Fitzgerald’s cityscape & urban decay

Over the past couple of years, I’ve gradually been falling out of love with London. City life, and London especially, offers a treasure-trove of experiences. Its rich history, culture and melting pot of global visitors makes it enriching for some – for most. But it possibly also has a time limit, an expiration date. When I first started travelling to places with significantly more living space (i.e. anywhere but England really),  I was uncomfortable with how far apart everything and everyone seemed. The cosmopolitan, bustling Sydney – Darling Harbour, early-ish Saturday morning – was a comparable ghost town compared to … Continue reading Fitzgerald’s cityscape & urban decay

“Too many voices and predigested food” – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words of warning

With the The Great Gatsby love-affair still dominating the zeitgeist, I’ve started digging into some other Fitzgerald titles to see if any could grab me as Gatbsy does, year after year. I was struck whilst reading This Side of Paradise, his first novel, how certain commentaries rung so true to modern life. Almost as if he had a foresight quite remarkably ahead of his time. More likely is that he was able to observe and capture certain society fundamentals that remain true through the generations – a unique talent that contributes to his timeless appeal and long-standing as an American … Continue reading “Too many voices and predigested food” – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words of warning

World Poetry Day – everyone’s a poet

Happy World Poetry Day one and all! This date hadn’t occurred to me until reading the wonderful Lucy Mangan in this week’s Stylist magazine, and though she decries the artform as not for her, even she manages to finish her column with a spontaneous burst of verse. Granted, she is a literary fireball, but in four short funny lines, she nailed a little ditty just like that: “The boy stood on the burning deck, His feet were full of blisters. The flames came up and burned his pants And now he wears his sister’s.” Why not have a go today? … Continue reading World Poetry Day – everyone’s a poet

Room to Read makes the Big Book Swap the new Book Club

Room to Read supports a cause very close to my heart (children’s literacy in the developing world), and is an organisation I am proud to support. Their premise is simple, clear to understand and significant: World change starts with educated children. In recent months, my close group of girlfriends from school – whom I love dearly and who, lucky for me, I still get to see on a regular basis – have started a bit of a book club. It’s basically just another excuse to meet up over a bottle of wine, share good food and a good old gossip … Continue reading Room to Read makes the Big Book Swap the new Book Club

The Ralph Lauren Gang set out to charm American Moms

For the past two years, my office pod wall has been adorned with a quotation from Ralph Lauren, torn from a magazine advertisement for fashion website Brand Alley: “I don’t design clothes, I design dreams” Ever since I first came across it, this kernel of an idea has formulated my interest and belief in the power of brand communications. Marketing that goes beyond the product, that can trigger and play on emotion and aspiration – now that is powerful. So it was with interest that I came across the latest development in Ralph Lauren’s marketing of their children’s wear. ‘The … Continue reading The Ralph Lauren Gang set out to charm American Moms

Lady Dior: when literature shapes fashion

I had a feeling my Links of London post wouldn’t be the last LFW ad to grace this blog. Flipping through the FT‘s fashion special of its weekly portion of riches, How to Spend It last weekend, I was again savouring all the luxury brand creatives as much as (if not more than) the editorial pieces between. Typical marketer I guess. In the opening spread, the enviable elegance of the magnifique Marion Cotillard seeped from the Dior pages. But this time it was the choice of prop that caught my eye. Granted, the striking red and black contrast of the composition called for … Continue reading Lady Dior: when literature shapes fashion

Douglas Coupland: an insight

So after a total age I finally finished Coupland’s Girlfriend in a Coma today (worth a read but be prepared, the end gets whack). Anyway, Harper Perennial the publishers have this cool addition to all his works where they give bit of back story to each novel and some stuff on Coupland to finish off the book. The timing was funny – I was just walking along thinking I really should learn more about the man himself and his life in order to further understand his works when I came across a quickfire Q & A in the back of … Continue reading Douglas Coupland: an insight