New Year’s Resolutions: Me, Me, Me!

Oh My Goodness, it is the last moment of the year when we can squeeze in those final drops of thoughts and words all about our dearest selves in the 2,015th Year of Our Lord. Let us not dwell on lessons learned (or nearly), let us think about us, and what we can put off until tomorrow!

Welcome back to our annual tradition and a Bonne Année Mes Amis from us all.

  1. Auditory beauty, let it be nurtured and lived this forthcoming year.
  2. No person of decency, still less delicacy, will be guilty of a double entendre. A well-bred person always refuses to understand a phrase of doubtful meaning. If the phrase may be interpreted decently, and with such interpretation would provoke a smile, then smile to just the degree called for by such interpretation, and no more. – ‘Decorum: A Treatise on Etiquette and Dress’, 1880 (and Miss April’s Bible).
  3. Double entendre – deliver them often, wittily and well. Laugh with a cheeky chuckle or a riotous raucousness, depending on how much champagne has been quaffed.
  4. Style over fashion, always.
  5. If it is within your power, ban all shorts.
  6. The wearing of flat lace-ups on a lady is not to be celebrated. Be mindful of commenting upon them as no doubt the wearer is obliged to don them due to catastrophic injury.
  7. Listen.
  8. Vulnerability is not a dirty word, in fact, it could save your life, but it requires a fearless kind of determination and a lot of practice.
  9. Your behaviour does not lie.
  10. Wear more turbans. Now add jewels. Do not forget the drapery.
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    To love is to love Nature for we are but a small part of her and need her desperately. Best wishes to you and your loved ones. Stay tuned for 2016!

We Are Resolved to have a Happy New Year!

Dearest Revellers, here we find ourselves again bidding farewell to one year and ringing in the new! Thank you for your warm visits and we hope you enjoy our authors’ annual compilation of deepest profound resolutions.

1. Abide by Miss April’s advice, at times mordacious but stubbornly right on the button.
2. Revive the art of and re-popularise the billet-doux.
3. Never, ever compromise one’s true worth for the sake of lust nor money.
4. Refuse to consume anything proclaimed to be ‘Fat-Free’; insist on your right to full-cream, full-fat wholesome deliciousness.
5. Know Thyself (or at least for your sake and others do your damnedest to try).
6. Science.
7. There is a time and a place for procrastination, and that time is not now.
8. One’s Winter gloves must not succumb to the pedestrian. Style, Style, Style!
9. Pursue a most beautiful and sincere vocabulary in order to touch the hearts of others, influence those to treasure nature and life, and to share unselfish truths.
10. Always remember that Love takes time where Infatuation rushes in, much like Fools.


Amongst the bonhomie and bubbles, the memories and loss, always remember – be kind to find happiness! Happy New Year!

Taxidermy – a true passion at the Museum of Natural History


A beloved pet. He greets you at the door, and my goodness it takes a while before one realises he is no longer of this mortal coil.

Taxidermy – so hot right now. However, for Michael Buzza this fashion was 40 years or more in the making. He is the owner of the Museum of Natural History situated in the historic township of Guildford, West Australia. I have been there numerous times myself. A few times I marched up to the door only to find it closed. Once because they had just received a huge bullock that needed attention. Other times, for no apparent reason, but that it is a unique and independent institution which behaves according to its own needs.


Mont Blanc – re-used is 100% recycled.

The main thing I love about this museum is that it is an obvious exercise in individual passion, plus skill. This is one of the most exhilarating aspects of this museum. Mr Buzza’s attention to the objects of his expertise reveals his respect for the nature of his subjects. There are narratives, there is attention to detail in the natural environment of the creature, there is beauty. It is a most moving aspect of the museum, the skill combined with the knowledge, love and respect that the owner has towards the protagonists of the modest museum.  Mr Buzza’s passion is genuine. So, albeit a relatively small space, the impact is huge and the rewards to the visitor magnificent.

