Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hurrah - she's mine

Do congratulate me, please. I have been chasing after this lady for the longest time.

A part of artist (and my friend) Mark Maher's "Digital Icons of Porn Models", I have wanted her for years - and he hasn't wanted my money. What sort of an artist is that? Today, I finally convinced him I am indeed well-enough off to purchase some art. (Or something - I don't know why he wouldn't sell her to me until now - I have been after her since 2001 or thereaboutsish.)

she's mine


lavenderblue said...

Superb..........I can understand why he didn't want to part with her......

Anna MR said...

Isn't she glorious? Stunning? Beautiful?

I feel really protective about her. What I would really like now would be to find the East European girl in the picture (he used images from E. European porn mags) and tell her how absolutely wonderful she is, and how much I want to make sure she doesn't get hurt.

You know.

Reading the Signs said...

Is she not Mary Magdalen? My first thought.

Who is the scary geezer next to her? I couldn't help noticing him too.

I am also about to purchase art - a piece of scuplture. Proof that you don't necessarily have to be loaded to do this kind of thing.

NMJ said...

Stunning, good for you - am envious, the only original art I have are drawings by my nephews

Anna MR said...

Hei Signs - the scary geezer is another porn model. Porn models can be scary geezers and vice versa. (I can see what you mean, though, as you only see a slice of her face and her expression is, um, interesting.) Perhaps I should point out that the picture shows the icons slightly larger than life-size.

Make sure to post a picture of your piece of sculpture, once purchased.

Hei NMJ - thank you. I'm sure your nephews' drawings are fine stuff, too. Post a selection of pictures...?

But Why? said...

Wow - that quite an infatuation you have there! My heartiest congratulations on finally getting you hands on the object of your desires.

But x

Anna MR said...

Dear But - thank you kindly, girl. All good things come to those who wait, as they say...


R.H. said...
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R.H. said...

Sorry, that was me, I meant to say good things come to those who wait, the bad take some work, but in my case anyway -and especially on public transport, it's best to keep my mouth shut and desires secret.

(nice picture)

Anna MR said...

Hei R.H. - I agree with you on matters pertaining both to bad things and public transport, thank you for complimenting the picture, and welcome you here most heartily.

Come again, another day.


R.H. said...

You rain?

"rain, rain, go away
come again some other day."

ha ha.

-Just kidding, of course.

Everyone loves R.H.

R.H. said...

Midday here now. You're seven hours behind.

How unforunate.

R.H. said...

Unfortunate, yes.

Unforunate, too.

Anna MR said...

R.H. - according to my calculations, you are either in Australia or Vladivostok, as you do not leave a footprint on my stats (unfair) and you only leave a timezone-related hint.

Either that, or you're actually seven hours behind me.

Your blog is sparse in words, but you are welcome here regardless. And there's nothing wrong with rain per se.

R.H. said...

I'm in Melbourne, Australia, which is in a straight line with Japan -same time zone, I think. I've been to Copenhagen. I bought a motorbike there (MZ Trophy), and a drink called Maelk, which I thought was milk, but which wasn't, and tasted awful. I visited the Tivoli, and the brewery. At the end of the brewery tour we were offered a beer or a soft drink. I chose the soft drink. Copenhagen at the time was the pornography capital of the world. I don't know why. It was also a very free society, lots of drunks.

Kind regards.

Anna MR said...

Hello Robert R.H.. I've visited Copenhagen, too, on several occasions. It was the pornography capital of, if not the world, certainly Europe, at that time too. The Danes were known as very liberal, although I think there's been a swing to the right there as elsewhere in Europe, and the attitudes of the Danes are hardening (no pun intended).

I went to Tivoli too, but as I don't like amusement rides very much - I suffered terribly from travel sickness as a child, it is something to do with the mysterious workings of the inner ear, and it's left me unable to enjoy the sensation of being tossed and jostled upside down in a small metal box - I got rather stuck on playing pinball machines there. There was also a favourite bar I went to with my Danish friends - Krasnapolsky, "The Red Pole" (as in Polish person), it was considered cool at the time (mid-80s) although I understand it later got to be very cliché.

