Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Nicky Haslam's Hunting Lodge Home - Oldham Lodge

MOSCOW

SMOKERS
SUMMER PALACE
ORCHESTRA FOR CARMEN
KREMLIN
RASUPUTIN's LETTER TO THE ROYAL FAMILY
I have just had an incredible freezing, snow covered week end in Moscow.  Probably the best in my life.  Whipping in and out of buildings seeing and feeling another world whilst filming. My dream this week is to buy a tower block, the whole thing. Find a new way of life.  It was total pleasure. I shall miss travelling when the film is finished. For me  creating is my passion. Organising this film has surpassed any other enjoyment.  I am living this story to the full.  
In Moscow I stayed at the Ritz Carlton, luxurious, obviously opulent. Visiting the usual sites The Kremlin, with magnificent churches and a wonderful exhibition of the Tudors of all things.  Soho rooms, a summer palace or two, Gorky's house Ryabushinsky House, and the House of Icons. Most special was an exhibition of the Romanov's their icons, a letter from Rasputin with huge writing, and the chair of Alexei. Lastly I visited a wonderful shop that David Carter designed opposite Louis Vuitton in the centre, called Oldich.  Marilyn was in the window and it had a trap door to a restaurant below, and an armchair belonging to Oscar Wilde.  I sat in the middle of beautiful old dresses antique lace and unusual dresses.

Having stayed up until 6am last night and been busy for a week with the film I did manage to see the Fashion shows. Dior and Valentino are assured a secure future.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

GHOST From THE GUN

FROM THE GUN, THE CAKE AND THE BUTTERFLY IN CHURCH

A LITTLE BIT OF HOLLYWOOD

Learn "The Art of Tango" with Monica Orozco

THE TWELVE BEST LOOKING FIFTY YEAR OLDS: THERE ARE SOME EUREKA MOMENTS AT FIFTY and I agree with CS Lewis who said " I am not young enough to know everything"

Fifty is the best age of all. I got a eureka moment and have never looked back.
JOHNNY DEPP
TRACEY EMIN
I am in good company too, the delicious  Johnny Depp is available. Although I am sure he doesn't venture into the depths of Match.com, he is definitely the most attractive man alive.  The copies down the Hollywood Walk of Fame are just copies. With so many films under his belt, no woman alive could not drool under the weight of his attention. Having won awards and been in so many admirable films from Sweeney Todd to Pirates of the Caribbean, he is a non stop whirlwind. I feel I have a deep connection with this man without him even knowing it. You see he was born on the 9th June 1963.  The 9th June has many appealing attractions for me. It is my second wedding anniversary, it was the date that I later met the love of my life, and it was my first husband's birthday. It is also Charles Saatchi's birthday and two of my very best girlfriends. A magical date in my life and never forgotten.
British Artist, Tracey Emin too is fifty this year and now with her recent public award, a Tate in her back garden and shows throughout the world, my friend is truly doing well. 
BRYAN ADAMS

Forget the wrinkles most of my friends are wrinkle free, slimmer than ever, bombs in fact.  A few tiny lines add to their already attractive faces. Forget the menopause it sort of comes into your life these days with a wry grin.  None of my friends look swollen and all look like they are 38. Gone are the days of  pink cardigans and pearls. Women have never looked better. It is positive attitude, and throwing away negativity that keeps you young.
Men too, and so many have new successes. There is a secret now out you can be older than forty in Hollywood and be a success.. shshsh.. it's okay.
AMANDA ELIASCH
I have never been so active. I put on a play, that I wrote, As I like it; did two neon shows called the Seven Deadly sins, in Los Angeles and London. The icing on the cake was writing a poetry book called The Sins of a Butterfly.  With so much action under my belt I have  never  been happier.  I also decorated six houses and lived between Paris, London and Los Angeles.
If there are moments when you could think the world is crumbling around you, I say get out of bed and go for a bicycle ride or learn the tango. 
Now I am finishing my first film, The gun, the cake and the butterfly, writing my second, and life has never looked more action packed.
BELINDA CARLISLE


