‘Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was
Peter Weir’s seafaring blockbuster turned out to be the last gasp of a bygone film genre: the historical epic
m&c  masterandcommander  aos  ageofsail 
14 hours ago
oven-braised beef with tomatoes and garlic – smitten kitchen
I realize that if you’re scouring the internet this week looking for something romantic to cook for that little Hallmark holiday this weekend, the words “pot roast” probably didn’t cross your search threshold. It’s not sexy food; nobody is writing aphrodisiac cookbooks about bottom rounds and boneless chucks. But if you ask me, it’s something better, something cozy, warm, and classic, which neither steals the show nor keeps you from enjoying it. It’s for people who long ago stopped aspiring to entertain in multi-course and completely exhausting meals (for host and guest) and turned instead to comfort foods that surprise and delight on sleety winter nights. Sure, those individual gratins, galettes, microgreens and shooters of soup look elegant, but none of them have ever gotten the reaction that a massive batch of spaghetti and meatballs, from-scratch lasagne or great big short rib braise with a green salad did. No dessert, frosted, layered or crimped has ever had the delighted reception of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies (dough prepared days before, shh), still on their baking sheet. Why are we pretending we have a team of line cooks at our disposal, anyway?
cooking  stew  food  recipe  beef 
3 days ago
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken - No. 2 Pencil
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken is one of our favorite easy slow cooker recipes. Pair fresh lemon and garlic with your favorite fresh herbs, and the combination is always delicious.  It’s perfect for when the weather warms up and you don’t want to turn on the oven. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken is adapted from my popular recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken. Both recipes are so easy to make, and the chicken in incredibly juicy and flavorful.
crockpot  chicken  recipe  recipes 
3 days ago
Big city falcons - RN Breakfast - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Who would have thought a 33-storey city skyscraper would be home to a wild bird of prey? But that's the case for the peregrine falcons at 367 Collins Street in Melbourne. And they've been living there for the past 20 years. This morning, Victor Hurley will hang out high above Collins Street to band the chicks reared this year.
collinstfalcons  melbourne 
4 days ago
Bird watch: Melbourne welcomes new falcon chicks
Three fluffy peregrine falcon chicks were born on Tuesday to a nesting couple at 367 Collins Street.

Last year, building management installed a live stream webcam in the nest, and ever since, falcon-watching has become a niche hobby in pockets of Melbourne’s online world.

The births have brought joy to thousands of online bird-watchers in the ‘367 Collins Falcon Watchers’ Facebook group, which now boasts more than 1000 avian lovers.
melbourne  melbournefalcons 
5 days ago
The River Thames, A Not-So-Secret Treasure Trove : NPR
Woodham's digging and scraping yields a small lead token that he recognizes as old ferry fare. He guesses it dates back to around 1550.

"It's been sitting here for 500 years. That's what amazes me," he says. "Like, 500 years ago, someone dropped something and you find it. You can just walk along the ground and find stuff. There's just been life down here for thousands of years. Nine times out of 10 it's junk, but that one time it's something nice. And that's something we all dig for, that one nice thing."

And when you find something rare, Woodham says — an Elizabethan coin, a penny that dates back centuries — you ask yourself questions about the person who lost it.

"I think, 'How did it impact on their life?' Because if we lose a penny today it means nothing. You know, back in the 1500s a penny was worth quite a lot. So if you lost your wages for that week, how are you going to support your family? That's what I think about."

Mudlarks have unearthed all sorts of things in the Thames — from Bronze Age ceremonial objects and 15th-century swords to tiny Roman statuettes and munitions from World War II.

Last year's "find of the year" was a piece of a 30,000-year-old woolly rhinoceros skull pulled out of the riverbed near London Bridge.
history  london 
8 days ago
Mojo Mag 1999
It isn't really Brian May's style just to kick back and wallow in the incredible good fortune of being part of one of the most successful rock groups the world has ever seen. Assuming that it was good fortune. "Queen was a wonderful vehicle and a wonderful, magical combination." He says. "But I think it came close to destroying us all. I'm not being dramatic. I think it truly fucked us up in the way that only a sort of out-of-world experience like that can do. Queen were the biggest thing in the world for a moment in time and everything that goes with that really messes up your mind somehow.

"You're universally adored and loved. But then you're surrounded by people who love you and yet you're utterly lonely. You get to a place which is hard to really recover from, and I'm conscious that I never have really recovered. It's like you never grow up. We've all suffered. I know definitely we have. Freddie, obviously, went completely AWOL, which is why he got that terrible disease. He wasn't a bad person, but he was utterly out of control for a while. In a way, all of us were out of control and - perhaps I shouldn't be speaking for Roger and John, but I think underneath it they would agree with me - it screwed us up."
queen  bryanmay 
9 days ago
timberwolfoz's musings
The boy who lived.

