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A question of taste

Posted by Tania Kindersley
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on Wednesday, 09 May 2012

I should give you fair warning: I am going to talk about china patterns. Really, if all you can think of is the French election and what is happening in Greece, I advise you to look away now.

A new thing I have discovered is that when I am having a complicated or unsettled day, I soothe myself by shopping for vintage china on Ebay. I have developed an urgent passion for delightful old plates. I like the crazing on them, the faint wearing of the pattern; new plates suddenly look flamboyant and vulgar. The searching is not just random browsing, but quite discrete and acutely focussed. I like, I discover, things from about 1870 to 1940. I do not want pointless articles such as trios (a tea cup with saucer and side plate), which are very popular. I want proper utilitarian soup bowls, pudding plates and dining plates. I may stretch as far as a platter or a tureen if I am in whimsical mood.

None of this is of any intrinsic interest. Middle-aged woman has Ebay habit, big whoop. But I am always riveted by those activities which make you reconsider small, taken for granted things. The china habit has been making me think about the mysteries of taste. Everyone agrees that taste is subjective, and probably comes from cultural influences. I could not tell you how exactly it is formed, or when, or why it may suddenly change, or which part of the brain it is connected with, or why it dies so hard. I find it fascinating that it may be at its most dogmatic around the most minute and completely trivial matters. (I hear the voice of my younger revolutionary self: how can you ponder china patterns when the world is so oppressed?)

Tags: homeware, vintage

Can I get that pizza to go…back to the 1920s please?

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Monday, 16 April 2012

Monday night was another occasion for me to don my vintage dress and divulge in my biggest passion. Going to live music gigs is one of my absolute favourite things, but going to music gigs back in time is even better!

The Pheasantry Pizza Express on The Kings Road holds a range of live music events throughout the year. However on Monday Alex Mendham and his orchestra were playing for our pleasure, transporting us, and our pizzas back to the 1920s…



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