Weekly Higgedly-Piggedly Links

Its the weekend again, and my goodness am I going to enjoy the long rest. Hope you do too, and here’s some links to get us started in this madness of Royal Wedding and Bank Holidays…

Ever wondered what the name of the dot above the ‘i’ and ‘j’s are called? Neither did I. But it’s call a ‘jib’. That and more names in this article:   http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/25-everyday-things-you-never-knew-had-names

Those of you who haven’t already, you absolutely MUST read this ‘analysis’ of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books, it is one of the funniest things out there:   http://stoney321.livejournal.com/317176.html

For those women out there who spot a good-looking guy on the London Underground and would like to share, you’re not alone! A website has been created for sneaky women to take covert pictures of their ‘tube crushes’ and upload them for others to rate. Not sexist at all, obviously, because it’s not us women being objectified.   http://tubecrush.net/

And lastly, a useful blog about reviewing the latest gadgets and games, especially as I’m hearing a lot about the latest Mortal Kombat game, as well as the fall out due to the Play Station Network:   http://oddgamingbits.wordpress.com/

Enjoy the weekend (and enjoy eating all the Easter eggs now on sale) 🙂

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Historically Hardcore

These are designs for a Museum Poster campaign created by University of Miami & Creative Circus graduate-slash-Art Director Jenny Burrows and Copyrighter Matt Kappler. It was originally designed for  the Smithsonian Institution, although these were never official posters for them, and as described by Jenny herself:

“Lastly, these were NOT done by a famous museum in Washington, DC. They were an ad project that Matt and I did during school for our portfolio.

Nevertheless, these posters have garnered a heap of support and praise, with many people posting on their blogs, tumblrs and social networking sites to publicise even more. Unfortunately at some point, Smithsonian requested that their name be removed from the posters, which was complied with immediately.

You can read what happened here:
http://jennyleighbee.blogspot.com/2011/03/historically-hardcore-amazingly-awesome.html#comment-form

The amount of publicity and accolade this campaign has received is well-deserved, I really do believe that it is a refreshing, witty and eye-catching way to encourage people to visit Museums and make the most of their cultural heritage. Many comments made by viewers have stated that they are more likely to visit museums, and also that they have even been contacting Smithsonian Institution make use of the positive publicity. Let’s hope we see more from Jenny Burrows, and thanks to her for sharing her work with the big World Wide Web family for free.

To download the full PDF versions of these posters, click here:
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Smithsonian/376305

You can follow Jenny Burrows and look at her other work, as well as ways to contact her here:
http://jennyleighb.com/

You can also follow her co-worker Matt Kappler’s collection here:
http://cargocollective.com/mkcw

St Michael’s Mount and It’s Disappearing Path

We’re off the see the Wizard…

The island and its parish is surrounded by many myths and is drenched in history, possibly being as old as from 8th to 11th century. It is supposedly the site where the legendary King Arthur fought a local giant, and also where Joseph of Arimethea (uncle of Jesus) came to visit as a trade merchant.

On the main Island, there’s a lovely chapel, you can see a huge map of Cornwall painted on the house inside

The tides start to come in…

And begins to cover the path completely (you should have seen all of us striding down the path squealing at the freezing cold water splashing over our ankles and soaking our legs – made worse by the fact that we were at the back of the group!). All shoes were swiftly moved as they were rendered redundant and soggy.

And here is the path completely covered by the path, making the only way across possible by boat or um…swimming.

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SUCKER PUNCH (12A)
Directed by Zach Snyder

Sucker Punch is a very stylised action-slash-fantasy movie portraying a young girl (played by Emily Blunt) who has been forced into a mental institution by her stepfather following her sister’s accidental death. It is here that the film’s heroine dives heads-first into fantasy and adventure in order to ultimately escape her lobotomy destiny.
Throughout the film we see highly sexualised young women, who are depicted as commodities to benefit men, and we see that there is very much a traditional patriarchal system in play here. However at the same time, the heroines are fully aware of this objectification and take advantage of this for their own survival. The general portrayal of men are often shown as seedy and grasping, despite the fact that they seem to hold the cards in the institution. However this is not a film that focuses on the women’s emotions and the subtly hidden abuse, it is about women taking control despite their imprisonment.
The general effect of the film is very video-game like, and feels as if you are watching someone play a very sophisticated computer game – but this does not mean that this is not an enjoyable watch. This would appear very much a ‘boys’  film, with guns, explosions and beautiful women in scantily clad outfits who have suddenly acquired expert fighting skills, which very much epitomises the general male fantasy being played out.

