I met Emin I cooked from an early age and can if need be rustle up a feast. I cook a lot of food from scratch because Kitty reacts to e numbers etc so Pizza, pasta, curry, noodles are all home made. I just wish I had time to bake. I seriously can NOT say no to cake. Favourites are Lemon drizzle and coffee and walnut.
No 2. Before I had Daisy I would meet her father after Pilates and go and see a film, any film, indie. main stream, blockbuster, week in week out. I love going to the movies I still get a thrill. So it is bizarre that most of my favourites grew on me via the DVD. In no particular order my top 10 would be 1, Amadeus, 2, LemonySnickett, 3, Blade Runner, 4, Gladiator, 5, Howards End, 6, Sense & Sensibility, 7, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 8, Life of Brian, 9, Funny Face, 10, The Three Muskateers
No 3. A red top head line recently said " CHELSEY HATES LEEDS" It should also have said .."but Man Utd hate them more" I told you I liked football, but the reference is more to illustrate that I grew up in a tiny West Yorkshire village, we moved there from the south when I was 8 years old. I was bullied for my colour, teased for my accent, but I learned to adapt. The village was close to the Leeds Utd football training ground and at least 2 stars lived there, one day a man asked us directions to their houses and then told us he had the League cup in the back of his car,he was delivering it to them, would we like a picture taken with it? well yes we did but Ive lost the photo and no one would believe me now but we have held the League cup and what a fine piece of silver wear it was.
No 4, I love out sized furniture, I sleep in a super king sized bed, my dining room table measures 6 feet x 4 feet and as for my 2 sofas they are mahoosive.
No,5. My favourite word is Moose... I love the sound of it, the word not the animal. Strangely my sisters cat is called Moose, Emin's dog is called Aslan (Lion in Turkish) Lelya thought we were all mad. My favourite annunciation of the word moose comes via Woody Allen, years ago at school during lunch we would go see a friend who worked in a local bakery and on radio 1 at 1 o'clock they had a slot called "fun at 1" they once played a sketch from Woody Allen about shooting a Moose, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmnLRVWgnXU it is THE funniest dialogue you will ever hear.
No 6. this is the best commercial EVER made. EVER. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7CdATgfAD4
No 7. I am obsessed with medical/pathology programmes. CSI, Criminal Minds, Bones, House you name i I love it. I wanted to be a children's physiotherapist but I was c**p at science so ended up teaching, so theese programmes represent what might have been.
No 8,I believe that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I am not overly religious but this is my ethos for living.
It is not commonly known that I am shy well kind of, so I am unable to Tag others primarily because my favourites seem far too high up blogdoms food chain. Seriously can you imagine The Satorialist doing this? or Camilla Engman? so I will graciously accept the complement and leave it here, thank you.
Friday, 23 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Tayyabs, Whitechapel, London
A Pakistani restaurant on a Whitechapel back street behind the East London Mosque. The hoards of people that stand and wait outside to get a table on a daily basis are testament to the fact that this is one of the best curry houses in London. The prices are cheap, the food excellent, from grilled meats to curries and there's an excellent sweet counter for after-dinner treats.Robert English
· Tayyabs, 83-89, Fieldgate St, London E1; +44 (0)207 247 9543.
This is an understatement it was just utterly fab a great night out with a bring your own policy or a couple of pints before hand at the White Hart next to Aldgate East tube. I have never seen Kitty eat so much! just brilliant. And yes the sweet counter was wonderful but I defy anyone to have space for one after the feast that they cooked.
This is genius
This is amataur daubs
This is perfect simplicity
This is just not quite working
I actually did not click at how inspired I must have been by Sol LeWitt's work, although no one artist figures very prominently as anyone who reads this blog knows I do have a bit of a thing for stripes. I tend to flit from one project to the next rarely resolving anything, these paintings are a case in point, half done, half very much undone. I wanted to buy his book Bands of Colour on Sunday but money is tight and it will languish in my Amazon basket for a couple of months before I do. I leave work unfinished because I just loose perspective and sometimes, time can open a new door and resolve what it is that just does not click. Very rarely does the click happen but I am currently pleased with my tester sized ACEOs (as they are known as on etsy). I really wanted to try and move some of my collages by opening a shop but time is short, work seems ever more time consuming, so maybe it will remain on the ever expanding to do list.