Cheer Du Jour

A little cheer to forget your troubles, and better yet, to toast with a glass of bubbles!

All Hail Geeks – YouTube’s Geek Week Starts Today (Aug 4-10)

Geeks on dates, “Cartoon Hangover”, tips to make an epic movie for less than $100 and a healthy dose of parodies highlight Blockbuster Sunday. Today is the first day of a week’s celebration of geekery: Blockbuster Sunday, Global Geekery Monday, Brainiac Tuesday, Super Wednesday, Gaming Thursday, Fan Friday – click here to see the full schedule. PC Magazine provides additional details about the week, which is a collaboration between YouTube, Nerdist (U.S.) and Channel Flip (U.K.) to present hundreds of geek channels. The highlight happens on hump day – the exclusive trailer for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World (coming to theaters Nov. 8), hosted by comic-book legend Stan Lee.

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Goodbye, Le Beard: A Clean-Shaven Simon Le Bon Returns?

UPDATE: Looks like we have beard-free confirmation, my fellow Durannies!! I just spotted this photo of Simon (with perhaps just a touch of scruff) in a surprise appearance on stage with Nile Rodgers and Chic, at Heart in the Park. The event took place July 14th, at Hyde Park in London. Click on this link to see more pictures via Simon Le Bon makes a surprise appearance with Nile Rodgers and Chic! | Heart In The Park: Performances – Heart. Also, see the video below of Simon and Nile singing “Notorious”.

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A week before Bastille Day, we have reason to open a bottle of champagne (yes, the good stuff!). I thought of entitling this “New Man on Monday” (or “To the Shave”, or  “Electric Shaverfella”, or “The Beard Doesn’t Grow Forever”,  or “Shave a Prayer” etc., etc.), but I like TeamSimonLeBon’s title best. Click below to see the pic. Now, I’m out on a limb here – I haven’t seen confirmation that this is indeed a current snap. We shall see next week, when photos of Judge Le Bon emerge from the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ vehicle design competition at Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex (see “related article” link below for details). In any case, a glass (ok, bottle!) of champs is never a bad idea. Cheers!

Goodbye, Le Beard! #DD14

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— Team Simon Le Bon (@TeamSimonLeBon) July 8, 2013

…and just a reminder of days gone by, from my personal archives…

Trouser Wowser

Trouser Wowser



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14 Art Pieces Inspired By Soup from BuzzFeed

In honor of our plunge into single-digit temps (BRRRRRRR!!!!), take a soup break and enjoy these artworks celebrating the winter staple.

Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, 1962. Dis...

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, 1962. Displayed in Museum of Modern Art in New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 14 Art Pieces Inspired By Soup

15 artists participated in The Artist’s Palate, a celebration of the new adventurous line of Campbell’s Go™ soups and the launch of BuzzFeed Food. Learn more about the artists here.

via 14 Art Pieces Inspired By Soup.

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Duran Duran’s Merry Mayan Message


…and speaking of Shine, enjoy Silva Halo (live version) for the holidays!

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Vintage Holiday Wham!

Watching Michael Buble’s holiday special (thanks to my antenna for finally cooperating tonight!), I was feeling nostalgic. I tried to imagine how many troughs of eggnog I would have to drink in the early 80’s to imagine Rod Stewart, Bing Crosby and Elmo (if we had Elmo then – so, substituting my favorite, Cookie Monster) together, let alone buying a Christmas cd by Billy Idol…fancy a festive sneer (see it here)! In any case, I remember I had a picture of an extended mix Last Christmas record (so glad to hear vinyl is making a comeback) I bought ages ago.


George and Andrew, thanks for the cheery memory!

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