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What a sick twisted world we live in

Court Judgement Allows Dr. Mom To Transition 7 Year Old Boy

A jury has ruled against Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender “transition.” This means James’ mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, will be able to continue “transitioning” him into “Luna,” and now has full authority to start him on puberty blockers and eventually cross-sex hormones.

The jury’s decision likely means that Mr. Younger will be required to “affirm” James as a girl, despite his religious and moral objections, and will also be forced to take a class on transgenderism.

With a consensus of 11 of the 12 jurors, the jury decided not to grant Mr. Younger Sole Managing Conservatorship over his two twin boys. They voted that the current Joint Managing Conservatorship should be replaced by a Sole Managing Conservatorship, but that Mr. Younger should not be that person.

Seven. And mom is already “transitioning” him. Sick, child abuse. Drop this bitch feet first in a wood chipper set on slow.


Six-year-old James is caught in a gender identity nightmare. Under his mom’s care in Dallas, Texas, James obediently lives as a trans girl named “Luna.” But given the choice when he’s with dad, he’s all boy — his sex at birth.

In their divorce proceedings, the mother has charged the father with child abuse for not affirming James as transgender, has sought restraining orders against him, and is seeking to terminate his parental rights. She is also seeking to require him to pay for the child’s visits to a transgender-affirming therapist and transgender medical alterations, which may include hormonal sterilization starting at age eight.

When “Luna” gets to visit at dad’s house, he’s all boy, and happy to be James again. But the deck is stacked against him, and all his teachers, his mother’s friends, and her pet gender therapist insist he’s “Luna”. The kid is screwed.

And no “transition” drugs for anyone under 21. If you aren’t old enough to buy a handgun with your own money, and you aren’t clean enough to apply for and get a CCW, then you aren’t mature enough to make such a decision. Besides, knowing that you own a pistol small enough to conceal will make it that much easier to off yourself, which is highly likely anyway.

Doing this to a child is abhorrent. Having his fate sealed by a jury is equally abhorrent. They should visit the chipper too.


Pelosi’s Priorities ... Woke Up And Bass Ackwards

Afghanistan Peace Treaty? Not If It’s Just The Patriarchy!!

Nancy drops in on Afghanistan to remind these 7th Century barbarians about the Title IX way of doing things ...

Late Sunday night, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced that she and a congressional delegation, returning from a trip to Jordan, had also visited the country. The lawmakers met with President Ashraf Ghani and the Afghan chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah, as well as with American military commanders and diplomats and civil society leaders.

The group also traveled to Camp Morehead to meet with troops there, and received briefings from Ambassador John R. Bass. The delegation met briefly with Mr. Esper.

Ms. Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker, said the lawmakers had “underscored that the women of Afghanistan must be at the table for reconciliation talks.”

The resumption of any peace negotiations would be further complicated by the Afghan presidential elections in September that were mired by violence, low turnout and an unclear victor. Initial results, which were expected on Saturday, have been delayed at least a week.

Maybe longer. Stuffing a donkey full of ballot boxes is hard work. They can’t afford camels.



Clickbait headlines, again

“Bag exploded at Midway Airport while being loaded onto Volaris flight”

OMG, terrorists? Another mad bomber?? Better Check This Out Now !!!

A bag exploded at Chicago’s Midway International Airport Monday while it was being loaded onto a Volaris flight, police said. According to reports, the cause was a cell phone battery or charger.

The bag reportedly exploded after it was run over while being loaded for the outbound flight around 12:20 p.m. Monday.

So that’s why your luggage always gets mauled when you fly! Airport gorillas are running a safety check, running over your bags to make sure you don’t have any landmines inside.

Police were called to the airport and a Level 1 hazmat situation was ordered, however, it was cleared after they discovered the cause of the explosion.
According to reports, the cause of the explosion was a cell phone battery or charger.

No one was injured from the bag explosion and police have released a statement on Twitter stating there is “no public safety threat.”

snark reader comment: “This is a very unusual situation.  We have run over hundreds of bags in the past and we’ve never before experienced an explosion”, a Volaris spokesperson said.

cult ref 1: Jim’s luggage never explodes at home!;   which was based on cult ref 2:


A true but totally insignificant blog post.

