Friday, February 15, 2013

Hot type

Why spend hours perusing the internet for wacky stories when I've done the grunt work for you? Read. Enjoy. 

Some girls wear their boyfriend's t-shirts to show love. Others get their face tattooed with their names over them. Yeesh. I guess it saves them a lot in makeup money, though. Girlfriend, that's just crazy.

Really, we need more words in English. The Japanese are way ahead of us. Who knew that a word like Age-otori  existed, which means "To look worse after a haircut." (Thanks to my number one hairstylist, I had a hair cut this week that I really dig.) Another great word: Arigata-meiwaku, which in Japanese is "An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favor, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude." What are we doing in English? Our new words are things like LOL. We're way behind. For 25 great non-existent English words, check it out. Words that don't exist in English.

I was the Melbourne correspondent for Grazia magazine, on the masthead and everything. Alas, she's folding. Wishing all those brilliant staffers luck on their next chapter. That's a shame.

Sapphira is a Melbourne burlesque star who teaches women how to bring out their inner va-va-voom. She's also hellbent on going to England, and here's her video plea to Richard Branson. (Update: he responded by saying he was very touched and sent his love back.) If this works, I'm going to send him a videotape about my need to go to eat pastrami sandwiches in New York. Feathers not included. Sapphira on YouTube. BYO false lashes.

The Imposter is a documentary movie about to start its run at Cinema Nova (from Feb 28). It centres around a missing kid, who reappears three years later, only this time with an accent, thousands of miles from home. The title should give it away. It looks chilling and gripping and mind-boggling, and I can't wait to see it. Remember: documentaries kick ass.

What the heck was designer John Galliano - already in trouble for random Anti-Semitic remarks - doing dressed as a Hasidic Jew? I kid you not. Unfortunate wardrobe choices.

From the Now I've Heard It All wardrobe files: esteemed actress Helen Mirren, she of the sophisticated air, donned pink hair to the BAFTAS and was apparently inspired by a contestant on America's Next Top Model. Tyra Banks would be so proud.

Gee, who would've thought this would go viral? [Insert heavy sarcasm here] Actor Vin Diesel - named the Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook in 2010 (did you know that title existed?) covers Rihanna's Stay in the voice that got him that title in the first place. Happy belated Valentine's Day, people.

Movies have a long way to go still. Not that long ago, women were all relegated to playing the role of girlfriend, wife or mistress in film - there was a long period in the 1980s, for instance, where they simply didn't open a film. Here's an excellent article from The New  York Times, attesting that black people are still too good, too bad or invisible.

I was a young girl when Heathers (oh Christian Slater, where are you now?) and the original Beverly Hills, 90210 came out, and I remember every one of these things in this most excellent photo gallery.

The fact that Downton Abbey's Mrs Patmore got photographed for Vogue magazine by Bruce Weber is just brilliant.

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