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Monday, 18 July 2016

Sepia Saturday 339; 16th July 2016




Pictures, palaces, and bingo numbers are amongst your possible themes this week for Sepia Saturday 339 …

I want to showcase the Eclecticism, a mixing of various architectural styles and ornamentation of the past. Eclecticism in architecture was very popular in the second half of the 19th century.
Here a variation of rooflines from Australian country towns in Queensland and New South Wales.










Stucco
A plaster used as a coating for walls and ceilings, and often used for decoration; it is common to many parts of the world.






Frieze
A band of richly sculpted ornamentation on a building.

Bundaberg



The part of a building that rises above the building’s eaves. Rooflines can be highly decorative, with balustrades, pediments, statuary, dormer windows, cross gables, etc.





Township of Maclean NSW still steeped in Art deco. Hopefully, all these old buildings will be restored to their former glory and the tangle of wires put underground.




Maclean NSW



Bourke is a town in the north-west of New South Wales, Australia. The administrative centre and largest town in Bourke Shire, Bourke is approximately 800 kilometres north-west of the state capital, Sydney, on the south bank of the Darling River.






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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Good News.



May I introduce Boo, the homepot;
a great helper,
vacuums and dusts,
cleans windows and bathrooms,
lives happily ever after in a cupboard.

Do not ask, no cooking, but might do the kitchen afterwards if you order one with an extra button.




The war machine scientists have changed course. They have abandoned the production of killing machines  and are now producing very welcome helpers for the household.

For sale now at  any arms industry.


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Sepia Saturday 338; 9, July 2016; Mesmerized;


Our theme image this week features a picture of a walking man which is taken from the collection of the Sepia Saturday Flickr Group. The description is as follows:



"A man walks down a street in Dunfermline, Scotland. We know from the written notation of the reverse of the photograph that the date was the 3rd May 1949. This is not a typical "walking snap" ...

no walking man snap but the plate window behind is my theme for Sepia Saturday 338;


In the 1870s,  New Yorks Department stores started to display Christmas cheer.
The elaborate displays  were loved and appreciated  by young  and old, waiting with anticipation for the unveiling of Christmas window displays. Many department stores  have been well-known for their impressive Christmas window spectacles for generations. The availability of large sheets of plate glass in the nineteenth century  led to the concept of using department store windows to attractively display the store's merchandise.







CHILDREN LOOKING THROUGH THE GLASS WINDOW OF MACY’S IN 1907.


1920's  a child's pleasure.


Wigs display in Paris.




A shop window display of underwear, c 1935.
 Photograph showing a display of underwear in a lingerie shop including the 'Body Belt'. 
The notice reads: 'For the Slim - We introduce the new Body Belt with a unique graduated all-way stretch'. 
The manufacturer appears to be J Roussel. (Daily Herald Archive / SSPL via Getty Images) 







Shop in Murano Italy, displaying Murano jewellery. (My daughter Lilli.) 2007


Old  Photos courtesy Pinterest.

Monday, 4 July 2016

EU the Hydra has "many"heads;






