Saturday, January 29, 2011

British painter Sir Frederick Leighton


Leighton (1830-1896) was a college-educated Pre-Raphaelite living in London. Early in his career he worked with Robert Browning to design the tomb for Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who died in 1861. Just a few years later he was accepted into The Royal Academy of Arts, and became its president in 1878. He was the first painter to be given a peerage, awarded to him the day before he died of heart failure. He never married, and his house in Holland Park is now a museum and open to the public. He is one of my favorite painters, frequently appearing here.,_1st_Baron_Leighton

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
Steven Wright

Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Prince Eugene of Savoy commissioned the palace in 1714,
and it was once the summer home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
It was heavily damaged in WWII and rebuilt.
Today it houses a museum and is open to the public.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mexican drug traffickers employ Middle Ages technology

What will they think of next?
Drug traffickers in Mexico were caught catapulting 5-pound bundles of marijuana over the International Border into Arizona this week. Thirty-five pounds of marijuana was chucked into a remote area 80 miles southeast of Tucson. The catapult was loaded onto a trailer pulled by a pick-up truck. Mexican authorities retrieved the equipment, but the men eluded capture.

Stetson hats 1950s

1950s fashion illustration for Stetson hats. The man on the right reminds me of how my dad dressed. Of course, he wore a Stetson!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

British painter Frederick Lord Leighton

Lady Sybil Primrose 1885
Eldest child of Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rochester and his wife Hannah.

Men of wealth and taste, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

Bertie 1945

Looks like he borrowed his wife's shoes.

Bulgari Barbie

Bulgari, the famous Italian jewelry and luxury goods store, celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009 by hosting a fundraising event (held at Christies) for the humanitarian group Save the Children. Barbie received a Bulgari makeover and was auctioned for nearly $600. Barbie is also wearing Bulgari signature event ring.

Monday, January 17, 2011

French painter Edouard Bisson


Sergent Stubby

"The most decorated dog of WWI was Sergent Stubby.  Stubby was found on the campus of Yale University in 1917 by John Robert Conroy while he was training on the university's grounds.  He learned to march, he learned different bugle calls, and even learned to give a salute.

"He was smuggled by Conroy onto the ship that took him to France, and was a favorite of all there.  Once in France, he was discovered by Conroy's commanding officer, but after hearing of Stubby's training, his voyage, and seeing him salute, allowed him to stay.  He was given special orders to accompany the 102nd Infantry, 26th (Yankee) Divisionto the front as their mascot.  He served in France for 18 months in four offensives and seventeen battles."
"From wikipedia:
'He entered combat on February 5, 1918 at Chemin des Dames, north of Soissons, and was under constant fire, day and night for over a month. In April 1918, during a raid to take Seicheprey (Meurthe-et-Moselle), Stubby was wounded in the foreleg by the retreating Germans throwing hand grenades. He was sent to the rear for convalescence, and as he had done on the front was able to improve morale. When he recovered from his wounds, Stubby returned to the trenches.
After being gassed himself, Stubby learned to warn his unit of poison gas attacks, located wounded soldiers in no man's land, and — since he could hear the whine of incoming artillery shells before humans could — became very adept at letting his unit know when to duck for cover. He was solely responsible for capturing a German spy in the Argonne. Following the retaking of Château-Thierry by the US, the thankful women of the town made Stubby a chamoisParis with Corporal Conroy, Stubby saved a young girl from being hit by a car. At the end of the war, Conroy smuggled Stubby home. '"
Deformity from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in New Zealand in September 2010.

"The...image is particularly interesting. Note how the rails show high levels of deformation whilst the surrounding ground shows comparatively little."
~The American Geophysical Union

Click to see more deformities from this quake:
Said the photographer, "Hold it! Don't move!"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Immigrants to America

More than 27 million immigrants came to America through Ellis Island between 1880 and 1930. They were mostly Italians, Austrian-Hungarians, Russians and Germans, followed by British, Canadian, Irish and Swedish immigrants. In the early 1920s a series of laws restricted the flow of Immigrants into the United States, and the immigration rate dropped precipitously, particularly among the Chinese and Japanese on the West Coast, who were almost literally barred from entering.

British painter John Everett Millais

Hearts are Trumps  
The Tate Museum, London

Elizabeth, Diana and Mary Armstrong,
daughters of Walter Armstrong of Scotland. 

Driving down Memory Lane