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Mysterious Bottle Art

January 5, 2009

Mystified residents have been baffled by empty milk bottles appearing on their doorsteps for months with intricate art etchings created by an artist that’s been dubbed as ‘Pic-glasso’ and ‘Bottle Banksy’ after the enigmatic guerilla graffiti artist whose work appears overnight on buildings across Britain that continually escapes unseen.

When homeowners have gone to grab milk left from the dairyman to sit down to their morning java, they’ve been surprised to find the bottles replaced with an extra empty engraved with images of cows, mice, farmyard scenes and animals into the glass with incredible detail, and the artist long gone.

The bottles started appearing mysteriously at homes in Stourbridge, West Midlands, and surrounding villages last spring, much to the delight of the homeowners, but the identity of the artist remained unknown.

Dawn Jones, 81, from Stourbridge, said she received one drawing and was hoping to get another one. “I am collecting them for my grandchildren, they are marvelous.”

“I had heard something about this from a friend, but nobody knows who is doing it.” said Jackie Dimock, who discovered one of the bottles on her doorstep on Monday.

“I was putting out the empties and I noticed there was an extra one on the doorstep.” she said.

“When I picked it up I saw there was this amazing picture on it. The milkman came to collect the bottles, but I didn’t want to give him the one with the picture on it, I’m going to keep it.”

“Who knows, it might be worth something one day.”

Some of the bottles are left out for refilling and distributed to other homes, but many have been kept as souvenirs or artworks by thrilled residents, and others have even been traded on internet auction sites.

But unlike the ever-elusive Banksy, the artist’s identity behind the milk bottle creations has been revealed as Charlotte Hughes-Martin.

The 30-year-old artist painstakingly engraves the bottles with her own designs — some serious, and others humorous. Once completed, she returns the bottles to random doorsteps in the area, where they’re collected for refilling.

Originally from Cheshire and currently based at the Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley, Stourbridge — a former glass factory — Charlotte uses a variety of techniques, materials and styles to engrave the bottles, taking her inspiration from everyday life. And fittingly, many of her etchings are milk related or feature cows.

Two pieces of her work had been short-listed for the prestigious national Glass Biennale prize.

“Reaction to this milk bottle project has come as a bit of a shock to me. The project started out as something I was doing for myself, and so the immediate interest received from such a wide audience and the Press has been a little overwhelming.”

“The aim of this project was firstly to have a bit of fun; to release art into “the world” and see what would happen. If I introduced something new into the communal glass arena, being moved from one person to another, would it open peoples’ eyes to more of the everyday stuff around them? Would I make the milkman paranoid at the graffiti, and would it get back to the dairy?”

“I was curious to see what would happen.”

“I have started experimenting by taking glass forms and aim to make large scale, highly polished, cast glass.”

World’s Most Mysterious City Found

January 5, 2009

Nothing really prepares you for the staggering beauty of the amazing ancient city of Petra, which was carved into the sheer rock face on the slope of Mount Hor in a great rift valley among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Wadi Araba, and originally developed over 2600 years ago by an Arab Tribe.
Petra is located in southwestern Jordan about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the Dead Sea, surrounded by towering hills of rust-colored sandstone which gave the city some natural protection against invaders.
Enclosed by towering rocks and watered by a perennial stream, Petra not only possessed the advantages of a fortress but controlled the main commercial routes, turning it into an important center of trade for silk, spice and other routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Although the city may have been accessed from the south in ancient times, the only entrance to the city is through a 2 kilometer dry water course called the Siq — a dark, narrow gorge of dazzling rock formations and colors only 10 to 13 feet (3 to 4 meters) wide in areas — flanked on either side by soaring cliffs over 300 feet (100 meters) high.
As you reach the end of the Siq you catch the first glimpse of Petra’s most elaborate and awe-inspiring ruin, Al-Khazneh — the “Treasury” — hewn directly out of the sandstone cliff, and just the first of the many wonders that make up Petra.
The “Treasury,” named as such in the mistaken belief that the urn contained gold. The massive façade is sculpted out of the sheer rock face with deeply-carved architectural elements, and dwarves everything around it at 105 feet (35 meters) wide and 140 feet (43 meters) high, making it the largest freestanding structure in Petra. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and epitomizes the engineering genius of these ancient people.
As you enter the valley you’re overwhelmed by outstanding architectural achievements — hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings. Unlike the houses which were destroyed mostly by earthquakes, about 500 tombs survived which were carved to last throughout the afterlife.

The Nabateans believed that the soul departed from the body and continued to live after death, so it should therefore continue to be fed and clothed by its living descendants, which is why there are so many tombs at Petra.

At the foot of the mountain called en-Nejr, a little farther from the Treasury is a massive Roman-style theatre which could seat 3,000 people. It stands at the point where the valley opens out into the plain the site of the city, placed to bring the greatest number of tombs within view.

The amphitheatre was actually cut into the hillside and into several of the tombs during its construction. Nearly enclosing it on 3 sides are rose-colored mountain walls, divided into groups by deep fissures, and lined with tombs cut from the rock in the form of towers.
There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars, and streets lined with rows of columns. A flight of 800 rock cut steps leads you high above, overlooking the valley, where the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery is located.

Also known as ad-Dayr in Arabic, the Monastery is so huge that the doorway is taller than many houses. The façade is some 165 feet (50 meters) high and 130 feet (40 meters) wide. The door is a staggering 30 feet (9 meters high). Its name, like most Petra structures, does not reflect reality; it was possibly a Nabataean temple.


According to Arab tradition, Petra is the spot where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water came forth, and where Moses’ brother Aaron is buried at Mount Hor, known today as Jabal Haroun or Mount Aaron.

The Wadi Musa or “Wadi of Moses” is the Arab name for the narrow valley at the head of which Petra is sited. A mountaintop shrine of Moses’ sister Miriam was still shown to pilgrims at the time of Jerome in the 4th century, but its location has not been identified since.

The 13th century shrine built by the Mameluk Sultan Al Nasir Mohammad to commemorate the death of Aaron, the brother of Moses, can be seen on top of Mount Aaron in the Sharah range.

There are 2 museums within the site — Petra Archaeological Museum and the Petra Nabataean Museum — which display finds from excavations in the Petra region and an insight into Petra’s intriguing past.

Excavations have revealed that the Nabateans had the ability to control the water supply that led to the rise of the desert city, in effect creating an artificial oasis. The area is known to have flash floods and archaeological evidence shows the Nabateans controlled them by the use of dams, cisterns and water conduits. Water could be stored water this way even during prolonged periods of drought, and the city prospered from its sale.
This road, built from the period when the Romans invaded Petra in 106 AD, runs across the valley floor, and was once lined with temples, palaces, shops, and houses.

History of Petra : So far, no method has been found to determine when the history of Petra began. But evidence suggests Petra — from the Latin word “petrae” meaning rock — was first established around the 6th century BC by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria.

