Thursday, April 19, 2018

TAIWANESE GRANDE DAME


Pangina Heals, real name Pan Pan Narkprasert, is a half-Thai, half-Taiwanese performer from Bangkok, and is commonly dubbed "The RuPaul of Thailand". A well-known host in Thailand's drag circuit, Pangina hosts a weekly LGBTQ+ night in Bangkok at the very chic venue Maggie Choo's.  Pangina Heals is also a judge and host on Drag Race Thailand. She is the equivalent of Michelle Visage in Drag RaPce Thailand, but she's also present in the workroom. She was the winner of Thailand's first ever drag competion show.Pangina Heals is also credited with popularizing waackingin Thailand, a dance genre that originated in LGBTQ community and  clubs in Los Angeles in the 1970s. Similar to vogueing, waacking uses wickedly fast arm and shoulder movement as a form of interpretative dance.
Since the announcement of her as the reality show's host, Pangina explained that her multicultural background, in addition to spending several years studying in the United States, has given her a unique and diverse take on drag. “I want to bring a lot of culture from the Thai side and the craft and nitty-gritty details we’ve been trained to see.. “I also understand the Western side of drag after four years in L.A, so merging those two cultures together I hope I bring in something new and relevant."Drag is a passion, something that should be spread—like a disease!” And may we add just hot and adorable out of drag he is?
And on a side note, I watched the start of Thailand's Drag Race. If you don't think it wasn't entertaining...take a gander. Quite colorful and the workroom looks much larger then RuPaul's. Gave me a few chuckles. And that Thailand version of Pit Crew?!?!?!?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A WOMAN NEEDS ROPES...

......and ropes of pearls.

Godspeed to one of our modern day, classy and accomplished First Ladies of recent times. 
Barbara Bush
June 8, 1925- April 17, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A PLACE TO CALL HOME

If you have been a visitor here over the years, you'll know I don't watch but a small handful of American tv shows. I have always watched my shows on PBS or on the BBC channel I get.  Some of my favorites are almost all of the Brit comedies....Waiting for God, and Last of the Summer Wine among my favorites. I also enjoy Ballykissangel, Father Brown, Doc Martin, The Tunnel, Call the Midwife, Last Tango in Halifax, Little Britain, Luther and Grantchester, And I love me some re-runs of Rosemary and Thyme and Midsummer Murders. I also watch three Austrian shows that we are behind a couple season of here. The Doctor Blake Mysteries is pretty good, but I recently came upon another recently called,  A Place to Call Home. They just started airing the first season here. Have any of you seen it?
A Place to Call Home is an Australian television drama series, set  in rural New South Wales in the period following the Second World War, it follows Sarah Adams, who has returned to Australia after twenty years abroad to start a new life and ends up clashing with wealthy matriarch Elizabeth Bligh played my the lovely Noni Hazlehurst
Noni plays the headstrong and stubborn matriarch of the Bligh family beautifully.  She is at first rude and cruel to Sarah because she is Jewish, and having an affair with her son, but she grudgingly mellows over time. But what caught my attention was the character of James Bligh, the only son of George and the late Elaine, who marries a woman named Olivia, but is tormented by the realization that he is gay.  James ends up  having a brief romantic involvement with a guy named Harry Polson, but when much of the village learns of Harry's true nature, he leaves Inverness for a new life elsewhere. These two had great chemistry....and it doesn't hurt that both actors are easy on the eyes.
This is Harry

Harry and James
Harry pops a question....
  While it's only season one, I understand the storyline of James is a fascinating one, and I will look forward to watching it. James will experience everything from forbidden love to family disapproval and even horrific “treatments” including electroshock.  I already have knowledge that James falls for Doctor Henry Fox, the doctor who helps to save his father George's life after he is shot. Henry then goes on to befriend James, and they realize their mutual attraction to each other is stronger than mere friendship. And I hear that Harry returns also in a later season, and that James and Henry will hit the sheets.
The three actors are quite amazing in their roles.
David Berry

Dominic Alburn

Tim Draxi
Have any of you seen this show? I'm hooked already.

TODAY'S CHUCKLES

Did I tell you I went to the opera and ran into Trump ....who flashed me?

The poor Lad was shopping recently.

You know it's what's she's thinking.

My kind of vending machine.

Dorothy Zbornak gives Trump the best advice yet. 

If I had a dollar for every time I heard this.....


Have you seen my new door shingle for when the Mormon's or Jehovah Witness drop by?


Monday, April 16, 2018

SONNET 98

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

Hopefully a little William Shakespeare will  inspire Spring to stay? Images from the stunning instagram of Botanicaetcetera.

Have a Happy Monday and good week all.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

SPRING...ONE DAY ONLY

One day only for sure! Yesterday was a great day to get out. The Spring Queen made a two day appearance. It was sunny, balmy and almost 87 degrees yesterday, till a chilly turn came last night with high winds and temps back into the forties again today. Regardless I donned my tan jeans and sport coat to meet friends in New Hope for a great brunch at Martine's Riverhouse.
 Martine's is a favorite haunt of mine  in New Hope along the banks of the Delaware River. They have great  seasonal American dishes , and I say pick one of their signature River House Cocktails.... while enjoying the beautiful view.
While I was waiting for friends, I started with three Mimosa's and enjoyed the weather. Felt great getting outdoors again.

Any wonder I love the place?
Good friend Doug and his hubby now, arrived and had martini's at the bar. Jerry is recently moved from Arizona.....I sure hope he doesn't regret the move weather wise. He did say the feeling, colorfulness of the town and it's charms are something he didn't get out there. Doug on the other hand bartends part time and is a painter. Next year he hope to have a few paintings in New Hope's, Naked New Hope, an exhibit of all nude paintings, sketches, sculpture and other medias.  He has asked me to sit for him nude. One of my friends asked would I do it? In the words of Blanche Devereaux  " But of course I am. This is my opportunity to be immortalized forever in a classic work of art."
I could listen to their stories all day. And then we made pigs of ourselves and I switched to Bloody Mary's.
Just another reason to love New Hope. One never knows who will be dinning in a establishment with you! I thought of dear John and had to take a picture of this cute diner.
Below us, off the terrace was a flurry of activity in the river.....seemed like everything but cock. Bunny probably had those tied up hidden somewhere.
Where ever I live, I love being near some form of water. With in minutes of my place is the Delaware River and I also have a huge lake I go to much of the time in the summer, Peace Valley to canoe. Of course the beach is not but a two and a half hour drive. Something calming about being near water. Afterwards, I snapped these pictures of the beautiful magnolia outside the Casa.
With our high winds last night and today, the blooms will be but all blown off soon damn it. Once home,  I had a wonderful surprise of this spectacular gift from the thoughtful Miss Lady Fingers. A beautiful hard bound bird coffee table book. I will enjoy looking and reading through this. A warm and huge thank you Miss Fingers!!!!
American Robin of Spring. Indeed.
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