Posts filed under ‘tongue in cheek’
Gillray’s print, Fashionable Contrasts- But whose feet are those?
Trying to get through this season of happy , happy , joy , joy I have once again tried to escape to “lose” myself in history once more .
I exchanged the WW2 for that boring old history of Kings and Queens and the aristocracy. However I can tell you Reality TV has nothing on these folk! But there is the connection with Downton Abbey fans. Oh! if these old walls could talk ;).
I will never be able to look at another old movie starring David Niven or Douglas Fairbanks in the same way as just two days ago a story in the Daily Mail :
How I lost my virginity to the VERY racy real life chatelaine of Downton’s Scottish castle by Micheal Thornton
It seems the late Duchess Of Argyll ( Margaret Campbell) had numerous affairs with many a young man including the writer of the Daily Mail piece mentioned above. Quite scandalous for the 1930’s but then again this was the time of a King abdicating for the “lust” of a woman- Edward and Mrs. Simpson. It seems they were all at it in the “dirty thirties”
He( The Duke) compiled a list of her alleged lovers, believing he could cite 88 men. My name,(Micheal Thornton) and that of Anthony Wallace-Turner, escaped the list.
A note in the Duke’s handwriting, found among the Argyll divorce papers, records: ‘MT and AW-T are both innocent victims of M’s nymphomania.’ The original list contained some famous names. The Hollywood stars Bob Hope and Maurice Chevalier were on it. So, too, was David Niven, who had taken Margaret’s virginity at the age of 15. The 13 Polaroid snaps discovered by the Duke appeared to show two different naked men. Pornographic comments written beneath pictures of one of the naked men were alleged to be in the handwriting of Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Was Douglas Fairbanks Jr. indeed the “headless man” ? A Tale of the headless whores’ man 😉 http://fascinatinghistory.blogspot.com/2005/07/duchess-of-argyll-and-headless-men.html
So what you say old history – not quite my mum is still around to remember the “players”- She remembers the abdication and the scandals of the day – living history or reliving it
and this Duchess and her connections wasn’t alone in my “viewing pleasure of this week- Keira Knightley was on Ovation in her role as “Duchess”.
As I watched because I wondered how close to the “real” story was this “movie “- I was surprised to learn- pretty damned close- WHY WASN’T THIS EVER MENTIONED IN THOSE DULL OLD HISTORY CLASSES in school- I bet I wouldn’t have been alone in remembering this figure of history and the Prime Minister 🙂 The names are sounding familiar to royal watchers of today.
The Duchess of Devonshire -Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (née Spencer) 7 June 1757 – 30 March 1806) was the first wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, and mother of the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Her father, the 1st Earl Spencer, was a great-grandson of the 1st Duke of Marlborough. Her niece was Lady Caroline Lamb. She is an ancestor (via her illegitimate daughter Eliza Courtney) of Sarah, Duchess of York. She is also related to Diana, Princess of Wales, who was her great-great-grandniece.
It seems Princess Diana was not the first in her family to have to endure three in a marriage
In 1782 the Devonshire’s travelled to Bath and their met the woman who would be with them for the rest of their lives, Lady Elizabeth Foster, or ‘Bess’ as she was known.
Bess ingratiated herself into the Devonshire household, became the Duchess’s lifelong confidant and later mistress to the Duke. They lived together as a menage a trois for 25 years, and soon after Georgiana died, Bess persuaded the duke to marry her and finally legalize their relationship http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~awoodley/regency/devon.html
In an interview with Martin Bashir in 1995, the Princess said she had known her husband had renewed a relationship with the then Camilla Parker Bowles in 1986, just five years after their wedding.
“I wasn’t in a position to do anything about it,” she said. “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Well it makes our local scandals seem very tame by comparison! So that is something to be thankful for I suppose- May your New Year be Scandal Free or at least worth the notoriety to be endured !
UPDATE NOTE FROM TIME WARNER :
Thank you for contacting Time Warner Cable, Road Runner email Support.
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It is not a good week , first of all the “horrible trogolodytes” ( no this time it isn’t the used to be in- laws) found a way to attack my computer and the “spy ware” had trouble keeping up so the “defender of my windows”…. sigh…. decided to shut me down in safe mode. 5 days later I have a computer back BUT then strange things started to happen when I sent roadrunner email.
