Tuesday, July 31, 2012


You gotta love Bozza. As part of a bid to get people to look up and take notice of some of the awesome statues we have in London, he recruited British milliners Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy to curate a Hatwalk! Twenty statues across town have been kitted out with some amazing millinery creations, from the best in the business. Mr. Johnson said: “You’ve got to take your hats off to London. Our city is a melting pot of creativity...the cutting edge style and imagination of London's millinery talent is feted worldwide."I can't think of a better way to celebrate the heritage of British millinery and its contribution to our fair city by dressing our most noble of statues, including our most heroic son, Nelson." All of this is part of the Mayor of London's summer of 'Surprises' season, so check out their site for more exciting events to come.

 A statue of Captain John Smith with a new hat designed by Edwina Ibbotson (left)
William Shakespeare located in The City of London with a hat designed by Emma Fielden
'Your style may be...Beau Brummell - y'. The gorgeous Beau Brummell in a creation by Noel Stewart
Queen Victoria's statue wears a new hat designed by J Smith Esquire 
Hats designed by John Boyd and Herbert Johnson sit pretty on the statues of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Sir Winston Churchill in Bond Street
Sir Henry Havelock gets a modern makeover
The King George IV statue in Trafalgar Square with its new Stephen Jones hat (left). And on the right a hat designed by Sophie Beale on a statue of General Sir Charles James Napier in Trafalgar Square
Admiral Lord Nelson with his first new hat in 200 years!
A statue of the 1st Duke of Wellington located in The City of London wearing a new hat designed by Ian Bennett
Hat designed by House of Flora on a statue of the Duke of Wellington near Wellington Arch
Robert Burns' statue on Victoria Embankment wears a new hat designed by William Chambers (left). And on the right Statues of Sir Arthur Sullivan and The Lady wearing creations by Gina Foster and Victoria Grant on Victoria Embankment

Images Peter Macdiarmid, Martin McNeil & Ray Tang for getty images & Rex Features

Sunday, July 29, 2012

James Bond and The Queen at the Opening Ceremony - the best bit??

This woman is awesome! I cannot think of a better entrance. Well done Danny Boyle for having the balls to ask. But high five to The Queen for saying yes. It was so unprecedented that it blew my mind. 'Good Evening Mr Bond' never sounded so good!

It will definitely be my  go to clip whenever i need cheering up (along with Homer Simpson singing SpiderPig... if you don't know what I'm talking about, you tube it!!)


Saturday, July 28, 2012

London Olympics Opening Ceremony

Danny Boyle is a genius. The volunteers were unbelievable. The Queen is a legend! The whole thing was amazing, but then i do have a few (well more than a few really) favourite bits. 
  • The industrial age and the mystery of the 'sprouting' chimneys
  • The five glowing rings
  • James Bond, The Queen and that cheeky little smirk she had. The best bit??
  • Mr Bean and his single note Chariots of Fire...awesome
  • the best soundtrack ever
  • Ban Ki Moon, Haile Gebrselassie, Doreen Lawrence and of course Muhammad Ali helping carry the Olympic flag
  • David Beckham on a speed boat with the torch...pretty cool
  • The best Olympic cauldron EVER
  • And the most inspiring lighting of the torch.
Makes you proud, right?

folk singer Frank Turner

These are some of the photographs from the dress rehearsal at the beginning of the week. It was amazing how they allowed everyone to photograph and film the most secret event of the year and trusted us to keep it quiet. i think that's why we did...a mutual respect thing. A lot of the people there were volunteering at the games and were awarded tickets for their generosity.  I got the ticket through my Mum who is volunteering at the Paralympics. Thanks to her, i get to add this as one of the best experiences of my life.