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Hurricane Ophelia

 

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When I heard that Hurricane Ophelia was due to hit the U.K. today, exactly 30 years from the great storm of October 16th, 1987, it brought back in a flash, the memory of that night. That was the start of when the shit began to hit the fan!

I had finished my contract of appearing in the Scala Show at the Melia Castilla Hotel in Madrid at the end of September that year, and even though they wanted me to sign a contract for another year, I turned it down because my mother, Rose, was very, very ill and alone.

My Father had died on June 20th, 1987 and the Scala management had refused to release me to attend his funeral. As they so rightly explained, they had built the whole show around me and I was irreplaceable. So I had to find an alternative and I asked Ray’s mother to stay with her, but she was completely indifferent, unhelpful and drunk. So I simply had to return to England to take care of her.

Apparently Rose had had a mini stroke in the flat whilst my father was alive, and he had just left her lying there in the hall for an hour before he bothered to telephone for an ambulance. That was just the way he was. Rose pampered him like a baby; he never lifted a finger to help her, he would just sit in his armchair watching T.V. and she would wait on him hand and foot.

I returned to England alone. Ray stayed in Spain to take care of some business, Scorpio  and Suki, and the house that we had built on the Costa del Sol.

I must explain that Rose was a fighter and she wasn’t going to let a mini stroke get her down. I found her pottering around and cooking a meal for me. She was so pleased to see me. She was so very frail. For a few days she was okay, then she had another stroke and was taken to the Hommerton Hospital in Hackney. I went every day and got to know a few of the families that had relatives in the ward. One, a Greek Family, explained to me that they would stay all night, as apparently 4 o’clock in the morning was around the time that most sick people die, so it was good to have someone guarding them. I have no idea where this superstition came from, but I was ready to try anything. So I changed my routine. I would go to the hospital at around 6p.m. and stay with Rose all night and leave at 8 o’clock in the morning and go and sleep. I would nod off occasionally in the hospital, but sleep! Really it just wasn’t possible and watching her either sitting in a chair or lying in the bed upset me so much. It made me very emotional. I had asked the nurse in charge whether she could be in a private room instead of the general ward, as I thought she would like it better. Really, I suppose it was more for me as well, as I would get very embarrassed if anyone saw me crying. What was I to do? A few days earlier I had spoken with her doctor about taking Rose to Spain as I thought that the weather would be good for her. I thought that once they had got her better that would be it. But she gently explained to me that she would never get better and that every time she had a stroke they would just get worse and very soon it would be fatal.

I was distraught and telephoned Ray and asked him to come to England. He phoned me back and told me that he had booked a flight to Heathrow for the 16th.

I had not read a newspaper or watched T.V. for so long that I had no idea that a storm was coming.

That night was strange. The wind was howling and it seemed to whistle through the hospital. The nurses seemed strange, maybe I was hallucinating and they never mentioned anything to me about the storm warning. Around about 3:30a.m. the matron came in the room and told me they wanted to tidy up her room and would I go into the family waiting room.

The storm was reaching its peak and what with the wind howling and windows rattling, I began to fanaticize. Somehow, I imagined that they were holding a ‘Witches Sabbath’ in Rose’s room and using  her like a rag doll, throwing her about. It seemed to go on for hours. Maybe it was because I was so tired that I imagined all these crazy things and there I was sitting in the waiting room doing nothing to help Rose. My mind was going berserk and I was so tired!

I must have fallen asleep because around 7-00a.m. a Nurse was gently shaking me to wake up and gave me a cup of tea and told me, “Go home and watch out for the damage”. I looked in on Rose she was asleep, so I left.

The streets were like a war zone: trees uprooted, windows smashed, cars damaged and the silence. Everything was so still. I waited at the bus stop and went home.

Meanwhile, Ray’s plane had been diverted either to Stanstead or Gatwick, I can’t remember. All I know that when the plane landed on the airfield all the passengers had to hold onto one another to stop being blown away as they made their way across the field through to Immigration. So when he arrived at the flat, he too was shattered.

Winds battered the South of England in what was the worst storm to hit the country since 1703. Severe weather had been predicted before the Great Storm, as it later became known, hit the South of England in the early hours of October 16th, 1987.

