October 10, 2009

McLouvre?

Posted in Art, France, Paris, Pop culture, Travel tagged , , , , , , at 10:53 pm by Skybluepink

If you’ve been to France lately, especially Paris, this news is not all that shocking. Sad perhaps, but not shocking. It appears a McDonalds is opening in the “mini-mall” underneath the Louvre…not in the Louvre as many have reported. The “mall”  or Carrousel du Louvre  is home to a Starbucks, Virgin Megastore and a Sephora, to mention a few.

McDonalds became a second home of sorts for my boyfriend, who lived in Paris for two months earlier this year–it was one of the only places he could find a reliable wifi connection in the entire city! I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris on several occasions, most recently in April of this year when I joined my afore mentioned paramour for an amazing adventure. I was surprised to learn just how imbedded McDonalds has become in Parisian life. They are everywhere and always packed–the French love their “McDo”!

It is truly magical when you journey under the pyramid to enter the Louvre, especially in the evening. It certainly can’t be enhanced with a drive-thru window or super-sizing the Mona Lisa.

An evening at the Louvre, April 2009

An evening at the Louvre, April 2009

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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!

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.