Category: Collection



Masks, photo by PH Morton


#1 Noh Mask

#2 Zo-Onna Mask

#3 Hannya Mask, represents a female demon

#4 Hanakobu Akujo

#5 Uba

These masks can be currently and readily admired at the V&A Museum, East Asian gallery.

Masks are used for protection, disguise, performance and entertainment.

The above masks were Japanese and were sculpted from wood.  They were based from the 14th century classical Japanese theatre called Noh which was much loved and patronised by the Shogun, supreme military leader.

Silver Speaks @ V&A

Animus, by Kevin Grey,
Photo PH Morton

Silver Speaks @ V&A

The above beautiful shining solid sliver abstract fine silver work which is an exhibit, rather caught my eye. The silver smith craftsman made five and from what I learned cost ¬£72,000.00 each. If I were a multi millionaire+. I think I would indulge myself ūüôā

The Maker’s diagonally stamped Hallmark can just be seen near the top.

This is just one of many wonderful silver work exhibits many dating back hundreds of years, in the ‘Silver Speaks’ exhibition, held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The V&A is well worth a visit if you can when in London.


Yellow Pages – Telephone Book

Peter was doing his daily recycling when he got hold of the yellow pages which was delivered on our letter box a few days ago.  He was flabbergasted and found it antiquated to still use yellow pages books when it is easier to just go online to search for anything under the sun.

He has a point, I have not used the yellow pages since the early 90s and yet we get them year after year, though slightly bulkier that the 2 inches thick yellow pages of a few years ago.

I remember when we went to visit Ripley’s there were several outstanding arts made from different everyday things. ¬†One of which was the telephone book. ¬†I think the portrait of Sting was rather good.

What do you think?

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Yellow Pages – Telephone Book

Iconic Dresses & Costume

There have been plenty of instances in movies and life in Hollywood when the dresses and costumes of the stars are as famous as they are.

Below are just a few of these iconic dresses that have stood the test of time and changes in taste.

Mind you not all the clothes are really that good-looking but they represent something that can’t be easily forgotten but has become indelible in our memories. ¬†From the Versace safety pin dress worn by Liz Hurley, to Bjork’s weird dead swan dress to Elvis the pelvis’s white jumpsuit.

If you have anything to add to our choices, please feel free to advise us and we will be glad to add them here. Also we would appreciate your comments.

Iconic Dresses & Costume

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Scent of Roses

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.
– Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Scent of Roses

You might have guessed that I am partial to flowers and to the roses especially.

I love roses because of so many things that are going for them. I love their texture: velvety petals, I love their scents – so clean and fragrant, I love that they are easy to grow. No matter how many aphids ungraciously attack the buds and blooms of roses, the flower usually would ultimately open its aphids’ degraded, less than perfect offering ready to face the sun no matter what! There is a certain braveness about them that I find admirable. It is that “take me as you find me’ attitude. ¬†Yeah roses have got attitude and plenty of it.

What I am saying can probably be best describe on the photos below, some roses are perfect and some are victims to the weather and insect and yet they have inherent beauty and scent, which unfortunately cannot be translated into the internet, just yet. Probably one day just like the scratch and snip letters I used to receive from friends.

Did you know?

According to a German research, it was discovered that there is a correlation between smells and dreams.  The scent of roses and other fragrance such as lavender means a sleeper will have a good dream.  While the negative happens when a sleeper is exposed to unpleasant smell, they will have nightmares.


The rose is without why.
It blows because it blows.
It think not of itself
And no display it shows.
– Angelus Silesius

‘Hitler cups’ recalled in Germany over Nazi stamp

This error is fantastical.   Did no one really inspect the cups before they were even stocked on the shelves at the furniture store?!!!  Very strange indeed.
What was the instructions given to the Chinese designer? Was it like “make me a product, preferably a cup, that is German in design?!!! LOL
As I said really strange!
But those Hitler cups which have been sold would be ¬†collector’s items for sure.
11 April 2014

A coffee mug featuring a picture of a stamp with Adolf Hitler's portrait on it, postmarked with a swastika stampAs the swastika is a banned symbol in Germany, officials are checking whether the mugs’ sale was illegal.

A German furniture store chain has apologised for selling mugs with Adolf Hitler’s face on them.

The ceramic cups feature a faint image of a Nazi-era postage stamp with Hitler’s profile on it, postmarked with a swastika stamp.

The mug also features a rose and handwriting in English.

The Zurbrueggen furniture chain apologised for the “terrible” mistake, which it blamed on “a stupid chain of unfortunate circumstances”.

A 5 August 1941 photo of Adolf HitlerNo-one reported noticing the infamous Fuehrer’s face until 175 were sold

The cups’ Chinese designer had mistakenly chosen the image of the former dictator, it said, which the chain then ordered in error – 5,000 of them.

“No one noticed the problem during unpacking,” the company’s owner told the¬†Neue Westfaelische Zeitung¬†daily newspaper.

The small chain sold 175 of the mugs before anyone drew attention to the black and white profile of the world’s most infamous Nazi.

Those customers could make a profit on their purchase, though. The company promised to compensate them with a 20-euro (£16.5; $28) gift voucher Рa significant mark-up on the original 1.99 euro price.

The company may not be the only one keen to get hold of the notorious mugs. The Neue Westfaelische Zeitung also reports that a contemporary history museum in Bonn, the House of History, has also expressed “great interest” in getting hold of some.

The chain has destroyed the unsold cups.


How to Pronounce Fashion’s Interstellar’s Deities



You won the lottery and it was time to go shopping.

You don’t want some snooty shop assistant to look down on you because you cannot pronounce some of fashion’s foremost and hip designers. That would be mortifying!!! ūüôĀ

Thankfully, help is now at hand.

Below is a youtube offering on how some of the more brain-scrambling names are pronounced.

Keep watching and try practising.

Ahzedeen ahlai ah……..

Published on Mar 31, 2014
Our playful take on pronunciation teaches you how to speak your international fashion alphabet, from Azzedine Ala√Įa (AH’ZE’DEEN AH’LAI’AH) in Paris to Zegna (ZEN’YA) in Milan. This is how top supermodels say these things, so look, listen and learn! Once you’ve mastered all 26, you’ll be ready to stroll confidently into any of the world’s most exclusive boutiques and start a very chic conversation. Directed by Barnaby Roper, styled by Michelle Cameron and narrated by lush lips Lindsey Wixson and her talking robot, the A-Z of Pronunciation stars a worldwide cast including Esmerelda Seay-Reynolds from USA, Grace Bol from Sudan, Grace Mahary from Canada, Hanne Gaby Odiele from Belgium, Josephine Skriver from Denmark, Sigrid Agren from France, Soo Joo from South Korea, Tao Okamoto from Japan, Tilda Lindstam from Sweden and Xiao Wen Ju from China.