That is what I remember of the Great Storm of 1987. Not a very happy memory!

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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

How it all Began. “ericlindsay.wordpress.com.”

 This is how I met Andi Brooks and how my Blog began.

 

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MR. ANDI BROOKS

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Andi and me having coffee in Tokyo

Around the time of 1996 my Agent Jamie Phillips of Trends Management told me that an advertisement kept appearing in the Stage Newspaper looking for me, or asking maybe if I was alive or dead? No such luck, I was still alive and kicking!

As I had time to spare and no one to talk to, I telephoned to the gentleman who placed the advertisement. His name was Andi Brooks who lived in Bath. That is how we met. He came to London and interviewed me in August 1997 for his future book that he was co-author with Frank Dello Stritto called “Vampire Over London” the whole interview is somewhere on my Blog. Through that interview Andi and I became friends and kept in touch with one another even after the book was published in 2000, and what a beautiful book it is too.

All this time I would talk to him about various things that had happened to me and he was forever telling me that I should write about it. But I kept explaining to Andi that Ray when he was alive was the writer. I never wrote anything. Ray would write to my parents, write all our business letters, and sign important papers. He got it down to a fine art, he could even do my signature on cheques,(which I had no problem with) until one day the bank manager called me into his office to say that my signature on our joint bank account seemed to have changed. So I explained that I had sprained my wrist and found it difficult to write properly. I told Ray that when he wrote my name he had to take his time with it and that a scrawl just didn’t work. I couldn’t keep on going back to the bank manager with excuses. That was the trust we had in one another. I trusted him completely. So when Andi suggested that I should start a Blog it took a great deal of persuading  and convincing on his part over many, many  years for me to even contemplate it.

In the year of the millennium 2000 by chance I was appearing in “Aladdin” at the Theatre Royal, Brighton and had the pleasure of meeting Frank Dello Stritto and his wife, who came to a matinée of the Show, before they left for America for good and also arrange the publication of their book “Vampire Over London”. So strange because it was at the Theatre Royal, Brighton that “Dracula” opened in 1951 and the whole story started. This intrigued Frank completely, to believe that he was actually in the same Theatre.

“Vampire Over London” was an enormous success and has now gone into it’s 2nd. printing. The publication is such  excellent quality.

Well over the years Andi and I kept in touch, he told me that he had married a Japanese student named Kyoko and later they went off to live in Tokyo, Japan. All this time we kept in touch, and he was forever urging me to write a Blog about what I had done over the years. He explained that he would set it up for me with WordPress.com and do all my editing in fact the whole caboodle. In fact he has been faithful to his word and encouraged me 100% to write. I didn’t think I could do it, and I wasn’t sure that what I had to say would interest anybody. But the proof is in the pudding and “ericlindsay.wordpress.com” came into being in 2012 and by some miracle it seems to be a success. I don’t understand why because really I can’t write, at least that’s what I tell myself, so it’s all thanks to Andi Brooks. Bless him!

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Meeting up with Andi and Kyoko in the Coffee Shop in Tokyo.

On the 7th of October 2016 I flew into Tokyo and met up with Andi, who I hadn’t seen since our first meeting in London in August 1997.  Twenty years is a long time and we had plenty to talk about and we did non-stop. Later, Kyoko joined us and I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time, and what a charming lady she is. Andi had done himself proud. To think of the young man who had interviewed me so many years back and now here he was with a full family.

 

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What an amazing place Tokyo is, and I had two whole days to be with Andi and his family and talk. They also showed me part of Korean Town which was in the area of my hotel.

 

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Yui Brooks.

During the time that Andi has been living in Tokyo he has been blessed with a handsome son called Yui who is now 14yrs.old. Yui is a budding artist, and drew a quickie for me on my visit. I look a little beaten up, but it’s a great souvenir. He travels everywhere with his pencil and pad.

The top one certainly gives me a beaten up look.

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Whilst I was there it was his birthday so I sent him a card in English.

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YUI with his Birthday Card

 

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Yui, me, Andi and Kyoko at Dinner.

