Sunday, 26 February 2017

'Alternative Formal'

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This is something I've wanted to try for a while

Dress up a simple shirt with something a bit more fancy for a more formal look, I mean. Well, as you know, I don't really do formal wear. And I certainly wouldn't buy a formal dress that I hardly ever wear. But every now and then I might need to put together an outfit that could pass for a bit more formal attire.

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So, this is an experiment of sorts: how to put together a (somewhat) formal outfit using only clothes I already have in my wardrobe.

But at the same time my so-called formal outfit should be understated and comfortable, so that I won't feel overdressed. Because I really, really don't feel comfortable in formal attire. Sure, it may look OK, but if I end up feeling I'm wearing someone else's clothes, what's the point?

So, let's start with the striped shirt. That's more smart than formal so we're well in the understated territory. The frilly lace skirt is flirty and fun and comfortable. Now let's add a few accessories: a metal belt, some jewellery, a nice bag. And flats. No, even my formal wear, or should we call it 'alternative formal', does not include heels. I must feel comfortable, remember?  

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Outfit details:
skirt: Zara / shirt: Marks and Spencer / coat: Jaeger / 
shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / bag: Chanel / belt: Depeche

So, what do you think? Is this formal enough? Or just 'alternative formal'?

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Currently: One Day Without Us

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One Day Without Us

I was in London on Monday, for One Day Without Us, supporting the EU nationals living in the UK.

Now, let's make one thing clear from the start: EU nationals living in the UK are not illegal immigrants, and they have done nothing wrong. Citizens of EU countries can legally live and work in any other EU country; they don't need residence permits or work visas. But Brexit will change that, and the 3 million EU nationals in the UK have been left in limbo, uncertain whether they will be allowed to stay or not, because the UK government refuses to guarantee their rights and intends to use them as leverage in the upcoming Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

But what about the UK nationals living in the other 27 EU countries? Aren't they in a similar situation? In a way yes: their future status depends on the outcome of the negotiations, after the UK triggers Article 50 (= the process of withdrawal from the European Union).

But, as stressful as it must be also for UK nationals living in other EU countries, I haven't seen any reports of UK nationals being victims of hate crime or being sent threatening letters by immigration officials telling them to 'prepare to leave'. A significant number of EU nationals living in the UK, on the other hand, have been treated to state-sanctioned xenophobia on a regular basis since the June referendum...

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1 day without us

Yes, these are strong words. And yes, maybe I do take this personally. Because it is personal.

As it happens, my (German) husband has been living and working in the UK for a quite a while now. And because of that, we also have a house, and the mortgage that comes with it, in the UK. And it's safe to say that the 8 months since the referendum have been quite stressful. Therefore, it was almost therapeutic to see so many other EU nationals and hear their stories.

The British press often misrepresents the 'EU migrants' as only Eastern European fruit pickers, waiters and hotel receptionists, maybe a few doctors and nurses thrown in for sensationalist sob stories. However, while I would agree that most of the staff I've seen in London hotels seem to be immigrants, it's also important to remember that the EU nationals in the UK are not a homogeneous group, but people from all walks of life, and from all sorts of backgrounds.

The people I spoke to were mostly middle class professionals who have been living in the UK for a long time, in some cases 20-30 years, working and paying taxes, raising their families. Some are married to UK citizens, with bilingual, dual-nationality children. And contrary to the tired old myth about immigrants, quite a few of these people are educated and come from the richest countries in the EU (= Germany, France, The Netherlands and the Nordic countries). In other words, they are not that different from Professor M and me...

But what struck me most was that all of the people I spoke to had similar stories to tell. How after years of living in the UK and considering this country their home they suddenly felt rejected. How their contributions to their communities were trivialised simply because they were born in another country. How they felt abandoned by friends and relatives who belittled their anxiety. Some had experienced hostility from neighbours and colleagues, or had seen long-term friends turn against them. They'd been discriminated against at work, or told to 'pack up and leave'. And they all talked about the anxiety and depression caused by the uncertainty of what will happen to them and their families. As one lady I spoke to said, it's as if you were playing a board game and they suddenly changed the rules. And not only did they change the rules but they also refuse to tell you what the new rules are...

