Monday, June 28, 2010

GG on Holiday

Although Giulia will be home (supervised), she will be unable to post as her editor is taking the laptop on the road for a few days. Therefore, GG is on holiday. We hope very much that you will visit the good people at Darfur Peace & Development Organization (DPDO) while we are away. The Annual Report is available, baskets are ready to sell, & there's a lot of news. We'll post more photographs & more what-you-can-do after the Fourth of July.

Also: Ante Up for Africa's Fourth Annual World Series of Poker will be raising funds for DPDO on July 3. Please see all the news, here.

Please visit all of our blog friends, as well. They are on this page & on bricolage (GG's editor's place to blow off steam, employ first person pronouns, & work on other writing.)

Ciao-meow/GG Central

[gorgeous photograph by the generous Olga]

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pandora Opens the Box

A bit of Sunday afternoon drama here at GG Central. Giulia was informed this afternoon that she'll not be making a trip to the beach after all; the drive would be too hard on her. (GG has asthma.) Is she grateful for this concern on her behalf? She is not, no. Oh well. A little Sunday illustration by one of our favorites, Walter Crane. You can read about GG editorial staff, um, sartorial challenges for the trip, here.

By the way...this image is by one of our favorite illustrators, Walter Crane, & is in the public domain. The original is at the Bibliotheque Des Arts Decoratifs Paris. We have noticed many bloggers trying to copyright the image (one can copyright a product made with the image, yes). This is somewhat amusing as Walter Crane was a, gasp, Socialist who wrote & illustrated books in the belief that they should be affordable to the masses. What would he think? We're pretty sure that he would say poppycock to this cheekiness. So do we.

ciao-cheeky-meow/The Management

Friday, June 25, 2010

Très Charmant - Hanna Rides to the Sea - Week's End

Ocean On Bicycles from jean pichot on Vimeo.

GG & her editor
love this atmospheric & pretty little film by Jean Pichot; it reminds us of Jeanne Moreau in
Jules et Jim. It's less than two minutes long. There's a wonderful soundtrack by Jean, featuring a sample of the classic French song La Mer by Charles Trénet. (Who is that? Ooh la la, you need to click some links!) Click through to the vimeo (above) site to see the video on a larger screen in HD. It's worth it; it will make you smile (if not, there is no hope for you).

Have a lovely weekend.

ciao-meow/GG Central

[stills via dearcinema(dot)com; Jean Pichot]

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Artful Aussies - Then & Now

Photograph of Tom Roberts(9 March 1856 – 14 September 1931) by our fave Sam Hood via the State Library of New South Wales Archives. Roberts was the British-born Australian founder of the Heidelberg School of Painting in Australia. (What?! This is confusing. Art historians, please be in touch.) Artcylopedia's link to Mr. Roberts, here. (We admit, we thought he was rather good looking & so...ahem, this is a lot of trouble to justify posting a photograph. Good grief.)

The Aussie-of-Now is a photographer (who loves paintings). (GG's behavior lately has left her editor very distracted & unable to type Plain English. All apologies.) We speak of Julie at Being Ruby, brilliant photographer/artist who cooks up all manner of marvellous travel stories with accompanying witty text. Quite often there are clever gems hidden in her end-notes & credits, for heaven's sake. You absolutely must visit her in Sydney. All you have to do

ciao-g'day-meow/The Management

[paintings by Tom Roberts via here & here]

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Midsummer Holiday

Read about Sweden's lively midsummer holiday, here, via the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC. Giulia is up to no good, we can tell, so back on feline watch. Thank you to Olga for this beautiful photograph of a Swedish field of gold. GG's editor has written a little more about midsummer mysteries, here.


Monday, June 21, 2010

GG's Editor Hits Roof, Needs Peeling from Ceiling

GG has turned into a feline Pippi Longstocking. She has been so very devilish that her editor has to rest, perhaps for the rest of the month. Maybe until after the Fourth of July; we'll see. (Saving the world is all well & good, Giulia, but get your own computer!)

ciao-wild-meow/GG Central

[lovely photograph by Alexandra Grablewski; delusional feline via lol cats, we hang our head in shame.]

