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Monday, August 31, 2015


My Magyar Blood is restless tonight. I'm in a gypsy mode.

It's not easy to find photos of genuine gypsies on the Internet. You'll usually come up with pictures of Johnny Depp wearing a headband.

I'm sure that most of these synthetic "gypsies" are models, but a few might be the real deal. 

I am admittedly in love with more than a few of them.....

Those eyes....
Gypsy or not, strikingly beautiful....

Genuine nomad, sea green eyes

Warm comfort on brisk autumn day

Girl from Romania

Catwalk gypsy, with attitude

Kaleidoscope of color

It's not easy to make up these captions.
If he says he's gypsy, I'll believe him.

Boho effect

Gypsy? Doubtful. But I like the look.

Gorgeous faux gypsy

Intriguingly authentic

Strikingly genuine

Fifth Avenue Bohemian

Circus Circuit. Ringmaster.

Too flawless to be a gypsy.
Heck, too flawless to be a model.

Dusty, rugged nomad-type

Kall me krazy, but I think cigarette smoke looks incredibly sexy.
That is cigarette smoke......isn't it??

Classic classy gypsy

Perch a fake owl on a model's shoulder and -voila! He's a gypsy!
(okay, maybe it isn't fake - -what do I know?)

This owl doesn't like her tattoos.

A romance novelist's idea of what a gypsy man should look like

Cute dude, hideous vest

Magyar at the bow


Not a real gypsy but a damn good imitation

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I Googled Handsome men in history. What did my search yield? Photos of Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. After I puked, I did my own excavation and came up with a better selection.

Perhaps these guys aren't all hunks, but most of them are easy on the eyes.

I'll start with a couple of criminals.

 Lewis Thornton Powell (1844-1865)
One of the conspirators to kill President Lincoln. He also attempted to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward.
Powell was hanged in 1865, age 21.
Bad boys are very intriguing, and this hunk is hot enough to warrant two photos (at least....)

Robert Leroy Parker
better known as Butch Cassidy. Train robber, bank robber, leader of the Wild Bunch Gang.

 Fidel Castro.
Criminal? Yea, I'd say so. Hunk? Not really.
But he does look better without the beard and cigar.

Joseph Stalin
Definitely a criminal, but kinda cute nevertheless.

Here are a few poets.
It might be argued that some poetry could inspire criminal intent - but that's a matter of debate.

Arthur Rimbaud. Infant Terrible (1854-91)
French bad boy poet. The lover of poet Paul Verlaine (who was married at the time). In the midst of a raging lover's quarrel, Verlaine shot Rimbaud in the wrist. Consequently, Verlaine spent two years in the slammer.
Oh, the ravages of absinthe and hashish! 

Sergei Esenin (1895-1925)
A Russian bad boy poet, who was briefly married to the American dancer Isadora Duncan. Esenin committed suicide. His final poem, Farewell, My Friend, Farewell, was written in his own blood (no lie).

Oliver Wendell Holmes
American poet with no criminal inclinations.

 Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) British poet.
Known as the greatest poet of the First World War. He was killed in action, age 25.
Gay. Just thought I'd mention it.

Lord Alfred Douglas
British poet. Oscar Wilde's lover. Are all poets young, hot, and gay - or is it just coincidence?

Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
Senior British Army Officer (born in Ireland). Was drowned in 1918 when the HMS Hampshire sank.
Yup, he was gay, and - from what I've read - he liked rough sex.

 Jack London (1876-1916)
American writer. Drugs and alcohol ravaged his life and hastened his demise. Straight as an arrow, in case you were wondering.

Ernest Hemingway
Holy crap, give me a moment to catch my breath.
American writer. Nobel Prize for Literature. Pulitzer for fiction. Alcohol. Electro shock treatments. Suicide.

Do musicians make better lovers?
I'd like to think so. But, then, I'm prejudiced.

Jan Kubelik (1880-1940)

Czech violinist and composer.
His son Raphael was a famous conductor.

Franz Liszt
Hungarian pianist and composer. Advocate of free love, notoriously loose with the ladies. His daughter Cosima married composer Richard Wagner.

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Pianist and composer. Born in Venezuela, raised in France. He and Marcel Proust were lovers.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Russian composer, pianist, conductor.
Notoriously gay.

Here are a couple of arteests.

 Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Renowned French artist.

Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)
What? You've never heard of Tuke?
He was a British artist, primarily known for his paintings of naked boys and young men.
And he was damn good at it.

Change of subject (and not a moment too soon).
How about some hot Royal brothers from Russia? Both were straight, incidentally.

 Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918)
Murdered during the Russian revolution.
"Nicky" was short, only 5'7", but what he lacked in stature, he made up for in cuteness.

Grand Duke Michael Romanov (1878-1918)
brother of Tsar Nicholas, who was also murdered during the Revolution. Michael was in love with his cousin Princess Beatrice but the Russian Orthodox church wouldn't allow them to marry. He eventually married a commoner, Natalia Wulfert.

Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952)
Ethnologist and photographer of the American West. This is a self-portrait, taken in 1899.
Heck, I'd give him a "10" just for the outfit.

 Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)
British explorer, best known for his Antarctic expeditions. 
Hey, if you're gonna be stranded on an iceberg, it might as well be with Shackleton....

Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)
Founder of Tiffany & Co.
Okay, the other dudes can go home. I think I've found the winner.

Actually, it's a tossup between Tiffany and Lewis Powell. It depends on whether you want jewels....or an attempted assassin.


Thursday, August 20, 2015


Black and white films are the epitome of classic Hollywood, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Because of this, however, the stars of the silver screen often assume a monochromatic image in our mind's eye. We tend to forget how brilliantly they shined in glorious color.

Here are some delicious examples from the colorful palette of Hollywood's past.

 Jean Harlow
This photo is very likely colorized
but it's striking, nevertheless

Joan Crawford

Sometimes the colors weren't quite true to life.
Crawford had very blue eyes, but they look brown here.

Greta Garbo
One of the most mesmerizing faces on the silver screen

Carole Lombard
Clark Gable

Bette Davis
Not exactly her best glamour shot

Shirley Temple
Around 1938, when her famous curls were a thing of the past

Ginger Rogers
brunette, after being blonde

 Mickey Rooney
Judy Garland

a special, eternal bond of love

Claudette Colbert

 Barbara Stanwyck


 Lana Turner
glamour personified

Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
Rogers on dancing:
"I did everything Fred did, only backwards, and in heels...."

Katharine Hepburn
 Never a bad angle

Gene Tierney

I love Tierney
I sorta like the outfit
....not sure about the feather....

 Lauren Bacall
"Just put your lips together and blow...."

Maureen O'Hara

I met Maureen O'Hara and she was as beautiful in person as she was in films

Rita Hayworth
another beautiful redhead

not a natural redhead,
but a gorgeous one, nevertheless 

 Hedy Lamarr
a beauty with brains

Read about her scientific inventions -
you'll be surprised.

 Elizabeth Taylor

Who could resist?