Monday, August 20

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza can be found in the Mexico sim (unlike my suitcase)

It's a chronological conundrum as scientists are unsure when it was built

I was surprised to see it raining when I arrived.. I hadn't brought a jacket with me.

Tuesday, August 14

CEBSC Thursday 16th August 12pm SLT

Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise....Our two weapons are fear and surprise... and ruthless efficiency....Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope....Our four... no...Amongst our weapons... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise...

I'll come in again.

(Ladies.. for all your facial hair needs, a visit to Mr Enoch will brighten your day...and put hairs on your chin.)

Thank you again, Sir.. a star!

Garden Croquet

Here is the pretty (yet pretty useless) set of croquet mallets and balls that I came across. It is a shame that you can't play with them.

I've come across the rules of Garden Croquet which can be found here. (uk site)

Although in America, "Backyard Croquet" or Nine Wicket Croquet can be found here.

An amusing quote from The Lakewood Croquet Club rules:
Section 45, Paragraph 1: Speaking in Tongues
"God save the Queen..."

As much as possible, competitors should attempt to speak only in pompous, over-the-top, grating approximations of British accents during match play. These accents should be somewhere in the region of the dialect displayed in early Monty Python movies. Players should also attempt to invoke the name of the Queen as often as possible, as well as belittling opponents by referring to them as members of Oasis. Of course, players who are not capable of a proper, obnoxious British accent should refrain from even attempting to speak in such a manner during match play. These players should allot a reasonable amount of practice time outside of matches to correctly perfect the accent so that it can be used in later match play.

Wednesday, August 8

Tuesday, August 7

Saturday, August 4

Do the okey -Croquet


Better known as Brighton.

I have been travelling around the grid to see if there are any builds of Brighton in world but I have not been very successful. (any ones you know about please leave a comment)

I came across this "Brighton Pier"

The Prince Regent spent much of his leisure time in Brighton and commissioned the exotic and expensive Royal Pavilion as a "holiday home" for him and his mistress. Or so the story goes.

You would think such a fine building would have a facsimile inworld. But as far as I could search, No Royal Pavillion. Which is a shame.

According to resources, between 1815 and 1822 the designer John Nash redesigned the palace.

Linden Labs are situating their new UK office in Brighton , coincidence or just strange... you decide.

History: Regency Fashions

The Gentlewomen of the Regency period temporarily abandoned tightly laced corsets in favour of a high-waisted, natural figure. The Empire Line was born. Although the Empire line was named after the First French Empire and not the British one.

The material used was often white muslin (almost transparent) although young ladies could also wear softer shades such as pinks, periwinkle blue, or lilacs.

The more mature matrons were advised to wear stronger colours such as Purple, black, crimson, deep blue or yellow.

Useful links to read more

History: Regency

I've been hearing that Caledon Regency is under construction and being an inquisitive soul I have to read and find out when exactly was "The Regency" period.

According to the Aethernet, the English Regency period refers to the years 1811-1820. There was a French Regency (RĂ©gence) period that occured earlier between 1715 to 1723.

King George III being incapacitated with mental illness, his son, The Prince Regent, took control of the throne so to speak.

It was a time characterised by distinctive fashions, politics and culture.

Friday, August 3

Profile : Nancy

"They wore a good deal of hair, not very neatly turned up behind, and were rather untidy about the shoes and stockings. They were not exactly pretty, perhaps; but they had a great deal of colour in their faces, and looked quite stout and healthy. Being remarkably free and easy with their manners, Oliver thought them to be very nice girls indeed. Which there is no doubt they were. [Oliver Twist, p.62]"

In the first edition, Dickens writes in the introduction that 'Nancy is a prostitute,'. We don't know exactly what has led Nancy astray but was presented as a part of Fagin's gang from an early age. She was a trained thief who longs for a better life. She works at a public bar, drinks heavily, and has a side job as a prostitute even though she was Bill Sikes' girl.

"Beginning in the late 1840s, major news organisations, clergymen and single women became increasingly interested in prostitution, which came to be known as "The Great Social Evil." Although estimates of the number of prostitutes in London by the 1850s vary widely (in his landmark study, Prostitution, William Acton reported that the police estimated there were 8,600 in 1857 London alone), it is enough to say that the number of women working the streets became increasingly difficult to ignore."

"While the Magdalen Hospital had been "reforming" prostitutes since the mid-18th century, the years between 1848 and 1870 saw a veritable explosion in the number of institutions working to "reclaim" these "fallen women" from the streets and retrain them for entry into respectable society—usually for work as domestic servants."

Definition: Kitchen Maid

A kitchen maid's salary was slightly more than that of the scullery maid. She got a a pricely sum of £15.00 per year (about $30.00). Her day started at 6.30am but generally ended at 9.30pm.

In large households, the head kitchen maid is an under-cook and assumes many of the plain-cooking responsibilities. In small households, the kitchen maid prepares vegetables, game and poultry, does the dairy-work, and bakes the bread. If there is no stillroom maid, she makes the cakes for luncheon, tea and dessert and the rolls for breakfast. She keeps the kitchen clean and keeps things in order.

She is only allowed upstairs once a day, to attend Morning Prayers. Otherwise she spends all her time between her bedroom in the attic and the Kitchen. She usually dines in the kitchen with the scullery maid.

Thursday, August 2

Gin toddies -- large measures --

"Small pleasures, small pleasures,
Who would deny us these?
Gin toddies -- large measures --
No skimping if you please!

I rough it. I love it.
Life is a game of chance
I'll never tire of it --
Leading this merry dance.

If you don't mind
having to go without things,
It's a fine (second) life!

Your own imaginations

My sewing skills are still, how shall we put this.. messy but I managed to fashion a likeness of Nancy's dress from the well known Mr Dicken's book, Oliver Twist. (well according to the musical Oliver!)

"There's a little ditty,
They're singing in the city,
Espeshly when they've been
On the gin
Or the beer.

If you've got the patience,
Your own imaginations
Will tell you just exactly what you want to hear... "

Wednesday, August 1

Definition: Scullery Maid

So what exactly does a Scullery Maid do?

According to the dictionary, the word "Scullery" comes from :

"Old French escuelerie, from escuelier, keeper of dishes, from escuele, dish, from Vulgar Latin *sctella, alteration (influenced by sctum, shield) of Latin scutella, salver, diminutive of scutra, platter."

Scullery maids were the lowest ranking of the female servants. They had the most physical and demanding tasks in the kitchen. Being at the bottom of the servant hierarchy meant they were mocked and ridiculed by upper servants and completely ignored by members of the household.

Duties included, cleaning the floor, stoves, sinks, pots, pans and dishes. They would rarely handle the fine china due to the expense if they were damaged. They were sometimes expected to collect water and empty females servants chamber pots.

They worked from 6.00am in the morning to 11.30pm at night with poor wages to compensate them. All this for £13.00 per year (about $26.00 per year)

If the household was not wealthy enough to employ a junior parlour maid and a scullery maid, they may employ a ‘tweeny’. They were nicknamed 'tweenies' because they worked 'between stairs' in the basement helping the cook or upstairs in the family rooms with the parlour-maid. She would usually get a Sunday afternoon off but was expected to attend church in that time. She would get one week's holiday a year.
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