We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.
Meal Ticket apologises to her many readers for her slothful blogging habits. She has been so busy working at her day job that the website gets neglected, the blog section, anyway. She will be back soon, she says, to enthrall. Meanwhile, vintage on! Here is Helga, from Coln (Cologne) in one of our great vintage coats!
A fervent anti Nazi, she performed this song in German in Israel, breaking a longstanding taboo. It was warmly received.
I've only read a few pages of The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, by Jonathan Coe. I just picked it up today, but here's my initial review.
A book about the trends in communication today ie Maxwell has 74 friends on facebook and no one to talk with. A book about his deep sense of isolation in the present and his confusion about same. He wants to connect but finds he (and others) have lost interest in close communication. Or are learning to communicate in other ways, more distant, in soundbites.
I will add more when I've read more. Jonathan Coe (isn't he gorgeous??)
And I think I may now be allergic to cats! Bleh.... what to do, what to do. I guess I'll just wait for an opening at the allergist's office. *achoo!* UPdate: a friend recommended a Neti to clear the nostrils from germs, allergens etc and it really works!
Vancouver General Hospital is the first and only hospital in North America to test a nasal sterililzation machine using laser light, since they know that the nostrilis where bacteria congregate! I recommend everyone use one, it only takes a few minutes.
Once Upon a Time in the West - Italian Spaghetti western
Was visiting with a friend and telling him how I admire Fellini. He said Have you seen Once upon a time in the west? No, I hadn't, so he lent it to me. Well, what a great film! Gorgeous Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda in a truly evil role, handsome Charles Bronson, and Jason Robards. As was common in the 1960s, each character had his theme tune, and the film score was wonderfully done by Ennio Morricone.
I haven't been much of a western fan but I might be now, especially if there are more films with Bronson. I like the strong, silent (within reason!) type, and I love blue eyes combined with dark hair.
Anyway, I learned a little something about Bronson after the movie: he is one of fifteen children born to a Lithuanian couple who immigrated to Pennsylvania. Charles Bukinsky was born in 1921 and so was 47 when this film was made. He was the first child to graduate from high school. He changed his name during the McCarthy era, when Slavic sounding names were suspect.
His father died when he was 10 and Charles went to work in the coal mine office, later in the mine itself. His family was so poor, that reportedly one day he had to go to school wearing a sister's dress.
Claudia Cardinale, born in Tunisia in 1939. She won a beauty contest in 1957 and was discovered while attending the Venice Film Festival that year.
On the set of Once upon a Time
I want to share a little of a well written article in our town's little 4 page newspaper. Written by the museum curator, it tries to pin down the magic of this love-filled little town. (I will condense ~ it's naptime.) It's in Shawnigan Times, Issue #62. Founder and editor is Chris, he's a high school student.
"For most people, Shawnigan Lake inspires an intense lifelong relationship. I have yet to meet a person who doesn't love the area. People become passionate about Shawnigan but often can't articulate why. It's easy to understand that lake would be special to summer holiday people, who grew up with a summer cabin. Shawnigan is a fun holiday destination!
Together, the local people work to maintain the quaint feel of the tiny village, to care for the purity of the lake and to protect the stunning beauty of the area. This unwritten pact has become more challenging in a time when "change" is the cultural keyword.
What makes Shawnigan Lake special? It would be hard to come up with one definitive answer, but we all agree that it is. Perhaps it's something in the water!"
There are some very creative people here. Yesterday I complimented a retiring realtor on her coat. It turns out she'll be making them for a living. I will post her website when it's up and running, the coat is practical, pretty and warm. Like a fuzzy cat!
Other interesting entrepreneurs are LABONEYARD.COM, ROWWEST.COM, check out swift-steve on eBaY. There's also Elaine Popove at FASHIONAID.COM, who has invented a new glue to hold clothing, strapless garments, slipping straps etc gently onto skin. Well known on the red carpet circuit, I'm sure.
And on the show Dragon's Den, there have been a couple Shawniganites on air, with more auditioning. Not bad for such a tiny town.