Yui travels everywhere with his pencil and pad. He even took it with him when we had dinner together in a typical Japanese Restaurant.

 

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Kyoko and Yui seeing my off at my Hotel.

Whilst I was there it was Yui’s Birthday, so I managed to find a card in English. The few days that I was in Tokyo I did no sight seeing whatsoever. I was just happy to spend all my time with Andi and his family. The happiness he has given me with my little Blog is amazing.

I have so much to thank him for, he has really given me a reason for carrying on.

 

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Me and my very good friend ANDI BROOKS.

 

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Time to leave Tokyo, and goodbye to my friends.

A wonderful memory that I will treasure forever.

 

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Annie Leibovitz the Rembrant of Photography.

 

 

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If Annie Leibovitz had been given a paintbrush instead of a camera, she would have been put into the class of Rembrandt or Degas. Or otherwise if Rembrandt and Degas would have had a camera instead of a paint brush, they would have been an Annie Leibovitz.
Practically every photograph that I have seen is a work of art, in fact they are not photos, they are portraits. For example and there are many:
Firstly this is by Rembrandt.

 

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 The Stone Bridge by Rembrandt.

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Photo by Annie Leibovitz of ‘The Queen of England’ 2007

This photo of the Queen has the touch of a master, the detail in the pose, the background, the lighting, the whole, turns it into a beautiful portrait, that could have been painted by Rembrandt.
These are some of the Queen of England collection by Annie Leibovitz:

 

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Annie Leibovitz was commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar Magazine to produce a collection of photos in the style of Degas, with the wonderful American Ballerina Misty Copeland, Here is part of her collection:

 

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A press release from UBS.

Annie Leibovitz Biography

Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her pictures have appeared on magazine covers ever since. In 1983, when she joined the staff of the revived Vanity Fair, she was established as the foremost rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. For over three decades, at Vanity Fair and later at Vogue, she has been adding to a large and distinguished body of work that includes some of the most well-known portraits of our time.
Several collections of Leibovitz’s work have been published and exhibitions of her photographs have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C; the National Portrait Gallery in London; to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She is the recipient of many honors, in 2006 she was made a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government, in 2009, she received the International Center of Photography’s Lifetime Achieverment Award, the first Creative Excellence Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society in London. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts and the Wexner Prize. In2013 she received the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

 

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Josephine and Daphne recreated.

This was taken by Annie Leibovitz 36yrs. after the original film           “Some Like it Hot” which was made in 1959.

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in 1995, what a great photo.

 

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This is how they looked in the original with Marilyn Monroe.

 

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Liberace’s Hands, just wearing something simple!

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Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain scene from “La Dolce Vita”.

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Annie Leibovitz’s version.

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A backstage look into the working of that beautiful picture.

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Another backstage look

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In 2001 she was commissioned by Vanity Fair to produce a series of photographs called “Hollywood Legends” Which she has produced periodically to the present day.

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In 2007 Annie Leibovitz was commissioned to produce a series of “Disney Dream Portraits” by Disney Studios. Here are a few:

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These are just a few of the brilliant portraits that this Master of Photography has produced. Every accolade she has received she deserved. Long may she continue.

 

Paris, A Gourmet’s Delight

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Skipping through ‘Google’ recently, this site is so amazing! It’s like having your own personal reference library.
I came across a photo of Hugh Heffner, the Playboy magnate, dining at “Au Mouton de Panurge” in Paris in 1970. It reminded me of the many times that Ray and I dined there and set me thinking about those times

 

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The Hotel Scribe in Paris.

During the 60’s and the 70’s, Ray and I always stayed at the Hotel Scribe whenever we were in Paris. It was so central and we could walk practically everywhere. It was just around the corner from the “Olympia Theatre where I saw the wonderful Josephine Baker four times in “Paris Mes Amours.” We would also eat at least once on each visit at the Restaurant,“AU MOUTON DE PANURGE,” which was only a short walk from the Hotel Scribe.

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The Hotel Scribe at Night

The history that surrounded this hotel is quite amazing, but in those days I had no idea, and until recently I wasn’t really interested.
The Hotel Scribe isn’t just an ordinary luxury hotel like its neighbor, the illustrious Opéra Garnier, which happens to be the most famous Opera House in the World.

