Richard Latsch in front of Harrods
Richard Latsch in front of Harrods on 20.12.12 before the world was supposed to end as we wanted to loot Harrods should an earthquake split Harrods asunder
HARRODS IS THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS DEPARTMENT STORE AND RIGHTLY SO. IT SELLS EVERYTHING UNDER THE ROOF AND IF NOT IN STOCK, JUST PLACE A DEPOSIT AND THEY WILL GET IT FOR YOU.
Let's say you want an elephant and Harrods Pet Shop does not have one. No biggie. They WILL get one for you. It's only money.
The best stuff are always available at Harrods. From jewels to the latest watches to durians, yes, they sell durians in their fruit section!
I always go pay homage to Harrods each time I visit London. Last year I paid RM 190 for a phone extension for my mobile. In KL a few months ago at Sungai Wang Plaza, I saw them on sale at RM 40! So I had to buy 2 more in different colours to lower my average price to RM 90! Curses but at least I was the first to show off the damn thing!
Harrods is famous for the dazzling variety and high prices but you get what you pay for as status and prestige and class must be paid for.
As most know, Harrods was owned by Muslim Egyptian Mohammad Al-Fayed for the last 25 years. During that time he applied but was always refused a PR or British citizenship despite providing jobs and livelihoods for 5,000 Brits. But if you are a fanatic religionist spreading hatred and division and refuse to recognise a woman as monarch because of your religion, you will easily get a British passport! In Britain these days, the law is getting mad. If you hit a thief robbing your house and threatening to rape your mother, the bastard can sue you for 'excessive use of force'! I mean, are you supposed to ask the robber 'Excuse me sir, hope you don't mind but is it too much to ask you to desist from robbing my home and to return to your home?'
If I see a thief in my house, I will crack his skull first thing! No wonder Great Britain is now known as Little Britain!
Al-Fayed's son Dodi squired Princess Diana and rumour has it she was pregnant with his baby when she died in the Paris car crash---so convenient if so! It was said Princess Diana purposely got impregnated so her child will be the first Muslim in the entire British history!
Al-Fayed waged a war against the Royal Family over Dodi's death with Diana, citing foul play and cover-up. No wonder Harrods lost all its coveted Royal Warrants!
There is even a monument to Dodi and Diana inside Harrods where some romantics place candles! A pair of photos of Dodi and Diana are lovingly entwined and a small pyramid holds a wine glass stained with Diana's lipstick plus an engagement ring Dodi was supposed to have given her. But if so, how did Harrods retrieve it from Diana's dead body?
This shrine has proven highly controversial but it gets acres of newsprint unlike my religious blog! This memorial was erected on 12 April 1998 by the Egyptian Escalator after Dodi and Diana died on 31 August 1997. A second memorial in 2005 shows the couple dancing on the beach beneath an albatross symbolising the Holy Spirit.
Al-Fayed, being Egyptian, also installed an Egyptian Room inside Harrods. Mercifully it is about Ancient Egypt and not modern Egypt which is a mess. So you feel like shopping inside Khufu's Pyramid aka a tomb when entering the Egyptian Room which even features a Book of the Dead.
Anyway, in 2010 Mohammad Al-Fayed sold Harrods to the Ruler of Qatar a Muslim so once again Harrods remains Islamic so don't be surprised if they stop selling liquor, sexy lingerie and ban men from entering women's boutiques and vice versa. If I own Harrods, I will place Buddha statues every 10 ft as a devout Buddhist and also statues of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary as I am also a devout Christian as I always hedge my bets so if Buddha bans me from Nirvana, Jesus might let me enter Heaven. I love being surrounded by gods and goddesses anyway so when I take over Harrods, it will be like entering a Buddhist Pureland with touches of Garden of Eden before God kicked out Adam and Eve.
In May 2010, Mohammad Al-Fayed sold Harrods for RM 7.5 billion ostensibly to Qatar Holdings, the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar but of course it is the purse of the Al-Thani ruling family. Unlike bold and brash Dubai, Qatar escaped the meltdown of 2008/9 and is loaded with cash so now they can brandish their cheque books with gay abandon.
Al-Fayed asked for RM 10 billion but rich as they are, the Al-Thani ruling family of Qatar is not foolish so RM 7 billion was all Al-Fayed got. Anyway, the Al-Fayed brothers paid a mere RM 3 billion in 1985 so he really could not moan too much. A profit of RM 4 billion in 25 years is OK considering all the Emir of Qatar got was existing inventory, paintings on walls, sculptures and carvings, potted plants and the name!
Also Al-Fayed had to pay RM 3.125 billion in debts so his net profit was RM 3.118 which is a lot of cash I can tell you!
HARRODS CHRISTMAS WINDOWS FEATURE POPULAR DISNEY FAIRY TALE CHARACTERS DRESSED IN COUTURE BY ACCLAIMED DESIGNERS!
The glass shoe from Cinderella dressed by Versace
The carriage pulled by 4 white horses before midnight, after which it will revert to its original form of pumpkin and 4 mice!
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves dressed in Oscar de la Renta
Snow White has jet black hair and is not blonde as some think
Snow White in Oscar de la Renta
Tiana and the Tiara aka The Frog Prince aka The Princess and the Frog
Tiara is gowned in a Ralf & Russo creation
The crowned Frog staring wistfully at the Princess looking in the wrong direction!
Meanwhile the heron is looking hungrily at the Frog! I love the thought of the bird eating the reptile before the Princess kisses it to turn it into a handsome Prince or herself into a frog, thus making the Heron doubly happy with the 2 frog meal!
This Ralf & Russo gown is exquisite!
Another look and note the Frog Princess's tanned skin as she is half black in Disney's movie
Tinkerbelle's wings actually flap and flutter!
Mulan's oriental looking robes are by Missoni
A bejewelled iguana
Pocahontas by Roberto Cavalli
Ariel wears Marchesa
Underwater kingdom where Ariel lives
Ariel wears Marchesa
Princess Jasmine in Escada
Jasmine in Escada on a flying carpet
I love this dragon bowl by Georg Jensen
Belle aka Beauty & the Beast in Valentino. Note the red rose inside the glass
Belle in Beauty and the Beast wears Valentino
Rapunzel wears Jenny Packham
Richard Latsch in Lord's Tailor suit from Bangsar Shopping Centre
Rapunzel's tresses luckily has no dandruff nor split ends
The Sleeping Beauty in Elie Saab
Just as well Sleeping Beauty does not move when sleeping as turning and tossing will wrinkle and crinkle and crease Elie Saab's gown beyond redemption and dry cleaning
And so, good night and sweet wet dreams!