ALEXANDRE DESPLAT


MOST BEAUTIFUL MEN AND WOMEN IN THEIR FIFTIES

BELINDA CARLISLE
MADONNA
JODIE FOSTER
NIGELLA LAWSON
TRACEY EMIN
HELEN HUNT
ALEXANDER DESPLAT
JOHNNY DEPP
BRAD PITT
BRYAN ADAMS
ME ME ME of course.. people say I look better now than I did at 20? Have some humour, I have to feel good about myself too xx
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY


I love the saying "I am not young enough to know everything" CS Lewis

BRAD PITT
MADONNA
CHRISTIE BRINKLEY

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

HOME AND CLEAN SHEETS ARE BLISS. HOW CAN YOU GET WELL IN TODAYS FILTHY HOSPITALS

My bed is blissful, can anyone understand that being on my own is delicious?. Sometimes I like to hide under my sheet and disappear from the world. Two hours pass in double quick time. There is a job on, I have to finish my film.
Last week I was so ill that I ended up at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and calling 999. This is not a natural thing for me to do. However I was asked about my pain out of ten and I said fifteen. So the ambulance men made me walk down the stair case although it was hell, walk in the snow and by the time I arrived the pain relief  was working.  They did not bother to sit me down properly or cover me with a blanket.  They did come and see me. Incidentally neither did my doctor come. The standard of cleanliness in the hospital was below zero. No wonder there are bugs. Everybody looked unwashed and dirty. The nurses and doctors looked as unhealthy as the patients coming in. Tired, dishevelled, miserable and alien.  What is wrong with proper uniforms?.  Where is an old battle ax of a matron? I am not old fashioned but what is the problem with a nurse in a dress, instead of slobbing around in overalls for the operating room.  It looked terrible.  What is the problem with having your hair tied back neatly and some make up properly applied to look healthy and attractive?.  What is the problem with cleaning the common parts. How expensive is this? It looked filthy?  They then put me in a freezing waiting room equally grubby and told me to wait.  I left. The minute I saw the state of the room, I felt better, and although washed out I could not wait to slip under my clean linen sheets.  I slept for two days.


Friday, 18 January 2013

KUSTENDORF FILM FESTIVAL SNOW DOES NOT STOP THE ENTHUSIASM

Zhang Yimou: Raising the Red Lantern
KUSTENDORF

Kustendorf is one of the most enticing film festivals to go to. In a medieval mountain top, the wonderful, film director, winner of the Palmes d'or, the prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Emir Kusterica
reigns.  No amount of snow, or the four hour journey from Belgrade, stops the visiting celebrities from contributing to this feast of culture. Built lovingly with the money he made from films it is not above controversy.  The Guardian newspaper claimed it was built on the graves of the most violent war. This I think is not the point.  Emir wishes to be correct to all parties and despite supposedly being close to the Serbs knows he lives in a multi cultural society. His humorous look on life is compelling. Neither too black or too white, he shifts views.  I love the real life rustic feel to his movies.  They remind me in lots of ways of village life in my childhood, animals running on railways, cars falling to bits, archaic faces and thoughts, that exist to the full. From here he shows films that will enrich Yugoslavia and open imagination and hope for the future.
This year Zhang Yimou is honoured, a brilliant film director who made one of my favourite films, Raising the red lantern. The journey does not stop Audrey Tatou from dizzily going up the mountain range. Star of wonderful films like Amelie, and Dirty pretty things. This is one of my favourite films directed by Stephen Frears.
Ms Tatou arrived looking happy and bewildered.
Then there is also the brilliant, and very attractive violinist Nemanja 
Radulovic enhancing the first night. This place is made for fairy tales and is the bosom where culture and art give birth together. My hat goes off to you Mr Kusterica. I love anybody who encourages the arts and students.