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bella Capri on Sunday

How GG & her editor would like to be in Capri (OK, perhaps Anacapri during tourist season) today. These lovely images were recently posted by the Library of Congress. Visit their Photochrom Travel Views set, here, & marvel at their ongoing Grand Tour. Also, we recommend a visit to Australia's Being Ruby & her lovely photographs from a trip to Anacapri.

ciao-meow/GG's travel agent

[To see all 6,500 pictures now, check out the Photochrom Print Collection at the Library of Congress,]

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Birthday to Aung San Suu Kyi - Week's End

Daw Suu was born 19 June 1945; she is still the Prime Minister-elect of Burma. She is still under house arrest. Please help her by reading & taking action at the AIUSA page; Canadians, here. All other countries, you can find your Amnesty Section, here. The US Campaign for Burma is holding a rally here in Washington, DC tomorrow. (Here is the Canadian Campaign for Free Burma.)

GG & her editor have a great big poster of Daw Suu by our desk. We think about her every day, as do millions around the world. As is often pointed out, it took many years of protesting for Nelson Mandela's release. Don't give up now.

ciao-meow & a good weekend/GG Central

[images: Libera from Rome, 2009 by Amy L. Beam; protest via US Campaign for Burma; Aung San Suu Kyi portrait via GG]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Queen Summer

GG loves this book written & illustrated by Walter Crane (Flora's Feast, a Masque of Flowers). Queen Summer has another title, as well, The Journey of the Lily & the Rose. We have lilies (& one Rose) in our family, so that's a good excuse to post these pretty images tonight. We are so very, very busy. Yes. But by week's end, we'll be all caught up (ha!) & ask for your help. For now, have a lovely Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

ciao-summery-meow/the Mgmt.

[images via LIFE archives; there are also other Crane illustrations at Turn of the Century tumblr]

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Olivia's Help the Gulf Wildlife Project

From the National Audubon Society's blog The Perch (by Julie Leibach)

After hearing about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 11-year-old (as of this Friday) Olivia Bouler was devastated—and determined to act. She and her parents brainstormed ways to help, and it dawned on her: “I have a little artistic talent,” she says modestly. So she began sending original bird illustrations to donors who contribute to oil spill relief efforts.(rest of article)

Please help Olivia & the National Audubon Society help the birds of the Gulf. Go here to see more of Olivia's paintings . What wonderful girl (& talented artist).

GG & her editor

[Plover, tern by Olivia Bouler. Brown pelican, by Olivia Bouler. The original is hanging in the National Audubon Society's headquarters in New York City. All rights reserved.]

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mamma mia, Azzurri!

Forza Azzurri! Yes, but this was close. Are you trying to give Giulia's editor a tremendous case of the vapors? We are too delicate for such suspense. Here are two photographs of the 2006 World Cup champion festivities in Roma (the first shot is a few seconds before they won) via Giampaolo Macorig's camera. To remind people that they did win, they can win again, that they are not "old" (OK, a little), & because instead of working, we have been watching the match. Over & out, we pass out in front of the fan. (GG is already there.) Oof.

Ciao-meow from GG Sports Central

PS: Visit Michelle at
Bleeding Espresso for all the latest news (via her Facebook page)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sicilian Sunbrella - Week's End

Have a wonderful weekend. We'd hoped to have comprehensive news of Darfur Peace & Development Organization (DPDO) latest basket shipment & the 2009 Annual Report. But there is just too much to do; information will be posted next week. Meanwhile, have a relaxing weekend; we're jumping up & down in front of the World Cup action. GG is asleep now, content that South Africa & Mexico tied. (She hates for anyone to lose.) GG's editor is enjoying in L'odore della notte (The Smell of the Night) by Andrea Camillieri. Somehow, we'd missed this one. Excellent!


[Sicilian beach umbrella by
Giampaolo Macorig via flickr]

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Flower Sermon

GG & her editor wish you a peaceful Thursday. (The story of the Flower Sermon)


[photograph by generous D Sharon Pratt, from her Free for All Creative Commons flickr set.]

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rose Clothes

Giulia has generously allowed her editor to post some pretty photographs (though the roses look a bit scary in that third shot). How generous of her; so no haranguing today. (Go immediately, if not sooner to...oh, OK. Sorry.) Marvellous black & white shots by Nina Leen for LIFE archives. Have a lovely Wednesday.


