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Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

This weeks one-word prompt is “Bird“…

My first thoughts were Birds Custard,  Bird’s Eye Chillies, Nelly Furtado…I’m Like a Bird…The Byrds and not a feather insight…

Come with me and see what else I have found…as the saying goes ” A Bird in the Hand is worth two in the Bush…Its current form first appears in John Ray’s Hand-book of Proverbs (1670):

Guatemala…The countries National Flag, Coat of Arms and currency all feature the beautiful Quetzal Bird…

There are also a few very famous cartoon birds… Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Woodstock, Road Runner and Tweetie Pie to name but a few…

A tune…

Some more tunes featuring Birds coming up later in the post…

Did you know?

Bombay Duck is really a fish? A species of the lizardfish…which is dried and has that love it or hate Mumbai smell. It got its name in the days of the Raj, from being transported on an iconic train, the Bombay Daak, daak being the Hindi word for mail. The term was then bastardised to duck, which stuck.

Hen of the woods is a type of mushroom…a mushroom which is safe to eat, delicious, and nutritious a wild variety prized by mushroom hunters…it grows at the base of trees particularly oak trees…it is also commonly called “Maitake”

Urban Dictionary…Cheese-Bird.

A term for a mousy-type woman, who might wear glasses and have a beak-like nose, and somewhat pretentious about films and stage performances, very dorky about such things and all, and has a preference for melted cheese on almost any other type of food other than unmelted cheese…There’s more…

Did you know?

Bird Ekachai Chiarakul…World Champion – Classical Guitar” won 1st place in America in the International Classical Guitar Competition 2014 at the GFA Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition stage…he is considered the first Asian person in history to win this prestigious accolade.

There are also some spectacular flowers like the “Bird of Paradise”

Swan Lake…the ballet is a tale of a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy, and romance into four acts. It features Prince Siegfried and a lovely swan princess named Odette. Under the spell of a sorcerer, Odette spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form.

Kiwi Fruit…thus named as its fuzzy outer is similar to the feathers of a Kiwi Bird…it was first known some 700 years ago in China as “Yang Tao” Then around1906 some seeds were shipped to New Zealand and it was re-named Chinese Gooseberry…

At the box office, the word bird features in the title of many films over the years…The Hitchcock thriller “The Birds“… one of my all-time favourites is” Bird on a Wire” is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song “Bird on the Wire”. The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria, BC’s Chinatown, in Fan Tan Alley…

It’s Tough to Be a Bird “is a 1969 educational animated short made by Walt Disney Productions. It won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons in 1970 and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Animated Film in 1971. This was the last animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award, until Paperman in 2013.

The Blue Bird” is a 1976 American/Soviet fantasy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, and Aleksei Kapler is based on L’Oiseau bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck. It was the fifth screen adaptation of the play, following two silent films, the studio’s 1940 version starring Shirley Temple…

Not forgetting Sesame Street and…”Follow That Bird” a 1985 American musical comedy-adventure road movie, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters.

I like a bit of Jazz at times…of course, I could have played Paul McCarty and Blackbird or Sia with Birds Set Free or even Bob Marley and Three Little Birds but thought let’s listen to this lady…Enjoy!

That’s enough music for today methinks …

Beauty Spots…around the world there are so many places too numerous to mention with a connection to birds….we have Turkey, the Canary Islands, Pigeon Island, The Isle of Mayon Scotland which is home to the beautiful Puffins…The Falklands where there are over 200 different species of birds, 5 different types of Penguins…

Around the world, there is Bird Creek, Alaska, Bird Key Island, Sacramento very swish and expensive, the White Bird Battlefield is the location of the first battle of the Nez Perce Flight of 1877. On June 17, 1877, Captain David Perry and his troops moved into the canyon to strike the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) who were sheltering in one of their winter villages, which they called Lahmotta…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets…I hope you have enjoyed the tour with the birds…I have a couple of one-word prompts now but would love some more.. it is fun researching a word and I learn something new all the time so please send me a word or two…

See you tomorrow with my weekly roundup...Have a brilliant weekend everyone…xx

 

 

 

Saturday Snippets…11th September 2021…Darling…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…I am enjoying just taking a prompt from one word it opens up a whole world and never ceases to surprise me as I hope it does you too…

Come with me and see what I discovered…my word today is…Darling!

