Cold Comfort Farm is wonderfully funny and gently mocks a particular style of novel popular during the 1930's of the difficult rural existence through its witty subverted portrayals of various country and city stereotypes.
Everyone is great in it but Rufus Sewell's swarthy lothario farmhand Seth is bloody brilliant. Aye, Robert Post's Child!
On to our compilation...
Judy's fairs pop up around the country with racks and racks of vintage day-to-day and finery available to buy. Check out their blog too.
"Even the briefest and most unattractive inscription is an instance of language use by real people who belonged to a community in which the act of writing had some purpose." Findell says.
I've a penchant for all things ancient Norse and Rockin' Roy and my wedding rings have runes craved on them. They say 'Love, Loyalty, Friendship', which is the foundation of our marriage. That, and amateur wrestling.
'Rangy, languid young man' - A description of Harrison Ford by Alec Guiness in a letter to Anne Kaufman while filming Star Wars via Letters of Note
Kabelsalat and Kummerspeck - two of my favourite German words. Kabelsalat (literally cable salad) is a word for the mess and tangle of electrical cords or wires. Kummerspeck (literally grief bacon) describes the weight gained by stress eating. Maybe really bad kablesalat could lead to kummerspeck, oh dear!
I used to read NME & Melody Maker &Select & Q somewhat religiously. I was particularly fond of Select & MM until they both shut down. I remember getting my first ever copy of Select in the local supermarket. It came with a small blow up Liam Gallagher toy. I was a Blur fan but they had me hooked anyway. Back in the day, along with my half-assed DJ-ing, I even used to run an incredibly (and mean really, really, really) acerbic music blog working towards my dream of becoming a music magazine ed. But, until they start making magazines with covers like one on the left, such muso thoughts will remain hidden in the shadows of my mind.
On the down-low, QT and very hush hush - The life of a modern day NY Private Eye Investigator, via the Hairpin.
This song by Wye Oak and it's very Singing in the Rain style video -
Wonder Woman - Were the Amazon Female Warriors real? via The Smithsonian.
1911 and the world's first fashion shoot - photography is used instead of illustrations for an article in French magazine “Art et Decoration” in April 1911 launching the world of fashion photography shoots. Via Glamour Daze
Frida Kahlo's wardrobe unlocked after 60 years - Clothing belonging to the astounding Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will go on display at her museum and former home, La Casa Azul in Mexico City after having been kept under lock and key since her passing in 1954. Via Messy Nessy Chic.
Know your Lillian Gish from your Clara Bow? - Five silent movie actresses you should know, via Queens of Vintage.
All that glitters ain't graphite - How to turn a pencil into a diamond via The Atlantic. Personally, I'd rather have the pencil.
Do you believe in Fairies? - John Hyatt, Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University claims to have photographed real fairies, via the Manchester Evening News & Dangerous Minds. (story dated 2nd April not 1st!)
I'll leave you with a song that's been caught in my mind for a few days, Gooey by Glass Animals -