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          RESEP SARAPAN PRAKTIS BAGI PARA IBU SIBUK UNTUK SEPEKAN        

RESEP SARAPAN PRAKTIS BAGI IBU SIBUK UNTUK SEPEKAN

Ilustrasi Sarapan Pagi. Sumber : ini


MANFAAT MELAKUKAN SARAPAN PAGI BERSAMA KELUARGA


Tahukah anda apa manfaat sarapan ?  
Sarapan merupakan pemenuhan sumber energi kita di pagi hari. Sarapan di pagi hari  dapat meningkatkan konsentrasi otak dan juga menjaga mood kita.

Sarapan juga sangat baik untuk anak-anak yang sedang dalam masa pertumbuhan.  Dengan memberinya sarapan. kita membantu awal persiapan otak anak kita dalam menerima pelajaran di sekolah, sehingga bisa lebih fokus dalam menerima pelajara.

7 RESEP SARAPAN YANG HANYA BUTUH WAKTU 10 MENIT  juga bisa menjadi saat kebersamaan yang berharga, saling komunikasi antar anggotanya.



7 RESEP SARAPAN PRAKTIS BAGI PARA IBU SIBUK


Citra Property Land / CiproLan menulis 7 resep sarapan praktis bagi para Ibu sibuk yang dapat dibuat sendiri buat orang-orang tercinta di rumah, sebelum memulai hari yang sibuk.  Kenapa untuk sepekan ? Supaya bervariasi, tidak membuat bosan.

Resep sarapan praktis untuk seminggu ini hanya membutuhkan waktu sekitar 10 menit untuk pembuatannya, namun tetap mempertimbangkan faktor enak & bergizi.

Yuk, langsung saja kita cek resep 7 RESEP SARAPAN YANG HANYA BUTUH WAKTU 10 MENIT di bawah ini.


1. Salad Kentang
 
    Ilustrasi Salad Kentang. Sumber ini

Kentang bisa menjadi alternatif pengganti karbohidrat di pagi hari selain nasi.

Bahan               :
Kentang, Telur, Mentimun, Mintak Zaitun, Mayones, Merica Bubuk, Garam Halus.

Cara membuat :
Kukus kentang dan rebus telur.  Setelah keduanya matang, kupas dan potong-potong, tambahkan dengan minyak zaitun (bisa diganti dengan minyak goreng baru), garam halus, merica bubuk, dan mayones.  Salad kentang siap dinikmati



2. Roti Tawar Mentega
 
    Ilustrasi Roti Tawar Mentega. Sumber : ini

Roti juga bisa menjadi alternatif pengganti karbohidrat di pagi hari selain kentang.

Bahan               :
Roti tawar, Mentega,

Cara membuat :
Olesi salah satu sisi lembaran roti dengan mentega dan mesis, kemudian tekuk membentuk persegi panjang atau segitiga sesuai selera.  Roti Tawar Mentega siap dinikmati.



3. Roti Panggang Selai

    Ilustrasi Roti Panggang. Sumber : ini

Resep sarapan roti merupakan resep masakan non-nasi, alternatif asupan karbohidrat.

Bahan               :
Roti tawar, Selai.

Cara membuat :
Olesi salah satu sisi lembaran roti dengan selai tutup dengan lembar roti lainnya, lalu panggang roti dan tunggu hingga matang.   Roti Panggang siap dinikmati.


4. Jus Pisang

    Ilustrasi Jus Pisang. Sumber : ini


Buah pisang kaya akan nutrisi sumber energi yang sangat cocok untuk menjadi pilihan menu sarapan bergizi anda dan keluarga. Jus pisang juga cocok untuk sarapan bagi yang melakukan diet.

Bahan               :
Pisang matang (dari jenis pisang untuk buah), air matang / air mineral, gula, es batu.

Cara membuat :
Untuk membuat  anda cukup memotong buah pisang lalu diblender bersamaan dengan gula, es batu, dan air matang sampai lembut.  Jus pisang bisa juga divariasi dengan menambahkan susu atau yogurt sesuai selera.  Jus pisang siap untuk dinikmati.



5. Sandwich Telur

    Ilustrasi Sandwich Telur. Sumber : ini

Sandwich Telur ini juga merupakan alternatif sarapan berkarbohdrat non- nasi.

Bahan               :
Roti (bisa dipilih roti dari gandum buat yang diet), Telur, Keju, Tomat, garam, Merica Bubuk.

Cara membuat :
Telur kita dadar, dibumbui sedikit garam dan merica bubuk.  Setelah matang letakkan telur di atas selembar roti, tambahkan irisan buah tomat, dan terakhir letakkan selembar roti sebagai menutup nya.  Sebagai variasi bisa dimakan dengan saos tomat dan saos sambal.  Sandwich Telur siap untuk dinikmati.


6.  Mufin Telur

    Ilustrasi Mufin Telur. Sumber : ini

Mufin Telur ini juga merupakan resep non- nasi.  Muffin inggris menjadi pilihan, karena teksturnya mirip sekali dengan roti, dan  pas untuk asupan karbohidrat di pagi hari. 

Bahan               :
Muffin inggris, telur, selada.

Cara membuat :
Memasak  Mufin Telur sangat mudah.  Caranya kita membuat telur cepok, kemudian setelah matang diletakkan di atas muffin,  tambahkan seada segar.  Sajikan dengan saus tomat atau saus sambal sebagai pendampingnya.  Mufin Telur siap untuk dinikmati.


7.  Nasi Goreng Sayuran

    Sumber : ini

Resep Nasi Goreng Sayur ini buat yang dari tadi nungguin "mana ya resep sarapan nasi nya ?"

Bahan               :
Nasi, Telur, Udang, Buncis, Jagung Manis, Wortel, Garam Halus, Bawang Putih, Kecap Manis.

Cara membuat :
Potong buncis ukuran sedang dan wortel kecil-kecil, sisir jagung manis,  lalu rebus hingga matang.  Keprak bawang putih, tumis dengan minyak goreng secukupnya hingga harum, kemudian masukkan telur hingga matang.  Tambahkan udang, garam, dan aduk-aduk hingga nasi menjadi lebih kering. Tambahkan kecap manis, aduk-aduk hingga rata, lalu angkat.  Nasi Goreng Sayuran siap untuk dinikmati.
 


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          A trip to London and down memory lane...        
Last Wednesday, I walked with the Ramblers after a break of two weeks;  I was invigilating on the two previous Wednesdays. There are some evening walks coming up which I am looking forward to. I love evening walking. There's a special evening walk on the 21st June which will be the longest day of the year and it's starting at 8.30 pm - in the pub!


I changed into this outfit after walking 7.5 miles. I bought the scarf with pearls in a charity for 1.00; the top and trousers are also charity shopped. The scarf is to compensate for a low neckline; it was too warm to put a camisole under this top. All jewellery charity shopped.


The trousers from M&S have gone to the charity shop bag. They're too long and too big and do nothing for me even though they are cool and comfortable in the hotter weather. My new pink floral trousers  bought on a recent rummage in Stevenage and Hitchin are their replacement; one in and one out wherever possible...


These are my new (retail) shoes. They have a t strap which you can't see in this photo.

I walked again on Thursday - another 7 miles. It was a very warm day; 25 degrees by the time I finished.  I was trying to recce a new walk for the Ramblers Winter Programme. I tried a footpath I hadn't tried before but it took me nowhere. Not because it didn't lead anywhere but because the footpath was so overgrown I couldn't see where it was meant to take me. I walked around the perimeter of a huge field; climbed over a gate in a farmyard (naughty Veronica!) and found myself a few feet away from where I started!


Everything is charity shopped. The linen top is a French label but I can't remember where I found it; likewise the three quarter leggings.


Mary Jane's bought in a charity shop in Ely in May 2016.


Headscarf and all jewellery charity shopped. The earrings were one of  the three for a 1.00 I bought on last Saturday's rummage in Hitchin.


On Friday, I took my middle grandson to London for a day out. He wanted to go to the Houses of Parliament so we had a guided tour. This was taken on the tube to Westminster.


The  House of Commons terrace where you can take tea...


I look very rotund in this photo taken outside Westminster Abbey!

Tunic; charity shopped; trousers; Lidl last summer; Mary Jane's charity shopped; all jewellery charity shopped except earrings bought online. I bough the African print bag at a car boot sale a couple of weeks back.

We had a lovely day; we went to Canary Wharf (his choice); the Monument and then I took him on a tour of the area where I grew up and went to school i.e. Maida Vale/Paddington.


This is the first house I ever lived in; 144 Elgin Avenue, London W.9.  I was born in 1954. Mum and Dad rented one room in this rather posh house. I checked today's house prices on this street; a one bedroom flat for 785.000; three bedroom flat 999,900; a four bedroom flat over a million. These are flats not houses! It is absolutely incredible and to my mind, obscene.

When my brother Mark was due, Mum, Dad and I moved here:



I spent the next 13 years of my life in this 3 roomed basement flat with my parents and two brothers. We had no bathroom, an outside toilet; no central heating or hot water. I shared a room with my brothers until I was almost 15 years old; my parents slept on a sofa that converted to a bed all the years we lived here. Relatives from Ireland came and stayed - sometimes for months at a time until they got established and moved out.

Again, I checked the prices of properties in this street; a three bedroom maisonette; 1,395.000. A four bedroom house 1,800,000. My parents privately rented throughout the 1950s and 1960s; in the early 1960s Mum and Dad got the opportunity to buy the entire house above for a little over 700.00! My Dad didn't want a mortgage - he was a strictly cash up front person - so they declined the landlord's offer...

In 1969 having been on the housing list since I was born; Mum and Dad moved to a council maisonette in this house in Portnall Road, W9.


The top left hand window was my bedroom - the box room! We had a bathroom and indoor toilet; a separate living and dining room; Mum and Dad had their own bedroom and my brothers shared a bedroom. It was heaven to us.

I checked the prices on this street, too. A one bedroom flat; 500,000. Two bedroom maisonette; 699.000. Not as pricey as the other two streets but a whole house must sell for over 1,000,000. Astonishing - and still obscene. How on earth are ordinary working people ever going to afford to buy anywhere to live in London? The rents are also ridiculous; eldest grandson spends 70% of his earnings on rent.


This was my old school - Paddington and Maida Vale High School for Girls (PMVHS). It was situated in Elgin Ave near to the first house I ever lived in and it took me less than 10 minutes to walk to school.

I asked my grandson what he thought of where I grew up and his reply was - 'all the house you lived in are the same'. This was very true; all Victorian terraced houses. There was a huge house building boom in the Victorian era and many of us continue to live in and love these old houses.