The Museum is based in the old Guildford Theatre, thereby the museum’s presence also acts as a wonderful preservation of 19th century architecture. The building itself is a most apt setting for the menagerie of fauna inside. One only has to look up, and up to see more specimens – a floating wall of fish species, snakes, Australian natives, a tiger, strangely some fibreglass dinosaurs – it is an eclectic placement of characters, so in keeping with a Victorian salon sensibility. There is a sitting area (much like my 1970s era family loungeroom) to watch informative videos of Mr Buzza in action, and old media snippets. There is a library to peruse. There are cabinets and drawers full of curious specimens. Mr Buzza speaks of his childhood on the farm, and at the age of 10 his interest in taxidermy was sparked. I don’t believe this childhood curiosity and wonder for the natural world ever left the taxidermist, it fuels his collecting style.

Here at the Museum of Love and Mortality we are true believers in supporting the  authentic experience. This is Australia’s most experienced taxidermist, and he has allowed his personal collection to be viewed by us, the humble public. This is a passionate collector – so when next in Perth, go and see.

Museum of Natural History
The Old Guildford Theatre
131 James Street
Guildford, Perth, West Australia
Entry: $5 and worth it


You really can find a book for everything. Start up tips.

Vampire Book List

Vampyros Lesbos, the exquisite Soledad Miranda.

Vampyros Lesbos, the exquisite Soledad Miranda.

Going through my childhood and adolescent diaries I came across a few book lists dedicated to themes of vampirism. These I created myself in the early 1990s, unfortunately I haven’t read them all! Popular authors to the more obscure, I just thought it would be somewhat interesting to publish the full homemade list. If you’ve read them all, or even some, leave your thoughts below! Keep in mind this is pre Buffy, True Blood, Twilight and Vampire Diaries.

Anne Rice – author
Stephen King – author
James Herbert – author
‘I, Vampire’, Jody Scott, The Women’s Press.
‘Dracula’s Brood’, Richard Dalby 1987, 1989, Equation, England.
‘The Wizard of the Mountain’, William Gilbert, in Dracula’s Brood.
‘Within a Silken Thread’, Eliza Lynn Linton, 1880, in Dracula’s Brood.
‘The Dracula Centenary book, Peter Haining, Souvenir Press, London, 1987.
‘The Vampyre’, John William Polidori, 1819.
Edgar Allen Poe – Author.
Bram Stoker – Author.
‘The Hunger’.
‘The Annotated Dracula’ Prf. Leonard Wolf, 1975.
‘A Biography of Dracula’, Harry Ludlam, 1962.
‘Vampyros Lesbos’, Jess Franco.
\’he Man who wrote Dracula’, Danial Farson, 1975.
‘The Search of Dracula’, Raymond T. McaNally Y Radu Florescue, 1972.
‘The Land Beyond the FOrest, Mme Emily de Laszowska Gerard, 1888, about Transylvanian superstitions.
‘The Bloody countess’, Valentin Pensorse 1962
‘The Dracula Myth’, Gabriel Ronay, 1972.
‘Dracula was a woman’, Raymond McNally, 1985.
‘The Vampire in Legend, Fact and Art’, Basil Copper, 1973.
‘The Natural History of the Vampire’, Anthony Masters, 1972, Hard-Davis.
‘The Vampire: His Kith & Kin’, Montague Summers (Kegan Paul), 1928.
‘The Vampire in Europe’, Montague Summers, 1928.
‘Vampires and Vampirism’, Dudley Wright, 1924, Rider.
‘The Heart of Miranda’, H.B. Mariott watson, 1899.
‘Stories Weird & Wonderful’, Hume Nisbet, 1900.
‘For Maurice: Five unlikely Tales’ Vernon Less (pseudonym for Violet Paget), 1927.
‘The Book of Werewolves: Being an account of a terrible superstition’, Sabine Barin-Gould, 1865, reports of vampires & wolfmen.
‘The Elemental: Tales of the Supernormal and the Inexplicable’ Ulric Evan Daubeny, 1919.

and ones for kids?

