Saturday, 3 October 2015

A good deed never goes unpunished

"A good deed never goes unpunished."

"A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."

"Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. Of 60."

"Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so."

"Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates."

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests."

"By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over."

"Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little."

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half."

"I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television."

"I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults."

"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail."

"Never have children, only grandchildren."

"Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale."

"Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself."

"Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences."

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

"The four most beautiful words in our common language: 'I told you so'."

"Today's public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can't read them either."

"We must declare ourselves, become known; allow the world to discover this subterranean life of ours which connects kings and farm boys, artists and clerks. Let them see that the important thing is not the object of love, but the emotion itself."

"What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?"

"Write something, even if it's just a suicide note."

The incomparable Gore Vidal would have been 90 years old today.

RIP a bitter genius.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

My Fair Julie

"I am very proud to be British. I'm very conscious of carrying my country with me wherever I go. I feel I need to represent it well."

"Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly."

"I am a liberated woman. And I do believe if a woman does equal work she should be paid equal money. But personally I am feminine and I do like male authority to lean on."

"I know what I'm capable of - it's other people who have a problem with my image, not me."

"Hopefully, I brought people a certain joy. That will be a wonderful legacy."

"Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it."

Dame Julie Andrews is 80 years old today.

All hail.

Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews DBE (née Wells, born 1st October 1935)

More Julie over at my other blog Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle

Monday, 28 September 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015

La bella di Roma

Our new favourite Italian nonogenarian diva - Signorina Sylvana Pampanini (born 25th September 1925)

Saturday, 19 September 2015

If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them

"One magazine said that no-one writes sex in the back of a Bentley better than Jackie Collins."

"The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them."

"If anything, my characters are toned down - the truth is much more bizarre."

"Do not copy my style! The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So, think about what you've done in your life and write about that."

"If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do."

"My weakness is wearing too much leopard print."

RIP darling Jackie, doyenne of the "bonkbuster", chronicler of the salacious underbelly of Hollywood glamour. We'll miss you...

Jacqueline Jill "Jackie" Collins, OBE (4th October 1937 – 19th September 2015)

Friday, 18 September 2015


...Garbo did it so well, n'est ce pas?

Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, 18th September 1905 – 15th April 1990)

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Embrace the Diva

"I decided that I would simply embrace [the term 'Diva'], and therefore change the meaning of it, because, if you don’t, then, of course, it’s used in a way that is most unflattering and is meant to indicate somebody that is capricious and just sort of difficult to be around. And I would hope that that is not true."

"I was always intrigued with the theatre, getting dressed up and putting on a costume and being someone else for a while. [As a child] I liked to put on some of my mother’s costume jewellery and a feather boa or something, and pretend I was some grand singer."

"A person has the right, and I think the responsibility, to develop all of their talents."

"I like so many different kinds of music that I've never allowed myself the limitations of one particular range."

Miss Jessye Norman, proud possessor of one of the finest operatic voices of the late 20th century, is 70 years old today.

Here are just a few samples to prove that this woman has no "limitations of one particular range"...

Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Isolde's Liebestod) - Wagner:

Beim Schlafengehen (from the Four Last Songs) - R. Strauss:

...and (with one of my favourite video clips, ever) When I Am Laid In Earth (Dido's Lament) - Purcell:

Jessye Mae Norman (born 15th September 1945)

Saturday, 12 September 2015

This weekend, I'm mostly dressing casual... birthday girl Miss Alice Lake (born 110 years ago today)!

We're off to celebrate the fabled "Last Night of the Proms" at Proms in the Park - seven hours in Hyde Park - so it pays to wear practical clothing.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Our Rainbow Queen red. orange. yellow. green. blue. indigo. violet...

...and in pink!

Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, nee Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Battenburg-Windsor, who after 63 years on the throne has surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as as Great Britain's longest-serving Monarch.

We salute you, Ma'am!