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be a bookworm

Princess Julia's too-cute puppy ate her phone charger, so she started reading. It's amazing what you can learn the old fashioned way...

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Last week the dog chewed my phone charger, you can imagine my horror as I watched my energy bar deplete and I realized just how addicted I am to the social networks. I'm the one who wakes up at an unsociable hour on a school night for a quick scan of what's going on in cyberland and the odd posting of my own, oh the shame, but there you are I've admitted it now! Without a phone for a couple of days I managed to make a good start on Morrissey's novel though which just goes to show you how much time I spend doing er 'research'. As I'm back on online action I haven't got much further than the first chapter but I have revived my bookish ways and this week I had the pleasure of having a gander through Project Zoltar presents: Zoltar the Magnificent #ProjectZoltar by Dan Macmillan and Kieron Livingstone on Trolley Books. And what a gorgeous publication it is, all bound up in an eye catching purple and gold lettered hardback but don't be deceived by its glamorous exterior, inside it's full of thought-provoking content. A foreword from Jake & Dinos Chapman no less, Zoltar the Magnificent reflects its 10 years of combining fashion, art and social commentary in glorious style.  

Another new favourite on my hit list, Behind Closed Doors by Rob Meyers takes a peek inside the homes of 25 of the world's most inspiring people. Our Rob sent out cameras to an impressive cast list including Courtney Love, Simon Foxton, Gary Card and Nicola Formichetti; they in turn photographed their best bits! If, like me, you're a bit nosey, you'll love this publication.

Earlier this year one of my favourite books emerged Malicious Damage - The defaced library books of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton by Lisa Colsell on Donlon Books. Feast your eyes on a collection of archive collages that have been locked away for many a moon and prepare to oooh in wonder at the days of cut and paste!

Down at Paul Smith, 9 Albamarle Street, Iain R Webb continues his Blitz: Fashioning '80's Style book theme with an installation in the gallery space down below. You're Ugly and Your Mother dresses you Funny sees Webb further expand on his original themes, updating references with a new series of customized Levi's jackets, the original of which he first commissioned in 1986. It's on till the 13th December so if you're up town having a shop I suggest you pop by.

Still on the theme of visual enlightenment, catch up every month with A Man To Pet and her 2014 calender. A Man To Pet is one of our local trannys who likes to cause a stir with a multitude of engaging looks and she tells me there's a story behind its concept. Working with artists such as Tony Hornecker, they've put together a series of images that reflect the social moods of a modern cross-dresser in the 21st century. How do you get to own one? Contact amantopet@gmail.com, now there's a personal service!

Feeling fashionable over at the V & A, it's that Fashion In Motion time of year. Tonight Meadham Kirchhoff take centre stage with an unique presentation of their work. I'm a huge fan of this design duo's work and much to my dismay, their Topshop collection seems to have caused a stampede and only gone and sold out, should have hot-footed down there sooner!

As you may know there's nothing I like more than some live entertainment with a huge element of thought provocation and a splash of style. So far this season I've seen Dusty O in saucy panto, Dick Comes Again at the Leicester Square Theatre and of course Dame Edna Everage at the London Palladium. Performer with a twist Scottee is flying the flag with community spirit and alternative thoughts with a new series of shows entitled Camp (On the Estate) in conjunction with the Roundhouse. He presents a festive edition this month from the 11th to the 14th December at the Dick Collins Hall which is actually on the Regent's Park council estate! Special guests include Jonny Woo, Bourgeois & Maurice and dance troupe Japan's People.

Princess Julia x