This part of the country was traditionally assigned to the Horites, likely cave-dwellers, the predecessors of the Edomites. The habits of the original natives may have influenced the Nabataean custom of burying the dead and offering worship in half-excavated caves.
The town grew up around its Colonnaded Street in the first century AD and by the mid-first century had witnessed rapid urbanization. Following the flow of the Wadi Musa, the city-center was laid out on either sides of the Colonnaded Street on an elongated plan between the theater in the east and the Qasr al-Bint in the west.

Among the most remarkable of all Nabataean achievements is the hydraulic engineering systems they developed including water conservation systems and the dams that were constructed to divert the rush of swollen winter waters that create flash floods.

In 131 AD Hadrian, the Roman emperor, visited the site and named it after himself, Hadriane Petra.

Despite several attempts by the Seleucid king Antigonus, the Roman emperor Pompey and Herod the Great to bring Petra under the control of their respective empires, Petra remained largely in Nabataean rule until around 100AD, when the Romans took over.

It was still inhabited during the Byzantine period, when the former Roman empire moved its focus to Constantinople. The Byzantine community recycled many standing structures and rock-cut monuments, while also constructing their own buildings, including churches — such as the recently excavated Petra Church with the extraordinary mosaics. Among the rock-cut monuments they reused is the great tomb or the Ad-Dayr (known as The Monastery), which was modified into a church.
In 363 an earthquake destroyed many buildings, and crippled the vital water management system. A devastating earthquake had a severe impact on the city in 551 AD, which all but brought the city to ruin. With the rise of Islam, Petra became a backwater community.
The Crusaders constructed a fort there in the 12th century but soon withdrew. After the Arabic occupation, it lost its importance little by little, the trade routes changed that went through Petra, and after that it just lapsed into silence.

The long-hidden city remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was rediscovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, disguised as an Arab sheik. Gaining the trust of the local tribesmen, he learned of the secret gorge which led to the “City of Rock,” and was determined to see it.

Petra remained accessible only to Europeans accompanied by local guides with armed escorts until after World War I.
Petra was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 when it was described as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage,” and classed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7 2007.

Unusual Camel Spider

January 5, 2009

The camel spider stories began to spread during the 1990-91 Gulf War. Now, with the continued presence of U.S. forces in the Middle East, the stories are becoming legendary .. Many of the stories on the internet are completely untrue. These creatures are (usually) not dangerous to humans. But, dangerous or not, these creatures are horrifying to encounter. I pity anyone who encounters one for the first time.

Soldier in Iraq bitten by a Camel Spider. Yes, they can bite. If they do, there is always the possibility of infection.

Camel spiders can move at speeds over 30 MPH, screaming while they run. Camel spiders can be as large as a frisbee. Camel spiders venom is an anesthetic that numbs their prey.

Camel spiders can jump three feet high. Camel spiders can jump three feet high. They eat or gnaw on people while they sleep. Due to the numbing effect of their venom, the victim is unaware until they awake. They actually aren’t spiders at all, they’re solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class Arachnida.


THE FACTS :

1. Camel spiders top speed – appox. 10 mph. Which is very fast.

2. Size: Up to 6 inches although many of our readers report larger.

3. They have no venom.

4. They don’t jump. However, many of our readers describe them leaping onto their legs, etc..

5. Called camel spiders because they live in the desert.
They actually aren’t spiders at all, they’re solpugids.. Along with spiders, they are members of the class Arachnida.

World’s Most Strange Species – Geoducks !

January 5, 2009


Geoducks…What?!

They are definitely not “ducks”, nor do they have any relation to “geo”-logy. In fact, they seem alien enough to be “from Mars” and, for all I know, possess a malign intelligence.

They are found mostly around Pacific Coast of the US and Canada, and in Japan they seem to serve as inspiration for “manga” of certain tentacled variety.

Modern biologists easily classify it as large saltwater clam, a bivalve mollusk with a huge “neck”, or a “siphon”. How huge, you’ll ask? Up to two meters in length.

Deep Diggers of the Depths : Even their name is wrong, because it’s pronounced “GOOEY duck”. You’d think an epithet “gooey” would seem more appropriate for this bizarre creature, but it’s not gooey in any sense. The name comes from a misspelling of “gweduc” (a native word), which means to “dig deep”. Also, the “Elephant Trunk Clam” monicker fits them quite well.

You’d need to hook up with your buddy to dig them out, especially if you’re going to use the “hold-breath” method. It’s not so easy to spot the protruding siphon, either.


Sometimes they are confused with “piddocks”, which are smaller mollusks.

But once spotted, they can’t escape you, or dig further down. In fact, the body of an adult geoduck remains in one spot for its entire life. Sea stars would nibble at them, but once they bury themselves almost a meter deep, no predators can get at them – so they end up living REALLY long.

Old and Wise : Treat them with respect. They’ll outlive any of you – they get up to 160 years old . It’s the second longest-living organism on Earth (after giant tortoises, which can live almost 200 years). As they grow, they accumulate rings on their shell, much like a tree does.

The average adult geoduck that you’ll likely to meet will be the same age as you – 25 to 50 years old, but it hardly has the same experiences as you are, being buried all its life in one spot.


Here is a good-sized geoduck on display in a curiosity shop in Seattle.

“Their large, meaty siphon are prized by some for its savory flavor and crunchy texture.” It is a delicacy in Asia, each costing $200 – $300, so if you ever considered opening a private geoduck farm… be also ready to deal with their reputation to increase the “male potential”.


The average female produces up to 5 billion eggs in her lifetime. Here is a picture of a bunch of geoduck-like mollusks clinging to a log of wood in Ardmore.

Distinctively Unique Islands in the World

January 5, 2009
Travel around the world and see for yourself some of the most unique and wonderful islands and the extraordinary features of these islands. Enjoy and have a lot of fun.

Madagascar – Indian Ocean

Madagascar is the world’s oldest island. The first island appears on Earth about 4.4 billion years ago when the ocean formed. The island that has existed longest is Madagascar which separated from India perhaps 85 to 90 million years ago, after the two had split off from Antarctica about 125 million years ago.

It’s the world’s fourth largest island, and is home to 5% of the world’s plants and animal species, of which more than 80% are endemic to Madagascar. They include the lemur infra order of primates, the carnivorous fossa, three bird families and six baobab species. Aside from this, there are numerous scenic views in the island.

Maldives – Indian Ocean

For those seeking a private piece of paradise, Maldives’ 1,200 coral islands are one of the best. These islands are ideal destination for swimmers, snorkelers, fishermen, and other tourists. Maldives is the lowest island nation in the world. Its tallest island, Wilingili rises only 8 feet/ 2.4 meters above sea level. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of population. It is also the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world.

The Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world, with a maximum natural ground level of only 2.3 m (7½ ft). Maldives is one of the best diving spots in the world.

Borneo – Southeast Asia

The only island shared by three countries which is split between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Visiting this island would mean you have visited three counties in all. The island is also the third largest in the world. Mount Kinabalu which is located in the island is a major center of biodiversity.

Borneo is also known for its extensive cave systems. Clearwater Cave has one of the world’s longest underwater rivers. Deer Cave, thought to be the largest cave passage in the world, is home to over three million bats and guano accumulated to over 100 meters high.

