Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday...a little light;

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” 
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Early morning in the garden, silence, the first birds have already noisily greeted the day, now the morning sun plays and moves with patterns and lights. Ts

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 328; 30.April 2016/ war and fashion;

"The Great War. Refugees from Antwerp, Belgium, bringing a painting into safety. Belgium, 1914;

I have taken  liberty to the second World War and its  war time  fashion. It seems frivolous to talk about fashion in times of hardship, yet, fashion provided the spirit to fight and stay on top of  all adversity, it meant all was not lost, even when times were hard,

Women walk down a London street during the Second World War in 1941.
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Garments were rationed in Europe at the time of the second world war. Clothing coupons had to be carefully spend for garments which were practical and usable for all seasons.
The war disrupted fashion in many ways, resources and  materials  for civilian clothing was very limited. Purchase tax and rationing was introduced, but  women were resourceful and created their own fashion.

Handbag with a gas mask compartment.
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Wartime 'onesies' for the air raid shelter

A woman's all-in-one garment, nicknamed the 'siren suit'.
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The 'siren suit' was an all-in-one garment which could be pulled on quickly over night clothes if the wearer had to escape to an outdoor air raid shelter.  A  practical drop down panel is attached to the rear so the wearer could visit the lavatory without removing the whole garment. Siren suits were a popular wartime trend.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 327 23/04/2016 Aladdin;

One Thousand and One Nights; alf layla wa-layla  a collection of Middle Eastern stories and folk tales. The stories were compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. In English the book is known as the Arabian Nights from the first English language edition from 1706. Translations miss out especially when translated from a language as poetic as Arabic.

The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, Indian, and Egyptian folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazar Afsan, A Thousand Tales) which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. As it is always with stories they are like chinese whispers, added to,  taken away, embellished, also the overall story stays in place.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more. Prose is mainly used in the texts. Some verse is used for songs and riddles or to express great emotion. 

A Street in Allepo: old houses with harems

Egypt Old Postcard Cairo, Caffe Native Coffihous, Arabian Arab Cafe Coffee House

An Ottoman coffeehouse in Tophane, Mıgırdiç Civanyan, late 19th century.

Where story telling must have flourished.

None of the other tales have been as widely commercialized as Aladdin.

Batik Harem Pants from Indonesia

Aladdin's Lamps at a market in Morocco

Silver necklace with the magic lamp.

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Sepia Saturday 327 : 23 April 2016

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 326 16/04/2016 Polyphotos;

I don't think they are exactly polyphotos, perhaps look alike polyphotos.

I don't think Anne Frank needs an introduction. Her diary, a book one never forgets.

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Sepia Saturday 326 : 16 April 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday...a day to liberate the ghosts;

Ghosts are gentle creatures, they exist, if you let them. They are like a spider web poked with a stick, poked with your memories, they fall apart into soft threads, clinging, sticking, gently tucking might get them loose and float away.  Their atoms melt into the dark until they are revived by a familiar scent, a glimpse, a word, a sound…

"Ghostly" Gums"  Photo  24/05/2012  7:14 AM

Corymbia dallachiana commonly known as Ghost Gum or Dallachy's gum, is an evergreen tree that is native to Eastern Australia. It grows up to 20 meters in height and has white to cream and pink-tinged bark, often with brown scales. Bark sheds seasonally in thin scales. White flowers appear from late summer through midwinter. Fruit are woody brown, goblet shaped, capsules.

Ghost Gums occur from humid coastal regions to arid inland. The tree is indicative of infertile and shallow soils.

©Photo/Text Ts  Titania-Everyday