Category: Divas

Dream Girl Band

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LONDON - MARCH 8: Debbie Harry of Blondie photographed at Blanford Studios in Marylebone, London on 8th March 1978 during the making of a pop promo for their single 'I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear' for Chrysalis Records. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)jennifer-lopez-performance-sound-of-change-2013-billboard-650

 


Dream Girl Band

I was doing tonnes of ironing today and to make it more fun and makes the task goes faster and easier, I always listen to Mariah Carey’s No 1 album.

I could always rely on good old Mariah to make my iron sing and glide silkily into pile of wrinkled cottons (ah I hate them).

Anyway, while mist from the vapour iron gently sprays the clothes and evaporate straight into my face, it sent me into my wonderful world of daydream. I thought if you can make a dream team from a football most capable players why not have my own dream team for a girl band.

It was not really hard to choose my squad my a a multitude of talents and utter gorgeousness because I can my girl band in my mind’s eye.

I can imagine Mariah and and Whitney outdoing each other for the high notes.  While Carly is full of humour and gumption.

Agnetha Folstog would be the blonde ice-queen, posing for her life.

Blondie is the coolest!

And JLO, she will be gyrating to the music like no one can!

Yes my squad will be like no other!


Kate Moss @ 40

The longevity of Kate Moss’s career is astounding. She is not particularly tall to be the ideal supermodel nor the most beautiful and yet most of the supermodels she started with have now been “retired” but Kate is still going from strength to strength.

She is still a regular cover of magazines, she is as visible as ever in any party circuit, she is still a favourite muse on music videos.

Kate has a checkered past but she seems to have a teflon ability. No matter how heinous and destructive the gossips are about her or what is actually happening to her, Kate just gets up and dusts herself off and away she goes again as if nothing much had happen.

Kate is uber-cool, her waif-like beauty is so beguiling.

At 40, Kate still got it, whatever “it” is. She is Playboy magazine’s 60 years anniversary cover and it seems they made the right choice. Kate is simply stunning.

GlobalGranary wishes Kate Moss a Happy 40th!!!

Kate Moss @ 40

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Passion and Fashion of Kim Kardashian

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How can a beautiful girl like her be the object of so many nasty comments?!!!  Probably because her life is an open book  as shown to us all the ups and downs in  gory details  “Living with the Kardashian”.

I like Kim.  She seems to me to have worked her socks off to get where she is now.

Kim has worn some of the most flattering clothes as well as the most ridiculous ones, most women would not be seen dead in.

She has also been photographed in her birthday suit to try to ‘break’ the internet.   She must have succeeded as she was the talk of the town for ages.  Well if you got it why not flaunt it!

At least we can thank Kim for making it ok to be amply endowed in front and at the back.

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Passion and Fashion of Kim Kardashian

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Update: 4 Dec 2014

 

kimyeDid you know?

This photo of Kim and Kanye West wedding kiss has gathered quite a record.  It was liked by more than 2.4million, making it the most liked photo in the history on Instagram.

Justin Bieber: Zero to Hero @ Philippines

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Justin hooping with Tacloban kid!

 

For a time Justin Bieber is persona non grata in the Philippines because he favoured Marquez over Pacquiao. LOL

His visit to Tacloban is a master stroke in PR.  Suddenly Justin from being out of favour becomes the flavour of the month.   Well done Justin.

And he comes across as really genuine too.  He even played basketball with Tacloban kids, he might have given a mini concert too, plus he started a charity helping the victims and he could be seen hugging deliriously happy kids.  He was really hands-on which did the trick.

Bravo.  I am sure the dormant Beliebers are going to wake up fast!

 

Justin Bieber, the Hooligan, Does Brazil

Apparently Justin loved Brazil so much, he wanted to leave his mark.

During the early hours of the morning, around 3:00am Justin surreptitiously graffitied a wall in Brazil. Unfortunately some paparazzi caught him at it.

To begin with he was given by the city hall in Brazil permission to graffiti a wall which was a few metres away from where he ended up.  There is no constraining young Justin.