New Guinea – Indonesia

The Tallest Island with a towering height of 16,503 m/5,030 ft above sea level is the island of New Guinea. It is also the second largest island in the world and the world’s fourth highest landmass.

Mount Wilhelm is the highest point in the island.

Manitoulin Island – Canada

Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in a lake in the world. It is a Canadian island in Lake Huron, in the province of Ontario with an area of 1,068 sq.mi/2,766 sq. km.

During summer, boating is a very popular activity in the area.

Iceland – Europe

Do you know that Iceland is the largest volcanic island? It has an area of 39,702 sq.mi/102,828 sq. kilometers. It was formed by volcanic activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and essentially exposed ocean floor.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland – A Geothermal Spa which is Iceland’s most unique and popular attraction.
Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe with an average about three inhabitants per square km. Almost four-fifths of the country are uninhabited and mostly uninhabitable, the population being concentrated in a narrow coastal belt, valleys and the southwest corner of the country. Iceland has some of the world’s highest levels of economic freedoms as well as civil freedoms. As of 2007, Iceland is the most developed country in the world with fellow Nordic country Norway according to the Human Development Index and one of the most egalitarian, according to the calculation provided by the Gini coefficient.

Strokkur, a geyser, is in the process of erupting. Lying on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland is one of the most geologically active areas on Earth.


Fraser Island – Australia

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island off the coast of Queensland, Australia at 642 sq. m/ 1,662 sq. km. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. Fraser Island is stretching over 123 kilometers along the southern coast of Queensland and is the largest sand island in the world.

It is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes. There are long uninterrupted white sandy beaches surrounded by sand cliffs, over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-colored and many crystal-clear creeks.

Palau Samosir – Indonesia

Palau Samosir is the largest island on another island situated in Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. It is 245 sq. m/630 sq. km.

The island is a popular tourist destination with lots of wild animals in its jungle like orang utan and many others.

Great Britain – UK

Great Britain is the largest island of the British Isles, the largest island in Europe and the eighth-largest island in the world. It is the largest island ever joined to a continent by a fixed link, which is now tied to Europe by the Channel Tunnel.

Channel Tunnel is a 31.35 mile long rail tunnel beneath the English Channel connecting Folkestone to Coquelles near Calais. It consists of three separate tunnels; two 7.6m diameter single tracks, single direction rail tunnels which are 30m apart, and one 4.8m diameter service tunnel between them.

It was a mega project with several false starts, but was finally completed in 1994. It is the second-longest rail tunnel in the world, but the undersea section at 23.55 miles is the longest undersea tunnel in the world. The American Society of Civil Engineers has declared the tunnel to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Isla Ometepe – Lake Nicaragua

Isla Ometepe, in Lake Nicaragua, is the world’s tallest lake island. Concepcion Volcano rises 5,183 feet / 1,580 meters above lake level. The Island of Ometepe was formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua. Its name derives from the Nahuatl words Ome – two and Tepetl – mountain, meaning two mountains.

Concepcion and Maderas volcanoes are joined by a low isthmus to form one island, giving it the form of an hourglass. Ometepe has an area of 276 sq. km. It is 31 km long and 5 to 10 km wide. The island has a population of 35,000, and an economy based on livestock, agriculture, and tourism.

Lake of the Woods – Canada – USA

Lake of the Woods, shared by Ontario, Minnesota, and Manitoba, is said to contain 14,452 islands.

Lake of the Woods is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. It is over seventy miles long and wide, and contains over 14,552 islands and 65,000 miles (105,000 km) of shoreline, which would amount to the longest coastline of any Canadian lake, except that the lake is not entirely within Canada.

The lake’s islands provide nesting habitat for the Piping Plover and large numbers of American White Pelicans. There are also several hundred nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in this area.

Mauna Kea – Hawaii

Some of the many telescopes operated by various universities from the world are positioned atop the highest island mountain in the world – Mauna Kea. It is above the clouds and because of this, the remote location, the lack of light pollution, and its position near the equator, make this one of the very best places on earth to watch the stars and planets. It also has a mars like surface and seems like you are on another planet.

Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, one of five volcanoes which together form the island of Hawaii. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from base to summit, since its base is located on the seafloor about 19,000 feet (5,800 m) beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean, bringing its total height to about 33,000 ft (10,000 m). In the Hawaiian language, Mauna Kea means “white mountain”, a reference to its summit being regularly snow-capped during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

Portrayal of “Alice In Wonderland” by Annie Leibovitz

January 5, 2009
“Alice in Wonderland” is a photo set taken by talented artist Annie Leibovitz, for Vogue Magazine featuring Russian model Natalia Vodianova as Alice.Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece, Leibovitz utilizes Surrealism expertly to reveal the fantastic world in which Alice lived.

Curiouser and Curiouser:

Beyond nonsense verse and coming-of-age fables, Lewis Carroll’s true passion was photographing moody young beauties. Olivier Theyskens, in the guise of Carroll, captures model Natalia Vodianova as Alice Liddell. Natalia wears a Rochas iridescent blue-flower ruffle dress specially designed by Theyskens.


Down the Rabbit Hole:

Faster, faster, faster she fell! Chasing Tom Ford’s White Rabbit, our Alice disappears down the never-ending dark passage. Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Gauche sky-blue silk-satin dress.


Drink Me:

How was Alice to know the innocent little bottle would make her grow to such a size? As Helmut Lang watched from the wall, she curled her legs up and hoped the designer’s organza minidress wouldn’t be crushed by her startling height. Dress from the Helmut Lang made-to-measure studio.


Advice from a Caterpillar:

Clad in Marc Jacobs’s ruffled chiffon minidress, Alice found herself engaged in an infuriatingly roundabout conversation with a mushroom-dweller. Where am I? she wondered…and how have I gotten here?


Pig & Pepper:

It was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, “just like a starfish.” Chanel Haute Couture embroidered satin jacket with a draped satin skirt and cream leather boot pants. The Chanel designer wears Chrome Hearts necklaces and belt.


The Cheshire Cat:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” Alice asked sweetly of the cat with a grin as devilish as anything she had ever seen. “ That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” replied our Cat, Jean Paul Gaultier. Blue silk-jersey draped dress by Gaultier Paris.


Tweedledum and Tweedledee:

“If you think we’re alive, you ought to speak,” said the one marked DEE. Alice, in a Viktor & Rolf multilayered silk dress, stared as the Tweedle duo spouted nonsensical tongue twisters. Rolf Snoeren, left, and Viktor Horsting wear matching suits and bow ties of their own design.


The Mad Tea Party:

“No room!” The March Hare and Mad Hatter shouted. “No room!” But Alice plunked down, desperate for some biscuits after a long day of living backward. Christian Lacroix Haute Couture dress with painted and sculpted mink dickey over a lace top and frilled lamé skirt. Stephen Jones (right), wears a custom-made hat of his own design. Lacroix, as the March Hare, is at far right.


Who Stole the Tarts?

“My name is Alice, so please Your Majesty,” the young girl, draped in Dior Couture, said softly. “ You make me giddy!” screamed the Queen. Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano hand-painted polka-dot dress. Galliano as the Queen of Hearts, wears a Dior Haute Couture coat and is accompanied by his King, Alexis Roche.


