Sunday, 31 May 2009
The demesne of Blankney had been the property of the Deincourts since the Conquest, until in the fifteenth century it passed through the marriage of an heiress to the Lovels of Tichmarsh. All the estates of the house of Lovel were, however, confiscated to the Crown by Henry VII., after the battle of Stoke-on-Trent, when Lord Lovel himself only escaped by swimming his horse across the river. Blankney was bought by the Thorolds, who did much to embellish the house with the fine carved panelling of the period. But in the reign of Charles I., through a marriage with the Thorold heiress, it passed into the hands of Sir William Widdrington, who was created Baron Widdrington of Blankney in 1643. Lord Widdrington's great grandson had the indiscretion to take part in the rebellion of 1715; he was taken prisoner at Preston and convicted of high treason, and though his life was spared his estates were confiscated in the following year.
A tradition of hidden treasure at Blankney Hall survived for more than a century. When Lord Widdrington was attainted it was said that, foreseeing the confiscation of his land, he endeavoured to secure as much of the movable property as possible by concealing it in secret places, and a legend ran that he had deposited a large chest of plate in a vault beneath the great staircase. The family hopes, however, were dispelled when on one occasion, having workmen in the house, Mr Charles Chaplin, uncle of the last squire [Henry Chaplin], ordered the vault to be opened. The oak chest was there indeed, but it only contained a salt cellar of white metal and an iron ladle. Either Lord Widdrington had deliberately misled the Government treasure-seekers, or thieves had cheated posterity.
The above extract was taken from 'Henry Chaplin A Memoir' prepared by his daughter The Marchioness of Londonderry.
Flower: Lilly Of The Valley
May is named after the Greek goddess, Maia.
Traditional Celebrations include dancing around Maypoles, appearance of' 'hobby horses' and Jack in Green.
May 1st is also known in some areas as Garland Day.
May 29th is Oak Apple Day - so called because on that day King Charles 1st returned triumphantly to London after evading capture by Cromwells troops, by hiding in an oak tree.
"A wet May makes a big load of hay.
A cold May is kindly and fills the barn finely."
"A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay."
"Mist in May, Heat In June
Makes harvest come right soon. "
Just thought you might be interested!
One brick is one kilogram and half a brick heavy.
What is the weight of one brick?
Answer will appear in the Journal tomorrow.
Saturday, 30 May 2009
In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn (pictured on the balcony of his office in Paris in 1914) embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the worlds first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.
Kahn used his vast fortune to send a group of intrepid photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, often at crucial junctures of their history, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of the twentieth-century globalisation. They documented in true colour the collapse of both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland, just a few years before they were demolished, and the soldiers of the First World War - in the trenches, and as they cooked their meals and laundered their uniforms behind the lines. They took the earliest-known colour photographs in countries as far a part as Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway, Benin and the United States.
At the start of 1929 Kahn was still one of the richest men in Europe. Later that year the Wall Street Crash reduced his financial empire to rubble and in 1931 he was forced to bring his project to an end. Khan died in 1940. His legacy, still kept at the Musee Albert-Kahn in the grounds of his estate near Paris, is now considered to be the most important collection of early photographs in the world.
Below: Fringe maker in Galway Ireland during May 1913
Below Right: Woman and child outside the smallest house in Claddagh, Galway, Ireland. June 1913.
Below Left: A policeman stands outside Swan and Edgar, a department store targeted by suffragettes during their campaign of window-breaking in 1911
What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take it with you to the store.
What one experiences from changing too many diapers.
A sandwich cut into 20 pieces
How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.
Friday, 29 May 2009
What you call your child when you're mad at him/her.
A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
A baby-sitter who doesn't hang around the refrigerator.
The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure your not raising them right.
This next clip could be straight out of the 'Silentnight' bed advertisement that used to be on our TV screens, remember the Hippo in his blue and white pyjamas, and the little yellow duck, well this takes it one step further.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
01 I was born 26 March 1961.
02 My middle name is Jefferson.
03 I was first elected to the House of Commons in 1989.
04 I entered John Major's cabinet in 1995.
05 I became Leader of the Conservatives.
06 I was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire.
07 I spoke at the Conservative Party Conference when I was 16
08 I was President of the Oxford Union.
09 My wife's name is Ffion.
10 I resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party in 1997.
Good luck with your answer!
One that serves cold soup on purpose.
A banker provided by nature.
The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
Appalled over how much weight you have gained.
It took 5 minutes for the TV to warm up.
Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when they got home from school.
Nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a shilling a week was decent pocket money.
White dog poo in the street.
You only had to be home when the street lights came on.
Your Mum wore stockings that came in two pieces.
All your male teachers wore ties.
Female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels.
You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol pumped, without asking, all for free, every time.
Cereals had free toys inside them.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
When typing Paul used his left hand to steady his right one. Since he couldn't pres two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters...@ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ .
Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures of which he often gave the originals away, Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records.
As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colours and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings.
This great man passed away on 25 June 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many.