The prompt was a suggestion on a post I wrote about varieties of Oranges…’ My Darling Clementine”…clever to make the connection, Clive...I was a tad slower…sigh

Let’s see what I found…

There are lots of films, shows and music tracks to pick from and I mean lots…but what else has a connection to the word “Darling

Darlingtonia Califormica…is a carnivorous plant…named after botanist William Darlington(1782-1863)

More commonly known as the California pitcher plant, cobra lily, or cobra plant…it is also the sole member of the Darlingtonia genus. A striking plant the winged leaves are the reason this pitcher plant is sometimes referred to as the cobra pitcher plant…Insects are lured by the plants colour and nectar then trapped inside the tube they slide down and get dissolved and absorbed as nutrients by the plant…makes me shiver at the thought…

Let’s start with a few films…

Move Over Darling (1963) starring Doris Day and James Garner…Doris starred and sang the theme tune which was written by her son…The song was banned by  BBC Radio in England because Doris sang “make love to me” far too suggestively for “‘Auntie Beebs” delicate ears…

Darling(1965) starring Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde, is a British romantic drama…a commercial success at the box office the film won many awards whereas today it seems to have a mixed reputation..a film of its time.

Inevitably there had to be horror films…

Actress Tallulah Bankhead’s last film happened to be one of these horror films. Made in the UK under the title “Fanatic” and called “Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) in the United States, actress Stefanie Powers co-stars with Bankhead…Not only is “Die! Die! My Darling!” Bankhead’s last film, but also her first horror movie, according to the Life magazine article, “One Old Trouper Comes Back” by Conrad Knickerbocker.

Did you know?

President Clintons cat “socks” was a media “darling” during President Clinton’s administration “socks” was reported to have received more letters than the President himself.

Let’s have some music…Darling You – Julia Westlin, Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs, Darling Nikki – Prince, Nobody’s Darling But Mine – Merle Haggard, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon, Happy Birthday Darlin’ – Conway Twitty…there is certainly no shortage of songs with Darling/Darlin in the title…my choice?

More to come later..so many songs…

After the light went on and I realised that Clive meant My Darling Clementine…a 1946 American Western film starring Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp leading up to the gunfight at the OK Corral.

My first thoughts were the popular British Comedy TV show “The Darling Buds of May”…starring David Jason, Pam Ferris and a young Catherine Zeta-Jones it followed the lively adventures of the Larkin family and the local tax inspector…

Peter Pan then popped into my mind…Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life–free of grown-up rules–while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates…

Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up or Peter and Wendy, often known simply as Peter Pan, is a work by J. M. Barrie, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel.

From Peter Pan to the present day...as today is my birthday my 70th birthday to be exact…I will be partaking in a glass or two of wine…

The Darling Area in South Africa historically is a dairy area however over the last  10-15 years grape growing has come to the forefront and South Africa produces some great wines…The Best Shiraz 2019…Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux-style red blends are also among the country’s top reds…I think mine will be a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon…

What goes better with a glass of red than a lovely slice of Darling Blue Cheese…a newly created blue cheese made on Doddington Farm which borders Scotland using milk fresh from their herd of cows. This looks and sounds like a wonderful piece of cheese…

There will be a few tunes today...Just saying…

Did you know?

Weird Math...Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist? Could we ever see into other dimensions?
In this delightful journey of discovery, science fiction writer, astronomer and teacher David Darling and extraordinary child prodigy Agnijo Banerjee draw connections between the cutting edge of modern maths and life as we understand it, delving into the strange – would we like alien music? – and venturing out on quests to consider the existence of free will and the fantastical future of quantum computers. Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this is for anyone who wants life’s questions answered – even those you never thought to ask.

The Murray Darling Basin…is Australia’s largest and most iconic river system, and is one of the biggest systems in the world.

The Basin is home to over 2 million people and covers about 14% of Australia’s landmass. It includes a range of diverse landscapes and complex ecosystems, including over 77,000km of rivers and more than 25,000 wetlands. These landscapes are home to at least 35 endangered species of birds, 16 endangered species of mammals and 46 known species of native fish.

The Basin is Australia’s most important agricultural region, producing around one-third of the national food supply…in recent years though there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this beautiful important river system all man-made…however I am going to leave all the problems for another day…

Darling…Dancing in the Dark…

Did you know?