The Mock Turtle’s Story:

“What is his sorrow?” Alice, in Atelier Versace, asked the Gryphon. “Once,” sighed the Mock Turtle, “ I was a real turtle.” Atelier Versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace. Donatella Versace and Rupert Everett are in Versace.


Through the Looking Glass:

Wrapped in ocean-blue Balenciaga couture, Alice perched on the mantel, longing to escape into the shadow world, as her black kitty purred nearby. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière crystal pleated chiffon dress and grey ankle boots. Shot on location at the Château de Corbeil-Cerf.

Unknown Histories Of Top 10 Sexiest Women

January 5, 2009

Ludivine Sagnier : Ludivine Sagnier (born July 3, 1979) is a French actress and model, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, in the Yvelines département; her mother is a retired secretary and her father is an English professor at a Paris university.She started taking acting classes at a young age and had her film debut at age 10 in Je veux rentrer a la maison and Les maris, les femmes, les amants. In 2001, she was named one of the Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion. Sagnier performed in two films in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, La Petite Lili and Swimming Pool, both released in the same year. Also in 2003, she won the Prix Romy Schneider.

Sagnier has appeared nude in extended scenes in several films, including Swimming Pool, La Petite Lili, Water Drops on Burning Rocks, and Bon plan. Addressing this issue, Sagnier told Playboy: “I’m much more confident in front of a camera, hidden by a character, enhanced by makeup, so I can go much further than I can in real life. Sexual acting is painful, because even though you’re pretending, you have the skin of the person in front of you, and it’s not the skin you wish you had. After that, you run into the shower to get rid of everything”.[2] She also starred in P. J. Hogan’s 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan, as Tinkerbell.

Brigitte Bardot : Brigitte Bardot (born 28 September 1934) is a French actress, former fashion model, singer and animal welfare/rights activist. In 2007 she was named among Empire’s 100 Sexiest Film Stars.

In her early life Bardot was an aspiring ballet dancer. She started her acting career in 1952 and after appearing in 17 films became world-famous due to her role in controversial film And God Created Woman. During her career in show business Bardot starred in 48 films, performed in numerous musical shows, recorded 80 songs. After her retirement from the entertainment industry in the 1973, Bardot established herself as an animal rights activist. During the 1990s she became outspoken in her criticism of immigration, interracial relationships, Islam in France and homosexuality, and has been convicted five times for “inciting racial hatred”.

Career : Although the European film industry was then in its ascendancy, Bardot was one of the few European actresses to receive mass media attention in the United States. She and Marilyn Monroe were perhaps the foremost examples of female sexuality in films of the 1950s and 1960s, and whenever she made public appearances in the United States the media hordes covered her every move.

Brigitte Bardot debuted in a 1952 comedy film Le Trou Normand (English title: Crazy for Love). In the same year she married Roger Vadim. From 1952 to 1956 she appeared in seventeen films; in 1953 playing a part in Jean Anouilh’s stageplay “L’Invitation au château” (“The Invitation to the Castle”). She received media attention when she attended the Cannes Film Festival in April 1953. “She is every man’s idea of the girl he’d like to meet in Paris,” wrote the film-critic Ivon Addams in 1955.

Her films of the early and mid 1950s were generally lightweight romantic dramas, some of them historical, in which she was cast as ingénue or siren, and often with an element of undress. She played bit parts in three English-language films, the British comedy Doctor at Sea (1955), Helen of Troy (1954), in which she was understudy for the title role but only appears as Helen’s handmaid, and Act of Love (1954) with Kirk Douglas. Her French-language films were dubbed for international release.

Personal Life : On 21 December 1952, at the age of 18, Bardot married director Roger Vadim. In order to receive permission from Bardot’s parents to marry her, Vadim, originally an Orthodox Christian, was urged to convert to Catholicism. They divorced five years later, but remained friends and collaborated in later work. Bardot had an affair with her And God Created Woman co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant (who at that time was married to French actress Stephane Audran) followed by her divorce from Vadim. [8][9] The two lived together for about two years. Their relationship was complicated by Trintignant’s frequent absence due to military service and Bardot’s affair with musician Gilbert Bécaud, and was eventually ended.[8]

The 9 February 1958 edition of the Los Angeles Times reported on the front page that Bardot was recovering in Italy from a reported nervous breakdown. A suicide attempt with sleeping pills two-days earlier was denied by her public relations manager. [10].

On 18 June 1959 she married actor Jacques Charrier, by whom she had her only child, a son, Nicolas-Jacques Charrier (born 11 January 1960). To Bardot this was an undesirable pregnancy which she once compared to having a tumor growing within her. After she and Charrier divorced in 1962, Nicolas was raised in the Charrier family and did not maintain close contact with Bardot until his adulthood.

Charlotte Rampling : Charlotte Rampling, OBE (born February 5, 1946) is a highly acclaimed, European Film Award and Honorary Cesar Award-winning English actress. Her career spans four decades and delves into French and Italian cinema.

Career : After beginning her career at age seventeen in a commercial role and as a model, Rampling’s first screen appearance was uncredited as a water skier in Richard Lester’s film The Knack…and How to Get It in 1965, which was followed a year later by the role of Meredith in the film Georgy Girl. After this, her acting career blossomed in both English and French cinema.

Young Rampling was sexy in a lithe, boyish way favoured by the times. Despite an early flurry of success, she told The Independent, “We weren’t happy. It was a nightmare, breaking the rules and all that. Everyone seemed to be having fun, but they were taking so many drugs they wouldn’t know it anyway.”

Rampling has often performed controversial roles. In 1969, in Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (La Caduta degli dei), she played a young wife sent to a concentration camp. This role redrew Rampling entirely as mysterious, tragic, even sinister. “The Look” as co-star Dirk Bogarde called it, became her trademark. In 1974’s The Night Porter she portrayed a former concentration camp inmate entangled in a sado-masochistic relationship with her former guard, played by Bogarde.

The actress gained recognition from American audiences in 1975’s detective story Farewell, My Lovely and later with Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980) and particularly in The Verdict, an acclaimed drama directed by Sidney Lumet that starred Paul Newman.

Rampling credits François Ozon with drawing her back to film in the 2000s, a period when she came to terms with the death of her oldest sister Sarah, who, after giving birth prematurely in 1966, committed suicide at 23. “I thought that after such a long time of not letting her be with me,” she told The Guardian, “I would like to bring her back into my life.” The character she played in Ozon’s Swimming Pool (2003), Sarah Morton, was named after Sarah. For most of Rampling’s life, she would say only that her sister had died of a brain hemorrhage; when she and her father heard the news, they agreed they would never let Charlotte’s mother know the truth. They kept their secret until Rampling’s mother died in 2001.

At 59, Rampling acted in Laurent Cantet’s Heading South (Vers le Sud), a 2005 film about female sexual tourism. She plays Ellen, a professor of French literature and single Englishwoman, who holidays in 1970s Haiti to get the sexual attention she does not get at home.

