Monthly Archives: November 2011

Girl Panic!

“Being with the girls was just like the old days. It’s an excuse for a social, really.” – Yasmin Le Bon, HELLO! Magazine

Duran Duran – Girl Panic!

featuring Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon and Naomi Campbell as Duran Duran


Love and diabetes

I’m posting this here because this is one of my favorite columns by one of my favorite comedians, who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and doesn’t take life’s trifles too seriously.

“What’s love got to do with it?” my mum shouted at me and my brother this week. We were in the kitchen and my brother, who is 31, had ­casually said, “I’d like to get ­married soon, but I’d like to marry for love.”

Mum went berserk. “What’s love?” she demanded. “Love doesn’t last. I don’t love your dad, and we’ve been married 47 years!” Noticing the incredulous look on our faces, she added, “Well, it’s not the kind of love you see in The Thorn Birds or the kind of love Cilla Black had with her husband. We keep an eye on each other through the night. I say your dad’s name to make sure he’s still breathing, and he nudges me when he wants a cup of tea. That’s love.”

I’d always wondered what my ­parents’ definition of love was. Now I know – it’s checking to see if my ­diabetic father is dying in his sleep.

She continued ranting. “I don’t know what your generation want. We never had ‘love’ in our day.” Then she turned to my brother and asked, “What do you want?”

“I’d like to meet a girl, fall in love and marry her.”

“You fall in love after marriage, not before,” Mum said. “I met your dad only once, for 20 minutes, before our wedding day. He looked OK, so that was it. And even if he hadn’t looked OK, that still would have been it. We had to make it work no matter what. We call it ‘kismet’ or destiny.”

She then turned to me: “Anything will do. It doesn’t matter who it is, you’ll still have to take it in turns to put the bins out. That’s love.”

by Shazia Mirza
The Guardian
January 30, 2010

Home affairs

Carrie: Miranda just doesn’t like him. This is about Billy Joel.

Samantha: It’s not about Billy Joel, it’s about you. We’re not going to encourage you to cross an ocean. We’re selfish bitches who like you in New York.

Carrie: Well, I like me in New York too, but I really like him. He’s great, isn’t he?

Samantha: Yes. A bit arrogant, but he’s got the goods to back it up.

Carrie: And he can be really sweet.

Samantha: Then he’s got it all.

Carrie: Then why does Miranda not like him?

Samantha: Oh, she doesn’t not like him. She doesn’t know him.

Carrie: She didn’t try to get to know him. She didn’t ask him one question all night, and she is all about the questions.

Samantha: Well, here’s a question — why do you care? Have you ever heard me once ask what anybody thinks about my boyfriend?

Carrie: I’ve never heard you use the term ‘boyfriend’.

Samantha: My point is, it doesn’t matter. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.

Sex and the City, Season 6, Episode 18 –