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London, Travel, Vancouver

Captain George Vancouver: From UK to Vancouver

Today marks the 260th birthday of Captain George Vancouver, the namesake of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, BC (as well as Vancouver, WA and others). I had long been curious about Captain George Vancouver, one of Britain’s greatest explorers, and decided that when I moved to the UK, I must visit his birth and burial place. …

Fashion, Travel

61st Vienna Opera Ball & ‘Blue Danube’ Tiara

Today marks the 61st annual Vienna Opera Ball (Wiener Opernball) at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper). This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the premiere of ‘The Blue Danube’ (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314) by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). It was first performed on 15 February 1867, complete with lyrics by Joseph …

London, World of Costume

‘Seduction Late’ at the National Maritime Museum

On Valentine’s Day, I passed the evening at the ‘Seduction Late’ for the ‘Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity‘ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. This was a museum late where guests could view the exhibition after museum hours whilst immersing themselves in a Regency ball experience co-hosted by Miss B and Miss Kitty Pridden from …

Fashion, World of Costume

Historical Costumes from Ivan Sayers’ Collection

Happy Costume Day (yes, this is what I call Halloween)! What did people create for Halloween, Masquerades, and Dress Up Parties throughout the decades? The following photos of historical and historically-inspired costumes are from Ivan Sayers’ collection and are from two fashion shows in 2013 that my friends and I had modelled in. Maybe these might …

Vancouver, World of Costume

Vancouver Police Museum

Vancouverite or visitors to Vancouver fans of period dramas such as Murdoch Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and Ripper Street might enjoy a visit to Vancouver’s Police Museum, the oldest police museum in North America. Located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the museum’s building dates back to 1932 and is a designated heritage building protected by the …