Personal Life : In 1972, Rampling married actor Bryan Southcombe. They lived in a ménage à trois with a male model, Randall Laurenceand had one child, Barnaby, before divorcing in 1976. Barnaby Southcombe is now a successful television director. In 1978, she married French composer Jean Michel Jarre and had a son, magician David Jarre. She also raised stepdaughter Émilie Jarre, now a fashion designer. The marriage was publicly dissolved in 1997 when she found out via tabloid newspaper stories about Jarre’s affairs with other women and had a nervous breakdown. She has been engaged to Jean-Noël Tassez, a French communications tycoon, since 1998.

Eva Green : Eva Gaëlle Green[born July 5, 1980) is a French actress, raised in Paris and living partly in London. She has been noted by Vogue for her “killer looks, intelligence and modesty”,and described by The Independent as “gothic, quirky, and sexy”.

The daughter of actress Marlène Jobert, Green performed in theatre before making her film debut in The Dreamers (2003), which generated controversy over her numerous nude scenes. She achieved greater fame for her parts in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, for which she won a BAFTA. She has also modeled for numerous brands. Eva Green was born in Paris, France, the daughter of French actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist Walter Green. Green has a fraternal twin sister named Joy, who was born two minutes earlier than her.Green described her family as “bourgeois”,and that her sister is very different from her. Green is a natural blonde; she only went brunette during her teens. French-Swedish actress Marika Green is her aunt.

Career : At 17,Green enrolled at Eva St. Paul Drama School in Paris for three years, and then spent 10 weeks at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.Green stated that at drama school, “I always picked the really evil roles. It’s a great way to deal with your everyday emotions.”Green trained at Tisch School of the Arts in New York City,before she returned to Paris, where she performed in several plays. Green was nominated for a Molière Award award for her performance in Jalousie en Trois Fax.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci discovered Green in 2002, and found her “so beautiful, it’s indecent”. She accepted his invitation to star in The Dreamers (2003), despite her parents’ initial objections because of Maria Schneider’s accounts of being traumatized while filming Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris.Green performed extensive nude scenes, which she said felt natural on set, although she was embarrassed when her family saw the film.In addition to performing, Green was also credited with writing the score. Her performance was well received, with some comparing her to Liv Tyler.Green expressed surprise when a minute was cut from the film for the American market, as “there is so much violence, both on the streets and on the screen. They think nothing of it. Yet I think they are frightened by sex.”Green followed up The Dreamers with Arsène Lupin (2004), in the light-hearted part of a love interest which she said she had fun playing, even though she generally prefers more complex parts.

Personal Life : Green considers herself nerdy: “When people first meet me, they find me very cold. I keep myself at a distance, and I think that’s why I’m so drawn to [acting]. It allows me to wear a mask.”She moved to Primrose Hill, London in mid-2005, She prefers the “village-like” atmosphere of the London neighbourhood: “I feel more centred when I’m [there].”She lives alone, jokingly referring to her border terrier, Griffin, as her “husband”.She is an atheist, having not been raised to follow any religion.She is currently dating New Zealand actor Marton Csokas, whom she met on the set of Kingdom of Heaven.She has no particular fitness regime, as, “I’m French and I’m lazy, which means I smoke and I don’t exercise”,though she does run and practises pilates. Green finds dieting too stressful.She thinks of herself as an international actress: she can speak both her native French and English fluently,and is also learning Japanese as well as perfecting an American accent.

Faye Dunaway : Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941), known as Faye Dunaway, is an American actress. Over the course of her career Dunaway has starred in a variety of films, from blockbusters such as The Towering Inferno and the camp classic Mommie Dearest, to the most critically acclaimed including Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performances in Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown, before winning the category with her 1976 performance in Network.
Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of Grace April (née Smith), a homemaker, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., a career army officer. She attended the University of Florida,Florida State University,and Boston University, but graduated from the University of Florida in theater. In 1962, Dunaway joined the American National Theater and Academy.

Career : Dunaway appeared on Broadway in 1962 as the daughter of Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons. Her first screen role was in 1967 in “The Happening.” In 1967 she was in Hurry Sundown, but that same year, she got the leading female role in Bonnie and Clyde (opposite Warren Beatty) which earned her an Oscar nomination. She also starred in 1968 with Steve McQueen in the caper film The Thomas Crown Affair (and had a small role in the 1999 remake with Pierce Brosnan).
Dunaway being interviewed by Army Archerd on the red carpet at the 60th Annual Academy Awards, April 11, 1988.

It was in the 1970s that she began to stretch her acting muscles in such films as Three Days of the Condor, Little Big Man, Chinatown, The Three/Four Musketeers, Eyes of Laura Mars and Network, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress as the scheming TV executive Diana Christensen.

In the 1980s, although her performances did not waver, the parts grew less compelling. Dunaway would later blame Mommie Dearest (1981) for ruining her career as a leading lady. Critics panned the movie, and audiences didn’t like it either, but in later years it would become a cult classic. “I was too good at Crawford,” she was often quoted as saying.[citation needed] It can also be said that the dawn of Meryl Streep’s reign as queen of dramatic cinema played a role in Dunaway’s decline. She played an alcoholic in Barfly (opposite Mickey Rourke). In a later movie, Don Juan DeMarco (1995), Dunaway co-starred with Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando.

Dunaway won an Emmy for a 1994 role as a murderer in “It’s All in the Game,” an episode of the long-running mystery series Columbo.

She is a three-time Oscar nominee for Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network, winning for the latter. She has won three Golden Globes, including for the television films Ellis Island (1984) and Gia (1998), and has been nominated for a Golden Globe 10 times.

In 1996, she toured nationally with the stage play “Master Class”. The story about opera singer Maria Callas was very powerful and well received. Dunaway bought the rights to the Terrence McNally play, for possible film development.

Personal Life : Romantically linked to a series of men ranging from the comedian Lenny Bruce to actor Marcello Mastroianni, Dunaway has been married twice. Her first husband, from 1974 until 1979, was Peter Wolf, the lead singer of the rock group the J. Geils Band. Her second, from 1984 until 1987, was Terry O’Neill, a British photographer; they had one child, Liam O’Neill (born 1980). In 2003, however, O’Neill revealed that his son with Dunaway was adopted, not biological, though the actress had long maintained the opposite.

Dunaway is a Roman Catholic…..

Nastassja Kinski : Nastassja Kinski (born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski, January 24, 1961) is a German actress, who appeared in more than 60 international movies. Her starring roles include her Golden Globe Award-winning portrayal of ‘Tess Durbeyfield’ in Roman Polanski’s film Tess, her roles in two erotic films (Stay As You Are and Cat People), and her parts in Wim Wenders’ films The Wrong Move, Paris, Texas, and Faraway, So Close!. During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Kinski was widely regarded as an international sex symbol.

Born in Berlin, Kinski is the daughter of the late German actor Klaus Kinski from his marriage to actress Ruth Brigitte Tocki. Her parents divorced in 1968. Kinski rarely saw her father after the age of 10. Kinski and her mother struggled financially.[1] They eventually lived in a commune in Munich.