Perhaps thinking that Brazilians are all Beliebers, Justin can do his worst anywhere he chooses.

Now Justin is in trouble with the Brazilian authority.

Shame that such a talented young man is going off the rails. Probably he is burnt out from stress of trying to keep himself in the news!  Another case of too famous and too much money too young.

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The Legend of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was born in Ixelles, Brussles in Belgium in 1929.

Everything I learned I learned from the movies.
– Audrey Hepburn
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For me, the only things of interest are those linked to the heart.
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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I would like to thank my mother, who taught me to stand up straight, sit erect, use discipline with wine and sweets, and only smoke six cigarettes a day.
– Audrey Hepburn

If I’m honest, I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I know I have more sex appeal on the tip of my nose than many women in their entire bodies. It doesn’t stand out a mile, but it’s there.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.
– Audrey Hepburn
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If I get married, I want to be very married.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.
– Audrey Hepburn
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I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.
– Audrey Hepburn
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My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.
– Audrey Hepburn
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My own life has been much more than a fairy tale. I’ve had my share of difficult moments, but whatever difficulties I’ve gone through, I’ve always gotten a prize at the end.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Only the absolutely determined people succeed.
– Audrey Hepburn
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People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Some people dream of having a big swimming pool. With me, it’s closets.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.
– Audrey Hepburn
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The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it’s all that matters.
– Audrey Hepburn
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The beauty in a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart; the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring and that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
– Audrey Hepburn
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The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
– Audrey Hepburn
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The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
– Audrey Hepburn
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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
– Audrey Hepburn
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When I’ve made about 70 films and the public still wants me, then I shall think of myself as a star.
– Audrey Hepburn
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You can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or maybe just plain too ugly
– Audrey Hepburn

you can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn’t conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive.
– Audrey Hepburn
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You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.
– Audrey Hepburn
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You can tell more about a person by what he says about others tha you can by what others say about him.
– Audrey Hepburn
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Abba’s Agnetha comes out of retirement

I know of someone who has all the 33rpm of ABBA.  Yes, it was in 33rpm or long-playing albums and yes it was that long time ago.  This dear friend said that he only bought the albums because he fancied Agnetha.  Yeah, yeah.  You should have bought her posters not listening to Dancing Queen!!!  And yes I am talking about you Peter. Hehehe

JXXX

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11 March 2013 Last updated at 01:28

By Mark Savage Arts and entertainment reporter, BBC News

 

Agnetha Faltskog’s new song When You Really Love Someone

One of pop’s most enigmatic voices has emerged with her first album in nine years. Agnetha Faltskog’s new album sees her duet with Gary Barlow and collaborate with Britney Spears’ Swedish songwriting team. Just don’t call her “mysterious”.

Forty-five years ago, before Abba were even a twinkle in Eurovision’s eye, Agnetha Faltskog made her very first TV appearance.

Aged just 17, she performed Jag Var Sa Kar (I Was So In Love), a syrupy self-penned waltz, on Swedish TV show Studio 8.

The melancholy lyrics, inspired by her idol Connie Francis, were a stark contrast to the exuberant blonde singer, who “took the radio in my arms and danced around” when she first heard her single on the air.

Little did she know, misery would become her musical forte, especially when she teamed up with Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frida to form Abba.

“I’m very earth-grounded and very normal, I just like to stay at home” – Agnetha Faltskog

The songs on which Faltskog took lead vocals – Hasta Manana, The Name Of The Game, Chiquitita – were the band’s biggest tear-jerkers.

On The Winner Takes It All, recorded as her marriage to Bjorn Ulvaeus fell apart, the emotion is almost too much to bear.

Faltskog is by turns defiant and broken. “I was in your arms, thinking I belonged there,” she cries, as her husband merely shakes her hand and turns away.

Oddly, the singer calls it “her biggest favourite” from the band’s back catalogue. “It’s a shame we never got to play it live,” she adds.

Since the band went their separate ways in 1982, the girl with golden hair has been the band’s most elusive member. She largely shuns the limelight, living quietly on the secluded island of Ekero, west of Stockholm.