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The Opera Garnier, the most famous opera house in the world.

Remember, Opera Garnier was the scene for the Gaston Leroux novel “Phantom of the Opera”, which was also made into a musical, a play and a film four times.

The hotel was built in 1861. Since then, it’s served as the cradle of cinema and housed some of the most famous artistic names of all time. The hotel’s history and ties to the dramatic arts are still strong. On the fourth floor, there is a tribute to former resident Serge Diaghilev, founder of Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, who appeared regularly at the Opera House. ( If I would have known it, I would have insisted on a room on the fourth floor )    

There’s a story around every corner of the Scribe. The first public presentation of the Lumière brothers’ revolutionary invention, the Cinematograph, took place at the Hotel Scribes in 1895.
The Scribe Hotel was, and still is, an icon of Parisian luxury. Thinking about it now, there is no way that I could possibly afford to stay at the Scribe at today’s prices, much as I would love to do so. But I digress.

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The Temple of Good Eating
17 rue de Choiseul, 2nd arrondissement Paris.

Au Mouton de Panurg

Pour les gourmands, les gourmets, et les goinfres.
Translation:
(For connoiseurs of fine food, for the greedy and also for gluttons).

The Decor and Menu were designed by Albert DuBout (1905-1976), the famous Rabelais Illustrator. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what the word Rabelais means, I didn’t know either until I Googled it!)
The colourful and humorous souvenir menu had bawdy illustrations by DuBout. It had the same bawdy humour as one would find in the old naughty seaside postcards.

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On entering the restaurant we were confronted by a large bell,

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The clapper of the bell was in the shape of an erect phallus complete with balls, which the ladies were requested by the waiters to stroke and then ring. You can see where I’m going! Some were shocked and some mildly protested, although those who protested too much always seemed to hold onto the clapper longer than the others, but finally they all rang the bell! So once the bell was rung the evening started, and the bell seemed to be ringing continually. The food and wine were excellent and there was plenty to choose from in the gourmet menu. As you can see the bread rolls which were in the same shape as the clapper in the bell, left nothing to the imagination.

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Hugh Heffner and his ladyf riend.who just couldn’t decide whether she should just nibble at it, or eat it whole!

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The Beatles, Brian Epstein (with a chamber pot on  his head) and George Martin.

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“THE RIOTOUS MOUTON”

Well, here’s the damnedest place you ever got into. It is a prime favorite with many serious gourmets. Both male and female; food’s excellent , wine list is good, mirth runs riot, and prices are fair.

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The Au Mouton de Panurge, was a Parisian restaurant named for the French expression that refers to a person who blindly follows others, like sheep, without regard to the consequences. “The Sheep of Panurge,” was at 17 rue de Choiseul. 2nd. Arrondissment Paris.

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Ray and Rose (my mother) and me spending an enjoyable evening at “Au Mouton de Panurge”

Later in the evening between the first and second courses, when the wine was flowing and everyone was enjoying themselves, the waiter would request the lady to stand on the table, and he would place a garter on her leg, just above the line of decency. The whole evening was hilarious, and great fun was had by all.

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Our good friend Lydia Lova joining in the fun.

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Ray Jackson and Mark Canter (the costume designer) with Lydia Lova and me.

Having a great evening at “Au Mouton de Panurge.

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“PARIS AFTER DARK”

A Paris Restaurant that would never get by the Boston censors. Based on the Rabelais theory that laughter is the right of man,      “AU MOUTON DE PANURGE”  is jammed seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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Another young lady receiving the garter

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The menu has a variety of famous signatures reproduced on it. The elite celebrity patrons included such famous names as Jean Cocyeau, Jean Marais, Martine Carol, Albert Schweitzer, Clarke Gable, Marcel Pagnol, Ali Khan, Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn, Mistinguette, Edith Piaf, the Beatles and Hugh Heffner. They were just a few among many others who dined at “Au Mouton De Panurge”.

