Sunday, July 15, 2018

Guess There Isn't a "Housekeeper" After All - Jake G Is Officially Out and About in London


Well, nothing bums this author out any more than having one of my own memes put to a stop upon barely starting out of the gate.  And Jake "aka Richard Simmons" Gyllenhaal was already lined up to be of my all-time favorites.  Jake's team is just a bunch of killjoys, lol.

In case you haven't seen them, we have some fine and dandy pictures to share of one of our fave guys - Mr. Jake. Courtesy of Ashley Samuel's Instagram, who is starring in the play Fun Home at the Young Vic Theater in London.  The musical has been playing at the Young Vic since June 27 and closes Sept 1 and its synopsis:

SYNOPSIS: After her father dies unexpectedly, Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Based on Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic novel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic . - via Playbill

It is not surprising at all that Jake would want to see this show when you look at a better description of the book.  From Publishers Weekly via Amazon:

This autobiography by the author of the long-running strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, deals with her childhood with a closeted gay father, who was an English teacher and proprietor of the local funeral parlor (the former allowed him access to teen boys). Fun Home refers both to the funeral parlor, where he put makeup on the corpses and arranged the flowers, and the family's meticulously restored gothic revival house, filled with gilt and lace, where he liked to imagine himself a 19th-century aristocrat. - Publishers Weekly

The author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel, is a lesbian and came out to her parents while her father was still alive and his sexuality was never divulged. One can imagine the complexities and intensity of their history and since it is based on a written journal that she maintained since the age of ten, the story contains detail, some of which probably even she wouldn't remember until re-reading some of the pages.  It doesn't get anymore raw and intimate than that.

[Just as an aside, the Victorian home which the patriarch Bruce Bechdel had his children decorate and help refurbish is now available on VRBO as a rental in Beech Creek, PA .]

Here is Jake while at the performance of Fun Home at the Young Vic Theater in London, England.  

                                                                  Jake and Ashley Samuels, one of the actors in Fun Home

Okay, so one picture out of three with the obligatory "pointing" isn't too bad.  lol.  *sigh*

Another sighting of Jake as he is photo'd with the legendary composer Burt Bacharach at the River Cafe in London:

A short post today, although we have several in the hopper right now, particularly one which is one of the more enlightening posts I think Narnia has undertaken.  Stay tuned!

Looking darn dandy, Jakers!  

pic sources:  Giphy, IHJ
our playlist:  Coming of Age - Foster the People
                     Recovery - Frank Turner
                     Sugar on Sunday - Tommy James and the Shondells

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Last night was wild: Harry Styles at the Golden 1 Arena

Back in June 2017, when Harry first announced that his world tour schedule would include a stopover in Sacramento, CA, who would have thought that so many incredible moments would be saved up for the historic capital city. My head is still reeling, in fact, from the sensory overload and the incredible reception he received from a packed arena. For someone about to end his tour in Los Angeles just four days from now, it was a thrill to be part of something that was neither routine nor lacking in intensity. On the contrary, instead of winding down, Harry appears to be just getting started.

So many moments stand out from last night, but this particular one, above all others, is destined to live on in fandom lore. Not just because of the romantic sappy Styles at his best, involved in a captivating interaction with a recently engaged couple. A couple who were watching the show from a less than desirable vantage point, yet still wrapped in a contented embrace, stage left. No this show will be remembered because of something Harry added to his repertoire about falling in love. Something personal. Something identifiable.

Let's start with one-half of the couple's tweet to Harry Styles that was sent out at 2:18 a.m. this morning, just a few hours after the concert. A tweet quickly 'liked' by Harry.

           Loving the blue and green lights *wink* 

Harry had noticed the couple in the audience and began his signature repartee, teasing the affectionate pair about their PDA.

“I’ve never seen two people stand so close together! It’s impossible to get any closer!”

