Time and Time Again…

November 26, 2008

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With the challenging times, one needs a sense of humor to keep the optimism high and the hope alive.  Or you might give ode to a time when life was all about decadence, debauchery and displays of fabulous-ness.  The 70’s! When Andy Warhol and Studio 54 paved the sidewalks of New York and the world followed. Yet on the other side of the street, Wall Street to be exact, gold spiked to $800.00, Inflation rates were over 14%, OPEC limited the supply of Oil, there were wars in the Middle East and the U.S. economy was a disaster. Hmmm….sound familiar?  We just do not learn do we?  Well, with the sense of humor at hand for a mere £20,000.00 you can purchase these fantastic clocks, installed in 1971, they overlooked The London Stock Exhchange until the mid 90’s.  Retrouvius is the proud holder of the clock collection and while you are at it, spend some more money on their houseware goods, they are fantastic.


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Tips for Tea

April 20, 2008

Living in London is a full-spectrum lifestyle with one main mark to its name. The brilliant ritual of Tea, it keeps your heart warm through the winters of hibernation and a happy chat is always nearby with afternoon tea calling your name. As a Southern California native, I feel accomplished with my first “real” winter behind me and now claim myself to be a connoisseur when it comes to the liquids of leisure. That is why I write with much regret as I tip my Herringbone Ivy Cap to France and give félicitations to Mariage Frères when it comes to tea. Yummy flavors of Marco Polo are a pure delight. It is everything a tea should be, story and all…the taste of luxury.

Un-Natural Disaster

April 20, 2008

When Artwise Curators commissioned Troika to create the signature sculpture for the new addition to Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. they had no idea the tornado would be so apropos. The recent baggage debacle that has resulted in the resignation of high level staff, has brought a new level of irony to the artwork. Read the rest of this entry »