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World’s Most Forbearing Mother Discovered in Israel

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
By raincoaster


In the recorded history of civilization, innumerable are the tales of maternal sacrifice and perseverence in the face of unspeakable suffering and torment. But never, my friends, have we encountered a woman like Anat’s mother.

Who is Anat? Anat is a good daughter, a loving young woman who lives in Tel Aviv and only wanted to pamper her parent. So, what did she do? She bought her mother a beautiful shiny-new mattress and threw the old one away, to surprise her.

And boy, was she ever surprised.

Not quite as surprised as Anat, though, when she found out the old mattress contained the old woman’s life savings, approximately $1million.

The Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the distraught daughter searching through a landfill site, having already tried the three other dumps where rubbish from her neighbourhood could have been taken.

The dump manager, Yitzhak Borba, said that his staff were helping her because she appeared “totally desperate”, but the task was complicated by 2,500 tons of new rubbish arriving every day.

The woman nobly said it could be worse: “People have to take everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad.”

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Stella McCartney Designs for Gap

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
By Glinda


Oh, you say, yet another pairing of a large retailer with a hot fashion designer?  Famous designers Isaac Mizrahi, Proenza Schouler, Viktor and Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, and Proenza Schouler have all teamed up with various clothing stores to produce specialty clothing lines.

But this time it’s strictly for kids!

Stella McCartney, formerly creative director of Chloe, now has her own collections walking down the runway.  And she’s signed on to produce an exclusive line for GapKids and BabyGap, due in selected stores in November of this year.  She has three kids of her own, so at least we aren’t talking about someone who has no idea how infant clothing works.  Or should work, anyway, as in easy diaper access! I don’t care how cute the thing is, if I can’t quickly get to the diaper, the article simply won’t be worn often.

Stella is also known for being eco-friendly with many of her perfume, beauty, and shoe lines, so we’ll see if she includes any organic cotton in the mix.  I have a feeling she will. And if you’re wondering, that’s a Stella-designed T-shirt that Sir Paul is wearing in the picture above.

Here’s what Paul’s daughter has to say about children’s clothing:

“For years now I’ve wanted to create a collection for kids, it’s something I’ve often been asked about. I believe that this one-off collaboration will be a great way for customers to be able to participate in the Stella McCartney brand. I believe that kids clothing should be more accessibly priced, which is particularly important at the moment given the current climate. It’s really exciting for us to do a boys and girls collection for the first time.”

Amen, sister!  Although Stella McCartney’s and my idea of “accessibly priced” might be a wee bit different seeing as how she grew up with a gazillionaire as a father, I’m still really interested to see what the clothes will look like.

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