putting on our radio voice.



it was delicious!

we were on the RADIO this morning.

switchboardcall sign: WBLQ

(which is in Rhode Island all the way across the Continent on the Other Coast)

and here’s the programme – it’s not yet tied up with tape and popped onto the interweb for re-broadcast (if you listened Live, we’re very grateful, thank you for doing so) but it looks like it will be soon….


we were lying back on the (many) pillows and cradling the princess phone to the ear of who-we-are-in-RL

of course, being on Talk Radio, reminded us (deeply) of Tim Curry (although our voice is not Quite in his deliciously deep register) in Times Square.

tumblr_mdvfafo5bi1rhzr0co1_500of course dear Karen Hager – the beautifully melodic voiced Host of the Radio Show – was much lighter in tone than Mr. Curry – but there is something about the Radio that encourages vulnerability and whimsy and a sense of place yet not and a healing vibe (it was entitled transformational talk radio so we stuck more to that storyline and only mentioned how much we ADORE chandeliers once).



THAT was so much fun.

we’d LOVE to do it again.

oh wait.

(come on, you knew that was coming)

we will be joining Diane Ray on February 17th…..

quelle vie!

now that was ALL about us.

we do apologize.

how’s your wednesday so far?

sunny? cold? is there a long-running British television marathon on later with a late supper of scrambled eggs on a Terence Conran white plate in front of the fire?

if not – consider it – sounds nice, right?




#Her is the reason we were in a hotel room in manhattan with mr. joaquin phoenix and mr. spike jonze for #HerTheMovie



do you recall when we were in Manhattan (in a gorgeous hotel suite) and could Not tell you why we were there?


this is why.

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we DO have a Most delicious life these days.


oh you’re right.


the article is in Spanish!

(how clever who-we-are-in-RL appears to be *innocentsmile*)

sadly we can’t share the original (syndication in process to other Esquire potential happening now you see).

but here’s a sneak peek.

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If you’re feeling a general sense of malaise about real world relationships, you’ll feel comforted by the movie, “Her”, from writer/director Spike Jonze. The film is set in the not too distant future, in a Los Angeles that looks a lot like downtown Shanghai and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a ghostwriter of other peoples’ intimate correspondence.

Theodore is definitely suffering from a lack of love. He’s unwilling to sign his divorce papers and has retreated to his apartment where he plays 3D virtual reality video games in desperate isolation.

The only hot action he gets is disembodied; in sex chat rooms accessed via his mobile device where the lonely, sleepless souls roam in the small hours, with their ever-darkening appetites. Which sets us up nicely for the premise of the movie: can you fall in love with a sentient artificially intelligent being that only exists in the ether of the cloud-based Internet, piped into your earpiece, whispering sweet nothings into your troubled psyche?

In the movie the answer is yes.

a bit further on…..

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Jonze is anxious to position the movie as a love story and not a dystopian tale. He told Esquire: “Really I was writing about relationships and I wanted it to work on both levels. A lot of people are afraid of both technology and intimacy – and that’s what the movie is about.” But this is a movie about where we are heading and what that means for love, human relationships and our dependence on technologically advanced devices.

In an effort to learn more about Jonze’s vision of a future where operating systems fall in love with us, and vice versa, we interviewed several experts from robot anthropologists (yes this job now exists) to neuroscientists and famous thinkers in the field.

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Which brings us neatly to Joaquin Phoenix. If you want to find an actor that portrays human alienation and detachment and pain beautifully, you can do no better than cast Phoenix. Famously obtuse in press interviews, he is a remarkably gifted actor, whose pain and experience of a fractured reality is almost too much to watch onscreen.

Jonze met Phoenix over a decade ago when the actor read for “Adaptation” (the role that went to Nicolas Cage) and always admired Phoenix’s dedication as an actor. “Joaquin brings so much heart and sincerity to the role. Even though Theodore holds so much sadness, he also has a capacity for joy and playfulness and it’s a sweet contrast, all of which Joaquin brings to the performance—and more.  I felt that I watched him become Theodore.”

Phoenix agrees with his director that he tries to be purely instinctual these days when approaching a role.

“It depends on the movie – depends on the character – I’ve tried more and more to react to the moment, I used to impose my ideas on the scene too much and I wanted to get to a place where I respond to the moment as I get older I impose my ideas of what it should be and be more instinctual instead.”

so there you have it.

the reason we were in a hotel room in October in Manhattan and could not tell you that who we were with was Mr. Joaquin Phoenix and Mr. Spike Jonze.

did we like the movie?

oh, yes.

v e r y  m u c h.

in a delicious unsettling and glorious way.

