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Thursday, 1 March 2018


(The Façade of the restored 16th-century 2 storey house of
England's National Poet and the "Bard of Avon", William Shakespeare)

I felt the sudden rush of cold in my body and it gave me chills...

It was the itsy-bitsy raindrops first before the imposing cottony snow flakes came to the scene. Thereupon, the frigid condition and the pearly appearance of snow materialised on my way out of the busy London; I was heading up to the green fields of West Midlands. Coincidentally, as I was on the train zooming its way up, the nippy condition outside was getting extreme. As a result, the unexpected chill was gently creeping inside the carriage through the glass clear windows.

From my seat I felt the developing cold and when I looked outside, the snowfall was getting substantial and thicker. Delightfully speaking, it resulted to the unveiling of a vast field blanketed in accumulated white flurry snow. Then, I became less fidgety on the train as the feeling of the shivery winter season was intensely sensed by my delicate skin. Consequently, I whispered in my mind and I quote, “this isn't the weather condition I'm expecting. I'm anticipating the warm breeze of fresh Spring slapping on my face. Then, I breathed out heavily with a tight hug of my shawl wrapped around me”.

I arrived on time at my destination and the night after...

On my second day in West Midlands, we routed down miles away by car onto the motorway and headed into the abyss of Stratford-upon-Avon. My usual habit of taking pictures of the outside surroundings, whilst in the car, on our way to Stratford-upon-Avon was apprehended by the weather condition. It should have been a great journey on the road if I were able to take a few snaps of the boundless calm fields. We were all snugly wrapped-up as the intermittent presence of sunshine didn't grace my visit. Promptly, we arrived at our destination in the county of Warwickshire, England and were resolute to enjoy exploring the market town village under the steadily drizzly weather condition. It was snowy cold yet a sensationally refreshing jaunt!

The gently sprinkling of fine drops were subsiding when we approached one of the specific access avenues at the town centre of Stratford-upon-Avon. It was called Henley Street which had an elongated road with architecturally levelled cobblestones, low kerbs and flat pavements (making the whole town wheelchair-friendly). It was bordered and brightened up with diverse low-rise buildings which were occupied by their preserved local stores and the pervasive chains of commercial shops. Moreover, it also served as the alternate passageway to Windsor Street or onto the roundabout for Union Street, Bridge Street, High Street and Wood Street. Yes, there were lots of street names to guide you and for you to memorise, too!
(The Erected Visitors Guide Map)
(The Henley Street)

From the ingress of Henley Street, I easily noticed a restored 2-storey rectangular house with a sturdy pitched gable intersecting roof and contemporary loop level spear top metal fence. Historically speaking, the house was built in 16th-century using the traditional half-timbered method and constructed in wattled and daud around a wooden frame. To be more specific, the façade of the house had a woven lattice of wooden strips infixed with a combined sticky material of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. For the past years or ever since it was owned and managed by the Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, this eminent house has been a small museum open to the public and a popular visitor attraction. Moreover, it has been acknowledged as a Mecca for all lovers of literature for it's believed to be the Birthplace of England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon", William Shakespeare.

In spite of the fact that the renowned Shakespeare's Birthplace is a small museum open to the public, the out-and-out admission is still not free of charge. When we decided to explore the innermost Birthplace of England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon", William Shakespeare, we bought upfront our Shakespeare's Birthplace Adult Tickets. Customarily speaking, the ticket itself gave us an entire access from the interesting museum at Shakespeare's Centre; the spruced-up tender rear garden; a significant snoop of Joan Hart's Cottage on the ground floor of the house; the innermost of the main restored 2-storey rectangular house of William Shakespeare and his family; the added 17th century rear wing and ending up to the matter-of-fact detached Gift Shop.
(William Shakespeare's Phrases and Sayings)
(The 1988 Oil in Canvas of William Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre by Philip Sutton, R.A.)