Perhaps because of those world-weary lyrics, she was portrayed as a frail recluse – the Greta Garbo of pop.

The revelation in 2000 that she had entered a relationship with an obsessed Dutch fan, 16 years her junior, who turned dangerous when she broke off the affair, only added to the perception that she was lonely and unhappy.

Nervous return

Today, she cannot talk about the relationship for legal reasons, but Faltskog says the media have the wrong impression of her private life.

“I have been described as a very mysterious human being and that hurts a little bit, because it’s not like that at all,” she says.

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Agnetha Faltskog says she had totally fallen out of the practice of singing since her Abba days

On the phone from Stockholm, she is neither awkward nor reticent, although she chooses her words carefully, sometimes with the aid of an interpreter.

Laughter peppers the conversation, and she denies any suggestion she’s a hermit.

“I’m very earth-grounded and very normal,” she says. “I just like to stay at home.”

Fate came to her house 18 months ago, when Swedish producer Jorgen Elofsson rang the doorbell, hoping to to play Faltskog three songs he had written for her.

An internationally successful composer, his credits include Britney Spears’ Crazy and Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You). His dream was to coax Faltskog out of a nine-year hiatus and back into the studio.

“It was flattering,” says the singer. “It really was.”

“I just couldn’t say ‘no’. I really loved the songs from the beginning.”

But before Faltskog would enter the studio, she had some conditions.

“I told him, ‘we have to talk about a lot of things first,'” she recalls. “It was nine or 10 years since I’d sung, so I didn’t know if [my voice] worked.”

“I said from the beginning, ‘if it sounds old I don’t want to do this, because… Why should I?'”

Tasteful and sumptuous

Listening to the album, simply titled ‘A’, it is clear that Faltskog’s vocal cords are in fine shape.

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Agnetha Faltskog has collaborated with Gary Barlow but they have never met

Elofsson, for his part, has ditched the upfront production of his teen pop hits for a sound Faltskog calls “very mature and worthy”.

“When you love someone, and you’ve lost that one, then nothing really matters,” sighs Faltskog on the first single, When You Really Love Someone.

On the closing track, the singer scatters photos of an old lover across her bedroom floor and wonders what happened to their relationship.

Ripe with bittersweet emotion, the song is her sole contribution as a composer. You wonder why she didn’t write more.

Faltskog says she simply fell out of practice.

“During the Abba years the boys were writing nearly all the material and I didn’t have any time. They asked me a lot – but when we were at home, I just wanted to be with my children.

“For this album, we had an idea that maybe I should try to write one song. I didn’t want to do more. I’m not that composer that composes every day. But it was very exciting to see if it still worked – and it did!”

The album doesn’t reinvent the pop wheel, but is tasteful and sumptuous, rarely raising its tempo above “mid”.

One exception is Dance Your Pain Away, where disco strings stab at a gymnastic bassline, apparently summoned from the dusty off-cuts of Abba’s Voulez Vous.

Another stand-out is I Should Have Followed You Home, where Faltskog trades lines with Gary Barlow.

“We haven’t even met,” Faltskog reveals. “I spoke to him once on the phone – but I was on holiday when he did his singing.”

She hopes to meet Barlow on a forthcoming promotional trip to the UK, but says there are currently “no plans” for them to perform the song together live.

Tornado trauma

Faltskog’s trip to the UK may come as a surprise to some seasoned Abba-watchers. During the band’s heyday, she had a rule that she would never leave home for more than two weeks at a time, so she wouldn’t be separated from her children (both born in the midst of Abbamania).

A nervous flyer, she arranged to travel separately from Ulvaeus for the sake of the children, in case anything should happen to either of them in mid-air.

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Then, towards the end of Abba’s 1979 US tour, the band had a quick turnaround between gigs in New York and Boston.

Faltskog boarded a chartered jet, which previously belonged to millionaire aviator Howard Hughes, and flew straight into the middle of a tornado which forced Boston’s airfield to close.