At that point, Luis confesses that he and his fiancée fell in love listening to Harry's song, "Meet Me in the Hallway," which of course inspires mushy Harry to pursue the exchange to humorous effect, hand over heart, moved by the sentimentality being conveyed.

Harry, in fact, is so enamored with the couple that he openly invites them to come down into the General Admission area for a better experience. At one point he even coaxed the audience to sing "Congratulations!" to the tune of "Happy Birthday". A bit later, he personally gifted the two with a single pair of drumsticks from the stage as a souvenir of the event. The audience was enjoying the back and forth throughout, familiar with Harry's unique ability to interact with the public in between his set list. Harry was in his element, talking about one of his favorite subjects. A person in love with love. 

In many ways, Harry's playful dialogue with this young couple about their newfound happiness was memorable on its own. But, what really stood out the most was a romantic confession of a different kind. This time revealed by Mr. Styles himself as part of his introduction to "What Makes You Beautiful."

Oh, reeeally, Mr. Styles. Do tell us more. 

What was even more stunning was when Harry said, "I fell in love to this song," there was a hushed silence in that jam-packed arena, almost like everyone heard what Harry had just shared and wanted to make sure they didn't miss what might follow. It was incredibly wild. For those who think that people aren't fully aware of the Larry rumors that E.F. Hutton silence spoke volumes.

But let's explore a bit more in-depth, to pinpoint exactly who a 16/17 year-old Harry Styles was referring to about falling in love. We know, for instance, that Harry and Louis were in each other's back pocket throughout 2010-early 2012, right before, during and immediately after..."What Makes You Beautiful" was released in the US on February 14, 2012. Prior to the record's American debut, the music video was shot in July 2011 in Malibu by John Urbano and was uploaded to YouTube on August 19, 2011. But, the song was actually first played on BBC Radio on August 10, 2011. Just a few weeks before Harry and Louis had their memorable Leeds Music Festival "sleepover," and right after they had moved in together. The single was actually released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, on September 11, 2011.  How kind of Harry to admit that during the time WMYB was being packaged and introduced to the public (July 2011-September 2011), Harry was falling in love. And, just who was Harry melded to at the hip during this time frame? That's right. Mr. Louis William Tomlinson.

                                    Sweet Creature                                    

More proof needed? Well, let's look at some random examples of Louis and Harry's social media activity at the time:

                         "What Makes You Beautiful" music video outtake, July 2011                                   

"the boys" referring to Louis and Harry who moved in together summer.

And, of course, the iconic,

Radio Manchester, August 16, 2011

Hmm. Seems like the Luis of 2018, was named Louis in 2011. Everyone else in the room can see it. No wonder Harry repeatedly waves the rainbow flag during his performance of THAT particular song.

"Baby you light up my world like nobody else

The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed
But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell

You don't know, oh oh, you don't know you're beautiful
If only you saw what I can see

You'll understand why I want you so desperately
Right now I'm looking at you and I can't believe


You don't know, you don't know your beautiful
That's what makes you beautiful" 

 X-Factor House, Fall 2010

 Harry and Louis in Malibu, July 2011 striking the Titanic pose.

  Milan, October 2011 

If you have never had the opportunity to be a part of a Harry Styles show, I highly recommend it. He is a performer who truly embraces the joy of performance and connects to his audience in both big and small ways. One moment he is an open book, the next a masterful tap dancer. Playful and evocative, often drawing on his own personal experiences to connect with his audience, a fandom who, in all kinds of ways, have grown up with Mr. Styles; sometimes he is an enigma, and sometimes someone who painfully exposes himself for all the world to see.  One thing is for sure, he is a talented young man who believes in holding on to love. And, despite all odds who wouldn't root for that?  Thank you, Harry. I had the time of my life. And, thank you Louis for putting and keeping that smile on Harry's face for some 8 years now. Despite the adversities and challenges, you two are still the one...made for each other.

