T LOunge for May 16th, 2022

Posted on May 16, 2022

George’s Bar and Restaurant at Hotel Merici – Sittard, Netherlands


It’s MONDAY. Shall we try again, kittens? Yes. Let’s. We’ll try to keep our expectations for the week manageably low, make few promises, and shirk responsibility as much and as often as we can, but what the heck, let’s try another week out, just to see what happens. Are you with us?


A Guide to Hawaiian Monarchs
From Kamehameha the Great through Queen Lili’uokalani, meet the eight rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The Kingdom of Hawaii was united in 1810 under Kamehameha I, and existed until American businessmen overthrew Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893. In the 83 years it existed, eight monarchs ruled from the House of Kamehameha and the Kalākaua dynasty. Some succeeded via birth, others were named heir apparent, and yet others were elected.
In parallel to these kings and queens, there was a role called the Kuhina Nui, a role with no Western equivalent. After the death of Kamehameha I, his favorite wife Ka’ahumanu became Kuhina Nui, co-ruling with Kamehameha I’s sons, Kamehameha II and Kamehameha III. As the State of Hawaii explains, “The Kuhina Nui held equal authority to the king in all matters of government, including the distribution of land, negotiating treaties and other agreements, and dispensing justice.” Therefore, this list will also note these positions.


Clémence Poésy Is Reason Enough to Watch The Essex Serpent
The Essex Serpent isn’t your average period drama. Based on Sarah Perry’s evocative novel of the same name, directed by the meticulous Clio Barnard, and penned by an all-female writers’ room, the new six-part saga from Apple TV+ centers on a free-thinking widow: the irrepressible Cora Seaborne, played with verve and vulnerability by Claire Danes. Following the death of her domineering husband, she leaves Victorian London, a city that appears to be racing towards the future when it comes to scientific advancements, for the slower-paced Essex, intrigued by reports she’s read about a mythical sea dragon that is wreaking havoc. With her is her companion Martha (Hayley Squires), a fiery socialist, and Cora’s sensitive young son Frankie (Caspar Griffiths).
As the first two episodes of The Essex Serpent land on the streaming service, Poésy speaks to us about its contemporary resonances, her delightfully bohemian costumes, and why she believes the show wouldn’t have been made even a few years ago.


The Opposite Of Abortion Isn’t Motherhood. It’s Injustice.
In America, we’re made to believe that the opposite of abortion is motherhood. We’re told that people who have abortions do so to avoid becoming mothers, and that people who are mothers clearly didn’t have abortions—our “minds blown” when we learn otherwise. We’re taught that if motherhood represents a kind of fundamental unselfishness, a self-sacrificing surrender in the name of the greater good, then abortion—a basic exercise in autonomy—is its antithesis.
And yet nothing has made me more pro-choice than becoming a mother.


‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel: Details Revealed About Plot, Music & Casting
“While the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel,” said Levine. “Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ‘90s hip-hop. I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition and, above all, love.”


Melania Trump Shaded Jill Biden’s Vogue Cover in Her First Post-White House Interview
And slammed editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for being “biased.”

Melania Trump is seemingly still hung up on the fact that Vogue didn’t put her on the cover when she was the First Lady. In her first interview since leaving the White House with Fox News, Melania slammed editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for being politically “biased,” and in the same breath, shaded Jill Biden’s participation in the magazine’s latest issue.


A New Jewelry Exhibit Has Us Booking a Trip to Dallas
How does a citrine end up in the middle of a tiara? How does ancient turquoise make lapis new? The Dallas Museum of Art’s “Cartier and Islamic Art” looks for the answers.

Can one trip change jewelry history? It might have for the Cartier brothers. In 1911 Jacques, the youngest, set off to India to witness the coronation of King George V and was introduced to the subcontinent’s rich culture of stone carving, as well as the vibrant palette of its stones.
About a decade later, the firm his family founded opened the eyes of the world to the phenomenon known as Tutti Frutti: pieces marked by a combination of rubies, emeralds, and sapphires and by motifs inspired by leaves, blossoms, and berries. Another trip that might change it all: the one many will likely take to Texas after reading this, to see the exhibition “Cartier and Islamic Art” at the Dallas Museum of Art, up May 14 through September 18, and witness the treasures inspired by India, Iran, and Islamic art and architecture.