The names given to the main characters – Babydoll, Blondie, Rocket, Sweetpea and Amber – are in fact very feminine and patronising, and we never do really find out their real names. Even Babydoll has few lines throughout the movie, and speaks very little, therefore her character is built through her expressions and her actions such as her ability to fight.
There are various alternative realities (or rather, fantasies) used throughout as methods of excape. With various scenes of a brothel, mental institution, theatre not to mention the actual fight scenes that play out whenever Babydoll begins to dances. This is really an interesting interpretation of mental illness or breakdown, as well as the exploration of the human mind and its coping mechanisms. The ‘adventures’ that Babydoll fantasises about are all very much quest-like and has reminisces of other scenes from other films. In one scene, for example, in which the girls must defeat a dragon, I was reminded of setting of Mordor, and Orcs from Lord Of The Rings. Similarly, the android robots fantasy gave off a feeling of ‘I, Robot’ and ‘Terminator’. That is not to say that Snyder has copied these ideas but rather has created the general feeling of the ‘adventures’  being a bit too manufactured and neatly imagined. Accordingly, even the colour scheme reflects the unrealness of the scenes, at times it is sedated to reflect the general grim mood of movie, yet becomes alive with colour and special effects during the actions and adventure scenes.

The soundtrack throughout the film is very fast-paced, but also very likeable. With  ‘Tainted Love’ being incorporated to blast open the movie, to ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Love Is the Drug’ to accompany slick moves and fight scenes. The film is rife with dramatic one-liners such as “Your survival begins here” and “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. The main issue here is not to take this film too seriously. This movie is very aesthetically pleasing, with beautiful scenes, women, costumes – and the focus is on this, rather than the emotional side. If you’re interested in cleverly shot video-game-like movies, then this is one to watch, complete with burlesque-clad mercenaries throughout.

Weekly Sunny Sunny Links

Evening everyone, and happy Easter Holiday weekend! Not been able to give much links today, I’ve been away in Cornwall enjoying beautiful weather and Cornish pasties (pics and updates soon!).

In the meantime, savour these…

The dilemma of whether to shave or not to shave your legs could finally have been solved:
http://twiceshy.bitedaily.com/2011/02/should-you-shave-your-legs.html

There has been ‘sightings’ of aliens in Siberia:
http://video.uk.msn.com/browse/news/week-in-video?VideoID=2ghxd10t&PlayerSize=Small&ocid=today

So much for playing ‘Cops and Robbers’:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/19/12-year-old-girl-holds-michigan-grocery-store/

Enjoy all the Easter eggs 🙂

Nigella Lawson in a burqini… something to applaud I say

Nigella Lawson’s recent small wave of excitement caused by her wearing a burqini purchased from Islamic Swimwear website Modestly Active is, as I interpret it, a bold feminist move. Many have questioned her motives for wearing an extremely unflattering garment, as it is definitely deviating from her usual sultry and carefully put together dress style, a signature fashion that is certainly a la mode. There have been theories ranging from Nigella having converted to Islam, to Nigella wanting to protect her delicate English Rose skin from sunburn, to the fact that she was even feeling cold.

Personally, I believe it can be deduced that it may not be any of these, but a much more cheekier reason, and definitely something to cheer. Who would not, after seeing in the media time and time again, be it the entertainment news writers or various magazines like Heat or OK!, as well as many, many more women’s ‘guides’ who are quick to point out the ‘flab’ on so many ‘slebs, want to avoid a similar fate? It can be agreed that while Nigella Lawson is a beautiful woman, she is not a size zero, and she is perfectly comfortable not being one.

The issue at hand here, is not women’s weight, but rather the idealised body image that the media is constantly bombarding us with. By not wearing the typical skimpy two-piece bikini, Nigella boldly and deliberately is flying in the face of usual conventions. Rather than submit her body to the usual and inevitable scrutiny imposed on other celebrities, Nigella has taken this out of the media’s control and instead played a joke on them.

As a young Muslim woman in today’s Britain, I am conscious of the changing fashions and trends around, and the fact that like it or not, we are always going to be bombarded with the attitude that we need to look, follow or have a certain way in order to feel successful or beautiful. Personally I am quite comfortable in the way I dress, I can keep it an eclectic style while being  able to keep myself covered up in a way that I feel is appropriate for myself, without feeling as if I have to compromise on certain trends that I like to follow. So while Nigella may not be specifically promoting Islam and hijabed-women here, I think that the ideal she is showing fits with the modesty that many young women today would like to imbibe in their dress sense.

There has been several comments and judgements assessing Nigella’s choice of dress, concluding that this is one dress that won’t make the fashion rage, and this may be the case, certainly. But let us hope that Nigella’s attitude becomes more fashionable, and that more women, especially those in the media’s eye, follow the attitude that less does not always need to be more.

For those of you who are interested in looking at similar burqinis, Nigella Lawson purchased from this company:
http://www.modestlyactive.com/