Caking Night

Caking Night
Caking Night by Homer Sykes
Currently in an exhibition at Tate Britain

“Caking Night in Dungworth (1974) was shot in the Royal Hotel, Dungworth, Yorkshire, a small village on the outskirts of Sheffield. The “caking” usually took place on 1 November. (It was a local tradition associated with All Souls’ Day, where “soul cakes” were offered to poor Christian neighbours.) Competitors concealed their identity by wearing a mask or fancy dress, which by tradition had to be of local significance. Having paraded silently from lounge to public bar and back again so their voices didn’t give their identity away, the competitors went upstairs to be judged. In this picture the judging had taken place and one participant, still disguised, was supping a pint of beer through a straw. I liked the neat surreal nature of the disguise. His gloves contrasted with the couple in their woollen jumpers, slacks and pointy collars. Caking night no longer takes place.” (source)

It reminds me a bit of Newfoundland Mummers, whom I find just as much intriguing.

Orange Coke

Coke Orange

As you may have noticed, once in a while, I like to bring you news from the amazing world of fizzy drinks. So, one of the first things I discovered in London is Coca-Cola with Orange. The limited edition fizzy in the orange bottle just caught my attention. So yummy.

Now, I can’t wait for Fanta with caffeine in a brown bottle.
Somehow, I can’t stop thinking about Mezzo Mix. Anyhow, I’d rather have Coca Cola with Orange. It isn’t limited for no reason, right?

While I’m at it, I’m still wondering why Pepsi Cucumber was launched in Japan only. I think it would go perfectly with British Cucumber Sandwiches.

On Prince Concerts

It’s confession time, again.

I’m a little bit excited to go to a couple of Prince concerts in the weeks ahead. You probably heard that he is playing the O2 Arena in London (the former Millennium Dome) for 21 nights this August and September. I’ve been reading reviews of his first 4 shows like crazy. Of course, the people on the Prince message boards praise each concert over the last.

While reading the forums I came across an entry were the fans posted lists of the Prince concerts they had attended. They also denoted front row views with a little *. And I thought I had been to a lot of Prince concerts. Remember: there is always a bigger nerd.

I am fully aware that I am dating myself with this list, but here it is:

27-08-1988 Frankfurt – Waldstadion – Lovesexy Tour
07-06-1990 Hamburg – Alsterdorfer Sporthalle – Nude Tour
12-06-1990 Berlin – Waldbühne – Nude Tour
31-05-1992 Berlin – Waldbühne – Diamonds & Pearls Tour (I’m not sure about this one)
03-06-1992 Frankfurt – Festhalle – Diamonds & Pearls Tour
31-08-1993 Paris – Palais Omnisport de Bercy – Act II Tour
01-09-1993 Paris – Palais Omnisport de Bercy – Act II Tour
25-11-1994 Berlin – Tränenpalast
04-03-1995 London – Wembley Arena – Gold / Ultimate Live Experience Tour
05-03-1995 London – Wembley Arena – Gold / Ultimate Live Experience Tour
07-03-1995 London – Wembley Arena – Gold / Ultimate Live Experience Tour
23-08-1998 Zürich – Hallenstadion – NewPowerSoul Tour
22-12-1998 Frankfurt – Festhalle – NewPowerSoul Tour
13-10-2002 Frankfurt – Festhalle – One Nite Alone Tour
19-10-2002 Berlin – ICC – Festhalle – One Nite Alone Tour

I think my favourite concert was at Tränenpalast in Berlin. He played a 2 hour+ set after his 5 minute performance at the MTV Europe Awards. There were only about 300 people in attendance and my friend Yvonne and I were standing in the front row.

Maybe I’m thinking of this concert so fondly just because Yvonne and I had to work hard for this: We were standing at the entry for three hours, pressed against iron bars. Through the Prince fan base we had heard about the “secret” show and got in line at 10 pm, even before the MTV awards were over. Finally, the doors opened at 1 am. After we waited for another hour, Prince got on stage and blew the house down. He even spoke German: “Kaputt!”, referring to a mic that was quickly replaced.
I think it took days to get that stupid grin off my adolescent face.

Prince: Nude Tour
Prince during a Nude Tour concert (source).
I’m still in love with the pattern of the suit.

I met my friend Yvonne on the local bus to the Nude Tour concert at Waldbühne in Berlin. Taking the seat next to her I said: “I want to be front row and you?”. She was in. Together, we ran down the steps of the arena, landed in the 2nd row and had a blast.

Roisin: Overpowered, Again!

OverOverpowered

This is the cover for Roisin Murphy’s second solo album, Overpowered. She is wearing a Sandra Backlund dress (thanks Mary). With every photo and every B-side I’m getting more and more excited about the project. The October release date seems so far away… I have the feeling it’s going to be my album of the year.

So far, we got Overpowered (the single) and two B-Sides, Foolish and Sweet Nothings. Have a listen at her myspace, were you can also get the free mp3 of Modern Timing. Collect & love them all.

Earlier:
Overpowered I: Roisin in Viktor & Rolf
Overpowered II: Roisin takes a piss in Gareth Pugh

Stella Cares

Stella Cares
Thank you Margot.

To battle the heatwave I spray my face with Toning Floral Water by Stella McCartney every 5 minutes. It’s one of the eight products from her skincare line Care. The Toning Floral Water contains green tea, linden blossom and cornflower extracts. The smell bewitches my nose, so lovely. To get an extra chilling sensation, I keep the spray in the freezer. My skin says: “Thank you” every time it gets another soothing hit.

“All products certified organic and ecological.”
I bet they contain no fur.

p.s. Now, I think that bag would go perfectly with the Toning Floral Water.