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CATHEDRAL MAINTENANCE High Resolution Images Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral by Alexis C. Madrigal “Before the tragedy seen all around the world, flames leaping from the top of Notre-…

Posted by Pamela Loetterle on 20 Apr 2019, 13:15

Oh Nixon, really?


Only way to justify

I think the film, Transformers: The Last Knight is really a nightmare being had by Titus Andronicus, as Sir Anthony Hopkins features in both films.

Speaking of Titus, there is a play on Broadway that is calling itself a sequel to Titus. The only characters from the play in this new play are the midwife, the clown, and the nun. Aaron's son isn't even in it! So, this play is as much a sequel to Titus as Shock Treatment was a sequel to Rocky Horror.


The Lion King Monopoly

I made this one summer


This is the flat that Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern Schplenden Schlitter Crasscrenbon Fried Digger Dangle Dungle Burstein von Knacker Thrasher Apple Banger Horowitz Ticolensic Grander Knotty Spelltinkle Grandlich Grumblemeyer Spelterwasser Kürstlich Himbleeisen Bahnwagen Gutenabend Bitte Eine Nürnburger Bratwustle Gerspurten mit Zweimache Luber Hundsfut Gumberaber Shönendanker Kalbsfleisch Mittler Raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm lives in...



A few days ago, I stumbled upon the free online archives of the Atlantic magazine. Besides the original book reviews of now famous books, what really got me intrigued was that right in the middle of the Civil War (or War Between the States)(or War of Northern Aggression), Nathaniel Hawthorne is sharing his thoughts on his trip to England... just, you know, as some sort of distraction.

And while his views of Victorian Britain in the 1860s is quite enjoyable, a score earlier, Dickens visited American and created his own account of the trip (which, coincidently, is reviewed by the Atlantic).

These two travel books, by two distinguished authors of the time are nice. Even the multiple travel memoirs of Mark Twain are still quite readable today.

Fast forward...

Been watching Stephen Fry's America. It is like watching Dickens book, only modern, but with the same overall commentary, wit, and sarcasm. There is also a book version as well, for those that like to be consistent.

History of the Victoria Cross

How The Atlantic Reviewed 'On the Origin of Species' in 1860

"A new theory, like a new pair of breeches, is sure to have hardfitting places."

Posted by Pamela Loetterle on 3 Mar 2019, 10:04

Theme for 34...


A little Brexit humour there...

to buy one: https://shop.mr.bingo/products/brexit-tea-towel

And it's better than this, which is missing plays:

Rum and Coca Cola and Cocaine and Rum

In 1945.. there was the Andrew Sisters singing Rum and Coca Cola:

In 2019.. the Tiger Lillies sing </i>Don't See the Sun</i> with another night of Cocaine and Rum:


The St Crispin Day speech and Marc Antony's funeral oration found in Shakespeare's plays have been generally agreed upon that those words were actually said in real life. While I'm not disagreeing with that statement... I am curious as to it's veracity as Shakespeare tended to write in iambic pentameter, which is something people rarely speak in.

On a slighter post script... Homer's works are in dactylic hexameter, which, while easy to compose in Greek, is difficult to recreate in English. This form was used by poets of the day so the oral traditions would be easier to recite in public.

Victoria's Royal Procession 23 Sept 1896

Following is the order of that portion of the Procession known as the “Queen’s Procession”:—

First Carriage (Pair of Horses).

Señor Don Demetrio Iglesias, Costa Rica; Herr von Brauer, Baden; M. Ramon Subercasseaux, Chile; and M. Ran Gabé, Greece.

Second Carriage (Pair).

M. E. Machain, Paraguay; Señor Canevaro, Peru; M. M. Mijatovitch, Servia; and M. Medina, Central America.

Third Carriage (Pair).

Don Antonio Mier y Celis, Mexico; Dr. Alberto Nin, Uruguay; Dr. Cruz, Guatemala; and M. de Souza Correa, Brazil.

Fourth Carriage (Pair).

His Excellency Chang Yin Hun, Chinese Ambassador, H.S.H. The Prince Charles de Ligne, Belgian Ambassador Extraordinary; Count van Lynden, Netherlands; and Monsignor Sambucetti (Papal Envoy).

Fifth Carriage (Pair).

His Excellency Hon. Whitelaw Reid, United States Special Ambassador; Duke of Sotomayor, Spanish Special Ambassador; and General Davout, Duc d’Auerstadt, French Ambassador Extraordinary.

Sixth Carriage (Pair).

Lady Suffield, Lady-in-Waiting to H.R.H. The Princess of Wales; Count Seckendorff, Chamberlain to H.I.M. The Empress Frederick; Lord Colville of Culross, K.T., G.C.V.O., Chamberlain to H.R.H. The Princess of Wales; and Earl of Kintore, G.C.M.G., Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen.

Seventh Carriage (Pair)

Earl of Lathom, G.C.B., Lord Chamberlain; Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, G.C.V.O., Lord Steward; Princess Hatzfeldt-Trachenberg, Mistress of the Robes to H.I.M. the Empress Frederick; and Dowager Lady Churchill, Lady of the Bedchamber.

Eighth Carriage (Pair)

Duchess of Buccleuch, Mistress of the Robes; Princess Ena of Battenberg; Princess Alice of Battenberg, and Princess Alice of Albany.

Ninth Carriage (Pair)

Prince Alexander of Battenberg; Princess Feodore of Saxe-Meiningen; Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein; Prince Arthur of Connaught; and Princess Victoria Patricia of Connaught.

