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29
May
16

Urban Decay: Alice in Wonderland

AD694684-F1D6-4CB1-A611-1AA90D0AD6C2Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland eyeshadow palette- Inspired by the Movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.

From Urban Decay’s product description:

When Disney asked us to jump down the rabbit hole with them again and collaborate on an all-new spectacular adventure, of course we said yes. Inspired by the new fantasy-adventure film release of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, this limited-edition, pop-up palette is a trippy tribute to our favourite characters from the film.

Using the visually stunning Alice Through the Looking Glass as our inspiration, we painstakingly created the perfect mix of 20 ALL-NEW shades, then arranged them all in columns by character and put them in an intricately designed, collectible palette. Match up the columns to steal their looks or mix up these shades to create countless others. From softer shades inspired by Alice’s look in the film to bold, bright shades like those seen on the Mad Hatter, it’s all here.

The shadows are designed and organised by character, so Alice’s include a pretty pink and a pinafore blue, whereas the White Queen’s are pale and interesting, and the Mad Hatter’s bright orange and purple and puce and viridian.

This palette features colourful, kaleidoscopic artwork woven out of flowers and butterflies and includes several of our favourite quotes from the film. Hits of embossing and gloss give the palette a luxe, dimensional feel. When you lift the lid and open up the doors inside, a three-dimensional butterfly springs up. Pull open the palette’s drawer to reveal the shadows, which are arranged by character in columns from left to right: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana (the White Queen), Iracebeth (the Red Queen) and Time (a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock).

What you get:

Alice: Looking Glass (pale pink demi-matte), Reflection (soft peach matte), Dormouse (warm brown matte w/ floating gold micro-sparkle) and Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle).

Mad Hatter: Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle), Gone Mad (aubergine w/pink iridescent pearl), Paradox (vibrant orange w/gold pearl) and Cake (saturated blue-pink w/silver micro-shimmer).

Mirana: Lily (opal pink pearl), Duchess (peach w/pink shift and micro-sparkle), Kingdom (copper-bronze pearl) and Chessboard (medium brown matte).

Iracebeth: Heads Will Roll (vibrant turquoise w/gold micro-sparkle), Bandersnatch (deep teal matte), Salazen Grum (metallic crimson) and Royal Flush (pale beige shimmer).

Time: Time (black-navy satin w/soft iridescent micro-sparkle), Dream On (metallic purple-silver), Chronosphere (metallic deep bronze) and Mirror (gray-taupe satin).

The box is really pretty, but not terribly practical (who really cares!).The shadows are in a drawer that takes up the bottom half of the box. The top half is decorative, with a pop up butterfly hidden behind double doors. There is a mirror though…
Pretty much out of stock at the moment, but pops up on amazon.

 

 

 

25
May
15

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarianslunch ladyLunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Illustrated by the author.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (28 July 2009)

ISBN-13: 978-0375846847

Not strictly an Alice book, but features Alice characters used as weapons in an epic battle between librarians and dinner ladies!

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has his own website if you want to find out more.

From the publisher:

Lunch Lady can sniff out something rotten like no one else—and there’s definitely something rotten going on in the library. The usually friendly librarians have become cold and secretive. Even Dee can’t seem to crack a smile out of them. What darkness may lurk in the hearts of librarians? Lunch Lady is on the case! And Hector, Terrence, and Dee are along for a wild ride!

24
May
15

Time Out Rabbit Hole Issue

time outTime Out: Rabbit Hole Issue.

April 29-May 5 2014.

Free London listings magazine.

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24
May
15

Alice Stamps- January 2015

stampsAlice Stamps- January 2015

Date of issue: 06/01/2015

Design: Godfrey Design

Illustrations: Grahame Baker-Smith

Published by the Royal Mail, to celebrate 150 years since publication of the book.

This is the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Presentation Pack’, with text written by Professor Hugh Haughton.

The Stamps depict ten scenes and characters: The White Rabbit, Drink Me, The Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts, Alice’s Evidence, Down the Rabbit Hole, The White Rabbit’s House, A Mad Tea Party, The Game of Croquet and A Pack of Cards.

From the Royal Mail site:

The White Rabbit Second Class The legendary rabbit in a hurry takes Alice on an extraordinary journey that changes her life forever. On the stamp she is shown in hot pursuit of the White Rabbit – and adventure – away from a sunny but boring day by the river with her sister.

Down The Rabbit Hole Alice Second Class chases the strange creature into a rabbit hole but an ordinary everyday burrow this is not. Soon the little girl is floating down, down a deep chasm past walls smothered in bookshelves, pictures and maps.

Drink Me First Class At the bottom Alice glimpses a charming garden she can see beyond a tiny door she is too big to go through. She finds a bottle of potion with a painted label imploring ‘drink me’. Alice drinks, then shrinks, but now is too small to fetch the key for the door she found on a table. She eventually reaches the ‘shores’ of Wonderland by swimming away through a pool of her tears formed when the Eat Me cakes grew her.

The White Rabbit’s House First Class The White Rabbit mistakes Alice for his maid and sends her to his house to fetch his gloves and fan. After drinking from another bottle, she grows enormous, and is cramped to the rafters of the Rabbit’s tiny home. After eating a magic cake, Alice shrinks again and is able to escape.