Corelle Luncheon Plates are the best thing ever! Smaller than their 10 3/4” dinner plate, larger than their 5 3/4” saucer or their 6 3/4” dessert plate, the 8 1/2” luncheon plate is just right for a sammich, a handful of chips, and a pickle. Or whatever. Corelle comes in dozens of patterns, and these days most of the patterns are sold in either round or square form. Not only are they available nearly everywhere, they stack up tight in your cabinet. A stack of 12 is barely 1 1/2” high. They’re tough, they look good, and they don’t cost very much. Pity they’re no longer made by Corning in upstate NY, coming in from China or something, but that’s the global economy we have these days.

Now if they’d only go back to making those hook handle coffee cups again. IIRC, you got 8 in a set, with saucers, a creamer cup and a sugar bowl. I might have a few wrapped up out in the garage somewhere; I’ve had them for decades. They were quite stackable, and sure took up a lot less space than full sized mugs.



Early morning nothing

Up early to feed the cats. Had my coffee but thinking of going back to bed. Sunday, sleepy Sunday.

We had a pot luck party here at the condo park last night. Got to meet a whole bunch of residents I hadn’t met before, saw a good number of familiar faces. Typical cross section of food; some people went all out, others didn’t. Somebody brought a frozen pizza they’d cooked up. Whatever. We made portobello mushrooms stuffed with sausage and cheese. We cranked out 6 dozen of the buggers, and every one of them got eaten up. So I guess they were pretty good. The party ran from 4-10, which I thought was both rather early and rather long. We got there on time, and after being there 3 hours we called it quits, even though that’s when a good number of other people started showing up. You know, at dinner time. Duh.

Back to bed. Great idea.


How New Jersey Is This One?

Airborne Car Crashes Into House, Driver Fights Firemen Trying To Rescue Him


Driver was taken away in handcuffs, strapped to the gurney.

PATERSON NJ — The driver of a car that crashed through the front of a house late Friday afternoon punched firefighters trying to get him out of the vehicle, according to police.

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale told the North Jersey Record that four people were inside the house on the corner of Burlington and Totowa Avenues around 5:30 p.m. As firefighters worked on getting the driver out of the car, the man became “combative” and began to punch the firefighters including one in the eyebrow, Speziale told the Record.

Photos posted by RLS Metro Breaking News show the front of the home was heavily damaged by the impact of the crash and the front lawn torn up. The rear bumper was partially ripped off and the car needed to be supported by several poles until it could be removed.

Police say the victim was the driver and they are looking into the possibility of DWI.

Gee, ya think?

My better half has cousins living just a few blocks away, across the town line into Totowa. It’s a nice area, dense suburbia. I know where this house is. The driver must have come flying down Totowa Road, which is a main thoroughfare through that side of town. He failed to make the right turn, just missed the phone pole, hit the curb and went airborne, impacting that end of the home several feet off the ground. He’s lucky he didn’t get killed in several ways. So he wants to fight the people trying to help him. Wonderful. And so busted.



Really? Really we needed gay cereal?

Kellog’s New “All Together” LGQBT Cereal


Start your day the super gay way!

Have you ever eaten Froot Loops and thought, “This cereal isn’t gay enough?” Do you seek a safe space to eat your Rice Krispies? Are you concerned that your Corn Flakes aren’t sufficiently woke? Well, now Kellogg’s has the solution!

On Thursday, the gay site PinkNews reported, “Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal so you can start your day with maximum gay… If you’re a fan of breakfast and being gay, we have grrrrreat news for you – Kellogg’s is launching an LGBT-themed cereal.”

And to think, we’ve been eating straight, cisgender cereal all this time.

Timed to coincide with GLAAD’s Spirit Day on October 17, they teamed up to produce the “All Together” cereal, which Kellogg’s says is the first to offer Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies “exclusively together.”

Unlike the mix of cereal the image on the box implies, it’s actually a Limited Edition Variety Pack with 6 individual sized boxes inside, but consumers are free to create any combination they like. Froot Loops and Raisin Brain together? Let your freak flag fly, honey!

Once again, I have to say that the toughest job in America these days is being a comedian. There’s just no way you can make crazy funny stuff that tops actual reality.

And of course the reality is so much less than the hype. What you get inside this highly exclusive, super limited edition box, is 6 tiny boxes of their regular flavors. So you have to mix them up in your bowl yourself. In other words, it’s their old standard Variety Pack in a new box. And you’ll pay extra for it.


