Monday, 30 June 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
I just love this shot of the very determined photographer and the very laid back assistant.
Friday, 27 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
While in Zavvi, last week, checking out 'Oh so pretty' I was also checking out the DVD's and came out with two great offerings at £2 each - 'Otis Redding, remembering Otis' and 'Sweet Toronto, John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band'. This video is from Otis' amazing performance at the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 from the equally amazing film by D.A. Pennebaker.
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
"Spanning the Lagan, now we have in view
The great Long Bridge, with arches twenty-two"
to which he appended a note-- "It has only twenty-one, but as a poetical licence, and for the sake of rhyme, I had to add another arch"
from: Guide to Belfast: The Giant's Causeway, and the Adjoining Districts of the Counties of Antrim and Down ... By William McComb 1861
An old print of the Long Bridge.
Monday, 23 June 2008
The goal scorer (David Healy) immortalised on this wall mural was raised in Killyleagh, and played for Crossgar, Lisburn Youth and Down Academy High School in Downpatrick. He signed for Manchester United in August 1999, just four days before his 20th birthday.
He was awarded an MBE for services to charity and his services to Northern Irish football in the Queen's birthday honours in June 2008. wikipedia
Our Wee Country and some murals
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Blueboat has a post about strawberries on her blog and a dilemma about their disposal, which set me off googling to see if you can do anything else with them other than making jam. In wikipedia I found a reference to Madam Tallien bathing in them which set me off googling at a tangent and on Big Frank Dickinson's blog I came across this:
She is remembered for her involvement in the Liberal cause in France, which led
to her imprisonment, and threat of the guillotine. .... she scandalized society by showing up at the Paris Opera wearing a sleeveless white dress and no underwear underneath! Talleyrand famously remarked on that: “It is not possible to exhibit oneself more sumptuously!” That is seizing the moment! And, of course she did bathe in strawberries - to good effect, it appeared.
Now there is a fashion that I would like to see revived (c:
....... and now some fun facts about strawberries courtesy of Michigan Dept of Agriculture:
- Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
- The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
- The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.
- To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.
- In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, who are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.
- Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily.
- The fruit size of the very early strawberries was very small.
- Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
- There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries.
- Strawberries are a member of the rose family.
Friday, 20 June 2008
"An Orangeman should have a sincere love and veneration for his Heavenly Father; a humble and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, believing in Him as the only Mediator between God and man. He should cultivate truth and justice, brotherly kindness and charity, devotion and piety, concord and unity, and obedience to the laws; his deportment should be gentle and compassionate, kind and courteous; he should seek the society of the virtuous, and avoid that of the evil; he should honour and diligently study the Holy Scriptures and make them the rule of his faith and practice; and sincerely desire and endeavour to propagate its doctrines and precepts; he should strenuously oppose the fatal errors and doctrines of the Church of Rome, and scrupulously avoid countenancing (by his presence or otherwise) any act or ceremony of Popish worship; he should by all lawful means, resist the ascendancy of that Church, its encroachments, and the extension of its power, ever abstaining from all uncharitable words, actions, or sentiments, towards his Roman Catholic brethren; he should remember to keep holy the Sabbath day, and attend the public worship of God, and diligently train up his offspring, and all under his control, in the fear of God, and in the Protestant faith; he should never take the name of God in vain, but abstain from all cursing and profane language, and use every opportunity of discouraging these, and all other sinful practices, in others; his conduct should be guided by wisdom and prudence, and marked by honesty, temperance, and sobriety; the glory of God and the welfare of man, the honour of his Sovereign, and the good of his country, should be the motive of his actions."
I am fairly sure that they are not as in the words of the song 'Oh so pretty and witty and gay' (c:
... but then again how would I know?
and the constructors have hung up a banner extolling their virtues as 'considerate constructors'
... BUT screwing a sign to the trunk of a tree doesn't strike me as very considerate - what's wrong with using plastic ties that would hold it securely in place and not cause any damage to the tree or what's wrong with tie-ing it to a lamp post or traffic sign?
Thursday, 19 June 2008
‘Dreams’ consists of forty large metal panels in a grid formation, which is etched with portraits of a group of children. The centre of each section, formed in glass and back-lit, will glow at night holding the dreams of 9,000 local children. The project fuses together a strong sense of our ‘metal crafting’ heritage and the spirit of our children’s ability to dream. DSD NI
I just love this song and even after fifty years it still sounds better than most modern pop.
This is the scene from 'Guys and Dolls' where Jean Simmons (as the non-drinking Salvation Army captain) becomes drunk on a few 'sweet milks' (Dolce de leche) i.e. milk and bacardi.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
The Provincial Bank of Ireland was renamed the Allied Irish Bank in 1982, and then became the First Trust Bank in 1994, when AIB merged its Northern Ireland operations with those of TSB. wikipedia
I wonder, was it something I said (or didn't say), am I not political enough (well we can't all be political animals) or is she (being a woman) just being fickle?
Whatever the reason - I still like her blog and I'm not dropping her from my links (yet!).
A total of 64 internet writers have been detained since 2003 for highlighting corruption, human rights abuses and refusing to hand over sensitive information.
More than half the arrests were in China, Egypt and Iran, researchers found.
In one case, Chinese dissident Huang Qi was seized for comments condemning his government's response to last month's earthquake, which left 70,000 dead.
However, the researchers say it may be only the tip of the iceberg after discovering internet filtering and monitoring is used in at least 50 countries.
'We predict that the number of blogger arrests will rise in 2008,' says the report. 'The popularity of online blogs continues to grow and inspire more media coverage of arrest incidents.'
The research by Washington University in the US was published as it emerged Mr Huang, founder of human rights website 64Tianwang, had been detained for possessing state secrets. This charge is often used to clamp down on dissent.
'This is another illustration of how a person who is trying to help might find himself snared by China's state secrets laws,' said Sharon Hom of the watchdog Human Rights In China.
'This use of the law as a sword hanging over rights' activists contradicts the reported "new media openness" in China following the earthquake.'
I suppose we should be grateful that we live in a country where we can criticise Bush, Blair, Brown et al without fear of reprisal (c:
The actress-dancer from Texas died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack on Monday, Gene Schwam said.
The long-legged star appeared in a number of films, but her fame came from the musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.
She sang and danced with legends Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain, and Fred Astaire in Silk Stockings.
At the height of her fame the film company said her long legs were insured for a million dollars. But her talent was enough to make her an essential part of the golden age of Technicolor musicals.
"Her beauty was breathtaking," Debbie Reynolds, who starred with Charisse in the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain, said in a statement.
"The world will miss her dancing."
Born Tula Ellice Finklea in 1921, Charisse began her career dancing with the Ballet Russe as a teenager. During a European tour she met Nico Charisse, a young French dancer with whom she had trained in Los Angeles. They married in Paris in 1939.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Friday, 13 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
(By the way the 2 actors are Matt Healy and Christopher Villiers)