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(5) Things we love..#40

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Dream Clothes – It was Oscar week in Los Angeles, a time when us residents avoid Hollywood Boulevard and cram in the last few nominated movies we haven’t yet seen. This year’s proceedings were probably the most boring since the Hugh Jackman hosted disaster in 2009. Way too many forgettable music numbers – one could have been excused for thinking this was the Grammys. But we also watch the Oscars for the clothes – for the missteps, the dreamy and the fashion disasters and everything in between. Nothing much stood out for me – my dream clothes at the moment can be found in the SS 15 collections of Dior and Valentino. And with such beautiful runways, I was very let down by the Christian Dior number Raf Simons designed for Marion Cotillard, already dubbed the “hole-puncher dress”.

Best actress – Not Julianne Moore or Patricia Arquette, as wonderful as they are, but, here at Campari and Sofa, the award goes to Frances McDormand. Here is a snippet of an interview Ms. McDormand gave to Katie Couric for Yahoo News. The way she describes her aging process and how she looks at her wrinkles have forever changed the way I look at mine. And she goes on camera without a stitch of make-up, no colored hair and she looks better than retouched Couric. She certainly looks more real.

My recent, excellent, use of Nutella: crepes
My recent, excellent, use of Nutella: crepes

Nutella – A moment of silence for the passing of the inventor of Nutella, Michele Ferrero, who died a couple of weeks ago. As someone on Facebook pointed out, the man who invented jogging died in his 50s, the one who came up with the dissociated diet died in his early 60s. But the man who invented Nutella passed at 89. Just saying. As if we needed one more reason.

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Primates – Virunga is Congo’s largest national park and it is also the title of a fascinating and heart-breaking documentary that explores the habitat of the last 800 mountain gorillas in the world; the only four orphan mountain gorillas kept in captivity and the amazing man who looks after them and the threat an English oil company’s desire to drill in the park poses. The documentary is packed with heroes: the improbable Belgian Prince who is placed at the helm of the park; a young French journalist who goes undercover to meet with the guerillas who are in cahoots with the oil company; Andre, the gorilla handler, with his magic smile and, of course, the gorillas themselves. A must watch. Available on Netflix in countries where available and here.

Working with elephants next?
Working with elephants next?

Alternative travel – Despite being hard to reach and threatened by the civil war that still rages in pockets of the Congo, Virunga National Park can be visited. I must confess I gave it some serious thought. For a less dangerous alternative, the Earth Watch Institute provides volunteer opportunities all over the world that will put you at close quarters with wildlife or archaeological digs. They are not cheap trips (the money you pay funds the research) but they give you the opportunity to study sharks in South Africa, koalas in Australia, to dig in Mongolia and many, many more. I have my eyes on Thai elephants at the moment: the trip entails trailing vets and assisting them in collecting data on behavior, cleaning and feeding them, collecting urine samples and generally spending 10 days in the company of some of my favorite animals.

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  1. Oh I totally agreed on the disappointment of Marion’s dress and stand in awe of Frances. I had a Nutella scone today and am now committing to memory your comment about the jogger versus Ferrero. I will get a lot of use out of that, thank you. X

    March 3, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Nutella scones?? I keep on finding new applications!

      March 4, 2015
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  2. My biggest complaint about the Oscars was that they were just way too long. It droned on and on and on. My simple little mind cannot possibly be engaged that long.

    That Nutella crepe looks decidedly decadent for a weekend chance of pace that I’ll definitely have to try. I’m a huge fan of Nutella cookies sprinkled with a touch of sea salt on top, they are to die for but then again eating cookies for breakfast probably isn’t the best for optimal health whereas a crepe on the other hand… 😉

    March 2, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      How did I never think of sprkinling sea salt on Nutella? Thank god for the internet and fellow bloggers..

      March 2, 2015
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  3. First Michele Ferrero, then Leonard Nimoy… I am inconsolable 🙁

    February 28, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Can’t say I was ever a fan of Star Trek although my husband sat me down and explained to me why the show was groundbreaking. Might have to give it another try, jar of Nutella in hand.

      March 2, 2015
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  4. Great blog-post! The gradual chipping away at Africa’s wildlife heritage is indeed becoming a desperate situation. Three cheers for the man who invented Nutella and changed my school sandwiches into treats. Huge respect for Frances McDormand for being an excellent example of how to embrace aging.

    February 28, 2015
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Today it’s elephants but my attention shifts between them and what is being done to rhinos. All for a few bucks and ignorance.

      March 2, 2015
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