Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Books: The Big Fat Bitch Book

This is actually ONE BOOK but with two different covers. First Published in Great Britain in 2007 by Virago Press.

I thought that after all the fiasco that happened on Big Brother in the UK this would be an appropriate and well-timed read. For those of you who've been in the dark and don't really care much about reality TV, Big Brother a few weeks back was battlescene to racist bullying of Indian Bollywood Star Shilpa Shetty. The bullies (aka the bitches) were Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, and Jo O'Meara.

This book is an insightful look at cattiness in all its forms. It sets facts straight by stating that we can't escape bitching anymore. It has become so acceptable to say publicly what we think, even if it's rude, hurts or humiliates, that it can be hard for a girl to know where the lines of good etiquette and manners lie any more.

This book sheds light on two types of bitches: the strong successful and admired bitch who knows who she is and what she wants from life, able to show originality without caring what others think of her. And there is the weak bitch who nobody much likes. The strong bitch feels enough self-confidence not to need to put others down while the weak kind of bitch excels at manipulating others, making them feel small so that she can feel more powerful. This book promises to show you how to be more of that first strong kind of bitch and genuinely popular.

With an understanding of bitching technique, you will begin to recognize whether your friends are bitching out of insecurity, sheer malice, or because they want to be firmer friends with you, and you will be able to give as good as you get.

Friday, 26 January 2007

Restaurant Review: Spread Eagle ( 5/5)

(Left) The Spread Eagle Art Collection
Samuel Read (circa 1815-1883)
The entrance to the Painted Hall, Greenwich, watercolor
(Above) The Spread Eagle Art Collection
Attributed to Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
The View from One Tree Hill in Greenwich Park, oil painting

The Spread Eagle in Greenwich has reopened after a complete refurbishment. For those of you who have been there before the only change is possibly the smell of fresh paint and the crispness of unused furniture upholstery. Other than that, the restaurant has reserved its exquisite taste in all things fine. It starts with the well chosen staff's first greeting at the door, and runs through the night as you are treated to one exemplary culinary experience after another.

For lovers of fine art, the restaurant is worth a visit for its fine collection of art. Authentic masterpieces spanning two or three centuries. Art you can take home (well, not literally), but as you leave you are presented with a set of full-color postcards of its paintings. A gesture in itself classy. The place also boasts a wonderful bar with an inviting seating area home to a very inviting fireplace. The Spread Eagle has also expanded its premises to include private dining rooms.

The menu bursts with a variety of all things fine. French cuisine of escargots, venison, langoustine, lobster and quail as well as an array of well selected desserts. Mr. ChiChi had the escargot with spinach as a starter. Exquisite. We made the French proud by dipping the restaurant's fresh baked bread in the sauce. I chose the fish monk in batter with squid in tomato sauce. The portions were just right and the presentation of the plate is not only modern but classy and not over the top. For the main course Mr. ChiChi and I both enjoyed the beef cooked medium rare with leeks and for dessert we settled to share the chocolate cake and chocolate pot. ooh la la. A meal to be remembered.
If I were to sum up the experience it would be that the decor, service and food are refined, well-chosen, and rich. It may be pricier than other restaurants in the area, but you have to admit that you get back your money's worth. This is fine dining at its best.

Place: The Spread Eagle, 1-2 Stockwell Street, SE10
Tel: 020 8853 2333
The Spread Eagle Art Collection
Henry Smythe (19th Century British School)
Sail and Steam vessels before Greenwich Hospital, oil painting
The Spread Eagle Art Collection
John O'Connor (1830-1889)
Trafalgar Tavern, oil painting

The Greenwich WeekEnd Guide

It' All About Kids at the Maritime Museum This Weekend

Female pirates: Performance
20 Jan 2007 to 28 Jan 2007 On the following days: 20, 27, 28 at 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00Hear stories of some of the most daring and notorious female pirates in history. Suitable for ages 6+

At the Speed of Time: Long slow time symposium
27 Jan 2007 at 11.00–16.30What is time? What does it mean and how is it measured? Is time long, short, slow or fast? This day, located at the ‘home of time’ in Greenwich, explores the intricacies and complexities of time.

Museum Highlights for young explorers
Discover highlights of the National Maritime Museum’s collection including a pirate's nimcha (sword). Pick up one or more cards to create your own journey around the Museum. All you need is a pencil and your imagination. Collect the cards from the information desk or download the cards (PDF, 1MB). Suitable for ages 5+

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Snow In Greenwich This Morning!

Today Greenwich woke up to snow. Whimsy ChiChi went out to play and take a few pictures in Greenwich Park! Enjoy!

Friday, 19 January 2007

The Fan Museum In Greenwich!

