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Monday, 13 March 2017

J for random J's,

Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826. Was the third President of the United States 1801-1809. He was a highly educated man, an American Founding Father, also he was the principal author of the 'Declaration of Independence'.

 He coined the phrase ......

'All men are created equal', 

 which in my mind has an ironic twist because he owned  plantations with hundreds of slaves working on them. To be fair to him he did inherit them from a relative. In 1807 Jefferson signed the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves.

Slaves sorting cotton on the plantations.

Moving on from Jefferson's statement 'All men are created equal'

 The highly acclaimed  novel by British writer George Orwell Animal Farm ( A brief synopsis of the story).

It evolves around a group of animals lead by the pigs, they decide to take over the farm and run it themselves, Old Major the oldest boar dies and the two younger boars Napoleon and Snowball, tired of the drunken farmer Mr Jones mistreating them drive him away,  renaming the farm from Manor Farm into Animal Farm. The animals adapt the seven commandments of Animalism, the most import one being  'All animals are equal'...

Eventually as the animals adopt a human way of life the Mantra was changed to.....

 'All animals are equal but some are more equal than others'.



Now for the final random 'J'....

There was a Jolly Miller once

 lived on the river Dee; He danced and he sang from morn 'till night No lark more blythe as he 




A jolly Miller.

And this the burden of his song For ever used to be

I care for nobody,  no,  not I, If nobody cares for me.


Enough Jabbering from me and I must thank the Jolly Denise for devising  ABCW,  Roger the Judicious admin. man, ably assisted by Jazzy Leslie, not forgetting the team of helpers who journey around all the abcw memes with Joyous glee,
JEEZ I'm Jiggered, so I'll Jump ship now until next time.
Best wishes to all,
fro,
Di.
ABCW team.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I for Ink.

I love writing with Fountain pens that I can fill up with real INK.  My favourite pens are made by Watermans in Paris, 

 I have a fine collection of three ! Two are displayed below,

  along with my cherished gold Parker Propelling Pencil with which I like (attempt) to complete cryptic crosswords.

The Ink I use is called Parkers Quink which I believe is the best one can buy, I have used it since my primary school days.

In all it's splendour, (above)  may I present to you, the original bottle of Parkers Royal Blue Quink INK.


I cannot begin to tell you the joy I felt, when I was presented with a fountain pen, an exercise book and bottle of Parkers INK (Quink). This was for the Easter term spelling prize, in my year.


dip pen similar to ones we used in primary school .(Sand McDougall).

When I first learnt to write we began with pencil then progressed with a pen and a pot of INK.


The pot of INK fitted neatly in an ink well which was in the top left hand side of my desk.

Vintage school desk containing an INK well for dip pens.

We've come a long way since the times of  Bob Cratchit a character' from Charles Dickens 'Christmas Carol' story, where poor Bob had to stand all day, at a lecturn type desk using a feather scribe,  to complete his ever increasing work load .


To carry out his duties, this poor fellow had only a feather quill and a pot of ink. 


He didn't have the comfort of a swivel chair at a desk, and the ubiquitous PC, to do his work for him.



 Just one pot of INK and a scratchy old feather pen.

My! How time flies not a pot of  INK nor feather pen in sight.


My thanks to the illustrious Denise who created ABCW all those years ago, to Roger our illuminating admin man, ably assisted by Leslie who's always incredibly helpful to all who need advice.

 Last but not least the inspiring band of helpers who visit their alloted sites each week.

Best wishes to all my fellow bloggers.
Di,
ABCW team.
NB. All the images on this blog ar by courtesy of Google.











Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Heart Happiness Humour..

I like to feel that I'm generally a Happy person and try to be optimistic when faced with a problem. The worse thing that can beset a person of my years is failing Health.

I'm afraid to say that the time has arrived,

 My darling Husband Ian has to have Heart surgery to repair a leaky valve and to fit a stent in an artery.

 We have one of the finest Heart and Chest Hospitals in the world so that is a comfort to a wife who is a natural worrier!

However,before his Heart is fixed he had to go on Dialysis as his kidneys are not functioning well. This has been going on for quite some time but now is 'crunch' time.

 He is, at present, having a tube fitted so that he can have a saline drip to do the work  of his failing kidneys. The 'up' side of this the treatment can be done at home, instead of being Hooked up three times per week to a Dialysis machine at the unit. Also it can be done at night whilst he is sleeping... so dear readers, my Heart aches for him. I hate to think of his discomfort.






Happy Day and Hearts full of gladness.

 Happy Day, A very proud Papa Ian leading his much loved daughter Astrid  down the aisle to be married to Ian Jnr. (another Ian).

A fortune teller recently told one of my daughters that she came from a line of very strong women.


Now for a little humour.

A Shrimp.  by Ogden Nash.

 (Mr Nash never fails to make me smile and when I smile it means It means)... I'm Happy...



A shrimp who sought his lady shrimp

Could catch no glimpse    

Not even a glimp.

At times translucence.

Is rather a nuisance.



That's better a line or two from Ogden Nash alway makes me ......'HAPPY' and better still my darling has phoned to say he will be home soon and all is.... HUNKYDORY.


My thanks to Denise the creator of ABCW and Roger and Leslie who deal with the admiistration of the site and not forgetting the HAPPY BAND OF HELPERS who assist wth the visits each week.

Best wishes to all,
from,
Di.
ABCW team.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

G for St George's Hall Liverpool.

