brilliant!

i have put the best of these on their own page just look under my headings above for comedy and look for the page extra fun but for now here’s another

 

love and peace be with you all

k

x

so sweet ^_^

found this today and loved it

enjoy

love and peace be with you all

k

x

oooh look it’s one of them there award thingys ^_^

well my lovely friend stephswint     

nominated me for one of those award thingys and i do not often respond to such things not for any real reason i think back at the beginning of my blog i was over the moon when given an award then after so many did the rounds i adopted a kind of blase attitude toward the whole concept then i came round full circle and now see the appreciation in such an idea plus i still am rather proud of getting one of those blog of the year ones i loved that and still find any opportunity i can to weave it into conversation-oh yes it is definitely looking like it is going to rain today and did you know my blog got the blog of the year award thingy ? yup my blog is officially cool, well cool enough that someone kindly sent me an award thingy

and so now i have received an award thingy from steph and it seems a while in fact i tink the blog of the year was the last one and well i now appreciate the kindness and so i shall go ahead and answer some questions ^_^

the questions set were:

Questions for my nominees from steph:

1. Why did you create your blog?  Do you have a goal for it?

hmmm well i actually didn’t have any set purpose or idea or goal nothing really i just saw wordpress pop up one day and figured i would do one of those blog thingys, at first i just used to love the idea of having somewhere to come and waffle on to my hearts content and no one can interrupt! those out there who have children may understand where i am coming from on that one ^_^, but quite quickly i discovered some of my favourite friends on the whole world, mims and rhinda now my adopted soul sisters and indeed a whole bunch of jolly nice people and so i kind of developed my own style i think i tend to look at my blog as like a virtual scrapbook really, if something interests me then i write about it, i am an avid collector of pictures whether photos or art i will collect and show to anyone who stands still for long enough ^_^ and of course i have my wonderful friends here to thank for my writing career it was their kindness and support that gave me the confidence to begin writing so now my blog means a lot of different things to me and has grown into an experience of its own i like to think of myself as contributing to it as it grows there are always so many ideas i want to share i just hope wordpress doesn’t mind my having a zillion headings to collect things under ^_^

2.  Do you find yourself driven to watch your stats all the time or do you ignore them for the most part?

i can honestly say i never look and for the most part they don’t even exist in my conscious mind until they are mentioned, my blog is not driven by popularity i write whatever i want to write and love it or hate it that’s what everyone gets, at the end of the day it is my space for my ideas and even if i only had an audience of one then so be it, i write for the pleasure of writing, of sharing, of jumping up and down and saying ‘oh my guess what i discovered on the internet today!‘, yes i am that eternal annoyingly happy child that is constantly tugging at the skirt of whoever will listen with whatever my latest discovery is ^_^

3.  Do you invite friends and family to follow your blog or would you rather cut off your hands before they participate

i have never invited anyone to any part of it, from the very first day i just sat down and basically waffled on for a bit and was quite surprised when someone came along and commented! from that day people seem to have found their way here, some stay some go some kind of disappear taking their whole blog with them and that worries me a bit, i kind of panic that something horrid happened to them and worry if they are okay, but i have my beloved family on here and it grows by the minute ever larger, i do tend to think of every person who comments as a friend and i always try to catch up on their blogs though i have to do it usually in one big go as i follow so many others ^_^ as to whether or not they participate well its up to them really not me, my blog is public if they follow comment etc then cool if not its no worries, won’t affect either me or the blog either way.

