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When good food and good company just aren’t enough…


Ithaa restaurant in the Maldives is located 5 meters (about 16.5 feet) below the surface and has 180-degree views of the vibrant coral gardens. The cuisine has a European slant, and is constructed into a six-course tasting menu paired with champagnes. The menu offers items like Malossol Imperial caviar with sour cream and potato blinis, and yellowtail king fish with saffron champagne risotto and beurre blanc foam. The all-inclusive six-course option will cost around $320 per person (plus a 10 percent service charge and 8 percent tax per person), but the restaurant does offer a slightly less expensive four-course lunch tasting menu that costs $125 per person.

Polish up the platinum card, then check out the other nine options at “The 10 Most Expensive Restaurants in the World.”


As we tuck in our napkins, we might recall that it was on this date in 1963 that Domincan sister Jeanine Deckers, a Belgian singer-songwriter who performed as Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile), but was known in the U.S. as “The Singing Nun,” reached the top of the Billboard chart with “Dominique.”  As History.com notes:

The previous month, pop radio stations around the country had briefly gone dark out of respect for the late President John F. Kennedy following his assassination in Dallas on November 22. The following month, those same stations would begin broadcasting, nearly nonstop, the first sounds of a coming revolution, as the Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” hit American shores on January 13. Perhaps only during the unique moment in pop-music history that fell between those historic landmarks could an actual Belgian nun have ascended to the American pop charts with a jaunty tune about a Catholic saint—sung in French, no less.

She held the #1 spot for four weeks, effectively blocking Louie, Louie from ever reaching the top.

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December 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

“Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection…”*


Seigel & Stockman was founded in Paris in 1867 and began trading in London in the nineteen-twenties, manufacturing paper maché dummies for couture houses and dressmakers’ showrooms, and benefitting from the rise of department stores. When Peter [Ferstendik, the owner] acquired the company, it was independent of the parent and operating with fifteen employees from a factory on Old St, still making mannequins in the traditional manner as it had done for one hundred and thirty years.

Today, with five times the staff, Proportion>London produces fibreglass models alongside the original paper maché and has diversified into a wide range of display mannequins for retail and museum use that are continually redesigned and updated. “Our competitors copy our mannequins,” admitted Peter, with more than a hint of swagger,“but we are always a year ahead. The only time we should worry is if they stop copying us!”…

Join Spitalfields Life and photographer Patricia NivenAt the Mannequin Factory.”

* Karl Lagerfeld


As we check for Chucky, we might recall that it was on this date in 1978 that Donna Summer reached the top of the Billboard pop chart for the first time.  Already famous on the disco scene for Georgio Moroder’s “Love To Love You, Baby,”  Summer needed material to fill out a double album (released as Live and More).  She latched onto a piece written in the late 60s by Jim Webb (who had penned hits like “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Up, Up and Away”; originally intended as a 22-minute cantata, it was first recorded in 1967 by actor Richard Harris as a 7 minute single– “MacArthur Park” (which, while Dave Barry’s readers voted it “Worst Song Ever,” reached #2 on the charts).  A decade later Summer recorded a 9-minute album version of the tune that was edited down to 3:45 for release as a single…  which sold millions of copies, and earned Summer a Grammy nomination for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.”

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November 11, 2013 at 1:01 am

“Life seemed nearest to acceptable at four a.m…”*


Passages from pop songs, clips from movies and TV Shows, literary lifts, and real-life reminiscences:  The Museum Of Four O’Clock In The Morning.

* Wally Lamb


As we search for our slippers, we might recall that it was on this date in 1985 that the Miami Vice soundtrack, a mix of work by the show’s composer Jan Hammer and other artists’ songs used in the series, hit number one on the album chart, the “Billboard 200”– a position it held for 11 weeks.  Travel down memory lane: hear samples of each cut here.