My Ip ( roadrunner accouint) was being blocked by “spam cop” from the Chronicle Telegram and something called Spam Haus-zen and SORBS – these are spam filters. Of course you can’t get through to these people to say –
I may be prolific BUT honest I am not a spammer.
Frustration- is it worth it these emails and computers? I have been down this road before here before with Yahoo and their rotating servers…… being blocked -which means Century Link and I are only sometimes “connected”.
XX.XX.XXX.XX is listed on the Policy Block List (PBL)
Outbound Email Policy of Time Warner Cable/Road Runner for this IP range:
It is the policy of Time Warner Cable/Road Runner to share with other entities lists of our dynamic IP address space. While Time Warner Cable/Road Runner does not currently forbid customers from sending out mail directly from such space, it recognizes that others may wish to refuse mail from such space, and so Time Warner Cable/Road Runner makes that space known to others to facilitate their enforcement of their policies. Customers finding their mail refused by others due to a PBL listing should send their outbound mail through the outbound mail server designated for them; see http://help.rr.com/HMSFaqs/e_emailserveraddys.aspx for more information on the servers’ names.
and then following through I get
THE PBL IS NOT A BLACKLIST. You are not blacklisted for spamming or for anything you have done.
TELL THAT TO THE SPAM COPS AND MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT IT UNITS-
The PBL is simply a list of ALL of the world’s end-user broadband IP space, i.e: IP space normally assigned to broadband/ADSL customers. It is perfectly normal for dynamic IP addresses (DSL, DHCP, cable, dialup) to be listed on the PBL. In fact all IP addresses in the world which are not designated mail server machines *should be* on the PBL.
The PBL does not prevent you sending email unless your email program is not authenticating properly when it connects to your ISP or company’s mail server. This can happen if you have forgotten to turn on ‘Authentication’ in your ‘outgoing mail’ account settings, or if the username/password your email program is giving to your outgoing mail server is wrong.
If you are using a normal email program, such as Outlook, Entourage, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, and you are being blocked by a Spamhaus PBL listing when you try to send email, the reason is simply that YOU NEED TO TURN ON ‘SMTP AUTHENTICATION’ in your email program’s account settings. See: How do I turn on SMTP Authentication?
Like a dutiful little –non computer savvy IT illiterate– I did what was requested . I would check it out to see whether it worked and I I have cleaned up my IP – but quite honestly is it worth it???? – maybe tomorrow I will clear my IP in the court of IT-
In the meantime , you call me I won’t be emailing you 🙂 with my dirty IP showing. Oh the shame of it all– what was it my mother said about always having clean knickers does that equate to Ip ‘s now in this cyber world?
Don’t ask me why but I have always thought of the “ground hogs” around my neighborhood as “Puk-wudgies”- it probably is a throw back to another of my mother’s poems and a remembered passage
And no tree begrudges
The little Puk-Wudgies
A pocket of acorns, a handful of mast!
In the vacated green space next to Settlers’ Watch lives a colony of “ground hogs”. They live in the tunnels that make up the old basement of a house that used to be. You can see them in the evening and early morning along with rabbits and geese foraging. Sometimes neighbors will leave fruit etc out for them so they don’t eat the plants so lovingly planted at Settler’s Watch. The squirrels haven’t been so accommodating and we have lost a plethora of bulbs this year.
Photo Mark Teleha
Settlers’ Watch, we hope, will become a recognized urban wildlife habitat garden therefore, we have planted the plants that attract the bees, butterflies and birds and hope the Puk-wudgies and squirrels forage in another part of the acreage .
Imagine my surprise when I heard from the background noise of the television in the other room- one of the “paranormal” tv shows investigating a family having a problem with “Puk-wudgies”- it seems they are Native American legend-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pukwudgie
A Puk-wudgie is a 2-or-3-foot-tall (0.61 or 0.91 m) being from the Wampanoag folklore. Puk-wudgies’ features resemble those of a human, but with enlarged noses, fingers and ears. Their skin is described as being a smooth grey, and at times has been known to glow.
