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Dear Readers, I Love You But…

19 Aug
The Careful Use of Compliments

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…Please stop complimenting me! 

This morning’s comments section reads like an obituary.  I’m too British to be comfortable with fulsome flattery; I need a jocular insult to know you like me.  People are always rude to their friends and polite to strangers: what have you got against me?

If this buttering up continues, I may be forced to abandon blogging.  As you can see, it has made me all alliterative, and that can’t be good for anyone.

If you really want to be nice to me, I’ll take Maltesers, mummery or a mention on your blog.

Ungratefully yours,

The Editor (because Tilly Bud would never insult her readers)

A Cup Of Coco

19 Aug
coco chanel

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I have no fashion sense, no style, no elegance.  Having no elegance, I had to opt for funny.  It is impossible to be funny and elegant.

I have nothing in common with Coco Chanel.  I have never been independent, or set up a business, or associated with disreputable types.  I don’t like her perfume: I think No.5 smells like cheap market stall concoctions (I’ve known a few), and it smells even worse on me.  It is as if my body is anti-style: quite apart from expensive perfume being allergic to me, I am too short for clothes to look good; my feet are too big for my height; my chest is neither one thing nor the other.  It’s why I never really fought the fat; there didn’t seem much point.

I will never pay obscene prices for clothes and handbags and perfume and accessories and jewellery and a room to store them all in.  The only connection I will ever have with Miss Chanel is this post.  I thought, if Radio 4 can do it, why can’t I?

Today is Coco’s 128th birthday.  She died in 1971 so she probably won’t be at the party.  Justine Picardie has written a new biography of Chanel and the Today programme invited her to appear, along with a previous biographer who claimed Chanel was more Nazi than she let on.  His rage at Picardie’s claims (she wasn’t more Nazi than she let on) made him appear venomous and unrestrained; quite the contrast to Picardie’s cool rebuttal.  She was so cool and rebutting, I could see why Chanel might be an attractive choice of subject.

I am never cool and hardly ever rebut.  Just this week, I had a slight issue (so slight, it could have been me at British size 6; I was once, you know.  Sigh.) with one of Nancy’s excellent posts.  I made my point in the comments; she countered; I thought, fair point, and didn’t reply because I had no comeback and don’t stick to an argument for the sake of it.

I suspect Coco did.  Consider some of her famous quotes:

  • A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.  Ah well.  I’m not even a girl these days.
  • Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.  By that reasoning, I am an abandoned bunker.
  • I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one the things that women have is men.  Ouch!
  • It is always better to be slightly underdressed.  Tell that to the Inuit.
  • ‘Where should one use perfume?’ a young woman asked. ‘Wherever one wants to be kissed,’ I said.  She really didn’t like men, did she?  How horrible she must have tasted.
  • Nature gives you the face you have at twenty. Life shapes the face you have at thirty. But at fifty you get the face you deserve.  Can’t believe I did anything bad enough to deserve this face.

I can’t write about Coco Chanel without mentioning that famous Monroe quote: asked what she wore in bed, Marilyn replied, ‘Chanel No. 5.’  Now that’s style.

You won’t be surprised to learn that I wear fleecy pyjamas and most of the duvet.  I may not have style, but I’m always warm.


Joke 148

19 Aug

Today’s joke is not that funny but the premise is amusing, so I have added a few extra cartoons to compensate.

A college student challenged a senior citizen, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his.  “You grew up in a different world,” the student said.  “Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers…”

Taking advantage of a pause in the student’s litany, the geezer said, “You’re right.  We didn’t have those things when we were young; so we invented them!  What are you doing for the next generation?”

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