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David Bowie Jan12

David Bowie

It has been nearly two days since we learned of David Bowie‘s passing, and fans of the musician have been left reeling from the unexpected news. This past Friday marked the artist’s 69th birthday as well as the release of his 27th studio album, Blackstar – what critics are now considering to be his personal goodbye to the fans. One of the most original and influential artists of his time, Mr. Bowie paved the way for countless others – Prince, Madonna, and Lady Gaga among them. Never has someone so successfully (and so cooly) been able to transcend the boundaries of art, music, and sexuality. He brought us Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and what was perhaps my favorite, Jareth the Goblin King. Farewell,...

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Whitney Houston Feb25

Whitney Houston

Two weeks have passed since we lost Whitney Houston, and it still seems very strange. Like so many others, I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Whitney over the past fortnight. With a voice like that, The Voice – it’s hard to pick a favorite song. But for me, her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner (at the 1991 Super Bowl) ranks at the very top. What a moment that was! Take a listen… Whitney Houston – The Star Spangled Banner        ...

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Sweetie, Darling… Nov16

Sweetie, Darling…

When it comes to true comedic genius, it really doesn’t get much better than the exploits and adventures of the deliciously depraved duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone! Absolutely Fabulous (Ab Fab) had its original run from 1992 – 1995, but since then has enjoyed a number of periodic reboots. In recent months fans of the British sitcom have been eagerly anticipating new episodes – set to air during the holidays. But just last week Ab Fab creator, Jennifer Saunders announced that she will be working on a feature-length film, Ab Fab: The Movie – to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show. Enjoy these photos (the first 6 in homage to Ab Fab, and the rest of Ab Fab throughout the years) – oh, and interspersed by some classic quotes from the show… ‘Sometimes you need a soupçon of guilt to make carte blanche depravity taste that little bit better.’ – Edina    ‘We’ve got some lovely cooking pots coming in from Somalia. I mean they don’t need them, they’ve got no food to put in them after all.’ – Edina    ‘The last mosquito that bit me had to book into the Betty Ford clinic.’ – Patsy   ‘Smoke can’t touch the baby, if it could, you’d have come out looking like prosciutto, believe me.’ – Edina to Saffy   Could Julia Roberts’ lips get any bigger? It looks as if she’s giving birth to her own head! – Patsy    ‘Why does everything you wear look like it’s bearing a grudge, darling?’ – Edina to Saffy   ‘I’ve spent a fortune trying to get in touch with my sexual being. Do you remember I spent that week celebrating my private parts, do you remember, darling?’ – Edina    ‘I know the kind of little play...

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Pan Am Nov10

Pan Am

In the 1960s Pan Am was the largest, most prestigious airline in the world – with the most beautiful and most glamorous stewardesses. My favorite new show, and actually the only new show that I’ve been watching this Fall, is ABC’s Pan Am. It’s a super stylish, global look at this moment in time – a time when air travel and luxury went hand in hand. The 60s were positively rife with social and political change, and while this show certainly tends to romanticize the past, it’s still a lot of fun! Check out this video for a quick look at the show, and enjoy these photos from the first few episodes! Pan Am airs Sundays at 9:00 on ABC.                            ...

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Happy Halloween! Oct31

Happy Halloween!

Greetings friends! I know that things have been quiet on the John About Town front – it has been a super busy and hectic few months, and I have also been dealing with ongoing hacking issues on the site. But I’m excited to get back on track – and just in time for Halloween! I’ve always been big on holiday traditions, and when it comes to Halloween, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is EVERYTHING! If you missed it when it aired last week, you can watch it here. A lot of the Halloween parties and festivities were over this past weekend. Did you dress up? See any clever costumes? We were Angry Birds – not terribly creative, but definitely brought the laughs. If you’re out and about tonight, be safe – and have a Happy Halloween!    ...