Domestic Workers Deserve Rights, Too
With virtually zero protections under federal law, those who work to keep households running are left to fend for themselves when faced with sexual violence on the job.

The “invisible” work that the approximately 2.5 million domestic workers in the United States perform involves tending for elderly or sick clients, looking after young children or babies, cleaning, cooking, laundering, gardening, caring, and any other task one might deem as a basic, critical function of a private household. And while the absence of this labor would assuredly cause a stoppage of all other forms of work—because home is the place where workers go to begin—domestic workers are by and large left to fend for themselves against perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault.


The Vogue Guide to the Platinum Jubilee, Celebrating 70 Years of Queen Elizabeth’s Reign
On February 6, 2022, the Queen became the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Seven decades have passed since she acceded to the throne at the age of 25 following the death of her father, George VI. In the intervening years, she has advised 14 prime ministers, met 13 U.S. presidents and acted as a steadfast figurehead as the nation navigated countless crises. To mark this unprecedented milestone, events will be organized throughout the year, culminating in a four-day weekend in June.


There’s a New Plant-Based Milk In Town and It Comes From… Coors?
It’s probably better than pouring beer on your cereal.

Though non-dairy alternatives like soy milk have been around for quite some time, the mainstream growth of plant-based eating has also aided a plant-based milk boom. Starbucks offers four non-dairy alternatives to milk; Dunkin’ now has three. And brands like Oatly have seen their profile grow significantly. Meanwhile, part of the excitement around plant-based everything is the touted environmental benefits as companies look to improve their sustainability.


David Tennant and Catherine Tate to Reprise ‘Doctor Who’ Roles for 60th Anniversary
David Tennant and Catherine Tate are returning to “Doctor Who,” reuniting for new scenes that will coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary celebrations in 2023.
Tennant and Tate will reprise their respective roles of the 10th Doctor and companion Donna Noble. The pair’s tenure on the series spanned from 2005 to 2010. When the characters were last seen together, the Doctor had to wipe Donna’s memory in order to save her life.


‘Bridgerton’ Season 3 Will Focus on Penelope and Colin’s Love Story, Stray From Book Order
Netflix’s “Bridgerton” is skipping ahead. Season 3 of the period drama based on Julia Quinn’s books will follow the Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) love story, Coughlan revealed during Sunday’s FYSEE panel.
The first two seasons followed the first two novels; Season 1 focused on Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor) love story with Simon (Regé-Page Jean), while the second dove into Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathon Bailey) romance with Kate (Simone Ashley).


The Rise Of Craftcore Jewellery And Why You Need A Seashell Necklace This Summer
It was crisp blue skies and sunshine over Paris last September when editors gathered along the Seine to catch a first glimpse of Gabriela Hearst’s Spring Summer 2022 collection for Chloé. The collection mirrored the weather: colourful fringing, holiday-ready beach bags and ultra crafty jewellery that instantly shot to the top of the style set’s wishlists. Meanwhile, at Coperni, the surfer wardrobe was refined via glass bead necklaces, and at Knwls it was dreamcatcher string bracelets and earrings – a collaboration with Italian jewellery brand Panconesi.
But this isn’t the first time crafty trinkets have made a fashion comeback. Prada’s souvenir-inspired seashell necklaces made an appearance at the brand’s Spring Summer 2017 collection, and set Miuccia fanatics ablaze.


Mr Darcy & Mr Darcy Confess To A Very British “Bromance”
If you hold a British passport, you are legally required to have strong opinions about who made a better Mr Darcy: Colin Firth in the BBC’s 1995 miniseries adaptation of Pride & Prejudice or Matthew Macfadyen in Joe Wright’s 2005 film. In a wonderfully polite twist that Austen would surely approve of, though, it turns out Firth and Macfadyen would probably vote for each other. While promoting their first movie together, Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat – a Second World War thriller based on a true story and directed by Shakespeare in Love’s John Madden – Firth told a reporter in clipped RP that he had “fall[en] in love, bromantically” with the Succession star, and, based on a recent Vanity Fair interview, it seems the feeling is mutual.


