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Music Monday

11 Jul

A couple of years ago my Otesha friends and I started a bicycle burlesque troupe called The Bicycle Belles, that we wheeled out (ha – GEDDIT?) on a couple of occasions to raise money for various causes. Anyway, it was hilarious, and here is the playlist that saw us through those shows. Enjoy! We are still available for weddings, funerals and bar mitzvahs.

The beautiful pictures are from the project A Girl’s Bike by photographer Jason Oliver Goodman. To add awesome on top of awesome, he is also the guy who animated the intro to Mad Men! I think he should maybe (definitely) marry me.

Feel-good Friday

25 Feb

Today has just been one of those days. I overslept so had to run out of the house with no time for a shower. On the cycle in, it was so foggy my mascara melted down my face and I didn’t notice until an hour later, my seminar on electric transport was ridiculously depressing (in short, it doesn’t matter how efficient our cars get, it’s the number of cars on the road that matters) THEN I came home and dropped my wretched mascara down the toilet by mistake, couldn’t find any tights in the shop in my size, I lost one of the earbuds on my headphones, the supermarket was all out of the ingredients I needed, the tattoo shop said what I wanted was impossible, my proposed essay title was rejected AND THEN I banged my finger really hard exactly where I cut it last week! Bah!

BUT after a mini-rant on twitter, the lovely Nadia Kamil made me this picture!

Which will teach me not to write off a day in despair, as there is always a surprise awesome around the corner! I love it. Thank you Nadia.

Other feel-good things I came across today, in case you’re also in need of a shot of awesome:

1. Pictures of clouds taken from 4 miles up. Don’t you find looking at things like this puts everything in perspective?

2. A jelly-wobbling machine. I don’t know why.

3. The Sesame Street take on Mad Men. I ♥ it.

Sigh. And there’s still a few hours of Friday left.

hanna ♥

Pete Campbell is an eco warrior!

18 Nov

I knew there was a reason I loved Mad Men (apart from the magnificent costumes, attention to detail, smouldering tension and immaculate scripting…). Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell, is like, totally green. He’s car-free in LA, which is no mean feat, and a veggie. He’s even decided not to have kids for green reasons – I don’t think I could make that decision, but it is thought-provoking. Watch an interview with him on MSNBC here and below is an excerpt from a New York Times article about his car-free lifestyle:

To go downtown where “Mad Men” is filmed, he takes either the Red Line or two buses. He reads, does crossword puzzles and goes over his lines.

“It’s wonderful,” he said. “Instead of driving and being stressed out about traffic, you can work your scene, you can do your exercises or whatever on the bus. Everyone’s got their own deal.” …

“They’ve done a study and they’ve found that people under 30 no longer view cars as status symbols or even positive things,” Mr. Kartheiser said. “They look at them as pollutants.”

Earlier in the evening, on the way to the restaurant, Mr. Kartheiser had ruminated about his choice to be carless.

“I like that my life slows down when I go places,” he said. “I have all these interactions with the human race and I can watch people living their life and not just in their car.”


Super Sunday

10 Oct

1. I am loving the sad keanu meme craze out there. It started with a paparazzi picture of Keanu sadly eating a sandwich on his own and suddenly he was being copy and pasted into the weirdest places. Cheer up Keanu, I’ll marry you. HAPPILY.

2. Brilliant. This is pinched from my friend Sara’s tumblr. (She was girl swoon number 1 too).

3. Amazing style blog about man repelling fashion – hilarious. More specifically, it’s about “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.” I own at least 4 things in that list. Oh dear.

4. I have been watching too.much.Mad.Men. I’m even dreaming about Don Draper (although that isn’t so bad). So I loved seeing this amazing picture of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra from the Kennedy campaign trail on the Guardian this week. I want to time travel to the early sixties. THAT’S ALL I ASK.

5. These are my grandpa’s feet. Isn’t he styling?

6. I’ve been tying myself in knots, getting to grips with my new course. So it was really nice and reassuring to see at the great blog our.city.lights that someone feels the same (and makes such a nice design out of it)!

7. Amaaaazing! Farmer rap. Yeo Valley, Yeo Valley, Yeo Yeo Yeo…

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

29 Aug

I am back from bonny Scotland and in the comfort of my own home – woo hoo! After a week in a sleeping bag at Climate Camp and with the Otesha Land’s End to John O’Groats tour, I slept for an amazing 12 hours last night. Rock on. So after a little bit of offline living, we’re back with Super Sunday.

1. Edinburgh has some amazing vintage shops and I endeavoured to rifle through a few of them. Check out Armstrongs and Herman Brown. They’re quite pricey but fun to look around anyway.

2. I did get this bargainous watch though! Never again will I have to rifle through my bag for half an hour and get my phone out of its case just to find out what the time is.

3. I had the best couple of days up in Wick with the Otesha Land’s End to John O’Groats tour. I was a bit apprehensive of seeing them again, especially as the tour I had organised for them involved 93 mile days with three heavy bike trailers – I thought they might be baying for my blood! But au contraire, I have never seen a group of people in better spirits! I have much respect for them having travelled together for 8 weeks non stop, and coming out the other end stronger, fitter, with lifelong friendships made and some pretty amazing life plans in the works. When they reached John O’Groats, after 1345 miles, the sky cleared and a rainbow broke out above them! It sounds absolutely hippie/ridiculous but it’s true and I’ll post the photographic evidence when I can get my hands on it! I felt like the Double Rainbow man – WHAT DOES THIS MEEAAANNN??

4. I mentioned the flamenco that I saw at Edinburgh Fringe in my last post – here are some pictures. The shoes! The moves! I wonder if they have flamenco in Brighton…

5. I spent A LOT of time in the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh while I was there – delicious falafels, cakes, free wifi and entirely volunteer run which is pretty admirable. Also good memories – 5 years ago I produced the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the fringe and sang at a gig with the crew at Forest which was, to date, one of the most rock star moments of my life.

6. I am ordering my copy of the film, Whip It, today! It’s a film about the all-girl sport, roller derby, directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Ellen Page of Juno fame. I loved its message – girls can get rough and tumble, be covered in tattoos, be competitive and all that jazz. I got so enthralled by roller derby afterwards that I went to see a London Rollergirls game (photo above) where there were quite a few girls hobbling round on crutches!

7. Mad Men yourself! Arggh, this is the best thing ever. If you are obsessed with Betty, Don, Peggy et al, go and Mad Men yourself. Check me out strutting through Sterling Cooper!