Of course, Prime Minister Theresa May keeps saying that the UK will always want to welcome the best and the brightest immigrants. But I think she's missing the point. 'The best and the brightest' always have choices, and they won't wait forever...

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So, what about us?

In a way Professor M and I are not 'typical' EU migrants. For starters, I'm not nor do I intend to become a full-time resident in the UK. For the past 20 years or so we have been living in and commuting between two countries (I work in Finland), and we don't have children to worry about. So, if push comes to shove, we can actually pack up and leave. Except that Professor M really likes his job and the people he works with.

Has life changed for us since the referendum?

Yes and no. On the surface, we continue living our lives as always, shuttling between Finland and the UK. But deep down, everything has changed.

And by everything I mean the way we live our lives, our perception of the UK, and our attitudes.

All good things come to an end...

For example, for years we used to spend some time in the beautiful British seaside in summer, and we have many fond memories of visiting small towns and staying in quaint little B&Bs. However, last summer we realised that this phase of our life had come to and end, and we would be happier spending our holidays on the continent from now on...

And when I arrived in the UK  a week ago I suddenly realised that for the past few months I haven't really been looking forward to coming over anymore. In fact, both Professor M and I have been spending most of our weekends in Finland. We've also visited Germany several times this past 8 months. And the last time we got off the Eurostar at Brussels I remember feeling so relieved, as if I could breathe again...

And when I do come over to the UK, I have zero interest in going to London for shopping, museums or anything else. Really, I couldn't care less.

Seeing everything with new eyes 

Originally we were both drawn to this country because of its vibrant, multicultural atmosphere. But now we are more sensitive to the subtle (and less subtle) current of xenophobia in British culture. Sure, people who look like Professor M and I don't usually encounter (overt) racism, and in our respective cultures it is unacceptable, and something we take very seriously.

But recently Professor M told me that - for the first time since he came to the UK as a student some 20 years ago - he wonders if he is still welcome. And we both think that our long-term future is probably somewhere else.

I have an attitude problem

Whenever I'm in the UK now I have no desire to meet new people (unless they are 'immigrants', like us), for many reasons. On one hand, I need my own little cushy echo chamber now, mainly because I really need people to treat me as their equal. That's just the way I am. On the other hand, I'm very prone to telling people, in detail and with a generous side dish of curse words, how condescending and insensitive I find their fake sympathy expressed in platitudes such as 'get over it' or 'you'll be alright' .

And I have no patience for people who wish to explain why they voted Leave. But I take every opportunity to tell them my views on the the issue. And no, it's not a debate or a discussion. And it most certainly is not optional; you talk to me about Brexit and you get an unedited stream of my thoughts. I've always been a bit of a loose cannon, and these days I have a lot of repressed anger...

But it's people who say they don't have a problem with immigrants like us who really drive me mad. You see, I have a zero tolerance policy on back-stabbing: you can't throw people like me and my husband under the bus and then ask me to be your friend.

So yes, a lot has changed, even though everything looks the same on the surface. I guess in my head I've already moved on, decided that this phase of my life is coming to an end.


Tiina

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

It's almost spring...

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It's nice and sunny... 

And warm. Fine, warmer. A bit. Honest! OK, fine, it's sunny... But hey, it's almost spring. Really.

Just don't look down. NO, DON'T LOOK DOWN!

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OK, about that white stuff... 

Yes, it's snow. It's February, and we're in Finland, of course there's snow! But it's sunny, and that's what matters. 

It's sunny, so spring is in the air. A bit. Just a little bit. I'll take it.  And don't forget the daylight. A little bit more daylight every day

Come on, the sun rises before me, that's something... Yes, I know I work in the evening now, but I still have to get up at a decent time. No, I don't get back home before the sun sets, I work in the evening, remember?

BUT THERE'S A LITTLE BIT MORE DAYLIGHT EVERY DAY!!! 

Sorry, I got a bit carried away there. I'm practising, you see, for when spring is finally here...
  cashmere cardigan

Outfit details:
cashmere cardigan: Brora (old) / t-shirt: Marks and Spencer (old) / jeans: Next (old) / 
bag: Marimekko / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / ankle boots: Nero Giardini (old)

Are you looking forward to spring?

Tiina

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Watch Your (Politicians') Language!