Career : Kinski’s career began in Germany where she started as a model. At 13, the German New Wave actress Lisa Kreuzer placed her in the role of the dumb Mignon in Wim Wenders’ film The Wrong Move. In her mid-teens she starred in the British Hammer Film Productions’ horror film To the Devil a Daughter (1976). Kinski has gained notoriety through nude appearances in these films while still a minor. This is linked to controversy as to the year of her birth, apparently reported to American authorities as 1959, although German records show 1961. (Variety states 1960.) She has stated that, as a child, she felt exploited by the industry and told a journalist from W Magazine, “If I had had somebody to protect me or if I had felt more secure about myself, I would not have accepted certain things. Nudity things. And inside it was just tearing me apart”.

Kinski starred in the erotic film Stay as you are (1978) with Marcello Mastroianni. New Line Cinema released it in the United States in December 1979, helping Kinski to get more recognition there. Time Magazine said: “Kinski is simply ravishing, genuinely sexy and high-spirited without being painfully aggressive about it.”

At 15 Kinski began a romantic relationship with director Roman Polanski, 28 years her senior. Polanski urged her to study acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States and cast her in his film, Tess (1979). In 1981, photographer Richard Avedon photographed Kinski with a serpent coiled around her naked body.

In 1982 Kinski appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola/Dean Tavoularis collaboration One from the Heart, which bankrupted Coppola’s American Zoetrope studio. In 1982 she made Cat People, and then Unfaithfully Yours, and The Hotel New Hampshire, a critical and commercial failure. Critics praised her in Paris, Texas, which won awards at Cannes; In the U.S., however, the film was not widely released. Kinski then split her time between Europe and the United States, making Moon in the Gutter (1983), Harem (1985) and Torrents of Spring (1989) in the former, and Exposed (1983), Maria’s Lovers (1984) and Revolution (1985) in the latter. Kinski’s luck turned in the 1990s when she appeared in films such as Terminal Velocity opposite Charlie Sheen, and Mike Figgis’ critically acclaimed One Night Stand.

Appearances of note have included Martin Donovan’s Somebody Is Waiting (1996), Neil LaBute’s Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), John Landis’ Susan’s Plan (1998), Chris Menges’ The Lost Son (1999), Michael Winterbottom’s The Claim (2000), and David Lynch’s Inland Empire (2006).

Personal Life : In the mid-1980s Kinski met Egyptian filmmaker Ibrahim Moussa. They married on September 10, 1984. They raised son Aljosha (born June 29, 1984) and daughter Sonja Leila, now a model (born March 2, 1986). The marriage was dissolved in 1992. From 1991 until 1997 Kinski lived with musician Quincy Jones. On February 9, 1993, their daughter, Kenya Julia Miambi Sara, was born.

Kinski speaks German, English, French, Italian and Russian fluently. She is a vegetarian and suffers from mild narcolepsy.

Melanie Griffith : Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor. She is the daughter of Tippi Hedren and the wife of actor Antonio Banderas.
At age 14, Griffith began dating 22-year old actor Don Johnson who co-starred with her mother in the 1973 film, The Harrad Experiment, in which Griffith was an extra. Griffith was 18 years old when she married him in Las Vegas in January 1976. However, they divorced six months later.

A very negative view of Griffith is given in former best friend Tatum O’Neal’s autogiography, A Paper Life, in which O’Neal claims Griffith had once dragged her into an opium-filled orgy and that she had caught her father Ryan O’Neal having sex with a teenage Griffith in the 1970s.

In September 1981, Griffith married Steven Bauer, her co-star in the TV film She’s in the Army Now. They had a son, Alexander, in 1985, but divorced in 1987. Griffith later admitted to having problems with cocaine and liquor after her divorce from Bauer. “What I did was drink myself to sleep at night,” she said. “If I wasn’t with someone, I was an unhappy girl.”[10] While on the set of Working Girl, she reconciled with Don Johnson. At Johnson’s insistence, Griffith checked into rehab and became sober.[11] They remarried in 1989 and had a daughter, Dakota Johnson, on October 4, 1989. Six years later, she left him because of his own substance-abuse problems. She later reconciled with him, only to leave him again, this time for her leading man Antonio Banderas from the film Two Much. She finalized her divorce from Johnson in February 1996, and married Banderas on May 14, 1996. Their daughter, Stella Banderas, was born on September 24, 1996. In 2000, Griffith had Banderas’ first name tattooed on her right shoulder.

Griffith’s daughter Dakota Johnson followed in her mother’s footsteps and served as Miss Golden Globe at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Griffith herself was Miss Golden Globe in 1975, a title given as a launching pad to celebrity off-spring breaking into show business.

In 2002, Griffith and Banderas received the Stella Adler Angel Award for their extensive charity work.

Lisa Bonet : Lisa Bonet (born November 16, 1967) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress. She is best known for portraying the character of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show and its spinoff A Different World.

Bonet was born Lisa Michelle Bonet in San Francisco, California. Her African American father, Allen, was an opera singer, and her Jewish American mother, Arlene, was a teacher. Bonet attended Reseda High School in Reseda, California, and Celluloid Actor’s Studio in North Hollywood where she majored in acting.

Career : After appearing in guest spots on television series as a child, Bonet landed the role of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show alongside Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashād, among others. In 1987, she left The Cosby Show to star in her own series, A Different World. That year, Bonet accepted the role of Epiphany Proudfoot in the movie Angel Heart opposite Mickey Rourke, directed by Alan Parker. Her appearance caused controversy and some scenes had to be cut to avoid an X rating.After announcing her pregnancy during the run of A Different World, Bonet left the series.The following year, she returned to The Cosby Show, but was fired in 1991 for “creative differences”.

After The Cosby Show, Bonet began to accept jobs on straight-to-video releases and made-for-TV movies. In 1998 she had a supporting role in Enemy of the State with Will Smith. In 2000, she appeared in the movie High Fidelity. In 2003, she played the role of Queenie in Biker Boyz which reunited her with former co-star Kadeem Hardison of A Different World.

In August 2006, Bonet appeared in a week-long A Different World reunion special that aired on Nick at Nite, along with fellow co-stars Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Cree Summer, Dawnn Lewis, Darryl M. Bell, and Sinbad. That same year, Bonet co-starred in the 2006 film Whitepaddy, alongside Sherilyn Fenn, Hill Harper, Debra Wilson, Karen Black, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In Fall 2008, Bonet made her return to television in the ABC drama, Life on Mars.

Personal Life : On her 20th birthday, she eloped with singer Lenny Kravitz in Las Vegas. Bonet recalled of their relationship :

“It was interesting when we were first finding out about each other, that our backgrounds were so similar. When I first told him my mom was Jewish, and he said ‘So’s my dad,’ I thought that was both unusual and enchanting. I felt like, ‘Okay, here’s someone who really knows how it is.’ And I think I trusted him a little more with my feelings and let him inside a little more than I ordinarily would have. “

She gave birth to daughter Zoë Isabella on December 1, 1988. She and Kravitz separated and eventually divorced in 1993.

It was around this time (1992) that Bonet legally changed her name to Lilakoi Moon, although she still uses the name Lisa Bonet for her entertainment career.

