Patience is a virtue.

National Lipstick Day

Apparently today is National Lipstick Day. Yahoo has 16 weird and wonderful facts about lippie.

I’d rather be Barbie

‘I was forced to live a double life until about eight years ago when I decided to become Barbie for real and ignore what other people said,’ Barbie fan Blondie Bennett is quoted by the Metro newspaper as saying.

Living a double life? Until she decided to ignore what other people thought? Sound familiar? Yes, I thought so.

The twist? Blondie Bennett is not trans.

Grayson Perry, Britain’s self-styled “pre-eminent transvestite”, has just received the award of a CBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.   He – Grayson Perry, not the Prince – wore a midnight blue dress and matching fitted jacket with a wide-brimmed black hat trimmed with feathers for the investiture. Perry described the outfit as his “mother of the bride outfit”. A spokesman for the Palace is quoted as saying that his “attire was entirely appropriate”.

You can judge for yourself, for here is MSN video of Perry speaking afterwards.

In my view, Grayson Perry’s makeup, handbag and shoes all complement his dress well, however one thing would really perfect the look – Perry needs to acquire a matronly bust.

I don’t normally read the Daily Star, but when I saw the headline “Sex-swop doc in stag gore horror” in a copy lying around at work, I had to pick it up. There is something to the sub-editor’s skill in creating an eye-catching headline with seven words and just eight syllables.

The Sun carried the same story with the headline “Gored by mad stag” with “Deer spears sex-swop Kate, 30, in the neck” in smaller writing underneath. Whilst both headlines and both articles mentioned Dr Kate Stone’s transgender status, I thought both papers coverage was sympathetic. Both did mention that Kate’s height – she is apparently 6 feet tall – may have contributed to the stag choosing to attack her rather than one of the shorter members of her group. Yesterday’s Herald reports that Kate remains in an induced coma following surgery to repair her trachea. I wish her a full recovery.

Today is the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s greatest novel, Pride and Prejudice. The BBC News website has an interesing article about Jane’s fans, the Janeites, titled Janeites: The curious American cult of Jane Austen .

Dorothy’s dress

I noticed this first on BBC’s Spanish language news website Mundo, and then found it reported in English too. £300,000 or more accurately $480,000 is quite a bit to spend on a blue and white gingham pinafore dress; What is amazing though is that a similar dress from the tests for the same film sold for $910,000 last year.

It is easy to understand one of Marilyn Monroe’s or Audrey Hepburn’s dresses going for over half a million pounds, but a gingham dress? Was the purchaser a friend of Dorothy perhaps?

Normally, it’s your parents you have to come out to, but reading the Russia Today website this morning, I came across a Chinese grandfather who might want to fess up to his kids and grandkids, for you see, grandfather Liu Xianping has been modelling teengirl fashions for his granddaughter.

Tranny humour

While I am sure that there are a great many more tranny jokes out there, I only know two, both of which tell essential truths. Today, I give you one of them.

How many trannies does it take to change a lightbulb?

Three of course. One to hold the step ladder, one to change the lightbulb and one to take fabulous photos.

Synonymes pour travestie

Over at Émilie la Nuit’s blog XXY there is an interesting discussion of synonyms for travestie.  If you can understand any French, you should find the thread amusing, particularly some of Émilie’s responses to the weaker suggestions.

I saw this Snickers advert some time ago, liked it and promptly forgot about it.  Anyway, I was minding my own business this morning, when unbidden it popped up again.

If you haven’t seen Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham promoting Snickers then you should.

Just a thought, but one definition of trans is that one would rather eat a “Reverse Snickers” bar.