1st sightings in Continental Europe!

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look!

the book has made it to La Belle France!

Heather sent us glorious photographs (and boy, aren’t those glorious? – Tres Chic!).

Francesighting1 francesighting2 francesighting3the book does look very happy….

thank you dear Heather!

and further into Continental Europe we had a virtual congratulatory wave from Beautycalypse who lives in Berlin (but is originally from much further East in Russia – isn’t that amazing) – the book reached her in its Virtual “ebook” form – so there’s no picture to show but we whipped up a visual of her Very Nice Quote.

HTSSIACWbeautycalypsepraisethis is so very moving, hearing from people all over the world as the book in its various forms (cloned at last!), encased in brown paper and string is brought up the garden path to the kitchen door by the Postman (clearly that’s in our imagination, mr. amazon goes in for the firm corrugated cardboard option, no string, but we do recommend adding a Ribbon to your copy, it likes that).

*deep_sigh_of_utter_pleasure*

and now, in hono(u)r of our Friends on the Continent, a little musical interlude.

lie back on those pillows, pull on the satin mask over the eyes, sink into her voice and turn it up LOUD.
https://soundcloud.com/yasmin_r/edith-piaf-non-je-ne-regrette

sundown on sunset boulevard, lights up on the #JackRyan marquee at the cinerama dome

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SUCH a glorious sunset last night – thanks to the Duke who invited us over for Parisian tea and an elegant conversation on the rooftop at El Royale.

d i v i ne.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe talked and smiled and thought a Lot about what-has-happened-this-past-year as the twilight descended over the sunset strip….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbecoming pink and fluffy just above Mt. Olympus (yup, in L.A they have a Mt. Olympus, taking the dying-days-of-ancient-civilisations-and-their-gods to a new height of Irony)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsoftly falling over the penthouse Terrace in quite the most lovely way.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbefore falling into the now-lit-up-helicopter-pads atop of the skyscrapers in what the young people (and marketers with amusing reading glasses) call #dtla.

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and it was all So lovely that as we drove down Sunset we thought “oh! we really Must see the opening weekend of THAT” as we passed the Cinerama Dome.

so.

well.

let’s see.

what did we Think about the Movie?

(or Film, if you’re a european visiting here and welcome – that black polo-neck-jumper really suits you – what’s that? cashmere mix? s m a r t choice of textile).

where were we?

ah.

ok. here goes: Mr. C. Pine was using the movie to audition for Ms. Broccoli, Mr. K. Costner was clearly hoping that he can take a Directional Change and become either the ironic-and-yet-still-appealing slightly grizzled male lead in the next Ms. N. Meyers blockbuster or Perhaps the next Ensemble piece from Mr. B. Willis and his team (and btw, as the young people say, if you see Mr. Costner and his sleeves are rolled up – RUN! fast. something global in the world of terrorism is happening). Weirdly Henry V was in it and yet he was Russian and something-big-and-bad-in-global-Finance and he was also Directing Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice.

confused?

you will be.

but it was a terrorism-with-a-twist in that the terrorists all worked inside large corporations and had very elegant suppers and used a lot of biometrics eye scans which are frankly useless if you can just bribe someone to look away from their Monitor at the Reception desk at the Right Moment.

do you like VERY HIGH SPEED CAR CHASES?

then you’ll love it.

sweeping views of Moscow to the surprised murmurs of cineastes near us “it looks like Paris, Marge, doesn’t it?”

they’re certainly glorious.

but what seemed to make the rows and rows of men with great haircuts who clearly work out and use moisturizing products and perhaps own a condo in Chelsea go Very Quiet at one point was Mr. Chris Pine on a Ducati Diavel Carbon (of course we know our motorbikes – who-we-are-in-RL has worked in emerging technology for 17 years – we listened, occasionally.)

odd.

because we’re sure none of them actually ride a motorbike.

perhaps they have a very large collection of coffee table books featuring Italian engineering.

*looktocamera4*

so after the Film we always like to pop next door to browse the aisles and people-watch at Amoeba: mostly for the people-watching, especially at the witching hour – fascinating. 
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this was one of the Collages by the Exit. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthis was also by the flyers-looking-for-new-drummers-to-form-a-band.

isn’t it amazing?

it’s a COMMERCIAL product from 1959 which was included in a magazine from advertiser Remington (for the Roll-a-Matic shaver)!

well.

that’s the sort of thing that we are sure Mr. Jack Ryan (the character – we’re being Post-Modern) would have in his vinyl collection (because all the hip people have Those) and it would certainly be a welcome audio pleasure to a sunset over the Strip.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAin other news:

LAArtShowour Review of this weekend’s closing days of the LA Art Show went live

AND somebody very lovely wrote a Terribly Kind piece in New Zealand…..

it’s still oh-8-hundred-hours over here in los angeles and we still have an ENTIRE sunday to go – during which there will be tea and conversations and quite possibly roses on the Other Side of Town.

*sighs_prettily*

quelle #laviecashmere

tags and stats and musings.

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we so Rarely check the “stats” pages (we lie) on our blog and IG (instagram) but when we do (frequently) we are Tickled Pink by the sheer International nature of the delicious visitors who drop by – look!

