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Music on Sunday; Lady Diana

There are days in your life where things happen and you'll never forget what you did that day, or where you were and who with. For me there are a number of days but one of them is the day I heard Lady Diana had died in a car crash. I remember where I was (at my parents house) what I did (walking down the stairs when my mum turned the radio on with the news) and what we were going to do. I was shocked and wanted to watch the news all day long but we had planned a trip to an amusement park for months. My youngest son was six months and my oldest 2½ years old and exited to go. So we went but I was thinking about her and this sad news all day.
Of course I watched the days after the funeral, the two young princes and all those people who cried.

Today it's 17 years ago and still every year I think of that day.

Here is some music of the days that followed and the tribute;  we never forget

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Quotes and Pics 142 Buddhist Quotes

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Art on Friday; Birds

I love birds. As long as I can remember I am a bird watcher really. My garden is full of birds as well, mostly sparrows and pigeons but still. Time for an art blog about these beautiful creatures of the sky. And since I love the 19th century art, most paintings will be around that century.

Flamingo,John James Audubon-Birds of America
 Japanese 19th Century Painted Floral & Bird Scroll
Distant Thunder-Owen Gromme
The Parrot Lecture-Jacob Bogdany 18th century
The dodo & given-G.Edwards
A group of Dutch artists in the seventeenth century represented live domesticated and wild birds.
Chickens-Melchior de Hondecoeter

The Festival of St. Swithin or The Dovecote-William Holman Hunt
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Wordless Wednesday, Abandoned Scotland

Lennox Castle - Lennoxtown, Scotland
Abandoned house near the Calanais Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
 staircase of old abandoned Scottish hospital 
Dunmore Park Mansion
Loch An Eilein
Gartloch Mental Hospital Insane Asylum Glasgow
The entire island of Stroma is abandoned
Abandoned fishing vessel on the Isle of Kerrera, Scotland.
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Self reflection

In my blogs I'm constantly questioning myself, or reflecting, to grow, to become a better version of myself or maybe become the real me. I think in my life I've never really became the person who I want to be. Maybe I am starting to get to know her now but it's taken a long time. I was always trying to be a person I was not. I know I'm a rather loud person, I know now it's probabaly due to my insecurities. My mum always told me not to talk so loud, or laugh so hard. What would the family think or the neighbours. God forbid! I love my mum to bits but if you get the feeling you can't be who you are that's not a nice feeling at all. Even now I'm almost 47 she can give you the feeling you musn't be who you are. I'm sure if you talk to her about it she'll brush it aside and say it's ridiculous but it's how the insecure person inside me feels.

Even in my marriage I was a very insecure person. My ex-husband was a very strong willed person…

Music on Sunday, Work

Well the holiday is over, tomorrow morning it's back to work again.
Although I didn't go on holiday but was lazying around the house I did enjoy it. But I'm also happy to be seeing my elderly peeps again. :)

So here are some very different songs about work to start this week of:

Obviously, just complaining about the inconveniences of your work day job fades into insignificance against the iniquities of any type of forced labor.

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Quote and Pics 141, Books

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Art on Friday, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

One of my favorite artist is Dante Gabriel Rossetti (2 May 1828 – 9 April 1882)

Rossetti was born, the son of an Italian patriot and political refugee and an English mother, in England. He was raised in an environment of cultural and political activity that, it has been suggested, was of more import to his learning than his formal education. This latter was constituted by a general education at King's College from 1836 to 1841 and, following drawing lessons at a school in central London at the age of fourteen, some time as a student at the Royal Academy from 1845 onwards. Here he studied painting with William Hollman Hunt and John Everett Millais who, in 1848, would set up the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with Rossetti, Rossetti's younger brother and three other students.

The school's aspirations, in this its first incarnation, was to paint true to nature: a task pursued by way of minute attention to detail and the practice of painting out of doors. R…

Wordless Wednesday; most beautiful Villages in the world

Hobbinton, New Zealand
 Mountain Village, Iran
 Colmar, France
Vernazza, Italy
Hallstadt, Austria
Bilbury, England
Floating Village in Halong Bay near Cat ba Island, Vietnam
Gásadalur Village, Faroe Islands
Reine, Norway
Fort Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands
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Music on Sunday; Music inspired by Shakespeare

Being inspired by Shakespeare lately (hence the quotes yesterday) I thought I'd look up if there are songs that are also inspired by Shakespeare and yes there are quite a lot actually:

Some of the lyrics were inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet. In Shakespeare's play, Romeo swallows poison when he believes Juliet is dead. Juliet responds by taking her own life. This led many people to believe the song was about suicide, but Dharma was using Romeo and Juliet as an example of a couple who had faith that they would be together after their death.

The idea for the Walrus came from the poem The Walrus and The Carpenter, which is from the sequel to Alice in Wonderland called Through the Looking-Glass.
The voices at the end of the song came from a BBC broadcast of the Shakespeare play King Lear, which John Lennon heard when he turned on the radio while they were working on the song. He decided to mix bits of the broadcast into the song, resulting in some radio static …

Quotes and Pics 140 Shakesperian Quotes

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