‘The Dracula Scrapbook’
‘The Little Vampire Moves In’
‘The Dracula Centenary book’
‘Vampires don’t wear polka dots’
‘The Vampires revenge’
‘Prisoner of Vampires’
‘End of the Vampires’
‘The Curse of the Vampires Socks’
The Story of Vampires’
‘Vampires Picture Books’
‘The Space Vampires’
‘The Midnight People’
‘Digital Vampires’
‘The Book of Vampires’
‘Monster Tales’


Andy Warhol – I need the blood of a wirgin! Nope, not around here!

And Movies..

‘Dracula’, Bela Lugosi, 1931, Universal.
‘Dracula AD 1972, Christopher Lee.
‘Dracula’, Frank Langella, 1979.
‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’, Lil Dagoer & Conrad Veidt (German)
‘Noseratu’, FW Murnau, 1922.
‘Dracula’, Carlos Villarias & Edwuardo Aruzamena (Spanish), 1931.
‘Mark of the Vampire’, Bela Lugosi & Carol Borland, 1935.
‘Horror of Dracula’, Christopher Lee, Hammer Horror, 1958.
‘Dracula, prince of Darkness, Christopher lee, 1965.
‘Dracula has rise from the Grave’, Christopher Lee, 1968 (or ‘Dracula’s Revenge’)
‘Taste the Blood of Dracula’, Christopher Lee, 1969.
‘Scars of Dracula’, 1970
‘Dracula Chases the Mini Girls’
‘the Satanic Rites of Dracula’ Hammer Horror, 1973.
‘El Conde Dracula’, 1970
‘Son of Dracula’, Lon Chaney Jr, and Louise Albritton, 1943.
‘House of Dracula, John Carradine, 1945.
‘House of Frankenstein’, John Carradine, 1944.
‘The Return of the Vampire’, Matt Willis & Bela Lugosi, 1944.
‘The Return of Dracula’, Francis Lederer, 1958.
‘Count Dracula’, Philip Savill, Louis Jourdan, 1978.
‘Blacula’, William Marshall, 1972.
‘Nosferatu’ , Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, 1972.
‘Vampyres’, 1974, Essay Films.
‘Scream Blacula Scream’, 1973, Marshall.
‘Deafula’, 1975, Singapore.
‘Count Yorga, Vampire’, 1970, Robert Quarry.
‘The Return of Count Yorga’, 1971, Robert Quarry.
‘Salem’s Lot’, 1979.
‘The Hunger’, 1983.
‘Dracula’s Dog’, 1977. (Zoltan the dog)
‘Dracula’s Daughter’, Gloria Holden, 1936.
‘Countess Dracula’, Ingrid Pitt, Hammer Horror, 1970.
‘The Vampire Lovers’, Ingrid Pitt, 1970.
‘Kiss of the Vampire’, Don Shapr, 1962.
‘Ceremonia Sangrienta’, Lucia Bose, 1972. Spanish.
‘Dance of the Vampires’, Cadre Films, Roman Polanski, 1967.
‘Vampire Circus’, 1971, Hammer.
‘Martin’, John Mdas, Braddock Associates, 1976.
‘Dracula’, Andy Warhol, Roman Polanski, 1973.
‘Lust for a Vampire’, Michel Johnson, Hammer Horror, 1970.
‘Vamp’, Grace Jones, 1986.
‘Twins of Evil’, Hammer, 1971.
‘Reequiem pour un Vampire’, Sex Vampires’, Jean Rollins, 1971.
‘L’amante del Vampiro (The Vampire’s Lover)’, Maria Luisa Roland, 1960s, Italian.
‘L’Ultima Pred del Vapmpiro (The Last Victim of teh Vampire)’, Water Brandi, 1960s, Italian.

Nosferatu - the truth is not so pretty.