Fig. 1

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to decode a little (if we were Presenting a PowerPoint – which thankfully our new life does not require us to do anymore – we would have this point written down in the accompanying notes) – the darker areas are the most popular – hello, friends-in-the-USA, followed by the sunshine yellow – hullo, london, guten tag deutschland, bonjour paris! howdy, canada and g’day australia and a virtual hug to NZ – as well as a deep humble bow and a Konnichiwa (we are Most Excited to have an increasing number of new friends in The Land Of The Rising Sun).

the peachy areas are very tentatively new acquaintances from latin america and a few – gasp – from RU (a very curious look via the interweb to you there – we never got to visit in the last Day Job, sadly).

and then we took a quick gander (british for “look”) at this new-fangled area on statigram (the techie-types-that-observe-instagram) or maybe it’s been there for simply ages but we didn’t peek and it does a comparison between the most Popular Tags on instagram as a whole (see Fig. 2) and those-we-use (the exercise is to suggest one uses the tags that people-are-searching-for-on-IG-as-a-whole one assumes – but we’re not that bothered by the young Mr. Bieber – charming and apparently wayward as he is).

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so here are our tags – and they are perfectly amusing – they couldn’t be anyone else’s tags actually.

which means we are being True to ourself – At. Last.

teamgloria tags. 

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so there you have it – the strange beauty that it is the metadata behind the interweb.

which apparently is a Lot like when one was small and looked behind the Television Set to see where Michael Parkinson was sharing a few moments with Oliver Reed just before they went out from the Green Room at the BBC (doff cap)

Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 8.54.09 AMwe remember looking behind the television set wondering if Dame Edna Everage would take us out to tea after Mr. Parkinson had finished speaking with her in front of the Nation.

Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 9.15.52 AMso there you go – the tags and stats on the interweb are a lot like looking behind the television set waiting for Dame Edna Everage to finish her show.

in our imagination.

which is so delicious.

 

 

 

(more) questions from berlin or weitere Fragen aus berlin @raptorapid

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe were at George‘s for tea this morning – hopefully we can show you the portraits that we took (but only if we get picture Approval because we’re That sort of a kind photographer, darlings, as many of you know.)
Now – back to the matter at hand!
our newest friend via the interweb, Beautycalypse, responded to Our questions here and then turned around – in Berlin (such a glorious city) – and said, “Answer these, in return, please.”
and so we must *bowing_humbly*.
because we started our career as a journalist and so Questions and answers are integral to our very thrilling experience of  life itself.
someone said, “are those Your answers, or gloria’s?” and we looked all confused and to be honest, we’re not entirely sure.
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do we have to decide today?
we thought not *small_smile_to_camera*
so here goes!
1. What tourist places – anywhere in the world – would you love to see out of hours?
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2. Name a menu you would set up and be able to cook in order to impress a new love interest.
we don’t really cook, per se. 
but we love to arrange the following on our beautiful set of pure white plates from clever Mr. Conran with heavy silver cutlery: figs, camembert, apricots, avocado, chicory, walnuts and olives. 
3. Animals are property – by law. Is it slavery or absolutely normal because we are the crown of creation?
we know many a willing slave in the guise of a black labrador willing to be subjugated in return for Love and walks and a regular meal. 
4. If you could ask for ANY fine artist, graphic novelist, fashion illustrator, sculptor, or photographer, dead or alive, who should make your portrait and how would you be pictured?

black and white portrait, just a key light, by terence donovan – always wanted to meet him – distraught when he died – stood outside his studio that day near berkeley square, london and wept. 

5. What’s your guilty pleasure?
guilt is a useless emotion ;-)
6. What advice would you like to give your 18 y.o. self?
that pink lipstick from Miss. Selfridge really doesn’t do you justice, sweetheart. 
7. When did you last lie and why?
a few days ago. to avoid repeating a bad situation. it was necessary. 
8. What was the book/fairy tale/short story that moved you the most as a child?
the lion, the witch and the wardrobe (we still climb inside, just to check) 
9. Who scares you the most: Dr. Moreau or Dr. Frankenstein?
Dr. Frankenstein. 
10. Who’s your favourite James Bond villain? Explain.
Javier Bardem was extraordinary – properly shivery and with some excellent up to the minute geek gadgetry and smart intellectual concepts. 
11. Since it’s the LIEBSTER (“beloved”) blog award: What is your favourite old-fashioned word that you actually like to use?
“splendid” is one we do use on a very regular basis – especially in a text message when it is unexpectedly enjoyed. 
btw (as the young people say) Ms. Beautycalypse has some Deeply Splendid answers to our Questions – including this one:
7. When writing, I wear my writing cocktail rings.
8. Do you identify with any of the characters in Pretty in Pink? If so, which one? And – still?
Oh I’m so sorry, but I can’t answer to this. It’s The Breakfast Club for me.

 

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now we’re intrigued…….which character in the Breakfast Club do You identify with?

 

we’ve been all of them (even, briefly, on just one shining afternoon when we were Finally told we HAD to participate in sporting activities, the Jock, because we surprised everyone with our prowess – hey, once a competitive person, always a competitive person).

but secretly we always wanted to be Judd Nelson.

how about you?