Bowling blogging

Well, we were in first place tonight, by a whole point. Sadly, I bowled terribly tonight. I think I threw a 513 series. Ouch. I just couldn’t make anything happen. Damn. So we won the first game, but lost the next two and wood for the night. So we’ll probably drop to 3rd or something. Whatever. Next week will be better, right?


Citizens Rising! About damn time.

Fed Up With Extinction Rebellion Protests, Brits Take Action

Commuters Mob Up On ER Blockaders, Give Them The Boot

ER Runs Away Crying

[ crap, the video won’t load properly and reliably. Go watch it at the link below. It’s great! ]

Extinction Rebellion CANCELS plan for Gatwick demo after furious East London commuters drag them off roof of Tube train and rough them up

•  This morning London commuters furiously dragged a protester from the top of a train at Canning Town
•  Extinction Rebellion demonstrators massed at Canning Town, Shadwell and Stratford underground stations
•  Eight protesters have been arrested this morning bringing the total since last Monday to 1,711 arrests
•  XR’s efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters and politicians
•  An XR spokesman admitted it had been a ‘huge own goal’ and organisers cancelled a planned Gatwick protest

Extinction Rebellion’s reign of mayhem in London finally hit the rocks today when commuters took matters into their own hands and pulled activists from a tube train - prompting the group to cancel its planned Gatwick ‘shutdown’. 

As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a co-ordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and glueing themselves to doors despite Monday’s city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.

But their efforts to disrupt public transport were met with a furious backlash from commuters, industry groups and politicians leading one XR spokesman to admit the move had been a ‘huge own goal’.

A hastily-deleted tweet comparing themselves to icon of the nonviolent black civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, was also met with opprobrium from social media users.

Video surfaced from Canning Town station of a protester seemingly being beaten and kicked by angry workers on the station platform having been dragged bodily from the top of a train.

Eight protester arrests this morning brings the total since last Monday to 1,711 as police warn XR’s antics are pulling officers from community policing and stretching resources to breaking point.

The group’s leaders have called off a planned protest at Gatwick airport ‘in light of’ the response to the Tube disruption and a spokesman said the group would ‘take stock’ before disrupting the Underground any further.

It’s about time. Maybe now the sheeple will figure out that they’ve got the numbers and are the ones in charge Imagine it ... “die in” blocks the entrance to the subway station; 2,000 commuters instantly kick the crap out of them. Antifa attacks some people expressing their opinions; the whole neighborhood turns out to beat them down. It would be awesome.

Yes, this is mob violence. Sadly, we’re at that point in the decline of our civilization. But it works. And it would also quickly get out of hand, turning deadly and leading to mass street fighting between groups, which is the very ragged leading edge of a civil war. The fuse that sets off the bomb. So it’s up to the majority to keep things limited. The civilized West is only one small step above the protest/anti-protest violence going on in many other parts of the world.

Situations like Seattle, Portland, and others were the government abdicates responsibility and orders police to stand down, gives rioters “room for destruction”, issues statements supporting and encouraging vandalism ... these don’t help, and push all of us closer to the edge of the cliff.

But when the far left refuses to learn, to take a hint? And tried to ratchett things up another big level? Then we’re going over the precipice. So it will really behoove the minions of the government to start laying down the law. Blocking the highway with your protest? Fire hose time. Mass arrests, minimum 3 day incarceration while your case gets “processed”.

So the best approach would be to keep it small, to keep it non-lethal, to keep things as non-violent as possible. But when faced with violence, what are the people supposed to do?



A bit of whimsy, and an OC episode

A little snippet of music popped back into my head last night. It’s shown up before. I can remember the tune, but not the lyrics, other than a “will she won’t she” or was it a “will you won’t you”. There was something in there about fish and lobsters and other sea creatures. I’m pretty sure it was from an Alice In Wonderland movie. So I’m thinking The Walrus and the carpenter because I know there are crustaceans involved, and I’m not a big Lewis Carrol scholar. Also I’m pretty terrible at remembering actors and actresses, and my slightly fuzzy memory was telling me that this Alice was played by Alyson Hannigan, who starred in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and later in How I met your mother. But I couldn’t find anything. Being a tenacious little terrier ... monomaniacal fixation ... possibly obsessive compulsive ... I had to find it. Looked up all the Alice movies and cartoons ever made. No Hannigan. Found a TV movie from 1999 with Whoopie Goldberg and Gene Wilder that had Tina Majorino as Alice. She was the little girl Enola in Waterworld, the one with the map tattoo on her back. Later she played Deb, the dorky girl selling cookies door to door in Napoleon Dynamite. Ah ha, maybe. I’m one of those people who can see a resemblance between two people that others can’t see.  So I dug a bit deeper and found a movie poster of it and some pictures of a younger Alyson Hannigan, and I don’t think I’m that far off the mark here ...