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The closest I have come across to the wonderful “Au Mouton de Panurge” was this year when I was in New York in June and went along on my first night for dinner with Angie and her family at the Trattoria Dell’Arte on 7th.Avenue, opposite Carnegie Hall.

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This bustling Tuscan restaurant has boobs, buns, lips and other body parts on it’s wall, even noses, but it was not quite Rabelais

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The food was excellent, with a wonderful choice, as was the wine, and the atmosphere was electric.

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So what more could one ask for? Well, maybe it would have been nice if some of the ladies were nibbling at a bread roll and a few of them stroking and ringing the bell!!!

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Napoleon and the Guerlain Bee Bottle.

I never ever thought that a bottle could be historical or really valuable, well the Guerlain Bee Bottle is !  It is covered with raised bees that have been painted in 24- carat gold and is valued by collectors worldwide. Guerlain happens to be one of the oldest Perfume Houses in France, in fact it is the oldest.
I have such a bottle. To say I have, is not quite correct, it belonged originally to Ray Jackson my late partner for 40 years. It was bought for him by his lady friend Norma Berzin, who told him that her late husband, “ Always used the Guerlain Imperiale Eau de Cologne, and used to walk around in a cloud of it”. (Maybe she wanted Ray to smell like the late Mr. Berzin?)
However when Ray died I inherited among many other things the Bee Bottle, (of course it was empty by the time I got it!). Although if one were to uncork the stopper, there still remains a slight musky, pungent smell. Could it be that of the late Mr.Berzin? (One will never know!)
But I digress, having read an article about The House of Guerlain, I became intrigued about their Bee Bottle so I Googled it and found an interesting but small article in Wikipedia which told the whole story, and which I am including in this blog with some photos.

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 Portrait of Napoleon III by Francois Gerard 1853 Bee Bottle of Guerlain Imperiale  presented to Napolean and the Empress  Eugenie.

The Emperor Napoleon III loved to have his portrait painted in a luxurious robe covered with bees, a symbal of monarchy in France. In 1853, Pierre-Francois Pascal Guerlain created the now famous bee bottle for Eau De Cologne Imperiale (composed in 1830) for the Empress Eugenie who wore the perfume to her wedding to Napolean III. Because of the Bee Bottle, M. Guerlain was appointed the official perfumer to her Royal Majesty and the legacy of this design lives on in Guerlain’s perfumery -from bee designs to honeycomb topped flacons.

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An advertisement which said.

Guerlain revives its “Jar of Bees” perfume in 24-carat gold to celebrate its legendary history.

If you ever wondered what it was like to live like a queen, here’s your chance to find out. Guerlain’s legendary “Jar of Bees” is back to make you feel like an Empress, Eugenie to be specific. Originally created for her, the wife of Napoleon III, the emblematic bottle has been revived in all its golden glory to celebrate its 160th anniversary.

A limited range of the Guerlain exclusive fragrances have been bottled in the 24-carat ‘Golden Bee’. In addition, Guerlain in collaboration with the Institut National des Métiers d’ Art has commissioned nine Masters artisans to recreate perfume history. Nine works of art inspired by the signature bottle have been designed to denote the supreme symbol of French luxury.

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This bottle that was originally made for Napoleon III
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They evoke an era when Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, founder of Guerlain, fell captive to Eugénie de Montijo’s beauty and crafted what came to be known as a true technical feat. In recognition for it, he received the highest imperial title, “His Imperial Majesty’s Official Perfume Maker”, which catapulted him to the top of perfume-making peak.
An exceptional exhibition will display the celebratory artworks from December 10 to February 14 at La Maison Guerlain 68 Champs Elysées in Paris. (That was in 2013) Their inimitable designs will pay haute homage to Guerlain’s sensory story.

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The Bees are each painted in 24-carat gold

Guerlain (French pronunciation: [ɡɛʁlɛ̃]) is a French perfume house, among the oldest in the world. It has a large customer following, and has traditionally been held in high esteem in the perfume industry. Perfumes by Guerlain are often said to be characterized by a common olfactory accord known as the “Guerlinade”. A perfume by the same name was launched by Guerlain in 1921.