American Racism and the Buffalo Massacre
The shooter seems motivated by a vision of history, pushed by the right, in which American racism never existed and Black people are undeserving takers.

The shooter rationalized his vicious attack by trying to fit it into this grand, esoteric conspiracy of white replacement through immigration. His manifesto, by contrast, is filled with crudely racist memes about Black Americans. In fact, for all his denunciation of “replacers” in the manifesto, an archive of his posts on the messaging platform Discord, from the past six months, barely mentions immigrants. Instead, he writes prolifically and disparagingly about Black people, whom he incessantly describes with racial slurs.


Ever fancied owning Warhol’s portrait of the Queen? Here’s your chance
The American artist’s Elizabeth II screenprint is being sold as part of a fractional ownership scheme

Andy Warhol once declared his ambition to be ‘as famous as the Queen of England!’. Fittingly enough, in the same year that Her Majesty is celebrating her milestone Platinum Jubilee, the American artist is also having something of a moment. It has just been announced, days after Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn became the most expensive 20th-century artwork ever sold at auction (fetching £158 million at Christie’s), that the Warhol’s Pop Art portrait of the Queen will be available for the public to buy in £100 shares as part of a fractional ownership offering, in honour of the monarch’s Jubilee celebrations.


An Intimate Look at Mexico’s Indigenous Seri People
The identity of the Seri is integrally tied to their natural environment, which in recent years has been susceptible to an increasing number of existential threats.

The Seri people live in a stark and unforgiving — and intensely biodiverse — corner of the Sonoran Desert, in northwestern Mexico. Most of its members live either in Punta Chueca or in the nearby coastal village of El Desemboque, some 40 miles to the north.
Traditionally, their communal homeland also included Tiburón Island, where certain bands of Seri lived for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Now, the island — the largest in the Sea of Cortez — is administered as a nature and ecological preserve. It remains a sacred place to the Seri, who maintain exclusive fishing rights in the channel between Tiburón and the mainland.


Take a Journey to Ancient Persia with Persepolis Reimagined
New Getty online experience explores the history, beauty, and grandeur of this powerful ancient city in southern Iran

Getty has launched Persepolis Reimagined, an immersive web experience that lets visitors explore the ceremonial capital of the ancient Persian Empire at its height.
Visitors can walk in the footsteps of ancient dignitaries through the most accurate recreation of Persepolis to date, and learn about the art, architecture, and customs of this iconic monument to imperial power.
Founded by Darius I around 518 BC, Persepolis was an embodiment of the Achaemenid imperial ideology, which is reflected in its art and architecture. It served as the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Persian kings and thrived for nearly 200 years. Though Alexander the Great looted and set fire to Persepolis in 330 BC, its ruins survive today and are a source of national pride for modern-day Iranians as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


How to Cook the Perfect Steak at Home, According to Top NYC Chefs
Martinis recommended, of course.

It’s not surprising that some of the country’s most-beloved restaurants are steakhouses. The atmosphere is lively and luxurious, and a great steakhouse is perfect for a celebratory dinner. But sometimes, you’d rather have that celebration at home — whether to save money, or simply because you don’t want to change out of sweatpants. And there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a luxe steakhouse moment while staying in.


This Hidden Cave in Portugal Has a Skylight and a Beach — and You Can Only Get There by Boat
Some consider it the most beautiful cave in the world.

Portugal’s Algarve region draws thousands of vacationers every summer with its sun-drenched, golden-sand beaches, idyllic fishing villages, ancient forts and fairy-tale castles, delicious local food (and award-winning red wine), and breathtaking natural landscapes. The rugged coastline of the country’s southernmost area is defined by steep limestone cliffs and rock formations dotted by hidden beaches and mysterious caves, the most spectacular of which is Benagil.




[Photo Credit: restaurant-georges.nl, nixdesign.nl.com]

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