On Saturday I went to see my son. Everything charity shopped except the shoes. Dress by Mantaray; jacket by M & S bought in Kettering for 4.00.


All jewellery charity shopped except watch.


Necklace bought in Derry for 2.50.


Woke up on Sunday to more terrible news.


Top; Store 21 sale; trousers; Primark, charity shopped 99p rail at Barnardo's, Great Denham. Orange shoes also charity shopped.


All jewellery charity shopped. Necklace bought at Oxfam in Newport Pagnell last summer for 2.50.

On Monday, I volunteered at the Red Cross shop. I do so enjoy working there. I have a laugh with colleagues; we sort a mountain of stuff and sometimes I find wonderful things. My special area of responsibility is the jewellery. I found a rather 'good' piece on Monday in some stock from another Red Cross shop - a gold bracelet with purple stones. I showed it to my colleague, as I could see it looked special. He has a jeweller's eye glass and it was marked 18 carat gold. He took it to a a local jeweller who buys gold and silver; who then confirmed it was gold -  and the purple stones were real amethysts. He gave us (Red Cross)  95.00 for it!


This was Monday's outfit. The green harem pants are from Next and I bought them on my first visit to the new Barnardo's in Great Denham last year. When I got them home the elastic in the waist was gone, so I never wore them at all last year. This year I had the idea of wearing a large elasticated belt I have around the waist of the trousers to hold them up - unfortunately you can see the belt outline  under my yellow patterned M & S charity shopped top! The jacket came from the Guild House and the Mary Jane's were charity shopped in Ely last year.


All jewellery charity shopped except earrings which were donated by my daughter.

On Tuesday I went to volunteer at the Food Bank and in the evening I had Poll Clerk Training for the election on Thursday.


Jewellery and tunic charity shopped. The tunic is from Red Cross 1.99. The earrings were bought in a shop in Bath on my 50th birthday with birthday money I was given by my family.


Navy trousers, Primarni; cardigan, Studio catalogue about four years ago and shoes local retail.


I invigilated for the Open University on Wednesday all day in Luton and on Thursday I poll clerked. My day started at the polling station at 6.15 am and I finished at 10.50 pm. There was a steady stream of people coming in to vote all day and it went surprisingly quickly, but I was really tired when I got home. Luckily the polling station is only across the road from my house!

The Chrome Book is holding up although there are more distractions on the screen in the form of coloured lines but hopefully it will last until I can afford to buy a new one.

I plan to chill out all weekend to compensate for my extremely busy week. I hope you all have a great weekend; the forecast is looking good...

          Senior moments...        

A bit of catching up to do on the blog as last week I posted about the story of my brother in two parts.

Spring is on its way! These buds were spotted on my next to last
Sunday walk of 8.5 miles. I also saw banks of snowdrops, crocuses, primroses and some tiny daffodils - all seen in wild places and not in people's gardens.

Here's a few of  the week before last week's outfits.

Everything charity shopped except the boots - Christmas 2016 present from daughter.


I wanted to show this necklace which I picked up at the Red Cross on Monday for £1.50. I also bought some bangles and a couple of books. All jewellery charity shopped.


Pink corduroy shirt bought from £1 rail in the Red Cross a few weeks back.


Everything is charity shopped except the brown boots - Christmas present 2015.


All jewellery charity shopped.

I walked Wednesday the week before last (6.2 miles) and on the Friday of the same week I walked 5.5 miles. A good week's walking for me; just on 20 miles which is what I want to do on a weekly basis. What else have I been up to?

I finished my blanket...


Thanks to Attic 24 here for the Granny Stripe pattern.

Last Thursday I paid a visit to Barnardo's in Great Denham - I know - but I couldn't resist a quick peek to see if they still had their sale rail. They did. I bought 5 tops at 1.00 each. A yellow tunic; a brown waistcoat, two striped tops and a floral top.

I paid a visit to the library last Saturday and got a pile of books - just what I don't need, more books to read, but I've been after a few of the titles for a while...

This was last Saturday's outfit. Everything charity shopped except the top which was from Store 21 sale.


I bought the waistcoat for £1.00 in the Red Cross two weeks ago. I think it's hand made as there are no labels. It has lovely embroidery on the pockets:



Boots were also from the Red Cross but I can't remember where I bought the jeans.


All jewellery charity shopped. I bought this unusual chain which I think looks very Art Deco in the Heart Foundation shop in Northampton.

Last Sunday I went out early for another walk and did 5 miles.
I've been asked to lead another walk for the Rambler's summer walks programme in May. I won't do a new route but reverse the route I used in 2016 when I led my first walk; it will be around 7 miles and hopefully we'll have decent weather...

Monday's outfit.


All jewellery charity shopped. I forgot to put my bangles on  - I was running slightly late.


This is the yellow tunic I bought last week in Barnardo's for 1.00. It's from H&M; the top is from Cotton Traders and was also charity shopped.


The tunic has pockets! Floral leggings, Store 21 sale and brown boots from Sainsbury's.

I know memory worsens as you get older. I've certainly noticed a change in mine. I sometimes can't remember the word for something - for example a while ago it took me to two days to think of the word for 'brioche'! I never forget faces but often forget names. I start out to do things but I get easily sidetracked by other things and don't always finish what I started.  But this weekend I realised I had had a major memory lapse. For the past five months I've been driving around without an MOT.

I'd got my car serviced in September and thought it had been MOT'd as well. It hadn't. I had to get to the nearest MOT place pretty sharpish on Monday; I can tell you. I'm just so lucky I didn't get gripped by the police; or even more serious have an accident. No MOT means invalid car insurance. Apparently, I should have had a text message reminder last September from the MOT centre but I didn't receive one. They've set one up now so I can't make this mistake again. Don't worry, I'm sure I haven't got dementia but am exhibiting typical memory changes as part of the ageing process...


I remembered to go to the food bank on Tuesday morning! I missed my last session because I had the lurgy and didn't want to share it. It was good to be back. It's quite a physical role in the warehouse; bending and stretching and lifting and weighing boxes of stuff. I always come home with a pleasant ache in my back that tells me I've been challenging my body.


I bought this dress on Monday at the Red Cross - a M&S navy blue sweater dress for 1.99. Everything is charity shopped including the striped tights which attracted a lot of comment. They're going to go in the charity shop bag because although they fit fine in the leg the pants part only comes just up to my hips and they roll down gradually...


All jewellery, including watch, is charity shopped.

I bought some lovely blue beads as well on Monday at the Red Cross and something for the OH.

On Wednesday I set out to walk with the group. I never made it. I was putting my faith in my sat nav to find the meeting point and it sent me through a village and around the houses. I knew it was wrong when it told me to turn into Clophill village. but I was thinking "maybe it's a shortcut" it soon became the apparent the sat nav didn't know what it was doing!  Oh well, at least it was the sat nav's fault and not me having a senior moment! By the time I found a safe space to park up and reset the destination point I would  have got there too late.   One thing I've learnt about my Rambler's group,  in the three years I've been a member, is that they leave punctually at 10 am. I came back home and went for a six mile walk by myself...


Here I am; hot and sweaty on the final leg...I was walking with poles so didn't have a free hand to carry my jacket in and so it stayed on.


This is what I'd stopped for. Two swans resting in a huge field. I don't know about you but up until about a  year ago I had only ever seen swans on water or near water; canal side, riverside, lakeside. Then one day en route to Kettering; I spotted a wedge (flock) of swans resting in a water logged field. I began to see more and more swans in fields away from water. I don't know if this has always happened but I've only noticed it recently.


I also spotted yellowhammers on my walk - brilliant flashes of bright yellow in and out of the hedgerows.


This was Thursday's outfit.


Everything charity shopped except the boots and blue tights - just seen. I bought the floral top which is by Wallis, from Barnardo's in Great Denham last week. I had my scarf on as I'd been out food shopping and forgot to take it off! All jewellery is charity shopped.


Later, I tried some different earrings and a necklace...

On Friday, I'm going for a walk with the group. I know how to get to the destination so won't be relying on the sat nav. It will be an 8 mile walk along the Greensand Ridge and I'm looking forward to it. I'll just need to add in a couple of miles walk on Saturday to reach my target of twenty miles this week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend; the weather's been remarkably pleasant the last few days; is it going to last, I wonder?

          How I found my brother - Part 1        

I said I would tell you about how we found our brother and here it is - true to my word. How my brother found us (Part 2) will follow soon.
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One Friday evening in February 2013, my OH and I were on our way to Kettering to meet up with my brothers. We were stopping at the eldest brother's to pick him up and then go on to the the youngest brother's for a drink and a catch up. My mum and eldest brother had moved to Kettering from London in 1999, and my youngest brother moved to Kettering in 2006. My mum died in 2009 and my dad died, aged only 47, in 1980.

When we got to the eldest brother's house he told me that someone had come to the door earlier in the day; spoken to him and had left him a card. He said the person - a man - said that he used to work with my mum. This immediately rang alarm bells because I knew my mum had for most of her working life, worked predominantly with women.

When I read the card (I still have it), I literally went weak at the knees and had to sit down, but I knew at once that what it said was inescapably true. On 13th February, 1953; thirteen months before I was born in March 1954, and before my mum married my dad; my mum gave birth to a baby boy whom she called 'Julian Jerome Flynn' - (her maiden name was Flynn). She gave birth to Julian in St. Pelagia's Home for Penitent Girls (I kid you not) which was  in Highgate, North London. It's since been demolished and is now a gated development.

All three of us were very close to our mum. We all loved her deeply. She was our rock, we knew she loved us unconditionally and she was always there for us. She was great fun to be with; we loved her company and spending time with her. Yet, none of us knew about this other brother. On that night I could only feel shock at the not knowing as we set off to the younger brother's house.
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 St. Pelagia's Home
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St Pelagia's Home
St Joseph's Maternity Home
34 Highgate West Hill, N6 6NJ
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1889 - 1972

Maternity
St Pelagia's Home for Destitute Girls at No. 25 Bickerton Road in Upper Holloway was founded in 1889 by the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters Servants of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.It provided  accommodation for unmarried mothers and their first-born babies, who were allowed to enter the Home when the child was a fortnight old.
The girls were admitted free of charge on condition that they contributed to the earning power of the Home by working in its laundry.
The Home later occupied the neighouring house at No. 27 Bickerton Road.

In 1934 it moved to West Hill Place, a large house on Highgate West Hill, where it re-opened in 1936 after the Convent of Sacred Hearts had been built adjoining the original mansion.