Why The British Said No To Europe
By John Pilger


June 26, 2016 "
Information Clearing House" - The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the "remain" campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life. 
A forewarning came when the Treasurer, George Osborne, the embodiment of both Britain's ancient regime and the banking mafia in Europe, threatened to cut £30 billion from public services if people voted the wrong way; it was blackmail on a shocking scale.
Immigration was exploited in the campaign with consummate cynicism, not only by populist politicians from the lunar right but by Labour politicians drawing on their own venerable tradition of promoting and nurturing racism, a symptom of corruption not at the bottom but at the top. The reason millions of refugees have fled the Middle East - first Iraq, now Syria - are the invasions and imperial mayhem of Britain, the United States, France, the European Union and Nato. Before that, there was the wilful destruction of Yugoslavia. Before that, there was the theft of Palestine and the imposition of Israel.
The pith helmets may have long gone, but the blood has never dried. A nineteenth-century contempt for countries and peoples, depending on their degree of colonial usefulness, remains a centrepiece of modern "globalisation", with its perverse socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor: its freedom for capital and denial of freedom to labour; its perfidious politicians and politicised civil servants.
All this has now come home to Europe, enriching the likes of Tony Blair and impoverishing and disempowering millions. On 23 June, the British said no more.
The most effective propagandists of the "European ideal" have not been the far right, but an insufferably patrician class for whom metropolitan London is the United Kingdom. Its leading members see themselves as liberal, enlightened, cultivated tribunes of the 21st-century zeitgeist, even "cool". What they really are is a bourgeoisie with insatiable consumerist tastes and ancient instincts of their own superiority. In their house paper, the Guardian, they have gloated, day after day, at those who would even consider the EU profoundly undemocratic, a source of social injustice and a virulent extremism known as "neoliberalism".
The aim of this extremism is to install a permanent, capitalist theocracy that ensures a two-thirds society, with the majority divided and indebted, managed by a corporate class, and a permanent working poor. In Britain today, 63 percent of poor children grow up in families where one member is working. For them, the trap has closed. More than 600,000 residents of Britain's second city, Greater Manchester, are, reports a study, "experiencing the effects of extreme poverty" and 1.6 million are slipping into penury.
Little of this social catastrophe is acknowledged in the bourgeois controlled media, notably the Oxbridge dominated BBC. During the referendum campaign, almost no insightful analysis was allowed to intrude upon the clich├ęd hysteria about "leaving Europe", as if Britain was about to be towed in hostile currents somewhere north of Iceland.
On the morning after the vote, a BBC radio reporter welcomed politicians to his studio as old chums. "Well," he said to "Lord" Peter Mandelson, the disgraced architect of Blairism, "why do these people want it so badly?" The "these people" are the majority of Britons.
The wealthy war criminal Tony Blair remains a hero of the Mandelson "European" class, though few will say so these days. The Guardian once described Blair as "mystical" and has been true to his "project" of rapacious war.  The day after the vote, the columnist Martin Kettle offered a Brechtian solution to the misuse of democracy by the masses. "Now surely we can agree referendums are bad for Britain", said the headline over his full-page piece. The "we" was unexplained but understood - just as "these people" is understood. "The referendum has conferred less legitimacy on politics, not more," wrote Kettle. " ... the verdict on referendums should be a ruthless one. Never again."
The kind of ruthlessness Kettle longs for is found in Greece, a country now airbrushed. There, they had a referendum and the result was ignored.  Like the Labour Party in Britain, the leaders of the Syriza government in Athens are the products of an affluent, highly privileged, educated middle class, groomed in the fakery and political treachery of post-modernism. The Greek people courageously used the referendum to demand their government sought "better terms" with a venal status quo in Brussels that was crushing the life out of their country. They were betrayed, as the British would have been betrayed.
On Friday, the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was asked by the BBC if he would pay tribute to the departed Cameron, his comrade in the "remain" campaign. Corbyn fulsomely praised Cameron's "dignity" and noted his backing for gay marriage and his apology to the Irish families of the dead of Bloody Sunday. He said nothing about Cameron's divisiveness, his brutal austerity policies, his lies about "protecting" the Health Service. Neither did he remind people of the war mongering of the Cameron government: the dispatch of British special forces to Libya and British bomb aimers to Saudi Arabia and, above all, the beckoning of world war three.
In the week of the referendum vote, no British politician and, to my knowledge, no journalist referred to Vladimir Putin's speech in St. Petersburg commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941. The Soviet victory - at a cost of 27 million Soviet lives and the majority of all German forces - won the Second World War.
Putin likened the current frenzied build-up of Nato troops and war material on Russia's western borders to the Third Reich's Operation Barbarossa. Nato's exercises in Poland were the biggest since the Nazi invasion; Operation Anaconda had simulated an attack on Russia, presumably with nuclear weapons. On the eve of the referendum, the quisling secretary-general of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, warned Britons they would be endangering "peace and security" if they voted to leave the EU. The millions who ignored him and Cameron, Osborne, Corbyn, Obama and the man who runs the Bank of England may, just may, have struck a blow for real peace and democracy in Europe.
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John Pilger one of the true blue Journalists,
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Thinking about thinking;



A mindless society worships  a cultureless shell of nothing, fast food, fast news, banality, mindless celebrities, fast consumerism, debts,  drugs  to forget their misery….a Kardashian  what’s the name,  has millions of mindless  worshippers .
What does this tell about the intellect of a society?
It is a like a religion to these people.





Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sepia Saturday 336: 25 June 2016


.... Our theme image is entitled "Woman Reads As Baby Sleeps" and was produced as a stock advertising image by a company called Photographic Advertising Ltd and now forms part of the collection of the National Media Museum which is available on Flickr Commons. It might seem like a "nice" bland and uncomplicated image but, believe me, there is a lot to discuss. Let's just see where Sepians go with it! 




The earliest images of mother and child found in the Catacombs of Rome, date from the Early Christian Church. After Mary was proclaimed Theotokos, Godbearer,  it became common to use her image in paintings and sculptures. 
Mary and child were the most used image through the Byzantine, Medieval and Early Renaissance for over a thousand years. Duccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giovanni Bellini, Caravaggio, Rubens, have turned their artistic skills to create Mother and child images. 





Italian Mother and Baby, living in tenements of New York. He  captured the misery of urban poverty as well as the tenacity of life. This forlorn mother with her swaddled baby is evocative of Mary and of many paintings of "Madonna and Child." 


Courtesy; Jacob Riis's “How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York 1890.





In the early 1960s, myself and my firstborn daughter Marie-Louise.


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Sepia Saturday 336 : 25 June 2016



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