Nosferatu – the truth is not so pretty.

Happy Anniversary To Us!

Bring me wine, love and beauty. It is the first anniversary of our beloved blog. Hurrah! Thank you for visiting, reading, looking and especially commenting. Let’s celebrate with the King of Bacchanalia! Please come again.

Bacchus and Ariadne, 1520 - 1523, Titian. Held in the National Gallery, London.

Bacchus and Ariadne, 1520 – 1523, Titian. Held in the National Gallery, London.

Visit the National Gallery’s website to hear all about this painting.

Tragedy and Love go hand in hand. You must know that by now!

Happy Australia Day folks! Ancient and young, vast and small. I am very happy to be here. Enjoy the holiday!


Memories take a more solid form for Australians in 1788. In fact today hardly anyone could forget yesterday. Newly landed settlers can not be bothered to spend the energy in having to re-establish their social identity in Australia. They go about merely trying to convince people of their past proven trustworthiness and charm rather than actually demonstrating it.

Dean Wallis manages his own board of testimonials clearly written for all to see, but only from the vantage point of the ocean – Europe (yesterday). Countess Beckendorff of Berlin writes “Mr Wallis proved to be most enjoyable company at parties which I attended”. W Dawson-Smith of Forthampton House writes “Mr Wallis was regarded as one of the most desirable and fashionable men of our social group”.

In England in 1788 there were no police. Everybody wanted police but the French had already thought of it and the British Parliament could not…

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Mourning, History & Jewellery in Boston

Mourning ring made for John Gray, the infant son of John and Mary (Otis) Gray, who died six days after his birth in September 1763. The ring is made of gold, with three joined enameled scrolls and large square crystal over gold foil skull set into raised, rayed mount flanked by two small round facet-cut crystals. Scrolls contain text in raised gold Roman capitals in black cloisonné enamel.: "J:GRAY OB.17.SEP.1763.AE 6D."

Mourning ring made for John Gray, the infant son of John and Mary (Otis) Gray, who died six days after his birth in September 1763. The ring is made of gold, with three joined enameled scrolls and large square crystal over gold foil skull set into raised, rayed mount flanked by two small round facet-cut crystals. Scrolls contain text in raised gold Roman capitals in black cloisonné enamel.: “J:GRAY OB.17.SEP.1763.AE 6D.”

Before it closes on the 31st January 2013 you must go and visit the exhibition In Death Lamented at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston – that is, if you are lucky enough to live close by!

Unfortunately we are based on the other side of the world, but I was wise enough to purchase a copy of the accompanying publication which I had to review on Amazon. I couldn’t help myself, I do that sort of thing.

Sarah Nehama I am proud to say has contributed to this blog. She is a jeweller herself and an avid collector of mourning jewellery, many pieces of hers you will see in the collection. She also authored the book. Here is a fascinating interview with her discussing mourning jewellery and items in the exhibition.

If you have seen the exhibit please let me know what you thought of it below in the comments. As a collector of mourning jewellery I would have loved to have seen it myself!

A narcissistic list of New Year’s resolutions for the superficial self.

The MOLAM blog authors have combined to offer some suggestions for this year’s resolutions. We hope you enjoy them!

1. Wear more lipstick.
2. Reduce sparkling wine intake.
3. Increase champagne intake.
4. Introduce a hat into one’s fashion repertoire.
5. Source the perfect scent to become one’s signature perfume.
6. Research obscure lyrical adjectives to create a more enigmatic vocabulary.
7. Memorise Baudelaire verses and inject into conversation wherever possible.
8. Post complete collection of shoes online.
9. Vocalise the constant internal battle between one’s virtuous and profane selves, as if it somehow makes one’s existence more profound.
10. Refuse to love oneself more for fear it will turn oneself into a hideous dullard.

We wish you a most prosperous 2013 whereby your existence and efforts create a happier and safer world for yourselves, your families, your neighbours, and the future. Happy New Year!!