Tenth Carriage (Pair)

Duke of Albany; Princess Aribert of Anhalt; Princess Louis of Battenberg; Princess Margaret of Connaught; and Princess Beatrice of Coburg.

Eleventh Carriage (Pair)

Princess Adolph of Schaumburg-Lippe; Princess Frederick Charles of Hesse; and Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen.

Twelfth Carriage (Four Horses)

Princess of Bulgaria; Duchess of Teck; Princess Frederica of Hanover; and Princess Charles of Denmark.

Thirteenth Carriage (Four)

Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Princess Henry of Prussia; Duchess of York; Princess Victoria of Wales.

Fourteenth Carriage (Four)

Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; Grand Duchess of Hesse; Grand Duchess Serge of Russia; and Princess Louise (Duchess of Fife).

Fifteenth Carriage (Four)

Duchess of Albany; Duchess of Connaught; Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Princess Henry of Battenberg.

Sixteenth Carriage (Four Black Horses)

Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne; Princess of Naples; and H.I.M. the Empress Frederick of Germany.

Col. Hon. H. W. J. Byng, C.B.

Lieut. F. E. G. Ponsonby.

Escort of Indian Cavalry.

F.M. Viscount Wolseley, K.P., G.C.B., G.C.M.G., Commander-in-Chief.


accompanied by

H.R.H. the Princess of Wales and

H.R.H. the Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein,

in a State Carriage drawn by Eight Cream-coloured Horses.

H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.

H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, General Officer Commanding the Troops.

H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge.

Capt. of Escort.

The Standard.

Field Officer of Escort.

Chief of the Staff, Major-General Lord Methuen, C.B., C.M.G.

Earl of Coventry, Master of the Buckhounds.

Marquis of Lothian, K.T., Gold Stick of Scotland.

General Earl Howe, G.C.B., Gold Stick in Waiting.

Duke of Portland, G.C.V.O., Master of the Horse.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. J. Bigge, K.C.B., C.M.G., Equerry to the Queen and Private Secretary.

Lieut.-Colonel Right Hon. Sir F. I. Edwards, K.C.B., Keeper of the Purse and Extra Equerry to the Queen.

Lieut.-Colonel A. Davidson, M.V.O., Equerry in Waiting.

Major-General Sir J. C. McNeill, V.C., K.C.M.G., Equerry in Waiting.

Major-General Sir H. P. Ewart, K.C.B., Crown Equerry.

Major d’Albuquerque, Personal A.D.C. to H.R.H. Duke of Oporto.

Lieutenant de Mellos, Personal A.D.C. to H.R.H. Duke of Oporto.

Colonel Duval Telles, A.D.C. to H.M. King of Portugal.

103A.D.C. to the French Special Ambassador.

A.D.C. to the French Special Ambassador.

A.D.C. to the French Special Ambassador.

A.D.C. to H.R.H. Prince Henry of Prussia.

A.D.C. to H.R.H. Prince Henry of Prussia.

Admiral of the Fleet Sir J. E. Commerell, G.C.B., V.C., Groom-in-Waiting to the Queen, in attendance on H.R.H. Prince Henry of Prussia.

Captain Evers, in attendance on H.R.H. Prince Waldemar of Denmark.

Captain G. L. Holford, C.I.E., Equerry to H.R.H. Prince of Wales, in attendance on H.R.H. Prince Eugene of Sweden and Norway.

Maj.-Gen. A. Ellis, C.S.I., Equerry to H.R.H. Prince of Wales, in attendance on Prince Waldemar of Denmark.

Colonel Sir Nigel Kingscote, K.C.B., Extra Equerry to H.R.H. Prince of Wales.

Captain Hon. A. Greville, Extra Equerry to H.R.H. Prince of Wales, in attendance on the Duke of Sotomayor, Special Ambassador of Spain.

Colonel Lord Wantage, K.C.B., V.C., Extra Equerry to H.R.H. Prince of Wales.

General Sir H. Lynedoch Gardiner, K.C.V.O., Groom-in-Waiting and Extra Equerry to the Queen, in attendance on H.R.H. Prince Rupert of Bavaria.

H.E. Herr von Schon, in attendance on H.R.H. Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

General Sir Dighton Probyn, G.C.V.O., K.C.B., K.C.S.I., V.C., Comptroller and Treasurer to H.R.H. Prince of Wales.

Major Cavaliere Viganoni, A.D.C., in attendance on H.R.H. Crown Prince of Italy.

Lieut.-General Terzaghi, First A.D.C., in attendance on H.R.H. Crown Prince of Italy.

Captain Cavaliere Merli Miglietti, A.D.C., in attendance on H.R.H. Crown Prince of Italy.

Baron von Hotwitz, in attendance on H.H. the Prince and H.R.H. Princess Frederick Charles of Hesse.

His Excellency Count Otto Traun, in attendance on H.I. and R.H. Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria.

Baron von Roeder, in attendance on H.R.H. Princess of Saxe-Meiningen.

Earl of Gosford, K.P., Lord-in-Waiting to H.R.H. Prince of Wales.

Lord Harris, G.C.I.E., Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen, in attendance on H.I.M. Empress Frederick.

Earl of Clarendon, Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen, in attendance on T.R.H. Crown Prince and Princess of Italy


Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary

Fun fact: Aardvark and sausage are also not in The Devil's Dictionary.

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