sneak peek at page 54 – 55. #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld


our Publisher (such a lovely word) on the Other Coast is sending us PAGES as they come hot off the virtual design computer somewhere located north (is it north or east?) of Manhattan.

and – well – we just loved this one and had to share it with you.


not sure we’re meant to.

but here’s P.54 – 55


isn’t it lovely?

just so we pay due homage – here’s the Very Talented designer who did the interiors of the book….

and then THIS is what who-we-are-in-RL is currently researching (good grief).

we have absolutely No Idea what it’s for – we know nothing (we learned to say that growing up in Brighton, England – “nah, didn’t see a thing, mate” – just like in the book – before we found our Modulated Tones via Boarding School) but it looks Jolly Clever that’s all we can really say.

moving swiftly on.

what’s that?

oh yes!

you ARE observant.

P.55 – 56 features a double page spread photograph that was taken at the Clark Library with George (he has a lovely place setting, non?)

George’s teapot is also in the book – on P.60.

But we’ll leave that for another day.

talking of tea, we promised we’d put the kettle on.

who-we-are-in-RL has been at her desk all morning and just looked a tiny bit Parched.


do excuse us.



sunrise to sunset. #losangeles.


another hollywood-and-hectic day of Work (such a lovely word) so just a few photographs to show you how we saw both the Sunrise and the Sun As It Set yesterday.

isn’t that delicious?


sunrise over the Hollywood hills (actually the flat bit – but still – lovely trees and splendid Palms)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

at 5.40pm we took a break and popped over to see george, drink tea (english breakfast, a little milk, in a proper tea cup – so civilized) and nibble on a light brie with some dark luscious blackberries. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

admiring the cool evening twilight as it rolled in over the Hollywood hills (the actually hilly bits this time)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

don’t you just Adore a teapot, cups and proper saucers?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and a sun setting over the hills……OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


and then we drove back across town and got back to Work (most grateful) again.

so soothing for the soul, being here.


Nothing says Christmas in Los Angeles like chicken soup at Canters.

George opened his cards and then came to meet us for a gathering of friendly faces in a once familiar spot and then to Canters.



Because nothing says Christmas in Los Angeles quite like chicken soup at Canter’s deli on Fairfax.

Attempting to stay up a Tiny bit longer.

And then up early to drive to silverlake for breakfast coffee and a catch up with the lovely Gym C.

Most definitely a teamgloria festive season tis underway, darlings.

Let the week’s adventures unfold……

it’s going to be a long night:

but in 16 hours it’ll all be over and healing begins.

so – hmmm – not much point getting an early night – we are so wired and awake and, surprisingly productive, everything’s packed.

here’s how tomorrow looks (as they say in Los Angeles):

up at 4.30AM or shortly thereafter (and a panic at No Coffee Allowed) so we’ve put the yellow roses in front of the coffee pot to remind us and a black town car will pull up outside at 5.30AM. Cheltenham Lady is going to walk up to our house (we are Most Grateful) and accompany us to the hospital. 6AM we’re due in “admissions” (feels like boarding school and university all over again) and a variety of uncontrollable substances will be dripped into our body and hopefully we won’t care about what happens next…

under the knife at 0730 hours East Coast Time if you’d like to send us good thoughts and we know several people are going to meditate at exactly that time (isn’t That GLORIAous?! we are very charmed that we know such spiritual and deeply cool people – wonder if we’ll “see them” while under the influence of the scary shit they’ll put in our veins…..that will be Fun!)

and then the machine we’ve put into place will kick into gear, like this (just in case you’re going through a similar experience and need inspiration on how to get the right team onboard – our team ROCKS.)

* M will be here tomorrow to make the apartment into a nicely spare and super-clean recovery/nesting place for the next three weeks.

