Jules’s Favourite Comb

An unusual post? Perhaps……but still if a simple thing, like a comb can remain a favourite for over 25 years then there is something to be said about it eh?

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I remember finding my first ‘Slim Jim’ comb ( KENT OF UK ) at Robinsons Mall and so named I believe, because it is only 120mm long by approx 15mm wide….Oh the comb that is!   I cannot recall exactly how much it cost me way back then, but I do remember it wasn’t cheap.  

I also recall getting very upset when my first ‘Slim Jim’ broke into two all because I had placed it together with my oversized wallet in the back pocket of my jeans and sat down! Gees!

So what is so great about this comb? Well for one thing….apart from how tiny and compact it is, it does a great job of keeping me looking neat and tidy.  Furthermore it glides through my hair without even scratching the scalp like most combs would do. 

This is the latest edition to my collection ( now two) a folding one…..

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Here’s a little more as to why they’re so great!…..Well to me anyway…

About Kent Combs

“Kent’s handmade combs are saw cut, and then hand polished and buffed to create soft rounded teeth that will not damage your hair or scalp. They are made from cellulose acetate, a non-petroleum based plastic derived from plants that has been found to create less static in hair. These smooth teeth stimulate the natural oils inside the hair cuticles as your hair is combed, and it is this oil that encourages the cuticles on each hair to lie flat creating strong, healthy, shiny hair.

A non-handmade comb is known as an injection moulded comb. They have razor sharp teeth which damage the hair cuticle, and ultimately cause split ends. These combs also feature tiny ridges, known as ‘mould marks’ which scratch and snag your hair causing breakage and severe cuticle damage.”

A Little Look Into Their History

G B Kent & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of brushes since the eighteenth century is one of the oldest established companies in Great Britain.

Kent Brushes (as they are now more commonly known) was founded in 1777 by William Kent in the reign of George III. Kent holds a pre-eminent place in the history of brush making, with an unbroken record of excellence in the quality of its production which has been recognised by the granting of Royal Warrants for nine reigns.

The Kent family continued to run the company for six generations until 1932 when the last of the three Kent brothers passed away. This is when Mr Eric L.H Cosby, owner of Cosby Brushes Ltd, entered into an association with G.B Kent & Sons. A new chapter was then opened in Kent’s long history, and since that time the company has been under the creative and dynamic direction of the Cosby family.

Today, Mr Alan H.L Cosby, grandson to Eric Cosby is the Managing Director and Chairman, with his wife, son and one of his three daughters working for the business. The company headquarters moved from London to their existing factory in Apsley, Hertfordshire on the 6th February 1984, and remains there to this day.

The company continues to retain the craftsmanship and unprecedented quality that is Kent’s reputation. Even in today’s fast moving, mass-produced assembly, Kent are proud to still be manufacturing many of their original brushes by hand.

Nevertheless, Kent Brushes is committed to developing and enhancing its products with every step they take. Kent harness the latest hi-tech manufacturing processes, whilst building on the time-honoured traditional methods to create the world’s finest example of each and every brush that leaves their factory.

Blackforest Cake Treat

Yummy

Yummy

Bad Taste Bears – Latest Editions TMC

TMC – To My Collection! Woo hoo!

HANNIBAL

HANNIBAL

ALF

ALF

Movie – The Proposal

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson

Director: Anne Fletcher

This is one of those romantic comedies that may not appeal to everybody.  I very much enjoyed it even though I would prefer to wait for the DVD! Why?  Because of two or more badly cut scenes here in the movies!  Not sure if was done only by the censors here in Singapore or globally but there were horribly cut scenes in the screening here at Cathay cinemas.

Sandra Bullock portrayed here character as a high powered editor very well indeed in my opinion, and Ryan Reynolds was an excellent choice as her ‘Assistant’.  It is still a little hard for me to envision the ex-star of ‘Two guys a girl and a Pizza Place’ in the role of ‘The Green Lantern” even though he has quite a nice bod.

