This is Pascal. He lives in the French city of Toulouse in south western France. His two hobbies are swimming for half an hour in the Bazacle River every morning and supporting his favourite rugby team, the Toulouse Olympique. He is thinking of taking up another hobby too. Something that is more of an indoorsy type of activity for those days that are either too rainy or too cold to go outside. He has narrowed his list of possible options down to fencing, backgammon or squash, but he is yet to make a final decision.
I've featured one of my all time favourite children's book illustrators Garth Williambefore. If you grew up with Golden Books, I bet you remember and love him too! These black and white ink drawings are from the children's book "Harry Cat's Pet Puppy". The look on Harry Cat's face in some of these drawings is priceless!
This is Arlo and he's in his favourite chair. It's his favourite chair for three reasons. Firstly, in his opinion, it's very fine looking. The rainbows and clouds immediately put him at ease whenever he gets up on it. Say no more. Secondly, it's very comfy. Favourite chairs have to be comfy and this one is especially so. Thirdly, it's positioned very conveniently so that he has a clear view of the kitchen (and therefore anything exciting going on in there) and an equally clear view of the lounge room and TV set. So I think you can appreciate why Arlo has decided that this is his favourite chair. I think it would be my favourite chair too.
Did you know that the 2nd of October 2014 marks the 64th birthday of Peanuts? On this day in 1950 Peanuts was published for the very first time in seven newspapers. Like a lot of people, I have a tremendous soft spot for Peanuts. Reading the books that were given to me for birthdays and as Christmas presents was an absolute treat. I couldn't definitely tell you who my favourite character was or is, but it might be Snoopy.
I just read a Harper's Bazaar article that chronicles 24 hours with the legendary Valentino. It's quite a fascinating read - now that he has semi-retired from his eponymous fashion house, he is quite the man of leisure. I also found out that he has a virtual historic museum filled with his designer gowns. I think I remember seeing him working on this museum in the highly entertaining documentary called Valentino: the Last Emperor that came out a few years ago. I think the highlight of the documentary was seeing him in transit accompanied by his entourage of pugs which the above photo illustrates perfectly!