Really, really great and terrific…

Only days after the North Korean summit and a Korean edition of Archie and The Bear has arrived in the post. What results! Actually this was published by a South Korean house, but maybe some will make it above the DMZ sometime sooner than expected. It's a story for anyone who thought they were something they're not.

 The Asian black bear ( Ursus thibetanus)  has a triangular patch of white fur on its chest. In the pictures this is hidden by a red woollen jumper.

The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus) has a triangular patch of white fur on its chest. In the pictures this is hidden by a red woollen jumper.

I wanna be me…

Alexander von Zimlinsky was born in Austria, studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory, gave music lessons to Schoenberg, moved to the US, and died in New York in 1942. Johnny Thunders was born in New York ten years later, played rock and roll music and is known for his distinctive guitar playing with The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls. Both musicians, that is where the similarities end.

 NB: I don't own the copyright for the above photos.

NB: I don't own the copyright for the above photos.

Needs dressing…

Those old cookbooks pre-1995 had trouble making things look appetising. The film screens and inks just couldn't do food justice. It's unfair to the cooks who made the recipes which were most probably just fine. (I think some decent line drawings would have done the trick and given the recipes some longevity). The photographs themselves were also most probably quite OK, shot on transparency, and probably doing the recipe justice. Often, the photographer wasn't even credited. Contrast that with the veneration of chefs and food photographers in the late nineties and 2000s. Same thing applies to gardening books I suppose. Gardens look much better in RGB. I couldn't get a printed garden photo, so here's a salad to illustrate what I'm thinking.

cook book photography
cook book
cookbook

Miniature golf for fun and profit…

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The Wreck of the Old G4…

After 15 years of loyal service, this laptop is now a titanium memory. I spent a few moments admiring the design of it (one reason I bought it in the first place), then I opened it up with a can opener. It was sent on its way with full honours: five coconut milk tins, fifteen beer bottles and a broken plastic plate. 

Wrecking the G4

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.  Thomas Edison

Happy World Dracula Day…

Today is World Dracula Day. BOO! Bram Stoker's book was published in 1897. One of my favourite books to read with its unique and terrifying mood. The description of the Count's physical appearance always reassures me and blows the dust off the nineteen-fifties' Hollywood imagery. Incisors: not canines. Balding: not widow's peaks. And the most impressive real estate portfolio by Victorian standards. I used to walk past Bram Stoker's house off the King's Road every day. It was a pretty house, with dog roses and other flowers in full bloom in summer. I find it hard to believe he once lived there.

 Book jacket designs for Alma Books' edition of  Dracula  by Bram Stoker (unpublished).

Book jacket designs for Alma Books' edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker (unpublished).

 From a notebook.

From a notebook.

They can't all be Singers…

I have been drawing one hundred sewing machines. Sewing machines are extremely interesting to me and although I don't know how to operate them, they're intriguing. I've tried to understand the different kinds of stitches, but it's very complex and I really only imagine that a lock stitch will do me any good. I am an expert at a running stitch (hand sewing) and have used this stitch forever. Usually my patience runs out if I have to sew something eg. a button on a shirt, and I create my own technique which on close inspection looks like a mess. Even at distant inspection it looks a mess. Sewing machines have parts with names such as: spool pins, loop-takers, feed dogs, presser feet, needle bars, bed shafts. I hope I haven't overlocked anything.

  The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.   Mark Twain.

The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this. Mark Twain.