PS: Still, it couldn't hurt to visit Darfur Peace & Development. Ouch. That cat needs a pedicure!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

GG & Women's Rights - Sign Our Petition (Please)

Did you know that you burn more calories when you're a a busybody pest? Yep.*

Let's get this show on the road; it's only been 15 years (!) since the Beijing Conference Women's conference. Below is a snippet from Amnesty International's petition. Please, please sign it (or go to your home country's page & sign it). We know what you're thinking (yes, we do). Oh who cares, nothing ever gets done, blah blah meow. No kidding. It is very difficult but some good is accomplished. So what is the choice? What do we do then? Nothing? This is not an option. (Besides, we know many of you hang out on Facebook & Twitter. Uh huh. And we'll track you down!) Oof. Got carried away into a case of the vapors. So sorry.

"The General Assembly has at last taken decisive action to create a new gender equality entity on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference in 2010. It is a great victory for women's rights as well as for the coalition of women's and other civil society organizations. Now we must ensure that it is a robust and transformational body, capable of advancing the realization of women’s rights on the ground, urgently and effectively."

Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, USA.

"In order to achieve this, the agreed new women’s agency urgently needs sustained political commitment from all governments and immediate, substantial funding to ensure its effective establishment and success."

So fer cryin' out loud, sign it. (Please & thank you)

ciao-grumble-meow/GG's editor

*No scientific proof but we are convinced; fidgeting does burns calories. In which case GG's editor will be back to her normal self by summer's end.

[stand-in for GG - who does not type - cute cat via we heart it]

Monday, June 7, 2010

Eye of the Needle

Have a good Monday. We'll be back to the usual haranguing soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the respite.;) Camels on parade. Here's the story (& eight additional photographs) about the Master of Miniatures, Nikolai Aldunin on My Modern Met.

ciao-meow/GG's editor

Sunday, June 6, 2010

GG's Dream Room

Giulia the Cheeky has ordered up this room (or similar) & we are to refer to her as GG the Great, Grand Poobah. Just what is the remedy for feline megalomania? [room interior via miss wallflower, via we heart it]

ciao-meow/GG's amazingly patient editor

Friday, June 4, 2010

Seaside Splash - Week's End

Have a beautiful weekend from us to you. Here is last week's bricolage post (GG's editor) using these gorgeous photographs by Rengim Mutevellioglu. RM's CV on Kropp Creative Database).

ciao-meow/GG & her editor

Thursday, June 3, 2010


All types of egrets--we love them & associate them with Chincoteague/Assateague*. Here's a link to Birds of Assateague. That's where the little ponies hang might remember Misty of Chincoteague. The link has some terrific videos of the scenery, birds, & sea. You just haven't lived unless you see the wild ponies running on the beach. A GGCM favorite place on the East Coast, perhaps in the States (outside of a few cities/towns).

*This barrier island, along with nearby islands and lagoons, is important for migrating birds. It's a World Biosphere Reserve of the United Nations because of its great ecological value.

[real bird photos via Birds of Assateague; girl-egret via
bomehian punk tumblr

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lunatic on Bulbs

That's what Emily Dickinson said of herself & it applies to GG Central, too. We're preoccupied with gardens, lately/always. Tiger lilies were a favorite of Miss D. ( GG is a tiger lily). Here is the New York Times article Emily Dickinson's Garden at the New York Botanical Gardens. The exhibit runs through 12 June 2010. If you are near there (or will be), we hear it's fabulous. Since GG's editor ran a similar post on her blog, a veritable mountain of articles & stories has piled up & so we realize this is not news for many people. But you never know--one cannot follow everything. Judith Farr's The Gardens of Emily Dickinson (2005) was really the first book to combine the subject of the poet & her gardens & we salute her. Read it!

We'll be running photographs & images from GG's editor for a week or so -- until we get back on all four paws (so to speak). (Retail news about the Darfur Peace Baskets is forthcoming.)

[Flora's Feast, a Masque of Flowers by British illustrator Walter Crane; botanical image via Ray Allen's; third image, guess who?]

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tales of the Islander

A Prairie Home Companion
on 22 May 2010. As she sang, we bet we were not alone in thinking of the ongoing BP-Gulf disaster. The David Byrne-directed video is terrific & interspersed with more Anderson images & information about him, a true eccentric & treasure.

We hope you will visit your favorite music site & download Caroline's music. Here's her website; the songs change two at a time so you can sample them. If you need further recommendation, GG is a huge fan & cat-gallops to the source upon hearing the opening of Tales of the Islander. (She really does.)

ciao-sniff-meow/GG's editor

(Horn Island by Walter Anderson via Smithsonian American Art Museum; roseate spoonbills in flight by Kerri Oddeni via From the Bay to the Bayou; Caroline Herring by Jeffrey Fasano (on CH website)