(William Shakespeare Life's Chart and Family Tree)
(The Parlour on the Ground Floor of the Restored House)
(The Dining Area with the Corner Fireplace on the Ground Floor of the Restored House)
(The Childhood Bedroom with a Chimney of William Shakespeare
on the First Floor of the Restored House)
(The Birthroom Window with Henry Irving's Name
on the First Floor of the Restored House)
(The Adequate Room on the Second (Attic) Floor of the Restored House)
(William Shakespeare's Parents, John and Mary, Bedroom on the First Floor of the Restored House)
(The First Floor in the Rear Wing of the Restored House)
(The Door on the Ground Floor in the Rear Wing of the Restored House)
(The Fireplace on the Ground Floor in the Rear Wing of the Restored House)
(The Food Storage Room on the Ground Floor in the Rear Wing of the Restored House)
(The Tender Rear Garden in the Rainy Day)
(The Back End Perspective of William Shakespeare's Birthplace
with the Angular View of the Rear Wing)
(The Detached Gift Shop of Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust
and the Souvenir Coin)

The modern Shakespeare's Centre greeted us with noticeable phrases & sayings onto the walls and warmly took us back in time by featuring his creative collections of plays, sonnets and poems. It also gave us an insight into his colourful theatre life on a canvas painting and communicated to us through the detailed summary of his life's chart.

Personally speaking, when I stepped in at the centre I thought that it was a terrible enterprise in acknowledging the life of William Shakespeare and where he lived. It was indeed a radically designed contrast to the adjacent well-preserved 16th-century half timbered house. However, the succinct state-of-the-art approach in establishing how William Shakespeare became England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" turned out to be brilliantly and symmetrically beautiful!

Sunday, 18 February 2018


A pen and a writing notebook will always be her companion wherever she goes out especially when attending various events. In one way or another she still adheres to a more conventional and traditional style of detailing assimilated information. Alternatively, she also embraces the fingertips away efficiency of technology by simply using her “bitten apple” cellular phone for sending cues, ideas etc. via text message to herself. She then has a compiled relevant record in capped time to look at later.

When you notice her being tight-lipped (resembling timorous..LOL!) and detects her unresponsiveness with the surroundings. Its because, she is in the state of trajectory absorbing the whole ambiance and progressively memorising every corner of an event. So, don't be surprised if you see her inaudibly quiet as she is just mentally ingesting the general perspective of the occasion in order to invoke a detailed and even-handed essay.

Arduously speaking, you will always recognise her presence because of her conspicuous appearance with her bright and colourful apparel. Moreover, you will notice her more when she courageously struts around with a sui generis camera collared her neck.

The woman referenced above is your QuidnuncQueenVictoria who has been ardently pursuing her passion in writing and you can follow her on the following links below (just click),

Yours affectionately,

Miss Victoria David

Thursday, 8 February 2018


The Hollywood motion movie industry started in 1900's and was first shown using a series of audacious conceptions. Such as editing, backdrops and visual flows by the hell-bent and optical illusionist aspiring film makers.

The Silent Film era (also know as Retroactive) witnessed high and low cast actors take to their silver screen. These were films in which dialogue was transmitted through muted gestures, mime and title card with written indication of the plot. Generally, actors used their facial expressions and body movements in order to convey the key dialogue and explain each scene. The question is, how many of us are willing to be in the “tardis” and be transported back to the mid 1890s to 1920s?

In those years, directors and producers never stopped from aiming for the best projects or next in line advanced motion adventure. That is why, around 1923 the Silent Film was replaced with an improved motion picture referred to as Talkies. It is the era in which sound technology in a form of synchronised dialogue (exclusively short) was coupled to images. Why exclusively short dialogue? Despite the ambitious and creative minds of film makers, the reliable synchronisation idea was difficult to achieve with the early sound-on-disc systems and also, amplification as well as recording quality were also inadequate.

Due to the Talkies many Silent actors were badly affected and as a result, there were a rising numbers of layoff and inundation of job projects lose. It's because not all of them possessed well- pronounced voices with clear diction when filmed using the synchronised dialogue. For this reason alone, many were left with no choice but to turn down projects they applied for. On the other hand, there were several actors who stayed in the industry and carried-out off screen positions behind each film.