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November 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

There but for the grace of God…

This (thankfully unexecuted) 1948 plan for traffic flow in San Francisco is one of the many fascinating specimens on Andrew Lynch’s Tumblr Hyperreal Cartography & The Unrealized City city planning maps collected from libraries, municipal archives, and dark corners of the internet, all memorializing metropolitan visions never actually instantiated.

[via MapLab; for a higher resolution version of the image above, which is courtesy of WalkingSF, click here]


As we program our GPS units, we might recall that it was on this date in 1974 that Paper Lace’s “The Night Chicago Died” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  The tuneful tale of a (fictional) shoot-out between gangsters tied to Al Capone and the Chicago Police, the single was a follow-up to “Billy Don’t Be a Hero,” a #1 hit in the U.K. for Paper Lace (which wrote the song), but virtually unheard in the U.S. where Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods’ cover scooped the Paper Lace release, and reached #1.


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August 17, 2013 at 1:01 am

The Annals of Radical Juxtaposition: Bubbly Edition…


 artwork: shag

“Risque, Illicit and Adult” is RIAA’s 2007 collection – single tracks, compilation cuts, and miscellany, including such nuttiness asThe Violent Femmes “Blister In The Sun” mixed with “Smoke on the Water.” Not the Deep Purple original, but Senor Coconut’s kooky electro-Latin version.

RIAA: “Risque, Illicit and Adult”
(After clicking the above link, scroll down for a choice of downloading options. You may have to wait a few secs.)

1. I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend
2. Smoke on the Sun
3. Smells like your Muddah
4. Sexy Pipeline
5. sshhaakkee yyoouurruummpp
6. Everytime You Touch Titties
7. Pacifica Fish Dance
8. Revelation Fever
9. Down at Mississippi
10. The Harder They Party
11. Candy Enema Shok
12. (Models Gotta) Fight For Their Right (To Mambo)
13. Coming To Get Bloodstains
14. Wake Me Up When Sept 11 Ends
15. Mind Control CIA
16. Guess I’m Falling Into Bubbles
17. Walking on the Moog
18. Gristle Calypso
19. Lord Only Knows (with People Like Us)

TRACK SOURCES: 1. Avril Lavigne vs The Rubinoos 2. Senor Coconut vs Violent Femmes 3. Alan Sherman vs Nirvana 4. Lords of Acid vs The Chantays 5. Beastie Boys vs Reuben Wilson 6. Gravy Train!!! vs Moby vs Rusty Warren 7. Chemical Brothers vs Los Straitjackets 8. Peggy Lee vs Son House 9. Howlin Wolf vs. Violator & Doughbelly Stray 10. Manu Dibango vs Rocker’s Revenge 11. Village People vs Wayne Newton (title is an anagram of “Danke Shoen” and “YMCA.” ) 12. Beastie Boys vs Tito Puente vs Kraftwerk 13. Agent Orange vs The Who Boys 14. Rudolph Giuliani vs Green Day vs Nader (winner of the Remix Rudy contest!) 15. Stone Roses, Curtis Mayfield, The Last Poets vs tv documentary “Mind Control: America’s Secret War” 16. Velvet Underground vs U.S. Army Airborne 17. The Police vs Fred Weinberg 18. Throbbing Gristle vs Kon Tiki steel drum band 19. George Harrison vs Beach Boys vs My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult (with People Like Us)
Additional beats and sounds: RIAA

More, at Music for Maniacs!! (“Bothering normal people since 2004”).  And TotH to Dangerous Minds, where Marc Campbell added  video to Track 16, above, and created this marvelous mash-up:


As we march to a different drummer, we might recall that it was on this date in 1996 that “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” began its record-setting run (14 weeks) at #1 on the pop charts.  Still a favorite at weddings and parties-of-a-certain-sort, “Macarena” is the #1 “Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time” (per VH1), ranks at #5 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100, #1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs, #1 dance song, and is one of only five foreign language songs to hit #1 since 1995’s modern rock era began.


Written by LW

August 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

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