You can see some examples of Paul Smith's artwork in the article immediately following this. Further articles showing more of his incredible work will appear in the Journal over the next few days.
The reason being that the above order of the stones represent the birthstones for each month of the year Garnet (Jan), Amethyst (Feb), and so on.
Congratulations if you solved this somewhat difficult brainteaser!
One human hair can support 3kg (6.6lb).
The average man's penis is three times the length of his thumb.
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.
There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.
Women blink twice as often as men.
The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.
Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.
If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
Women reading this will be finished now.
Men are still busy checking their thumbs.
A clumsy ophthalmologist
The name men give to their mistakes
A story told by teenagers arriving home after curfew
The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Rupert Bear was created by the English artist Mary Tourtel and first appeared in the daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920. In 1935, Alfred Bestall, previously an illustrator for Punch, became the Rupert artist and storyteller, and worked on Rupert artwork and stories into his 90s.
The first Rupert annual was released in 1936 and are still published today, often featuring fantastic and magical adventures in faraway lands.
Rupert is a bear who lives with his parents in a house in Nutwood. He always wears a red jumper and bright yellow checked trousers. He usually sets out on an errand for his mother or to visit his friends, but always ends up in a fantastic adventure.
It was Bestall who developed the classic Rupert story format, where the illustration had below it both a two-lined verse and and running prose. Bestall drew Rupert until he retired in 1973. His successor was Alex Cubie who created annual artwork between 1974 and 1977. Cubie's work is recognizable by the use of more vibrant colours and a thicker black outline around the characters.
Between 1978-2007 his new adventures were illustrated by John Harrold, from this point on they were taken over by Stuart Trotter.
Even during World War II, when there was a paper shortage, the annual continued to be released.
Rupert went on to have his own television series, and also appeared in Paul McCartney's music video entitled 'We All Stand Together'. The Rupert Bear Museum, part of the Museum of Canterbury, has collections that cover much of the history of Rupert and his friends, including Tourtel and other illustrators.
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your doctor confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
Preparing for the Birth
1st baby: You practice your breathing regularly.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
1st baby: You pre-wash newborns clothes, colour co-ordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they?
1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper--a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rs baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
1st baby: If the dummy falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the dummy falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
1st baby: You change your baby's nappy every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change your their nappy every two or three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their nappy before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and dry cleaner.
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his pocket money.
Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Police Station, Fire Department and Chinese take-away.
A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Last two minutes of a football game, when your team is winning 1-0
After some relaxing, the Seekers of Knowledge received a gift from an anonymous person. The gift was a magic scroll case that had 12 gemstones on it. The Seekers were a bit shocked as they knew it was very expensive.
There was a catch with it. They had no idea how to open it. As they looked over the scroll case with amazement, suddenly they heard a voice saying, "The code to open this scroll case is hidden within the stones; you must press each stone in the correct order to open it." The magic faded out.
The stones are in this order on the scroll case: Turquoise, Diamond, Opal, Aquamarine, Topaz, Emerald, Moonstone, Garnet, Sapphire, Amethyst, Ruby, Peridot.
So, what order should the stones be pressed in to open the case?
This is actually not as difficult as it looks, not that is, once the penny drops!
Monday, 25 May 2009
Oliver Cromwell (pictured right) was born on 25 April 1599, and was an English military and political leader.
After the execution of King Charles I in 1649,Cromwell dominated the short-lived Commonwealth of England, conquered Ireland and Scotland, and ruled as Lord Protectorate from 1653 until his death in 1658.
Cromwell was elected Member of Parliament for Cambridge in the Short (1640) and Long (1640-49) Parliament and later entered the English Civil War on the side of the 'Roundheads' or Parliamentarians. An effective soldier nicknamed 'Old Ironside' he rose to command the whole British army. Always controversial Cromwell was a hero to some, hated by others.
Failure to resolve issues between King and Parliament eventually led to the outbreak of Civil War in 1648. In December of 1648 those MPs who wished to continue negotiations with the King were prevented from sitting which led to the remaining body of MPs agreeing that Charles should be tried on a charge of treason. Cromwell believed that killing Charles was the only way to bring the civil war to an end. The death warrant for Charles was signed by 59 of the trying courts members, including Cromwell. Charles was executed on 30 January 1649.
With the King gone factions in Parliament began to engage in infighting. Cromwell who had been away on campaigns, returned to England in 1651. He demanded Parliament establish a caretaker government consisting of both parliamentarians and the army. However, Parliament ignored his request and returned to debating its own bill for a new government.
Cromwell was so angered by this on 20 April 1653, supported by about forty musketeers, he cleared the chamber and dissolved the Parliament by force. (The picture above left shows Cromwell dissolving the Long Parliament).
This quote from Cromwell as he dissolved Parliament in 1653 is quite timely...........
"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a fractious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage... Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse, gold is your God; which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes?...Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; ye were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, and are youselves gone... In the name of God, go!"
Viewed against the background of today's political scandals, it would appear we have learned very little over the last 350 years.
A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way you actually look forward to the trip.
Future tense of marriage.
A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his bills.
One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.