No Nostalgia Allowed BBC, You’re Public Property.

517px-BBC_logo_(70s).svg
Have we truly become a vexatious society that when the BBC, which has served not just the British Isles but around the world, wants to take 1 hour to say goodbye to the home its lived at since 1964, we all take up arms in annoyance that they dare waste precious airtime?

655px-BBC_logo_(80s).svg

Yes, the BBC hasn’t quite been quite the innocent party; what with the salacious Johnny Saville scandal (which included the sacking of Frank Bough, formerly news of the world deputy editor), the suicide of Dr. David Kelly after being named a BBC source for “sexing up” government files on weapons of mass destruction, security correspondent Frank Garders inability to report accurately what the Queen said, Jeremy Clarkson (not enough space to cover all his verbal carnage), and BBC director generals resigning all over the place.  To sum up: men behaving badly.
images

This isn’t an excuse for the BBC’s mishaps but, a play at devils advocate. The present at times makes us forget what the past produced (no pun intended) whether it was drama, comedy, knowledge, news. The BBC has given us, the public, entertainment. How would we react if Pinewood had to pack up and leave? Most of us have never been to Pinewood, nor hold any attachment to the place except through the films that it has made, but I am sure none of us would mind a 1 hour documentary about the studio and it’s history.
BBC-Video_logo-1997-date

The BBC isn’t closing up shop; its on the move but leaving a place that’s been it’s home for almost 40 years creates nostaligia. Actors, directors, producers, writers and all those employed past and present all share in the twinge of sadness and uncertainty of what happens next, and where will it happen?

If they were the ones who gave us the Kardashians, and all the reality rubbish out there, I’d be all for letting them have it. But they have spared us. So, let us retract our claws and sheath our vocal firearms, and allow the BBC to look back at it’s last 40 years.

Here are some of my BBC favourites

Pride and Prejudice

Are You Being Served?

Men Behaving Badly,

Shameless

To the Manor Born

Tinker Tailor

David Attenborough

Spooks

Luther

Sherlock (new and old)

Forsyte Saga

Documentary’s (too many to name them all)

Good Bye Bond Street – Hello, Vegas

It’s been confirmed, Bond Street is to be transformed into the into version of the Dubai Mall (minus the aquarium). While there are some that cannot wait to explore the insides of the super-sized multistory stone-and-glass walls’ of the new Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Ermenegildo Zegna and Belstaff stores, I for one could wait. For a very long time. Do we need to install a Causeway Bay, Last Vegas strip in London? There is already Knightsbridge, Sloane street, Oxford Street, Regent street, Harrods?

Are we catering to those who own Harrods and Harvey Nicks? Who could in a shot could jet out and fly out have an aperitif whilst orbiting the moon, and be back in time for dinner?

Look how it turned out for 101 Champs-Élysées. Catastrophe.

Louis_Vuitton_-_Parislas-vegas-strip

Bring on the Bling

Films are created by people, for people. However, lately, (mainly in Hollywood – excluding Argo and a few other productions) another entity has taken over: money. Mr. Franklin has been partaking in some extreme multitasking: directing, writing, producing and, making a bit of a mess of things (along with 3D, but I’ll leave that for another day).
Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 19.06.22
Within the cinematic world to create a film various variables must come together: a story, patience, connections – family or otherwise, creativity, and most importantly, talent. Money of course plays a significant part but, its the story and how its told, that truly creates cinema.

Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 17.40.31

 Sophia Coppola. She is lucky enough to have all the above but, rather than squander she has with substantial deftness, harnessed all together. Proof being, Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and feasibly with her latest creation, The Bling Ring. Only two people could have made this story, (which is a bit trite), into a piece of cinema possibly worth seeing: the late Tony Scott, and Sophia Coppola. With Sophia you get a visceral feast, accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack, and actors who seem to just melt into their characters. It almost makes you want to join in on the fun.

With money, opulence, greed as the vital characters in this film, it will be interesting to see what Ms. Coppola has created.

Only can the final verdict be made when it hits the theatres June 14th.
Till then,view the trailer, and decide for yourself.

Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 18.31.36

Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 18.22.54 Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 18.22.34 Screen shot 2013-03-08 at 18.23.30

And on a side note – who else could take Emma Watson and whisk her away from being rendered “Immobulus” as Hermione Granger? It will be interesting to see what Emma Watson does with what Ms. Coppola has given her.

What Happened To You? J.Crew

J.Crew, a melange of fashion that continues to wander about the fashion world aimlessly – like a child who has just stepped into Harrods for the first time. This season, it certainly exhibited its diffidence and inability to draw upon the already established fashion houses as inspiration. There was a reason why Liberty and Lilly (Pulitzer) never merged, courted, or even met. And the reason is all within J.Crews “Collection” for Spring 2013.
SCAN0010
To recreate what has already been done for decades is a difficult feat to take on, but its knowing whether one should, there in lies the question.

FAUX-PAS

The Embroided Daisy Shirt: Five words: PLEASE DON’T WEAR THE DAISIES. There is perhaps person in the world could pull it off: Doris Day. (and I mean, perhaps)  And it just reminds me of an old ladies swim cap.
daisies

The Bright Hydrangea – Hummingbird Print – The models face says it all.
Screen shot 2013-03-02 at 08.53.10

Color Block Print – One could jockey in the Palio di Siena with these trousers. All that’s missing is the horse and a bridle (no saddle in this race!) The Swiss Guard wear more symmetry.

