Monday, April 20, 2015

More signs of New Zealand

Most of these signs (and more) can be found on the Nights on Radio New Zealand Facebook page.

My favourite!

Otago, South Island. Is this a noun or a verb? 


Nelson again

Pauatahanui.  The road is hilly and windy here.
There should be more of these "ignore satnav" signs.
Outskirts of Ranfurly, Central Otago

This is in Te Puke. 
The Catlins. Look at those trees - you can tell which way the prevailing wind blows!
You can get this for your own!
This last sign, which I blogged about earlier, intrigued me, so I did a bit of Googling. It's a joke, who'd have thought it! You can buy one at Amazon, where they call it a cast iron garden plaque. I rather like the idea of it popping up in assorted places around town, suitably weathered of course.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Warrior Cats

"True Detective" opening credits - with cats!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Signs of New Zealand

I did a double take the first time I drove past the Peach Teats sign.
The Peach Teats sign between Hunterville and Mangaweka
This (unauthorised) sign is in Nelson

In Waitangi township in the Chatham Islands
Devonport, Auckland

Dame Judi again (for Janet)

I did a post last week about the gorgeousness of the coat Judi Dench wore to the London premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Blog friend Janet commented that "Dame Judy seems to wearing Indian inspired outfits a lot lately. They suit her beautifully too."

She is, and they do. Forgive me while I gush a bit. I'm not fashionable AT ALL, not even a little bit, but I love looking at fashion and colour and beautiful clothes and fabrics. I still haven't found a picture of the jacket worn by Celia Imrie that I want a closer look at, but while I was Googling I found lots of pictures of Dame Judi's gorgeous Indian-inspired wardrobe. It seems that these are made for her by designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. She started wearing their clothes in 2012 and they are perfect for her.

Take a look at these beautiful Abu and Sandeep creations, starting with this rather scary photo:
The red lippy is a bit of a shock
Photographed for Vanity Fair in March 2015

2013, at the BFI London Film Festival

At the screening of Philomena at the Venice Film Festival, 2013. That smile!
Clever clever Judi.


Sunday, April 5, 2015


These are entertaining. Thanks to Grammarly.

That's me, indefatigable!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Dame Judi's coat

Like genial John over at Going Gently (my favourite blog) I saw the movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a few days ago, and like John, I liked it. I didn't like it as much as the first one though, and I really don't think a sequel was necessary but no doubt the opportunity to cash in was irresistible. Like the first film it was gorgeously atmospheric, vibrant and colourful, and it kept you watching even though there wasn't a lot of plot to speak of.

I was very taken with the costumes and fabrics, and a jacket that Celia Imrie wore early in the movie when she was riding in a taxi with Judi Dench caught my eye. It was only on screen for a few seconds. I wanted a closer look so I could have a go at making something similar for myself, so I have been Googling trying to find it, so far without success. But I found many pictures of Judi Dench at the movie's première, wearing the most gorgeous coat I have ever seen.  Just look at it!


Dames Maggie and Judi could take over the world, if they wanted to.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Life's little frustrations

  1. This morning I did a load of washing and when I came to hang it out discovered I had missed a tissue that was lurking in a pocket. It's remarkable how far one tissue can spread itself over black clothes. Not the look I'm aiming for. 
  2. It's Good Friday tomorrow so I reluctantly decided a trip to the supermarket couldn't be delayed any longer. I'd run out of fresh vegetables, and eggs. How can you do Easter breakfasts without eggs? So after staggering around fighting everyone else who was stocking up for the holiday, I came home with all manner of veg but no eggs.
  3. As a reward for doing the shopping, I treated myself to a bar of my favourite chocolate. (Whittaker's Peanut Slab, if you're asking.) This is a rare treat. When I got back to the car I started to unwrap it (difficult to do with just fingernails) and dropped it. It slid under the car seat, never to be seen again. There it stays for all eternity.
However there are many more little joys in life than frustrations, fortunately. After exhaustive research I have discovered which local cafe has the best coffee, so I hurried there and amazingly found a park right outside. A large flat white and all is right with the world again.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I like Tom Hanks

I like Tom Hanks. Here he re-enacts scenes from all of his famous movies in
one single seven-minute take. I like Hanks, I don't like James Corden one little bit (what DO people see in him?) but I can put up with him for seven minutes.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sunday lunch

To celebrate my birthday we had (another) family lunch at Waimea, on the Waikanae beachfront. I don't recall what was making me laugh so hard, but it must have been pretty good. I'd only had one glass of wine, so I wasn't under the influence! The restaurant is decorated with Fifties kitsch, hence the picture in the background.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weird beards

I rather like the look of a well-trimmed beard on a man, quite sexy, in my opinion. But not beards that are inhabited. Flicking through this week's "Listener" over my morning coffee I did a double take when I came across this beard:

Schick's latest ad campaign, very clever photography. Ferret face, literally! More furry animal beards here.