4.  Do you worry about offending people on your blog or do you sometimes post things purposely knowing it will offend people but you like the discussion it brings?

well i would never knowingly disrespect anyone i would never plan to upset anyone, i would also never choose to write about any topic i find distasteful or upsetting and if i found a topic i was writing caused someone distress and i hadn’t realised then i would apologise and remove it, it is not that i do not like debate i love to have a jolly good discussion, intelligent debate is one of those things i enjoy, but i am very strong on respect, on manners, and well basically the world has enough crap in it already i don’t want to add to that, my blog hopefully is in general a bright, happy, positive place, those times where i touch on any subject that is deemed either controversial or possibly upsetting i apologise as i enter the subject and try to give a valid reason for my mentioning it and usually i try to find a middle ground, and i like to try and offer positive attitude and respectful manner, and if i can help then i surely will which is why sometimes you will come across charities in my blog when once in a while i find one i feel is worth promoting and it is usually a small charity as i think the bigger ones are already getting enough exposure, i feel strongly about such ideas as animal cruelty or suffering so i will at times feature somewhere on my blog a charity that i feel is doing hard work yet going unrecognised,

5.  What book do you consistently give as a gift?

there is no one book that i can give to everyone, any gift i give i always think about the person first and try to ascertain what they would like,  i always try to match any gift with the person receiving it.

6.  What kind of super power would you have if you could pick one?

gosh that’s a difficult one, i think possibly the mastery of time or being able to bring people back or prevent them from dying, in my life those situations that have caused the most pain has been the loss of loved ones and so i would always want to be able to either turn back time or be able to save them before anything happens.

7.  Do you see yourself as the hero or the sidekick/Do you see yourself as the protagonist or a supporting character in your life?

i don’t really see myself at all in fact often i am surprised when others point out something they have noticed about me i have invariably missed it, i am always always focused on something else, usually i am focused on my children first and husband my life is i would say at least 98% of my life is focus on my children, they are the best and most amazing thing that ever happened to me, and to know the unconditional love of a child, to see the child grow and learn, to see them develope into their own personality, i love every moment and i do always feel how lucky i am to have been given such a fantastic opportunity as being a mum, and in all honesty i am at my happiest when i am with my children- usually when we go camping, i love it! we get away from it all and go live in the country with hopefully a campfire and tell stories usually scary ones ^_^i guess i just don’t see my life as something that is a simple as hero/sidekick, to me life is this huge and often complicated experience and if we are lucky we get to escape the noise of the modern world and go dip our toes in a cool clear stream under the shade of an old oak tree, to wake up and hear the birds singing and to walk outside on grass in bare feet, life is a rich and varied experience and for the lucky ones there are many opportunities to experience many wonderful adventures, to travel and see other cultures, to listen to the great sound of live music, to laugh at a one man stand up comedy show, to watch the stars glitter the night sky i am lucky to have found some of the most beautiful experiences life can offer and all life is much much larger than seeing it as a roleplay situation life just is and if we are lucky we get to go out there and live it.

8.  What do you do as a job in the real world?  If you could blog full time and not have your day job, would you?

well to me i am mum first and foremost and always i am mum to my four beautiful children, after that i guess i am a writer though more often i simply am an artist i like to create, and i create many things, i am happy as long as i am able to express my creativity in some way, i am married to the one man who has helped me produce these four wonderful children and i am lucky in that he works and provides us with enough to keep a house for us all to live in, i would not choose to blog full time i prefer to think of it as a scrapbook which i can collect things i like the look of in, i prefer being able to dip in and out and hopefully find more interesting subjects to collect.

9.  Do you prefer flawed characters you don’t always like or pretty characters that consistently do the right, or at least morally right thing?

well in life i am always fascinated by those people who have character, and i find people with intellect, especially intelligent people i am attracted to and i will sit and listen adoringly to people who have great knowledge, i have always found myself drawn to subjects like philosophy and physics, maths and great literature, and so i find i am attracted to those of my characters that usually have a depth to them, i do find that flaws in a person lend a human quality and so as long as those flaws are not offensive then yes i will be attracted to them, any person i write about in my books i do think of as a real person and often they grow their own personality i could no more place on them flaws or morals than i could on meeting a person in the street and attempt to demand they adopt the same, when i write i no more know what will happen in the story than anyone else i tend to have an idea and just sit down and write and from there it grows and keeps on growing until i stop because i have a zillion ideas so at some point i have to stop and wind up that story so that some of the others are written, so to me each person whether in my books or those i meet each person is an individual in their own right and i can only watch listen and learn as their express their own personalities and if this includes flaws so be it and if it includes prettiness and morals then so be it.

