Tuesday, November 18, 2008

French revolution party ~ London ~ end of ~ part I

"Its not the years, its the miles!"
A 'me' moment at the end of our French revolution party. I made my own shirt, waistcoat and pants. Most other people hired costumes, I was too poor but, ahem, 'creative'.
We are sitting on the stairs, as it was a basement flat.
Its several years after college, whilst working in London. This is in 1989 for the French revolution 200th anniversary. Little did I know I'd end up over here!
I was in with a crowd of law students. I even met my new girlfriend that night!
Thats Rupert behind, wearing his court wig. He was a law student.
He's now a London high court judge..(I expect he'd not like this going on the world wide web!) Or perhaps he would?

French revolution party ~ Marmite @ 4.am ~ part II

French revolution party ~ Marmite @ 4.am

Just having a conversation about 'What is Marmite?'
"Wow, you've never had Marmite?

Quite simply, its just a Victorian/Edwardian devised torture used to feed nursery kids.
Mary Poppins would have served it to her charges as a savory toasted snack at 4.00 pm - tea time.
Its made from a vegetable based yeast extract, originally invented by a beer brewery as a way of using the left over yeast by-product from their fermentation process
Its really good for vegetarians because its provides all the B vitamins they don't acquire from their diet.
Wikipedia says it is sold in the US.
You just put a tiny bit onto hot buttered toast, its very salty, so beware not to go mad if you try it.
Its the best thing in the world to eat when you've been out clubbing, because it helps to lessen a hangover, next day.
The lawyer girlfriend I met that night would 'try' to kiss me when she was eating it overloaded on toast, the vision of her large marmite coated teeth still haunts me to this day....o_O

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Lightbox idea

Lightbox idea
Originally uploaded by Paul Grand
Just before I moved to France, I gave away a professional light box, I've kicked myself ever since.
So, I'd been pondering how to get another, cheaply, when I came across this new nest of three lamps on sale at Ikea.

They are just a few Euros or USD each, and the biggest one is around 14" high, perfect when turned on its side,
with a cool energy saving light bulb inside, or it would be dangerous and could crack..

The illustration shows large glass antique negatives I'm viewing for the next Man Ray Contest.
Its a real godsend when its dark and raining outside as holding negatives up to our gray winter light doesn't help.

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