In March 1948 Mayfield, an adjoining 2-storey Victorian house, was bought and equipped as an antenatal and maternity home.  It had 18 beds and was named St Joseph's Maternity Home.

The Labour Ward was on the first floor, while the ground floor contained 6 antenatal beds, and 12 postnatal beds in 3- or 5-bedded wards, with 12 cots for the babies.  An isolation room was added later.

The patients, who stayed for an average of 12 weeks,  were cared for by three nurses.

The LCC paid a guinea (21 shillings - £1.05) a weeks to the Home for expectant mothers and 25 shillings (£1.25) for mothers and babies (this was later increased to £2 10s (£2.50) a week).

In 1954 the Homes had 70 beds for mothers and their babies.  Both properties had extensive gardens of 2 acres, but the buildings were in much need of repair, with damaged ceilings in St Joseph's and a leaking flat roof.

The Homes closed in 1972.


Present status (February 2009)
The Homes and the convent were demolished in 1970.  Their site now contains Hill Court and the West Hill Park estate.



Source: Google (for both photos)

This is an article about St. Pelagia's from the Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10932969/Convent-that-forced-young-mothers-to-give-up-their-babies.html

It is certainly worth reading although I don't believe my mum was forced to give Julian up by the nuns, but it would have been extremely difficult to have kept him. One, it would have got back to her parents in Ireland and the shame of having an unmarried daughter with a child could have led to ostracism by their community. Secondly,  in England there wasn't much in the way of good affordable childcare in the 1950s and mum would have to have worked to support herself and her child. There was a lot of stigma and shame attached to being an unmarried mother at that time.

When we got to the youngest brother's house I told him get himself a glass of wine and sit down as we had some news for him! We spent the rest of the night on the computer trying to find out more information. The one thing we did know was that our dad wasn't Julian's dad. 

I rang Ireland and spoke to two of our surviving aunts - my mother's sister's - they were totally unaware of Julian. One of the aunt's told me they had only been made aware of my existence (and my mum's marriage) when my mum turned up in Ireland with me aged 11 months! I was left  with my grandparent's and my aunt's, who were only young teenagers at the time, for about 3 months whilst she returned to England and work - of which more later.

Our searches on the computer kept taking us to an agent who represented Brian May (of Queen) and eventually brought us to a picture of someone called 'Julian Littman. This person looked exactly like one of our first cousins; the eldest son of my mum's older and closest sister, Aunty Betty.  Unfortunately, this aunt had died in the late 1980s.

The card that had been left had telephone contact numbers on it and we agreed that in the morning I would call the numbers. I didn't sleep a wink that night and got up really early to search on my own computer for any information. This is what I found:


I managed to get out for a walk on Sunday, but I just did road and street walking - 6 miles. It was bitterly cold and very damp.


I was in a monochrome mood on Sunday - I'm sure it's the weather. Everything is charity shopped except the brogues which were bought from a Tesco outlet store about 2 years ago, and the black jeans from Lidl. I had to put a cardigan over the tunic for extra warmth. This short sleeved M&S cardigan has proved very useful. It reminds me that I saw a navy blue short, short sleeved cardigan on Saturday, in Cancer Research for £1.00 and I didn't buy it! What on earth was I thinking?


All jewellery charity shopped, too.

It was half term this week. I do enjoy the break from the school run. I still went into the Red Cross on Monday. I picked up a blue homemade waistcoat from the Ragbag and will probably wear that on Friday when I go to see my son. It was a really cold day but it was bright and sunny; my spirits were immediately lifted by the sunshine. Unfortunately, I still had the lurgy.


 This is the tunic I bought on Saturday - it's by Influence and it's made of knitted material, so it's warm. Jeans; Next, also charity  shopped  on Saturday. Boots: DDB.


I added the trusty short sleeved cardi for added warmth.


Earrings, Bedford market; turquoise ring, Sainsbury's; all other jewellery, charity shopped.

I didn't go to the food bank on Tuesday; I didn't think it was fair to spread my germs to everyone. It was okay yesterday in the Red Cross as I was the only person at the back of the shop.

I went for a 6.6 mile walk on Tuesday instead. I retraced the walk I led last Wednesday but in reverse. It turned out to be a lovely day and the wild life and birds were abundant. I disturbed a Muntjac deer drinking at a stream. I also disturbed a buzzard and 4 pheasants; all of whom flew off in a panic making very annoyed noises. I saw a sparrowhawk;  dunnocks, meadow pipits, blackbirds, chaffinches, blue tits, wood pigeons, a wren and several gulls, rooks and crows in a field - splashing about in the huge puddles left by all the rain we've had.


Look what my Valentine bought me! I'm so lucky to have such a good man...


On Wednesday I felt really rough and decided to chill out. I only went out to pick up the grandchildren both of whom were staying on Wednesday night.


Everything is charity shopped. The skirt is from M and Co; boots from Tesco; jacket from Next. It's a bit like my Country Casuals mustard jacket - it goes with lots of things. I used to wear it a lot when I was teaching; I've had it about 7 or 8 years.


This necklace was bought on Saturday in Age UK Northampton,  for £1.99. Earrings from Sainsbury's and bangles, watch and ring charity shopped.


I went to see my son on Friday. Everything charity shopped except boots and earrings - both from Sainsbury's.


The black maxi dress is by Item, which is a part of Tesco's; I think. I can't remember where I bought this dress. The long jacket is by Primarni and I bought it in the Barnardo's in Great Denham for £1.99. I love the colours. I have lightweight green trousers and a similar coloured green top that will look fab with this jacket when the weather gets warmer!.


My necklace, rings and bangles are all charity shopped.

I've been playing a lot of Monopoly with the grandsons this half term. They have both beaten me. The youngest grandson gets really excited with all the money  - even if if he has to give me rent and I give him change! We are playing the adult version so the idea of millions is quite intoxicating...

It was my eldest brother's birthday on Monday; he's 13 months older than me but we only met him in 2013! I will write a post about how he found us - we didn't know of his existence until February 2013. So, my three brothers, my OH and I went out to celebrate Julian's birthday on Saturday.


Only my jacket and jewellery is charity shopped. The jacket, which is a favourite of mine, was bought on the £1.00 rail in Wellingborough Age UK.


The white top was bought in the La Redoute sale in 2015 and the trousers were bought this year in the sale. I nearly always buy something in the La Redoute sale. I also bought a coat  in the same sale this year - see below. The boots were DDB.




We had a lovely Thai meal, caught up with each other's news and had lots of laughs - all in all a really good night. My birthday is next and I've proposed we go to London for the day. Julian lives in London and always travels to us for birthday celebrations so it would make a change for him and us.

I'll keep you posted!

          Umaskert maskerade        

Kjære lesere...

Til alle dere som nÃ¥ ikke sitter med kaffe i vrangstrupen eller hjertet i rettstrupen vil jeg ønske et riktig Godt NyttÃ¥r! Til alle dere andre...  "God tur til sentralsjukeheimen..."

Det er 2013! Frimodighetens Ã¥r? Slipp dere fri! Sag av lenkene! Bort med burka, BH og bleier! Kast alle hemninger, kast pÃ¥ hÃ¥ret, kast masken! Alt er lov! Har du lov - har du lyst...


Fra tid til annen kan Blomsterstjernen være litt lettlurt, litt dumsnill, litt sursøt? Et godt eksempel var da han nylig ble lokket ut pÃ¥ dypet. Agnet smakte rett og slett alt for godt. Han klarte bare ikke holde fingrene av fatet... SÃ¥ hold dere fast! Det ryktes nemlig at han nÃ¥ kan observeres umaskert i et boligblad nær deg! ?! Og ikke hvilket som helst blad heller. Ikke "Hjemmet", ikke "Allers", ikke "Vi over 60"... Nei her snakker vi om Blomsterstjernens eget favorittmagasin (kanskje nest etter Airliner World):


Det er kanskje mange som innbiller seg at dette er et magasin for uteliggere og hjemløse som drømmer om Ã¥ fÃ¥ seg en bolig? Dere blir nok skuffet. BoligDrøm handler nok snarere om innbydende drømmeboliger, drømmehager og drømme-mÃ¥ltid (bÃ¥de sunne som usunne..). Og i dette hyggelige magasinet har da altsÃ¥ Blomsterstjernen gradvis gÃ¥tt gradene. Fra Ã¥ skrive ett innlegg i 2011, via 4 innlegg i 2012, til formodentlig hele 10 innlegg i 2013! Dersom han da ikke dummer seg ut... Noe han meget vel kan komme til Ã¥ gjøre om han ikke skikker seg vel...

Formatet er også forandret ørlite siden forrige sesong. Denne gang blir det en slags krysning av kåseri, lobotomi og botanikk. Vi har kalt det LOBOTANIKK... I 2013 får han att på til lov til å lobotanisere seg i hele 1800 tegn! Hver bidige måned! En skriftlengdeøkning på hele 50% i forhold til tidligere sesonger! For en drøm (ihvertfall for dem som liker å skrive langt...)!


For å gjøre det hele komplett har BoligDrøm fått med seg den svært dyktige Vilde Kamfjord til å illustrere det lobotaniserte. Så til alle dere som vanligvis ikke makter (eller orker) å lese seg gjennom Blomsterstjernens knotete langdryge historier er dette en lettelsens dag! Nå kan man enkelt og greit bare slenge et langt blikk på Kamfjords svært så rikholdige tegninger og vips har man fått sublimert hele tekstens innhold gjennom ett enkelt bilde. Genialt?

Ulempen (eller fordelen..?) er at all denne lobotaniseringen krever en god del watt. For å få regnestykket til å gå opp må vi derfor låne litt strøm fra Blomsterstjernebloggen. Men som dere sikkert vet: "Energi vil aldri forsvinne, bare gå over i andre former...."

En annen liten utfordring er at Blomsterstjernen i år har lyst til å nyte litt av sin hage, ikke bare skrive om den... Etter litt rask kalkulering han han nemlig regnet seg fram til at han i 2012-sesongen totalt tilbragte skarve 58 minutter ute i hagen, mens han tilbragte smått imponerende 786543,5 timer foran PC'en og blogget om hagen... Var det i det hele tatt hans egen hage han blogget om?!?


