Weird and Wacky Design: Ours is not to Reason Why (But I will anyway)

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you still get a surprise.  You wonder what sort of minds come up with these ideas.  Wacky ones for sure…. I’ve always believed that for something to be successful, it must have a use, people must need it.   Then comes the hard sell.  Of course where there’s noContinue reading “Weird and Wacky Design: Ours is not to Reason Why (But I will anyway)”

Rounding up: Loose ends

 This post is one  in a special week of  celebrating Echostains I year Birthday blog The last couple of days have been a bit hectic.  I’ve not even twittered!   The concert last night  for the toilets at The Star Inn  went down really well.  Did we achieve the money we needed for BOG AID? clickContinue reading “Rounding up: Loose ends”

Echostains Blog is 1 Year Old Today! My 362nd Post

Yes it’s one year today when I first started my WordPress blog!  So far I have managed to write 362 posts.  The idea was to write one per day, but  it was a while before I discovered being able to schedule these posts.  My aim for the next year is to beat my record! WhatContinue reading “Echostains Blog is 1 Year Old Today! My 362nd Post”

Toulouse Lautrec Tracked…Maybe and Life in Sync

Puerto Rica actor Jose Ferrer 1912 -1992 was, I think may have been the actor I was trying to remember played Toulouse-Lautrec in the 1952 film biopic  ‘Moulin Rouge’ by John Houston.  Don’t ask me where Peter Finch came from…… It’s always frustrating when you can’t remember something for the life of you.  This happens with quizes aContinue reading “Toulouse Lautrec Tracked…Maybe and Life in Sync”

Out on the Town with a Hundred Sewing Machines!

I had to go to town today.  Raining of course.  There’s a few Christmas decorations up, but it doesn’t feel anything like Christmas.  Some nice window dsiplays though.  My favorite is always Selfridges , they always have something flamboyant! Not great pics but you get the idea, lots of drama, silver women hanging from chandeliersContinue reading “Out on the Town with a Hundred Sewing Machines!”

Time and Tide and Other Old Washing Powders that make Life easier but no Slower

Not much of a post today, I’m afraid, just been very busy indeed.   Found a cousin I haven’t seen for about 40 years so we have a lot to catch up on!  There’s not enough hours in the day sometimes – yet other times,it seems to hang heavily.  I have loads to do in theContinue reading “Time and Tide and Other Old Washing Powders that make Life easier but no Slower”

Happy Birthday Dear Toulouse Lautrec!

Today is the birthday of French painter, print maker, illustrator Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse Lautrec-Monfa (known of course as the diminutive Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901).  Post impressionist Lautrec is best known for his bright lively images of the Parisian  theatrical world.  The lively modern world of Fin de siecle Paris was one of colour andContinue reading “Happy Birthday Dear Toulouse Lautrec!”

Weird and Wacky Designs: Hitting the Sack (and keeping it)

I think these refuse sacks are so cute!  (they’re called ‘Happy sacks’) and just the job for all that sorting out I am going to do.  But surely they’re much too nice to throw away?  Here I go again…..   Is there any end to it?  I also like these ‘Birch log’ pillows, they come inContinue reading “Weird and Wacky Designs: Hitting the Sack (and keeping it)”