As I began my tour in the Fan Museum I just stood mesmerized in front of one masterful display after the other. I was in no way prepared for what I saw. Beautiful, unique and extraordinary masterpieces, each relaying a story in history, or mythology. The intricate details and the exquisite work denote painstakingly long hours of labour and absolute love for the trade. A love that is shared and preserved by the obvious labour of the owners of the museum to preserve these fans for public display.
The museum is situated in the heart of Greenwich, and is the only museum in the world devoted entirely to every aspect of fans and fan making. It is home to a collection of more than 3,500 predominantly antique fans from around the world dating from the 11th century to the present day. And if that were not enough, the museum even has its own qualified conservation service for the protection and preservation of worthy fans.
The lower hall, as you walk in, houses the gift shop (a must visit for anyone with a knack for shopping), and a well designed room that serves the purpose of educating one on fan making. This room has to be visited first in my opinion before venturing to the upper floors. It puts you in the frame of what to notice when you tour the gallery upstairs. It points out the details that are poignant and worth noting when examining any fan. It serves as an introduction to fans: how they are made, the materials used and so on. This is a permanent gallery.
The gallery upstairs hosts temporary exhibitions by theme, a reason the museum owners attribute to the fact that due to the vast number of fans in the museum's possession, it is impossible to display them all at the same time. So the museum has ingenuously themed them. In my opinion, it adds a better and classier touch. The temporary exhibitions are changed every four months. The current one is Top Fans and runs until February 28. It is an exhibition well worth visiting.
If you're not into fans (although you will forever be changed by this experience), then you could just walk around in the superb garden. A true oasis or a little piece of heaven on Earth. Have a cup of tea in the Orangery (open on Sunday and Tuesday afternoons), which has been decorated with a mural that is just royal allowing visitors to bask in grandeur and finesse.
This delightful museum is worth a visit any time. It is well-kept, lovingly attended to with a warm, hospitable and dedicated staff. It is a rare gem that gives Greenwich its own claim to things royal and grand.
The Fan Museum
12 Crooms Hill, SE10 9NG
Tel: 0208 305 1441
Open: Tuesday - Saturday (11:00am - 5:00pm)/ Sunday: 12 noon - 5:00pm

Saturday, 13 January 2007

The Greenwich WeekEnd Guide

Wondering what to do this weekend in Greenwich? Here are a few ideas:

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Events for 14th January 2007

My first planetarium: Children’s planetarium shows (January)
1 Jan 2007 to 28 Jan 2007 On the following days: 1, 2, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 11.15, 12.00, 12.45Explore the Sun, Moon, stars and planets in this special show for young visitors, their families and friends. Weekends and school holidays. Suitable for ages 3–6 years.
The sky tonight: daily planetarium shows
1 Jan 2007 to 28 Feb 2007 at 13:30*, 14:30, 15:30NB children free - charges apply for adults. Live tours of the night sky in the comfort of the Neptune Planetarium at the National Maritime Museum. Suitable for ages 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Gallery Favourites (talks and tours) - January
1 Jan 2007 to 31 Jan 2007A unique opportunity to find out about Museum objects, collections and topics from our team of Gallery Assistants.
Smugglers' run: Active workshop
14 Jan 2007 to 28 Jan 2007 On the following days: 14, 21, 28 at 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30Find out about the secret routes and tricks used by smugglers to sneak goods from place to place in this physical action packed workshop. Suitable for ages 5+

The Fan Museum (opening hours from 12noon-5pm), 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER,
The Fan Museum is the first and only museum in the world devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan.
It has been described as "an architectural and artistic gem", and as "an oasis of tranquillity". They serve afternoon tea at 3.00pm.

Greenwich Printmakers Gallery, 1a Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ, ends January 21, Jasmin Valesco exhibition,

Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Queen Mary Court, Park Row Maritime, SE10 9LS,
Opening hours: 10-5pm, Ends January 20
Rik Pinkcombe Exhibition: On Thin Ice

Greenwich Picture House, Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN, Tel: 08707550065,
Miss Potter (parent and baby screening) times: Progs 2.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pmprices: £8.50, concs £7, Tue-Fri b4 6pm £6, concs £4.50, Mon, except bank hol £5, Future Shorts £5

Ghosts times: Progs 12.45pm, 4.00pm (not Fri/Sun), 6.45pm (not Wed), 9.10pmprices: £8.50, concs £7, Tue-Fri b4 6pm £6, concs £4.50, Mon, except bank hol £5, Future Shorts £5

Stand By Me times: Progs Sun mat 12.30pmprices: £8.50, concs £7, Tue-Fri b4 6pm £6, concs £4.50, Mon, except bank hol £5, Future Shorts £5

Greenwich Odeon Bugsby's Way, SE10 0QJ, Tel.: 08712244007,
Check out all the latest movies on show by booking online or just popping in.
Greenwich Market,
A wide range of traditional, hand-crafted goods are on sale at Greenwich Market. The College Approach hosts the craft market whilst the antiques market is located off Greenwich High Road. All markets are open from 09:00 to 17:00 at the weekend.Nearest Tube: Docklands Light Railway: GreenwichRail station: Greenwich.

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Deal Or No Deal?

Well, finally for those of you in the UK who watch the show 'Deal or No Deal", the show has aquired its first quarter millionaire winner! Thank Heavens for that! Laura was beyond herself, and she came into the game only wanting 20,000 pounds, turned down 19,999 pounds when the banker offered it and then again refused to deal at 45,000 pounds. Her guts paid out and bingo, jackpot, what have you she went home a quarter millionaire. When you're lucky, you're just lucky... that's what I say!