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LIKE A MONSTER

Originally posted on The Black Narcissus:
? ? ? A very long while ago – in the blog scheme of things at least –  I wrote, half-jokingly, about my grave disappointment over Fame, Lady Gaga’s woeful entry into the arena…

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LIKE A MONSTER

      A very long while ago – in the blog scheme of things at least –  I wrote, half-jokingly, about my grave disappointment over Fame, Lady Gaga’s woeful entry into the arena of fragranced celebrity. My instincts were … Continue reading

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BIG SHAGGY MONSTER :: VANILLE FATALE by TOM FORD (2017)

      Tom Ford’s latest release, Vanille Fatale, which just came out  yesterday here in Japan, is a rich and convincing gourmand chock full of goodies : vanilla Madagascar, coffee absolute, roasted barley (!), frangipani, and mahogany among other … Continue reading

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PATCHOULI CONSCIOUSNESS: : MADONNA’S LIKE A PRAYER, PIGUET’S BANDIT + MONTALE’S AROMATIC LIME

              If you were to rewind time back precisely twenty five years, at this exact moment I would have probably been dancing ecstatically around my bedroom in a daze of awe and elation to … Continue reading

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banana queen has bloomed again

From our balcony the other day I noticed that our banana has flowered. This doesn’t happen every year – in fact I can’t remember the last time the bright yellow Little Shop Of Horrors waxen monster opened up like this … Continue reading

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‘TOXIC POSITIVITY’

How Toxic Positivity Is Stifling Japan The word ‘toxic’ has become overused. Toxic relationships, toxic friends, toxic colleagues, toxic families – though I do feel it is entirely appropriate in the context of the phrase ‘toxic presidency’. But what is … Continue reading

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MEMORIES OF A PALM OASIS : : : : : THE PERFUMES OF FO’AH (2018)

The Arabic word fo’ah has no equivalent in any other language, a specific, and poetic, term that refers to the moment of flowering of the palm tree, a symbol of hospitality and prosperity across the Arab world; an oasis of … Continue reading

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TWO HOT, GORGEOUS FLORALS FOR EARLY SUMMER : : : : : :: TUBEROSE & MOSS + JASMIN ANTIQUE by ROGUE PERFUMERY (2020)

                        I have an innate and continual respect for the renegades, the people who do things differently. The artists who stick to their guns. Those that refute the common … Continue reading

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BLINDNESS

                      I first met Mr K around twenty years ago. As one of the most experienced and knowledgeable English teachers in the school, he could explain the finer grammar points … Continue reading

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