Archive for May, 2009

Just a Short Note Away……

Posted in WATCHED with tags , , on May 31, 2009 by echostains

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Well, just a shortie post as I’m off to work soon.  Britains’ Got Talent  final will be on tonight and may the BEST one win.  Hopefully it will be the one with the most TALENT and not the one with the best STORY…….  I live in hope that the times they are a changing.

haworth main street with vintage car

haworth main street with vintage car

 

Here’s one place which never changes. I came across this photo taken recently in Haworth.  The village celebrated its 60th anniversary of V.E. Day on May 8th, so perhaps this was a practise run.  Read more about the day here

Britains got Sunshine and I Want a piece!

Posted in HOME with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by echostains

Falmouth, taken a few years ago.  Proof that there is a sun

Falmouth, taken a few years ago. Proof that there is a sun

Sod this for a bag of darts!  I’m off out in the sunshine, whilst it still lasts!  This weather doesn’t last very long.  For all I know, I may be actually looking at the Summer!  It’s happened every year…just when you thought Summer had started… 2 or 3 days is all you got: that was IT!

remnants of a lovely day

remnants of a lovely day

Heres my earlier post (180th)

My 180th Post: A Labour of Love? or a Love of Wittering on?

Posted in ALTERED ART, ART, BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, TRANSCRIPTION, WATCHED, WHAT HAPPENED IN VEGAS STAYS HERE!, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by echostains

 titanic mixed media, early art piece

titanic mixed media, early art piece

Well its my 180th post!  I have only missed 4 days since I started at the end of November last year.  What do I find to write about every day?  Well, not a lot sometimes I admit, but I still manage a paragraph or two.  What do I expect to gain from doing it?  I don’t really know.  Just like doing it.  Sometimes it does seem  that I am wittering  away to myself, but why break the habit of a lifetime eh!

 

christ the lord by anne rice, which I am reading at the moment

christ the lord by anne rice, which I am reading at the moment

I started my blog with just a few categories, now I have 14!  They are mostly about Art, (which encompasses design too) but there’s other stuff, like places, holidays, books I’ve read and am reading (Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt’ by Anne Rice, which I shall be reviewing when I’ve finished it) and what I’ve watched.  There’s always something to write about, even if it’s only to have a good old moan or rant (I hope that there’s not too many of those…).  My altered art book has not even reached the end of its first chapter yet (I’m just putting the finishing touches to page 24 of the 26 pages in this chapter).

ready for a wedding!

ready for a wedding!

Lots of things have changed since I first started writing my blog (me for a start, I was a lot slimmer lol!) and that’s not because I’m sat here blogging all day…it’s down to me STILL not smoking…which I will be celebrating with a seperate post later!  Our daughter is now married (see ‘What Happened in Vegas Stays here’).  And I’m still probably doing stuff wrong on WordPress…and sometimes the writing STILL goes massive.  You’d have thought that I would have got the hang of it by now wouldn’t you?

Most Haunted: The Black Bull Haworth: Tales of the Much Expected

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, RANTINGS, WATCHED with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by echostains

Black Bull Haworth some things never change

Black Bull Haworth some things never change

The Most Haunted Black Bull public house Haworth Yorkshire got the treatment last night……with predicable results. Apparently this programme was shown in 2005 (see Bronteblog), but I must have missed it.  What did I miss?  Not a lot in the form of ‘evidence’.  The main target as usual was ‘bad boy’ Branwell Bronte, described as a sex mad chronic alcoholic and drug addict……  I’m sure he wasn’t as bad as people make out. Still, the darker he is painted, the brighter his sister’s look.  I blame Gaskell for a lot of it. 

elizabeth gaskell great writer with romantic notions

elizabeth gaskell great writer with romantic notions

Everything the Medium’s mentioned could have been easily researched over the Internet as they have been written about over and over again.  Even I, no expert, could have written the script!

The chair where the spirit of the 'malevolent' Branwell sat

The chair where the spirit of the 'malevolent' Branwell sat

The whole reason for the ghostly presence of Branwell was a ‘feud’ (evidence please?) he had with Emily who ‘stole’ ‘Wuthering Heights’ from him.  I have heard this intriguing story before and often wondered if there was any truth in Branwell’s authorship, (covered up by Charlotte…)  I suppose we will never know for sure.  Branwell was a member of the Lodge of the Three Graces which met in the Black Bull for official meals (having their own private meeting rooms elsewhere…. read about Branwell’s association with the Lodge, which has been blamed for his downfall here)

 

Branwell Bronte was he as bad as he was painted?

Branwell Bronte was he as bad as he was painted?

