MCM Expo: Playing Dress Up

Ghosts, goblins, zombies and all that. Did you celebrate Halloween this year? I didn’t unless you count the pumpkins we carves when Jorge and I were in New York a few weeks ago:

Jorge’s is the skull, mine the cat.
Apparently shortly after we left NY, the friendly neighbourhood squirrels climbed inside the cat and sabotaged it…The skull survived.

Dixon1919 contributed a bunch of costume photos from the MCM Expo in London last weekend to the Flickr pool so I thought it would be an appropriate time to share those with you. If you dressed up or carved pumpkins last weekend, add them to the pool.

Bunny GrilsPhoto: Bunny Girls by Dixon1919

Photo: Luigi by Dixon1919

mcm expo 2012 london
Photo: MCM Expo London 2012 by Dixon1919

joker two-face & Scarecrow
Photo: Joker, Two-Face and Scarecrow by Dixon1919

Photo: Batgirl by Dixon1919

Eric Northman
Photo: Eric Northman from True Blood by Dixon1919

The end.

By the way, can you believe it’s already November??

A Weekend of Caribbean Chaos

Expect elaborate, vivid, colourful costumes covering strategic bits of wriggling bodies in a long and impressive parade.

11: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Expect whistles and party horns from a crowd of a million people that make up an incredibly vibrant atmosphere, 40 static sound systems pumping out Soca, Calypso, Reggae, Funk, R&B and House music that makes you want to dance along with stages featuring live acts that have included in the past the likes of Wyclef Jean and Jamiroquai.

10: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Expect to be enticed by the mouth-watering aroma of jerk chicken and curried goat coming from 100 booths serving up delicious Caribbean food.

9: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Yup, it is Notting Hill Carnival weekend this Sunday and Monday, and the only bank holiday I get off of work because my office is in the thick of it all. It’s also a brilliant weekend for photo opportunities if the weather holds cleans itself up – or even if it doesn’t.

8: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

The carnival was started in the ‘60s by the Afro-Caribbean community, drawing its roots from the carnivals of the 19th century in Trinidad which celebrated the abolition of slavery. The first carnival in Notting Hill was meant to showcase a steel band that used to play in Earl’s Court on weekends.

1: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

It ended up creating a community feel that has been built up to the world-famous festival it is today.

7: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Head down on Sunday if you’ve got kiddies for family fun and costume prizes. Or, if you’re in it for the pure chaos, Monday is made for madness and music that starts in the morning and carries on late into the morning hours.

6: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Take public transport, don’t expect an easy escape or clean toilets and keep your eyes on anything valuable you bring along, but also expect to be impressed by the effort that goes into the costumes, energised by the music and inspired by the culture. I’d say it’s a must to go at least once if you’ve never been before.

5: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

One more little tip – If you’re coming from outside of London and want to save a bit of money on accommodation, is running a deal in connection with Travelodge offering £15 off “flexible rate room bookings”.

2: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Photos are from my visit last year!