Om ikke dette var nok, har han ogsÃ¥ et par andre spennende prosjekt som han endelig tenker Ã¥ gripe fatt i nÃ¥ i det nye Ã¥ret. Det skulle derfor ikke forundre meg om dere kanskje vil kunne oppleve en noe redusert stjerne den neste tiden? En stjerne som ikke makter Ã¥ blogge hver fredag. Kanskje heller ikke annenhver fredag. Kanskje heller ikke hver tredje fredag? Men kanskje bare en gang pr mÃ¥ned? Formularet er ikke helt klart enda. Stien blir til underveis. Bare følg sjokoladepapirene som ligger strødd i hans fotspor.

Men la oss spole tilbake til starten av dette innlegget! 
La oss komme til dagens hovedpoeng!

 Avmaskifiseringen...

For alle dere som verken smugkjøper, stjeler eller abonnerer pÃ¥ Boligdrøm kan jeg berette at det uheldigvis er lekket en superhemmelig film av Blomsterstjernens avmaskifisering pÃ¥ Internettet... Den gÃ¥r i skrivende stund som ulm i vÃ¥tt gress gjennom dataverden. Hele 6 stykker har sett videoen allerede!!!

Mann dere opp! Hold dere fast! Eller bare spol rett forbi...

Sjekk ut videoen her (husk å skru på lyden - trykk på "play"-knappen):




Vel bekomme...

Sørg for å laste ned videoen og deretter kopiere den over på VHS-kassett slik at den kan sees til skrekk og advarsel hver bloggfrie Blomsterstjerne-fredag i det kommende året. Husk at videoen har 18-års grense.
(Om det har klikket for meg? Nei, jeg er bare lobotanisert...)

På tross av alt dette her vil jeg bare avslutte med å spå at 2013 blir et fantastisk år!?!
BÃ¥de for dere og for meg :)

Godt nyttår & takk for det gamle!
Vi sees inne i magasinet.









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          AÇÕES REALIZADA NO SEMESTRE        
10 ª FEIRA DA BUGIGANGA













































SAÚDE NA ESCOLA- PALESTRA DR. RODRIGUES





MOMENTO CÍVICO

CERTIFICAÇÃO DA EJA
MOMENTO CÍVICO





OBRIGADA COLEGAS PELO GESTO DE CARINHO- 


















          Durbhaagya Haider ka (Kashmir ka rajkumar)        
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Note 1: It is after a long time that I want to write about an (Indian) movie!

Note 2: Considering that Haider is adapted from a well-known (and arguably the most famous) Shakespearean play, The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, I will go easy with spoilers and without warning. And for those unfamiliar with tragedies by Shakespeare, spoiler alert, everybody dies.
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I knew Vishal Bhardwaj has a fetish for Shakespeare. Haider is the final installment of his trilogy spanning Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello) before this. Shakespeare's influence on him is also evident in his outings not based on plays, most notably in Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, and less visibly in 7 khoon maaf, and Ishqiya among others. But this is also a man who truly loves cinema and adores the medium. So much that the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from the original play are depicted as Salman and Salman, a duo which run a VHS rental store, idling their time away to the moves of Salman Khan, the rising superstar from the 1990s. It is a fitting tribute to the time and place in which Vishal Bhardwaj grew up as a filmmaker.

I mention this because I wager this man is heavily influenced in his style by another man who adores cinema, Quentin Tarantino, a director famous for his revenge epics. With all the bloody gruesomeness that leaves its trail along a saga of revenge, the conflicts, the deliberations, the mess - how cool is it that our home-grown director does homage to Tarantino's trademark trunk shot and ends Haider with a sampling straight from his movies (edit: my bad. The sampling at the end of Haider is from Extreme Ways.)



Set in the mid-1990s in Kashmir, the story embeds itself flawlessly in the setting, rather than it just being a background setup for the events adapted from the original play.


Jhelum, jhelum dhoonde kinara
Jhelum, jhelum dhoonde kinara
Dooba sooraj, kin aankhon mein
Sooraj dooba, kin aankhon mein
Jhelum huya khaara



This has to be Shahid Kapoor's highlight performance of his career yet. I was skeptical about this casting choice from the trailers, but boy was I wrong. The amount of preparation he put behind this role shows. The monologue scene in front of an audience at the town square is exaggerated just the right amount, and the execution of the play-within-a-play exposition scene from the original is neat. His costumes, makeup, body language, all fit together seamlessly as he owns his character.



Hai ki hai nahi, bas yehi sawaal hai
Aur sawaal ka jawab bhi sawaal hai.

Dil ki agar sunoon to hai, dimaag ki to hai nahin
Jaan loon ki jaan doon, mai rahoon ki mai nahin.



And what a find Shraddha Kapoor is! Elegant, charming, poised, controlled, absolutely not afraid to let her eyes to the talking, and leaves you yearning for more. I wish I was there to see her keeping a straight face as she mispronounces 'loved' as 'love-edd' as they were filming it! I, for one, definitely want to see her do meaningful roles in the future. Irrfan Khan delivers a spirited punch during his meager screen time, playing the ghost from the play.


But the highlight performance in the movie has to be Tabu's, arguably her career's best, atleast in a very long time. A delight she is as she sets the screen on fire bringing her character to life. There is a scene in which she is trying to convince Haider to leave Kashmir for a better future. With her teary, swollen eyes, and a gun pointed to her head, she ultimately gets her way. I cannot imagine another actress from around here who can pull that off with such elegance.


"Vaishi bhediyaa ban chuka hai wo."
"Shukr hai aasteen ka saanp nahi banaa."


Vishal Bhardwaj, with his direction and music (for Gulzar's excellent lyrics), tops himself. Being true to the source material and still making it his own, he comes out triumphant. He is at the top of his game here. Kashmir has been shot so delicately! (I want to go there ASAP! And we we don't need foreign locations!) The gravedigger scene, in particular, is the crowning jewel, a scene which drips with his love and affection for his craft.


Arre aao na, ki jaan gayi, jahaan gaya, kho jaao
Arre aao na, ke thak gayi, hai zindagi, so jaao



I might have profusely appreciated the movie thus far, but the movie is not without its gripes. I'll start with the anachronisms. In one of the best and most important scenes in the movie, the play-within-a-play scene, there is a mobile cellular tower prominently visible throughout in the background. Forgetting for a moment that we did not have cellular networks in the 1990s, its presence is distracting. I would have expected this to come up in post-processing/editing, especially when a viewer is able to catch it in first viewing. This is the kind of attention-to-detail I would expect from a director of his caliber. Then, to depict Bangalore, they used footage of the iconic Domlur flyover here. Again, its construction hadn't started as late as 2003, and the footage of sprawling flyovers plastered suddenly coming from the valleys of Kashmir moments ago is jarring to say the least.

Also, in my opinion, the Oedipus aspects of the play were overplayed in the movie. It wasn't necessary. Not as much. But my major complaint is how they handled the character of Ophelia. Transforming it into a childhood love, and having scenes of brimming romance between Haider and Arshia feels out-of-place in a Shakespearean revenge epic such as Hamlet.

But hey, the movie is probably a little too "heavy" already for Indian audiences, and removing the little romance might have aggravated it, so what do I know? I am sure it took enough courage already to deal with the Censor Board's scissors and to release this film pitted against the 24,000-screens-release of multi-starrer blockbuster Bang Bang.


I can already read some negative Internet chatter around 1) The depiction of Kashmir; 2) It being a heavily political movie; and 3) "maa bete ka rishta". Please, folks, can we let art remain art? Pretty please?


I cannot recommend this movie enough. Please go watch it, something like this comes rarely in our country. Thank you Vishal Bhardwaj for making Haider.



          Proton turunkan harga kereta        
 
Seperti mana janji yang dibuat kerajaan sebelum pilihan Raya umum ke-13 yang lalu untuk mengurankan harga kereta. Proton Holding Bhd akhirnya tampil menawarkan penurunan harga kereta dan langkah ini selaras dengan seruan Perdana Menteri dalam manisfesto PRU13 yang lalu.

Berita baik ini turut mendapat perhatian Timbalan Menteri Perdangangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Keperggunaan Datuk Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah dengan berkata Proton telah menyambut baik seruan Perdana Menteri dengan menurunkan harga kereta 1.3 sebanyak RM 5,000.

Dengan penurunan harga kereta, pengguna boleh melihat dan merasai sendiri janji-janji yang dibuat oleh pihak kerajaan kepada rakyat Malaysia telahpun ditunaikan. Katanya pada sidang media di Alor Setar, Kedah.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berharap agar syarikat-syarikat kereta lain turut sama mengikut jejak Proton untuk menurunkan harga kereta demi kesenangan rakyat.
"Proton dah turunkan harga, jadi saya harap syarikat lain menjadikan Proton sebagai contoh dan akan tampil ke hadapan untuk mengurangkan harga kereta," katanya.

Ahmad Bashah berkata harga kereta-kereta lain akan diturunkan secara berperingkat.

Pada 13 Jun yang lalu, Proton menawarkan kepada rakyat Malaysia satu varian kereta keluarannya yang  akan dijual dengan harga lebih rendah dan mampu dimiliki oleh semua rakyat Malaysia.

          Pilihanraya di Malaysia        

Pilihan raya di Malaysia adalah satu proses demokrasi untuk memilih calon untuk mewakili rakyat di parlimen melalui undian oleh rakyat dan setiap calon yang dipilih rakyat akan memegang jawatan  seperti penggubal undang-undang, eksekutif, perundangan dan kerajaan tempatan.

Terdapat dua jenis pilihanraya di Malaysia iaitu Pilihanraya umum dan pilihanraya kecil, sistem pilihanraya yang dijalankan adalah mencari pemenang menerusi undian yang dikira bagi calon yang bertanding dan pemenang akan diumumkan selepas mendapat undi yang terbanyak dan ia dipantau oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan raya.

 
Suruhanjaya pilihanraya.

Sebuah suruhanjaya penyelia untuk mengelola dan bertangjawab memastikan urusan pilihanraya di Malaysia berjalan lancar. Ia telah ditetapkan didalam perkara 114 pelembagaan Malaysia yang dipengurusikan oleh Tan Sri Ab Rashid Ab Rahman dan telah digantikan oleh Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof pada 1 Januari 2009. 

Antara mandat yang diberikan adalah dibawah perkara 114, suruhanjaya memiliki kuasa untuk mengadakan pilihanraya umum keatas dewan rakyat dan dewan undangan negeri dan mengadakan pilihanraya kecil sekiranya berlaku kekosongan dibawah perlembagaan persekutuan Tanah Melayu.

Pada awal penubuhan suruhanjaya ianya mempunjyai seorang pengerusi dan dua ahli tetapi selepas tanah melayu bergabung dengan Sabah, Serawak dan Singapura berlaku penambahan ahli dari Sabah, Sarawak dan Singapura serta satu rang telah diwujudkan pada 1981 yang membolehkan panambahan ahli dan mewujudkan Timbalan Presiden selepas Malaysia dibentuk.