AMANDA ELIASCH

EMIR KUSTERICA AND AUDREY TATOU
NEMANJA RADULOVIC


EMIR
MONICA BELLUCCI
With "Princes in her brain she is able to take on her roles" She received an award for what she will do in the future. She had the stamp of approval from Kustendorf.

CHARLES ELIASCH, SINGING SOLO AT WEILL HALL, CARNEGIE HALL


My son Charles Eliasch is singing at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall on the 31st March 2013.  He trained at Mannes College of Music and has just got into The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He has loved opera since the age of two years old when I took him to see Don Giovanni.  His beautiful voice reminds me of the great Fischer Dieskau, even though I am his mother. I am incredibly proud of his achievements so far. Go Charlie Go.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

BEST DRESSED AT GOLDEN GLOBES

JULIEANNE MOORE

Julianne Moore looked ravishing in this seasons colour combinations. She looked elegant in the Tom Ford dress with Bulgari jewellery. Born the same year as I was, she carries being fifty incredibly well proving that you do not need to be an old frump.
KATE HUDSON
Equally Kate Hudson in Alexander Mcqueen looked a true starlet.  Her perfect makeup was beautifully applied. So many of the actresses had too much make up on. Kate looked perfect.

Monday, 14 January 2013

BAFTA AND ART OF ELYSIUM HEAVEN BALL

MY BOYS IN ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
ARMANI DOES THE TRICK
Saturday was particularly glamorous at the BAFTA Tea Party, but unlike last year I was not mistaken for Marilyn Monroe, however wearing Armani got a lot of attention. This is weird for me as usually I wear anything but this designer, but Armani designed this fabulous jacket with a white collar which looked wonderful over Emilia Wickstead.  I was made by my new friend to stay for at least two hours longer than the ten minutes I usually stay for, and you know I had fun.   Like a child I was bribed that I could have a present if I was a good girl.  I was encouraged that we would meet new people. Indeed there were many famous nominees there. Of course there was more glamour in my house. George Blodwell came round with his ex wife and there was immediate flamboyance and panache. He wore a long coat and an Alexander Mcqueen T shirt I had given him as did my other friend.

The evening was spent at the incredible at the Art of Elysium Heaven Ball which was in a 2nd Street downtown tunnel designed by the designer for Tim Burton, an eye directed light in a stunning way through the room. Colleen Attwood was honoured for her brilliant costume design.  I had the pleasure of sitting next to Ashley Madekwe, who looked ravishing in a long gold dress and her husband, Iddo Goldbery who were totally charming. Art of Elysium is a wonderful charity that helps children who are terminally ill be creative.
Last night The Globes thrilled me. I was a little disappointed that my friend Alexandre Desplat did not win for composing  the music from Argos, but you cannot win all the time. I was left feeling touched by Jodie Foster and amazed by the creative way that Jeremy Irons dressed, who looked the best in the room. Lucy Liu best dressed woman in Caroline Herrera even though Joan Rivers does not agree. I just love that type of dress. Although I would prefer to look like Julieanne Moore.

Friday, 11 January 2013

ANGELS FROM THE SKY

DUGGIE FIELDS PORTRAIT OF ME
I love Los Angeles, the sun, the positive attitude,  I had forgotten. Now I am here I remember. It is the laid back excitement over everything. The people here are like children. Youth obsessed, sun kissed health fanatics who look as if they are angels from the sky.  A girl turned up yesterday in purple, long blonde hair, fish nets wanting to improve the world.  People talk here with excitement. They are happy, they have learnt to put the switch on from inside. It is not that England is less positive, it is that the sun shines here and all around us.   I am so busy filming that I have little time to write. Needless to say my dance card is full. 
Yesterday I gave a party in my to welcome in the New Year.  The house was brimming with laughter just the way I like it.  My favourite jeweller was there Lorie Rodkin, and Eric Buterbaugh had done great flowers. Debbie Soloman created delicious food, and Kay Saatchi made sure the bathrooms were full of pretty posies. It was good to catch up with some wonderful friends and January is divine in Los Angeles.