I LOVE the scar in these.
hp  harrypotter  fanart 
9 days ago
hat_plays_sims | Bundles of Joy (First Non-Default Baby Clothes Offerings)
0. Purchase the Buy Baby Outfit teddy bear. There is to my knowledge no other way to buy baby clothes. Yet? Maybe 'yet.'
1. Have your parent Sim either hold their baby or put their baby on the floor. I haven't checked this with every possible combination of relatives, but an unrelated adult CANNOT get new clothes for a baby. Didn't think to check with teenagers. Somebody try it and report back?
2. With your parent Sim selected, click on the teddy bear and select "Buy Outfit For..." which should lead you to the names of all infants ant toddlers in the household. Click on a toddler's name.
3. A standard clothing-purchase window will pop up. DO NOT CLICK ANY AGE ICONS. Click on one of the gender icons instead. That's the only way to get to the baby clothes. Select and purchase baby clothes as you would normal clothes; they only cost $25 each so stock up. Hit the check-mark to buy clothes.
4. When the clothing purchase window closes, a plan outfit window will appear. So... plan your outfit.
5. If you forgot to plan your outfit, panicked and hit Close, or just want to change your baby's casual clothing for the season, buy one of the Maxis changing tables and have a parent Sim Plan Outfit For their baby as they would for a toddler.
sims2  babies  howtos  howto 
11 days ago
timberwolfoz's musings
First Auror Potter I have ever painted was on his birthday, July 31st, in 2016, and it’s the first of this collection. I think that’s why I started to think of him as an +20 yo auror. Somehow, it’s like he’s growing with me in real time. My vision of Harry Potter has matured over the years. He’s no longer a young boy in my mind as I’m no longer a child or teenager. What motivates me is to think he’s got wiser and more serious and all shit he’s been through since he was a kid made him even more sarcastic then he was. “No need to call me sir, professor” would turn into something like “You need to call me sir”.
hp  harrypotter  fanart 
11 days ago
Cele|bitchy | Prince Charles is still ‘frosty’ about Harry & William’s Diana documentary
Prince Charles oftens uses the papers, like the Daily Mail, to send a message to his sons rather than speak to them directly. He usually does that to William, because Charles doesn’t like to confront William directly about anything (nor does anyone else, because of Big Willy’s temper). So is it possible that Charles is sending a message to his sons that he still hasn’t forgotten that they wrote him out of the narrative of their childhood? Perhaps. And if that’s the case, Charles needs to get over it. He’s alive, and Diana has been gone for 21 years. He got to raise his sons his way, and of course they’re going to have complicated feelings about all of it.
royalty 
13 days ago
Mod The Sims - 130 Sim Lane - A Makeover, new and improved! - No CC
Today I have a maxis makeover to share with you all, The house is 130 Sim Lane, before and after pics can be seen below.

I hope you'll like my version, and hopefully you'll think it has improved .

My version of the house has four bedrooms + nursery and two and a half bathrooms. It comes fully furnished and decorated with all skill building objects, alarm and phone. Base game only, No CC needed.
sims2  lots  houses  tobegot 
13 days ago
Strange Tomato
We’re back again with another twist neighbourhood! Many of us fondly remember the first time we played Strangetown and all the mysteries there to uncover. Why not take a trip back and discover it all again… with a twist?
strangetown  strange_tomato  meetmetotheriver 
13 days ago
Sims Crossing: Pleasant Family Home Makerover by CII
Pleasant Family Home Makeover. Many changes have been made! Please enjoy!
sims2  lots  houses  pleasant  pleasantview 
14 days ago
MMO: The Goths - Anna's Sims
The lot is HUGE. I noticed the staircase recolor is missing from the Sims2Pack, and I'm sure if that's the only thing, so if you see something in the pictures that isn't included, feel free to ask.
sims2  lots  goth 
14 days ago
Windsor Inc: The corporate machine that's led the Royal renaissance - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The tour kicks off with the sudden and unexpected message via Kensington Palace social media that Meghan is pregnant. The Royal baby is expected in the European spring.

The immaculately-timed announcement immediately breaks the internet. The Instagram post on the young Royals' official account, @kensingtonroyal, gets 500,000 likes inside an hour.

By 8:00 the next morning, GoogleTrends tweets that the search term, "When is spring?" has spiked.

It's the latest episode in the victory lap of a Royal family which is enjoying a remarkable renaissance — one that is media-managed within an inch of its life.

Former Royal private secretary Patrick Jephson says everything has changed from his years of working for the palace with Princess Diana, when, he says, the strategy was to lie to the public about a palace in meltdown.

"We were dealing in whatever today's truth was and the media knew that, they could smell it and on a certain level we deserved all the crazy stories that were written because, uncomfortably, lots of them were true," Mr Jephson told Four Corners.
royalty 
16 days ago
Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce Recipe - EatingWell
Rich, dark and delicious, mole is a signature sauce in Mexican cooking. There are many variations, but the basic ingredients include plenty of chiles and nuts along with a touch of chocolate to tame the heat of the chiles. Traditional recipes can take several hours to prepare—this quick version takes a few shortcuts by using chili powder, nut butter and chocolate chips. Serve with rice and a medley of sautéed zucchini, pepper and onion.
recipe  recipes  chicken  molesauce 
17 days ago
Roasted Mole Cauliflower with Chickpeas | Naturally Ella
As with most recipes, the most delicious ones come from pure happenstance and whatever I happen to have on hand. This mole cauliflower came about for two reason. An assistant who made a massive amount of mole and a last-minute potluck where I needed to bring a dish. I happen to have a head of cauliflower on hand, so I set to work.

I realize this the mole sauce may be a red flag for some because at it’s root, it’s a complex process with 25+ ingredients. However, you have options here. To start, find local Mexican grocers who might have homemade mole paste for sale. This is best place to start. If you can’t find any there, make a quick version from a recipe like this or this. Or of course, if you’re in it to win it, make an authentic batch.
recipes  cauliflower 
17 days ago
Rare peregrine falcon pair choose Perth apartment as new breeding ground - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
"I was intrigued," he said.

"I knew virtually nothing, but surprisingly there were people in the building who had an interest in birds and were fascinated to know they were here.

"We realised we should disturb them as little as possible and encourage them to successfully breed."

That encouragement has worked, as the falcons have returned to their Crawley nesting site for a fourth straight year and are now rearing another clutch of three chicks.
falcons  birds  australia  perth 
17 days ago
The extraordinary life of Annette Kellerman, Australia's 'fearless mermaid' - RN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
RELATED STORY: Meet Australia's unsung female trailblazers
The turn of the 20th century was a time when rules for women were many — and Australian movie star Annette Kellerman defied most of them.

She was the first woman to appear naked on film, had a passion for driving fast cars, was vegetarian before it was widely accepted, and performed all her own stunts — including jumping into a pit of live crocodiles.

She was a Jill-of-all-trades, known around the world for her swimming records, 14 silent movie appearances, spectacular vaudeville act and underwater ballet.

But one title arguably sums up any others: "bad-ass".

That's the summation of the National Film and Sound Archive's Beth Taylor, who has produced a new exhibition about Kellerman.