10.  Do you prefer non-fiction or fiction?

i do not really have any preference each story, each book, each tale or experience is either fact or fiction and often both are interesting should either not be interesting i move on to something else but i do not spend time choosing a particular label i just experience whichever i have chosen and then find something else.

11.  Are you a good liar?  Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?

there people in this world who will laugh and tell you i am the worlds worst liar, i have never been able to do deceit, it is difficult for me; those times where i have experienced deceit and the lack of respect for that person, have been painful enough to teach me throughout my adult life to treat each person with respect and that includes the truth, on saying that i have often been so brutal with my truth that as i grew older i tried to find a way of telling the truth in a respectful way, and for those who cannot cope with the truth i do not mention it unless asked, many people simply cannot cope with knowing truth, when put on the spot and needing say what others would call ‘a little white lie‘ i prefer instead to simply say that at that moment in time i cannot discuss it-whatever the subject is, if they push then i explain i will have to tell the truth and they must choose whether they wish to hear it, of course this has led to some situations where i could clearly see i needed another way of dealing with such situations: a clear example would be when i had my first child and of course Christmas came and i explained to her that Christmas to me was a time where i could enjoy showing my beloved child just how much i loved them and in doing so would buy them presents and would eat festive food etc and while this was accepted quite readily by my oldest daughter at the time it soon became clear to me that somehow in my quest for the truth and my attitude of never lying to my children somehow we had lost the magic, the magic of Christmas lay in believing in Santa and i felt awful that i had taken this away from her i did my best to explain that others believed in Santa but it was no good she knew the truth and i felt awful, when my other children came along i sat and talked with my daughter of how i was going to bring back that magic and so as they joined us and grew we all had much more fun and i explained it thus;- that yes in many parts of the world people believe in a Santa and also others had other ways of celebrating and i would explain each way and then end with ‘but i like to think there is always a place for magic and so i choose to believe in santa’ and it was up to them what they wished to believe, now they are mostly grown my youngest is eight and i was so glad i brought back the magic and even now they have grown passed that stage in life they love that i still believe and still greet each Christmas with boundless enthusiasm, and even though my oldest was not given the magic in the beginning she is my strongest ally and supporter now she not only joins in all my little xmas rituals but does it with such glorious energy its like she believes more than i do ^_^ so i don’t think of it as lies i think of it as a belief system and one that works for us as a family, i guess that is how each different situation should be; a personal choice in what an individual chooses to believe, as to the concept of deliberately wishing to deceive others; i cannot at all either agree with such behaviour nor condone it, the lack of respect is what gets me and to wish to deceive a person to me is a bad thing so whether or not a person was any good at it only compounds the lack of respect, it simply means they find it easier to disrespect the person they are deceiving and that is not a good thing in my book.

so we have come to the end of the questions and it is late so for now i shall leave it here tomorrow or perhaps the next day i will try to nominate and think of some questions ^_^

love and peace be with you all

k

x

 

picture for today 29/08/14

hiya friends, sorry life intervened once again i would like to say i have been most productive getting my latest book finished but i would be lying, ^_^ the truth of it all being children’s birthdays and a bout of severe paranoia no need for details but i am back and happy again yay ^_^ easing myself gently back into the world of blogging with a picture i found quite recently most of the ones i have shown you so far i have had stored away in dusty folders in the basement area of my laptop ^_^ today’s though i as usual was looking for something else and found this and as always i was then absorbed in its story

here is the picture

old-check, abandoned-check,creepy atmosphere-check, yup it's got all the hallmarks of a classic picture in my bulging collection of pictures ^_^

old-check, abandoned-check,creepy atmosphere-check, yup it’s got all the hallmarks of a classic picture in my bulging collection of pictures ^_^

so here we have a picture that is typical of over half my collection i do love to collect pictures of old especially abandoned, buildings and the more falling apart they are the better ^_^

but no hang on a moment there is electricity, see the lamps are working, this is not an abandoned place this is in fact Al Capone’s finely furnished cell in Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary. During his 8-month stay in 1929 for possession of illegal weapons, Capone believed he was being tormented by the ghost of James Clark, a victim of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago.