I enjoyed you sharing you memories from Copenhagen, but I feel compelled to point out it is indeed the capital of Denmark and as such, a foreign city (and country) to me too (but of course you knew this). Denmark and Finland have very different histories and as a consequence, Copenhagen and Helsinki are very different, both in appearance and in atmosphere.


R.H. said...

Pardon me but I was just wanting to boast about having been to Denmark. Foreign travel is the top boast among Australians.

New York is very big at the moment ("She's been to New York." -in hushed tones) but Paris is an evergreen. I went to Denmark on a train that emerged from a ship, and thus knew I was in for some surprises: "Mind blowing," said the Yanks.
Copenhagen was the best and worst city I've ever visited. You could get a sandwich late at night from a vending machine in a wall. The cafes were were cheap, and very good. And there were hot dog vendors in the streets. The Tivoli was beautiful at night, with lights in the ground, all along the paths. I didn't go on a ride there, but saw a very funny stage show. One day while sitting in Town Hall Square a girl looked out at me from a bus. She seemed very sorry for me, but maybe she thought I was one of the drunks - I've still got a photo taken there on the motorbike, and do look awfully shabby. I'm affectionate about Copenhagen, but memories of the porno shops make me rather sad for the place. Scandinavia is known here for its broad-mindedness; its generosity. And for it's marvellous social welfare too. These are liberal ideas, and maybe one has to accept the entire package, but the downside for me was seeing photos of deflowered babies in dirty book shops. And hearing a gruff voice ask, "Where can I see a live show?"

Anna MR said...

To make you even sadder, R.H. - since we have joined the EU, our wonderful social welfare is going downhill, along with the welfare society. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening, and the attitude of people is hardening to the "me, me, me" way of thinking so typical of Western market-driven societies.

I would still like to pay the higher taxes and know nobody is left behind, but I am only one person, and the tide seems to be turning against attitudes like mine. It is so much fun to have a four-wheel drive or two, and several holidays in hot countries a year, and a luxury apartment and a villa. And a sailing boat. You know. The times they are a'changing.

R.H. said...

Really? How depressing. But I've cheered up, you may as well laugh, it annoys your enemies.
We've got an election here in a few months. Our conservative prime minister, Mr John Howard, is enormously unpopular with people who wish Melbourne was New York. He's unromantic, that's his trouble. Meanwhile the Labor opposition leader, Mr Kevin Rudd, a millionaire socialist, is much better looking, and sure to cop votes for that.
Australian politics are neither left nor right; all parties are in the middle. Which means no one really gets offended, whoever wins. And nothing changes. That's important. When the conservatives rule, workers get an annual five-dollar pay rise; with Labor it's fifty cents more, that's all. And what a joke. Well they all dine at the same restaurants, live in big houses, and fly first class. What can you expect.

Anna MR said...

Hei R.H.

I think the centralisation of politics is all part of the new world order, too - there is little room for the traditional left (our social democrats lost massively in the spring elections). Over here, there's been speculation as to why, and one of the reasons mooted as possible is that the people who traditionally would have voted left-wing don't wish to be associated with the less well off. If I vote right-wing, it shows I am doing well in the world. That sort of thing.

Of our politicians, I do like the president, Tarja Halonen - although she, when becoming president, actually lost the possibility of having real power - the president's role is more that of a figurehead nowadays, the real power being with the prime minister and, to an extent, the foreign minister. I also like Erkki Tuomioja, who was foreign minister for a long time. Not anymore, due to the social democrat's aforementioned election loss. If you're interested, you can check his website - this is the English-language page. I admire him for his principled outspokenness - to open a can of worms (but this is my site, so I can and may), he said, in his official capacity, that Israel's policies towards its Palestinian citizens was comparable to Germany of the 1930s. He was made to apologise later, though - but still - I like it in a politician to have principles.

R.H. said...

Tarja. What a marvellous name.