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The times they are a-changing

Politics is changing, and the language of politics reflects that change. And whether we like it or not, the new language of politics finds its way into our everyday life, and makes us see the world in a new light.

Of course, change doesn't occur overnight, and a particular course of action is never inevitable. Yet, it is only in retrospect that we can see clearly where a course correction would have been possible, or where we should have simply hit the brakes...

However, it might be time to pause when newspapers call independent judiciary 'enemies of the people', or elected officials label anything they don't like 'fake news'. It is more likely, though, that we simply dismiss these instances as overreaction. After all, it's just words, and words never hurt anybody, right? But that would be a huge mistake: language is the most powerful weapon in the world.

It is true that language alone probably doesn't change the world

However, it does facilitate change because it changes perception and attitudes. Therefore, it is not irrelevant that politics normalizes and legitimizes language that only a short while ago would have been universally unacceptable.

For example, when derogatory comments on minorities, women and the LGBTQ community are dubbed as just 'free speech', it makes hate speech not only acceptable but also more powerful. And as a result, those arguing that freedom of speech was never meant to protect incitement to violence are suddenly seen as promoting censorship. The populist hate preachers, on the other hand, use their new roles as self-appointed 'free speech' activists to radicalize a new generation. And minorities, women and the LGBTQ community will gradually see their rights first questioned, then casually undermined and finally denied altogether.

And when the right-wing press attacks independent judiciary by dubbing them 'enemies of the people', they don't just take the power away from the people but they also undermine the rule of law. Yes, the very concept that guarantees that civil rights are respected, irrespective of which party/parties won the election. Without independent judiciary,  'the people' would be at the mercy of the whims of the new administration/government handing out favours and taking away rights as they see fit.

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But Politicians have been speaking in slogans for ages

It's not as if peddling instant solutions is anything new in politics. And this is certainly not the first time in history that hate is repackaged and sold to the masses in order to promote personal goals and ambitions. And because it's not the first time, we should also know the consequences...

Except that whenever something like this happens, we don't see it coming. After all, change doesn't happen overnight; it takes a lot of brainwashing over a long period of time to convince us that this particular course of action is not only inevitable but also desirable.

What makes it so difficult for us to see that we are being brainwashed is that it's a slow, gradual process, and the language of politics has always been vague and open to interpretations. So, when ordinary words are seen in new contexts and take on new meanings, we hardly notice. Or if we do, we probably find it amusing rather than alarming. After all, doesn't every politician stretch the truth and twist their words?

The fact is... whatever you want it to be

However, twisting words to suit a political agenda is a far cry from rebranding facts as mere opinions. This is a useful strategy for any populist as it frees them from trying to prove their argument. It is enough to dismiss any counter-arguments as opinions, and agree to disagree. Or justify their point of view as the more popular opinion, and therefore the only one that matters.

Then all that is needed is to repeat the 'popular' opinion/fact over and over again, until it drowns out everything else. And eventually what started out as a subjective opinion becomes an irrefutable fact, legitimized by the court of mob rule, now rebranded as 'the will of the people'. Never mind that 'the people' in this case is a somewhat problematic concept as it only refers to the supporters of the populist in question while leaving out anyone with a different opinion.

Who are 'the people'?

But who exactly are 'the people'? And what happens if you don't agree with 'the will of the people'? Does that mean you're not part of 'the people'? And if you're not, then who are you?

Politicians who claim to get their mandate from 'the people' usually don't even pretend to care about the often conflicting interests of various groups. The vague but malleable concept of 'the people' is all the moral justification they need to force their ideas and values on others. And if these ideas and values are challenged or encounter resistance, it is easy to label the opposition as being 'against the people' and therefore 'undemocratic'.

The fact that the whole idea of democracy is based on compromise and the co-existence of different opinions is irrelevant: the power belongs to 'the people', i.e. the self-appointed new ruling class. By definition, 'the people' are always right, and have the moral upper hand, whatever the issue. Never mind what the share of the population that make up 'the people' in this case actually is, or how their actions impact on others who do not share their ideals and goals. There's a new sheriff in town, and they make the rules now. And they expect everyone else to fall in line, or else...

Because if you're not with 'the people', you must be 'against the people', by definition. Those are the choices, take it or leave it. And if you decide to take your chances and express an opinion that questions the infallible 'will of the people', you become prey to an online lynch mob eager to put you in your place. Because the 'the will of the people' is the new North Korea: nobody questions it without punishment.