"She just was never doing what was expected of her, but she managed to do it with such a flair that she didn't seem to get into too much trouble," says Ms Taylor, who hopes to revive Kellerman's story.

"She's the woman that we need to be reading about."
australia  australian  women  history 
19 days ago
The true blue: Book reveals the real origins of Australia's famous cattle dog - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Hall must have been an exceptional dog breeder. Somehow, he incorporated a dingo into a line of specially imported blue-coloured dogs sent to him by his relatives in northern England.

Through repeated backcrossing, by 1832 he had developed a highly useful cattle dog.

The Hall's heeler had all the toughness and stamina of the dingo combined with the stock sense and instinct of the cur.

It's believed to be the only instance in the world where a wild dog has been bred with a domestic dog to achieve a biddable working offspring.

We'll never know how Hall went about it because after his death in 1870, his meticulous breeding records were dumped down a well.
australia  dogs 
19 days ago
Starting Your First Retail Store in The Sims 2 Open for Business
When open for business first came out, I immediately wanted to build the store of my dreams. But being only 12 when the expansion came out, I really didn’t know much about building or even running a sim business.

Well, being 23 now, I have finally started getting the concept of building a successful retail business and what essential items you need to make your first store in Sims 2 Open for business a very successful one. These are some tips that I use throughout the game to get up and running when I first create a store.
sims2  business  ofb 
19 days ago
dukeofbookingham: thealmightylandlady: ...
there’s a website where you put in two musicians/artists and it makes a playlist that slowly transitions from one musician’s style of music to the other’s
music 
23 days ago
meetmetotheriver's Sims Tumblr — Clean Pleasantview Templates - Rerelease (Fixed...
So what is this? Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while - a release of my templates. This is part 1, Pleasantview. The others will be coming as I finish them

They are, honestly, not all that different to my originals from 2011-2012, just some minor fixes here and there, so don’t feel like you have to replace your current play-neighbourhood. Just, if you want to start a new Pleasantview sometime soon, you might want to consider these. :)

Some of you may not be familiar with my original templates, them being 7 years old and from the LiveJournal era, after all - so here’s a brief explanation of what my clean templates are:

They’re the Maxis neighbourhoods, but cleaned up considerably. The changes in each neighbourhood vary, but in general I have:

Deleted garbage data (relationships, wants & fears, texts and other stuff that didn’t belong to any sims and/or were broken) - this was done before the HoodChecker existed - all my hard work here can be done with the click of a button now, haha. :)
Fixed DNA of all sims, including adding recessive genetics wherever applicable, and faces based on broken templates.
Deleted the second generation of dead sims in family trees to save space/reduce the amount of character files (some may not care for this change, but it really helps if you want to make an uberhood/combined hood with lots of character files).
Deleted most townies/service NPCs. See point above.
Fixed the remaining dead sims, so that all have character data, non-borked faces, and are the correct age and sex etc, so they can (probably) be safely resurrected. (Bear in mind that I don’t guarantee that they’re safe though, resurrect at your own risk!)
Fixed and cleaned up memories of all sims. Consistency! They make sense now!
Fixed up relationships that were weird, family trees that were wrong, etc.
Fixed broken photo albums in a few cases.
Probably some more stuff I’ve forgotten.
Specifically for Pleasantview, I have:

Fixed Skip Broke so he’s no longer “unlinked” - this means that Brandi’s unborn baby will get his DNA, and has a random chance of being a boy or girl, instead of being an opposite-sex clone of Brandi.
Bella Goth has also been relinked, and “recovered”, and is now a townie.
Given new faces to Darleen Dreamer, and Michael Bachelor (Skell’s version).
And in this rerelease version, in addition to some minor fixes, I have:

Given the Caliente sisters some interesting recessive genetics.
Given basic memories to Skip Broke, Darleen Dreamer and Michael Bachelor, since these are the usual favourites for resurrection among players.
sims2  templates  meetmetotheriver 
23 days ago
English Historical Fiction Authors: Managing an estate
There were two major types of great landowners in the regency era–the aristocrats who were deeply involved in running the government, but rather less hands-on in regards to their estates, and land-owning gentry, who were very hands-on and represented the majority of land owners.

A country estate was a complex economic mini-state that typically included a residence of sufficient size to suit a gentleman with parkland, gardens, stables and paddocks. A large agrarian business extended out from this center, consisting of a home farm and gardens, numerous tenanted farms and cottages usually in a village near the manor. The survival of the resident family, household staff, tenant farmers and their families and workers depended on revenues from the estate’s agricultural enterprises and rents. (Laudermilk, 1989) A successful estate owner needed solid business acumen.

But why? Gentlemen did not work for their income, did they?

Technically, they did not. Their income came largely from rents and investments. Estates often had small villages within their boundaries including church and parsonage, stone, brick or timbered farmhouses, and cottages, even wind/water mills in a few narrow lanes, all surrounded by productive (and often leased out) meadows and fields. (It was generally considered a village, not a town because it had no market, the defining characteristic of a small town.)

Estate owners might also receive revenue from the sale of products from their land, including crops, animal products, timber and minerals.
statelyhomes  estates  aristocracy  regency  historical  english  research  austen 
23 days ago
Cesperanza
Expo, an Iron Man fanvid by lim
Music: Turn Up The Faders by Nathan Asher & The Infantry
Thanks to Cesperanza and Astolat