(almost) 5 hours on-the-road.



that was an Exceedingly Long Drive back (traffic, snafus, engine lights going on – oops – all ok now, more traffic, other people in accidents – sad moment – and more Traffic).

(almost) 5 hours.


but SUCH a lovely business trip that turned into an all-round nice experience on both ends with some sight-seeing and movie reference-making.

picture roll please

(we were pretending we were doing a slide show then – like some indomitable matron after she has returned from INDIA at the local library’s evening gala).


this is where the business meetings took place – rather brave new world. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and here’s sight-seeing beforehand….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

yes! that is the Maritime Museum – clever you for spotting that. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



now this picture is for Gallivanta – it’s the Star Of India – the vessel on which people emigrated from England to New Zealand from 1863 onwards.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and this is dawn over Coronado Island this morning. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Coronado is a very special and magical place. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

it’s where a certain young newspaper journalist turned author wrote about OzOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and these lovely brochures from the past were in the small museum on Orange Avenue (which is the main or high street) and the hotel itself is just down the way.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

right on the beach itself.

with a very feeling-glow-y-about-the-Future sort of a sky and view of the Pacific Ocean as you can see. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

yes. it *does* look familiar doesn’t it?

that’s because a GLORIOUS film was shot here.

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just perfection.

sadly the hotel itself is rather ordinary these days.

we were hoping to write about it – but it was full of people with lanyards and name badges rushing off to seminars about graduate learning techniques and so on.

not a movie star in sight.

or a fashion photographer.


talking about fashion (because, well, we were)….

due to the magical nature of scheduled digital-publishing dates, our piece on the Beverly Center went live while we were out of Town

and in even more delicious news from Abroad – guess who is on newsstands in AUSTRALIA on Monday?


not literally.

the article that we wrote for an English publication was “picked up for syndication” (such a delicious phrase) and sent to Australia where it was accompanied with a DEEPLY glamorous shot from Monsieur. P. Demarchelier.

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easier to see in Portable Document Format here: Harper’s Bazaar Australia January 2014


Harper’s Bazaar and Australia.

it’s just getting all Rather Exciting, darlings.


did you see what the article has been Re-Named Down Under?

Making A U-Turn


we did.

and we did a few today on the drive back from San Diego too.

real ones.

not just metaphorical ones.

although those are deeply important.

and a bit scary, to be honest.

but there you go.

we did one.

gulp. on the UK’s newsstands now!



whispers….: – – – – who-we-are-in-RL has written a Cover Story (blimey) for a lovely UK magazine called Red.


what’s that?


would you like to read it?


we’re Not entirely sure if we’re meant to be sharing this – so do consider buying a subscription so the magazine doesn’t get cross at losing a potential sale (but we know many of you are very Far away from an English Newsagent so might not get a chance to see it all)



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it’s out there now, isn’t it.

we didn’t mean that as a pun.

or m a y b e we *did*

she looks nice though but we have to admit we did NOT recognize her with the lack of Doctor Martens or black clothing (is that CORAL?!) – well.

here we go.

and so it begins…….


did you like the bit about – oh – let’s see – we’ll go and get it….

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that bit was for you.


just so you know.

picture albums and reveries


so we’ve been looking through the collection of Photographs from our travels (because we needed to put together something of a slideshow for someone in our RL-existence) and here it is – on a special page called (rather helpfully, we thought): Photos. (or you can click on the picture and it will take you there (the miracles of The Hyperlink – we still remember the first day we learned how to make an “a” tag, ah heady days.)

so many places.

so many memories.

actually, if you’re curious about how we got into digital (and learned about the a “tag”) the story of our digital beginnings is here (but remember it’s about who we are in RL, not our teamglorianess so it’s all “I” and a bit British-in-tone not wonderfully-We as we are here ;-)

shyly emerging from beneath the cloak of anonymity.




two pieces of news –

1. we bought some sparkly shoes for our new life post-corporate America – surely perfect for the Other Coast in 2013, non?

aren’t they utterly delicious?

and we decided it was time (post-corporate America and indeed in good and timely order for our literary agent to Take our lovely book to market) to emerge from beneath the cloak of anonymity – just for a sweet second.



there will be a better headshot soon (this one, we Have to admit, was taken 6 years ago upon entering NYC and the skyscraper-world and has not taken into account the amount of stress, tumors, surgery and, ahem, cake-eaten-since)

and here’s the bio.

there’s even a whole Other Site.

and now we won’t be mentioning it again.

because it’s not the one in the picture doing the writing – as everyone knows (she’s merely the vessel, the typist) – the words are Most Definitely coming from ME, darlings.

no matter what She says ;-)