Friday, December 30, 2011
Every year car enthusiasts gather in Adelaide to show of their treasured vintage American cars and Hot Rods. These are just a few. There were literally hundreds. The always rally in Edwardstown at the Castle Plaza Shopping Centre just around the corner from where I live. It is a bit like Reno's Hot August nights, which I went to to about ten years ago. All the more remarkable that there are so many working models. Rather like parts of the Western United States, South Australia has a perfect climate to preserve these cars.
It is hard to believe that they were so modern and fashionable at one time. Just fantastic. I just love some of the detailing and especially the fins.
Because of a lack of suitable timber to make utility poles, a resourceful Adelaide utility engineer came up with stobie poles, which are a precast concrete and steel structure. They are everywhere around Adelaide and look spectacular against the sky.
Happy New Year everyone and all the best for 2012.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tour Scotland Photographss Plunging Into The Harbour East Neuk Big Dook Boxing Day Anstruther December 26th
Monday, December 26, 2011
Unless you work in retail (in which case, you’re probably living a life of unadulterated hell) the working year is winding up. The light at the end of the tunnel that is Christmas, and Christmas ham, and sweet summery freedom, is inching ever closer. Maybe you’re getting into the festive spirit by decking your house out in fairy lights that flash along to the Pirates of the Carribean theme song. Maybe you’re on the hunt for a gift that will elicit a response even half as joyous as this. If your biggest social season concern is mistletoe-related, and you’d like to minimise the walk of shame pain the morning after (we’ve all been there, but just in case you need reminding: Harvey Nichols’ latest video), then do your best to avoid the following ten looks.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The dessert, made from frozen balls of butter and given a Scottish twist with Irn Bru batter, is already popular in the US.
Described as a "heart attack on a plate", the chefs at The Fiddler's Elbow in Edinburgh serve the sticky treat with Irn Bru ice cream and coulis.
For those wanting an even more potent version of the dish, called Braveheart Butter Bombs, a variation with whisky batter is also available.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
You may be asking for trouble when you commission taxidermy work from someone who is unfamiliar with the species. That was just the case for King Frederick I of Sweden in 1731. The lion was a gift, but after it died, the pelt and bones were presented to a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. You see the result looks more like a cartoon character than the king of beasts. The stuffed lion is still on display at Gripsholm’s Castle. Ulrika Good tells us the story, with the help of Google Translate, and has more pictures. Link -via The Daily What
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
I have loved her music for years after picking up a random Cape Verde compilation in the 80s. Worth investigating on YouTube. Sing in Peace.
From the Telegraph
Known as the “Barefoot Diva” for her habit of performing without shoes, Cesária Evora was the mistress of “morna” — the guitar-based music of the Cape Verde Islands. The essence of morna is the idea of “sodade”, a profound nostalgia and melancholy which are also features of Portuguese fado, certain South American genres and of the Blues. Cesária Evora’s themes were the vicissitudes of love, the pain of rejection and the suffering of the exile who longs to return home.
Having begun her singing career in the rough bars of Mindelo, the port city on the island of São Vicente, Cesária Evora brought the same informality to her performances on the international stage. On one occasion, in the middle of a concert in New York City, she ignored the rigid ban on smoking to light up a cigarette — to the delight of her audience.
Singing for the most part in the version of creole spoken in her homeland, she toured with a Cape Verdean band which accompanied her on guitars (including the cavaquinho), bass, piano, violin, saxophone and percussion.
“Our music is a lot of things,” Cesária Evora said in an interview in 2000. “Some say it’s like the Blues, or jazz. Others say it’s like Brazilian or African music, but no one really knows. ”
Cesária Evora was born on August 27 1941 and grew up at Mindelo. Her father died when she was seven, and three years later she was sent to an orphanage because her mother, who worked as a cook, was finding it hard to bring up her seven children. Cesária always retained, however, fond memories of her mother, extolling her in one of her songs: “Next to your oven, you raised us with your black skirt and your little scarf. You showed us who we were.”
By the age of 16 Cesária was working as a seamstress. She had also been singing with a local choir, and a friend suggested that she perform in the bars of Mindelo, where the visiting sailors were in search of some invigorating nightlife. Initially she was not paid, simply allowed free drinks — encouraging a fondness for cognac that eventually, in the mid-Nineties, forced her to forswear alcohol .
Cape Verde gained independence from Portugal in 1975 , and fewer ships came to dock at Mindelo. For a time Cesária abandoned singing, and few would have heard of her had not a local musician urged her, in 1985, to try her luck as a performer in Lisbon.
There a Frenchman of Cape Verdean descent, José da Silva, persuaded her to go to Paris, where , in 1988, she recorded an album, La Diva aux Pieds Nus (a reference to her habit of performing without shoes), which won critical acclaim. Her fourth album, Miss Perfumado (1992), took her popularity beyond France, and Cesária (1995) won her a Grammy nomination. Now in her fifties, she embarked on a highly successful series of international tours. In 1996 she gave a sell-out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
In 2003 she won a Grammy in the World Music category for her album Voz D’Amor.