Bidang kuasa yang ditetapkan adalah melakukan persempadanan semula dan mengkaji kawasan-kawasan pilihanraya setiap tidak kurang 8 tahun, menjalankan urusan pendaftaran pemilih dan daftar semakan pemilih, serta mengawal kelancaran pilihanraya seperti yang telah ditetapkan.

Anggota suruhanjaya hendaklah mendapat lantikan oleh Sri Paduka Baginda Yang Dipertuan Agong selepas berunding dengan majlis raja-raja dan ketika perlantikan suatu suruhanjaya pilihanraya  hendaklah mendapat kepercayaan rakyat. Walaupun begitu mengikut perkara 40 pelembagaan mestilah mematuhi yang mana Raja tidak dibenarkan bertindak mengikut kepentingan sendiri dimana Raja mestilah mendapat nasihat Perdana Menteri dan mengadakan penjumpaan antara suruhanjaya berdasarkan nasihat Perdana Menteri. 

 
Fungsi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya adalah mengikut peraturan pilihan raya, tugas SPR ialah mengadakan pilihan raya ke atas kawasan parlimen dan DUN, mengelola pilihan raya, dan pelaksanaan pendaftaran pemilih. Ia juga mengumpul maklumat mengenai kawasan baru yang membolehkan keadilan dapat dilakukan ke atas pengundi untuk mengundi di kawasan pengundian yang ditetapkan, mempromosikan kepentingan mengundi, dan menguruskan semakan daftar pemilih dengan memadam nama-nama orang yang telah mati atau didapati tidak layak mengundi.
 
Pada hari pengundian, anggota SPR dan pegawai akan berada di pusat pengundian untuk menjalankan proses pengundian pilihan raya.

          Capital Reef 50K        


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I had such an amazing time at Capital Reef!  I don’t really know where to begin.



In March I asked Steve if he’d like to go on a road trip during the summer. We haven’t traveled without the boys since before they were born, 24 years ago!  He was up for it so I began to plan. I wanted to see Glacier for sure. I also wanted to see a hoodoo.  We decided we’d travel to Montana, stay at Glacier for 4-5 days, head to California to see the Redwoods, then to Utah to see the hoodoos. As we tightened up our plans we decided California would be it’s own trip during another adventure. 



After we decided on the Minnesota to Montana to Utah adventure I decided to look for a race. Well, I found a 50K just outside the Capital Reef National Park. I hadn’t heard of Capital Reef so did some research and pretty soon we decided this was going to be our destination. Good decision!



I entered the race and then I began to look for race reports, the race description, checked out Ultrasignup. I was perplexed that Ultrasignup forecast me finishing in 9:15 hours!  My 50K time is usually 6-7 hours. Oh boy.



Soon thereafter I learned that the race is held at 11,700 feet elevation!  OK, this 9:15 hour finish time was beginning to make some sense.



Steve and I drove to packet pickup the night before the race. We learned that one of the aid stations would no longer be. An UTV lost its tire while trying to get out there.  He became stuck and would have to be towed out. They were trying to figure out how to get it out of there. The aid stations were very remote. There was no crew/pacer access except at one aid station and to get to this station you had to be UTV’d to it. Because of one less aid station this section would be 9 miles long.  I vowed to myself that I would fill my bladder at every aid station.



Steve was planning on meeting me at the aid station with UTV access. He would hike to the ranger station, they would then shuttle him to the station. Hopefully I would be able to figure out a rough estimate time that I would be out there.



A few weeks prior to the race Jenny contacted me stating they would be on vacation at the same time and that she entered the race as well!  I was so excited to learn I was going to have a running buddy on the course!



Steve and I picked up Jenny for the race start. We swung by their campground, gave kisses to the dogs, said Hi to Paul and buzzed to the start. We were ready!



This race is 100% eco friendly. The toilets at the start / at aid stations were composted, they washed and rinsed glasses at the aid stations, no paper cups, no garbage was tolerated. Fruit rinds and peels were thrown into one bin for compost, wrappers into another. Very cool.



As we were listening to the RD before starting, Jenny pointed to a woman with whiskey hanging off of her waist!  We later  learned from another runner that she had back surgery and this whiskey was to minimize the pain. Not a good idea. 



(Let's go!  Jenny, Me)


The RD said to GO so off we went!  We started climbing right from the start. The race began at 7500 feet, just out of the Utah desert up on the Aquarious Plateau. When it was 99F a few miles away in the desert, it was 60F up on the Plateau at 11,500 feet. We were so thankful we were on the plateau!



We began following a jeep type trail, through the woods, through the meadows, then up a steep, rocky, shale like mountain.  We would jog for a mile, then have to take a walk break, even if we weren’t climbing at the time. The air was THIN! I was gasping for air. Seriously.



After a mile or so we veered from the jeep trail and followed a narrow trail, straight up the mountain. It was steep. We just plugged on, trying to keep up a conversation was difficult.  Jenny kept on pointing out bear scat. It freaked me out. We talked about what we would do if we came upon a bear. This was a few weeks after the bear attacked a man at Glacier. We had just left Glacier.



As we were moving up this gargantuan mountain, Jenny stopped. She looked off to our right and had a look of concern on her face. I was immediately concerned. I knew it was a fricken bear. We saw all of this dark fur. Upon further assessment, we realized it was a group of 4 very, very large cows, staring down at us.  Oh thank god!  There were cow all over the place, free range Angus cattle. I was still freaked out.



We moved along, taking pictures as we went. We weren’t in any great rush. We were doing what we could, moving forward, taking photos along the way.  This was an adventure, a training run, laid back fun day. As we found a great photo op with beautiful views, a woman came upon us. She commented that we seemed to have a lot of fun while climbing the steep mountain. She said she could hear us laughing and she thought we’d be fun to hang along with.  Her name was Virginia, from Denver,  and she hung with us to the finish! We made some new awesome friends along the way.  


 (Jenny climbing near the cow sighting)


 (We just met Virginia, she took this pic)


The first aid station was only 2.5 miles out. We ran in and learned that we were number 44 and 45! There were only 55 runners or so. This was surprising, that we were nearly last. We were also the only Midwesterners. This did make a difference. I used their bug spray, the mosquitoes were bad at this point, but I don’t think I noticed them after. Guess the spray worked!  I had a piece of watermelon, filled up my bladder and we moved on, across the meadow.



We ran through the grass, surrounded by alpine lakes, boulders and the remains of big dead animals. Bones, fur…it made me wonder..


(Dead stuff)




As we entered a mountain of boulders, we couldn’t see a trail, just rock. We climbed and climbed. The views were amazing. The air wasn’t. Gasp.





 (Boulder Trail. I'm picking my way down)


Our conversation was varied. I shared some recent personal ongoings which caused much laughter. We shared our ailments. We passed around around lip balm, foot potion, salt tabs. We shared a wonderful time and a fabulous race.



This is the most technical race I have ever run. Yes, much more technical than Superior. Between the logs, rocks, roots, it was amazing. The plateau, the alpine lakes, the mountain meadow, this was truly sensory overload.



The Great Western trail up on the plateau is not very frequently traveled. The trail was difficult to pick up a times. We could see flags every so often up in the distance, showing the way, although we couldn’t see a trail.



I was looking forward to the third aid station. I knew that Steve was going to try to get up there. He would have to hike a few miles, then ride an UTV to the station. As I was running in, sure enough, there he was. He had a good ride. Was cheerful, enjoying his day. Seeing him there was a big lift.





(Steve took this at the aid station)

We left him and circled around the alpine lake, dotted with a few kayakers. As we ran along Arnulfo Quimare of Born to Run passed us.




A long section was coming up. We knew that there would be no aid for 9 miles. We filled up and moved out. At one point we saw again saw something black and still ahead. I made no bones about it, I’d turn around and go back to the aid station, a few miles prior, before I’d chance running into a bear.  I asked if I should blow the whistle on my pack. Yes, yes, Virginia and Jenny responded. I blew, nothing moved. Virginia began to creep ahead. Eventually she realized it was a piece of black burned out tree or something. We laughed and moved on.



We were climbing through a dense forest. There was no trail that we could see, only ribbons, telling us where we should go. It was crazy. Pretty soon we came upon a rose bush field-deep rose fragrance, prickly bushes. They had grown in after a burn. I’ve never seen so many roses.







 (Alpine lakes, streams, waterfalls, amazing views)


 (Eco friendly aid stations)


Another woman joined our merry band. Lori was from Phoenix, she ran with us to the finish.



We moved along and came off of the plateau. We climbed down from 11,5000 feet to 9000. I could breath more easily. We came into a section of river. There was a man who ran out of water and was filling his bottle from the river. I was thankful I still had at least half of my pack full. I was carrying an 80 ounce bladder.  It was getting HOT as we came off of the plateau. The high in Torrey was 99F. Ugh. We had been running in probably 65-70F on the plateau all day. Pretty awesome.



Eventually the girls all ran out of water. My bladder was larger than theirs so I still had some available. I  shared my water with them, asked if they needed any gels or blocks. I had a ton. Jenny shared her chap stick. Virginia shared more sunscreen.  We were warm and burning.



We came into the aid station. Oh, happy day!  The volunteers were excited to see us, enthusiastic and willing to care for us.  I drank a couple glasses of coke, had some watermelon and just wanted to get out of there and on my way. I and Laurie headed off while Jenny and Virginia took care of their needs.



The elevation continued downward. We were able to see some of the red rocks of the canyon in the distance. We were closing in on the finish.



What a most excellent day!  To be able to run in such an environment, to be strong and healthy, to run with old friends and to meet new friends, what a blessing! I feel so lucky.





( On the jeep path.  Lori, Jenny and Virginia. Closing in on the finish. We can see the canyon, the red rocks, feel the heat. It's coming.)


Jenny and Virginia caught up, we all continued through the red rock, the hot canyon, anxious to see the paved road which would signal we were a mile out from the finish.  We were running down, down, down a jeep type  path which was red sand. The big red cliffs and buttes were all around us. We were out of the plateau and into the hot hot canyon area. Jenny was crossing over to the side of the path in front of me, she jumped over a little branch. I decided to do the same. I didn’t clear the branch!  Boom!  I fell onto my front, sprawled out and banged the side of my head..on the sand. This was the second time that I had fallen today. Both times I fell upon sand. Crazy.



