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All the colours in the world

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 2, 2017 in Middle Age

I swear this is not related to April Fools. Indeed, if it was a joke it is far too cruel a one to be played on April 1. In case you missed the news, Crayola is retiring the ‘dandelion’ crayon from the box of 24. Apparently, this is only the third instance of booting a [...]

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There’s gold in them hills

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 30, 2016 in Middle Age

It may have escaped your notice that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Yukon Gold potato this year, so I feel it is my duty to bring it to your attention. You might think the Yukon Gold is just another piece of produce that finds its way into your kitchen [...]

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The right stuff

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 31, 2016 in Houses

When you search the word ‘declutter’ Google you get 1,130,000 hits on Google. Or at least that’s today’s result. Tomorrow it will probably be 1,140,000, because apparently Google likes round numbers and because apparently we think more is more. One of the most popular books of late is The Life-changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The [...]

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Is this a real life? Is this a fantasy?

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 6, 2016 in Middle Age

We should all know the difference between what happens online or on screen and what actually happens In Real Life (IRL) but somehow it is sometimes very hard to distinguish between these two things. Isn’t IRL where we spend all of our minutes, hours and days, and isn’t NRL (Not Real Life, a term I [...]

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I’m a Barbie girl

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 18, 2014 in Middle Age

It wasn’t only bad news for oil on the Stock Markets this week, it was also very bad news for Barbie. Apparently retailers are still clearing out dusty Barbies from last year’s Christmas season, leading to a 21% drop in global sales this quarter, which is the fourth straight double-digit decline. And of course as [...]

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Summer in the city

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 22, 2014 in Travels

There is no better cross section of fashion than public transit. Or let me correct that, public transit in a large metropolitan centre. I have had the good fortune not to take the subway for a while, however recently it was necessary to brave the experience of teaming masses of commuters. But I pride myself [...]

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Stay, just a little bit longer

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 16, 2013 in Middle Age

Another insult to the injury of November is leaving the cottage for the season. Not that I am not less than miserable at the lake when the sleet starts sleeting, the dark starts creeping, and the water lines start freezing – oh, is that a poem coming on? Maybe not, but the load-out time has [...]

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Tea for two

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 6, 2013 in Middle Age

Although we may like to think we invented it in the 1960s, the t-shirt is in fact 100 years old. Come to think of it, this should not be a surprise because I have a few that look at least 100 years old. Its longevity certainly makes sense as there are many things that would [...]

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Colours of my mind

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 27, 2013 in Houses, Middle Age

In case you didn’t know this, Pantone, the people who invented the paint colour chart, are also in charge of annual colour trend predictions for fashion. This fall expect to see lots of Acai, Samba and Turbulence (the latter of which inexplicably is a kind of a blue colour – I would have expected turbulence [...]

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Watch, look and listen

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 14, 2013 in Middle Age

For some reason I missed the memo on the anniversary of the wrist watch last year. These days, we simply call it a watch and don’t add any information about its location on a particular body part. But back in the day (1912 and earlier), watches lived in pockets or on broaches. Apparently, the watch [...]

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