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Close enough for me. So I then had to find the song. In that film, Alice is all stressed out because she has to do a recital, and she can’t learn her music. So she has a dream escape ... to Wonderland ... and learns this song there, which she later performs instead of the song her father wanted her to sing, the little rebel, and is a big hit. Happy ending. I dug up all the songs from the film, and tried to listen to bits of all the ones that seemed to have appropriate titles. Nothing. Give it up.

Then this morning I re-remembered that the lyric was “will she (you) won’t she (you) join the dance? and it was off to the races. It turns out, just to confuse my poor little brain, that Lewis Carrol wrote this as a poem that seems to have two different titles. It’s both The Lobster Quadrille and The Mock Turtle’s Song. And it’s been set to music several times in several slightly different ways over the past 100+ years. And so I found it. And in the film clip, naturally, Alice gives it a 3rd title. It’s a happy bit of whimsy. A silly little song with a lively beat. But I found it, so I triumph over an aggravating micro-challenge. Woo hoo. I added another clip with Gene Wilder as the Mock Turtle, who does it better at an earlier point in the same film.



Now all I have to do is impress this into my head so that the next time this tune shows up in there ... probably in another decade or two ... I’ll remember the name properly. At least one of them. Good enough.


Red Flag garbage, or just standard Stalinism?

Waitress Overhears Part Of Conversation, Gets Veteran Hauled Off Job By Cops, Suspended, And Guns Seized

No Charges Filed, But He Will Not Get His Guns Back

A Korean War veteran who has served in some capacity with local law enforcement for a span of six decades had his firearms confiscated and was relieved of his duties as an elementary school crossing guard last month, after a waitress overheard what she perceived to be a “threat” in a passing conversation at a coffee shop.

Stephen Nichols, 84, of Tisbury, Massachusetts, was never charged with a crime, and was reinstated to his post at the crosswalk of Tisbury School on Tuesday following public outcry. But his guns are still to be sold.

He was sitting in a coffee shop talking with a friend, complaining that he felt it was a bad thing for the school’s resource officer school cop to be going out for coffee when the kids were arriving for school. He felt the cop was improperly leaving his post, and opined that this could make the children vulnerable to a madman at a time when they are crowded up and vulnerable.

The Times reported that “Nichols said he was unimpressed with the Tisbury School resource officer’s alleged trips to Xtra Mart to get coffee when children came to school in the morning,” and “told a friend about this and suggested somebody could ‘shoot up the school’ in that officer’s absence, which he described as ‘leaving his post.’”

Based on the waitress’s report, Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio and another officer pulled Nichols off the job while he was working his shift at the school. “He came up to me and told me what I said was a felony, but he wasn’t going to charge me,” Mr. Nichols recalled.

The officers then went to Nichols’ home and took his firearms as well as his license to carry — which the former Morse code specialist had held since 1958.

Nichols believed that he had been fired that day, but officials later disputed that and said his position was just under review until their investigation had been completed. Mr. Nichols was reinstated following public outcry, including a petition where organizers pleaded for officials to put the beloved crossing guard back on the job.

Regardless, Nichols was never charged with a crime, the police have refused to release their report to the press, and Mr. Nichols maintains that he was never given any documentation relating to the seizure of his guns.

Another case of zero tolerance meaning zero intelligence. I think it’s time to fire the thought police. Period. Everywhere. And I hope that there will be several really large lawsuits over this. The not-bright waitress, the school, the cops. A few dozen million each.

Sure, “if you see something, say something” but try thinking for a second first. Same goes for those receiving the information. Stuck on stupid is no way to run a school. Or a town. Or a country.

And Tidsbury Elementary ... go buy a damn coffee pot.