*J arrives sometime in the afternoon to pick up the overnight bag (which is a rather lovely beaten up but very glam brown leather bag – as seen in Oceans Eleven, actually – while others sighed:

“Oh, Brad Pitt. George Clooney”

team gloria leaned forward in the darkness of the cinema and said:

“now THAT’S a Delicious Bag……wonder where That’s from?”

because we have Connections in the Industry we found out the answer was something along the lines of Vuitton or Gucci at the upper end of the ridiculous scale of dosh (American friends = money). And then because we have Connections in Retail, we found out that the same leather factory (at the time, we hasten to add, don’t fact check us) in Italy was providing product to Banana Republic (for chaps). And so we dropped some cash there. and it’s traveled/travelled the world with us since then. Along with the trusty silver Samsonite.

we lost our thread….oh yes, (scrolled back), here we go (tomorrow):

*then J comes to our hospital bed and drops off the Oceans Eleven bag and we swiftly reject the nasty (nylon, we’re sure) “gown” for our Noel Coward celestial blue soft cotton long robe and comfy cashmere-mix socks, apply a little mascara, decent face cream from Boots, the Chemist in England (courtesy of Belinda at Lady Geek) and settle back to listen to William’s rockin’ “smack bottom” (he IS naughty) playlist (all those tunes that transport us back to 1992, the clubs in south london, gritty floors, Camel cigarettes smoked to the bitter end, nasty pints of something nasty chased with something ever worse, if our memory serves us right and mopping up the hangover with a full english at the greasy spoon caf’ in the small hours) – not at All Suitable for Hospital (and, as a result, Perfection).

Then we shall also crack open our novel sent from George (1904) and settle in for a long read (while peeling back the top from a zero percent fat greek yoghurt and waving away the scratchy broccoli probably on offer – “hello, people, we’ve had our Throat Slit!” – yes, that’s what was given to someone else who’d had the same operation – pur-lease).

*in the morning, mC arrives with a copy of the Financial Times and a lukewarm misto (cafe au lait for our french friends), and hopefully will sit on our bed and tell us that we don’t look like we just went through hell. (note to self: more mascara and Boots finest creams).

*then we’re sure various doctors will come and nurses will administer (not any scary drugs – we’re going to work through the pain…..believe us the consequences for not doing so are too hideous to bear) tylenol (British = Nurofen, no codeine)

and, at some point in the late afternoon, bF is going to drive up and sign for us as we sit in the lobby in a wheelchair doing our best (young’ish) Elizabeth Taylor impression in large dark glasses and a wrap and a big Hollywood smile.

of course, if we have cancer. then, we guess, the story is slightly different.

depending on what they found and cut out and can ZAP with the radioactive iodine (we are still confused how they squish the radioactiveness into a “pill”) for six weeks.

quit the chat?

share some pictures?

of course, darlings.

a few from today.

bless you, habilleuse helene!

we had a delicious breakfast (abstemious oatmeal and fruit and a Ton of Coffee) at Balthazar with lots of newspapers and Very expensive imported fashion magazines from Continental Europe.

and of course we spent some splendid moments on instagram with our glorious companions from all over the globe, sharing pictures and sentiments, much needed to raise our spirits…..

and now we’re at home: drinking more coffee (yeah, completely aware how insane that is) because the option of staring at the ceiling wondering what it’ll be like having our neck slit compared to hanging out on the interweb, listening to music, talking to people and then a…

double feature!

we’ll probably start with glorious and educational yet witty and profound and uplifting like:

prime of miss jean brodie (thank you william)

and then we’ll need something (ahem) else like:

coyote ugly.



naughty. we are ever so naughty.


1904 threw a marvelous/marvellous party.

oh how team gloria wishes we could have been there – we heard it was a truly marvelous/marvellous party – can’t WAIT for the book to come out on Amazon. we shall do that “linking thing” most definitely.

this just in: oh! we had no idea….we can link to “b&n” instead – here you go – buy some damn copies, we loved it (and yes, we have a cameo – check out “celia” the over-achieving british one ;-)

tickled pink.

and can’t wait for tea-and-the-cover-shoot-for-next-book in Los Angeles not-this-saturday-but-next.

from 1904: Where the Author was supposed to sit.
The William Randolph Hearst Suite, Los Altos, Los Angeles, July 24, 2011
Photo by Judd Minter

we live charmed lives, darlings. we really do.