Wednesday, 27 June 2012


This weeks headbanger was my choice of BLING...  Its a bit girlie I know, but Bling can be mean lots of different things.  
My photo is from the interior of a shopping mall in Dubai.  Has you can image Dubai is a very rich and opulent city!  The word 'Bling' is a little tame for some of the interior and exterior buildings in Dubai and what a shopper paradise!  Designer this and designer that..... Bling, Bling, Bling! 

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Shopping Mall in Dubai
Here is Wikipeadia term of 'Bling'.
In linguistics terms, bling is an ideophone intended to evoke the "sound" of light hitting silver, platinum, or diamonds. It is not an onomatopoeia, because the act of jewelry shining does not make a sound. The form bling-bling is a case of reduplication.
The use of the phrase became popular, as seen in the skywriting advertisement over this New York summer resort destination of Southampton in 2006.
It is widely believed that Rapper Lil Wayne invented the word Bling-bling one night in the studio. However, this particular ideophone was already in use in different forms, as the word [ping] some 35 years earlier, in rap songs such as Slick Rick's 1988 single "Mona Lisa." During the mid- to late 1960s, toothpaste maker Ultra Brite ran a series of commercials stating, "Ultrabrite gives your mouth...[ping] appeal!"[1] Before the words "sex appeal", a bell sound was heard as a young man or woman smiled. Comedians such as Martin Lawrence parodied the "Ultrabrite smile" by vocalizing the sound effect as both "bling-bling," and "bling-blauw."
Venetian Mask/Burlesque masks
The term was used in this way to describe a gaudy piece of jewelry, for example the otherwise rotten gold-toothed smile and stereotypical pimp jewelry of the character "Jerome" on the television series Martin. Jesse West (known as rapper 3rd Eye) is cited as perhaps the first rapper to use the complete term "bling bling"[2] on Super Cat's 1993 hit "Dolly My Baby (Remix)" - a song that West produced, and also featured Puff Daddy and a young Biggie Smalls in his record debut.

Just another shopping mall in Dubai - Chanderliers!

While the specific term bling was first popularized in the hip hop community, it has spread beyond hip hop culture and into mass culture. This is similar to the meteoric rise of hip hop music itself, which has led to its most popular artists becoming mainstream pop music icons. "Bling" was added to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary in 2002 and to the Merriam Webster dictionary in 2006. Companies such as Sprint and Cadillac have used the word bling in their advertisements. During a 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Jacksonville, Florida, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admired a baby decked in dress attire with gold jewelry and said, "Oh, you've got some bling-bling here."[3]
In 2004, MTV released a satirical cartoon showing the term being used first by a rapper and then by several progressively less "streetwise" characters, concluding with a middle-aged white woman describing her earrings to her elderly mother.[4] It ended with the statement, "RIP bling-bling 1997-2003." In 2005, the rapper B.G. remarked that he "just wished that he'd trademarked it"[5] so that he could have profited. Like many cases of once-exclusive vernacular that becomes mainstream, the views of the originators towards the term have changed significantly over the years. On VH1's Why You Love Hip-Hop, rapper Fat Joe stated, "rappers don't call jewelry 'bling' anymore, we just call 'em "diamonds"."

Dancing shoes, or bedroom slippers ;-)

Monday, 25 June 2012

Lady Burlesque

Last weekend, I went to see a show that one of our mutual friends was taking part in.  The show was called Lady Burlesque, and featured dancers from all over the region, with the aim of raising money for charity. 

As some of you may know, modern burlesque is generally associated with variety shows that contain striptease, whilst the origins are more closely associated with theatre performances and poetry. The art of burlesque has undergone some significant changes throughout history.
The literal meaning of burlesque is to "send up" and the term is derived from the Latin word burra. In the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer’s satirical The Canterbury Tales popularised burlesque in verse and prose. Many other writers have used burlesque in their tales.

Here are a few photos that I took of the Lady Burlesque dancers. They have been practising for some time now and I'm sure its been hard work for them all, but it certainly paid off in the show, as it looked like the ladies had a ball performing in front of an audience and what a way to keep fit!  I think I may be joining them! ;-)  Oh la la!  

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

iPhone apps are just so funny!

I took this photo of Christopher with my iphone and converted it using one of iphone apps.  Whoah I'm in trouble now!  LOL

Focus on Imaging Show at NEC

This is my first week as a headbanger 20th June 2012. This was Tom's choice, which is orange. I hope you like my little character, do you think he could be related to Kermit the Frog! I haven't given him a name yet, so it would be interesting to see what names people come up with...... Earlier this year Christopher, his brother Tony and I went to the Focus on Imaging exhibition at the Birmingham NEC. This was one of the stands there showing my favourite toy! Got to be an Apple Imac.  Love it!   I noticed this picture of a larger than life orange character, up on the right hand side on the wall. I thought it must be Kermit's friend or something.  It made me chuckle, so had to take a snap of it. Thankyou for taking time to view my blog. Please take a look at the other headbangers, the links to the other bloggers in the headbanger challenge are on the left hand side to my page.