Hehehe, don’t worry, there will be more.
Yahoo’s chief executive Marissa Mayer said that as part of its promise “not to screw it up”, Tumblr would operate independently.
- BBC’s report.
V, you are too kind. I’m not so sure how “important” these tidbits are, but it’s a fun place between “serious social history” and general fangirling. :)
(Although I could start doing breadcrumbs/links to the previous posts for ease of access, because I am an idiot who hasn’t tagged consistently.)
*raises hand* Mind if we return to the topic of Dr and Mrs Turner go to Torquay for their honeymoon? I know there’s a distinct lack of palm-trees on these pictures, the observation of which I recall as a wish of Sister Bernadette’s, but let’s pretend they - the trees - are hiding around the corner.
Yes, the styling, hair at least, is veering a little towards the 1940s, but it’s so beautiful that I cannot be arsed to care about a slight historical inaccuracy for speculation/inspiration purposes. The (sometimes not-applicable) muted colours, the high-waists, the textures, and the accessories. Ugh.
Outrageously blissful photographs by Martina Ankarfyr.
By popular demand we are proud to show ‘On the Move’ Launchpad’s film on the web. The Launchpad team wanted something different and imaginative to communicate the idea of energy transfers (an area of the gallery) and this is the result-a collaboration with Engineered Arts, a company based in Falmouth.
This unique ‘kinetic sculpture’ was created just for Launchpad and was built in a deserted warehouse in Cornwall by a team of curious and creative engineers and artists. It ran just once.
The film shows a bewildering series of energy transfers. Watch very carefully to see them all. There are hundreds, many are incredibly imaginative as well as unusual. Look out for the jokes too.
No soft toys were injured in the making of this film.
Oldie but goodie.
Bog-standard random Sunday afternoon post.
As you were.
19th of May, 1536 - Queen Anne Boleyn is executed
At 9am, or perhaps a little before, Anne was to leave her chambers in the Queen’s lodgings for the last time. Three years ago she had stayed in the very same lodgings on the night before her coronation, the night before she was to be raised above all others to become Queen of England. Now she left the same chambers to face her death. As she left the Queen’s lodgings Anne was accompanied by four ladies in waiting. It has been suggested that these four women were not those same ladies in waiting whom Anne detested that had been attending to her during her imprisonment. Instead it has been proposed that they were four of Anne’s ladies in waiting that had attended her during her marriage to Henry VIII. If this is true or not one cannot be sure, but it would be some comfort to know that in her final hours Anne had four women whom she held close with her.
Leaving her chambers Anne walked down the stairs from the Queen’s lodgings to the courtyard between the Jewel House and the King’s Hall. Two hundred Yeomen were there to lead Anne, her ladies in waiting, Sir Kingston and several others to the scaffold that had been erected. She walked through the courtyard and then through the twin towers of the Coldharbour Gate (which no longer stands) to the scaffold that awaited her. It has been reported that approximately a thousand people surrounded the scaffold upon Tower Green to watch the execution of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England. Of course several of those watching were the men whom had fought so viciously to bring these charges upon Anne including Thomas Cromwell, the Duke of Richmond (Anne’s step son) and the Duke of Suffolk.
Despite thousands of eyes staring at her Anne is said to have looked composed and dignified. One report states that Anne ‘has never looked more beautiful’ (Fraser 2002, pg. 315). It is great credit to the type of woman that Anne Boleyn was, that in her final moments knowing she was about to die, that she could hold herself with such composure and beauty. Perhaps she was being stubborn? Not wanting to show any sign of weakness or perhaps she was just glad that soon it would all be over.
The scaffold was draped in black cloth and had straw scattered across it. Upon the scaffold waited the French executioner whom was dressed like all the other men to conceal his identity. His sword was hidden under the straw to save Anne seeing the tool that would soon end her life. Slowly Anne took the four steps that lead up to the scaffold and took her place in the centre. She turned and‘begged leave to speak to the people, promising she would not speak a word that was not good’(Weir 2009, pg. 266). She then asked Kingston ‘not to hasten the signal for her death till she had spoken that which she had mind to say’ (Weir 2009, pg. 266). It appears that Anne was determined to say her final words before her death.
Turning back to the crowd that was staring so intently at Anne, she took a deep breath and with a voice that wavered at first but grew stronger as she continued Anne spoke…
‘Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, according to the law, for by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I come here only to die, and thus to yield myself humbly to the will of the King, my lord. And if, in my life, I did ever offend the King’s Grace, surely with my death I do now atone. I come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that whereof I am accused, as I know full well that aught I say in my defence doth not appertain to you. I pray and beseech you all, good friends, to pray for the life of the King, my sovereign lord and yours, who is one of the best princes on the face of the earth, who has always treated me so well that better could not be, wherefore I submit to death with good will, humbly asking pardon of all the world. If any person will meddle with my cause, I require them to judge the best. Thus I take my leave of the world, and of you, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. Oh Lord, have mercy on me! To God I commend my soul’ (Weir 2009, pg. 266 – 267).
After her speech Anne’s ladies helped her remove her mantle, earrings, necklace and take off her hood. It is said that her long dark hair tumbled out and that her ladies helped her tuck it under a white cap to keep it out of the swords way. After this Anne is said to have thanked her ladies for their help and begged them for forgiveness for any harshness she may have showed them. She also asked her ladies not to be sorry for her but instead to pray for her.
Knowing that the Queen’s end was drawing to a close the executioner stepped forward and asked that Anne forgive him for what he was about to do. She willingly forgave him and then he asked her to kneel and say her prayers. Anne knelt and tucked her dress underneath her so that it would not fly about her legs. How she managed to have the strength and courage to kneel on her own in what she knew would be her last few minutes is far beyond me. Some accounts from those who watched the execution say that one of Anne’s ladies in waiting stepped forward to cover her eyes while other reports state that Anne refused to have her eyes covered. Whichever was the case no one can know for sure.
As she knelt upon the straw those around her knelt also showing their respect for what was about to happen, all those except the Dukes of Richmond and Suffolk. As a thousand pairs of eyes looked at her Anne repeated over and over the prayer: ‘Jesu, have pity on my soul! My God, have pity on my soul, To Jesus Christ I commend my soul…’ (Weir 2009, pg. 270). It was only now, in the last few minutes of her life that Anne’s resolve began to falter. It is said that nervously she kept looking over her shoulder waiting for the executioners blow to come. The executioner seeing this turned to his assistant and called ‘bring me the sword’ (Weir 2009, pg. 271). Anne turned her head to look at the steps where the assistant presumably was. In this moment the executioner pulled out his sword from beneath the straw. Lifting it high above his head he swung it several times to built up momentum and then with one swift blow he brought it down severing Anne Boleyn’s neck, her lips still moving in prayer.
(via hogwartsabbey)Source: queentohistory.blogspot.com.br