some background:

before arriving at Alcatraz, Capone had been a master at manipulating his environment at the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta. Despite strict convictions from the courts, Capone was always able to persuade his keepers into procuring his every whim, and often dictated his own privileges. It was said that he had convinced many guards to work for him, and his cell boasted expensive furnishings which included personal bedding along with many other amenities not extended to other inmates serving lesser crimes. His cell was carpeted, and also had a radio around which many of the guards would sit with Al conversing and listening to their favorite radio serials. His friends and family maintained residence in a nearby hotel, and each day he was flooded with visitors

Capone started his life of crime at a young age. Rumored to have started pimping prostitutes before reaching puberty, he was raised on the tough streets of Brooklyn and earned extra money as a bouncer in various brothels. By the age of twenty, Capone had moved to Chicago and was managing a popular nightclub named The Four Deuces. By 1924, Capone had his hand in various rackets, including prostitution rings, bootlegging, and gambling houses and was believed to be earning over $100,000 per week.

Despite his illegitimate occupation, he had become a highly visible public figure. He made daily trips to City Hall, opened soup kitchens to feed the poor, and even lobbied for milk bottle dating to ensure the safety of the city’s children. City officials often were embarrassed by the politic strength of Capone, and began leveraging his illegal activities through police raids, along with setting intentional fires to his places of business.

In the beginning, the public glamorized Capone’s activities and identified with him as a modern day Robin Hood. It wasn’t long, however, before the public started weighing against him when it was believed that he had ordered the death of a famed local prosecutor named Billy McSwiggin. The young prosecutor had before tried to pin Capone with the violent murder of a rival gang member and he had a reputation for going after bootleggers. Although many speculated against Al’s involvement in McSwiggin’s death, there was a great outcry against gangster violence, and public sentiment went against Capone.

Capone quickly went into hiding, fearing he would be tried for McSwiggin’s murder. He remained out of sight for nearly three months, and then after realizing he couldn’t live the remainder of his life underground, he negotiated his surrender to the Chicago Police. The authorities eventually recognized that they lacked sufficient evidence to bring Capone to trial, and though very unpopular with public opinion, he was set free. The public was outraged and law officials were left embarrassed. “Big Al” had become one of the most powerful crime czars in Chicago.

By 1929, Capone’s empire was worth over $62,000,000, and he was ready to wage war on his most prominent bootlegging rival, George “Bugs” Moran. Bugs was also one of the principal Chicago gangsters. He was known to publicly talk against Capone, and maintained a sense of spiteful arrogance that was said to anger Capone so much that Moran became one of Al’s routine topics of discussion. It was rumored that Capone gave orders to take Bugs down by assassinating his gang members from the bottom, not stopping until they reached Bugs

Capone was living lavishly in Palm Beach, and assigned one of his top associates “Machine Gun” McGurn to mastermind the hit. McGurn had one of his bootleggers lure members of the Moran gang into a garage to buy liquor at an unreasonably cheap price. The deal was made and the delivery was scheduled to take place on Valentines Day. McGurn and his men awaited them in stolen police uniforms. When they arrived, McGurn’s gang pretended to be police making a bust, and ordered all of Moran’s men to stand facing the wall. Thinking that they had just been caught by police, seven members of the Moran gang turned to the wall awaiting arrest. McGurn and his men opened fire with machine guns, fatally killing the gangsters. Bugs, who saw the police car before stopping and thought it was a raid, fled the scene. Capone was credited with what would be deemed one of the most famous mass murders in American history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The publicity ultimately backfired and attracted the attention of President Herbert Hoover. Having just started his presidential term, Hoover demanded that Capone be brought to justice. Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury, was pressured by Hoover to spearhead the government’s battle against Capone. Mellon collected harsh evidence against “Big Al” which exploited his gang affiliations, bootlegging, prostitution rings, and flagrant evasion of taxes

