Nigella = Higella?

What what what WHAAAATTT????
The domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson, was a druggie?! I’m flabbergasted. Some people say ‘There is no such thing as bad publicity’. But being described as a regular hard-drug user must be the worst label to be pinned on any one’s back. If the condemned is a public figure, a popular TV chef who endorses a wholesome lifestyle through cooking, the accusation must be devastating.
I wasn’t very surprised when Kate Moss was photographed snorting cocaine during her stint with Pete Doherty. She was never portrayed as virtuous or homely. Her image was nothing but hell-raiser and rock in’ roll. Therefore, in a way, she lived up to everyone’s expectation.
But Nigella Lawson? Oh dear. I went initially speechless when I heard the news. Having said that, I did witness something similar when I was invited to a birthday party in Queens Park some years ago. This woman, who was hosting the party for her 40 years old partner, casually suggested if I wanted to come up to their upstairs bedroom. So I followed her and was a bit surprised to find there were a few female guests in there already. ‘Shall we?’ Then, one of them laid out lines of white powder on her glass- stopped dressing table!! They were all mothers and high-powered business women with equally successful partners & husbands! The way they behaved suggested that this was not one-off but happening regularly. And I was astonished. ‘Do you want to try?’ The hostess turned around and asked me with blurry eyes. I just panicked and mumbled ‘No thanks’ and left the room hastily. In downstairs, I found Hubbie amongst the crowd and told him what I had just witnessed. And he was as gobsmacked as I was. While her partner, who she had a beautiful daughter with, was oblivious and chatting to his party guests, their partners were hiding and snorting cocaine. The picture was bizarre and disturbing.
As I watched the news of Nigella, the incident came to my mind. Even though I was surprised by her alleged drug taking, narcotic abuse in domestic environment may be far more prevalent than we wish to acknowledge.
It is hugely regrettable that she has tarnished her reputation in this manner.
I do like her crockery programmes which make cooking not just a domestic chore but a sensual and fun experience. Her vivacious public persona has captivated millions, including me. Has it been nothing but a veneer which covers up her dark side? If so, I am very much disappointed.
Oh well, the only thing left for her in near future may be penning a memoir about the life with Charles Saatchi? I am certain that it will be another blockbuster…

I am no domestic goddess but good at piling a copious amount berries on my blueberry pancakes…


Nigella, just eat waffle or pancake with berries & maple syrup. Because it will make any horrible day slightly easier to weather…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

The Importance of Why & How…

This morning, I was munching on a slightly overdone toast while watching a BBC programme in which a panel of critics in various professions discussing if that Miley Cyrus’s twerking had done any harm to the status of women…


Hmmm…, it was true that her act at VMA 2013 did generate miles of column inch as well as countless YouTube viewing and the majority of public response to it was negative. I saw the clip myself and found it rather explicit and lewd. And no matter how vigorously she gyrated her crotch, it was anything but sexy.
However, did she deserve that much public outcry in which she was slated for harming the mental well-being of young girls and the dignity of the female populations in general?
We have a plenty of celebrities who utilise bits and pieces of their bodily parts in order to attract attention.
Madonna, Britney Spier, Pamela Anderson, Demi Moore, Dita Von Teese, etc, they’ve all done it. Or how about Kim Kardashian? Are they not using their body and sexuality to their maximum advantage?
To me, Miley’s act looked like she was desperate to break the mold of Hannah Montana. In order to discard the image of cuddly and chummy ex-Disney child star for good, she decided to emulate a common whore. It was a rather extreme choice and not done in the best of taste but I understood her intention. Even though it was public bashing she accumulated, she has managed to place the crosshairs of media attention upon her which in return will guarantee her future billing more lucrative. I think she has achieved what she wanted.
However, I do believe the way she and the rest of publicity hungry celebrities self-promote, harms our society. It warps the sense of right and wrong and puts too much emphasis on the end result of “just being in the limelight”.
Achieving notoriety by whatever means it takes, sounds gutsy and even admirable. Yet, practicing so by flashing a scarcely covered rear in Instagram or dancing lewdly on a public stage can never win any respect in the long run.

Oh by the way, my throat is still throbbing. I suck a Ricola’s herbal sweet one after another but it hurts all the same.
I have been taking really easy yet it seems to make a slightest difference. Nothing works.  WHY? HELP!!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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