We've got the 'Westminster' system here, with the British monarch as Head of State (similar to Finland's President), and I don't mind that at all, but the fake New Yorkers are indignant, they want a Republic. Well there was a national vote on it a few years ago, in which the Republician vote lost, and oh golly but they're still sobbing over it. These swishy young things find it chic to support the left. They also support aborigines, homosexuals, refugees, prostitutes, and so on, but are in no hurry to invite them home for tea. They're also good at giving advice about sensible diet, while they themselves live on food that only a Finn could pronounce, but then again, if everyone did it, what would be the point?

Your Tuomioja may have apologised for what he said, but I'm sure he still believes it. Well he could have resigned instead I suppose, but that's asking a lot. And anyway, this happens all the time, everywhere. Our baby foreign Minister is an ex private school boy -and looks it (teacher's pet). I couldn't imagine him being critical of anyone, ever.

Anna MR said...

Hei R.H. - sorry to leave you hanging here for a bit.

The Finnish President does have a bit more power than Lizzie... I read of course about your Republic vote - I was quite surprised, in a way, that it went the way it did, I can't understand what the Australians who do wish to stay "under the Queen" think they're getting out of it.

Where do you stand on inviting minority groups home for tea?

Resigning over irreconcilable differences of policy (and in particular, policy-making) is all very well, and I heartily support standing for one's beliefs (Claire Short, for instance, in my view should have resigned when Britain went into the Iraq war, it would have had an effect) (please god, let it be Claire Short who I am talking about - dreadful memory for names), but in Tuomioja's case, I think it would have been foolish to resign over the Israel/Nazi Germany statement. This was not over a policy-making issue - it is not as if he was made to apologise and Finland would have gone on to oppress the Palestinians. It was considered a badly-chosen (i.e. overly open) phrase from a man holding a very high office. He has gone on to support peace and human rights, everywhere, and I take my hat off for him. It is not easy to be a politican with real power and still remain principled. Or really, to even become one, if you've ever had principles...

(Tarja - don't forget to roll your r, and imagine the j is a y - you'll get closer to the proper pronunciation. From the Russian Darya)


R.H. said...

Having been raised in a neighbourhood that said 'fuck' every day I'm tired of hearing it. To me it's connected with cruelty, which was common in my childhood. However the intelligent classes whose better ways I admire, are now enthralled by: "Fucken moll!- I'll smash ya face in!"

Not that they would ever swear in the context of smashing someone's face in, these young fashionables, but some seem to think fuck will get them the Nobel for literature. Meanwhile they're tipping out the true fucksayers from the slums by pushing up prices everywhere.

The point is, I'm a minority myself -without the shame of a cuddly upbringing and then on to university. I'm not a professional, not well-off, and so don't rate as having concern for minorities. It would look silly.

The fact is, I'm reaching up for respectability, whilst those who have it are reaching down.

R.H. said...

The majority of people in this country realised that a republic is just another whim demanded by an effete cafe society wanting to feel ever more important. They've wailed for years, these latte donkeys, about Australia being ignored by the rest of the world, but now it's finally getting publicity through our participation in Iraq, they do not like it.

Well golly me, but I am so sorry.

(ha ha ha)


Anna MR said...

Hei Robert RH - you are a bit of a tough nut to crack, aren't you? I am having to really think about what you have said there and how I feel about the various issues you bring up, and about my response. I have a feeling I will both land up being long-winded and not get what I want to say, said. I shall try, though, ok?

I believe that all people, regardless of whether they are born in a slum to a prostitute junkie mother and a wife-beating gun-toting gangsta father, or with an armful of inherited titles and a golden spoon up their arses, are equally laden with a potential to contribute to the sum total of what is good and positive in mankind. Whether they manage to reach this potential is, of course, dependent on various issues, not least of which is the unfairness of their starting points in life.

Furthermore, I believe that the aforementioned people (prostitute junkie, wife-beating gun-toting gangsta, dude with inherited titles and golden spoons up where the sun doesn't shine) along with everybody else on the planet are to be considered intrinsically valuable. The value of a human life, any human life, has to be a given, something that isn't dependent on who the person is.