HD download will be available on /lim shortly.
videos  tobewatched 
23 days ago
Simgaroop's Simlish Rambling | Hiya! I was wondering if, for your Hero Monty sim,...
I extracted all the premades I’ve been using for the pictures from @meetmetotheriver‘s awesome clean and fixed templates. And I actually uploaded all of them to Simfileshare! :D
sims2  sims  simgaroop 
23 days ago
Busy Philipps: 'I've been on three big TV shows but was broke by the age of 28' | Global | The Guardian
Well, the good news (or perhaps the bad) is that it’s not just me. A million people now follow Philipps, who first tasted fame acting in teen dramas Freaks and Geeks (as the character Kim Kelly) and then Dawson’s Creek (as latecomer Audrey Liddell), and who more recently played Amy Schumer’s best friend Jane in the film I Feel Pretty. The best-friend zone is where she has been, in acting terms, for two decades, while seemingly becoming the actual best friend of half of Hollywood along the way. (Michelle Williams is her actual BFF.)
biography  surivivor  womensissues 
23 days ago
Grapefruit Hot Toddy - Thug Kitchen
GRAPEFRUIT HOT TODDY
AKA HUG IN A MUG
AKA DOCTORS ORDERS
AKA COLD CRUSHER
drinks  recipe  recipes 
25 days ago
Chimichurri Sauce - Thug Kitchen
Meet pesto's cousin that spent a semester abroad, chimichurri. This is the kinda shit you wanna serve just so you can say "with a chimichurri sauce" and you sound fancy af. NOW GO IMPRESS SOMEONE USING THE POWER OF SAUCE.
recipes  omnomnom 
26 days ago
Baked Onion Rings - Thug Kitchen
You need more onion rings in your life but nobody likes being assaulted by hot oil popping outta the skillet. Simple and healthier solution, bake those bitches. 
food  healthy  omnomnom 
26 days ago
A piercing screen: How Watership Down terrified an entire generation | The Independent
There was no PG rating in the UK in 1978 – so it was either U (universal) or 15. It was felt the former was more fitting. The film’s suitability became an unlikely source of debate two years ago when Channel 5 aired it at 2.25pm on Easter Sunday. Families across Britain sat down to what they presumed would be a tale of cuddly derring-do in the woodland.
watershipdown 
26 days ago
Towards the Within - mormons pass by
I lived for a while in a communal household with a bunch of people who rescued animals, and for a while we had this incredibly sweet Burmese python named Dolores that we were caring for. She rebounded from neglect very quickly and was basically a joyful and energetic bundle of sunshine, but she’d had mites and they were hard to get rid of. Treatment includes coating the snake with olive oil and waiting an hour, which causes the mites to suffocate. Now, it’s not a good idea to put an eleven-foot long greased snake into a glass habitat, so the best bet was to hold her for the hour. This was a formidable task, as Dolores weighed almost seventy pounds, but as i am a robust and muscular individual i stripped down to my underpants, picked up Dolores, and went about my business in a very slippery and greasy way (i was test-fitting new fangs for halloween).

Which was when the mormons stopped by. My housemates had seen them from the front windows, which was why they insisted i answer the door. 

Me, befanged, mohawked, tattooed, pierced, greased, naked except for a ripped and sagging pair of drawers and an enthusiastic and friendly seventy-pound oily snake: hi!

Dolores, who was really having such an awesome day: new friends? yes? hello? you have treats?

Mormons: sorry wrong house. (they actually turned whiter i did not think that would have been possible)
missionaries  tumblr  *splorfle* 
29 days ago
BBC - Future - Why Britain has secret ‘ghost trains’
The sheer mystery of ghost trains is part of what makes them compelling to a small, but passionate, community of “ghost train hunters” that, Hall-Smith and Moralee say, spans the globe, sharing information online through websites like theirs. Hall-Smith has been chasing the trains since 1993, visiting 41 ghost stations. Moralee has visited 32. They take pictures at each one and try to put them on their website, with detailed descriptions about how to get there and what to expect. To celebrate his 50th birthday, they went to Berney Arms in Norfolk. “It has to be one of the maddest places we have both been to,” he says. “No words can describe how isolated this place was.” The closest road was three miles away; the only nearby structures were a shuttered pub and an old windmill.
uk  travel  trains  britain  england 
29 days ago
V&A · Off Pointe by Mary McCartney
Mary McCartney's seminal series, 'Off Pointe – A Photographic Study of the Royal Ballet After Hours', captures ballet dancers in unguarded, behind-the-scenes moments as they prepare for performances at The Royal Opera House.
ballet 
29 days ago
Roasted Broccoli Herb Noodles - Thug Kitchen
COLON CANCER AIN'T FUCKING AROUND. You gotta eat more broccoli bc it's like a toothbrush for your asshole. It's way more effective and a HELLUVALOT CHEAPER than a juice cleanse. 
recipe  recipes  vegetables  omnomnom 
4 weeks ago
Chexish Mix - Thug Kitchen
No party, game night, or chill sesh is complete without this snacking staple. Our recipe is half the fat and waaayyyy less sodium than the OG version so you can munch away without feeling gut guilt. - make for election and use worcestershire and bagel crisps
recipe  recipes  snacks  omnomnom 
4 weeks ago
Earl Grey French Toast - Thug Kitchen
Don't settle for a boring breakfast. You deserve a better start to your day and this tea steeped toast is gonna get you noshing like nobility. 
recipes  recipe  omnomnom 
4 weeks ago
Sunshine Carrot Cake - Thug Kitchen
You’re not gonna take your mom to the fucking Olive Garden like you did last year, right? You should bake your mom a cake for Mother’s Day. She’ll be happy you’re eating some vegetables and it’s the least you can do since she baked you. 
food  cake  recipe  recipes  omnomnom 
4 weeks ago
Mole Negro Recipe | Bon Appetit
Chilhuacle negro chiles give this mole its traditional flavor and should not be substituted. They’re difficult to find in the U.S., but you can find them—and the other chiles you’ll need—at spicetrekkers.com.
recipe  recipes  chocolate 
4 weeks ago
Cook's Illustrated's Foolproof Pie Dough Recipe | Serious Eats
When we talked to Cook's Illustrated publisher Chris Kimball about a 2007 issue of the magazine, we asked what recipes really stood out in that issue. This pie crust is one of them. It's a brilliant recipe," Kimball said. "The secret ingredient in it? Vodka."
recipe  recipes  pastry 
4 weeks ago
30 Makeup Brands That Still Test On Animals In 2018 – Cruelty-Free Kitty
These popular brands all still test on animals. Some of them are often mistaken for being cruelty-free, but sadly this is not the case. I’ve included a brief description of each company’s policy to explain why they aren’t cruelty-free.