In 2007, Bonet gave birth to her second child, daughter Lola Iolani Momoa. This is her first child with Jason Momoa, an actor noted for his roles in the television shows Baywatch and Stargate Atlantis.

In October 2008, Bonet announced she is expecting her third child, her second child with Momoa.

Jean Seberg : Jean Dorothy Seberg (November 13, 1938 – September 8, 1979) was an American actress. She starred in 34 films in Hollywood and in France. Seberg became even more of an icon after her roles in numerous French films and the tragedy of her turbulent life and eventual suicide.

Career : Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Dorothy (née Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Seberg, who was a druggist. Her family was Lutheran and had Swedish ancestry.

Seberg was discovered by Otto Preminger, who directed her in her first two films. She made her film debut in 1957 in the title role of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. She secured the role after being chosen from 18,000 actresses. The young Seberg was then thrust into the glaring spotlight and subject of countless Cinderella stories. Expectations were high. Reviews of the film were generally mediocre, praised Seberg’s beauty, and found her in over her head playing Joan. Preminger never came to her defense. Seberg also appeared in the 1959 Peter Sellers comedy, The Mouse that Roared, made in the UK.

However, her iconic status[vague] comes from her role as Patricia in Jean-Luc Godard’s classic work of New Wave cinema, Breathless (original French title: À bout de souffle), in which she co-starred with Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1969, she appeared in her first and only musical film, Paint Your Wagon, based on Lerner and Loewe’s stage musical, but her singing voice was dubbed. She was one of the many stars in the 1970 disaster film, Airport.

Personal Life : During the latter part of the 1960s, Seberg used her high-profile image to voice support for the NAACP and supported Native American school groups such as the Mesquaki Bucks at the Tama settlement near her home town of Marshalltown, for whom she purchased $500 worth of basketball uniforms. She also supported the Black Panther Party.Though she had done nothing illegal, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover considered her a threat to the American state. Her telephone was tapped and her private life was closely observed. She knew about it and felt chased. In 1970, when she was seven months pregnant, FBI created a false story leaked to the media that the child she was carrying was not fathered by her second husband, French author Romain Gary, but by a member of the Black Panthers Party. The story was reported by gossip columnist Joyce Haber of the Los Angeles Times,and Newsweek magazine She gave birth to a girl on 23 August, but the infant died two days later.

In a press conference she presented the press with a picture of her fetus to demonstrate that the child did not have a father of African heritage. Seberg stated that the trauma of this event brought on premature labor and her child was stillborn. The child was named Nina Gary; the baby was actually fathered by Carlos Navarra. According to her husband, after the loss of their child she suffered from a deep depression and became suicidal. She also became dependent on alcohol and prescription drugs. She made several attempts to take her own life including throwing herself under a train on the Paris Métro.

Seberg’s problems were compounded when she went through a form of marriage to an Algerian playboy, Ahmed Hasni, on May 31, 1979. The brief ceremony had no legal force because she had taken film director Dennis Charles Berry as her third husband in 1972 and the marriage was still valid. In July, Hasni persuaded her to sell her opulent apartment on the Rue du Bac, and he kept the proceeds (reportedly 11 million francs in cash), announcing that he would use the money to open a Barcelona restaurant. The couple departed for Spain but she was soon back in Paris alone, and went into hiding from Hasni, whom she said had grievously abused her.

In August 1979, she was missing and found dead 11 days later in the back seat of her car, which was parked around the corner from her Paris apartment in the 16th arrondissement. The police report stated that she had taken a massive overdose of barbiturates and alcohol (8g per litre). A suicide note (“Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.”) was found in her hand, and suicide was ultimately ruled the official cause of death. However, it is often questioned how she could have operated a car with that amount of alcohol in her body, and without the distance glasses she always maintained she absolutely needed for driving.[16] She was not yet 41 years old when she died. Her second husband, Romain Gary, with whom she had a son, Alexandre Diego Gary, also committed suicide a year after her death.

Jane Mallory Birkin : Jane Mallory Birkin OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English-born French actress, singer and film director.

Birkin was born in London, England to David Birkin, a Royal Navy lieutenant-commander and World War II espionage hero, and Judy Campbell, an actress in Noel Coward musicals. Birkin’s brother is the screenwriter/director Andrew Birkin. First cousin of her father was Freda Dudley Ward, a mistress of Edward VIII while he was Prince of Wales.

Career : Birkin emerged in the swinging ’60s in London, starring as one of the models in the controversial 1966 film Blowup. In 1968, Birkin went to France to audition for the lead female role in Slogan. Though she did not speak French, she got the role. In “Slogan” she would play alongside Serge Gainsbourg, who became her collaborator. She sang the theme song for “Slogan” with Gainsbourg which became their first of many musical collaborations.

In 1969, she and Serge Gainsbourg released the song “Je t’aime… moi non plus” (“I love you… me neither”), written initially for Brigitte Bardot (the recording was released only in the seventies), by Gainsbourg and featuring both of them singing, which caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness. Arguably due in part to the publicity it got from being banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain, and the UK, it was a commercial success all over Europe. The song’s fame is a result of its salacious lyrics (sung in French) against a background of female moaning and groaning, culminating in an orgasm at the song’s conclusion. Birkin took a break from acting in 1971-72, but returned as Brigitte Bardot’s lover in Don Juan (or if Don Juan were a woman) in 1973. In 1975, she appeared in Gainsbourg’s first film, also entitled Je t’aime… moi non plus, which created a stir for frank examination of sexual ambiguity. For this performance she was nominated for a Best Actress César Award.

Birkin has starred in the Agatha Christie films Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, and recorded several albums, including Baby Alone in Babylone, Amours des Feintes, Lolita Go Home and Rendez-vous. She has obtained in the category Female Artist of the year in France the Victoires de la Musique award in 1992.

She starred in two films by Jacques Doillon — as Anne in La fille prodigue (1981) and as Alma in La pirate (1984, nominated for a César Award). This work led to an invitation from Patrice Chéreau to star on stage in La Fausse suivante by Marivaux at Nanterre. After this, she also began to appear frequently on stage in plays and concerts (in France, Japan, the UK and then the US).

Personal Life : She was married from 1965 until 1968 to John Barry, an English composer who wrote the musical score to the James Bond movies. Their daughter, the photographer Kate Barry, was born in 1967.

She had a passionate and creative relationship with her mentor Serge Gainsbourg — they met on the set of Slogan and married in 1968. They separated in 1980. Their daughter is actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

In 1982 she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with the director Jacques Doillon.

Gothic Girls In Dark Art

January 5, 2009
Hello all, I thought it would be good idea to combine two great things. Dark art and gothic girls. What do you get when you combine two of those ?

Have a look…

I can still Feel you here


Gothic girls in black dresses and graveyards are always great combination.
Agony s Tribute

As you can see, the color purple is present to whole picture and it gives it some beauty. It makes it look gothic even more.

voices

Well, model on this picture look very nice. It’s a great pose and all, but I kinda not like the blurry background with those gears and all. Anyway, it’s still a great picture.

Leave Me Alone

Ever had that feeling of blue when you wanted to be left alone? Well this picture does it. It gives that depressive gloomy look with background and that blue color.