However, this emerging Jesus complex that I seem to suffer from doesn't stop me from seeing various despicable aspects, both in mankind and its individual representatives, including but not limited to bigotry, blinkardness, ignorance, hate, fundamentalism, stupidity, selfishness, greed, and so on (the list is truly endless, and these are just the ones that immediately sprung to my mind as the ones that possibly hurt me the most).

Having now stated my starting point to this discussion, I can happily go on to say that I am also pissed off both by the faux-idealisms of the chattering "latte" classes and the crass and violent attitude of the fucksayers (great term, consider it stolen). Amongst many, many other things that piss me off and hurt me. But I sense a venom in your words that I have no reply to - I don't know whether I can be considered to have had "the shame of a cuddly upbringing" - these things are all relative, aren't they? But I certainly lack a university education, a lack for which I have a huge chip on my shoulder, and although I have a profession (I am trained in a particular field of work, and I work in it - that counts as being professional, doesn't it?) I am not well-off in the standards of my country and society (although of course, when viewed globally, I belong to the rip-off elite of mankind) - I am a single parent in a low-income field and will never have a "lot" of money to spend, let's face it. I don't know what your circumstances are, of course - but I would say that in my view, there is always room for concern for people, be they minorities or not. I confess I'm not really sure I understand what you mean when you say you don't rate as having concern for the minorities. And I can't help looking silly.

As regards the other issue (Australia as a potential Republic) - I can understand that it is off-putting if "a republic is just another whim demanded by an effete cafe society wanting to feel ever more important" - but surely, that doesn't really go either way as to answering my musing on what there is in it for Australia to remain subject to the British monarch?

Sorry, RH, I am in a peculiarly soft state of mind and cannot join in in an angry vein. I hope my long-winded reply goes some way towards covering the area of "answer" to your interesting and valued commentary here in this nook of my blog. It is a joy to have you visit and converse.


R.H. said...

I like British values, that's all. If I had a choice of somewhere else to live that's where I'd go. And anyway, our croissant eaters hate the Queen, it's part of the latte catechism; I could give you the whole list, but won't, not here. Nothing changes, that's my thesis, there'll always be the lower orders, and a bullshitter section of the middle classes, playing at being radical. It's fun. Some make a career of it, like my deadhead social worker niece, giving superior instruction to the dumb classes on how to live, and sweet talking them at the same time, into behaving. For me to do likewise would look awful silly, because I've been a villain since I was four years old. They've given up on the poor anyway, having abandoned it in general for specific minorities: blacks, refugees, and so on, whites can't get a look in. So nothing changes, not really, the foccacia has replaced the cucumber sandwich, that's all, sunglasses have replaced the parasol, but it's the same old crowd, back again. You never get rid of them

Thanks for all this, and you needn't worry, you've moved around a bit, and got back home, keeping the warm heart you've had all your life. The welcome you give people here is the truest I've seen.

Anna MR said...

Robert RH - you said some stunningly nice things about yours truly there, and my conversation is a little stumped by that. Thank you - I really mean it. That was a lovely compliment and I value it.

Who was it who said "whoever wins the elections, the government always gets in"? "Nothing changes" may be true - is, to all intents and purposes, quite true - yet things have changed. Slavery is no longer legal in the Western world - it happens, but at least it's not condoned by the law. Women have the vote, child labour is not allowed - again, in the Western world. I need to believe in the possibility of the world becoming a better place for all. I need to believe in the potential for goodness in people.

I don't know about villainous four year olds - I have a very real love for young children. I'm sure you were sharp-thinking and intelligent already then.

R.H. said...

Sharp, I think I was, I remember dancing behind a private school boy on a dirt road outside our house.

"Whoever you vote for, a politician gets in."
Yes, that's true, and Class has failed to wither.

Anna MR said...

Children do reflect the attitudes of their parents and their community - the painful anger of the "have-nots" against the "haves", for instance. This does not the four-year-old you a villain make, in my view, RH.

Sorry, but I'm unable to see children as villainous.

Anna MR said...

Okay - need to try this.