For the majority of these cases, the brands are sold in China, where animal testing is mandatory by law for foreign cosmetics. It’s important to read the fine print when reading brand policies, as many of them will claim to be cruelty-free but then include a clause about “except when required by law”. If they are sold in stores in China, this clause then means that they are not a cruelty-free brand.

I’ve also included alternative cruelty-free suggestions for each brand. Feel free to leave your favorite cruelty-free dupe suggestions in the comments below!
makeup 
4 weeks ago
Agent Carter and Bésame Cosmetics, or How to Win at Licensing | The Mary Sue
It really began quite organically. Hernandez is widely recognized as an authority on period makeup, and her book, Classic Beauty (available at Bésame Cosmetics’ website, wink wink), is in constant use as a resource for makeup artists working on period film and television. And given the fact that Bésame Cosmetics’ only brick-and-mortar shop is in Burbank (and hosts its own cosmetic museum, which is just too cool), it makes total sense that the production department for Agent Carter asked Hernandez for a period-appropriate lipstick and waltzed out with a tube of Red Velvet.

What really kicked things off, according to Hernandez, was Captain America and Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell tweeting out Peggy’s lip color. Already popular in the pin-up community, Bésame’s dedication to historical accuracy and reproductions of vintage lipsticks (but, y’know, without all the toxic chemicals of the time period) were exposed to a whole new audience: geeks like us. And when geeks like us get involved, a market develops.
makeup  peggycarter 
4 weeks ago
The Doug Anthony All Stars relive 10 years of comedy and anarchy in new documentary
McDermott and Ferguson remain especially close friends — something that is evident not just in the way they talk about each other but in the way they jokingly abuse each other on stage.


The Doug Anthony All Stars were the bad boys of Aussie comedy. Picture: Supplied
Rather than avoiding the elephant in the room — Ferguson’s MS — they’re happy to be trampled by it.

Sometimes audiences are offended. But most of the time they get it. Far from being a form of raging against the night, it’s what these ageing enfants terribles have always done.
daas  timferguson 
4 weeks ago
The Doug Anthony All Stars relive 10 years of comedy and anarchy in new documentary | The West Australian
Then, just as true international stardom and success were finally within their grasp, Ferguson pulled the plug. He offered no explanation. McDermott and Fidler were heartbroken. It wasn’t until more than a decade later Ferguson revealed he had been suffering from multiple sclerosis.


Paul McDermott, Richard Fidler and Tim Ferguson of The Doug Anthony All Stars reunite for Tick F***ing Tock.
That’s just one of the fascinating and potentially painful subjects the boys confront as they sit around that table, before the cameras, in new two-part documentary Tick F***ing Tock, which takes in the highs and lows of life as the Doug Anthony All Stars, as well as the cards fate has dealt them since.
daas  timferguson 
4 weeks ago
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things review – 'an innovative approach' | Books | The Guardian
Jane Austen presents the same pickle to biographers as Shakespeare: there is considerably more interest than information about the lives behind the work. In Austen's case, the problem is compounded by most biographies taking their lead from the first, written by her nephew in a hagiographical style that suppresses the subject's worldliness and mordant wit. Of Austen's own record, in the thousands of letters she sent during her 41 years, only a small fraction survives.

Hence Paula Byrne adopts an innovative approach: to examine Austen's life and work through 18 objects connected to her. By eschewing a conventional timeline, Byrne doesn't need to pretend that there's much narrative excitement in the months or years an author spends sequestered scribbling novels. Where Austen's life is undocumented, Byrne illuminates the things, places, circumstances, people surrounding her.


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Byrne is anxious to demonstrate that Austen was no sheltered country mouse, in fact being well travelled and cosmopolitan, as well as businesslike: determined from childhood to become a published author, she had no choice but to tussle with the dirty business of publishing, managing the rare trick for a Georgian female writer of making money from her novels.
austen 
5 weeks ago
Review: The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, By Paula Byrne | The Independent
In September 1792, one of the bloodiest and dramatic months of the French Revolution, coquettish cousin Eliza and her young son were staying at the rectory in Steventon, Hampshire, with Jane Austen and her family, probably for at least six months. Eliza was the wife of Count Jean Capote Feuillide and the Austens were both fond of and close to her. On 23 February 1794, Eliza's husband was guillotined. Three years later, Eliza married Jane's brother Henry. So much for Jane Austen having no knowledge of, or interest in, events in France.
austen 
5 weeks ago
The Bathing Dress: Fashion in the Georgian Era | Jane Austen's World
One wonders how much the habit of wearing a bathing gown in a bath had to do with modesty. The time it took to prepare for a bath was long and arduous. Water had to be hauled from the well, heated in sufficient quantities, and then hauled up the stairs before the water cooled. One did not take a quick bath in such an instance, but would linger in the tub until the water became too cold for comfort. One imagines that a roaring fire kept the room (and bather) warm. In those days, aristocratic women entertained visitors in their dressing rooms while wearing elaborate dressing gowns. As shown in the scene below, they also entertained visitors while bathing.
historical  regency  clothing  bathing 
5 weeks ago
Pride and Prejudice 1995: 20 years Later | Jane Austen's World
As for Jennifer Ehle being too heavy for the part of a 20 year old Regency girl, those critics need only to examine images of that era to see that Jennifer was the perfect size to play Lizzy. Keira Knightley possesses the thin fashionable looks that suit our 21st century tastes, but not those that depict early 19th century beauties. Feel free to disagree.