Elijah Cummings Has Died

Veteran US Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings, who was heavily involved with the Trump impeachment inquiry, has died at the age of 68. His office said he had died as a result of “longstanding health challenges”.

The congressman had experienced several health problems in recent years, and received treatment for a heart condition.

Prominent Democratic lawmakers have paid tribute to Mr Cummings following the news of his death.

“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity,” Maya Cummings, Maryland’s Democratic Party chairwoman, said in a statement.

Mr Cummings worked as a Maryland state delegate and lawyer before his election to the House of Representatives in 1996.



Woof !!



I think the “healthy dialogue” should be “Do we fire her now, or do we fire her now and strip her of her pension and all benefits?”

Rhode Island City Councilor Approves Of Vandalizing Columbus Statue

A city official in Rhode Island has said she agreed with the vandalization of a local Christopher Columbus statue.

Providence City Councilor Katherine Kerwin said Wednesday that she supports removing the statue, which was doused in red paint Monday and had a sign placed at its base that read: “stop celebrating genocide.”

“I don’t know who did it, but they created a really healthy dialogue in Providence,” Kerwin, who serves on the council’s committee on city property and the committee on public works, told WPRO News.

She said she doesn’t know who was responsible for the vandalism, but that “I stand with them.” The city’s Democratic mayor, Jorge Elorza, has said he would consider moving the statue to another location.

The statue was targeted by vandals on Columbus Day, a federal holiday to celebrate the famed Italian explorer. The figure was one of several vandalized nationwide on the day.

I bet she’s a pinko too. That would make her a Rhode Island Red, right?


Safety Reminders: Don’t tailgate logging trucks. Overhanging trunks may obscure brake lights. Pull over if you have to rescue something you’ve dropped, like your coffee.

Only Minor Injuries??


WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. Whitfield County Fire crews pulled a driver from a vehicle after an accident in Cohutta involving a logging truck Friday morning.

The fire department says the accident happened on Cleveland Highway, sharing photos of the incident on their Facebook page.

The photos show logs rammed through the windshield of the Nissan Xterra - all the way through to the rear hatch and shattering the glass.

Fire crews say fortunately, the driver had only minor injuries.

Family members(?) on Facebook say his injuries were more than minor: 7 hours of surgery so far. One person says he had dropped his coffee and was bending down to get it ... while still driving ... when the accident happened.

The pulpwood logs were hanging so far off the back of the truck that on impact they went all the way through the SUV and popped the back hatch open. And then the SUV hit the back bumper of the trailer. See the pics on the Facebook page. A Nissan XTerra is 15 feet long. Georgia truck regs allow a maximum OAL of 75’ including the tractor and the overhang. The driver did manage to miss the one grubby faded red warning flag tacked to one of the logs.



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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2015

One of our local hidden gems

Our little piece of Hunterdon County NJ feels like a step back in time to many of our weekend visitors. Because it is. You go 2 blocks off the highway and it’s like going back 170 years. I love it.

This was a highly rural area until the 1840s, but farms and businesses began to blossom here in the 1850s, around the time the railroad came through. The great growth period was over by the 1920s, and the area went back to sleep for the next 50 years. But that growth left us with lots of mid 19th Century to early 20th Century homes, and plenty of locally constructed mail-order iron bridges, and we’ve been very fortunate that so many of them have survived. We have streets full of them, entire neighborhoods, all restored. Victorians, Colonials, Italianates, Greek Revivals, Gothics, Craftsmen, Dorics, you name it. Plus plenty of the truly American style “I built it” houses just too tough and ornery to fall down. Ever. Makes for great walking tours for the tourists, who then need to go shopping and get a meal or two, and perhaps visit one of our several museums. We do quaint here, but the real deal not the pretend kind, and we do it all the way to the bank.

Anyway, hardly a mile off the beaten downtown track is the well hidden McCloughan Mansion. Now owned by a restoration consortium, this 1850-1860 Italianate brick villa is slowly being brought back to its formerly grand condition. Not that it was ever really all that bad; it was just empty and lonely for a few decades. Nobody lives there now, but the place isn’t spooky at all.