pic sources:  Twitter, Tumblr
our playlist: What Makes You Beautiful- One Direction 
                     Meet Me in the Hallway - Harry Styles
                     Medicine - Harry Styles

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Almost Monday Musings - Tree Hugging and Tulum Tricycling

Another holiday, another round of entertainment for the fan masses.  For followers of Jake and Austin, nothing new on Jake "Richard Simmons" Gyllenhaal.  He's still playing MIA - does anyone know the name of his housekeeper?  We need TMZ over here!  *wink*

And as for Austin and his beard, Hassie "Hassle" Harrison? Well, they provided another round of unimaginative Insta Stories - a wedding and...sparklers.  We'll save everyone the yawns on the "wedding" pics (minus the bride and groom) and as for the sparklers, well - please see 2015:

Just a different year and different cover.  Brainstorming in the boardroom seems to be in need of a kickstart. lol!

• And speaking of no imagination.  Remember this terrible photoshop?  

That was from July 4 holiday, 2016.  Tulum, Mexico.  From July 4 holiday, 2018?  Josh Duhamel and his 'gf', Eiza Gonzalez.  There must be a rent-a-bike shop doing a bang-up business in July, lol.  Courtesy of Just Jared:

Well, they join the likes of a few others who have discovered that paps will follow anywhere - here's Aaron Rodgers and his 'gf' Danica Patrick bicycling where?  In Tulum, Mexico.

Just for amusement's sake, Narnia would like to take another trip down memory road as we toast that time Jake and Ruthie Wilson were allegedly dining together in.....Tulum, Mexico.


As This Week in Baseball's Mel Allen used to say - "How about that."

• Now, while it seems the biking in Tulum vacay has been used for stunting, "treebathing" aka forest bathing would seem to be a new one.  The Ackles trying to convince the masses that they are having a Precious Moments bout of passion:

A post shared by @ danneelackles512 on

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not seeing too much difference here, barring the big redwoods,

smh.  Let's hope this isn't going to be the "new" Tulum for bearding couples.  

Just a short post tonight.  Back to work tomorrow and as you know, re-entry is hard.

pic sources:  sports gossip, Punjabi graphics
our playlist:  Come Monday - Jimmy Buffet
                     Monday, Monday - Mamas and the Papas
                     New Moon on Monday - Duran Duran

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Different Kind of Fireworks - Narnia Dispatches Wishes You a Happy Independence Day the OTP Way

America - by Claude McKay

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate,
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time's unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.

                                                        Jenny Lake Grand Tetons WY - photo by Prairie Girl

Indeed, these are truly some of the most trying times for the United States, but the spirit and tenacity of a country cannot be forgotten under the ill-gotten representation of its present "leadership".  So, let's appreciate America's spirit and beauty that can be easy to forget these days. While we at Narnia can show a few teeth ourselves, we would not be here, if we did not still did not care what happens to our OTP's.

Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. - Judy Garland

             4th of July parade in Friday Harbor, WA

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says "I'm possible!" - Katherine Hepburn 

                                                                          American-residents-to-be arriving at Ellis Island

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality.  Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. - Malcolm X.


 wild horses on the outer banks of North Carolina


 New Providence Senior Citizens Club

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller

It does not require many words to speak the truth - Chief Joseph Nez Perce


Let's enjoy this 4th of July by eating foods that would terrify our forefathers - author not known

Narnia Dispatches wishes you all a happy Wednesday and for all Americans, a Happy 4th of July.   For America? We wish her a Happy Birthday.

pic sources: pinterest, shutterstock, lizmarie blog, KWCH, kinked 
                    webcam, humdor, ballisticarts, tumblr, gifer, 
our playlist: Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Ella Fitzgerald
                    The Cowboy Medley - Larry Dalton & his          
                    The Grand March - The O'Neill Brothers
                    You're a Grand Old Flag - Danny Wright
                     God Bless the U.S.A. - 101 Strings Orchestra