There it was!  We began to run faster, down the trail, across the road, up the driveway to the Resort. Whew!  What an adventure!! 10:43 hours of adventure!!  Wow!




The finish line was laid back, Jenny’s family was able to make it, Steve was there. We weren’t hungry. We hugged, congratulated Virginia and Lori, and headed back to end the day.  I had no aches, no pains, no blisters, no problems. I was in my happy place. I had so much fun. I was really thankful to have run the whole race with Jenny and to have met Virginia and Lori along the course. Old friends and new. 

This race was very challenging, but oh so much fun!  Matt Gunn, the Race Director was really great. The  volunteers were  amazing. I'd run this again. I'd like to run more of  Matt's races. For finishing we received a Tshirt, hat and hand made mug.



What an amazing day. I’m still smiling!  Next up: Voyager 50 Mile.































          Comentario en Pronóstico Palomero (Estrenos del 1 al 15 de Agosto) por ELHUASTECO        
Saludos mi buen, visto lo visto pues sólo me iré a chutar la de "Baby Driver" aun con el rechazo que siento por Eiza ya que para mí ese es el tipo de películas que disfruto en la gran pantalla (buen sonido que me haga mojar las bragas como en whiplash o ver cada precisó detalle en la acción como Mad Max) y para todo lo demás prefiero mi casa sin cabrones que anden jodiendo con su celular. Por otro lado, ¿en su cantón ya se exhibieron las obras de San Kubrick? Le hicieron justicia o de plano sólo pusieron las películas con calidad VHS
          Ð’лияние звуков и музыки на человека         
Одно из самых прекрасных качеств человека и большинства живых организмов – это восприятие звуков.

Человека с рождения окружает множество звуков: шелест листьев, шум леса, треск сломанной ветки, журчание ручья, плеск волн, стрекотание насекомых, звуки издаваемые животными, крики, голоса людей, неясные шорохи…

Мир наполнен звуками разной силы. Люди их слышат, даже плод в утробе матери тоже слышит. Совершенно глухие люди также подвержены воздействию звуков.

80% информации об окружающем мире человек получает благодаря зрению, но звуки оказывают большее воздействие на чувства и эмоции.
Воздействие звуков на человека различное. Оно может быть гармонизирующим, оздоровительным, разрушительным, вдохновляющим, успокаивающим, раздражающим и т. д.

Человек, прислушиваясь к звукам Природы, старался создать подобные звуки своим голосом. Он также придумывал различные музыкальные инструменты. Так родилась музыка.
                                 
Понятие о звуке

Звук – это энергия. Звуки имеют определённую частоту, уровень громкости, ритм, определённую гармонию и воздействуют на человека положительно или отрицательно.

Правильно подобранные звуковые колебания способны активизировать структурные и функциональные возможности человека, его физиологические функции: пульс, артериальное давление, сердечный ритм, дыхание, пищеварение, работу эндокринных желез, cгармонизировать энергетическую систему – движение энергии в энергетических чакрах и  меридианах, органах, системах органов и в частях тела.

Особое влияние звук оказывает на эмоции и ментальное состояние человека.

Сочетания звуков создают музыку.

Музыка – это искусство стройного и согласованного сочетания звуков, проявляющееся в их сочетаниях, в их гармонии, созвучии, мелодии. Музыка духовно развивает человека, помогает его восприятию внешнего мира, обогащает его воображение.

Каждый по своему воспринимает разные музыкальные мелодии и ритмы и по – разному на них реагирует.

В последние 20 лет появилась и активно развивается наука биомузыкология, которая изучает влияние музыки и отдельных звуков на живые организмы.

Учёные установили, что различные по частоте звуки имеют разное влияние на человека. Это связано с ритмами головного мозга. Наш организм хорошо откликается на вибрационную частоту музыки, так как тоже является своеобразным инструментом, в котором каждый орган, каждая система, каждая часть тела, каждая клеточка имеют свои вибрации. Если их озвучить, получатся настоящие мелодии. Например, ДНК звучат подобно мелодиям индийских медитаций, а раковые клетки – подобно «Похоронному маршу» Шопена.

Исследователи установили, что совпадение естественных биоритмов и ритмов музыки усиливают воздействие звуков музыки на организм в целом. Если биоритмы человека не совпадают с музыкальными ритмами, то биоритмы человека подстраиваются под звуки музыки, и это меняет состояние органов и систем органов человека и его психоэмоциональный настрой.

Все мы имеем индивидуальные вибрационные ритмы, поэтому у нас разные музыкальные вкусы.

У каждого звука своя частота. Слишком высокие и слишком низкие звуки мы не слышим, но они материальны. Американские учёные лаборатории Jet Propulsion в Пасадене обнаружили феномен «звукосвечения». Они направляли мощные ультразвуковые волны в стеклянный сосуд с водой и увидели, как образуются в воде крошечные пузырьки, излучающие голубоватый свет. Этот опыт доказывает реальность физического воздействия звуков на материю, причём не только слышимых, но и тех, которые человеческое ухо не способно воспринимать.
                                  
Слуховой путь человека

Это путь от начала звука до результата, который проявляется раздражением одного или нескольких нервных центров мозга. Каждое слово, музыкальное произведение или просто звук имеют свои слуховые пути.

Например, скрип дверей или трение железа по стеклу вызывают неприятные ощущения, сильное раздражение и желание немедленно прекратить этот звук.

Но когда мы слышим звуки духового оркестра, исполняющего марш, то нам хочется идти, двигаться  и двигать руками и ногами в такт музыке. Слуховой путь этих звуков проходит через слуховой канал  к центрам движения рук и ног, сердечно – сосудистой системы, происходит стимуляция положительных эмоций, подъём духа, человек улыбается (активизируются центры движения губ и глаз). Оканчиваться этот путь может в центре удовольствия.

Похоронный марш имеет совершенно другой слуховой путь. Проникая в мозг,  звук раздражает  центр сердечной деятельности, возбуждает воспоминания о былом, действует на клетки мозга, отвечающие за выделение слез. Человек может расстроиться, заплакать, почувствовать сердечную боль.

Классическая музыка имеет свои слуховые пути. Она, в основном, написана в ритме работы сердца (60 – 70 ударов в минуту) и поэтому благотворно влияет на основные функции всего организма.

Определённые музыкальные произведения  при воздействии на человека успокаивают возбуждённые нервные центры, (например, гнева, страха, печали), снимают состояние стресса, облегчают боль, улучшают обменные процессы. Это происходит под воздействием духовной классической музыки композиторов – Баха, Бетховена, Моцарта, Бортнянского.

Каждое произведение имеет свой слуховой путь, своё воздействие и свой результат на физическое, эмоциональное и ментальное состояние человека.

Восприятие звуков и музыки человеком

Звуковые колебания воспринимаются человеком через органы слуха,

передающие полученную информацию в определённые участки мозга. Звуковые колебания могут передаваться мозгу прямо через череп. Череп в этом случае -  большая мембрана. Колебания определённой частоты напрямую воздействуют на функции отдельных органов и организм в целом.

Доктор медицинских наук и профессиональный певец Сергей Шушарджан в своих исследованиях установил, что даже кожа является проводником звуков в организм. Музыка имеет волновую природу и передаётся через виброрецепторы в коже, воспринимающие звуковые волны в широком диапазоне. При воздействии на виброрецепторы звуковых волн определённой частоты возникает тот или иной механизм реакции организма на воздействие звука.

Специалисты всего мира отмечают, что направление лечебного воздействия музыки зависит не только от ее характера, но и от музыкального инструмента, которым она исполняется. Вот данные об особенностях влияния на человека отдельных музыкальных инструментов, почерпнутые из мирового музыкальнотерапевтического опыта:

Скрипка – лечит душу, успокаивает психику, помогает выйти на путь самопознания, пробуждает в душе сострадание, готовность к самопожертвованию;

Орган – проводник энергии "космос – земля – космос"; приводит в порядок ум, гармонизирует энергетический поток в позвоночнике;

Фортепиано – корректирует работу почек и мочевого пузыря, очищает щитовидную железу, гармонизирует психику;

Барабан – восстанавливает ритм сердца, лечит печень, приводит в порядок кровеносную систему;

Флейта – очищает, лечит легкие и бронхи, благотворно воздействует на кровообращение;

Арфа – гармонизирует работу сердца;

Виолончель – лечит сердце, благотворно действует на почки;

Цимбалы – уравновешивают энергетику печени;

Гармонь, баян, аккордеон – активизируют работу всей брюшной полости;

Саксофон – активизирует сексуальную энергию, лечит всю мочеполовую систему, заболевания легких, толстой кишки;

Кларнет – хорошо влияет на систему кровообращения, на печень;

Металлофон, колокольчики – излечивают болезни легких, толстой кишки, устраняют тоску (депрессию).

Бубны, барабаны, дудочки, рожки, флейты, трубы – самые первые музыкальные инструменты в истории человечества.  Возможно, и звуки этих инструментов могут быть самыми лечебными (такая гипотеза существует).

Гитара, скрипка, виолончель, а
          467 - Crónica 420ª Reunión Oficial de Tejedores Madrid Knits (viernes, 17 de marzo de 2017)        
Crónica escrita y fotografiada por Joao y editada por Mirai.

Un verano anticipado nos acompañó en esta quedada. Estuvimos un grupo bastante diverso, con gente que siempre viene,  nuevas incorporaciones, y otros que vienen ocasionalmente y que  echamos de menos. Han venido las tres Cris! El tiempo pasó muy ameno, entre puntada, charleta y bebida - sin alcohol! Tan estrella como nuestra labor, fue el latte de vainilla, que a todos sorprendió por su blancura y olor tan rico.


SIONA está acabando la chaqueta Belfast diseñada por Carrie Bostick. Cree que llega tarde porque volvió el buen tiempo, o no, está un poco loco... No te preocupes, Siona, que esta semana viene frio y lo podrás estrenar!



LAURA está empezando el chal "Close to you" de Justyna  Lorkowska, con lana Drops delight. Le está gustando mucho. A ver si lo estrena antes que lleguen los dias de calor.


CRIS F sigue con la chaqueta NAIMA, ya ha separado las mangas del cuerpo y ahora mismo está trabajando en el cuerpo, dejando las mangas en espera. ¡Qué ganas tiene de acabarla!

EUGENIA se ha traido su "calcetín" tejido con lanitas escocesas AIRE VALLEY DK (WYS West Yorkshite Spinners) y con el patrón de Siona (5 agujas, gratuito) y con agujas del 3. Le está encantando tejerlo!


PILAR terminó el vestido y está rematando las sisas. Quedó ideal!!!


