Today in 2002

Giorgio Armani condemned the elitism of fashion, claiming: “Luxury disgusts me. I want young people to understand that today’s world is false. They must understand that it is absurd to prostitute oneself or to steal just to get a designer bag because they think that without it they are nobody.”

Almost Like A Young Whitney Houston

Liya Kebede shot by Josh Olins

It’s amazing how the simplicity of a smile in photographs can be more beautiful than any silly over-make-upped girl.

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Don’t Cry Jamie Oliver, You Can Still Help The OBESE!

Stop this crine shine Jamie, cheer up and get back on that horse. Television chef, Jamie Oliver has gone and done an odd but challenging thing for his new series Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. He’s gone to America’s “fattest city”, Huntington, West Virginia, where most are fat (or the politically correct term obese but seriously, a spade is a spade) and happy! We say happy because they just aren’t following any of Jamie’s healthy advice.

Sobs Jamie, “They don’t understand me. They don’t know why I’m here.” While a source revealed, “His tears was the lowest we’ve ever seen Jamie. He is normally so upbeat but the scale of this challenge got to him. Everywhere he turned, he was face with obstacles. People were outwardly hostile to some of the ideas he put forward. He felt so alone and thought at times of packing the whole thing in.”

He even went to a school where he asked school children to identify fruits and vegetables, disappointedly discovering they didn’t know the difference between potatoes and tomatoes.

How do children not know the difference between a potato and a tomato? They’re not even the same colour!! Those parents should be ashamed of themselves!

Sadly, we think they might be better left with a McFun cart than healthy alternatives but “help those who cannot help themselves” or is it “you can’t help those who can’t help themselves”?

Be strong!

We Don’t Know What It Is, Do You?

Devon Aoki for Self Service, Fall 2009

Brilliant name. We like how the name Devon can be used androgynously but what is this contraption they made her wear?

Agyness Deyn Is So Versatile In Pictures

La Femme features Agyness Deyn with short dark hair for February 2010. She’s like Jennifer Garner in Alias. She can pull off anything.

God we hate (and love her) so jealously.

Compare & Contrast

New & Improved Cristiano Ronaldo Emporio Armani ad or Old Reliable David Beckham ad?

We think it’s kinda obvious who wins the EA ad battles but then again, we’re not really fans of Ronald McDonald in that way

The Dailymail says that, “Unlike [David Beckham], the poor chap [Cristiano Ronaldo] is clearly no supermodel. It’s not just that he’s less naturally handsome, with a strangely prominent Adam’s apple and feminine features that contrast oddly with his rugged physique. He’s also obviously uncomfortable in front of a camera.”


There’s No Max But It Looks Sweet

Oh the days of Roswell past. Sherri Appleby has returned on a new series called Life Unexpected playing a radio talk show host, Cate Cassidy, whose daughter she gives us for adoption appears one fine day. As we said, looks sweet.

Sherri Appleby was attracted to the role because “adults have to grow up. My character has to start taking responsibility. I think maturing is a choice. That’s what is at the heart of this story. These thirty-somethings are now faced with a teenager. That’s the catalyst that makes all these characters grow up. I’m a thirty-something myself.”

Still a little Jason Behr Max would be fine by us.

Canadian Newspaper “The Beaver” Changes Name Due To Sexual Misunderstanding

The Beaver, Canada’s second-oldest magazine, was founded in 1920 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, initially a fur trading company. But today they have realized there comes a time when every Beaver is misunderstood. Instead of being seen as a furry loveable animal, it was a sexual innuendo everywhere for va-jay-jay in Internet searches. As such, The Beaver, smartly we might add, is changing its name to stop scaring off readers. This also allows current readers to stop receiving Beaver mail in spam instead of the inbox.

Editor-in-chief Mark Reid further adds, “Market research showed us that younger Canadians and women were very very unlikely to ever buy a magazine called The Beaver no matter what it’s about. For whatever reasons, they are turned off by the name.”

Also even if the fur trade was important in Canadian history, immigrants will find it very difficult to understand its meaningfulness.

Since the Manitoba-based newspaper now mostly deals with Canadian history, the April issue will be the first to sport the exciting new name Canada’s History!

Boring. But reliable

We would have suggested something with Historian like Canadian Historian instead of Canadian History. If people want just history, wouldn’t they just go to a library?

How To Make Butter Chicken

Let us tell you a story about a secret, the secret of making Butter Chicken, Poulet au Beurre in all its deliciousness. For your information, Butter Chicken is just a name. It doesn’t mean adding on butter like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, only 2 tablespoons are needed ;)

Preparation Time: 1/2 hour
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 4

What you’ll need:

Chicken 800 grams
Lemon juice
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Butter ..2 tablespoons
Yogurt 1 cup
Garlic paste 1/2 teaspoon but can be substituted with Garlic Cloves
Ginger paste 2 tablespoons. Can be substituted with actual Ginger
Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Mustard oil 2 tablespoons (We used some Garlic Mustard creation he hee)
Dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato puree 400 grams
Cream 1 cup (we didn’t have it so we used evaporated milk)
Green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon (minimal amounts. Cloves 2 or 3!!)

Les Instructions:
Make incisions with a sharp knife on breast and leg pieces of the chicken. Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken for and set aside for half an hour (or at least a long as it takes you to prepare the curry (russ).

In a separate bowl, add yogurt, red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder and “mustard oil”. Now add this onto the marinated chicken pieces and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours ideally (or if you’re in a rush, start cooking the chicken on something that looks like the pan above or in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 10 or 12 minutes) Add the butter and allow it to melt.

Add the green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.

Add the tomato puree (or cut up tomatoes if you don’t have the puree), red chili powder again, garam masala powder, salt and the cream (or evaporated milk).

If you think your mixture is too thick, add water. If it is too watery, let curry simmer on low.

On a final note, make sure your chicken is cooked and add a little paprika for colour.

Bon appétit

Three Indians Denied Entry Into Australian Bar

Last year, there were nearly 100 cases of attacks on Indians recorded in Australia. This year seems as if it will be no different as yet another incident of racism has been reported on. Three Indians were refused entry into Australian bar, Melbourne Centre Lion Hotel. Among a group of three Nepalese and three Indians, the Indians were singled out for no apparent reason. Nepalese citizen, Sujan Pathak said, “We had gone to the bar to throw a farewell party for one of our friends, Abhishek Aggarwal, who is about to leave for India”. When they called police, they were told that this was not a case of racism and the “[police could do nothing about] it” and “they had better find another bar”. As a side note, all bars in Australia display an outdoor notice stating their right to turn away any customer without explanation.

Aggarwal said, “We were not drunk, we were carrying our age proof, we were properly attired. But still they said ‘you guys can’t get in’. They didn’t give us any reason. We waited there for 10 minutes. All other guys were getting in… but we were not allowed to go inside.” Further, his response to police saying it was not a case of racism was, “This not about this bar or that particular bar. This is about my dignity, my race…It’s a case of racism.”

This is deeply upsetting. It’s as if the Civil Rights Movement never occurred and that segregation is being condoned by authority figures. It is also with great sadness that we say that this skims the surface on how deep racism runs. Funnily enough, Australian authorities maintain that the country is a safe place to work, live and study. However, 21-year-old student Nitin Garg was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants this month! Last month, Ranjodh Singh, another Indian student was killed in New South Wales. How is that SAFE?!!

When will racism stop? It seems childish and naive to say it but it’s true. How much hate do people have to justify ending the lives of people based on their colour of skin?