Grace Darling(1815-1842) was a lighthouse keepers daughter in Victorian England…How did she become a national treasure and get a 50-pound note from Queen Victoria? On a stormy windswept night in 1838, The SS Forfarshire floundered on rocks and broke in half as the weather was too bad for a lifeboat to be put out her father decided they would take their sailboat as her brothers were away Grace and her father took the boat…This boat, called a coble, was used by Grace and William Darling to rescue nine survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire. A coble is a type of boat specially designed for working in the shallow waters of northeast England. Originally it would have had a mast as well as oars…for their bravery they received silver medals from the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, later named the Royal National Lifeboat Institution…subscriptions and money including 50 pounds from Queen Victoria were raised for Grace Darling…

I had fun writing this post as it prompted a few memories…I hope you enjoyed the read…

See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup, thank you for popping in have a great evening xxx

Saturday Snippets 21st August 2021…Seventh(7th)

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

Nothing jumped out at me this week…until I was washing up and just looking around in general and the name of my new washing detergent caught my eye…the cogs began to whirring…

Come with me and see what I discovered…my word today is “Seventh”

Seventh can be used as an adjective, a describing word… let’s see how I got on with my search…The first one which sprung to mind was…

7th Avenue, New York…

Spanning just more than 5 miles, 7th Avenue cuts through the heart of Manhattan. This historic avenue runs between Central Park and the Greenwich Village neighbourhood. Broadway Theaters, Times Square and Madison Square Garden are some top attractions that are situated along this important thoroughfare. A walking tour on this pedestrian-friendly avenue leads to some of the Big Apple’s best entertainment, culture, dining and shopping.

Unfortunately, although we have visited a few states in the USA…New York is one we haven’t and is on my love to-do bucket list BUT know we won’t…Ahhhhh

Did you know?

The 7th Ocean is…the Antarctic Ocean (Southern Ocean), a region of cold water that surrounds the continent of Antarctica, which is often considered separate from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans by the presence of a barrier of powerful winds and turbulent seas.

Home to Penguins, Seals and Whales all magnificent animals…a place which is cold, windy and dry…Just beautiful…it must be a sight to see and remember to those lucky enough to visit.

The 7th outer planet from the sun...is Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and has the third-largest diameter in our solar system.

Was the first planet found with the aid of a telescope, Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer William Herschel, although he originally thought it was either a comet or a star…it is the only planet in the Solar System that takes its name from Greek (rather than Roman) mythology.

Uranus has been visited only once by a spacecraft: Voyager 2.

The 7th largest country in the world by landmass…India…

When I think of India it makes me smile and makes me sad at the same time particularly at the moment with the struggle with Covid…I smile when I think of the curries and spices…the beautiful architecture…The Taj Mahal.. a country that I would love to visit before I die…

Famous British actress  Vivien Leigh, famous for playing Scarlett O’Hara in the classic film “Gone With the Wind” was born Vivian Mary Hartley on Nov. 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India. She returned to England when Vivian was 6 years old.

Beautiful women in saris…Years ago when I was working we had an Indian lady who was one of our colleagues and she brought into work a selection of her beautiful saris for us to try on…they transported us to another time, another world where beautiful women wore beautiful clothes…

Indian cuisine, one of the world’s best-known types of food, is said to have: six types of taste those being sweet (madhura), salty (lavana), sour (amala), pungent (katu), bitter (tikta) and astringent (kasya)….beautiful silks, carpets and henna art…a truly mystical place to visit for me…

I loved this…it took me to places and made me happy…

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

 

I loved these films as a child…I was 7yrs old when this was released and a first in colour…

The Seventh Letter…Plato

The seventh letter is Plato, the philosopher, being political. It is a peace-making letter, not only between the historical relationships of Dion and Dionysus but also of Plato and certain people in Syracuse and throughout southern Italy.

Plato is considered by many to be the most important philosopher who ever lived. He is known as the father of idealism in philosophy. His ideas were elitist, with the philosopher king the ideal ruler.

The 7th Chakra…

The seventh and highest chakra is our connector to the divine and our spiritual nature. It also allows for spirituality to integrate into our physical lives. The Crown Chakra, also known as Sahasrara, is directly aligned to seek an intimate relationship with the cosmos. It is the chakra of prayer.