CRIS H está empezando el chal "Maryland" de Melanie Berg con lana Malabrigo Lace. Le está encantando la lana y espera poco a poco coger el truco al patrón.




EVA no ha tenido mucho tiempo de tejer pero aquí anda disfrutando de tejer sin mucha complicación por ahora. Ya le tocará según avance. Está haciendo el delantero, la parte de detrás (espalda) la tiene en espera para tejerla luego con las mangas.


SERGIO ha venido a por los materiales para el taller de Siona de mañana, del gorro fair isle ​con lana Drops Lima.


ESTHER, después de una semana muy estresante, ha venido a tejer el comienzo del gorro del taller de Siona para el Baa-ble hat con lana Lima de Drops y agujas del 3,5 mm.


CRIS Z está en el mismo punto que lo dejó la semana pasada pero promete terminarlo para ponerse el jersey aun este verano!

JOAO ha empezado el chal "All about that brioche" de Lisa Hannel, con una lana portuguesa y agujas del 4,5. Está disfrutado del patrón y con ganas de llegar a la parte de brioche, que es nuevo para ella. Le costó decidirse a pagar por un patrón, pero  ahora ve que merece la pena por lo bien explicado que está. Está tejiendo a contra reloj, ya que será un regalo de cumpleaños.


Os esperamos para  tejer con nosotros en nuestro próximo encuentro:

Viernes, 24 de Marzo de 2017
Lugar: Starbucks, C/ Pedro Teixeira, 8 (esq. Avda. Brasil)
Horario: de 17.00h a 21.00h


          DANGER THEATRE dvd set the searcher diedrich bader theater 1993: For Sale $ 9.99        
a two dvd set containing ALL 7 episodes of this hard to find classic tv series DANGER THEATRE. (not vhs). with full menus and chapters. with actors like adam west, robert vaug ..
          Where are the fabric stores in Berlin? Here are my recommendations!        
It can be difficult finding fabric/craft supplies in Berlin....BUT! there are quite a few shops spotted all over the city. So I have compiled a list of stores. I have really only included shops in the Mitte, Friedrichshain, Wedding, Kreuzberg, Neukoelln areas as I do not really gravitate to the other side of town (e.g. western suburbs).

Photo: Michael Dooney

BEST SELECTION
Welt der stoffe
Pankow
This is my favourite fabric store in Berlin with the best selection. They have also started to incorporate notions in the store.
Generally the ladies cut the fabric, give you a receipt. You then pay at the cashier.  





 
BEST SELECTION PLUS SOME NOTIONS

Gebrueder Berger Stoff 
Mitte-Schoeneberg
This is a great fabric store with a large selection. There are no prices on the fabrics so you need to ask the ladies for prices.The staff here are generally helpful and polite. There is only fabric here, no notions. You have the fabric cut by the 'cutting ladies' then pay at the cashier.






BEST ECO FABRIC STORE
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Seiben Blau
Prenzlauer Berg

A great fabric store specialising in organic and ethical fabrics. They stock jerseys, cottons and more. 
This is your one stop local for sustainable sewing 









 
BEST QUILTING FABRIC
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Frau Tulpe  
Prenzlauer Berg 
 Frau Tulpe has a wonderful selection of cotton print fabrics. I would describe it as a funky quilting fabric store with an emphasis on Japanese fabrics. 


 





CHEAPEST FABRICS
 Maybacher Ufer markets
Kreuzberg - Tues and Friday
This is where the poor sewer needs to head. Nothing in Berlin beats these cheap fabrics. During the winter months they have wool like fabrics and for summer more polyesters and jerseys. Sometimes you can find them at Mauermarkt too. 
 
Maybacher Ufer - Saturday fabric market
http://www.neukoellner-stoff.de/




GOOD AMOUNT OF NOTIONS
Stoffhaus 
Friedrichshain

You can get your notions at this store. They have a limited amount of fabric, but for a pretty penny you can get some fabrics.... though they are a little too pricey for my taste




HAS A HEAP OF NOTIONS
 

Knopfloch
Mitte

This is a good place for notions. They also stock dress and quilting fabric, but it can be fairly pricey. 


  






SUNDAY TRIP TO POTSDAM
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Stoffmarkt Holland 
This is an interesting market to visit. But I wouldn't be waiting around for it to reach your town. I went out to the Potsdam market a few years ago, but was not wowed. It is a little expensive and not too much of a variety.







SWEET FABRIC BOUTIQUE STORE
Image from Naehkontor
Naehkontor
Prenzlauer Berg
This is a sweet corner store fabric store. I sometimes find unique remnants here for a good  price. They have a nice selection of unique quilting fabrics. You can also pick up CUT mag here!







CUTE FABRICS
Image from 360 Berlin

Frieda Hain
Friedrichshain
These guys have a nice selection of cute fabrics. Particularly good for sewing for kids.












BEST QUALITY BOUTIQUE FABRICS 

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BEST PLACE FOR TRACING PAPER

Stoff Meyer
Mitte
Stoff Meyer is the premium, designer fabric store in Berlin. If I had money I would visit this shop a whole lot more!
It is worth checking out.





modulor
Kreuzberg
Modulor is a great one stop shop. I get my tracing paper for tracing patterns. They also have some good priced elastic here with a selection of fabrics and notions. They used to have a sewing shop (Naehinsitut) attached to it, but unfortunately they recently relocated.






BEST BUTTON STORE
Image from Paul Knofe
 
Paul Knopfe 
Kreuzberg

This is a shop dedicated to buttons. There are a heap of new and vintage buttons. Don't touch anything! You need to ask to retrieve boxes of buttons from the shelves.









BEST BUTTON MARKET STALL
 Ostbahnof antique markets
 There is a lady that sells antique buttons from Ostbahnof for a good price, I aptly call her the button lady!





DEPARTMENT STORES
Department stores stock some fabrics, some notions and yarn. Here are some links
Galeria Kauf haus, 
Karstadt
Craft store - idee

There are numerous places where you can find places to sew your own projects.

sewing classes/ sewing work space

Prenzlauer Berg - naehraum
Kreuzberg - modulor, 1000stoff, manyfold

Neulkoelln - Nadelwald 


Image from Nadelwald Neukoelln

If you want to find other fabric stores (perhaps in the western suburbs) then I suggest that you visit Stoff in Berlin 

Happy Fabric Shopping




          How to Have a Diaper Party!        
He's magnificent.
Quick Note: It's fucking cold outside. If you notice a dog tied up outside, CALL THE FUCKING COPS! If you notice a dog in a fenced in yard for a long time without any human attention, CALL THE FUCKING COPS! Seriously. I know you don't want to get into it and it might end up being a hassle, but that dog is going to fucking die. I can't imagine much that is more excruciating than freezing to death. And I'm not sure there is a better indicator of being an awful fucking human than letting a pet suffer in that way. CALL THE FUCKING COPS! END RANT.

Alright, today we are talking a father's most cherished moment...the diaper party. It's like a bachelor party disguised as men caring about an unborn child. A truly beautiful thing.

This past weekend I attended a diaper party for a certain former commenter who will not be named. It was a grand ol' time, outside of being suckered into a theological debate until 5 AM and being witness to a 3 AM prayer circle. So it was basically my sophomore year of college all over again. But there was plenty of beer, a pretty awesome basement that featured a pool table and a shuffleboard table, good people, five hours in the car with a Rex, and a floor for me to crash on...at 5:30 AM. I also woke up with no pants on, but thankfully covered by a blanket. Pretty sure that's how diaper party's are supposed to go.

So I want the Money Shot Maniacs to have a part in planning mine. Here are some key components I think need to be addressed going in:

Beer Selection: Quality or Quantity?
My friends can drink. A lot. And I'm not throwing a diaper party just so all you/those fucks can get drunk on my dime. Oh, you brought a $12 pack of diapers? Sure, drink all of the Two Hearted Ale you want. Fuck that noise. Do I set up a tiered system for the party goers? Natty in one keg--under $15, Yuengling in another--$15-$30, and then Guinness in the VIP section-$30+. This could work.

Shit to do: GREATEST IDEA EVER!
You want to know my grand idea? HIRE A BLACKJACK DEALER! Seriously, what could be better than that for a diaper party? Okay, strippers would be better. What about strippers who deal blackjack?!?!?! Do you understand what I'm doing here? I'm taking the diaper party game to the next level!
Next Level
The Host: Umm...Me?
I have been to 3 diaper parties, and not once has the father hosted. Is that how these things usually go? 1. I don't think I want anybody else planning this thing. I pretty much planned and organized my own bachelor party. I'm not a control freak, but I like to have a plan. 2. How does that conversation even go? "Hey bro, I'm having a kid. Can you call all my friends and tell them to bring me diapers and then we can get drunk together?" Sounds weird to me.

In-laws: Invited?
Do I have to invite Mrs. Ace's dad? I mean, he's an alright guy. I guess. But assuming I'm hosting this thing at my house, that's a 2.5 hour drive for him. Do I then have to offer him a bedroom? I really don't want to. How about younger brother-in-laws? My brother-in-law is a Junior in high school. I'm pretty sure he drinks, as I predicted he would be total stoner 5 years ago and I usually have a pretty good success rate with those predictions. He's also dating a freshman in college...maybe I should just invite her friends.

Food: WE B GRILLIN'?
I don't think I can host a diaper party with a bunch of bros and just offer them seitan and some veggie dogs. The diaper party this past weekend had a nice spread; meat and cheese tray, some wangs, pulled pork, and some peanut butter cracker sandwiches covered in chocolate that I consumed at least 50 of between 2AM and 4AM. But I plan on doing this thing in May, which means it's grillin' season. Burgers and dogs it is, right? Or do I grill some wings to and really show off my chops? Wait, do I have to fucking cook for this shit too?

