Monthly Archives: January 2012

WHAT’S MY LINE?

What’s My Line? was an American panel show which ran from 1950 – 1967.  Although there was a U.K. version, I’m only familiar with the show because of youtube.  Fans of the show have uploaded videos featuring the famous mystery guest round where everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Gypsy Rose Lee tried to disguise their identity from the panel.  I find these clips totally addictive and have spent hours trawling the internet to find stars of the silver screen throwing their voices and having ‘conferences’ with show host John Charles Daly.  The list of celebrity guests reads as a who’s who of Hollywood, but these are my personal favourite appearances…

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GOAL OF THE WEEK

Antonio Nunez (APOEL) V Apollon

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LANA DEL REY’S ‘BORN TO DIE’ RELEASED TODAY

She may well be the latest hipster love-her-or-hate-her internet phenomenon, but Lana Del Rey sure knows her way around a tune, and if her first two single’s (‘Born to Die’ and ‘Video Games’) are anything to go by, her debut full-length record (released today), should be toward the top of many end-of-year lists in 11 months time.

She’s been the victim of much on-line vitriol, from issues such as her voice, her lips, her past, the marketing work by her major-label, and her partners (of course); and all of this before her album has even dropped.  That’s how fast our media moves these days.  Perhaps her follow-up record won’t stand a chance…

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R.I.P. H&H BAGELS, NYC

Good bagels aren’t difficult to find in NYC, but the provider of arguably the best, H&H Bagels, have recently closed the doors at their last remaining location on West 46th street.  The final closure is the result of legal wrangles after owner Helmer Toro had struggled to prevent bankruptcy proceedings on the company.

H&H Bagels were founded in 1972 and are renowned around the world.  They have been referenced on shows as big as Seinfeld.

Toro reckons that the fight is not over, but for now, the H&H doors are padlocked closed.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR : NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Here’s a small selection of some shots we managed to get at the Chinese New Year celebrations today on Stowell Street in Newcastle.  The street essentially is the city’s China Town and was packed full of people trying to get a piece of the action.  The photo above was taken just before the lion threw lettuce onto my head!

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PARIS COUTURE SPRING 2012 : CHRISTIAN DIOR

Last week fashion season kicked off in Paris with the top designers showing their most fantastical, fairytale designs.   Although I found it difficult to choose, I had to pick Christian Dior as my favourite of last week’s collections.  After a controversial 2011 the brand has burst into 2012 with a classic, elegant and playful collection under the watchful eye of Bill Gaytten.

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GUARDIAN 52 WEEKS PHOTO PROJECT : WEEK 4

Our submission to week four of The Guardian photo project on Flickr.

Ross took this photo during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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THE WEEK THAT WAS

A brief round-up of what we’ve seen, watched, drank, eaten and downloaded this week.

What we saw…

We went to the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough to see the excellent Hyde & Beast perform tracks from their great debut album Slow Down.

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