Monday: I awake to bright sunlight as birds are singing at 5 in the morning. Does Queensland have daylight savings? I will need to check. I went for a run a 6am. Brisbane has a lovely running/cycling track and at that time of the morning it was filled with equal parts beautiful people and people aspiring to be beautiful people. It was very hot and I am sure I sweated even more calories.
I have to say that Brisbane is rather lovely first thing in the morning, although there were a large number of homeless people sleeping under the bridges and along the sides of the running track.
After breakfast I headed down to the venue to hope onto Educause so I could do some posting from the laptop. Alas technology wasn’t for me as it wouldn’t connect. Neither would the phone. At lunch I went back to the hotel and got the iPad and that worked, and thus I was connected. I SO miss the Internet when I can’t access it.
The sessions at the CAIRSS Community Days (the work thing I am at) have been very informative and I think I have a lot to take back to work already. After the very convivial drinkies myself and most of the Kiwi contingent went and found a restaurant for tea. I had a lovely bit of steak 🙂 It was a good day.
I will be chairing a session this morning (Tuesday) and I feel quite positive that it will be a good day again.
It’s looking a little windier out today but I am sure we will hit the high 20’s low 30’s (celsius) again temperature wise.
On the happy news for me, www.michaeljparry.com is active again. I have discovered that despite not having as many options from being actually hosted by a web services company, I can use WordPress to host it. I can even use Google to create emails! So I can still have a firstname.lastname@example.org email address!
And it’s all a lot cheaper… In that apart from one bit it’s free! 🙂
It has to be the most provocative literary series in the world with a title like “Naked Girls Reading,” but it’s exactly as advertised. Burlesque divas remove the pasties and G-strings – those time-honoured barriers to complete nudity – and grab a book.
And it’s an all-star international lineup of naked readers who kick off the five-day, third-annual Toronto Burlesque Festival at the Gladstone Hotel Wednesday night. NGR, in fact, is the newest phenomenon of the phenomenal burlesque revival.
The concept came out of a chance remark by Chicago photographer/writer Franky Vivid. He walked into a room and found his naked wife, burlesque superstar Michelle L’amour, in repose, reading a book, which prompted him to remark, “I like the image.”
And so the couple began thinking about NGR as a form of entertainment. They considered, then rejected a pay-per-view website as being too prurient. They then hit upon the idea of a tasteful, old-style salon. They also discovered that naked girls reading has been a favourite subject of painters and photographers throughout the centuries.
Says L’amour: “We hold the series every month at my studio. Each evening has a theme, and each girl selects her own material which can come from fiction, non-fiction, song lyrics or poetry. For example, for the “Independent Women” show, readings included Dorothy Parker, Mae West and Coco Chanel. We publish the reading lists on our nakedgirlsreading.com website.”
NGR came to Toronto this past March when the strip divas of Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque held their first salon. Co-producers L’amour and Vivid licence out the trademarked name after carefully screening the quality of the applicants. The format is generally four or five readers who take 10-minute turns, ending with a group read from a common book. The readers usually perch demurely on a chaise.
Skin Tight NGR themes have included bedtime stories, Mother’s Day, and queer lit. The theme of the 2010 festival is MeTOPolis: The Future of Burlesque, and so the readings are science fiction. In fact, San Francisco’s Lady Monster knows Leonard Nimoy/Mr. Spock personally and consulted him about her reading selections.Skin Tight’s Sauci Calla Horra is the executive producer of the burlesque festival, and has performed in NGR salons. “It’s all about glamour and presentation,” she says. “You wouldn’t think something naked would require so many clothes, but you have to decide on the proper jewellery, shoes, perhaps stockings and special accessories to fit the theme.”
What an idea. I decided though it was too risqué to post to the library blog, but I had to share it somewhere. Actually the E.I.C. suggested I post it. I could see this being very popular, but not coming to a small country town like ours any time soon. It has it’s own website too..
I really like this idea, with the coded messages that people can have in their bouquet of flowers. We will need a list each for when flowers are exchanged and for when choosing plants to go in our new gardens at Enfarm.
Here are some of my favourites
Arbutus – Thee Only Do I Love
Camellia (Red) – You’re a Flame in My Heart
Carnation (Red) – My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
Chrysanthemum (General) – You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
Daffodil – Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You