July 20, 2009

Jumping Jerboas and Sarah Palin…blogging in a strange, strange world

Posted in animals, celebrity tagged , , at 8:39 pm by Skybluepink

It’s been a busy summer and I have to say it’s been hard to find time to sit down and blog. I logged in today with the goal of writing a quick missive. However, I was surprised to see just how many hits I’ve been receiving even though I haven’t posted in over a month. And the reason for all of the hits? Jerboas and Sarah Palin! It’s a strange, strange world when the most searched words are about rare fluffy animals with huge ears, and  fluffy ex-governors with huge egos…

 

Jerboa

Jerboa

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Not a Jerboa

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January 18, 2009

Suck it Sarah!

Posted in awards, celebrity, CNN, politics, Pop culture tagged , , , , , , at 9:49 pm by Skybluepink

Just over a week ago the ever annoying Sarah Palin decided that she needed to tell the world how mean Katie Couric and Tina Fey had been to her over the course of her brief yet painful stint on the 2008 US election campaign trail. In an interview   with conservative John Ziegler, Palin demonstrated one more time why she is totally unqualified to lead anything other than a corporate cheer at a Walmart store or a caribou hunting party. She bitched and whined about the Couric interview where she took heat for appearing unable to name the newspapers or magazines she reads: “Um of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years,” was the Alaska governor’s response (brilliant, well done!) In the Ziegler interview, Palin called that answer “too flippant” and suggested the question itself offended her…why yes, how dare Couric ask an obviously unqualified twit what newspapers she reads when its so apparent she has no clue about current national or world affairs!

“To me the question was more along the lines of, ‘Do you read, what do you guys do up there, what is it that you read?’…Katie, you’re not the center of everybody’s universe,” Palin added. Well done Sarah! You told her, very Vice-Presidential of you…seems like someone hit a nerve!

Palin also took a shot at Tina Fey, questioning how exactly she was named entertainer of the year for 2008. I think Fey’s impeccable, and quite frankly, hilairous  impersonations of Palin had something to do with it…with the spoof of the Couric interview being the icing on the cake.

On Sunday, January 11 the “who’s who?” of Hollywood (a legitimate question in the era of plastic surgery, peels and botox) gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to slap each other on the back and learn who were the “winners” of the 66th Annual Golden Globes. One of the honorees was Tina Fey. Fey won a Golden Globe for her performance on 30 Rock but her acceptance speech was a chance to get back at her critics, and perhaps Palin. She told her anonymous Internet haters to “suck-it”. I’m quite sure that those who have chosen to send “hate-mail” to Fey are those who have blindly chosen to support Sarah Palin. 

Here’s the transcript of her acceptance speech: 

“I want to say thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. I’ll always love the Hollywood Foreign Press and have all the Hollywood Foreign Press action figures. Thank you, Will Arnett, for that joke. But I want you to really know how lucky I am to have the year I’ve had this year and, if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet! You can find a lot of people there who don’t like you! I’d like to address some of them now! BabsonLacrosse, you can suck it. DianeFan, you can suck it. Cougar Lover, you can really suck it ’cause you’ve been after me all year. And to my husband, Jeff, I love you. Thank you very much! “

Suck-it Sarah!

December 29, 2008

Hot-pink and bitchy

Posted in animals, bugs, celebrity, Fashion tagged , , , , , , at 6:17 pm by Skybluepink

You may have heard that more than 1,000 new species were found in the Greater Mekong area between 1997 and 2007.  Amazing discoveries, from spiders the size of dinner plates to woolly bats, but perhaps the most intriguing of all these creatures is the Pink Dragon Millipede (Desmoxytes purpurosea)

Pink Dragon Millipede

The millipede may look “pretty” but this is not a candy-coated cuddley critter…it’s spiny and toxic and shoots cyanide if “bugged”. Far from a fashion statement, the millipede’s colour is designed to warn potential predators of its toxicity.

