7 Best (Celebrities Then & Now. 4/7)

Tom Cruise in 2013 and 1983


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Signs of Our Times (2014 Election by Hoarding. 23/30).

Screen shot 2014-09-30 at 5.19.38 PMThe last few hoardings to round out this series of 30 in October, are all National examples, seeing as they won the lion’s share of the party vote to form the government of the 51st parliament on 20 Sept.

There is an art form to witty and poignant defacing of public electioneering signs (hoardings).  It’s part of the dance twirled by the public and their hopeful political candidates. 2014 was hall-marked by wanton destruction and idiotic factional trashing of opponents’ hoardings (actually a crime) perpetrated principally by the “principled” (yeah right) Green party.  Several of their supporters were prosecuted in court. However, there was some more creative work. Here then for October, a series of witty and poignant hoarding graffitti and defacings by punters during the September 2014 New Zealand election campaign.
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What I’m Reading

86fd024128a0f08d1f0ce010.LThis is pretty much a hagiography of how wonderful Caesar was, but it’s a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Celts, Gauls and Britons of the first century AD.  What amazes me is how effective the Romans were at using engineering in war.  Their perseverance and tenacity as well as ingenuity (often adopted from other cultures, especially the Greeks), was gob-smacking compared with modern man.  Army bridges over swift wide rivers as a show of strength, high platforms and siege towers built while under continual fire.  Gripping and impressive stuff.

Caesar loved himself, so the Ides of March assassination is perhaps a better measure of the reality of the man: that he was an egocentric tyrant whose imperiousness frightened his political contemporaries to the point of eradication. Hubris.

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Face of the Day

Lucia Pittalis is an Italian makeup artist that can make amazing transformations. 

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Pic of the Day (Canadian Shooting)

10652270A mortal Muslim jihadist shooting at the Canadian Parliament, following those chilling video threats from a jihadist Aussie teenager egged on by ISIS.  So, you don’t think this is a war yet?  or there is a “War on Terror”?  Mr Obama thinks he won it ages ago, that Al Qaeda (now a break-away ISIS) is “on the run,” and that Mr Bush Jr was just making it up to get oil. Yeah Right.  Will post on this Canadian tragedy soon, or from a Canadian correspondent.  Otherwise busy today.

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Facing Up to Renee Zellwegger

10647477_600x400Renee (Bridget Jones) Zellwegger’s face has COMPLETELY changed.  The media are reporting this (one headline: Renee’s startlingly different look). Her eyes are wider and more open and the change is so complete overall, you would not recognise her if you bumped in to her or saw her on the red carpet.  But, in true Hollywood fashion, Renee wants us to believe this is all down to just being ‘happy’ and ‘at peace.’

You can completely change your face by being happy.  Riiiii-ght.

“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” she said via a statement released to People magazine.

So, she tells lies or covers things up.  That’s what surgery does I suppose. But it’s affected her brain.

While she acknowledged her looks had altered [ahah, a clue...] she made no mention of plastic surgery. “People don’t know me in my 40s. People don’t know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy,” she said.  Then she heaps on the self-delusion…

“For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable [Oh, so hard work made you look different?] and didn’t allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.”  …like plastic surgery, but let’s not mention that.

I have no issue with plastic surgery. If  Vain Lovelies wish to hack and scour their veins, and end up looking like pinched CGI’ed elves from another planet, that’s up to them. But don’t insult our intelligence and pretend a minor lifestyle change has morphed you in to someone else. Just lose the vanity and come clean, get real, and we’ll love you ‘Bridget Jones’ as much as we did in the nineties.  You’re a great actor, but don’t act your real life or try and distort ours.

Dear Bridget, take some of your own Film advice.  Try “I like you…Just As You Are (20o1).” Colin Firth  seems to agree.  After all, he got a nation to love a stuttering King.

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Labour A Coloured Cult?

lemonIn round one of the second (in a year) Labour leadership contest – which hauls us all back to the Lange/Palmer/Moore/Clark musical chairs of 1990 – David Parker the current caretaker labour leader and no-hoper contender, declared his party was a cult.  He also said he didn’t like the red colour (these days, to the voter, a red rag to a bull).

Another blogger said of this, “Even worse is if you are a social conservative in Labour. Then you are seen as blot on their conscience to be exorcised. You will be told you are in the wrong party.” Unfortunately, National too has veered to the Liberal/Progressive grass verges and social conservatives inside National, while tolerated, are seen as ‘tolerably odd.’

But what new colour Labour for 2017?  I would suggest LEMON. Because in their current state, they are one.

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Renee Zellwegger Not to be an Elf in latest Hobbit

10647477_600x400Renee Zellwegger’s appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood awards on Monday night (US time) has sparked a flurry of questions … about her face.  It’s completely different.  So, obviously injections or surgery.  Overall she looks good and at least the results have avoided her membership of the ‘Pinched Elven Look’ club (ala Liberace and Joan Rivers, et al). 

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Quote of the Day


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7 Best (Celebrities Then & Now. 3/7)

1990, 1999: Michelle Pfeiffer


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