Saturday, 29 August 2009

Walking into the sun

Café au lait in the sunshine with a fresh-from-the-kiosque copy of French Grazia which launched this morning, followed by vintage-hunting and sunshine wandering round my quartier.

Plenty of secret moments in my favourite places while D has been away.

Old ladies outside the hairdresser, rue Lamarck.

This little china ring dish is already available on pink milk vintage.

Glass pot found in the same brocante... this stays with me.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Sunny summer days

Bring me Sunshine vintage lemon top... cool down in pastel shades... up the poolside glam factor with your Carrie-style pearls.

Hot summer days are a little cooler in Paris, which means I'm running faster for La Parisienne race in a few weeks (*sponsor me for the Lymphoma Association*) and sleeping more at night. Over in Crete it is still blazing, which means plenty of pool time for pink milk Sarah and some lovely light for vintage photo shoots. Some super finds for your wardrobe coming from Chania over the past few days...

In the Garden vintage red dress... Japanese-inspired blossom print for drifting round the market... but hands off the parasol!

Lost on a Greek Island vintage skirt... long and A-line, for nautical eighties style... set it off with sharp navy and red, our current favourite colour combination.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

The Arc de Triomphe on a very hot day

I have worked around the Champs Elysées and Arc de triomphe for five years and went up for the first time yesterday, with Houria. It was blazingly hot, the people moved around very slowly on the ground.

The office. Looks a bit like a prison from there...

Do not desecrate the walls of a national monument

Inside the arche

Ave de la Grande Armée towards La Défense

The Champs Elysées, Louvre in the distance

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Radiohead pay tribute to Harry Patch

Harry Patch, the UK's oldest surviving veteran of the first World War, was buried today. His death at the age of 111, has been marked by Radiohead's Thom Yorke who has recorded a track based on Harry's own words in a 2005 interview for BBC Radio Four.

Harry Patch (In memory of)

"i am the only one that got through
the others died where ever they fell
it was an ambush
they came up from all sides
give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves
i've seen devils coming up from the ground
i've seen hell upon this earth
the next will be chemical but they will never learn"

In Thom Yorke's words:

"Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111. I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4. The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me. It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death. It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny. I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor. It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us. I hope we do not forget. As Harry himself said:
"Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims"."

The song can be downloaded from Radiohead's website for £1, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, an organisation which works hard to help British servicemen and women, and their families.
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