Monday, 7 January 2013

ENJOY THE COLOURS OF PEACE

I have always been afraid of silence in a room, I was often told I was too loud.  I found it difficult to be quiet, but actually in the last few weeks there has been a beautiful change. I found I liked bicycle rides in the park when it is misty and peaceful.  I have found that I like solitude with the only human sounds of my sons walking around the house. I used to think the idea of  a quiet time was horrific. Now I need it. Bombarded  everyday by emails, telephone calls, the door bell, cars, the vermin named humans, I am suddenly happy in peaceful rooms. I do not need anything.
I also have noticed I am not the only one. Selfridges has suddenly sent an email for people who like this  soulful quiet time and have sent through unbranded, non advertising products. Marmite with just the coloured labels, simple clothes, so refreshing from the over advertised. So 2013 seems to be a time for less rush, less aggression.
It is ridiculous in any case. We are living in a black hole where nothing really means anything. I was taught everything growing up but not how to read on my own. There was always so much noise. My Mother had 14 dogs, who never stopped nagging, the horses also nagged. Animals look peaceful but if you get close they will talk to you. They need feeding, watering, cleaning, riding, walking. It was nonstop.  Plus the mess, I was always cleaning up. You will find the country is very noisy. No there  was little time ponder and think.
So with nothing else to say on this Monday morning relax and enjoy the colours of peace.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

"Upon Leaving His Mistress" by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (poetry re...

RONALD SEARLE INFLUENCED ME IN EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CARTOONS
My whole life, I realise has been based on  Ronald Searle cartoons. The way I dress, think and live. The way I talk, I am told I am witty, very over the top, and look like a cartoon.  I am making my first film, The Gun, The Cake and The Buttterfly, and that has even been influenced too, by the great cartoonist.  It tells of the story of me growing up in Wiltshire, getting beaten and up to no good. In it I only wear black,  a mixture of a school girl combined with "The" Audrey Hepburn  black Givenchy dress.  
Half sexy school girl with the "French Teacher" stamped in my wardrobe. There are whips, rulers and sunglasses. Ties, white shirts, and only mini skirts. I hardly ever wear trousers unless they are jodhpurs. As a fashion editor for Genlux Magazine I have to sometimes break that mould, but it is hard. It was stamped in my brain long ago.  I once remember my Grandfather, Sidney Gilliat say "You look like a funeral gnome"  I can still see him chuckling at my black hats.


A STILL OF ME FROM THE GUN, THE CAKE AND THE BUTTERFLY

Ronald Searle, possibly the most brilliant cartoonist ever, has influenced me without even having met me.  My Grandfather Sidney Gilliat, as readers will well know, wrote the screen play based on Ronald Searle's book on school girls called St Trinian's.  Searle is famous for saying "If it gets popular kill it" He felt a subject only was interesting in it's growth.  My Grandfather felt the same and said to me once "God forbid, I am remembered for St Trinian's" When he died the title of one obituary was "The Master of St Trinian's dies" He would have been horrified as Searle would have been. He had done a body of work which was also incredible. Something funny happened, the morning that the obituary came out, my mother was sitting on the loo where the drawings were, and they flew across the room, she said, and landed in the bath unbroken.

I loved these drawings. I so wanted them, but of course Mummy sold them without telling me otherwise I would have them today. Instead I bought all the collection I could of  posters from Christies in South Kensington, and huge costs.
However both these great men were wrong.  I still receive monies from the films. These school girl stories are still as modern today as they were yesterday, still as watchable. Whilst they are not quite as popular, they are relevant. They tell the stories of little girls and bigger girls up to no good, at boarding schools in England. They are thoroughly English. Harmless good fun. They are light with a not so hidden darkness. 