Night time shot of the Hall.


shot of the magnificent hall and orga

St George's Hall stands on a plateau in the centre of the City of Liverpool. It is widely recognised by
Architectural historians who regard it as one of the finest neo- Grecian buildings in the world. In 2004 the hall and surrounding area were recognised as part of Liverpool's World Heritage Site.


This picture is of the main hall, looking down to the magnificent organ. The floor is composed of over 30,000 Minton tiles.

Above is the Dance Hall, with such a beautiful ceiling.


Cleaners carefully restoring a very precious and valuable floor. The floor is mainly covered by a removable floor to protect it. The interior of the hall is considered to be one of the greatest created by Sharples and Pollard.


The almost circular Concert Room was lavishly decorated and was often used by Charles Dickens, when he gave his Penny Recitals to the poor people of Liverpool.


My sincere thanks to Denise, Roger, Leslie and all the ABCW team, withoout their GOOD and GREAT efforts this remarkable meme would not operate.

My Best Wishes,
 and kind regards,
 to each and every one ABCw contributor.
Di. xx.



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

E for Euphemisms.

A Euphemism is the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague term for one to be considered harsh, blunt or offensive.

 This is sometimes called double speak.

More Euphemisms. 
 You aren't poor you are economically disadvantaged. 
You aren't broke you have temporary negative cash flow problems. 
Just as you sit down to dinner, drat! the blessed phone goes, it's a call from a poltical party wanting to know which way you're going to vote.
 This is known as a courtesy call, only courtesy has little to do with it .....it's just 'Effing' annoying. (apologies for the Ef )but it does begin with 'E'.
If you say you were 'Economical with truth', well that means you've just told a whopper!

 Remember Pinocchio ?
He was a little boy puppet who turned into a real boy. However he was told by the Blue Fairy that he was to be truthful, polite and honest at all time....so she cast a spell upon him, so if at any time he told a lie his nose would grow.....
 Needless to say, he did get himself into spots of bother and subsequently his nose did grow, as you can see by the illustration, rather large.
If only the Blue Fairy could cast the same spell on all polticians, now that would be fun !

Cartoon by courtesy of The US News.
Note to my American friends: Pay special attention to Trump's nose over the coming weeks, the Blue Fairy is hovering.
I'm quite Exhausted now so I will sign out now, looking forward to reading some Excellent memes when good old linky kicks in later
Bye for now,
Di,
ABCW team.




Monday, 30 January 2017

D for Dreams.


As you all probably know I am a great Poetry fan,
I came across this sweet little verse a while ago, 
I liked it so much that  put it my special little,
 ABCW book of ideas,
to use at an appropriate time, as now.
I do hope you like it.

DREAMS.....  by Langston Hughes.
Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die,
Life is a broken winged bird
That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go.
Life is a barren field
frozen with snow.


Childhood Dreams.


When I was a small child
 I used to DREAM of 
Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell said to Peter Pan

 'You know the place between sleep and wake,

 the place where you still can remember DREAMING,

that's where I'll always love you,

 That's where I'll be waiting'. 


 'Never Never Land'
It was a place where children never
grew up and had wonderful adventures
The story is the classic children's story
called Peter Pan, written by J.M. Barrie.
Peter was a boy who refused to grow up.
he would fly out of his bedroom window
taking with him a few friends he also had a special
friend in Tinkerbell the fairy.
They had many adventures in Neverland and 
Peter had several skirmishes with Captain Hook
and a ticking crocodile.                     

Peter fighting with Captain Hook.

Eventually during their final skirmish Peter pushed Captain Hook into the Crocodile's jaws and wicked Hook was eaten... Hurrah !


Statue of Peter Pan in Kensington palace Gardens, London.
  (All the pictures on this post are by courtesy of Mr Google.)

Thanks to Denise Roger and Leslie, along with the special team of helpers for keeping this well loved meme running for a decade or more.

Best wishes to you all,
from,
Di.
ABCW team.










Tuesday, 24 January 2017

C for Cities

The City of  Bolzano in The Southern Tyrol.

This is a delicious plate of a cured pork which is lightly smoked in the farms in the surrounding mountains and pasturelands.

A selection of local hand
made
cheeses again derived from the cattle
that graze in the verdant pastures and mountainsides bedecked with fragrant herbs.

Delicious home made soup, made with a beef stock then fresh herbs and  vegetables also dumpling may be added.
This the the local tipple called Grappa, it is a distillate without additives or refining substances, It is a type of Pomace brandy and delicious served with Prosecco.



One of the stunning views on the drive to the City of Bolzano.

After making two attempts to write a CONTINUATION of my previous posts firstly about a visit to Austria then follwing on last week about a visit to the CITY of Bolzano in the Southern Tyrol.

My PC has decided to lose all the wordage and lovely pictures that I  had collected then put together for my meme. I am just trying to post some more pictures of the region...here goes for the third attempt!
Bolzano.

The Province of  Bolzano is dominated by it's majestic scenery  and pretty small towns, typical of a border area, where three cultures and languages live together in harmony i.e. Italian, German and Latin.


Time stands still in this breathtakingly beautiful part of  the Southern Tyrol.

Well I must finish after my third attempt, I hope it isn't too Cock-eyed....I CAN only say I tried !

(Please note that all the photographs on this site are taken by courtesy of various Google sites. You will see the names of the various photography firms in the watermark or beneath the picture. DW.)


My thanks to Denise Roger and Leslie and all the rest of the team for keeping ABCW running for so long and now looking forward to the Changes to Come in not too distant future,

Best wishes to all
from 
Di.
ABCW team.