Glamorous Princess Margaret was a great beauty in her youth and was famously fond of hanging out with artists, musicians, actors and other cultural types. However, did you know that in 1953 she directed a West End play called The Frog? You can read more about this incident here in an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on Thursday, the 3rd of June 1954. I particularly liked this quote from the article: "... the mink and diamond audience applauded tumultuously".
Krazy Kat is a strangely surreal cartoon first published in the New York Times Journal in 1913. Drawn by George Heriman, it's the story of a nutty cat called Krazy who's in love with an evil mouse called Ignatz. Ignatz can't stand Krazy and so spends his whole time throwing bricks at the besotted cat. In Krazy's weird brain this is interpreted as a sign of love and affection from Ignatz. Meanwhile, Krazy is loved by a police pug dog called Officer Bull Pup who spends his time trying to prevent Ignatz from throwing bricks at Krazy by locking him up in jail at every opportunity.
I find the strip strangely addictive and the more I read, the funnier they get - but that's just me!
So, I just read this morning that a new biography is out about David Bowie and it claims that Bowie and Mick Jagger allegedly had an affair in the glam era. I think that news is as good an excuse as any to do a post celebrating the legendary genius that is David Bowie, don't you?
Aww...look at the young David in that last shot! I bet his Mum keeps that one framed in her lounge room on top of the mantle piece!
Incidentally, my favourite pop clip for David Bowie is the one he did for a Scandinavian pop show for Rebel, Rebel. It's sort of hilarious, cool and a little bit disturbing all at once. You can watch it here.
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?
It's Wednesday! I think the perfect thing for Wednesday is more Ruben Toledo! Regular readers of this blog may recall seeing a previous post I did on Ruben Toledo back in April. I love his work so much I had to ask him back for an encore! Enjoy!
These are two birdies I drew on the weekend. Their names are Nathan and Randolph. Even though they have bills that are finch like, they are in fact a figment of my imagination! There are no powder blue fat cuties like this in the wild unfortunately. *sigh*!
In other news, I was up at my usual time yesterday morning sipping my coffee and surfing the internet when I heard all these helicopters and light aircraft buzzing around. I racked my brain for some special ocassion that would warrent such activity and nothing presented itself. Then, at the bus stop I heard a woman excitedly tell a friend "Oh yes the Queen Mary is in town!". Whoa! The last time I saw that regal gal I got a crick in my neck looking up at her!
Here she is direct to you from downtown Sydney yesterday morning:
I went down with my Dad to see her after work yesterday afternoon. Boy! She was not hard to spot! According to the Wikipedia entry about her, she is the largest ocean liner ever. She leaves today so I was glad I had a look at her again - she is truly a sight to behold.
I trust everyone's week is progressing in an orderly manner!
These photos are from top: The northern lights as seen through the ash that exploded into the atmosphere at the beginning of the year from that volcano in Iceland, hay bales along a beach in the Gulf of Mexico absorbing the oil from the BP oil spill, twin girls in Ireland after their first communion, champions Spain at the end of The World Cup.
With only a few days left of the year 2010 most newspapers and websites are doing round ups for the year that was. I've seen a few, and for my money you can't go past The Guardian.