Is it no wonder then that most closeted dissidents choose to kowtow to the 'will of the people' instead of trying to reason why inclusion and diversity are important? Or that the openly defiant dissidents find themselves marginalized and pushed out of the public sphere?

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Yes, politics is changing, And clearly we need a new language to tackle that change head-on. 

Tiina

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A Bit Blah, Or Just 'Wrong'?

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Do you ever have those days when nothing seems right? And whatever you wear just feels a bit blah, or not quite what you're after? Or just 'wrong'?

Well, this is how I felt, wearing this outfit. I guess it looks OK, hubby even called it elegant... But I just wasn't feeling it. Maybe it was the weather, I'm so tired of winter by now... Or that when we took these photos ( a couple of weeks ago) I was coming down with the flu. I don't know. But immediately after we'd taken these pictures I went back in and changed. I just thought I should tell you. Because I think we all have days when everything just feels... wrong. For whatever reason.


Outfit details:
skirt: Gerry Weber (old) / cashmere jumper: Brora (old) / 
sunglasses: Michael Kors / bag: Chanel / Boots: Diba (old)


Tiina

PS: Have you seen the latest Dilettante Artist post?

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Your Feminism Or Mine?

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"Do we still need feminism?"

This is what a student of mine asked in an essay recently.  It was a bit of a shocking question, I admit, given what's going on in the world today.

At first I thought that maybe this young woman didn't know what feminism was. But she went on to say that even though she had always described herself as a feminist, she felt that maybe it was time to focus on equality, for both sexes, instead of creating a divide between men and women. And while I think feminism is far from obsolete, I also get her point, I do.

Yes, I understand why this 20-something Finnish woman would make this point. She is privileged in many ways, as am I. But I'm not talking about economic or social status here. And I'm not feeling even a little bit guilty for my apparent privilege.

But, back to the student... When she was born, her mother (who is probably my age) had a long maternity leave, with (slightly reduced) pay. Most likely her father also took some time off to take care of her. Her parents had access to affordable full-time day care and could give her quality education completely free of charge. Nobody ever told her she couldn't do something because she was a girl (after all, when she was a child, the president was a woman), and nobody would even dream of questioning her reproductive rights.

But, both I and this young woman live in a Nordic welfare state. This makes both of us not only very privileged but also a bit naive, maybe even a bit smug, when it comes to understanding some of the issues and struggles that many western women still face today. Yet, many of the things I and my students take for granted are either under threat or a long way off in countries where (mostly male) politicians see women's bodies (and lives) as something subject to state control. And this means that neither I nor my students can afford to be complacent about feminism. If  for no other reason than that we don't want the fringe elements of our right-wing populist movements to copy these attitudes to women and women's bodies...

I want to feel empowered

When I was studying Women's Studies (as it was called back then, long before it was rebranded Gender Studies) in the university, I was hoping to gain practical tools to help me, then a young woman and a self-proclaimed feminist, in my daily life. Instead, I ended up reading a lot of very theoretical drivel about biology as destiny, discrimination, otherness etc. Not to mention all those competing strands of feminism, all of which proclaimed to have the one and only recipe on how to be a proper feminist.

What was conspicuously lacking was empowering success stories of high-achieving women sticking it to patriarchy. Of course, there were plenty of those stories in the media, but all those very accomplished women were always almost neurotically repeating the same mantra: "I'm not a feminist, but..." In my opinion, they were either deluded or downright ungrateful for all the hard work previous generations of feminists had done to make their success possible.

For the record: I have never used the "I'm not a feminist, but...' phrase in my life, but I've called myself a feminist on many occasions.

Anyway, I remember feeling so let down by academic feminism because I felt it tried to convince me to join one of the many cliques in commiserating the myriad ways women were objectified and marginalised. It didn't seem in the least bit interested in finding ways to break the glass ceiling, or changing laws and rules to accommodate women's needs. But the worst thing was it was dragging me down: making me feel miserable for being doomed as the perpetual 'other', or angry at being constantly guilt-tripped for not being oppressed enough or oppressed in the right way. I thought it was completely reasonable to expect that a movement for women should make women feel empowered, and provide kick-ass feminist role models for young women to emulate. Otherwise I could have just kept watching Xena Warrior Princess...

