The Queen of Diamonds

Today is the two-week anniversary of my last post The Diamond Jubilee long weekend celebrations.  The weekend beginning June 2, 2012, marked Queen Elizabeth II‘s 60 years as the Queen of England (and beyond!).

Cover of The Times Newspaper (Saturday, June 2, 2012)

When it comes to serving one’s country from the throne, only one other British monarch has done it for longer:  Queen Victoria with her 63-year reign. No matter what one thinks of the British monarchy (I for one appreciate the tradition, rituals and history it offers), anyone doing the same job for 60 years (not to mention at 86 years of age!), deserves a celebration.  Now that is true dedication!

And celebrate London did. So for the next several posts, I shall be highlighting this once-in-a-lifetime event, which  united the commonwealth and all its people (minus the republicans of course).

Cover of The Times Newspaper (Monday, June 4, 2012)

So for reaching her Diamond Jubilee by being Queen for 60 years, I give this one a very royal ‘it’.

Photographs of newspapers via Me

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The Sartorialist: A Dialogue

Something interesting happened in the blogosphere with yours truly, and I thought I would take a moment from my ‘no-blogging-this-diamond-jubilee long weekend’, to report on it.  Here it goes:

It all started with some comments I submitted to The Sartorialist regarding this particular photograph of a skateboarder.

For those of you who have not heard about  The Sartorialist (no excuses, it’s on my IT  Blogs list!), it’s the avant-garde style blog that was started by Scott Schuman in 2005.  Whether you are a design blogger, fashion student, photographer in the making, or simply a life lover, The Sartorialist should be on top of your daily blogs list.  Out of the gazillion blogs out there, he has nailed it like no other.

With loyal followers in the ‘too many to mention’ and the fashion world at his fingertips (the ‘who’s who’ of the industry checks out his daily photos for inspiration, not to mention bestowing upon him last night’s CFDA accolade), The Sartotialist is in a league of his own. 

Knowing all this, I was incredibly surprised and flattered when he took the time to re-post and interpret ‘that’ photograph in response to my very own comments! I thoroughly enjoyed reading his response, and while we may have different points of view, I was excited at the dialogue it created between myself and a blogger I greatly admire, as well as many of his followers.

You can view the entry here to read my paraphrased comments (my original comments were not published), The Sartorialist’s response, my new comment (written whilst half asleep!), and of course, to see the photograph that started it all.

Although I can write a Ph.D. thesis to clarify my original comments (insert wink here)and respond to some of the assumptions made via some readers (and another one here), reading many of the comments makes one thing clear; no matter what we each see in the photograph, its most beautiful aspect is the interpretation it leaves open to us all.

And that kind of a dialogue is an ‘it’ thing.