Years passed and a few remained in the spotlight of the movie industry's showbiz game. These were actors who fought for their hard-earned “status star quos” who even accepted projects below their upkeep standard. How downgrading but the truth is, it paid off their periodic bills and more importantly, they still remained in the public domain and paparazzi flashes.

In Hollywood's world of movie and television, there were several famous actors who were flexible and had good voices, too. That is why, they were able to maintain the torch existence of their “status star quos”. Personally speaking, I could mentioned two great late actresses of their period whose prominence in Hollywood resonated because of their matchless beauty and talent. In addition to this, their matchless popularity was left behind in Hollywood's world of movies and television which inspired the making of an American anthology television series entitled FEUD. It is a television drama premiered on the 05th of March 2017, Season 1: Bette and Joan, for FX (Fox Extended) channel which was created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam.

The FX television drama series, FEUD, was produced in the now but directed to look as if it was filmed around after 1923. Who knows some of you have watched this dramatisation series which highlighted Jessica Lange as the most beautiful Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as the most talented Bette Davis? 

I watched all 8 episodes of FEUD's season 1, Bette and Joan. and the portrayal of the lives of two great late actresses of their times was admirably superb. Effectively, after watching the first episode the chance to see another was irrepressible. Its because the excitement of appreciating the past was brimming with exquisite character. Such as, it wasn't satiated with computer-generated imagery (CGI) and other ostensible Photoshop elements. More importantly, we should not least forget the people behind the set who travailed to create each film & television location. Moroever, each lead character was portrayed with authenticity in order to show the “status star quos”. A taste of their brilliance was in episode, Abandoned, when Joan Crawford and Bette Davis uttered to one another during their confrontational scene and I quote, “ was never enough ...”.
  Bette to Joan: “How did it feel to be the most beautiful girl in the world?”
Joan responds, “It was wonderful! The most joyous thing you could ever imagined and it was never enough.
Joan to Bette: “What about you? How did it feel to be the most talented girl in the world?”
Bette replies, “Great! It was never enough.”

When Joan Crawford (birth name, Lucille Fay LeSueur) was at the age of 23, her 6 molars were removed (The Buckle) in order to work pass the showbiz age game of 25. When she became part of the Hollywood motion movie industry, her face with elegantly angled cheeks eventually became her best asset. For that reason and for years of being in the television industry, she was known as The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. When she was very fresh and young, she was very used to getting the “things” her own way. That is why, when her beauty began to age and new fresh faces were discovered and emerged in front of her eyes she still didn't concede nor give way to others. Actually, she tricked a few fresh faces in the industry who were nominees for winning the Best Actress at the Oscars. Boldly, she met them in person and played the Damsel in distress in order to get their sympathy and for them to offer her the opportunity to accept the Academy Award of Merit on their behalf. Her plotted deception with the helped of a gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper played by Judy Davis, triumphantly worked!

(Jessica Lange as the most beautiful Joan Crawford)

Joan Crawford's preservation of her title in the Hollywood motion movie industry also manifested in her fabulous mansion in Brentwood Los Angeles, California. In particular, her sitting room sofas were covered in plastic slipcovers which was an evident way of preserving their beauty to last as days pass by. On the other hand, her life inside the mansion and in the circle of showbiz was fully assisted by Mamacita played by Jackie Hoffman who worked as her housekeeper. The only woman who absorbed her tantrums as a famous female star and understood her flaws as a woman. Shall I say, Mamacita was the only familiar face who enduringly stood beside her especially when she was diagnosed of and battling pancreatic cancer until her last breath in her apartment at Imperial House in New York City.

Bette Davis never gave-up working and even projects that were beyond her normal standards, she still accepted and pursued them professionally. Its because Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis had recurring bills to pay particularly those of her special daughter at the Lochland School in Geneva, New York who was diagnosed with brain damage at age 3. Even though Bette Davis was divorced 4 times, the responsibility of raising her children was left entirely on her shoulder. When her career as an actress was diverting more into theatrical roles, an opportunity was  directly offered to her when Joan Crawford visited her in person. As a result, they were able to work together for a gothic story of two aging sisters entitled, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? In which Bette played the antagonist fictional character Baby Jane Hudson who paralleled the acting ability of Crawford as the paralysed (from the waist down) Blanche Hudson.