The 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice also benefited from the immensely satisfying performances of Benjamin Whitrow as Mr Bennet, Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet, David Bamber as the incredibly silly Mr. Collins, and Barbara Leigh-Hunt as insufferable Lady Catherine de Bourgh. I found very little fault with the supporting actors, who played their roles to perfection.
p&p  austen 
5 weeks ago
SNARK WEEK: 11 Reasons to Be Irritated by Pride & Prejudice (2005) | Frock Flicks
Pride & Prejudice (2005), starring Keira Knightley, is known as Pride & Prejudice & Pigs around here. Why? Because it seems far more interested in pig shots than in adapting the original Jane Austen novel. Here are 11 reasons to be irritated by Pride & Prejudice (2005).
p&p  austen 
5 weeks ago
'Agent Carter' Star Hayley Atwell Has a Brilliant Response to Sexism on Sets
It's unsurprising to say she's absolutely right. Marvel, the studio that produces Agent Carter, still hasn't hired a single female director for any of their movies. There's a lack of movies focusing on any comic book universe's female characters. Some of the biggest superhero stars casually slut-shame female characters. It's a dire situation, and it's not getting better.

That's why it's so important that we have people like Atwell and Cara Delevingne, who called out the skimpy outfits female superheroes often have to wear. They're calling out sexism where it lies every chance they get. Thanks to them, we may get a more inclusive superhero genre sooner versus later. 

Luckily, Atwell's outspoken attitude hasn't cursed her in Hollywood. She'll next be seen in Friday's new release Ant-Man, and season two of Agent Carter will kick off at midseason.
hayleyatwell  agentcarter  sexism 
5 weeks ago
Brett Kavanaugh: United States divided as Senate votes to appoint controversial figure to Supreme Court - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Mr Trump was in Minnesota for yet another pre-election rally with the faithful.

And what a message he had to sell. A fresh victory on the Supreme Court and the lowest unemployment figures in half a century.

But all of that means little of he can't energise his red base to care enough to get out and vote in the mid-term elections in a month's time.

If he loses control of Congress, he is in greater danger of impeachment.

And if the Democrats win both chambers, his powers to legislate and appoint officials will be gutted.

A lame-duck President. And we know how much he hates losers.
politics  usa 
5 weeks ago
Jane Austen biographer discovers 'lost portrait' | Books | The Guardian
Jane Austen scholar Dr Paula Byrne claims to have discovered a lost portrait of the author which, far from depicting a grumpy spinster, shows a writer at the height of her powers and a woman comfortable in her own skin.

The only accepted portraits of Austen to date are her sister Cassandra's 1810 sketch, in which she looks cross, and an 1870 adaptation of that picture. But when Byrne, biographer of Evelyn Waugh and Mary "Perdita" Robinson and with an Austen biography due out in 2013, was given a portrait of a female author acquired by her husband, Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, at auction, she was immediately struck by the possibility that it could be a lost drawing of Austen.

The portrait drawing, in graphite on vellum, had been in a private collection for years, and was being auctioned as an "imaginary portrait" of Austen, with "Miss Jane Austin" written on the back. "When my husband bought it he thought it was a reasonable portrait of a nice lady writer, but I instantly had a visceral reaction to it. I thought it looks like her family. I recognised the Austen nose, to be honest, I thought it was so striking, so familiar," Byrne told the Guardian. "The idea that it was an imaginary portrait – that seemed to me to be a crazy theory. That genre doesn't exist, and this looks too specific, too like the rest of her family, to have been drawn from imagination."
austen 
5 weeks ago
19 High-Protein Dinners Under 550 Calories You'll Actually Want To Eat
Eating protein-heavy meals for dinner is great because they keep you super full — so full that you won't feel hungry again by the time you're getting ready for bed.
recipes  recipe  omnomnom 
5 weeks ago
There Have Always Been Protests On Capitol Hill. This Is Different.
As the Senate moves forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the anger and energy on both sides on Capitol Hill has reached an unprecedented peak.

While Democrats and Republicans have strong disagreements on Kavanaugh’s nomination, there is one thing they agree on: This moment is different.
politics  usa 
5 weeks ago
Hundreds Of Protesters Descended On The Capitol For Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation
A Capitol Police spokesperson said that 164 protesters were arrested, 13 from the Senate galleries above where the confirmation vote took place.
politics  usa 
5 weeks ago
Scattering Ashes - About us
We are an award winning family run company, completely independent and based in Devon, England. We created this site to help you celebrate the life of your loved one and help you do it in your own way: whether you want to scatter, bury or keep them.
jewellery  memorial  mourning 
5 weeks ago
Lifegem scam? exposed - The New Coffee Room
For some mysterious reason that diamond forum NEVER allows discussions of pearls or man-made diamonds.
They rule with an iron fist.
Such threads are vaporized within seconds and posters, and their IP addrresses, banned to Hades for eternity.

You will see on the first page that old timers are expecting the thread to be deleted at any moment because of the taboo topic.
Astonishingly, Admin posts that the owner of Lifegem is invited in and will have unprecedented Carte Blanche to explain his processes and defend his company.

Then something remarkable happens.
A poster says she emailed a link to the thread to Lifegem.
Soon the owner, who posts as "Rusty", actually shows up and throws up a smoke screen of excuses and diversions.
He avoids answering simple questions which would show his business was legit.

Next two old timers in the business happen to post the same long article, written by an expert gemologist, challenging in excruciating detail the legitimacy of lifegem.

Also posted, and hard to read, are details of Lifegem's patents.
This includes such macabre details as severing body parts, propping the body on its head and pushing the body to the side of the furnace and scooping out the internal organs of the deceased.

A diamond cutter, Paul, chimes in with questions such as, do the cutters of these diamonds mind breathing the dust which contain the remains of clients, and do the remains of several clients end up ground together on the polishing wheels, and is the diamond powder that collects on the floor swept up and thrown away? etc.

Evidence is presented that they probably are just pulling pre-made diamonds out of a safe and selling them at obscene profits

Rusty responds only by saying his lawyer sent a letter to the article's author, and talks about how the author is harming his business.
Then the article's author himself, using the moniker YourGemologist, shows up and poses simple questions.

Rusty vanishes.
mourning  jewellery  lifegem  scam 
5 weeks ago
Cremation / Memorial Jewellery – Chris-Parry-Handmade
A unique range of special memorial jewellery pieces.

