Saw these Australian guys performing last year at the MOSAIC festival in Singapore. They are true performers and their music videos not nearly catch the singer’s enthusiasm and entertaining skills on stage. Go see them live – it’s a true fest.
Fortunately this present was very well received so I have no worries putting it out there.
My love for gold spray paint continues. Here is what you will need:
- wooden spoons/utensils
- gold and silver spray paint
- clear laquer spray
- masking tape
- old newspaper
Smooth of the wooden spoon with the sandpaper. Now think of the pattern you would like to create (stripes, hearts, chevron etc.)
Now tape your spoon. Please don’t forget to tape the end as well, as you would like to use them later and not have spagetthi with gold and silver taste!
Spray paint in the gold or silver (you can create different layers and patterns by only removing some of the tape before spraying gold and then remove a little more for the silver… After 24hrs you will want to use clear laquer spray, because these will be used regularly and you don’t want to have remainder of the paint on your palms after cooking!
VOILA: gold and silver wooden spoons!
If you live in the States you have probably seen this gem of an SNL skit. Homeland has sucked me in, I admit. But Anne Hathaway is excellent as Claire Danes aka Carrie Matheson. Watch it, laugh, reminisce about that giant cork board they took down in Carrie’s house.
I have very recently read a very interesting article about the development of characters in TV series and how the non-develpment of the Glee characters made her switch off the tv (apart from the dubbed musical songs), because they apparently make the same mistakes over and over again without learning or growing. The total opposite is Brodie’s daughter Dana in Homeland. Hasn’t she been the fullest girl character you’ve ever seen? I am very happy to see that she has gotten an even bigger role in season 2. Therefore loved this interview with actress Morgan Saylor in the LA Times.
She is one of those cool feminists. She paints strong, multi-faceted women and tells funny, yet truth-baring stories with her comic strips. Posy Simmonds was born in 1945 as Rosemary Elizabeth “Posy” Simmonds and started off her career after art school in London rather quickly.
Her first ever exhibition is currently (until 25th November !!!last weekend!!!) at the Comic Museum in Brussels under the charming title Essentially English. Go see it. You have to have visited the Comic Museum at least once in the comic country that is Belgium. Even if you cannot think of yourself as enjoying exhibitions and exhibits of graphic picture stories, the more the reason, because Simmonds stories are witty, intelligent and wonderfully life disenchanting! And not to forget the beautiful Art Nouveau inside of the museum’s Horta building!
Belgian Comic Strip Center (Tue-Su 10am until 6pm)
Rue des Sables 20 (pretty close to Gare Central)
I just couldn’t resist and bought her modern classic graphic novel Tamara Drewe. The novel which was turned into a movie a couple years back has just as wonderful characters as Simmonds’ weekly strips for the Guardian. In the movie Tamara is being played by one of the Daniel Craig Bond girls: Gemma Arterton (loved her as Tess of the D’Urbervilles and in Lost in Austen). Another one of Simmonds books will soon move from my wish list into my cart: Gemma Bovery. It’s about an expat girl (!) in the Normandy and draws a lot of lines to the classic Madame Bovary of Gustave Flaubert. Even her book cover is punchy, I can hardly believe Simmonds is already 67!
Sometimes you just have to stand in front of a beautiful Art Nouveau building in Brussels on a sunny Saturday and wait for a little old man coming to talk to you. You might not understand every word he says because he speaks French (you not having been the best at it in school), but you will understand that he is trying to invite you in to see the house you’ve been gazing at for minutes until then. So off we went and – boy – was it worth it. Turns out he and his wife own the place and invite visitors to see the astonishing Art Nouveau living room just once a month.
Lucky us even got a personal guided tour from his wife and we learned that her husband was very close friends with Hergé, the father of comic book heros Tintin et Milou (Tin Tin and Snowy). Both wanting to set up an Hergé comic museum in the house when they discovered the Art Nouveau plastered walls in the living room while renovating. He then decided it would need to be restorated and shown to the public on its own without distracting comic strips on the wall.
The technique that was used is called Scraffito and can also be seen in other cities with Art Nouveau history such as Prague and Vienna. First layers of tinted plaster are applied to the walls or a moistened surface and then scratched so as to produce an outline drawing.
I am in love with this version of Nantes by the charming band Beirut. I was lucky to see them live this summer. It was very late at night and they performed in this huge tent and the music was filling up all our hearts with glowing love and passion for life – it was magical. And here they are performing in a staircase and sounding amazing.
I especially loved one of the comments on youtube:
It’s kinda like the free sample of the amazing ice cream flavor that makes you want the entire gallon and then another gallon.