Desperate but not serious – Pre-Raphaelites on tv

I started to watch the BBC tv series Desperate Romantics this morning. It’s looking well promising, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are a motley band, Ruskin is uptight, Lizzie is a translucent ginger stunner and all is kicking along at a pace

The  art is front and centre, with canvas and sketch playing their part. God I love it. It’s made me haul all my Pre-Raph books off the shelf for an ogle.

Pre-Raphaelites in Stunner victory

The Pre-Raphaelites online resource  has won the BETT Award for best digital collection and resource bank after being recognised as one of the UK’s leading educational websites.

Read all about it at the JISC Digitisation blog.

I’m a massive Pre-Raph fan and am looking forward to checking out this resource. Apparently there is a personal collection option where you can group and theme images from the collection.

I’ve just started to whip up a little collection The Goddesses Underground to pull together the Pre-Raphaelite art I used to illustrate my thesis “The goddesses underground : Swinburne’s Poems and ballads (1866) and the creation of the goddess as a religious icon”.

Poetics


Just cos there is always room for poetry in life … I heart Threadless

Or you might want a tshirt that celebrates Festivus (it’s a Seinfeld thang).

A movie to lie down and … <a href="http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/a
rticle2903487.ece”>Lust, Caution by Ang Lee. Don’t imitate the sexual gymnastics unless you are in fact or a gymnast. Or a yoga devotee. Or a dabbler in contortionism.

I wrote a post on Japanese street fashion and came across this lovely blog Carmen Yuen – there is a <a href="http://www.carmenyuen.com/blog/post/index/41/VIVIENNE-WESTWOOD-ROCKING-H
ORSE-BALLERINA-SHOES”>good post explaining the allure of the Vivienne Westwood Rocking horse ballerina shoe to the Gothic and Lolita crowd.
Gothic and LolitaFresh Fruits

Anyone venturing near the Hutt would do well to visit the New Dowse – taxidermied jewellery, fashion photography, and a showcase of 32 stunning avant-garde hats made by the world’s most adventurous milliner, Philip Treacy for his friend and muse, the late style-icon, Isabella Blow.

Was there ever a more apt URL – SOLO PASSION – Mr Perigo & his neocon mates give themselves a self congratulatory tug.

Apparently there is a tv show in Oz about Librarians. The web site is well worth a snoop, with quizzes and nifty effects.

One of my very favourite perfumes <a href="http://www.parfumsgivenchy.com/fragrance/women_fragrances/mythical_fragr
ances/spirit_2_111_616.html”>L’Interdit is being relaunched. Wonder if it smells like the powdery heaven I remember. Another Givenchy one called Vetyver.
sounds intriguing …

And on a final arch romantic note, NZ Ballet is doin Romeo and Juliet next year. Love the Prokofiev music, one to save up for.

Phew!

It’s time for business
that’s why they’re called business socks
(Flight of the Conchords)

Ah Bret and Jemaine how we love thee.

I love Irregular Choice shoes, they are so eccentric, quirky and cute. Some are like mad little sculptures. Plus they have a Blythe range.
One of my faves from this season’s range – Prom Princess – very Marie Antoinette:

Loving Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Last Sunday’s episode was on Bernini, who I knew for his Ecstasy of St Theresa, but didn’t know much about his life: “He was revered in his time until a jealous rage caused him to have the face of his mistress slashed after discovering her romance with his brother. His reputation fell further after his bell towers for the Cathedral of St Peter’s started cracking in 1641. He redeemed himself and kick started his career again with arguably his most famous work, The Ecstasy of St Theresa, in 1652.” Schama is an amazing presenter and if you can watch this, read the book, buy the dvd … do it.

Proof positive of cannibalistic incestuous blogging?
Blonde at the Bar in the NZ Herald VS Ask Sam, another blonde at The Age. What is it with the dearth of originality in these shitey “relationship, Sex and the City” blogs?

Return of the Mack!
Happy news! Bois de Jasmin and other perfume bloggers are reporting the relaunch of L’Interdit. I so so loved that perfume, it had a powdery femininity and grace. I lived in this stuff until they reformulated and messed it up.

Also coming soon: A new Thursday Next book by Jasper Fforde – FIRST AMONG SEQUELS

My sister in London published in thelondonpaper