It would take nearly five years and an intensive undercover operation before Capone was finally convicted. On October 17, 1931, Alphonse Capone was sentenced to 11 years, $50,000 in fines, and was forced to pay court fees totaling over $30,000. The judge refused to allow Capone to be released on bail and he was confined at the Cook County Jail until arrangements were made for his transfer to Atlanta. On May 4, 1932, Capone began serving out his federal prison sentence at Altanta. Capone quickly flaunted his power and started to again have the ability to dictate his privileges. He was given unlimited access to the Warden, and was said to maintain large reserves of cash hidden in his cell, often generously “tipping” guards who would assist him by yielding to special requests. His time spent at Atlanta would not be as plush as when he was confined in Cook, but he still had means to manipulate the system

1934, Attorney General Homer Cummings along with Sanford Bates, the head of the Federal Prisons, made arrangements to send Capone to a facility where he would be unable to leverage the system. Alcatraz was the perfect answer to a problem that no one could seem to control. In August of 1934, without any formal notice, Capone was placed on a secure prison railroad car, on a journey along with 52 other inmates to America’s Devil Island

Warden Johnston had a custom of meeting the new “fish” when they first arrived at Alcatraz, and usually participated in their brief orientation. Johnston wrote in a later memoir that he had little trouble recognizing Capone while he stood in the lineup. Capone was grinning, and making quiet smug comments from the side of his mouth to other inmates. When it became his turn to approach Warden Johnston, it appeared that he wanted to show off to the other inmates by asking questions on their behalf in a leader-type role. Johnston quickly provided him his prison AZ number, and made him get back in line with the other convicts. During Capone’s time on Alcatraz, he made several attempts to con Johnston into allowing him special privileges, but all were denied. Johnston maintained that Capone would not be given any special rights and would have to follow the rules as would any other inmate

Capone eventually conceded and one day made the comment to Johnston, “It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked.” Capone spent 4 ½ years on Alcatraz and held a variety of jobs. Capone’s time on Alcatraz was not easy time. Capone got into a fight with another inmate in the recreation yard and was placed in isolation for eight days. While working in the prison basement, an inmate who was standing in line waiting for a haircut, exchanged words with Capone and stabbed him with a pair of shears. Capone was admitted into the prison hospital and released a few days later with a minor wound. Capone eventually became symptomatic from syphilis, a disease he had evidently been carrying for years. In 1938, he was transferred to Terminal Island Prison in Southern California to serve out the remainder of his sentence, and was released in November of 1939. Capone died on January 25, 1947, in his Palm Island Mansion from complications of syphilis

and so there you have it, an interesting character no doubt about that, but to me it is a glaringly obvious example of what is wrong with our concept of career criminals and our unceasing consumption of media. When the media take over an individuals personality, they often either sabotage or glamourise, and neither are true on most cases, but in this case media and myths and word of mouth all served to make the character of Al Capone very much larger than life, and one of the more unsavoury aspects is how he becomes glamourised to the point of he is no longer seen as the criminal the outcast of society serving time for his misdeeds, he becomes some kind of anti hero and for the most part his sins are glossed over, faded out, the public romanticise his personality and often forgive him and even invent excuses as to why he fell by the wayside or they give him a whole backstory of somehow life lead him down the wrong path once and really he is some sort of good guy who fell on bad luck somehow.

