It's funny how tea is seen as 'vintage' and coffee isn't in modern British culture. Both coffee and tea arrived on British shores in the 17th century, and coffee houses slightly preceded tea houses. In fact, it was coffee houses that first introduced tea to their patrons.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
I do like a Film Noir. I love all the high-contrast lighting, the femme fatales, and the cynical anti-hero detectives with their own moral codes and well-stocked home bars. Humphrey Bogart is the archetypal detective, hard-boiled and flawed. I couldn't believe I'd never seen The Maltese Falcon, often cited as the first true Film Noir, so when we spotted it on VHS in a charity shop we snapped it up. (Tip: VHS is amazing for getting to watch videos of old films, you can pick up a player for around £5 in charity shops etc.).
Released in 1941, the Maltese Falcon is directed by John Houston and co-stars Mary Astor, who I hadn't come across before, but I discovered that she started out in silent movies. Bogart is the Private Eye, whilst Astor is the shifty client who is acting the role of her lifetime as she tries to get Bogart to help her. There are murders from the start, and a few unsavoury characters emerge over the course of the story, all trying to get their hands on a priceless statuette.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Years and years ago, before it was ever 'trendy', my husband-to-be was a big fan of double-denim, which was only natural given his love of Country music and Western style. I have to admit that at the time, I was a bit repelled by the idea of double denim, yet he was rather stoic and swore by the fact that double denim could work if you bought quality denim. Now I've seen the light. I'm happy to work a double-denim look now, but still shy away from the pale wash stuff - that's reserved for '80s fans in my eyes.