In Native American lore, Puk-wudgies have the following traits and abilities;
they can appear and disappear at will
they can transform into a walking porcupine (it looks like a porcupine from the back, and the front is half-troll, half-human and walks upright)
they can attack people and lure them to their deaths
they are able to use magic
they have poison arrows
they can create fire at will
Puk-wudgies control Tei-Pai-Wankas which are believed to be the souls of Native Americans they have killed.
Native Americans believed that Puk-wudgies were best left alone. When you see a Puk-wudgie you are not supposed to mess with them, or they will repay you by playing nasty tricks on you, or by following you and causing trouble. They were once friendly to humans, but then turned against them
Oh dear! and I had visions of fairy- like pixies scampering about amongst the roses and granny’s toenails – if not my cute little ground hogs( who for the most part mind their own business).
Still, according the “Paranormal Research Team”- ,the best way to be on the good side of the “Puk-wudgies” is to give them fruits and berries and they will be grateful and leave you alone . Hopefully, the grapes and berries at Settlers’ Watch should help keep the Puk-wudgies from playing any tricks on us- but just in case the next time you are jogging around over there you might want to run counter-clockwise three times 🙂 that porcupine you spy may just be a animal of a different kind ;).
They live ‘neath the curtain
Of fir woods and heather,
And never take hurt in
The wildest of weather,
But best they love Autumn?she’s brown as themselves?
And they are the brownest of all the brown elves;
When loud sings the West Wind,
The bravest and best wind,
And puddles are shining in all the cart ruts,
They turn up the dead leaves,
The russet and red leaves,
Where squirrels have taught them to look out for nuts!
The hedge-cutters hear them
Where berries are glowing,
The scythe circles near them
At time of the mowing,
But most they love woodlands when
Autumn’s winds pipe,
And all through the cover the beechnuts are ripe,
And great spikey chestnuts,
The biggest and best nuts,
Blown down in the ditches, fair windfalls lie cast,
And no tree begrudges
The little Puk-Wudjies
A pocket of acorns, a handful of mast!
So should you be roaming
Where branches are sighing,
When up in the gloaming
The moon-wrack is flying,
And hear through the darkness, again and again,
What’s neither the wind nor the spatter of rain?
Photo Lisa Miller
A flutter, a flurry,
A scuffle, a scurry,
A bump like the rabbits’ that bump on the ground,
A patter, a bustle
Of small things that rustle,
You’ll know the Puk-Wudgies are somewhere around!
by Patrick Reginald Chalmers
Note to self – stop getting brilliant ideas in your numbed brain state–
I have not missed the self -imposed stress of Christmas’s past. There has been something freeing about not decking the halls, hauling out the holly and trying to find the perfect gift and the perfect Christmas dinner.
Although in at least one room – Nana’s new living room at the top of the house- a little tree winks and blinks at the night outside the window. In fact we are referring to it as Santa’s grotto.
Not all the animated Santa’s are out this year ( apparently some are still locked in an attic cupboard at the ” Kenny’s I just want to be happy house” .https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/what-are-they-thinking-the-thought-process-stops-here/ I missed some of them when moving her out. We would have had to downsize animated Santa’s anyway.
My focus once again this year was finding the “Chris Miss” present for Gavin.
After spending time watching “Cars” and Gavin’s fascination with “Lightening McQueen” and a new baby going to need a crib in a few weeks –
Aha! thought I I have the solution!!!
However, how to get it under the tree- not possible- so how to get an excited two-year and a half-year old to where “Lightening McQueen” would be “parked”. Instead of following the bouncing ball how about following the “flying fish”-
Note to self “Good call Nag Nog (NOT) but at least you didn’t get the shark”
I didn’t take in as I watched a video on-line just how big this “clown fish ” would be. The idea was to have him float in and up the stairs to the room.
on Christmas Eve and we would all follow.
Hey if Santa can come down chimneys in the middle of the night with a flying sled and reindeer then flying fish should be acceptable.
The night before the night before Christmas found Nana, Pooh Bah, and me trying to work out the instructions
“I thought you said it was just a balloon with a remote what are all these parts” –
“what does hook here mean – what a these little bits and where do they go – hold the damned thing still will you !
First step blow up the fish with the helium tank- also purchased for the purpose.