Once you place your order, I will send you a special vial for some ashes.
jewellery  mourning 
5 weeks ago
Cat Isn't Scared To Approach Lion At Animal Rescue - iHeartCats.com
Youtube User Big Cat Derek — operations director for CARE (the Center for Animal Research and Education) was able to catch this chance encounter with a rescued lion and a surly housecat looking to show off from the safety of a protective fence.

“Oh by god, Baggy, you will lose…” you can hear Derek say, as he witnesses the two lock eyes.
cats  video  youtube 
5 weeks ago
12 Signs That You Really Need a Life Coach
Successful people have sworn by life coaches for years, but a lot of people are still hesitant to hire one. A life coach can help you figure out what you want to do with your life and, more importantly, they can help you figure out how to do it. Many people think that they don’t need help and that they can do everything by themselves. The truth is that it always helps to have support, especially the support of an experienced professional who can aid you in getting where you want to be without wasting any excess time or money.

Here are 12 major signs that you may be in need of a life coach:
lifecoaching 
6 weeks ago
Hello, Alice. Welcome to Wonderland. — pywren: pywren: “Shat was...
“Shat was interviewed on WNEW’s Midday Live, hosted by Bill Boggs. Asked “What do you think about this trend in fandom, where Kirk and Spock are more than friends?” Shatner replied: “Well, they’re gay, what do you think?” He followed that up with “There’s this sociological thing in the U.S., people are uptight about homosexuality. The fact that two men are close to each other can invite speculation that they are more than just friends.”
williamshatner  st  st:tos  st:tmp 
6 weeks ago
Early Pleasantview - [[MORE]] This pack was filled with really nice...
This pack was filled with really nice everyday clutter, and lots of things that could be turned into clutter, like school projects and toys. There is a readme with polycounts and location listings for things that might not be in the obvious places (like the laundry basket is in with the dressers, and the bathroom clutter is in Plumbing misc. because everyone’s deco misc. section is probably overflowing. Everything is deco, only, unfortunately. The kid’s mess (the object that is a backpack, books, shoes etc.) that’s meant to go on the floor should be intersectable, so it won’t cause routing issues. Unlike the other school projects, the different versions of the castle are just recolors, not new meshes.  
sims2  objects  tobegot 
6 weeks ago
Incredible 'Old Man Aragorn' LOTR Art From a Weta Workshop Artist
What, you thought that after his coronation, the legendary Strider himself would give up on the occasional hunt?

This amazing imagining of an elder Elessar comes courtesy of Adam Middleton, a lead concept designer at Weta Workshop based in Wellington, New Zealand. Middleton came up with the idea for the image—described as depicting a post-Return of the King Aragorn as hunting down a renewed evil, “forcing him back into his ranger ways of old”—for an art challenge at Weta this past April, re-imagining new takes on the Lord of the Rings hero.
lotr  art  aragorn  tolkien 
6 weeks ago
Women Built London's Waterloo Bridge, But It Took These Photos to Prove It - Atlas Obscura
For more than half a century, it was just a rumor. As London’s river boat pilots passed by Waterloo Bridge (“The Ladies’ Bridge,” as some of them called it) they’d tell a story about the women who had built the bridge during World War II. But the idea that women had been largely involved in building Waterloo Bridge wasn’t included in any official history of the structure, or detailed in any records. During the new bridge’s opening ceremony, on December 10, 1945, then-Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison had declared that “the men that built Waterloo Bridge are fortunate men.” It wasn’t until 2015 that the hard work of these women could be confirmed, by the historian Christine Wall, thanks to a series of photographs she found.
womenshistory  history  wwii  london 
6 weeks ago
Si Creabis, Fit Redunda., Should I watch Russian Holmes?
does anyone have a link to Watch it ? I doubt it’s on Netflix

It’s on YouTube! Search Lenfilm Holmes.

It might be a bit difficult to find them in the right order so
sherlockholmes  russian  copperbadge 
6 weeks ago
Leigh Sales: 'It just started to feel like nothing was safe'
She's not suggesting the people in her book have recovered in any simplistic, as-if-it-never-happened sense. But what she does describe is the phenomenon of post-traumatic growth. This is a surprising psychological effect of trauma, in which people report increased empathy, strength and resilience – "tangible positive change" – as a result of what they've gone through.
psychology  journalism  leighsales 
6 weeks ago
Turnbull's ABC chickens home to roost
Yet this week's implosions seemed almost a direct consequence of the now defunct Turnbull style of government, his rotten judgments with appointments, his style of crony capitalism, and the personal and spiteful way with which he dealt with people who crossed him. The effects of this – via people placed in boards and agencies – will continue to dog Morrison's government and, probably, whichever party is in government after the next election.

In many respects, Turnbull was never so ruthless with patronage – and the installation of mates, party friends and donors, and ideological bedfellows – as some of his predecessors.

Tony Abbott was a shocker, and not only in seeking to install cultural warriors in key boards and positions, including on both the ABC board and the panel that recommended people of high reputation, independence of mind and concern for the public interest to be on the ABC board.
politics  australia 
6 weeks ago
i make simple spelling errors and cant draw feet: raisinsforsunday: la belle fleur sauvage...
It began, like every beautiful love story: at a kegger.

They were all scattered around a well-maintained garden at one of the group houses just off of campus. The main event was a fire-pit on a stone terrace with a circle of stone benches. The whole thing was surrounded by well manicured hedges

Joanna was admittedly surprised to see a Vulcan at an event like that, but times had changed.

But this Vulcan took her breath away.

She sat alone at the edge of the party on a low brick wall that circled the fire-pit, and fixated on the flames. Her face was awash in the warm flickering light. Joanna thought she was beautiful– her features framed by a halo of insane brown curls, tied back in a haphazard half-bun, hiding all but the tips of her pointed ears. She was tall, her long legs tucked up at odd angles, and she hunched over like she was trying to keep out the cold.