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The Guerlain Bee Bottle is described as “a symbol of Guerlain DNA and savoir-faire”
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Guerlain S.A.Founded 1828
Founder Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain
Headquarters Levallois-Perret, France

Products Perfumes and cosmetics

So whenever I reminisce, and think about Ray and maybe the Bee Bottle. I go to the bottle, uncork the stopper and have a sniff of, could it be…………. the late Mr.Berzin ?

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Helen Mirren Long May She Reign

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Never in all the years that I have been going to the Theatre have I seen a performance like hers.

To say that it was a ‘Tour de Force’ is an understatement.  She was fantastic!

When I think of all the actors and actresses that I have seen during my lifetime, her performance in “The Audience” stands sublime.

Helen Mirren I would place in the same category as Sarah Bernhardt, who I never saw, but I read a lot about. 

She Sarah, was referred to as “The most famous Actress the Western World has Ever Known” Well, move over Sarah, someone else has taken over that role, it’s Helen Mirren!

By all this praise you might ascertain that I like Helen Mirren, and you are RIGHT! 

She is my kind of Actress, Gutsy, Earthy with plenty of ‘Balls”, and she doesn’t mind dropping the odd ‘F’ word when nesessity requires it. and she is very, very, Very Talented. 

Seeing the way she can age onstage before your eyes as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience”, is unbelievable. Young, Old, Middle Aged, she bounces backwards and forwards like a yo-yo. I have never seen anyone age so convincingly onstage before.

To see her as the young Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey, at her Coronation when she is crowned Queen of England by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury. This historic moment is exquisite as she stand there floodlit in pure white light, not saying a word, just standing there, in her crown and coronation robes.  It was breathtaking, and a fitting end to the first act of “The Audience”.  

Maybe it’s the brilliantly written play by Peter Morgan or the superb direction of Stephen Daldry, that helps to make it all become such a magnificent piece of Theatre,

Helen Mirren deservedly won the Tony Award for a Leading Actress in a play.

Here are some photos of that wonderful night:

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Bradley Cooper who presented the Tony to Helen Mirren

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Helen Mirren going to receive her Award

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Helen Mirren and Bradley Cooper

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Showing she still has a sense of humour, and giving a very gracious and amusing acceptance speech and she didn’t use the ‘F’ word once.

Another brilliant member of the cast of “The Audience”, Richard McCabe received a Tony for Best Performance                             by a Featured Actor for his portrayal of Harold Wilson.

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Richard McCabe wins the Tony for his portrayal of Harold Wilson

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In shock at winning his first Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

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Richard McCabe accepting his  Tony Award.

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Giving his speech with thanks to Harold Wilson and Helen Mirren.

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The Coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

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Sir Winston Churchill with Her Majesty the Queen. She was very fond of Churchill since she was a child during the War.      1939-1945

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Sir Winston Churchill 1951-1955

 

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Sir Anthony Eden then followed Churchill for a short 2 years period. 1955-1957

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Harold Wilson became a favorite with the Queen and both looked forward to their  weekly meetings.                                  1964-1970              1974-1976

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The Queen invited Wilson to Balmoral where apparently he froze his ‘balls’ off, and the Queen was known to be very frugal with the heating. It was just a one bar electric heater. So she very kindly gave him a blanket.

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 Baroness Margaret Thatcher “The Iron Lady”. She was definitely not her Majesty’s flavor of the month 1979-1990

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Sir John Major she had no real time for, he was forever moaning and groaning. 1990-1997

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Tony Blair 1997-2007

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Helen Mirren is Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Queen and her Prime Ministers

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Taken from the pages of Chinese Quotes.

This Chinese New Year celebrates the Snake

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Snake years are the sixth symbol in the Chinese Zodiac and occur every 12 years. Recent snake years include: 1929 that’s me, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, and 2001.

The Snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the zodiac signs.  We make good detectives. Really I should have worked at Scotland Yard! They are attractive people who handle adversity with ease and do not rattle easily. Snakes can be private and not outwardly emotional, which give others the sense that they have a dark side.

Well it’s right in parts.

Click on the link below to read the whole story

https://ericlindsay.wordpress.com/taken-from-the-pages-of-chinese-quotes/

 
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