Now where do you put the nozzel- no not there!!!! if I let go will it go phhhhhhhhhhhttttttttttttt
No! apparently it is self sealing
OH! OH! that means we can’t let it down once it is up! and as the damned thing flew up to the ceiling with nothing to grab – I bounced around the couch – there went the knee again trying to catch hold of something as slippery as well a “fish” without wrecking it…. whilst Tetley and Misty were barking at the foolishness of adults
said Nana as she cowered on the couch as it menacingly made its way across to her ( sans remote)
it is like the bloody Hindenburg-
Misty and Tetley unsure if they were supposed to attack the intruder or run decided on the latter.
It needs a weight where is the weight- oh wait it must be this putty stuff- where do I put it –
a very disgruntled husband announced he knew where I could put it…….
As he/she fish finally came together I realized that somehow I was going to have to get this fish in the car for the following day- and another OH! OH!…… since the Amherst Giant Eagle’s lobster tank was out of order it meant a trip to Elyria to pick up the 6 live lobsters to be sacrificed for Christmas Eve dinner with Nikki Jim and Gavin.
Somehow flying fish, presents , my husband and Nana would have to make the trip the next afternoon in the one car . And he/she would have to be hidden from Gavin until, the big unveiling. After a cramped haul to Elyria ( grumbling all around with fish and food and presents I ran in ( well limped and hobbled more like) to the seafood dept to pick up the lobsters.
As I stood in line to pay surrounded by fellow “stressed out shoppers” a chap remarked -his utter disdain and disbelief for what I was going to do to the lobsters evident in his tone.
Are you going to “boil them” on Christmas Eve??????
( it should be noted his cart held ham and a turkey ).
I turned , my knee wrecked again – thinking of the problems of the “flying fish and hypocrisy” and in my best British said
” Of course Sir -but not before naming them after all the people I find disdainful this Christmas
Source – The WISHING box
There have been any number of “visionings” since I have lived in this ‘Old town” of Lorain. Each and every one touted by the participants/ administrations etc as the solution to our ills. ( none have come to pass).
I have copies of “visions” for “Portside/ Charleston Village” going back to 1975. ( none of those suggestions have happened either). However , maybe now the power plant etc has come down we can hope but if that vision takes another 30 years to come to reality -well I probably won’t be here to see it.
I am afraid after being on “community committees” for visioning since the one in 1993 , vision 2000 vision 2010 Welcome to OZ – the regional thinking report – the ERA report – the Staubach report
been there, done that- said that saw that where is the time line?-
Oh! right that was suggestion in the Staubach report and just how much cost did we that tax payers fork out for that report? Was that the one for 60 thousand or am I getting mixed up with the ERA report or maybe ????
Oh! all these reports and visions are clouding my vision- I can no longer see a difference.
This week the “future is glowing” according to some –
Envision Lorain unveiled: Plan stresses downtown, citizen outreach
The Editor of the Morning Journal, Tom Skoch, is behind the latest “vision”
OUR VIEW EDITORIAL: Making Envision Lorain a reality would be in everyone’s best interests
But cynical, jaded and lacking enthusiasm for another “visioning” as I am there is one whose rose coloured glasses have definitely gone to the dark side.
My Old buddy ( King) Cole – now of the Chronicle has “a visioning” of his own on the same day as the Morning Journal Editor. His vision is a little different as he peers into the future of Lorain-
Mayor Mike Scherach, the streets, the schools, the port and Attorney Giardini
you can see for yourself ( pun intended)
I cannot link to the on-line version, as the Cole Chronicle column seemingly only appears in the print edition.
Therefore, you my readers , will have to suffer the jpg version and any comments to the visionary should be directed to ‘John Cole” email@example.com
If you have difficulty reading the jpg the PDF file -such as it is -( you will have to enlarge and rotate) now now none of that – I know what you are thinking but the file can be found here
SOURCE- Dave Walker
What is a blog? It depends on one’s perspective ( isn’t that always the way 😉 ?
In the beginning of my experience on the www. I had a website which I used to document my writings for “print media” so I could have easier access than all those magazines cluttering up everything in my attic. I retired from writing in 2005- (SIGH)
One of those web sites is still “hanging on” and still receives traffic and the owners of the site still run adverts. Another website I use quite regularly is the Charleston Village Website which is graciously hosted by Emerge . If you check out that website you will also see adverts. It is how the “hosts” bring in dollars to sustain their business. They host my writings and in turn ( hopefully for them) my readers read the ads, the more readers the more popular you are the more the advertisers pay to advertise and the more money the “host ” can charge.