When it comes to Branwell though, well it seems anything goes.  Apparently Branwell was a very ‘dark fellow’…a bit of a Heathcliff character lol! Er a bit ‘like Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’  Heathcliff!  (this info was picked up by a Medium sitting on Branwell’s chair). Phrases like ‘haunted by the male malevolence of Branwell….’   made me almost wish that he WOULD come back and box the ears of some of these buffoons!

branwell bronte no Heathcliff

branwell bronte no Heathcliff

One of the intrepid team said that she hadn’t been scared all day, yet she’d only been stood in the graveyard for 4 minutes and something was definitely going on because it felt really creepy……  Uncanny or what? or could it be that day time is light and she was stood in the graveyard at NIGHT?  It is a puzzle indeed.  Great night time shots of the graveyard though!

 

haworth graveyard in the daylight

haworth graveyard in the daylight

The highlight  and so called ‘evidence’ of a ghostly presence came in the form of  table tipping  Reverend, Patrick Bronte ‘communicating’ violently in the Black Bull public house……… whatever would Charlotte say!

More Bronte bites from me

Recently read: The Brontes Haworth, the palce and people the Bronte’s knew by S R Whitehead

 Will the REAL Charlotte Bronte Please stand up!

York Break: Haworth still Wuthering after all these years

Britain Has Got Talent After all!

Posted in WATCHED with tags , , , on May 27, 2009 by echostains

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

I told myself I wasn’t going to bother watching this after last night, which I thought was abysmal.  But I’m so GLAD that I did!  Britain has got talent alright!  and it comes in the form of a 12 year old lad from Wales called Shaheen Jafagholi . Thought this  lad was really good!  Lets hope he gives Susan Boyle a run for her money!

MD SHOW GROUP Fantastic dancers and SHOULD have been in the final!

MD SHOW GROUP Fantastic dancers and SHOULD have been in the final!

BUT then again, what about the MD Showgroup from Liverpool!  Who wouldn’t be moved by their energy and passion!  Absolutely FANTASTIC dancing from these kids!!  and YET more competition for the Susan Boyle bandwagon!  The importance of their message and what these youngsters are trying to get across, is something they obviously feel strongly about.  It is a subject that concerns all of us (or should do)

Stavros Flatley WELL DONE!  Not my choice but if you beat Susan Boyle I shall LOVE you!

Stavros Flatley WELL DONE! Not my choice but if you beat Susan Boyle I shall LOVE you!

BUT what happened……… the judges had to choose between my two faves!  I felt so sorry for MD when they got sent home…and Stavros Flatley got through.  What ARE people thinking?  Very Well done Shaheen though!

Britain’s got talent? Where? Did I miss Something?

Posted in WATCHED with tags , on May 26, 2009 by echostains

susan-boyle (now we re going a little bit SILLY here........ even by our standards)

susan-boyle (now we re going a little bit SILLY here........ even by our standards)

Been watching and not impressed.  Susan Boyle? never had any preconceived ideas, not having seen the audition…. Just going by last night. In my opinion she sounded well, not so good……. just flat, and rushing all the way through the song. Probably nerves, but even so….. This has to be the most patronising hype I’ve ever seen.  Surely it’s a case of the Emporer ‘s new Clothes ?

sue_son overhelmed by the orchestra

sue_son overhelmed by the orchestra

Sue Son! Come on! Take the wind away and the tape…..sorry couldn’t hear what was HER and what was the orchestra. Just standing on the stage, legs akimbo with the wind in your hair..and if you hit a bum note ..no one will be able to hear it over the sound of the orchestra, just doesn’t do it for me.  I want to be ENTERTAINED! in short, I want my moneys worth….)

Tonights acts so far have been dire.in my opinion……. when is this talent going to emerge? Having said that though, the dance troups have all  been very good (hard work pays off eh) 

PS  An appearence byEscala, did provide a highlight though: they are a well polished act.

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Busy doing Nothing, or trying to at least

Posted in ALTERED ART, ART, HOME with tags , , on May 25, 2009 by echostains

p3 and 4.....in the beiginning

p3 and 4.....in the beiginning

The Bank Holiday weekend stretches out before me – and I don’t have to work!  There’s so much to do though on my blog.  I haven’ done an altered art page in my book for quite a while.  I have the next page set out (with a door in) but what to put behind the door….that is the problem.  It’s a shame because when I’ve finished that page, I only have 2 more and I have reached the end of my first chapter.

busy doing nothing just like Bing

busy doing nothing just like Bing

I may put a slide show to show the complete chapter.  I also need to put some more surfaces on, and I’ve got loads.  There’s some favorite art I need put on, as well as my own.  Yes LOTS to do…just a case of doing it lol!