History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill is everywhere these days.
Perhaps it is the times - when times are tough, there is a natural tendency to turn our nostalgic gaze to leaders from other times who faced equally, if not far worse, challenges.
There he was, at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics last Sunday:
And recently in the fine HBO Biopic, Into the Storm, played by the amazing Brendan Gleeson:
Biographies about him are everywhere, as everyone wants to revisit and reimagine what made Churchill tick and his role in the history of his day.
There was even the recent tempest in the teapot as to whether or not President Obama had "gotten rid of" the Churchill bust that has graced the White House since the 1960s.
But there he is (that is Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron having a good look at Winnie):
I have always enjoyed Winston Churchill; His wit and wisdom is almost unparalleled and the filter which is on almost all current politicians (except perhaps Joe Biden in the US) to be politically and otherwise correct was blessedly missing in him. I have a close colleague who looks remarkably like FDR at work and we call ourselves Winnie and Franklin and frankly, it has gotten us through a few dull meetings...
So what made me think of Winston today?
Every once in a while I like to visit the Gumps Department Store website. For those of you who don't know, and I would have been one of you until last Christmas season, Gumps is a famous San Francisco Department Store.
I have never been to San Francisco, but when I eventually go I will make a pilgrimage to this fine place as it appears that this store has everything you didn't know you needed! Even better, at Christmastime they have an amazing Christmas Collection that makes me drool with delight!
The store describes itself as "The legendary San Francisco destination for luxury gifts, jewellry, artful objects and home decor".
Where else could you find these lovelies:
I NEED versailles flannel pajamas. Really, I do... You can get yours here.
How about fragrant shoe sachets? I did not know such things existed but now that I know they do I need them and so do you!
|You know you want them|
And I would place them inside my silk mules:
And really, you would need to bring this silk scarf home with you:
Isn't it lovely? Get yours here.
But I digress with all these lovelies! What got me to thinking about Winston this morning was this delight:
The Winston Bulldog statue and he can be yours here for only $79 US.
One thing you need to know about me: I am a sucker for dog decor though I have almost none of it. And dogs smoking are even better. Which is odd, as I abhor smoking. I also love dogs playing cards or shooting pool, but that is another post and sort of embarassing at times (no - I don't have these in my house, but would in a heart beat!)
This little iron beauty would have a place of distinction in my library. I could see him wearing a hat at Christmas time and high holidays and I would probably place a glass of scotch beside him every January 24th for Winston's birthday.
He seems downright dignified compared to this cheeky, and more expensive, fellow:
For only $385, this little fellow can be the talk of your cocktail parties!
So... Do you like Winston, too? Have you ever been to Gumps? What purely frivolous thing are you coveting these days??
Have an awesome Saturday!