I have 5 months to get this all planned out and I want to do it right. What say you, Money Shot Maniacs? What's the proper way to throw a diaper party? It's just a more mature version of a bachelor party, right?
I'd bring this guy just for you, Ide/Dut/Shook's Sons

          George Carlin's 'Stuff' Gets A New Home At National Comedy Center        
"Everybody's gotta have a little place for their stuff. That's all life is about. Trying to find a place for your stuff." — George Carlin It's one of his most famous routines and, like all great comedy, contains more than a grain of truth. Since he died eight years ago, the keeper of George Carlin's "stuff" has been his daughter, writer and performer Kelly Carlin. She says he kept everything: Scrapbooks. Arrest records. The pink slip to his first car, a Dodge Dart. VHS tapes. From "handwritten notes of his actual working on comedy ideas to his kind of OCD-esque way of making lists of things, like every routine he ever did on a late night show," she says. "When comedians would come over to my house and I would say, 'Do you want to take a glance at my dad's stuff?' Their eyes would light up. I knew how to get to their hearts immediately," she says, laughing. George Carlin remains one of the most influential stand-up comedians of all time. At a private event Tuesday night in New York, his
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          Movember Contest (Part II)        

Since the book I’m writing is two or three months behind schedule, I decided I’d spend all my time this week working on that instead of writing another irrelevant theory about potentially being murdered by a drifter. As always, if you have a problem with this, you can suck it. Besides, the Movember contest (that officially ended two weeks ago) and The Belt contest obviously matter more to the Trillion Man March than anything I write. And if they don’t, well, they absolutely should.

After analyzing the comments for the last blog post, I noticed that there were over 350 “nominations” for the mustache contest from probably no more than 20 people. When I said that you could vote for more than one person, I apparently forgot to request that you not submit the same nomination 50 different times. Oh well. I sorted through all of them as best I could and decided on the six that I thought got the most votes, and threw in my bonus pick (Nicolas Cage) because doing so gives me a feeling of authority I can’t get anywhere else in my life. Anyway, listed below (in no particular order other than alphabetical) are the pictures of the seven finalists. The poll is in the top right corner of the blog. Make yourself useful and vote for someone. As a reminder, whoever gets the most votes wins a free pack of Barbasol for being so manly and a free shirt for being so awesome. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to playing FIFA writing my book.

CHRIS MULLIN

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JOHN STOCKTON

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LEE GREENWOOD

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LUTHER VANDROSS

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NICOLAS CAGE

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WALTER SOBCHAK

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GEN. WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN

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A few quick points regarding the rules for The Belt:

  1. Ties will be settled by looking at the total minutes played in achieving the trillions. For example, a player putting up a 4 trillion and 3 trillion will beat out a player putting up a 2 trillion and 1 trillion. In other words, Nate Schwarze has one helluva tiebreaker in his back pocket by getting an 11 trillion earlier in the season. I’ll post a tiebreaker column with the leaderboard next time to make this easier to follow.
  2. I’m only considering the stats from ESPN box scores. In order for it to be considered a trillion, every statistic listed for the game other than minutes played must be zero. For a visual, here’s the game log for Wake Forest's Brooks Godwin (who is currently tied for the lead).

That’s all I got for now.

Things are getting much more interesting now that we have four people atop the leaderboard (one of which just recently submitted their name and is new to the contest).

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Thanks to Alex in the Trillion Man March, I’ve recently learned that Wake Forest only has seven scholarship guys available right now, which means Brooks Godwin should have a lot more chances than the rest of the guys to put up trillions. I’ve said all along that I like one of the Purdue guys to ultimately win it, but I’ve recently suggested that Nate Schwarze of Rice is a serious darkhorse contender. So if you’re scoring at home, Godwin is probably the favorite, the Purdue guys are my pick(s), and Schwarze has a shot (especially considering that if he ties for the lead, his 11 trillion will probably propel him to victory). But, there’s obviously still a lot of basketball to not be played, so we’ll just have to wait and see. ___________________________________________________

Let me make it perfectly clear that I’m always impressed by basketball trick shot videos that feature kids who are considerably younger than me. When guys haven’t even hit puberty yet but can still make insane shots, I’m always going to give them some props. Especially when the video has one kid riding a unicycle and another kid repeatedly giving the “suck it” crotch chop. Anyway, keeping that in mind, your awesome YouTube was sent in to me by Travis W. and his friends. There’s your shout-out, Travis. And here’s your video.

Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

Mark Titus

Club Trillion Founder


          live: Troller & SURVIVE        
Billy Drones


"It came from Austin" seems like an applicable phrase to describe the Alan Howarth-esque sensibilities of Adam Jones, a dominant force in the current Austin scene, who happens to play in a number of groups, including SURVIVE, Troller, Thousand Foot Whale Claw and probably a few more I'm unaware of. The whole "It came from..." element may feel reminiscent of B-movie trailers and posters from VHS rental spots, and that wouldn't be far off from the reality, except grounding the music of Troller & SURVIVE in nostalgia would be dually wrong and negligent of the primitive futurism beholden in the tunes. Melancholic darkness rides high, as does a preternatural sense of melody, often degraded into the mix, yet fully aware in headspace. I once played my Mom some SURVIVE in the car over holiday and she thought it was scary, but also liked the synth movements, which is weird, as I just expected the music to fly high over her head without any thought as to what she was actually hearing. But that wasn't the case, as the depth of the tunes is so apparent, it's hard to ignore. Such is the wonder in these two live sets recently posted to Swamp Donkey's SoundCloud. Massively cloudy, wholly erotic, and Mariana's deep. Also, stay tuned for a Thousand Foot Whale Claw tape on TCC very, very soon.

Troller by swamp donkey
SURVIVE by swamp donkey
          video: Tonstartssbandht & Run DMT present INSTANT WIN        
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Soul brothers Tonstartssbandht & Run DMT went on tour last year. The vibe was strong– noted in a few really great videos from that tour (specifically Silent Barn and a show in TX). Before they set out on that tour, the guys concocted a VHS of infinitely warped visuals to aid in the ceremonies. For the first time that video is available in a digital format, for your viewing pleasure, right above. Enjoy the Blondie appropriation.
Tonstartssbandht & Run DMT
present

INSTANT WIN TOUR VHS

a Culture Dealer production
in conj. with Does Are Digitaler Springtimes

bands:
Eola
Run DMT
Tonstartssbandht
Andy Boay
High Rise 2

1. Hey I'd Like To Show You - Eola
2. blindi - Run DMT
3. maher shalal hash baz live in baltimore one day
4. Metal Dog Night - Run DMT
5. Somersette - Tonstartssbandht
6. Run DMT score
7. Maihama - Tonstartssbandht
8. Anty - Run DMT
9. Softline - High Rise 2

compiled July 2010 by mike, andy, edwin
original edtion of 15 VHS

          â€˜Chris Alexander’s SHOCK TREATMENT’: In Praise of LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF        
Shock Till You Drop
‘Chris Alexander’s SHOCK TREATMENT’: In Praise of LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF

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ShockTreatment!  In this ongoing SHOCK column, editor Chris Alexander muses on classic and contemporary films and music worthy of a deeper discussion.

PETER CUSHING RON MOODY AND DAVID RINTOUL STAR IN TYBURN FILMS LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF THE UK PETER CUSHING APPRECIATION SICIETY FACEBOOK GROUP

One of the rarest of lycanthrope-centric films is the unfortunately late, Oscar-winning British cinematographer (David Lynch’s THE ELEPHANT MAN) and noted horror filmmaker (DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT) Freddie Francis’ little discussed1975 Hammer-esque wolfman shocker LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF. And really, I have to ask why it’s so obscure, because the movie is rather fantastic.

As the films’ star Peter Cushing (whose work here is first rate as always) so helpfully explains in LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF’s weird opening sequence, it has been said that the beasts of the forest shall watch over and protect human children on Christmas Eve, because, well, their forefathers and mothers did it for Jesus, so if they didn’t do it too they’d be jerks. This bit of made up myth provides credibility for the ensuing tale of poor little Etoile, a baby who, after his immigrant parents are chomped on by a pack of starving wolves, is inexplicably adopted by the now sated pack. He grows up like a sort of lupine Tarzan, a wild untamed thing who is eventually ‘rescued’ by a sleazy carny (the amazing, wild eyed actor Hugh Griffith from, among many, many other fine films, Ben Hur) and top billed in his skid row circus as the feral ‘Wolf Boy’. Eventually Etoile grows into a strapping young lad (played by veteran actor David Rintoul who recently appeared in Polanski’s excellent thriller THE GHOST WRITER) who makes the rather startling discovery that, when under pressure of full moon, he grows fangs, sprouts fur, pops his shirt and end up looking a lot like Oliver Reed did in Terrance Fisher’s 1961 Hammer horror classic CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF.

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In fact Jimmy Evans’s Roy Ashton-esque make up schemes for Etoile’s furry face and transformations and the idea of a Christmas curse aren’t the only things that recall that admittedly superior film. See, Etoile ends up ditching his promising career as a rabid roustabout and flees to late 19th century Paris (the Fisher film was based on Guy Endore’s novel “The Werewolf Of Paris” and both pics were penned by Anthony Hinds, under his pseudonym John Elder) where he gets a gig working at a zoo run by OLIVER! heavy Ron Moody and falls in love with a beautiful whore, a woman who – like Reed’s squeeze in CURSE- seems to temper his inner lycanthrope. Of course all goes sour when a jealous Etoile turns wolfy and rips the throats out of the local bordello’s patrons (complete with red optical effects, the kind that Francis was fond of playing with) and it falls on the narrow shoulders of Peter Cushing, here playing an intrepid police pathologist, to line Etoile’s homicidal cloud with a sweet silver lining.

LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF was produced by Tyburn Films, a tiny, short-lived UK studio founded by Francis’s son Kevin and one that sought to capitalize on Hammer’s massive, decade spanning, international success. Problem was, by 1974 Hammer Horror was already passé and, after one more picture (1975’s fine John Hurt/Ian McCulloch vehicle THE GHOUL) took a permanent dive.

In Canada (where I was born, raised and still live) a little budget video distro outfit called Interglobal Home Video (which I raved about HERE) ended up distributing LEGEND in the 1980’s. I bought that VHS cassette for $10 at a local Kmart and I’m certainly glad I did. Because I’ve never, ever seen the film legitimately available in any other format on these shores. Needless to say, I treasure my copy…

Though hampered by its low budget, and aforementioned plot familiarity, and though its not necessarily Francis’s best work (though it’s about a gazillion times better than his worst film, 1970’s awesomely insane caveman vs. Joan Crawford opus TROG) -LEGEND is a well paced, blackly humorous, creepy and oh-so-very British slice of rough-around-the -edges, modestly budgeted Gothic horror. And Hammer vet Harry Robinson’s brash, often romantic score amplifies the production value considerably.

You should find it. That beaten up tape of mine has seen the insides of no less than 7 VCR’s and it still goes strong, it still pulls it’s LP recorded weight with blood dripping, hairy backed finesse and flesh shredding, electro-magnetic grace. A muddy rip of that VHS is on YouTube and it’s a perfectly acceptable (though faded and fuzzy) version to at least get the sense of the film. Here’s hoping someone cleans this wonderful little flick up and dresses it up for Blu-ray someday…

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