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100 Years of Fashion Aug31

100 Years of Fashion

For those of you who are interested in fashion and / or history, check out this fantastic video – 100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds! It was created to celebrate the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City – “the largest urban shopping center in Europe” which opens on September 13th. The short film tracks 100 years of “East London” style, and it’s fun fun fun! From fedoras and feathered caps, to mod, punk and grunge… it will be the best minute and a half that you’ve spent all day!...

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Etro Retro Aug23

Etro Retro

The weather has finally started to turn (ever so slightly) in New York. Last night when we went to dinner it was actually chilly. Mother Nature probably has a few more tricks up her sleeve before we’re actually into full-on sweater weather, but a boy can dream – can’t he? When it comes to style, I always joke that I’m a bit of a preppy grandpa. I love a chunky cardigan, an elbow patch… you catch my drift. I was doing a little window shopping last night, and came across this Etro suede-patch cardigan. Ain’t she a beaut? Now, to be perfectly honest I already own this same kind of sweater in probably half a dozen variations – but what’s one more, right? What makes this one so great, is the richness of those oversized patches. Sweater, consider yourself...

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Beluga Sevruga Aug11

Beluga Sevruga

It’s nearly Friday, so I thought that we could all use a little something to get the day going. Beluga whales are colloquially known as sea canaries, due to the special squeaks, squeals, and whistles with which they communicate. After having been serenaded by a Mariachi band, perhaps this Beluga will be able to add a little extra flavor to his repertoire! A friend of mind passed this video along, and well, I’ve already watched it numerous times. Click on the photo to check it...

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Amy Winehouse Jul23

Amy Winehouse

Although I can’t say that I was surprised, I was most definitely saddened to hear about the death of Amy Winehouse earlier today. Navigating the loss of someone who is already so lost is always a peculiar experience, isn’t it? Amy’s talent was so hugely special, and her sophomore album, Back to Black so astronomically successful – that she seemed almost predestined for greater heights. But with genius often comes madness, and it’s probably safe to say that her demons finally got the better of her. Of course the irony of her most famous song, Rehab, is certainly not lost on anyone. I remember so clearly the first time that I heard the song. We were vacationing on the island of St. Lucia – where strangely, Winehouse herself eventually sought refuge. That song was and is staggeringly special – not in its message, of course – but musically. I’ve been listening to Back to Black all afternoon, and for whatever reason, Tears Dry On Their Own has been in especially heavy rotation. Rest in Peace, Amy. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own All I can ever be to you, is the darkness that we knew, and this regret I’ve got accustomed to. Once it was so right, when we were at our high, waiting for you in the hotel at night. I knew I hadn’t met my match, but every moment we could snatch. I don’t know why I got so attached. It’s my responsibility, and you don’t owe nothing to me, but to walk away I have no capacity. He walks away. The sun goes down. He takes the day but I’m grown. And in your way in this blue shade, my tears dry on their own. I don’t understand, why do I stress the man, when...

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Break My Stride Jul14

Break My Stride

Since it’s nearly Friday, I thought that we could use some cheerful tunes. Matthew Wilder’s ‘Break My Stride’ has been in my head for the past week for whatever reason. It’s one of those upbeat songs that always takes me to my happy place. I must admit that until a few minutes ago, I had no idea what Matthew Wilder even looked like – but was tickled to find this video of him performing with the Solid Gold Dancers. Weren’t the 80s positively genius? Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride Last night I had the strangest dream. I sailed away to China – in a little row boat to find ya. And you said you had to get your laundry cleaned. Didn’t want no one to hold you. What does that mean? And you said… Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. I’m runnin’ and I won’t touch ground. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. You’re on a roll and now you pray it lasts. The road behind was rocky, but now you’re feeling cocky. You look at me and you see your past. Is that the reason why you’re runnin’ so fast? And she said… Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. I’m runnin’ and I won’t touch ground. Oh no – I got to keep on movin’. Never let another girl like you – work me over. Never let another girl like you – drag me under. If I meet another girl like you – I will tell her. Never want another girl like you – have to say. Ooooooh… Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride. Nobody gonna slow me down. Oh no, oh...

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