(Susan Sarandon as the most talented Bette Davis)

Henry Farrell's 1960 novel, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, revived Bette Davis' Hollywood persona as the Most Talented Girl in the World which was an avenging slapped on the face of Joan Crawford. Its because in the early years of Bette's career she was reprehended by the producer to take part in a big project as she wasn't as beautiful as Crawford. However, in the latter years of Bette's life she admitted that Joan Crawford wasn't just beautiful as she was a very good actress, too. That is why when Joan Crawford's face was only shown for 2 seconds during the Memoriam Segment show at the Oscars, Bette made a dolorous statement and I quote, “ That's it, Christ! 30 years in showbizness and they gave her 2 seconds!”. Subsequently after the heated popularity of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and the failed victory for Best Actress at the Oscars, she still stayed in the Hollywood's limelight with the esteem support from her friend Olivia de Havilland played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. Personally speaking, Bette's sardonic attitude towards fellow actors wasn't for the ill- purpose of making them uncomfortable, it was her way of survival. That is why, it yielded a few distinguishable positions like being the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen and the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

(Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis and Lucille Fay LeSueur "Joan Crawford") 
(Susan Abigail Sarandon and Jessica Phyllis Lange) 

Thursday, 1 February 2018


My mind has been filled with memories from the past
and thoughts in the now.
What a delicate dreg contrast!

From time to time, I could lucidly feel how protective my father was
and how loving my mother was to me, too.
Then, the mirror image of dwelling into the past flared in a leap.

I love being intimately transported to how facile
and breezy it was to be a child once again.
Don’t you think for one second?

My toys were my greatest possessions and I shared them with my friends.
When they weren’t in used, my prudent parents gathered
and kept all of them with no muttering under their breath.
It was their way of retaining my toys from the predatory eyes
and wayward hands of my childhood friends.

The unvarnished truth about being my childhood is,
that it was very carefree and delightful.
You don't have the duty on your shoulder or responsibility for others
and even taking good care of yourself is left in the hands of parents.
What a threshold for children to play!

If and when memory lane ingratiates into my mind,
it usually brings forth seventh-heaven and joyfulness.
Either picturing-out with my newfangled toys (solely playing)
or reminiscing the never-ending laughter with my friends.
Those were hilarity flashes in me
that added euphoria to the healthy hearts of my parents.

The rivet core of my childhood memory resides forever
deep in my heart and soul.
When revives, it can breath a trajectory of new life
but delving excessively can rhapsody lead to
a series of adverse comparisons; unhappiness and pain.

Childhood memory lane is a penetrating quagmire.
It separates yourself from the even-handed paths of reality
and draws you closer and abut into the spectra of fantasy.

Truth be told but I dearly love how insouciant and unsullied
being a child who is free from woes was.
On the other hand, the wishful fantasy of manipulating back the
“tick tock”clock is a chagrin diversion
which will separate you from appreciating more
the eyrie of beauty and security
of the life you have in the now! 

Monday, 15 January 2018


Cherishing my own country of birth means yearning for appetising delicacies and flavoursome desserts. Last time I was craving for “Puto” (Steamed Rice Cake), the idea of creating my own version just suddenly came into my mind. Moreover, it was even more compelled and supplemented when I bought a whole Butternut Squash.

In cold months, the use of our kitchen oven in the cooking process offers extra warmth which keeps us very snug indoors and also, provides satisfying dishes. What a heavenly feeling to have both! That is why for the past months, I have preferred more the oven cooking process eventhough it takes extra time.