This WordPress “BLOG” called “that woman blog” will have google ads from time to time- it is how WordPress recovers their costs of hosting a free blog. Now I could pay them to host my blog and the ads will go but I appreciate them being my host!
This “that woman blog” started back in January 2008– but that was not the beginning of my “blogging ” experience”. Initially I was introduced to the “blogging” world ( rather than my website world) by a Blogger/musician Scott Bakalar.
Scott was a “blogger”- he was documenting and venting on his blog “wordofmouthblogspot” the trials and tribulations he, as a resident of Lorain ,faced ( mainly his basement flooding problems). Scott contacted me to ask permission to use one of my articles that had been in print- thereby developed a relationship .
The blogging world caught my attention and eventually the WoM Blog was born- in its heyday there were “11 bloggers blogging and guest bloggers posting and hundreds of comments waiting and a partridge in a pear tree”.
Most bloggers blog about something that is of particular interest to them, politics, photography, sports, family, cooking, history , health, dogs, you name it people with a passion for their subject write about it on their blogs. etc .
This “that woman blog”- is like a blog on steroids-( just check the category list there are over 60 of them. What started out ( after leaving WoM) as a “finishing up on a follow through”soon became eclectic epistle of who I am , what I think at any given moment and a sharing of my experiences from Cra(p) documenting history , the British take, – Alsace-Lorraine to City of Lorain and in recent months exposing my innermost thoughts and pain to the world.
When blogs first appeared the print media flew into a tizzy-
These bloggers are nothing but unsubstantiated writers of opinion- they aren’t journalists- puffed up with their own self importance.-They do nothing but comment of the work of “real journalists” – they don’t deserve respect …. etc etc.
However, the “blogajournalists” started to make a difference and started to draw in a huge readership. People started to look to the bloggers for the “rest of the story” – even if most based their research on speculation and opinion. As the blogs grew so did their credibility. In a short period of time media was using the talent and tenacity displayed by bloggers to their advantage. Then came the dawn of the professional blogger who gets a stipend for their “blogs”
Note :This “post” comes from the standpoint of one of the criticisms leveled at bloggers – who just read what others are doing and comment- please bear that in mind – my thoughts on the following are from one who has observed from afar.
For many weeks now one local print media has been recruiting bloggers for their community media lab.
This is a good thing for the bloggers, it will mean hopefully that they will draw a larger audience to their blogs and therefore spread their thoughts wider as they are under the umbrella of a “host media” who can use their ability to advertise ( for free) to bring readers to their member blogs.
Initially I had the “Tell it to the Editor “ Blog link on my blog roll- but I took it off because the “editor” didn’t update regularly ( sorry Tom)
The Morning Journal has decided to benefit its readers but giving them “citizens forum” so to speak – bit like the old WoM blog if the truth be known 🙂
I was pleased to see the Daniel Brady blog as one of the “group”- he fills a niche in this area that is fascinating. And his writings are always based on facts.
But the little voice in me ( who used to be a journalist 🙂 ) nags a little-
What do those writers who have gone through Journalism 101 think about all this- after all from their perspective bloggers ( unless they too are paid???) are doing the research, the writing and the work for free-
now that may be a little worrying to the “professional journalist” but don’t fear the bloggers are saving you-
In the case of our local media ( The Plain Dealer also had this bloggers unite idea a few years ago with political blogs such as “Writes Like She Talks”) The bloggers get exposure through a “recognised media outlet” in turn the media outlet brings more “hits” to their “umbrella hosting” which in turn means they can tell their advertisers
We have so many more readership on our “site” we can now raise the advertising rates
which keeps the “mother organisation” able to pay the journalists and possibly allowing the professional journalist to now cover a specialized area and become yes! a pseudo TV reporter and camera person- another option open to the journalist 😉
So a partnership has evolved and a partnership is born . Who knew that those who were so pilloried just a few short years ago may now keep the “print” ???media afloat……..
Watch out channels 3,5,8,19 Cnn etc. the Mini Me Print Media is coming