The Cheshire Cat 81p With an ever-present, all-knowing grin, the Cheshire cat lounges on the branch of a tree and explains that everyone in Wonderland is mad, pointing Alice in the direction of two of its leading lunatics – the Hatter and the March Hare. Then, tail-first, the Cat incrementally vanishes, leaving his grin hanging eerily in the air.

A Mad Tea Party 81p Alice suffers a bewildering tea party with the Hatter, the Hare and the much-abused Dormouse, who is used as a cushion then dunked in the teapot. The Hatter offers her wine he does not have and asks her a riddle he has no answer to.

The Queen Of Hearts £1.28 Alice meets Wonderland’s most dangerous resident, the murderous Queen of Hearts – motto: ‘Off with his/her/their head(s)’ – and almost immediately faces execution by being cheeky. Alice is saved only by her own stubborn courage and the King of Hearts’ gentle intervention.

The Game Of Croquet £1.28 Unsurprisingly it is bonkers. The mallets are flamingos, the balls are hedgehogs and the hoops are the Queen’s soldiers gamely bending themselves in two. Alice finds the game rather a challenge, since all the equipment has a habit of moving about of its own accord.

Alice’s Evidence £1.47 Alice is called to give evidence in the trial of the Knave of Hearts, accused of stealing the Queen of Hearts’ tarts. Needless to say, the hearing is a farce. When the Queen demands sentencing first and verdict second, Alice loses her patience, saying: ‘Who cares for you? You’re nothing but a pack of cards!’

A Pack Of Cards £1.47 Alice’s accusation breaks the spell of Wonderland. The courtiers rise as a pack of simple playing cards and fly at her alarmingly. Alice wakes on the riverbank, the cards merely dead leaves her sister is brushing from her face. Alice reveals her dream before running in for tea. Her sister then has her own dream of Alice’s future, as a grown woman telling little children of the adventure in Wonderland she had long ago.

06
Jul
14

The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case

Picture 14The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case Along with Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter-Writing by Lewis Carroll.

Modern French facsimile edition of the original, which was published by Emberlin and Son in 1890 and was sold in a printed envelope, together with a pamphlet written by Carroll.

I wish I could afford an original

From the pamphlet (although mine is in French):

Some American writer has said “the snakes in this district may be divided into one species—the venomous.” The same principle applies here. Postage-Stamp-Cases may be divided into one species, the “Wonderland.” Imitations of it will soon appear, no doubt: but they cannot include the two Pictorial Surprises, which are copyright.

You don’t see why I call them ‘Surprises’? Well, take the Case in your left-hand, and regard it attentively. You see Alice nursing the Duchess’s Baby? (An entirely new combination, by the way: it doesn’t occur in the book.) Now, with your right thumb and forefinger, lay hold of the little book, and suddenly pull it out. The Baby has turned into a Pig! If that doesn’t surprise you, why, I suppose you wouldn’t be surprised if your own Mother-in-law suddenly turned into a Gyroscope!

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Inside there are sections for different value stamps of the time, with an extra slot for the most commonly used onepenny stamp..

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Occasionally available on Amazon.

05
Jul
14

Alistair in Wonderland: Daily Mail

6a00d8341d417153ef01156f4bf68a970c-800wiALISTAIR IN WONDERLAND; Curiouser and Curiouser … Darling Refuses to Cut Public Spending, Hits the Rich with 50p Tax and Pins His Hopes on the Fantasy of a Swift Return to Growth. Daily Mail.

Front page headline from Thursday , April 23rd 2009. Article by James Chapman, Political Editor.

From the article:

Alistair Darling has gambled Britain’s future on a 1970s-style tax raid against the rich and a wildly-optimistic forecast of economic recovery.

The Chancellor drove a stake through the heart of New Labour yesterday by stinging top earners with a new 50p tax rate.

Experts said the move – resisted for a decade by Tony Blair – was largely symbolic and could even lose the Treasury money by prompting an exodus of the rich. It was the big shock in a nakedly political Budget which will mean unprecedented levels of borrowing and led David Cameron to dismiss Gordon Brown as the ‘clapped-out’ leader of a ‘government of the living dead’. While Mr Darling plans to slow the growth in public spending, he still is refusing to make cuts.

The decision to ‘soak the rich’ shattered Labour’s election manifesto pledge not to raise income tax and appeared chiefly designed to wrongfoot the Conservatives.

 

05
Jul
14

First Day Cover 1994

1994_Greet_PO_sloganFirst Day Cover 1994.

Mad Hatter First Day Cover. There were others: yet to be tracked down…

According to the BFDC website:

First day covers are specially designed envelopes with attractive postage stamps which have been postmarked on the day the stamps were issued by the Post Office.

 

Stamps:
Dan Dare and the Mekon
Three Bears
Rupert the Bear
Alice
Noggin the Nog
Peter Rabbit
Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
Orlando the Marmalade Cat
Biggles
Paddington Bear
This isn’t my actual envelope I’m afraid- my lack of scanner is impeding me. Mine has the stamps all level rather than split, and is postmarked Nottingham.



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