Friday, December 31, 2010

Ah well here's 2011

Three highlights of the year

    Before I forget I would like to highlight three most pleasurable real life encounters with bloggers and other online folk.

    I did not get access to the internet at home until we got a digital set top box from out cable tv suppliers. The box provided very limited internet access and it was via this almost ten years ago that I came across Suzy, an artist who lives on the Wirral. We have kept in touch since, she and her partner have visited us twice but it was not until November that I made a reciprocal visit. A most enjoyable time was had despite freezing weather and a streaming cold. I hadn't ben to Liverpool let alone the Wirral in decades

    Back in 2004 I encountered an American-Argentine fellow with definite anarchist. We both used to go to a left leaning Yahoo chat room which could be quite enjoyable despite the trolls and the room owner who was a Stalinist prick (the owner and I didn't get on, believe it or not!). Anyway I kept in touch with Floyd over the years so it was an utter pleasure to meet him and his beautiful wife Mariela when they came to London in April.

    In July Bob from Brockley arranged a blogger meet. It was good to meet Bob. and quite a few other bloggers including Francis Sedgemore, Kellie Strom, Carl from Raincoat Optimism and Michael Ezra... not that I can match their political analysis

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Dressing in heels

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    It has a pagerank 6 and 430,891 backlinks. It received approximately 765,082 daily pageviews and has a potential to earn over $2,695. A site like this, if grows to its maximum potential, might sell for $4,004,514 but that's of course is just an estimate and does not mean it would ever sell for that amount.

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Another year over (almost)

    Well give it 8 hours or so and we will see the back of 2010. It's been a curious year for ,me much of it dominated by knee pain and the swallowing of heroic doses of Tramadol - at least up until the end of August when a second operation sorted out the residual damage. Now ll I get are twinges from the arthiritis.

    Once the knee pain was out of the way I discovered the
    joys of methotrexate, It seems to be clearing up my psoriasis (slowly) but it is no fun to take. Even at the low doses used to treat skin problems I feel crap for a day after I take my weekly dose. Hi ho.

    It was ultimately health issues that made me decide to take voluntary redundancy- that and the prospect of massive job cuts across the civil service over the next few years. I revived a reasonably good settlement so I do not need to work for a while but not enough to set me up in a life of ease until my pension comes, dagnabbit! So I need to find some new employment but not until the new tax year. Whatever I do I intend to try and make at least some of my income from photography

    But I repeat myself. I won't make any new year resolutions as such. If things go a I intend the 2011 will include a lot more photography oh and and some other stuff too. I have it in mind to improve my French, reacquaint myself with basic and a bit more than basic level statistics, improve my Excel, Word and Powerpoint skills, write a CV for the first time since the days when Olivetti typewriters roamed the earth and also lose some of the weight I've gained during my forties. Heaven knows I might even have a shave for the first time since September! I suppose I had also better keep abreast of things in the accountancy world too

    As for the Poor Mouth keeping it going has been a chore at times. I hope to sum up the energy to deal with some of the things that have always particularly interested me. That means more photos posts but also getting back to the backwaters of history I love so much. Expect more on Ireland in WWII (including a major slag off of the IRA), some of the obscure far right parties of the time, minor British collaborators and at long last the end of the Red Cushing saga!

    Come April jean valencias will be five years old. Around the same time, or maybe a little earlier it should get its millionth visitor. I suppose it goes to show that there are connoisseurs of (ahem) culture out there!

    Anyway, enough of this here's wishing both of my readers a very happy and prosperous new year, despite all attempts by the Toalies to thwart this objective!Source URL:
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Nicole and IU opening performance for the ‘2010 SBS Entertainment Awards‘

PD of ‘Invincible Youth’ takes pictures of the G7 members at the KBS ‘Music Festival’

    The producer of KBS ‘Invincible Youth‘ and ‘Music Bank’, Kim Ho Sang, recently revealed pictures he took of the ‘Invincible Youth’ members at the recently held 2010 KBS ‘Music Festival’.
    On the official Twitter of ‘Music Bank’, the PD tweeted, “The ‘Invincible Youth’ members at the Music Festival”, and uploaded pictures of 4minute’s HyunA, KARA’s Goo Hara, After School’s Jooyeon, and SNSD’s Sunny and Yuri.