The chemistry of the pair is lukewarm at best, but works well in this movie because of the characters they play.  It is melodramtic in parts or even downright corny in some but hey! It’s a comedy!

I will definitely keep a copy of the DVD for my collection once it’s released….for now I’m looking forward to watching ‘The Ugly Truth’ starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl next.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Craig T. Nelson
Director: Anne Fletcher

Ms.Venezuela is Crowned Miss Universe 2009

Congratulations to Stefania Fernandez!

When all the contestants were on stage together, I thought to myself. “OH BOY! the Judges sure have a very difficult time this year!” Because there were a whole lot more gorgeous contestants out this year.  But when they narrowed it down to the fifteen, I was disappointed with some of their choices.

Stefania is gorgeous but was she the one to take the Crown?  Well that has been decided, though she certainly is not the one I’d choose.  She has a classic beauty look of the 50s which could have earned her Ms Congienialty or Ms. Photogenic. ( Even Both!)

anyhow here are a few photos of my collection….

Lady With The Mystic Smile

La Giocondo

Why then does the ‘Lady of the Louvre’ have such a dull, monochromatic appearance today? When exposed to light, air and humidity, pigments age and darken over time, and the mixed oil resins will yellow and loose transparency with age. Restorative efforts included overcoats of varnish that also darkened the overall tone. Subtle details such as the eyebrows and eyelashes, painted with pigments mixed from organic dyes, have faded. The vivid reds and greens of the silk and satin garments, which were achieved by layered oil glazing have darkened into tones of deep brown and greenish black.

The color of the Mona Lisa’s sleeves in da Vinci’s original were red, as shown in the verified Renaissance copy known as La Giaconda. The upper portion of the lustrous red sleeves show through the lacy mantle. The dress is a contrasting deep forest green with elaborate brocades. Included here also are the subtle patterns of the sheer lace veil that stands out from the hair at the edge of her face. Mona Lisa’s hair and eyes are depicted in rich chestnut hues with golden highlights.

A notable feature in the Mona Lisa, according to early written accounts, was the magnificent landscape of the background. Below a brilliant blue sky was a series of verdant foothills receding to lofty, snow covered peaks shrouded in mist. In this restoration we can see the atmospheric perspective that lends volumetric form to the foreground and a deep dimension to the painting as a whole. Visible also are the stone window sills, in front of which the Mona Lisa sits.

Recent commentary on other reproductions that are based on scanned imagery include a suggestion that the Mona Lisa holds a blanket that has all but faded from view. However, it is clear in the digital restoration pictured here that the left arm is resting on a plain wooden armrest with a lathed upright support. The fingers of the hand are limp and relaxed, touching the edge of the armrest, and clearly not gripping or holding anything.

Mona Lisa (Original)

Mona Lisa (Original)

 

Mona Lisa ( Original Colours )

Mona Lisa ( Original Colours )

 

Mona Lisa ( Digitally Restored )

Mona Lisa ( Digitally Restored )

 

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
Men have named you
You’re so like the lady with the mystic smile
Is it only cause you’re lonely
They have blamed you
For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile

Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart
Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep
They just lie there, and they die there
Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art

Dorky? Maybe But I Love It!

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It’s so cool! and I mean that literally, in fact the breeze seems to permeate through the entire Kavu hat!  Also it is wide enough that you don’t really need a pair of sunglasses unless of course you go fishing, boating etc. where the light bounces off the water into your eyes.

It is super lightweight and what I like best about it is that it is foldable hence extremely portable unlike my other favourite an Australia made Leather Hat.  This hat is suppose to protect your upper torso from the sun too but I guess my frame is just too large for that eh? *grins*

The only little thing about it which makes me a little uncomfortable is the stares I get when I put it on. :lol:

Oh and if you are into the techinical specs etc. of this hat,  like I know some are…..I blogged about this purchase a few days ago or you can simply just click this LINK

cheers mates!

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