In a overlooked patch of rubbishy scrubland, under briars and brambles, a spiky cactus struggles to produce flowers of awesome beauty.
Reminds me of my life ;o)
Bonus - Ass Interrupts Interview
It's never a good idea to disagree with the West Athens branch of the Maine Small Businessmen's Association.
Here, a slide showing their response - secretary Mrs Betty Happschatt delivers a STEAMING shovelful of bullsh...Bovine Ordure...to the now out-of-favour former member. She's ably supported by the full committee, save for Rev. Al Grout (excused on account of his gout).
This was a last warning.
Bonus 1 - Glorious - Sid on The X
Bonus 2 - Intriguing game - Curve.
With the news that the ash from the 2011 Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption is still causing trouble in Oz, it seems slightly appropriate to post this slide of a rather non-threatening Hawaiian volcano. Honest, the olther slides in the set do confirm this as Hawaii, but this shot doesn't really convey...anything.
Bonus - Need a top quality folding shovel, with multiple uses? You need the Chinese Military Shovel WJQ-308
"Calm down dear, it's just a macaw sanctuary."
What on earth would Michael Winner be doing at a wildlife sanctuary? Apart from scaring them.
Bonus - Daily Mail scoops the big news. Man drinks coffee and eats snack. Worth reading some of the comments - the readership isn't impressed. Fave comment - "Coming tomorrow: former Northampton Town manager Ian Atkins spotted at a BP garage buying charcoal briquettes and a Ginster's steak slice.
- Frosty Jack, UK, 15/6/2011 9:26"
At first, I thought this was just a stormy day slide.
But then...the sky sure doesn't look very stormy, and there's a lot of people around. Especially on that scaffolding construction on the left. So, what is it that caused that swell. A boat launching is my guess.
Bonus - The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop... Cringetastic
Actually, this a bit of a surprise. It's a back-stage photo from the early 1970's ITV sitcom "I'll Work It Out With A Pencil".
Tho' it's now forgotten by everyone, "Pencil" was set in a firm of Nottingham Accountants, featuring brothers Jeff (left, played by William McGovern) and Barry (right, played by Jerry Kwalek). In one episode, Jeff and Barry win a holiday in Hawaii. However, as neither has a passport, they pretend to go the on holiday, but actually spend the week at home "living their Hawaiian lifestyle" with their wives Kate (left, Janice Douglas) and Cindy (a young Helen Mirren in her only episode.) When the Tax Inspectors arrive, hilarious consequences ensue...
Bonus - Belated Happy Birthday to Prince Phillip.
Like the Bow Tie, ponchos have that "timeless, *****-you, I'm an individualist" fashion reputation, and every girl gives them their own twist.
But, on men, unless you're Clint Eastwood, give it a miss.
Bonus - to make up... The Best Sport / Martial Art / Team Game / Madness Ever ! (Info on wiki, as usual.)
Ah, if only this were in focus....
The people in the background remind me of a phrase by Ivor Cutler - "Hugging the wall to escape the worst of the effects of the fresh air"
Bonus - Found It
"Life in a scotch sitting room vol.2 ep.11
The sky grew black and white
The wind blew under the door
"Let us go for a walk" said Father
We rose slowly from our positions towards the door
The door locked tight we set off in a straggly line
Hugging the wall to escape the worst of the effects of the fresh air
When we left the street and were in the country
Father became instructive
"There is a thistle" he would cry into the wind
pointing a pale finger and we would look
Then further along " There is another thistle" again pointing
There were lots of thistles in Scotland
We were soon well acquainted with them.
Mother was also informative
"look a patch of grass" and we dutifully twisted our heads then hugged the dry stone dyke to escape the worst of the effects of the fresh air
Sometimes a big man would pass astride a donkey packed with turnips
We would ponder
Father would enlighten us
" He will sell the turnips to a shop"
When we came to a field my parents would sit back to back at a tree and order us to play
Our best game was finding a rabbit hole and pushing our foot down, turning a right angle…then trying to pull it up with the brogue still on.
An incensed rabbit would often carry a brogue off to it's nest ---- and an incensed father would have to squirm through the warren to retrieve it. But he had played the same game when he was a lad and could scarcely blame us for following in his footsteps.
The other game was battering one another over the head with a thistle while shaking hands.
When mother called we ran up tore a chunk off a square loaf scooped it deep into margarine then ran off to a secure place…
After Tea father played the pipes and we danced reels on the dyke. Often we slipped and gashed our thighs – quite badly. But nobody cared in those days… It was all part of going for a walk.
We went home in a line Father pointing out objects of interest as we passed like " Look - A tree"
And if he knew he would tell us the name.
Home we returned to our positions while Father snored with his head on the table. And mother mixed porridge.
We listened to the wind and winked and smiled
Absent-mindedly rubbing spittle on our cuts.
Myrtle Beach, in South Caroline, I believe.
Tho' this series of slides has a little of the LS Lowry about them, to my eye.
Bonus 1 - A Gallery of Badly Stuffed Animals
Bonus 2 - O.M.G. Outrage and Fury at the Daily Mail about the most offensive word in the world ! Pity they didn't actually say it. Nevertheless, would you allow your wife or servants to listen to a programme like this ?
Bonus 2.5 - Sandi Toksvig The Eyjafjallajökull Remix
Looks like a vintage shot to me - early 1950's ? As the official photographer is using a 5x4" plate camera, (but this slide was a 35mm shot), it seems like a reasonable guess. Any connoisseurs of bridal fashions care to offer an opinion?
Bonus - Kurt Vonnegut graphs the plot of every story.
Challenging white-faced mimes for the title of Most Annoying Public Art performers, here we have some kids who decided to put on a puppet...