Well i just don’t have that same friendly forgiving lets all love the bad boy with his cheeky smile attitude nope and nope again, in fact all of the nopes in the world. Seriously the guy was responsible for a rather large number of murders and never thought he did anything wrong, upon entering any kind of system he attempts to manipulate it and generally he was about as rotten as they come. Now don’t get me wrong i imagine there are a few out there who like me do not see this ‘character’ from the past and see him for what he is, and if anything more people these days will see through the manufactured image and have little sympathy  for his attempts to gain favour, but i am not speaking of our enlightened times now, i am speaking of those times past when he was around and the media mostly consisted of newspapers and radio, for the masses that were fed the image conjured up by the story tellers and the so called legends handed down to little boys playing in the dirt with sticks pretending they are guns and they just became Al Capone career criminal. It’s not that i think everyone was gullible although a large amount were but media was still a new concept then and i think a lot suffered from the idea that if it was reported on the radio then it must be true, indeed i believe more than one government probably made use of the idea of feeding the public such juicy stories of what Al Capone was up to as some kind of smoke screen disguising what the government was really doing. i remember clearly back when we had here in dear old blighty the wedding of lady di and charles and it was such a huge business that it overtook all forms of media for at least a week and through that week i thought of what was happening when our attention is so focused on whatever story they are feeding us at that time.

so we gain stories and nefarious characters we gain entertainment for the masses, the character becomes infamous and how many would turn down such an accolade as given out by the mass belief, and one wonders how many then fell into believing their own hype? How many believed the media stories about themselves and then felt they had to now live up to the image thrust upon them?

there are those who have committed atrocious crimes purely for the idea of creating such a mythos around themselves, painfully sad and disturbed characters whose one aim in life was to achieve a sudden brief moment in the spotlight for being heinous creatures – again here in england i can remember one such disturbed character who deliberately killed and when brought before a court to answer for his crimes they asked his name and he chose his own character name he clearly and loudly proclaimed he was ‘the crossbow cannibal’

so where are we left ? with the media now playing an even larger role we have so many ways now of including media in our lives, from phones with screens to being plugged into the internet 24 hours we consume media as our main sustenance and a huge portion of the population does believe in what is being fed to them, and many more cannot recognise the increasingly blurry line between fact and fiction, governments control media, media controls the populace and so the cycle continues.

For me i choose to often just step away  as in this week i stepped away went out into the sunshine played with my children and now i come back and collect more pictures ^_^ and i think if more people could see through the hype and were able to step back then it would make the world a better place, i do not for one moment think it would stop the likes of Al Capone or anyone trying to emulate him, neither would it stop governments from manipulating the world we see and live in but for each person that does step back they gain a new perspective and hopefully a more clearer mind, and that can’t be bad.

still it takes all sorts to make a world as me mam used to say

i think these are some of those 'all sorts' me mam was on about

i think these are some of those ‘all sorts’ me mam was on about

love and peace be with you all

k

x

source 1

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and just in case anyone didn’t quite get it

see even though the sound is crap on eddie still better !

lil wayne……….NO, put it down go home

make it stop!

this is well what can i say………someone please make sure this guy never gets near a guitar again

brilliant film

i had this film recommended to me by a new friend i only just met today, i watched it and loved every second so as always i have to share hopefully this link will take you straight to it it was only link i could find if not search the man from earth and fingers crossed,

the man from earth

love and peace to all

k

x

i just had to share!

oh my god i seriously had to share this and bearing in mind these guys only go through one hour of this come ladies when we ever here of a one hour labour we just hjate that woman don’t we most of us average out around 12 hours and we go back for more! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw5ayibQ-E0

brilliant i think they should be made to go through it every time their wife does that is a good four times hubby owes me and i could do with a laugh right now ^_^

love and peace be with you

k

x

i just had to share!

oh my god i seriously had to share this and bearing in mind these guys only go through one hour of this come on ladies when we ever here of a one hour labour we just hate that woman don’t we! most of us average out around 12 hours and we go back for more! 

brilliant i think they should be made to go through it every time their wife does that is a good four times hubby owes me and i could do with a laugh right now ^_^

love and peace be with you

k

x

sunday tunes the third- and last one for now i got writing to do!

okay still in the theme of live here is some truly talented fiddle players playing live and without anything but their talent skill and fiddles

i give you lord of the dance strings on fire

enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoplCjVc_CU

 

superb playing and there’s no denying it

okay of to write i am so tantalisingly close to finishing this book the first of my trilogy

love and peace be with you all

k

x

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