If you're at a loose end, you could do worse than browse through the Guardian's wildlife galleries. This is a selection of images from the past couple of months. The first one is my favourite. Which is yours?
This is Galatea who you may or may not remember from here. It's her birthday and Sid Starfish has thrown her an impromptu surprise party. Sid invited the crab triplets: Craig, Kramer and Carmichael as they certainly know how to party. Sid also invited Gus the crayfish who was feeling a little light headed after blowing up the two balloons he brought along - nothing a little sit down couldn't fix. Meanwhile Sid, as you can see, is rocking out on the red cordial and good company. Happy Days! :0)
Like a lot of people, I've been perusing the red carpet action at Cannes over the past few days. I didn't intend to blog about the dresses as I feel there's enough of that already swimming around in the blog sphere, but I just couldn't resist these three beauties! Fan Bingbing (love that name!), Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastin all wore incredibly pretty dresses I thought. What's your verdict?
Sometimes I get a whole series of 30 Rock from the video store and watch it back to back. I laugh so much and for so long that by the end of it I'm an absolute wreck. You should try it sometime! Hey! I also found out today that I have the same birthday as Liz Lemon! How cool is that? ...and here, from those kooks at Flavorwire, is the history of Liz Lemon's hair with a few choice quotes thrown in for good luck. Viva Liz Lemon and all things 30 Rock!
Welcome to Wednesday (*sigh*). OK, I'll admit that it was the album cover that had my full attention initially, but this L.A. based outfit are actually kinda interesting. Wildcat! Wildcat! are what the love child of Peter Frampton, ELO, Cheap Trick and Yes might sound like. Oh and a smidgen of Bee Gees too which can never be bad thing. I've been a fan of falsetto singing ever since I first heard Emotional Rescue by the Rolling Stones. You can check out their single Mr Quiche here. What do you think?
Snazzy jackets - Mad Men episode five season five.
I've been downloading Mad Men season Five almost hot off the press via i-tunes. Usually down here in Aus we have to wait an eternity for new seasons to become available, but this time we're only an episode or three behind. Absolute bliss!
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed the first double episode Little Kiss, but haven't so much enjoyed the next two: Tea Leaves and Mystery Date. I thought episodes two and three were a bit forced and melodramatic. I was actually feeling a bit concerned for the whole series, but then along came episode five! Signal 30! Wow wee!
Please note---> if you have not already seen episode five you'd better look away now.
There's lots to like in this episode. Essentially it is Pete's in a way:
1) Pete fixes a leaking faucet and flirts outrageously with a young thing at the driver's education class.
2) Megan and Don go to the 'burbs to a Pete and Trudy Campbell dinner. Megan, as always, looks ravishing. Don gets all macho and fixes Pete's faucet as it...springs a leak.
3) Ken Cosgrove, we discover, is still writing short stories. He writes in the sci-fi/ fantasy genre. Cool or what? We also learn via Peggy that one of his stories is about an alien woman who lays eggs. It just doesn't get any better than that.
4) Lovely Lane Pryce scores a dinner date with a potential new client: Jaguar. He doesn't do terribly well, and so the boys are called in: Don, Roger and Pete. Everything goes swimmingly between the three big guns and the client, however, the next day everything goes horribly wrong and the client is lost. This results in: a fist fight between Lane and Pete! Awesome stuff!
5) And then...after the fisty cuffs Lane kisses Joan who is most mature about the whole thing. Lane says memorably: Is there no end to my humiliation today? Although, in retrospect, I don't feel Joan totally rejected Lane's kiss...hmmmm...
6) Pete cries in front of Don in the lift on the way to lunch after the fight. Clearly Pete is losing the plot a little.
7) "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is featured which always makes me feel good and reminds me of A Clockwork Orange which can never be a bad thing.
I've been reading reviews of this episode and critics have been raving about it. So, it's not just me then. It is a pearler. I, for one, am going to watch it again!
It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this month. Diamond Jubilee! What a terrific anniversary that is. I hope to have a Diamond Jubilee something someday just so I can say "Diamond Jubilee" non-stop for a few months. In celebration of this great sounding anniversary, The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding an exhibition of...ahem...portraits that have been commissioned for her over the years. Behold a selection of a few of these...Which is your favourite?
Something I'd be very keen to see! The Tate gallery in London has just announced that it will be holding a huge retrospective exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein's work early next year. Some of his most famous paintings will be part of the show such as Whaam! and Drowning Girl. I can't imagine how lovely it would be to be surrounded by a room full of Lichtensteins!
I thought this poster by Argentinian graphic designer Max Dalton was pretty neat. You can see more of Max's work and posters here --> Max Dalton.
In other Beatles news, I see that Yellow Submarine has been cleaned up and restored. Ah! I have such fond memories of that fine film! When it was having a re-run at the Roseville cinema, my Dad used to take me to see it most weekends. It was a very enjoyable way to fill in a few hours together. The music's fantastic and the fab animation certainly appealed to a me as a small girl. You can see the trailer here.
Poster image from here. Yellow Submarine from here.