Books

Quote of the day: John Maxwell-Worrell



Allan ‘Capitan’ Thornhill image from Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival

“West Indians who went to the carnival actually felt empowered by their numbers because outside of those two days we felt like one blackcuurant in a large pink teacake.”

John Maxwell-Worrell, music promoter, Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival (more…)



Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene



Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene by Chris Stein

Never not buying books about 1970s New York! Here’s a brilliant one on the New York downtown scene by Blondie’s Chris Stein. Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene looks like a time capsule of New York at its run down, romanticized best, encompassing legendary characters (William Boroughs, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol) amongst city streetscapes and New York nightlife. (more…)



Quote of the day: Mario Carnicelli



American Voyage Mario Carnicelli Bus stop, Washington, 1966

“As soon as I arrived, I was immediately fascinated. I felt as if I was living in another dimension. I was captivated by the carefree spirit and the freedom that America offered with its mix of cultures and traditions. I was struck by the crowded streets and the decadent window displays and the people who crossed each other without ever stopping. For me, America appeared to have a face that was instantly translatable into images.” (more…)



Mother’s pride – my gift guide



Tal Angel silk scarves

It’s all about the women this week, with International Women’s Day tomorrow and Mother’s Day this Sunday. Despite my inner cynic, I still love Mother’s Day – it’s a good excuse to properly spoil our mums and there’s no shortage of great gift options around at the moment.

Beauty brands tend to highlight the twee-est stuff for Mother’s Day, but all the mums I know are super-cool and don’t want floral soaps and Cath Kidston wash bags. They like Liberty and Space NK or small batch organic oils. They love trying new fragrances (Amanda Carr’s We Wear Perfume site is great for discovery) and are just as swayed by chic packaging as the rest of us. (more…)