November 5, 2011

Occupy Mordor + Whitechapel Series Leads to Virtual Travel Tangent--Anyone House-hunting in London?Take a Look at this Gem (Currently on the below.) Built Shortly After the American Revolution

We missed commenting on Guy Fawkes Day(Nov 5).  See links at bottom of this post for the history of the day.  We definitely did not miss it last year - there's even a photo of the signature on the controversial historic figure's confession.  Appears he could barely scrawl his name once his political enemies managed to extract it from him.  Is it obvious The Tudors has left me with the feeling Henry VIII's actions caused terrible suffering, turmoil and hatred simply in an effort to enhance his name in history books.  There's satisfaction in knowing it did not work - 500 yrs later, whenever his name is mentioned, it's accompanied by a snigger.


           Fascinating photos of a charming vintage home in Whitechapel - lovingly restored:

Great Read follows:  It's written by always interesting columnist, Thomas Sowell, who disagrees strongly with liberal politics.  He weighs in on the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon. Mr Sowell just happens to be an African American; sadly, he's ridiculed and dismissed by Democrats(and their national media puppets) as not an authentic minority member due to his more conservative political beliefs.  He doesn't follow liberals required template for those citizens among the minority demographic - therefore they consider him not worthy of being taken seriously.  Slowly but surely the number of more conservative minority Americans is increasing ,which creates a panic in the Democrat Party.  Without their votes, that political party will find itself someday soon in the dustbin of history.


Couple interior shots of the above house.  First one captured my attention because we have a very similar grandfather's clock standing in our foyer.  When we first built our house, colonial American was my favorite.  Accessories such as the hobby horse below are often seen in rooms using that decorating style -- houses in Colonial Williamsburg, VA are furnished with virtually the same type of pieces.  After a few years, my taste slowly switched to a stronger appreciation of the Victorian period - the final result is an eclectic mix of both decorating styles.  We have an old Amish kitchen cupboard sitting in one corner of the dining room and a Victorian style china cabinet in the opposite corner.  Never did believe in the concept of only one period per room.  How boring is that?:) 

Second photo displays an antique metal tub in the London house, which only looks large enough for a child.  However, the person who lovingly restored this house revealed he enjoys soaking in the tub while watching foot & vehicle traffic on the street :)  Neat trick considering how close the tub is to the window and the fact the room is at street level..

Finally, the answer to why there are two spellings of the word gray/grey.  I've always used both spellings depending on the mood I'm in - thankfully it's not usually a gray or a grey one;)

Excerpt from the blog of a twitter account I follow:

...It is generally accepted that “Grey” is the English spelling for an achromatic or neutral colour and that “Gray” is the American spelling. However, as with much of our language, this has been fluid – rather like the word “colour / color”. “Gray”, in spite of being championed by Samuel Johnson and other English lexicographers, found itself becoming “grey” in the early twentieth century.

One author on paint and colour suggested a different interpretation to the two spellings: Black and white = “grey”, while black, white and a colour = “gray” -

“Although the dictionaries do not usually distinguish between the spelling of “grey” and “gray”, and although many decorators use the two words indiscriminately, there is a distinct difference which it is both convenient and advisable to recognise. A “grey” is an admixture of black and white, and may vary from the smallest quantity of black added to white to the other extreme, where there is almost as much black as white. Anything between the two would be termed a “grey”…When a colour is added to the black and white the admixture is called a “gray”, provided, of course, that the black and white predominate; for example a French gray is made by tinting white with a little ivory or drop black and adding a little carmine or crimson lake or ultramarine. It will be seen that the addition of the lake or ultramarine gives it a peculiar warmth which distinguishes French gray, and changes the spelling from “grey” to “gray”.1

While such a difference may be clear to the person compounding the colour, to the inexperienced observer (unaware of the nuances) it is often impossible to tell how a colour has been produced.



jazzbaby1 said...

The following conversation may or may not have taken place between me and one of my cousins:

(Cousin enters house and stops at framed and matted autographed poster)

Cousin: Who is this?
Me: Walter Williams. He's an economics professor.
Cousin: (deep sigh) You are such a geek.

Love Thomas Sowell, almost as much as I love Walter Williams.

RiCrAr said...

Hello jazzbaby - welcome to the blog:)

I've been following Thos Sowell's column for a few yrs now. His wise comments on the current US political landscape are always a joy to read.

Do you agree with me that the number of conservatives is steadily rising among the US's minority communities? Herman Cain's current presidential campaign is the most recent example of the phenomenon.

RiCrAr said...

p.s. I've often heard Walter Williams on the radio as well. I hope both wise men continue to speak out, and make it clear the Democrat Party does not own all Americans who are members of a minority demographic in the country.