Thursday, April 3, 2014


Kim Novak and James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller
VERTIGO from 1958
The sheet is no longer lavender, but then this promotion is from 1958 and was probably considered very sexy and daring then. Today it is advertising history.

Monday, March 10, 2014


If you are an American in a Swedish clothing store, you will feel very much at home. Everything is in English and very "American".  Must seem strange to Americans, but we are so used to it by now, we hardly notice it anymore. 
I visited three stores downtown and found these examples.
Designers make all sorts of fake designs and combinations of American sounding names such as "army", "academy," "college", "team", "vintage" and combine them in very strange ways.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


California is facing a severe water shortage and people are told to cut their usage by 20 percent. Perhaps more if this shortage is long term. 
    There was a time once when people did not take a shower every day, when running hot water was a luxury and hot water was heated on a stove. Then you had to rely on a washing yourself in a basin and using a wash cloth (in Britain it is called a flannel). That is what people were used to and somehow it worked out just fine. 
    Maybe Californians will have to get acquainted with that old wash cloth again. It's not that hard. You start with the face and then do the arm pits, then the crotch and last the feet, which you have to lift up into the wash basin. Watch that balance!
    Millions have done it before and millions might have to do it again. You will feel just fine and really appreciate that one shower a week you can allow yourself.

For a long time you could not get a wash cloth at IKEA but now they are back. Just in time for Californians who have to cut back on showers.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Yes I know I have so many cups already and I should not have bought them, but these were simply a work of art, and what better way to enjoy art than when you have a cup of lovely tea. They fit my criteria for a fine cup, a pleasing shape, easy to hold and balance in your hand and "lip friendly" and of course a lovely glaze.

I love the dark glaze going half way up the cup.

The Artist

The cups look good from this angle too.

Monday, December 23, 2013