Cliques kill feminism

So, I was reminded of all that when I was watching in awe the Women's Marches around the world. Isn't this what feminism should be? Women (and men) from all walks of life coming together, united for a common cause, and empowering people to demand change. Yes! Tangible political goals, a clearly defined enemy, and women (and men) walking together, putting aside their social, economic, ethnic etc differences...

Until various cliques start bickering about who's the most oppressed and who owes the others some sympathy. And because nobody likes being guilt-tripped, some women feel rejected  and think they don't fit the narrow idea of what a 'real feminist' should be like. And before  we know it, it's various feminist groups battling each other instead of the common enemy.

Focus on racial, ethnic and socio-economic divides has turned feminism into a fragmented battlefield of identity politics instead of a global movement for all women everywhere. And that is not a good thing. It makes feminism useless as a political movement, and makes very capable activists waste their time and energy fighting other women instead of the system that oppresses them all.

But isn't it important for 'white women' to understand the challenges of women of other ethnic groups?

I'm a 'white woman'. That does not mean that I could somehow automatically relate to the problems of, let's say, American 'white women'. Or British, or German, or... From my point of view, they live in a different world, subject to behavioural norms and cultural conditioning that are different from mine. Hell, they even speak a different language!

Sure, we can ask if a Nordic woman can ever understand the challenges that for example a (insert your choice of an ethnic/cultural group here) woman faces. What I would like to ask is why should I understand her culture. It may not be a very politically correct thing to say, but to be completely honest, I don't give a shit what the particular problems of (insert your choice of an ethnic/cultural group here) women are. Besides, understanding is always a two-way street, so we could just as well ask shouldn't a (insert your choice of an ethnic/cultural group here) woman try to see the world from my point of view. Except that I don't really care whether she does or not because that's beside the point.

What I do care about is that all women (irrespective of their ethnic origin or socio-economic background) everywhere can trust that their human rights are respected, that they are not seen as inferior to men, and that they have full control over their own bodies and their lives.

It doesn't mean we should pretend there are no differences between various groups of women. It just means that instead of this competitive cult of 'victimhood' we should focus on what we all want. And instead of guilt-tripping women we see as 'more privileged' we should see them as allies, and focus on how we can work together to get what we want. We don't have to consider our allies as friends; we don't even have to like them. But we need them, if we want feminism to be an effective political movement.

And that's the challenge feminism faces today, in my opinion: focusing on goals rather than differences. Less talk, more action, that sort of thing. It's only then that women can work together to fix political systems that see women's lives and bodies subject to state regulation.

What's your feminism like?

Tiina

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Winter, Winter, Go Away...

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This is the time of year when I'm getting really tired of winter. And I have this irrational desire to get rid of all my winter clothes. For no particular reason, I'm just tired of wearing them. And at the same time I don't want to buy anything new. Not before spring, I mean...

Unfortunately, spring is still a long way off. And I'm desperately trying to find something inspiring in my wardrobe. Maybe unearth a piece I haven't worn for a while but that I could call 'a hidden treasure', with a bit of imagination... Or maybe I'll just pull out all the favourites, sort of 'best of'' style...

Or maybe I'll just pull out something, put it on, and hope that winter will soon be over...

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Outfit details:
coat: Hobbs (old) / top: Banana Republic (old) / cords: Marks and Spencer / 
bag: Lancel (old) / scarf: Marja Kurki / ankle boots: Clarks

What do you do when you get tired of all your old clothes? 

Tiina

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

The World Is Going Bananas

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Do you ever feel like the whole world has gone bananas?

Well, that's how I feel, as if I'm trapped in some sort of an absurd alternative reality. One in which half the world's population has suddenly decided to swap common sense for conspiracy theories, treat scientific facts as subjective opinions, and base their political decisions on bananas. At least size still matters...

No, I've not gone bananas, but I do seem to have too much time on my hands. Or nothing interesting to do, whatever. You see, I've been having the flu for a few days now, and I decided to take it easy and get some rest and stay at home etc... And to keep myself entertained I've been watching TV, reading newspapers and spent way too much time on Twitter. Yeah, I know: all sorts of loonies there...