GEMMARTERTON IN ST TRINIANS
RUPERT EVERETT IN ST TRINIAN's
ST TRINIAN's STREET CREDIBILITY INFLUENCING FASHION
Brought to life now by Rupert Everett who plays the head mistress and Barnaby Thompson who is the producer.
Searle worked for most papers and magazines building his career up from starting it at a Prisoner of War camp in Singapore.  He recorded the daily life there and knew he would survive. He also recorded the trials of Eichmann, a tiny man, who he said did not see that killing 15,000 was his responsibility and that he was just carrying out orders as a Nazi in World War 11.
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
With women as sexy as Joan Collins to Gemma Atherton these tales will continue
Let's have another glass of Champagne to these brilliant men, Ronald Searle, Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder, Rupert Everitt, Barnaby Thompson, for keeping truth alive.
 

Saturday, 5 January 2013

STAY AWAY PONCES AND CONMEN....INFIDELITY IS NOT WORSE THAN SOMEONE LEAVING YOU WITH THE BILL OR THE TABLE FOR A FAG

The truth is I am very independent. Yesterday my sons were saying I had to get a boyfriend. A real boyfriend, one that would cuddle me, look after me, be loving with me. One that would take over, a real man. There are lots of men I like and very few I have loved. I have left men for always expecting me to pick up the bill, for rolling cigarettes at the table, for talking on the mobile telephone. I have never left a man for infidelity. This is not the worst offence. Sex is a very tricky thing and I have often had better sex with men I have hated than good sex with men I have loved. In any case I can honestly I say that in my 52 years I have only ever loved three. They know who they are. One of them I never made love to at all.
I would like real romance, roses, sweet little notes, dinner made for me. A romantic holiday. I have never ever been on a holiday with a man and liked him at the end of it except with my favourite man of the moment. I spent twenty one days with him and never had an argument. I also like men who do not like arguing or having hissy fits over nothing.  I like this particular man because he says there should be no fighting at night, none in the morning and none on Sundays. I like that.
The last one I refused to see anymore  has at least sent me a check for his teeth so he can feel free to kiss another woman.  He has supposedly sent me a check for his clothes too, so that he can look the real deal. I like men who pull themselves together quickly and contribute.  He even wrote a bitchy article about me and encouraged his friend to do this too.  A man does not need to be rich, but a gentlemen, a real men.  Opening a door costs nothing. A bunch of flowers is not expensive. Cooking dinner wonderful. When I was ill in hospital I knew who my friends were.  The ones that came and were kind who sent me messages.
I find it so dreadful that because I am supposedly wealthy, that men feel they do not need to be romantic. I can imagine it is intimidating. However no more frightening than being asked away on a private jet for a week end the first time, when it not really your scene.
I want old fashioned loving romance. I will put up with being a mistress rather than being left at a table with the bill while a man smokes a fag. Of course I would rather I was the only hen in a cage. Caged love sounds very attractive these days. If one more ponce turns up I will turn a gun on them.. I am warning you all. STAY AWAY.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

