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"How you watching the woman, so?
he sneered, though mildly amused.
"Oooh, nice dress. A kind of nautical,
spiffy, classic effect, I said, triumphantly,
with a tilt of the left eyebrow that said,
"What do you know?
This was at around 7.45 am in Port-of-
Spain on Thursday morning. The traffic had
slowed down helpfully, to allow me to gape.
The object of my attention was a thir-
tysomething woman striding confidently
along Independence Square. She was dressed
in a crisp, short-sleeved vanilla dress with
navy and red horizontal stripes; a navy
jacket was folded over one arm. Her shoes
were a taupe, low-impact snakeskin pattern
(to avoid becoming matchy-matchy) and
she carried a large taupe tote bag.
If you are reading this, you are the recip-
ient of the July Street Fashionista Award,
which comes with one year s free member-
ship to the Elsa Fan Club. Hey, anybody
who could pull off broad horizontal stripes
without looking like a beach ball deserves
an award of some kind.
"All you woman is something else, yes,
he continued. "You always checking out
other women. From 30 feet away, you notice
down to the pattern on the woman shoes.
"This is market research, I harrumphed.
"But yes, women check out other women.
It s a lifelong sociological enquiry into pop-
ulist culture for which we should all be
rewarded with PhDs.
"You want a doctorate in maco-ing? he
countered, barely escaping the lightning
bolt of bad-eye from my direction.
Me: "Women conduct their own market
research with great diligence and accuracy.
We know what s trending, what s hot and
what s not. We get to test-drive new looks
by first seeing how they look on other
women. And we take readings
on our image barometers so
we can calculate how we
"Otherwise, think of
the mortification an
could suffer wear-
ing last season s
hemline. If we didn t
pay attention to the
network, we could fall off the edge of fashion, never
to claw our way back up.
Him: "Why do you want to compare? That doesn t
sound very feminist to me.
Me: "It s not in a spiteful way. We just want to
see if the competition has more cellulite, or a better
head of hair. That way we know it s time to cut back
on the carbs or find a better supplier of Brazilian
He: "So you are never jealous?
Me (firing another cut-eye): "Not in a bad way.
More a kind of I-wonder-if-she-will-tell-me-who-
"Besides, women appreciate attention from other
women. A compliment from a woman is like gold
because it is likely to be genuine. No ulterior motive.
A hot woman telling another woman she looks hot?
Not even Prozac can create a better mood.
He: "Steups. You could ever see me checking out
another man and saying, hmm, his shoulders fill out
that shirt real cute?
Me: "I hope not. That would upset the order of
the universe. And your shoulders are actually rather
He: "I think you like me.
Me: "Drive quickly. Lady in Horizontal Stripes is
about to cross Abercromby Street. I want to maco
whatever accessories she is wearing.
He: "As Your Ladyship commands.
If you are Ms Horizontal Stripes, thank me at
It's not macoing, it's market research!
While Arya Stark sails off to Braavos, the actress
who plays her on Game of Thrones is considering
taking a lead role in The Last of Us, an adaptation
of the 2013 hit video game.
Producer Sam Raimi and The Last of Us video
game writer Neil Druck-
mann, who is also writing
the screenplay, took the
stage at Comic Con on Fri-
day to promote the project,
which doesn t yet have a
release date. The game is
set in a post-apocalyptic
world where a fungus has
turned many humans into
zombie-like monsters, and
tells the story of an older
man and 13-year-old girl
who reluctantly become a
team to survive.
While the casting
process is only beginning,
the two hinted that they
took a meeting with Maisie
Williams (who plays Arya
Stark in the HBO hit
"It was just a coffee," Druckmann said, "but we
almost brought her out here." It must have gone
The crowd approved. Later, when Raimi asked who
they would like to see play the role of Elle, "Maisie!"
was the only name shouted. (mashable.com)
New role for Game
of Thrones actress
Fans of the game The
Last of Us are in favour
of Maisie Williams
taking a starring role in
the movie adaptation.
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