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Monday, 22 June 2015

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know

I came across a piece on actor Rupert Everett this week in an eighties copy of Cosmopolitan magazine (yes - I'm a hoarder!) The Most Promising Actor of 1982 and star of 'Another Country,' was interviewed by journalist and soon-to-be TV star Paula Yates. He told her;  'I want to be successful not just famous, and not just for lots of money. I want to be in position where I can choose what do, which parts I'll play.'
Interesting then, that Everett was quoted this week as saying people now think they have right to everything they want.

'People have forgotten how to communicate, he says. 'Even sex is conducted online. No one's looking outwards anymore. We've been trained over the last 30 years to be as selfish as possible. 

In the new X Factor world it's enough just to want it. The creative mantra is, 'I want this so much.' They want it so they have a right to have it.' 


I am sure Rupert Everett has worked very hard for his success and  deserves everything he has achieved, but isn't it amazing how the years can change our views?


The actor, who is now 56, is currently in the Italian coastal town of Taormina, which has been hosting the 61st Taormina Film Festival this week.


Read the full article here



Monday, 8 June 2015

Oh, to write like Einstein...

Einstein and his handwriting courtesy of The Times newspaper
I have always been envious of people with  handwriting that flows along the page  symmetrically and is easy to read. My own handwriting has been the butt of so many jokes over the years and  sometimes I do struggle to read it myself. So I'm delighted to hear of  new software that mimics the  'elegant handwriting of Einstein' according to The Times newspaper  today.

The Einstein  font is the brainchild of German typographer Harald Geisler and Elizabeth Waterhouse, (a dancer with a Harvard physics degree!)  It is based on samples of the great  physicist's handwriting taken from hundreds of notebooks, essays and letters.

The inventors wanted to see if  writing in Einstein's script could change a person's relationship with what they are writing or thinking. 'For example,' said Mr Geisler, 'when you wear something nice like a Prada shirt, your body language changes.' (Please wait while I go and buy a Prada shirt to test this theory.)

According to Miss Waterhouse 'Einstein was a thinker with both beautiful ideas and graceful penmanship.' She added 'The idea  of genius handwriting that everyone can use is deliberately wonderful and ironic.'

A fundraising campaign to pay for the development of the font has been hugely successful. Its  release is scheduled for the end of this year to celebrate the centenary of Einstein's general theory of relativity.

As for me - if I type using this amazing new font AND wear designer clothes at the same time - I'll be happy.