THINK ABOUT OTHERS IT's a NEW YEAR

I always wonder each year which charities are worthy of support? I like the Arts, for me, life would have been meaningless without them. I don't like large cumbersome ones, with huge offices and high overheads, and ones that sort of con you. There are exceptions,  in the case of the NSPCC, which does so much good. As a child  I was molested and wish I had known about this organisation. It would have been considerably easier to ring a switch board and speak to an expert than deal with my very emotional Mother, and hear the police screeching outside my house, in a small village. My ex husband with the help of Nicole Hambro,  gave a tennis match at Buckingham Palace with His Royal Highness The Prince Andrew, Duke of York to raise funds for this charity. The Royal family do a lot. 
Then there is the British Film Institute, who do so much to save old film and encourage people to protect  the world of film with Festivals, there archive is free to view.  BAFTA which I am a member of in Los Angeles.  I care about the arts. The London Symphony Orchestra,  help children play instruments and encourage them to exacting standards. The orchestra is one of the best in the world and practises everyday altogether. I also like The Woodland Trust whose job of saving trees in the next few years will go into overdrive. 80 million diseased Ash trees will need to be replaced. So much to do, and so very important. As is the charity of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand who is trying to buy up land in order that the elephant can migrate. These things are important. Other animals can travel too. So many thing need attention. I have been very lucky, so why not help?.  
I have collected some art attached to charities. An incredible Elephant by Marc Quinn, and Egg by Emma Clegg from Mark Shand's The Big Egg Hunt.  A drawing by Tracey Emin, a suspended egg by Paul Fryer and many other things supporting various charities.  Let's not forget the children of Phuket with the charity called Phuket has been good to us, where children were left without families and schools during the Tsunami.  I am by no means some do gooder.  I am like everybody else. I just believe if you want things to improve you have to help, just be interested where you put your attention.  Art of Elysium is an incredible charity and they help children who are very ill create artistic things. They raise money with their ball which happens next week. Then there are talented children whose parents are not rich that need music lessons. Remember that artistic pursuits stave off depression and maybe drug abuse?.  All children need sport and art. The two things being cut down by our government as we speak.  Art, music, sewing, running, games keep people happy and in turn they become fulfilled and interesting and help others. At the moment I am trying to help save at least the outside of Earls Court a building, everybody has taken for granted. However, take another look, it is beautiful. Perhaps not the best Art Nouveau work, but come on, surely better than what will be put up as a replacement? So if everybody helped just a little in areas that they enjoyed wouldn't this be great? Problems would be solved?
JAMES FRANCO'S  EXHIBITION IN VENICE WITH LIBERATUM 
We are all just trying to get through and if we give a little it makes it a much more pleasant place to be?.  I once gave a man a new life, he was a drug addict. I  made him learn a computer, so he could set up a website. I bought him some kit and some new teeth and now he runs his own show. You can do the same. Sadly most people do not appreciate the things you do, but do them anyway. Then there are several children who are talented at singing that I like to help. One year I even helped James Franco bring his exhibition to Venice through Liberatum.
I love the arts, they make people feel fabulous. To sing an aria, even if you are not the most talented, can make your day.  Sea is all around as, and we are destined to live forever and one way or another we have to get through life, preferably, being happy.


PHUKET HAS BEEN GOOD TO US

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A SNOG IS SO DELICIOUS

The first day of a new dawn. The Mayan's ran out of interest to record numbers and the end of the world did not happen? Subconsciously I think that we all thought some event of great magnitude would  shake our world into a new and higher existence.  The fact is that theses happenings are around us. all the time. We are all numbed down by shootings, murder, theft, and deceit.  Not many think twice about cheating.  Cheating the insurance company, cheating the state, cheating days off from work? So, of course,  as Aliens on this planet we have to change?.
Last night was spent at home singing Arias. We went through at least two repertoires. Now this could be perceived as being dull? Of course to those that cannot sing it could be trying. Our party had been the night before. A fantastic dinner with the Modi's with a band from The Arts Club. They sang all the best numbers.  We loved it.
I spent the early part of the evening with George Blodwell, Los Angeles stylist to the stars and he is like family. With his son James, the boys all had good clean fun. Where were the women I asked them all? They said that the girls were all like hookers nowadays wanting huge amounts of things and money. Well this should be a wake up call to all parents. Women are like hookers? We know we drive everything, but mercenary and youth are not attractive bed friends, surely?  There were six good looking clever boys in the room, and all were complaining about the behaviour of the female sex. I think in 2013 these mercenary attitudes should be replaced by things worthwhile.
We then went in search of a snog, yogurts.  Delicious and nutritious. I drove through the whole of Soho, six of us in a car searching for Garrick Street.  I asked a policeman when they knew where I could find a Snog, and they turned to me  and said "Who did I think I was?" Very funny.
Eventually I got home to find my mobile had been temporarily misplaced and the boys were replying to my new years greetings, one poor person got the wrong end of the stick and was teased. Oh dear one more friend out of the window.
As we draw near the Year of the Snake, all sorts of problems will arise like this. Let's put on our safety belt and sit still.. or may be take a risk and get bitten?