“Wow,” said Joanna. The epitome of poetic expression in the face of beauty, really.
fic  tumblr  saavik/joanna  mccoy  st  st:tos 
6 weeks ago
MDPthatsme, THIS IS FOR SIMS 2! All About Style Main Like...
All About Style Main Like Jacket
This is for Adult Female.
Morphs included.
14 swatches pictures above.
sims2  clothing  tobegot 
6 weeks ago
Fic: Row Row Row (Kirk/Spock) - rip_beedlebarg
I hate to admit it but you've got to respect Jim's skills. I've been Spock's physician for a long time now and, although Vulcan cultural mores mean that hasn't meant that much, I've seen his equipment up close and personal a few more times than I care to count. That Jim's managing to fit enough in his mouth to force Spock into making that deep grunt of pleasure says a lot about Jim's expertise or, at the very least, his enthusiasm. I'm not sure why but it surprised the heck out of me the time I disturbed them in the bathroom of that DS7 bar all those years back, Jim on his knees in front of Spock whose hands were twisting in Jim's hair rather more roughly than I'd have given him the credit for as Jim pumps his head over Spock's cock. Spock's face is utterly composed when he notes me gaping at them for one appalled minute before I turn, get the heck out of Dodge and start drinking myself into vegetative coma. Shore leave always seems to bring out the outdoorsman in Jim. Relatively speaking.

It's my own damn fault. Pounding back shot after shot one evening back on-board after a tough shift and I'm spilling to Jim about how that goddamn mirror Spock dumped a bunch of kinky thoughts about his own captain in my head. I guess I thought it might put him off as Jim's always been pretty vanilla, but I look across at him, face softened with booze, jaw working and glittering eyes narrowed as he considers it. Grins, rubbing at his chin with his fingers.

“Really? Spock's kinky?”

“Terran Spock is kinkier than a cat's tail after it got slammed in a door. It's going to take many years of pickling my neurons in alcohol before I'm likely to get all that out of my damn head, the things he wanted to do with a hypospray to various parts of his Jim fair boogles the mind.”
fic  k/s  kirk/spock  mccoy  st  st:tos 
7 weeks ago
Fic: The Squire of Eros (1/5) - Emergent Complexity
Summary: An old nemesis pays a social call to the Enterprise just in time for the annual Valentine's Day party. On this occasion it's Spock who draws the brunt force of his irritating personality. But when his holiday-inspired antics turn dangerous, it's up to the Captain and crew to take him down, and Jim is forced to confront his long-evaded desires.
fic  st  st:tos  toberead 
7 weeks ago
small dirty bathtub
memes practically made for star trek
graphics  st  st:tos  kirk 
7 weeks ago
Fic: Cold Winter (K/S Advent) - Emergent Complexity
The melodies of more ancient Terran songs like this often reminded him of Vulcan musical sensibilities, with their minor keys and precise, predictable structures.  As was typical of human songs, the lyrics extolled the virtues of emotion.  Yet there was something about the metaphorical sentiment of repelling an unpleasant season with the company of others that seemed almost rational.  Regardless, the furrows in Jim’s brow smoothed out as Spock sang, and some of the tension in his shoulders visibly released.  Spock had to remind himself to focus on the music, rather than the effect it was having on the captain.

He began the second verse, and nearly came to a halt out of sheer surprise when he realized that there was another voice layering beneath his own.  He quickly skimmed ahead to memorize his next lines, then glanced up to confirm that Jim was, indeed, singing the counterpoint to his melody.  The captain’s voice was shy but practiced, and despite the relative difficulty of the song, he didn’t miss a note.  He still wasn’t looking at Spock, but rather at the floor, wearing the same expression he used when gazing out into the deepest reaches of space.
fic  christmasfic  st:tos  st  startrek  k/s  kirk/spock 
7 weeks ago
Damnit, Boop
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The notice has been pinned up on the board of Bucky’s local Starbucks for the past week. This morning, Bucky’s finally given up on life and called. He doesn’t like admitting that he can’t be in five places at once, but his new boss is a sociopathic nightmare with zero regard for either Bucky’s contracted hours, or his out of work commitments. After three days of trying and failing to explain to the Devil Incarnate that he has to go home in his lunchbreak, that he has a dog, damnit, and that Sarge might be the best boy ever, it’s not fair to leave him alone for so long, he’s bitten the bullet. ‘Ask for Steve’ picks up after three rings and promises to collect Sarge at seven am the next morning, so now Bucky is here, sat on the cold steps of his front porch, praying to god he’s not about to give his best friend up to some pet killing lunatic.

“Don’t look at me like that,” he pleads, scratching behind Sarge’s ears and trying not to melt at the sorrowful expression aimed up at him from soulful brown eyes. “It’s just for a few hours during the day. You’ll have a great time.” Sarge puts his head on Bucky’s knee and whines. Bucky’s never had a dog before and a year ago would never’ve believed it possible to be so completely wrapped around a fuzzy little paw. Sarge – technically his full name is Sargent Fuzzlefluff – came hand in paw with his ex; a spectacularly flighty son of a bitch, who’s traded Bucky for an older man, a mansion, and a strict no pets policy.

Sarge likes Bucky best, anyway. It works out for them.
tumblr  fic  steverogers  buckybarnes 
7 weeks ago
10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Original Star Trek
Why did NBC choose not to air the first Star Trek pilot, starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike? People usually blame it on a too-cerebral script, with too much deep philosophizing and introspection. But in fact, a major reason had to do with NBC's Broadcast Standards Office, being concerned about the "eroticism" of the pilot, with the green dancing girls and the kissing and all that raw sexuality. (To be sure, the network was also worried that it was "too smart," a female first officer was going too far, and Mr. Spock looked too demonic.) Later, after Trek was on the air, the producers used the network's concerns about sexuality to their advantage — they would deliberately put sexy stuff into episodes for the network to freak out about, so the censors wouldn't notice other things. For example, in the episode "A Private Little War," the producers deliberately put in a scene of Kirk having an open-mouth kiss with a half-naked woman, so the network could throw a fit about that — and not notice the blatant Vietnam allegory.
st  startrek  st:tos 
7 weeks ago
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