A simple explanation…for the uninitiated like me…

Thank you for joining me here today…I hope you enjoyed reading about the 7th…See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup …I hope you all have a great weekend xx

Saturday Snippets…The world of Plastic…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

For the last few weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week and also because it just happens to be “Plastic Free July” are you going to be the Change?

My chosen word is “Plastic” inspired by Jemina Pett...I was impressed at how Jemima conducted her plastic project and am going to do the same myself…Please head over and read the start and conclusion it is in 2 posts (Part 2) I defy you not to be impressed I hope it inspires changes in you and how you deal with plastic in your home…

I think, on a personal level, everybody, when you go through the checkout line after you get your groceries and they say, ‘Paper or plastic?’ We should be saying, ‘Neither one.’ We should have our own cloth bags.

– Woody Harrelson.

BUT…Plastic comes in many forms and NOT all bad in fact some are life-saving and life-changing…we just need to sort out the wheat from the chaff as the saying goes.

Some plastics nurture and are essential for everyday life and survival…Take plastic reconstructive surgery, Plastic instruments in your dental work, we cannot and don’t need to eliminate all plastic from our lives as one day it might save our lives HOWEVER we do need to eliminate unnecessary plastic that we DON’T NEED…it is not essential to our lives and Mother Earth’s life it clogs our waterways, spoils our beautiful beaches, it leaches chemicals into our bodies and foods…We need to think smart…

Time for a tune methinks…

Quote: We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly. – Anne Marie Bonneau aka The Zero-Waste Chef

I am currently reading this book it is brilliant..practical and down to earth…things we can do easily in our own homes and when we shop…

Pop culture’s silliest superhero, Plastic Man is as much a humour icon as a heroic one.  During a heist gone wrong, petty crook Patrick “Eel” O’Brian was doused in chemicals, allowing him to stretch his body into any shape he desires. Nursed back to health by altruistic monks, he was inspired to embrace life’s brighter side.

Plastic Eating Bacteria…

Makes me squirm somewhat at the thought…it does seem though that some experts are on my wavelength…be careful what you for springs to mind…

Experts caution that large-scale commercial use of plastic-eating microorganisms is still years away, while their potential release in the environment, even if practical, could create more issues than it solves…amen to that I say…

I have watched many videos on how to craft many things from plastic bottles and I applaud them all for their creativity HOWEVER at some point that plastic has to be thrown away as it has outlived its life…

To my mind, we just must be more aware…I have been replacing some of my cookware over the last few months normally packaged beautifully in cardboard the one I received yesterday however was beautifully packed in cardboard which would have been quite adequate for the postal system it was however then put in a larger box and the gaps were filled with these swimming type armband size pouches filled with air…

Judging by the type of plastic… totally unrecyclable and my question was WHY?…

It also begs the question that it is a proven fact that online shopping has increased and I appreciate that goods require adequate packaging but this needs to be addressed as there are no surprises when I say I know where all this plastic is going to end up …it doesn’t bode well in my book…

Last tune of the day…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets thank you for joining me…I hope you have a great weekend…See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…xx

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Snippets …12th June 2021…Whiskey or Whisky?

 

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

For the last two weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week thanx to Jim of Bordens Blather and a very interesting bather it was…Thank you for the inspiration, Jim x

My chosen theme…Whiskey or is it Whisky?

  • Whisky (no e) refers to Scottish, Canadian, or Japanese grain spirits.
  • Whiskey (with an e) refers to grain spirits distilled in Ireland and the United States.

Using the incorrect form of the word whiskey is a mistake that will largely pass unnoticed unless you count liquor aficionados among your readers. Then you’ll take some flak because whisky and whiskey might refer to the same kind of spirit, but they shouldn’t be thrown around without care…Ooops

 

Not really a discussion I wish to get into as they both look the same…but before anyone comments I know they don’t all taste the same…

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…I think most of us have heard of that term…but where did it originate?

The phrase Whiskey Tango Foxtrot comes from the NATO phonetic alphabet, also known as the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), a universal phonetic alphabet that has been used by militaries across the world since the mid-20th century.