Screen shot 2013-03-02 at 08.55.00


Bazaar Print –
No point in beating that into the ground.
Screen shot 2013-03-02 at 08.54.12

What perhaps muddles J.Crew, is not the cuts or the styles, but their choice of madcap prints, sequenes, and colours. J.Crew was always the store to rely on if you needed a simple Oxford blouse, Chino blazer, some nice capris (remember the Minnie pant?) – items that you could then add to with accessories or other brands. You could mix and match, but most of all it was reliable. Ask any prep-school(er) and they’ll tell you that at least 1/4 of their closet was J.Crew.
ever

Secondly, or thirdly (I’ve lost count) by selling classics, that are well known, as “uncommon finds” propels an air of naiveté on their part. Solodus, Comme des Garçons, Barbour, Saint James, Tretorn – are not surreptitious discoveries. They are already somewhat commonplace and, for those who know their salt, are already somewhere in our closet.

uncommon

I charge J.Crew to dig deeper, don’t reveal the pyramids, we know they are there, but go beyond. If its a boutique they want to be and the idea is there then they must try harder at discovering brands that perhaps are not already established but are on the cusp. Discovering their niche is akin to the undoing of a Gordian knot. But it must be done.

I wonder which way J.Crew will go next , I wonder, don’t you?

More Examples:

AbFab– Didn’t realise just how much influence Edwina actually had within the J.Crew world. Her and Ms. Selfridges.
SCAN0013 SCAN0014

The UK Channeling the Danes/Swedes For More Thrills

bron-broen-sofia-helin-kim-bodnia-the-bridge

Bron/Broen
Produced by Danmarks Radio (DR) and Sveriges Television (SVT)

Series 1 aired 2011
(You should have seen it last year, if not do so ASAP)

Series 2 set to air late 2013
(absolutely bursting with anticipation)

Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 13.22.47

Sky Atlantic and Canal + will be airing The Tunnel. Produced by Kudos and Shine France
Plot: British and French police joining forces to solve the death of a French politician in
(you guessed it ) the Chunnel.

The Tunnel could prove to be an interesting take on the original; in Bron the body was cut on the Øresund Bridge, and the Øresund region is a transnational region that essentially connects the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo.  Whereas, the Straight of Dover, (or at least the Chunnel) where exactly does British or French jurisdiction begin and end within the 50.5km stretch? And then there’s the Schengen Area that Britain is not part of.  And as its a French politician where do the British come in to play?
So there is much to be discovered and to look forward to with this forthcoming series, to say the least see how the stars of the show connect.

Clemence Poesy will star as Elise Wasserman for the French side

clemence_poesy_1237739856

Stephen Dillane will play DC Karl Robuck
Stephen_in_thought

Additional remakes of Bron/Broen/The Bridge are:  FX with Diana Kruger. Concerning the Mexican and US border.
Not sure that will take off as hoped.

Now just think, if Russia decides to pick up the story line as well, they have 14 countries to choose from, including China.
What better country to handle a crime committed in order to reveal moralities insolvency.  That show could go over forever.

For More information on TV you should be watching click here

To The Manor Born

vlcsnap-2013-02-13-11h12m09s72

(1979-1981)
Created by Peter Spence
Penelope Keith as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and Peter Bowles as Richard DeVere.

After her husband dies, aristocrat Audrey (sic) fforbes-Hamilton is forced to sell her families estate, Grantleigh, her family’s residence for the past 400 years, to a nouveau-riche grocer, Richard Devere. Moving merely down the drive, so as to keep a close eye on her estate, Audrey has to readjust to simpler life and smaller abode. Whilst steadfastly maintaining Noblsee Obligue, retaining her butler and her Rolls Royce, Audrey muddles her way through learning to pay bills, grocery shop and finding a vocation. She apprehends the role as DeVere’s instructor on how to assimilate being Lord of the manor and all the responsibilities that comes with the estate.

vlcsnap-2013-02-13-11h11m52s132

Fun Fact:
The title is a deliberate pun on the phrase “to the manner born,” from Shakespeare‘s Hamlet  – “Though I am a native here and to the manner born, it is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance.”

manor_1628690c

To Watch a Few Episodes Click Here
&
Purchase at Amazon

The Tatler List, or Why Not To Take Drugs and Write At The Same Time

Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 17.05.02

Titler, I mean, Tatler, published their “It List – The People Who Really Matter”, and I fear that someone(s) need a good hose down with ice cold water to bring them back to reality. Now Tatler is not the Economist or Foreign Affairs, and good thing to, for there there would be no fun involved when flipping through its glossy pages. With its juicy,sometimes, educational articles and the Bystander, one isn’t miffed that the latest news on North Korea’s nuclear progress has been omitted. However, it does have an obligation to its readers to have its stilettos somewhere on the ground, otherwise, we can all go read the Sun (I’d rather walk around London naked than read the latter).

Not to make too much of a meal with this so called “It List” just a handful points that need addressing:

1. Having the Queen numbered at #17
2. Having the Queen below Romeo & Victoria Beckham, Zac Goldsmith, The Delevinge’s, Cary Mulligan and husband – just to name 7 out of the 16.
3. Why is Romeo Beckham #1, when there is a spot at #568?
4. Where in the top 100 are the athletes that won Britain our biggest Olympic gold rush to date?  ( Zara Phillips, silver medalist, #184?)
5. Hasn’t Prince Harry been serving in Afghanistan – why is he at 54? Was his ex-girlfriend (Chelsy Davy #4?!?!) and supposed current (Cressida Bonas #27) partaking in enterprises with greater significance?

I do realise that this is tongue-in-check business but, after such a stunning 2012, where it seemed that the UK grew so much as a nation that Tatler could progress a bit, and take itself in this respect seriously. Creating the list should require more than just browsing through celebrity gossip website and publications, unless the magazine is searching for new readership. Expanding one’s niche to the demographic of those who enjoy the Daily Mail and Sun could end up with no parties to go to.

Tatler, you must be having the one, and only laugh – noone else is.