I thought it would be fun this month to share with you some Christmas impressions from London. Let's start with Harrod's, shall we? All decked out in green lights this year transforming it into the Emerald City to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the classic Wizard of Oz movie. 11,500 white lights were changed by 2 men over a period of 48 hours into the green lights that now shine on Brompton Road.
This year the store windows tell the story of Dorothy and her friends. You'll find they tweaked the plot a bit to give it a Harrod's slant.
I'm quoting,"The little Munchkin people were playing happily, dressed in their colourful warm, winter clothes and chatting in excited voices-totally unaware of the dark, spinning cyclone creeping closer and closer."
"When Dorothy looked around her, she noticed that she was in the midst of a country of enchanting beauty,with banks of gorgeous flowers all around, as well as rare and beautiful gifts for all to enjoy."
Be sure and notice the big dangling "D" on the strap of the shoes. You guessed it--Dior red slippers.
"Dorothy changed into a beautiful designer dress and set off down the Yellow Brick Catwalk with Toto."
"Before long, they met the Scarecrow, who cried, 'O Dorothy, please take me with you, my head is full of straw, I want to ask the Wizard for a brain.' "
"Toto's friend, Cesar, left the Urban Retreat with fur as white as snow. No one could take their eyes off him as he skipped down the Yellow Brick Road."
"In amongst the trees, something was shining, it was a man dressed from head-to-toe in the most splendid, silver outfit---
in fact, it looked almost like he was made from the most wonderous, precious stones, yet a heart was all he desired."
" 'See those Ruby Slippers' said the Good Witch, 'they have wonderful powers. They can carry you to any place in the world, all you have to do is click your heels together three times and command them to lift you into the glistening realm of enchanting fragrances in the dark and mysterious Perfume Hall. ' "
"Cavalli, Missoni, Jimmy Choo, OH MY! Dreams really do come true."
" 'Hello my pretties,' said the Wicked Witch as she looked down at Dorothy's slender feet and seeing the ruby slippers, she began to tremble with jealousy, she had to have them for her own, no matter what."
"We've arrived! Our long journey is over at last, for we have reached the Emerald City in Knightsbridge--and all seven magnificent floors, owned by one Oz."
So friends, there you have it, the Harrod's version of The Wizard of Oz. So what do you think of Oz's, I mean Mr. Mohammed Al Fayed's take on the classic story?