Picture of the Day in the UK Telegraph, August 11th
Dancers from 'Tutu', perform at St Margaret's Loch in their spoof Swan Lake costumes in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Their Edinburgh Festival Fringe show is an invitation to those who love dance to experience familiar favourites, in an opportunity to explore some of the most famous and significant works in the repertoire from Swan Lake to Pina Bausch in a fun way with with a twist.
Lots more pics can be found via Google Image Search ;))
There's purple jam
And purple jell
And a purple bruise
Next day will tell
Where you landed
When you fell.
The purple feeling
Is rather put-out
The purple look is a
But the purple sound
Is the loveliest thing
It's a violet opening
In the spring.
Illustration by Leonard Weisgard for,
"What Is Purple?" from, "Hailstones and halibut bones" by Mary O'Neill
(from Davidson Jones' post in "Poets Illustrated" FB group)
A medieval manuscript that was peed on by a cat
Scribe was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words:
“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
[Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]
Cologne, Historisches Archiv, G.B. quarto, 249, fol. 68r
(from History Daily FB pg)
Holmes and Watson's reading material, in BOSC
"Les Huguenots", as mentioned in the canon, and further info
A variety of advice on how to write different characters
Regarding the ever-popular claim of "I'm only one person, there is no way I could possibly make a difference":
This lawyer spearheaded the world’s biggest beach clean-up at Versova
For your amusement:
10+ Embarrassing Moments People Didn’t Realize Who They’re Talking To And Made A Fool Out Of Themselves
(many thanks to supergee for this one)
I have recently read Mark Forsyth's Horologicon, which I highly recommend, btw.
In the book, he mentioned that Benjamin Franklin had compiled a list of terms for drunkenness, and all of them are listed in one of the appendices; since it's vacation season, and some people like to have a drink or two, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the phrases from the list.
He's addled, been at Barbadoes, has a head full of bees, has had a thump over the head with Samson's jaw-bone, has been at war with his brains, has been catching the cat, has been to France, has been before George, has been at Geneva, has been to see Robin Goodfellow, has taken Hippocrates' grand Elixir, going to Jericho, an indirect man, going to Jamaica, going to Jerusalem, is a king, clips the King's English, has seen the French King, has salt in his headban, has been among the Philistines, is friends with Philip, contending with Pharaoh, has lost his rudder, eat too much pumpkin, has been too far with Sir Richard, is like a rat in trouble, has got out his topgallant sails, seen the dog-star, has made too free with Sir John Strawberry, has swallowed a tavern token, is pot valiant.
Check out the original post for further discussion in the comments ;)
I just read the MOST STUPID THING on a friend's Tumblr (not written by the friend, just the start of a discussion that the friend reblogged). Granted, I read a LOT OF STUPID THINGS on Tumblr and I produce a lot of stupid things on LJ meself, but this was... special, so here it comes:
It sure is convenient that all these songs that ostensibly weren’t written in English all rhyme when translated into English, isn’t it, Mr. Tolkien?
Gosh. Yes. That sure breaks the suspension of disbelief! It sure is convenient that all these Shakespeare poems that ostensibly weren't written in German all rhyme when translated into German, isn't it? (Or French. Or Spanish. Or probably any language that does full rhymes, I expect?)
Firefighters in Topeka, Kan., rescued a cat from a tree. They also rescued its owner after she scaled the tree to fetch her cat.
A fire department shift commander said the woman and the cat were 16 feet up in a large tree when they were plucked out Wednesday.
And, he said, that kind of dual rescue isn't uncommon in Topeka. (AP)
Driven to succeed
"I felt like I'd achieved everything I really wanted to achieve. This was the one thing left..."
Christian Whiteley-Mason, 42, of Barnsley, England, who recently passed his driving test after 32 failures, 14 instructors and 85 lessons in 25 years
...I confess I am curious to know what this gentleman's other achievements are...
Something regarding Christmas shopping...;)
"The toy shop in Diagon Alley was open late on Christmas Eve and doing a booming trade. Snape pushed past the simpering fairy dolls singing in annoyingly high voices (accessories sold separately) and the tiny gruesome figures who shrieked in agony as they transformed into werewolves, complete with drooling fangs.
"Brilliant," a breathless child said, nose pressed against the glass case leaving a greasy smear. Beside him a harried clerk was dealing with a customer.
"No, madam, we don't stock the self drumming kits any more. Because of the curses from the parents of children who received them, madam. Last year I spent most of January with a drumstick jammed in each ear."
(from a HP fanfic, "Mine" by Gillian Middleton)
...the image is amusing, is it not? Poor clerk!