The rise of a dark angel

This picture is quite interesting because it looks mystic. As you see there is mostly black color that symbolizes mystic darkness, and that girl, with her face covered just boosts that mystic feeling.

The Raven

Have you ever seen a raven before he spreads his wings and flies away? Well this girl remembers me on it. I mean her posture, the dress, everything resembles to raven. And the color combination is just great. Dark and gloomy, just as raven needs.If you really like it, you can order it, cause there is a print available.

Dark Side Of The Sun

Well this picture offers a great deal of that dark atmosphere that we all like.
Most of the colors here are gray and black, which only contributes to the gloomy atmosphere. And the dying girl just fills the atmosphere. Great work indeed.

dark bringer

Ok, this is the second best picture. I had really trouble making up my mind for this one. This image is perfect, in many different ways…That dark atmosphere mesmerizes. Model is just great, the wings, dress, everything. Twisted dark sky and the crows…I can’t describe it how much I like this one. Anyway, if you like it as much as I there is print available to buy.

Monsoon

And this is the winner! You can see why I had second doubts about this one and last one. Both of pictures are highly professionally made but on the throne there is place for just one picture. This picture is copyrighted, but I asked the author about permission and I’m allowed to post it here. Anyway, my impression is this:
This picture is combined from several different pictures into one great picture. The sky, model, background, even notes in the sky ( I think they are notes) everything fascinates in every form. Anyway, I hope you like it as much as I do.

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A Pain in the Royal Horse: 5 Sex Rumors About Royalty

January 5, 2009
Long before Prince Charles proved that love is blind by cheating on his beautiful wife with Camilla Parker-Bowles, blue bloods had already proudly renounced monogamy. Over the centuries, they’ve coveted their neighbors’ wives countless times, sure, but what about their neighbors’ livestock? It’s time to separate the perverted facts from the perverted fiction about royal sex lives.
1. Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796)

The reign of Catherine II, the German-born czarina of Russia, began when she overthrew her alcoholic, incompetent, and purportedly impotent husband, Frederick (the not so Great), in 1762. If there was one thing Catherine the Great would not stand for, it was impotence.

Although grossly overweight, Catherine loved men – a great many of them, in fact – over the course of her 34-year reign. And then, it was rumored, she died during a botched attempt to make love (if it can be called such a thing) to a horse. The rumor may have been spread by Catherine’s Polish enemies, who resented her for annexing much of Poland. (On the list of European royalty’s leisure activities, “overrunning Poland” has historically been a close second to “Sex.”)

At any rate, Catherine never had sex with a horse, and one wonders why anyone felt compelled to make up such a story, since her actual death was plenty humiliating. While straining on the toilet, she had a stroke.
2. The Tale of Two Georges
In what seems to be an outlandish coincidence, England’s king George II (1683 – 1760) also died of a stroke while on the commode. Some sources say that although he was quite happily married to his wife, Queen Caroline, George took mistresses as to maintain his reputation. After all, a mistressless king could be seen as weak or worse still, impotent.

His son, George III, however, broke that streak of monarchial infidelity when he married the notoriously homely Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1761. Seeing her for the first time on their wedding day, George is said to have winced in disgust, but the two came to love one another immensely (and frequently – they had 15 kids), and George III was never unfaithful.
3. Another Royal Horse

The Roman emperor Caligula (12 – 41 CE) redefined sexual debauchery during his reign. Aside from fancying himself a god and having an altogether creepy sexual fascination with his sister Drusilla, Caligula supposedly engaged in many orgies (which inspired a famous adult film). Plus, he had a suspiciously intimate relationship with his favorite horse, Incitatus.

Some Roman historians claimed that Caligula intended to make his horse consul, but that appears to have been kind of a Roman urban legend. Roman historians despised Caligula so intensely that it’s difficult to sort out the actual facts of his reign. And while Caligula did like his horse (he apparently built Incitatus a house), there’s no reason to believe he “liked him” liked him.
4. Jahangir (1569 – 1627)

Though there are plenty of excellent candidates for most sexually insatiable king ever, including Hal the Horny (the oft-married Henry VIII of England), our vote has to go to Jahangir, the fourth Mughal emperor of India.

Jahangir had little to do with the day-to-day running of the empire – that work was accomplished by his favorite wife, Nur Jahan. (The Taj Mahal was built for Jahan’s niece, Mumtaz Mahal.)

While Jahan became one of the most powerful women of the 17th century, Jahangir busied himself with loving. He supposedly had 300 wives (296 more than allowed by the religion, Islam, he supposedly followed), 5,000 female concubines, and 1,000 male concubines. Jahangir also kept a massive herd of 12,000 elephants, but we won’t speculate.
5. And, of Course, Prince Charles! (1948 – )

Of all the recent sex rumors about the British royal family, none had kept quite so quiet as that of Prince Charles’s supposed bisexual affair. For weeks in the late 2003, the British press printed banner headlines about a royal sex scandal but, conscious of Britain’s strict libel laws, never came out and openly revealed the accusations.

Instead, they engaged in all manner of hints and innuendo. This led to the strange phenomenon of the royal family issuing a statement denying allegations that had never publicly been made. The rumor: Prince Charles had a love affair with his advisor Michael Fawcett.

Scandalous, sure, but unlikely – it seems the prince only has eyes for Camilla. After decades of courtship, they finally wed in 2005.

30 Sexual Things to Do Before You are 30

January 5, 2009
Which ones have you done so far?

1. If you’re straight, kiss someone of the same gender. If you’re gay, kiss someone of the opposite sex. Hey, you never know until you try.

2. Do it in a bathroom stall at a bar.

3. Amass a collection of sex toys to pleasure yourself – and your partners – with.

4. Learn how to bring yourself to orgasm in less than three minutes.

5. Have at least one steamy vacation fling with someone who doesn’t speak your language.

6. Pee on someone, or get peed on.

7. Have all your favorite smut sites bookmarked and ready at the touch of a button.

8. Give or get anal sex the right way (i.e. without being wasted, with lots of lube!)

9. Master the art of mind-blowing head.

10. Have sex on ecstasy.

11. Have a fuck buddy on retainer.

12. Have steamy sex with an ex.

13. For the ladies: Buy sexy lingerie just for yourself, and wear it alone when you’re feeling frisky.

14. Stop comparing your sex life with your friends’.

15. Ask for the brand of condoms you want in a loud voice at the drugstore with no shame.

16. Let someone tie you up.

17. Turn down sex with someone you dig – just to make ’em wait.

18. Sleep with a much younger person (nobody underage, perv).

19. Sleep with someone much older.

20. Get tested for STDs – and do it on a regular basis.

21. Visit a strip club or peep show with your partner.

22. Masturbate in your office bathroom.

23. Have sex with someone you hate but think is hot.

24. Make another person’s fantasy come true.

25. Try at least one Internet date.

26. Use a webcam to get down and dirty with a faraway friend.

27. Have sex in the ocean.

28. Give a sexual favor to get backstage.

29. Swallow (sans gagging or protesting).

30. Be the one to not call the next day – or ever.


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