Main Ingredients:
  • Prepared Butternut Squash mixture
  • 3 tbsps. of Rice Powder (Ground Rice)
  • 2 tbsps. of Oat Flakes
  • ½ cup of Grated Cheese
  • 1 tsp. of Clear Honey
  • 1 medium-sized Egg; beaten
  • a pinch of Salt and Ground Spice
Butternut Squash Ingredients:
  • Half (Lengthwise) of Butternut Squash
  • ½ cup of Grated Cheese
  • a stalk of Spring Onion; diagonally cut
  • 2 tbsps. of Extra Virgin Oil
  • a pinch of Mixed Herbs
  • a dash of Ground Pepper
Butternut Squash Cooking Procedure:
  1. Wash very well the whole Butternut Squash, then dry it with a clean cloth.
  2. Place it on the chopping board and use a chef's knife to divide it into 2 halves. Keep the other half in the fridge for future use.
  3. Once divided, use a metal spoon to scoop off seeds and scrape out the stringy pulp.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190ºC under Bake Mode (electric).
  5. Turn over the butternut squash and make a few penetrating vertical lines (an inch) by simply stabbing it with a knife. Turn over it again and do the same (Be careful and avoid hitting your fingers). Set it aside for awhile.
  6. Roll-out a substantial sheet of foil or a length more than enough to envelope the butternut squash.
  7. Lay the butternut squash in the centre of the foil (pulp side facing you). Garnish it with grated cheese and spring onion followed by sprinkling of mixed herbs and ground pepper. Then, surge it with Extra Virgin Oil.
  8. Finally, seal it by twisting the open borders of the foil and just make sure that there are no open edges. If it is not totally sealed, it will decelerate the cooking process.
  9. In a baking tray, place the well sealed butternut squash and then, stick it in the preheated oven.
  10. Bake for 60 minutes but check after 40-minute to see if the pulp has softened. If it is, take it out of the oven entirely, then switch off the oven.
  11. Unseal the borders/edges of the foil and leave it to cool down for 15 minutes.
  12. When it has cooled off, use a metal spoon to scoop off the cooked fleshy pulp and place in a deep bowl. Avoid scraping off the outer skin, if possible. 
You now have a pre-cooked Butternut Squash and a bowl of fleshy pulp. The next final step await for you is easier and less complex. What a (butter) nutty!

Main Cooking Procedure:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the pre-cooked Butternut Squash fleshy pulp; rice powder (ground rice) and grated cheese. Mix all well.
  2. Make a well, then add the clear honey and beaten egg. Beat all well using an electric beater or a metal fork.
  3. Once well blended, add the remaining ingredients (salt and ground spice). Mix again until all well blended. Set it aside for awhile.
  4. Prepare your electric Food Steamer and fill the boiler pan/base with water up to its maximum water level. Set it aside for awhile.
  5. Prepare the steaming barrels/trays, then arrange in each tray loosely (half an inch apart) the silicone muffin cases.
  6. Mix again your prepared main mixture in the saucepan (Step 3), then use a metal spoon to fill-in each muffin case. Make sure to distribute evenly the mixture into the muffin cases. 
  7. Cover, turn on the food steamer and set its timer at 45 minutes. In 30-minute time, test for its consistency by inserting a toothpick into a muffin and if it comes out clean, you can now soon enjoy your Butternut Squash Flavoured Muffins.
  8. On the other hand, if the toothpick comes out moist you must steam the muffins for 15 minutes more.
  9. When you are satisfied with the consistency and the outcome, remove one by one the muffins and arrange them on a plate.

I would passionately recommended to eat the Butternut Squash Flavoured Muffins while they are still warmish or fresh from the food steamer. Additionally, you can try glazing its amorphous top either with a teaspoon of caramelised onion chutney or a slither of cranberry sauce. Who knows, with the added piquancy you will end-up eating more than 1 homemade muffin like myself!

Thursday, 11 January 2018


About three weeks ago, I decided to purchase another handbag as a post-Christmas present for myself. Beforehand, I was still ruling-out what brand I would choose; which one I would prefer most to be the penultimate piece of my collection. In particular, there were three brand names that came into my mind and I was even thinking of settling for the most foothold one. Despite the fact that my budget allocation could afford the highly priced double flap bag, I still resisted buying it for the simple reason that there are too many counterfeit versions out there. Realistically speaking, I just love the thought of sticking around waiting for the best time to buy for a good deal; choosing wisely with my acquisition and more importantly, making sure that my finances are no over my threshold limit. Don't you agree? 