For some reason this image pops into my head…

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December 6, 2008

What does $180,000 get you? Ask Sarah Palin

Posted in celebrity, Fashion, politics tagged , , , at 4:23 am by Skybluepink

According to CNN, the GOP have now disclosed that Sarah Palin actually spent $180,000 on clothes and “styling” for herself and the family Palin, over just 9 weeks! Wow, really? $180,000 in just 9 weeks? Evidently the GOP are going to donate them to charity. I hope they didn’t pay for this little number–it looks like something she ran over with a snowmobile…

Cariboo Barbie

Cariboo Barbie

November 2, 2008

I’m back…and so is James Bond

Posted in celebrity, Fashion, Film tagged , , , , , at 4:10 pm by Skybluepink

It’s been far too long since I’ve written a post…work, life, love…

Anyway, back to it but why now? There have been so many interesting subjects to write about over the last few months but the reason I’m back today is Bond, James Bond. After an exciting morning doing dishes, vacuuming, washing the floors and dusting, I made a cuppa and turned on the telly. I’ve always loved to watch films on a rainy Sunday afternoon so I was delighted to see that one of the movie channels was playing a Bond film, From Russia with Love…one of my favourites. I think I’m a fan of this particular Bond film for sentimental reasons, it reminds me of my maternal grandfather and today would have been his birthday. My grandfather was a big James Bond fan, he resembled Sean Connery, frequently travelled to Russia on business and drank vodka!

Fashion has always played a key role in the Bond series. From Ursula Andress’s bikini in Dr. No,

and Odd-Jobs lethal bowler hat, to Roger Moore’s god-awful safari suits and Blofeld’s high-collared, big button outfits.

 

 

On Nov. 14, a new Bond film opens in North America. Quantum of Solace will be the 22nd installment in the Bond series and it’s already a fashionable departure from the preceding films. Not only is Daniel Craig the best Bond since Connery, he’ll be looking snazzier than ever in suits from the dapper-one himself, Tom Ford. Since 1995, Bond was dressed by the Italian label Brioni but now Bond will wear tuxedos and suits from Ford. I approve!

The Bond gals will also be decked out in some gorgeous outfits by Prada, which perhaps will reflect the tone of the movie…a switch from the glamorous and sexy Roberto Cavalli creations that Eva Green wore in Casino Royale.

August 29, 2008

For the love of fashion and politics

Posted in celebrity, Fashion, politics, Pop culture tagged , , , , , , at 11:44 pm by Skybluepink

I don’t often buy Vanity Fair  but when I do, I find myself wondering why it doesn’t appear on my coffee table on a regular basis. I love fashion and politics, and when a magazine manages to cover both in a somewhat coherent and interesting manner I can’t help but fork over my $5.

Imagine my delight when John F. Kennedy Jr came out with George back in 1995. As a political science undergrad with a serious Vogue addiction, I instantly rushed out to purchase my copy. The cover featured Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington. The magazine focused on news, politics, lifestyle, fashion and celebrity, and “Not politics as usual” was its tag line. If you looked closely, a tiny picture of George Washington as he appears on the US quarter could be found on every cover (a salute to Playboy perhaps?) The magazine started strong, mostly due to its rather dishy founder I’m sure, but unfortunately with Kennedy’s death and a lack of advertising sales, the magazine ended its run in 2001. 

Vanity Fair is still going strong and this month’s issue features an interview with ex-supermodel, singer and current First Lady of France–Carla Bruni. It’s an interesting article, mostly because Bruni and Sarkozy are portrayed as narcissistic barracudas who seem perfectly suited. But just how long will this love affair last?  If it lasts longer than George I’ll eat my shoes.

An afternoon at the art gallery

Posted in Art, celebrity, Pop culture tagged , , , at 10:53 pm by Skybluepink

I recently saw the Warhol exhibit at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It was good to see an exhibit like this in Victoria. While I’ve been to the gallery many times (the last few times for weddings), it’s been a while since they’ve had an exhibit that I really wanted to see. The exhibit had a little bit of everything, from casual sketches to the iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and the Queen. The exhibit had a strong Canadian flavour, including pieces that were shown at Expo 67 in Montreal. Curator Mary Jo Hughes wanted to show the Canadian influence in Warhol’s work. It was the Wayne Gretzky portrait that truly caught my attention. No, I’m not a hockey fan but I’ve lived in Canada long enough to understand his iconic status. I think Warhol was quite taken with the young man; Gretzky however looked shy and a tad apprehensive.

 

“As an artist, what I see in Wayne is great joy and energy,” said Warhol at the time. “I think it’s great when a sports star can look like a movie star.” I’m guessing Andy wasn’t a hockey fan either.