February 28, 2009
I’ve been a fan of London-based Swedish renaissance woman Jonna Lee for a long while. Her new album This is Jonna Lee is great. It’s available on iTunes, as is her fun cover of the best song of the last 12 months, Human by the Killers. Doesn’t she look wonderfully haughty in this photo.
[In not particularly related news, the mighty Imogen Heap’s twitter feed suggests that she is closing in on completing her new album too, which will be the music event of the year for me, assuming the Blue Nile don’t surprise everyone and slip one out!]
February 25, 2009
I don’t know David Cameron (although Mrs F went to school with Samantha Sheffield (as she then was) and her sister) but it goes without saying that my sympathies are with the Cameron family as they grieve for the sad loss of their elder son Ivan. As a father myself I cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a child.
I just wanted to say, however, that today, and I think for the first time, I was proud of our Prime Minister, whose speech to the House of Commons was perfectly pitched and clearly heartfelt. Well said, Prime Minister.
February 23, 2009
I just love this – the great David Byrne (formerly of one of my favourite bands Talking Heads) covers Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody – he claims in a sincere and unironic way, but I swear that’s a tongue I can see in his cheek. This is from his Live at the Union Chapel DVD
February 20, 2009
Today was the last (week) day of Miss Fleet’s half term. Mrs Fleet decided to bring Miss Fleet and Rothmans to London for a day out. They came up on the train and I met them for lunch at Ultimate Burger on Glasshouse Street just off Piccadilly Circus. (It’s a great gourmet burger place, and their Satay burger is to die for). After lunch I went back to the office while Mrs F took the girls to London Zoo, where they had great fun (Miss Fleet was amazed and delighted to discover that Komodo Dragons are in fact real and not a figment of Daddy’s imagination).
After their fun time at the Zoo they came and met me from the office and we did our traditional visit to Banana Republic on Regent Street (my third favourite store in the world after the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in NY and any Ruehl 925 store (Abercrombie and Fitch’s grown up elder brother – they don’t have them in the UK). Miss Fleet loves BR because the name amuses her and because the store is generously provided with comfortable chairs – she migrates from one to another as we move through the store. I bought a very nice purple sweater. Amazingly Mrs F didn’t partake, but I gather there is a dress she has her eye on for my brother’s nuptials later in the year.
All in all a nice day out for the girls, albeit an exhausting one for Mrs F!
February 20, 2009
Photo © Martin Bergstrand
Very sad news today. GM owned Saab has filed for protection from it’s creditors – the Swedish equivelent of Chapter 11. It appears that GM plan to try to spin Saab off as an independant company, although it’s difficult to see how it could survive, given it’s performance in recent years and the general collapse of the car industry since the credit crunch. Certainly the experience of MG Rover isn’t exactly promising, although hopefully the management team at Saab will prove more capable than the people who steered Rover to it’s untimely end.
I’ve had two Saabs in recent years, a 9-3 and a 9-5, and I loved both although the 9-5 eventually had to go as it cost too much to run. They managed to retain some of their individuality even through 20 years of ownership by GM and didn’t seem to suffer the unfortunate image issues which have plagued the likes of BMW and recently Audi. Hopefully they will survive in some form.
February 18, 2009
Retail Week brings us a tale of a sock which is apparently going to be single handedly running 8 stores. What a remarkable piece of footwear it must be. One store would have been remarkable enough.