Anyway, as I said, the world has gone crazy, and here's the evidence:

Exhibit A: The Bananagate

If you follow me on Twitter (you really shouldn't; that's where I let my crazy side loose), you may have wondered why I keep posting pictures of bananas...

Remember the referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union? It appears some people voted LEAVE because of bananas... Yes, they want bendy bananas instead of straight ones and think that the EU won't let them have them. Bendy bananas, that is.

No, I'm not making this up (I wish), and this myth was also spread by Vote Leave campaign last spring, possibly even earlier. Anyway, I'm not sure what shocks me more: that someone makes the most important political decision of their life based on bananas, or that they admit that on TV...

bendy bananas

 Now, I've visited about half a dozen EU countries this past year, and I must say that I've never seen straight bananas, anywhere. Not that I've paid much attention. To be honest, it's not exactly a priority in my life...

Anyway, as I said, I've been at home for a couple of days and I'm getting bored out of my head, and that's when I always get some crazy ideas... so I though I should get photographic evidence that there are indeed bendy bananas in the EU. And here we are! The bananas in these pictures came from my local shop, in Helsinki, Finland (which is an EU country, of course). It's not a huge sample, I admit, so next time I go abroad I will try and remember to photograph more bananas. You know, like a real investigative reporter... I'll keep you posted.

 Exhibit B: It's all about size...

...of the ego, that is. That SNL joke was really funny: the toddler-in-chief is obsessed with how many people attended his little party, and throws a hissy-fit on Twitter... Wait, it wasn't a joke?! What does he think this show is, American Idol?

OK, please send little Donny's nanny a note that little Donny needs a better hobby. And the other world leaders don't want to play The Apprentice all the time, and he has to play nice and let them fire him sometimes, too...

bananagate

Exhibit C: my facts are just as good as your facts

And if I say I'm a tall supermodel, well, then, that's the way it is. And you just have to accept that. Because when you say that I'm a short, middle-aged woman, well, that's just your opinion, and my opinion is the only fact that matters...

Damn! I thought it would work. You know, if you really believe something is true, then it's going to be true. Or, the more Orwellian version: I can believe in two contradictory, mutually exclusive facts simultaneously... No?

And here I thought these days we could just choose the facts we like. I thought it was all about what you want to believe now. That facts are subjective, a matter of taste, a bit like opinions, really. And if you don't like my facts, well, that's just because they're alternative facts. But they're just as good as your facts.

Besides, not all facts, alternative or not, are equal. Some facts, or alternative facts, are more equal than others. It all really just boils down to whose (alternative) facts are more popular...

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But there are still some obstinate liberals left in the world...

You know, those people who just won't get it that democracy stops when their side loses. And because their side lost, they don't have freedom of speech anymore. Because now the other side has it. It's like Stanley Cup or whatever: only one team can take it home. Duh!

And then this stupid idea of diversity... If people want bendy bananas, then that's what they should get. Not tailor-made bananas. Or mini-bananas. Or green bananas. One size fits all, that's it.

bendy bananas

DISCLAIMER:
No bananas were harmed in the making of this blog post. All bananas posed for photos willingly, although not of their own initiative. All bananas are EU nationals and thus do not require work permits. The bananas will not be available for comments or further photo opportunities because they will be eaten within the next few days. 

Tiina

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

'Resort Looks': Denim and Stripes

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The last Madeira post...

Yes, really. The last one, I promise... And this time we going all casual. But isn't that what a holiday should be like: easy and relaxing, with an outfit to match.

And the outfit couldn't be easier than this: a striped top and a denim skirt, with some statement accessories. Yes, it's the same bag you've seen in all but one of the Madeira outfit posts...

And the shoes... I did have several pairs of shoes with me, but I ended up wearing this one all the time (except when we went to the mountains). What can I say? These shoes are comfortable, and perfect for sightseeing. Or when you just have to walk a lot. In other words, when travelling... No, that really is not the time to break in new shoes. With all the walking we did my feet were sore enough in the evening, even with good shoes...

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Outfit details:
top: Gap / skirt: KappAhl / bag: Kate Spade / scarf: Alexander McQueen / 
sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / shoes: Clarks

How many pairs of shoes do you pack when you travel?

Tiina

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