I was down to my final two preferences. After some research regarding their pros and cons in the fashion market, I blissfully ended-up choosing the piece which fits well enough with my personality. It has a stunning and youthful structure which differentiates from the rest of my peg away handbags. I singled out the feminine elegance and soft appearance of Large Lady Dior Cannage Quilted Bag in Fushia Pink.

The Lady Dior bag was created in 1994 by at that time its artistic director, Gianfranco Ferré. It attracted and fascinated every fashion journalists and members of the fashion house which paved the way to gaining its original couture name as 'chouchou' (French for favourite). By that time, it had the sole purpose of becoming a classic and iconic bag because of its charismatic design and features. Such as, the leather hallmarks; soft lambskin topstitched; rounded handles and the metal D.I.O.R letters charm.  
The Lady Dior bag became marketably more famous when the People's Princess, Princess Diana, fell in love with it in 1996 and carried it elegantly for years. Historically speaking, Bernadette Chirac (French Politician) offered this bag to the Princess of Wales during a trip to Paris in September 1995. Then, The Princess of Wales was wearing it during the opening of the Cezanne exhibition at the Grand Palais. That is why, Lady Dior is a commercial name given to a handbag by the Christian Dior company in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Let me now give you my personal insights after having possession of the Large Lady Dior Cannage Quilted Bag in Fushia Pink for a week to date...

I am more enticed and settling for captivatingly vibrant shades which in this case helped me to verge on my usual chosen colour wheels. That is why, the vibrancy of its colour has been the wisest decision for me rather than to have favoured the available safest colours. Many of us will choose the shade black but my mind and heart said, “choose the YOU colour!”. By oneself, it shows the true reflection of my colourful personality and compliments my optimistically light hearted behaviour.

The dome styled handles are crafted with robust material and sheathed in dyed lambskin leather to give it a smoother appearance. There are two facets of the handles, the front angle was trimly cushioned while the back angle remained firmly flat. These handles are then fixed into the main bag using a solid and strong oval metal in silver. There is also an integrated hanging metal D.I.O.R letters charm in silver but with a bigger letter “O” shadowed by a leather pattern. At the back of the leather pattern there is an embossed “Christian Dior Paris Made in Italy” in centred alignment. Moreover, it also has a fine and slim detachable shoulder leather strap which is secured on both ends with personalised CD lobster claw silver-tone snap hooks.  
The overall key attributes of the Lady Dior bag are its savoir-faire network of lines stitched vertically and diagonally which create precise quilted leather cushions emerging like scattering shimmering diamonds. The refined topstitching called “cannage” brings forth femininity and elegance in the finesse of the bag. 

The Lady Dior Bag has been architecturally design to stand alone when place on a flat surface. To be more specific, the entire bottom part of the bag was plainly blanketed in dyed leather and protected more with additional wee silver-tone studs in the shape of cones. In addition to this, it is a top zipped bag with a CD silver pendant like flap (to open/close the zip) which opens entirely to a well crafted interior of jacquard fabric lining. I have to say that the solidity of its interior is the exact opposite of its soft and smooth cannage exterior. Furthermore, the spaciousness of the bag's interior has been conceptualised with a functional zip pocket and underneath its opening mouth there is a trimmed leather panel that has an inscription “Christian Dior Paris Made in Italy” in centred alignment. If you will turn up the stitched trimmed leather panel, you will find the embossed 8-digit serial code (2 digit numbers- 2 upper case letters- 4 digit numbers) which will give an idea of its batch/production year. 

Personally speaking, the Large Lady Dior Cannage Quilted Bag in Fushia Pink itself is commodiously ideal and will always be sophisticatedly stylish. It is indeed a timeless and unique work of art imbued with meticulous craftsmanship which yields the Couture spirit of Dior.