    The last episode of KBS 2TV ‘Invincible Youth’ came to a close on December 24th.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Baby quilts

My favourite photo of 2010

BeefEater’s Signature Series Gold Plated SL4000 Grill

Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sold Out

Departed this life – part IV

    The last few months of the year do not seem to be rich pickings for notable or obscure deaths of interest to this warped mind still here goes.

    Eileen Nearne, whose body was discovered on 2 September, had been an SOE operative during WWII. Codenamed Rose, she was flown in to France on 1944 to work as a wireless operator for the Wizard network, one of several SOE operations in the country.

    In July 1944 her transmitter was detected and she was arrested. After torture by the Gestapo she was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where she refused to do prison work. She was then transferred to a forced labour camp in Silesia. On 13 April 1945 she escaped with two French girls from a work gang. After arrest and release by the SS they were reportedly reportedly hidden by a priest in Leipzig until the arrival of United States troops.

    Nearne was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government but just a measly MBE by our own government.

    She died alone from a heart attack in her seaside flat. Her body is thought to have remained undiscovered for some time until found on 2 September 2010. She was 89 years old. Her wartime activities were not generally known about. It was only when her flat was being searched by council workers to try to establish her next-of-kin that medals and other papers related to her war career were found.

    Her funeral was paid for by the Royal British Legion

    On 12 September French film director Claude Chabrol died at the age of 80

    28 October saw the death of James MacArthur, the original Hawaii 5-0 Danno. The phrase “Book him Danno, Murder One” is a treasured childhood televisual memory. Accept no substitutes! Even if the remake features Grace Park!

    29 October saw the death of Geoffrey Crawley, former editor in chief of the British Journal of Photography, at the age of 83. In the 1980s he finally laid to rest the Cottingley Fairies hoax.

    Sycophant Adrian Paunescu died on 5 November. Paunescu was infamous for being Nicolae Ceausescu’s court poet. That job ended in 1989 when his master mysteriously died of lead poisoning… I featured one of his atrocious works at the time of his death.

    On 21 November Prince Chunk died at the age of 10 of heart complications Chunk was at one time 44lbs, just two lb short of the absolute record for the fattest cat. Robyn at one time weighed nearly 17lbs and we thought he was a big fellow… then again he was never a fasto, just a large cat!

    Captain Beefheart is the last person of note (for me anyway) to die this year. Like his foodstuff namesake his music was very much an acquired tasteSource URL:
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Se7en & GD&TOP performs for SBS Gayo Daejun

Kanye West in Vintage Alitalia Sport 550 Sunglasses and Balenciaga Sneakers

Rick Ross ft. Lil Wayne & Birdman - Veterans Day

KARA performs Lupin at KBS GAYO 2010

SNSD performs Run Devil Run + Oh! for KBS Gayo Daejun

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minutes ago,Yoona & Taeyeon at 2010 KBS Gayo Daejun



    The ACG Woodside is the latest outdoor offering to get its Lunarlon game on. Inspired by classic duck boots, this hardy hombre has tasteful tartan clad cushioning around the heel, with matching red and blue eyelets running down the bone upper. Merging traditional style with the state-of the-art tech, look out for these these royal blue bangers in the coming months.

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Kim Ah Joong with an iconic female concept for “Bazaar”

    Actress Kim Ah Joong invoked the spirit of a variety of iconic female celebrities for her “Bazaar” photo shoot.

    The magazine was done under the concept of expressing the prime years of world renown actresses Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Brigitte Bardot.

    For the Bardot transformation, Kim accentuated her lips and wore dark, smoky eyeliner, and completed the look with voluminous hair that brought out the actress’ characteristic feminine sexiness.

    A representative of the film crew commented, “Kim Ah Joong not only brought the beauty of the roles she took on, but also added her own personal charm to the overall look. She looks aggressive and stimulating on screen, but behind the stage, she puts on a more dreamy and serious expression.”

    Her photoshoot can be seen in the January 2011 issue of “Bazaar.” Fans will also be able to watch the actress’ small screen comeback through SBS’s “Sign” on January 5th.

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SNSD performs “Gee” at the 52nd Japan Record Awards

GD&TOP win #1 on M! Countdown

Malaysian Artist of 2010: MizzNina

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