In order to account for both background noise and the fact that some letters can sound-alike (M/NB/P, etc.), the NATO phonetic alphabet substitutes every letter for a distinct word. The word for W is WhiskeyT is Tango, and F is Foxtrot.

Shortened to WTF…which has been used since at least 1985, where it appeared in a Usenet post by Jay Fields. By the end of the 1980s, the military-style Whiskey Tango Foxtrot appeared online as a variation of this euphemism.

It’s unclear if this version originated within the US military, but it was certainly adopted by them somewhere along the line.

Probably because it was a sly way to sneak in a cuss word without censors realizing it, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot made a few notable appearances in pop culture: serving as the title of Ashley Gilbertson’s 2007 Iraq war memoir, a 2011 Scandal episode, and a 2013 NCIS episode.

However, the phrase truly hit the mainstream with the 2016 release of the comedy film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey.

Whiskey Frisky is also a squirrel who is featured in a children’s song…

Someone who makes whiskey is called a “Distiller”

The famous Cutty Sark also has a connection to Whisky…

In 1923 British wine and spirit merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd decided to develop a new whisky for American drinkers. They named it after the clipper ship which had just docked in London and had hit headlines all over the world – the Cutty Sark. 

 

A truly beautiful cutter lovingly restored and now open to the public…

Let’s have some music…

Last week we had stiletto cupcakes and this week as it’s a whiskey that compliments both sweet and savoury recipes…plus cocktails and chasers…so versatile…A family favourite here is Irish Cream over ice…

Irish cream

Chocolate Whisky Brownies sound delicious as does a rich whiskey glaze with a blue cheeses cheeseburger …or, it’s apples, it’s crispy with whiskey, what more could you want in a winter dessert? Find the recipe here!

Key ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Irish whiskey
  • Irish oatmeal

Do you have a favourite recipe that includes whisky you would love to share? Mine is a whiskey Sour…

Cheers!

For whisky enthusiasts ...Then this whisky library is a must to visit…tucked away in the Vagabond Club, Singapore it is a must to visit for whisky enthusiasts…boasting old-world glamour it looks beautiful just the place to sit and sip…either Whisky or Whisky…

One last tune…Then its time to say see you soon x

That’s all for Saturday Snippets…I hope you all have a great weekend…xx

 

 

Saturday Snippets…5th June 2021…The Stiletto…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

For the last two weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week I read a poem written by Pam(butterflysand.com) on our feet…something we were born with and use almost every minute of the day or should say abuse…#recommended read

Thank you, Pam, for the inspiration…

My chosen themeStiletto

The stiletto can refer to many things…High Heels, Dagger, fingernails, floral wreaths, mascara, a fruit bowl, a cocktail, a song or a band and yes peeps…Cupcakes…

Knives go back millions of years where the original ones were made of flint and stone…the Italian Stiletto is a sought after knife known for its strength, brutality and needle-like blade…popular among users as it serves as a self-defence weapon and a thrusting blade so thin it can and does penetrate deep into the body and cause severe injury or death.

As can a well placed stiletto heel as us ladies know and the recipient has found out..they also play havoc with our feet…ouch…

White Stilettos are a symbol of the Essex girl…no self-respecting Essex girl would be seen without her white stilettos…

My funny and sad memory …my best friend Mo loved her white stilettos …every year myself and some work colleagues visited Christmas markets around the world …Germany, Denmark we loved these annual trips …having heard me regale tales of our exploits and we did have some and much fun…Maureen decided to come… just think winter,  snow and ice…

We had all packed suitable clothing and sturdy boots however as the ferry boat pulled in “the penny dropped”…Maureen’s footwear consisted only of her white stilettos…

I love and miss that girl dearly as she is now causing havoc and having fun no doubt in her heavenly home…Struggling to think of a fitting wreath for her funeral I decided on a white stiletto made of flowers…Miss you Mo xx

Time for some Music…

It does seem every which way you turn the stiletto can be a dangerous thing…

Well, not always so dangerous although your waistline may disagree …the cupcakes look pretty amazing…

Time for a cocktail…

And yes you guessed it…The White Stiletto is the name of a jug of Sangria made with White wine(of course), some cubed mango and pineapple, orange juice and a little rum…There you have it… The White Stiletto.

Thank you for joining me for Saturday Snippets…xx