Running out of fuel, in a pitch black sky, the pilot performed an emergency landing in Manchester, New Hampshire. The first attempt was aborted at the last minute, pulling up just before the wheels hit the runway. Fortunately, the plane touched down on the second try.

Since then, she has largely avoided flying – even coming to the UK “by bus once” for a promotional trip.

“But nowadays I have started to fly again,” she says. “I have gone to a man – a therapist – who taught me to think in another way, a very positive way. It works. It helps, at least.”

The 62-year-old says she’s looking forward to coming back to the UK, and speaks fondly of Abba’s seven-day residency in London’s Wembley Arena in 1979.

“People’s reaction was fantastic on Dancing Queen,” she says. “And otherwise, it was very nice with Thank You For The Music.”

She enjoys the memories of Abba, and has donated costumes and memorabilia to the Abba Museum which will open in Sweden in May (“it is very strange to have a museum in your honour!”), but cannot see the band reforming.

“It was such a long time ago, and we are getting older, and we have our different lives,” she says.

For now, she is concentrating on the new record – one she thought she might never make, and one which could be her last.

“I think to look in the future, to plan another one, it’s not realistic right now. But I don’t close any doors. I’m very open for what comes up. At the moment, we are so happy with this one. I really hope people will like it as much as we do.”

Agnetha’s single When You Really Love Someone is out now. Her album, A, follows later this year.

Miss Piggy’s Beauty Secret

Beauty is whatever gives joy.
-Edna St. Vincent Millay

Miss Piggy is the classiest porcine in the whole of the universe

Miss Piggy is the classiest porcine in the whole of the universe

It is always worth listening to Miss Piggy for sage (and onion!) advice.  The ultimate glamour porcelain skin mover, with porcine grace, Miss Piggy, divine Diva from the Muppets offers these pearls of wisdom of beauty before the swine.

Miss Piggy’s Beauty Secret

“Never wear yellow lipstick; never braid your eyelashes; never powder your tongue.”

“Never wash your hair with anything you’d hesitate to eat or drink.”

“Never eat more than you can lift.”

“Too much exercise can damage your health.”

Advice to adhere to Ladies!

More sagely (lol) advice from Miss Piggy:

Is there a cure for a broken heart? Only time can heal your broken heart, just as time can heal his broken arms and legs.
– Miss Piggy

Did you know that squirrels are the Devil’s oven  mitts?
– Miss Piggy

 

Lady Gaga & her “Little Monsters”

Lady Gaga is on course to world domination.

She is the first person to have 20 million Tweeter followers. Her little monsters have grown huge when she shared her love for The Boss – Bruce Springsteen.

Following on her trail is Justin Beiber with 18 million followers.

Madonna Talks….

images (2)I love Madonna.  I remember all her songs in the 80s.  In fact they are my favourite ones.  I love Material Girl, Crazy for You and Like a Virgin.  Madonna was what the 80s was all about, big hair, bright blue, if rather garish, eye-shadows, big shoulder pads, huge tinkling earrings, lots of chunky bracelets, pop socks, and many more.

Yes, I grew up or sadly became older with Madonna.  But she is an icon and I am not! LOL

Let’s hear from our icon, who is still going strong in the 21st Century.

I always thought I should be treated like a star.
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Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as sheep.
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Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in shit detectors.
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Everyone probably thinks that I’m a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I’d rather read a book.
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Having money is just the best thing in the world.
– Madonna

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I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.  If that makes me a bitch, OK.
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I am a survivor, I am like a cockroach, you just can’t get rid of me.
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I won’t be happy till I’m as famous as God.
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I have the same goal I’ve had since I was a little girl. I want to rule the world.
– Madonna

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I think that everyone should get married at least once, so you can see what a silly outdated institution it is.
– Madonna

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At a recent Hello! issue, Madonna was quoted:

“Love does change your life. What we also have to understand is happiness lies in our own hands, not someone else’s.”

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Sometimes you have to be a bitch to get things done.
-Madonna

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When I get down on my knees, It is not to pray.
– Madonna
(When I get down on my knees, I find it hard to get up again. LOL)

 

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