But I mean it about the well hidden part. The road it fronts is heavily wooded and bushy, and you can only catch the smallest glimpse of this place as you drive the up hill curve past its frontage. From the back it can’t be seen, not even in winter, even though the property is hardly 100 yards from the busiest local highway in the county. So all the in-town houses get the adoration and awards, and this place ... I wonder if many of the residents even know it’s there? I only just discovered it myself a couple weeks ago, when I went looking for the ancient barn next door, with its distinctive copulas.


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calendar   Thursday - April 24, 2014

Persian doorways

Iwan to hide my pendentive squinches behind your pishtaqs



Both pictures are Iwans on the Jameh Abbasi mosque in Isfahan Iran, built in 1629. An Iwan is a deep, open ended gateway, often with a vaulted ceiling. A portal. More properly, it’s a gateway area that projects from a building, usually a mosque, rather like an attached ramada or a porte-cochere. A pishtag is the flat front plate of the iwan; the ones visible here are decorated with blue tiles. Squinches and pendentives are architectural transitions used where a rectangular building needs to support a circular or semi-circular dome or open archway. In the real world, you probably would not see squinches used with pendentives ever, since they are different solutions to the same problem; if you use one, you don’t use the other one. So I’m just having fun with that.

For a bit more fun, free caulk to the first person besides McGoo who spots the science behind all these man-made stalactites. What do they actually do? Hint: they’re also called honeycombs. Tons of pictures online. Second hint: once you left the building through the iwan, you were usually in a large busy courtyard, probably the bustling bazaar in the middle of town. Out in the blazing sun, buying spices, trading camels, trying to get your flying carpet fixed.



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calendar   Tuesday - April 22, 2014

to think this could be ours but for being short of spare change.

In US currency .... at current rate of exchange, that makes this pile $5,046,211.68.

And worth every penny too.

OK so .... the sell price is only the beginning. There’s upkeep and grounds and all sorts of other neat stuff. But I could see living here.
Get a printing press and make my own money.

Wife on some sort of diet that’s making me crazy. Or is it just dizzy? Or both? 

Anyway ,,, here’s a nice change from the usual.

Gone With The Wind actress Vivien Leigh’s country retreat where her ashes were scattered goes on sale for £3.5 million

Country estate, which includes bluebell wood, walled garden and gardener’s cottage, bought by the actress in 1961
She used the estate to get away from London, spending hours in the garden and receiving many famous guests
On the market for around £3.5million, estate agents expect a surge in interest because of the famous former-resident

By Richard Spillett

The former country home of one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses has gone on the market for £3.5million.

Tickerage Mill, near Uckfield, East Sussex, was bought by Vivien Leigh for just £20,000 in 1961 and, after she died of tuberculosis in 1967, her ashes were scattered on the pond of the country estate.

Estate agents say interest in the property has soared since its current owners, Ken and Honer Hoggins, decided to sell up.


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calendar   Thursday - December 12, 2013

just a side trip on my way to another article. got sidetracked again but worth the look

As usual I was headed somewhere else and came across this and fell in love again.

Why do I have to see beautiful places I can never afford when I’m not even looking for them?

So anyway I saw this. There are lots more photos. I really like the gardens here too.  Bet the landscaping would be as costly as the running of the house.
I think they may still refer to places like this as, a pile.  Whatever.  I’d also bet the panels date to the original.
But the bathroom tubs would have to be replaced by regular showers, cos when you’re a certain age, it isn’t certain you’ll be able to climb out of these.

Whoops ... I just noticed.  It isn’t the entire building. Is it?  Lyndon?  Nah. Not for that price and especially NOT in Cumbria which has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  You live there and you have money.

10 bedroom detached house for sale Guide price £1,475,000 ( $ 2,417,806.70 )

Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6





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calendar   Tuesday - November 12, 2013

Feels Less Than Honest

“It’s a SPIRE”: architectural verdict means new WTC is tallest building in USA


Shown here in two pieces, the extraordinary antenna “spire” is 40 stories tall all by itself.

[May 14, 2013] Last week, a 40-ton spire was hauled up to the tippy-top of the new World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (well, maybe). Aside from raising the WTC to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, the spire will broadcast TV and radio signals.  [link which includes dizzying video looking down from that height.]

[today, November 12, 2013] New World Trade Center recognized as tallest building in US

An expert committee of architects has announced that New York’s new World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States at 1,776 feet.

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision Tuesday morning in Chicago.

The committee is recognized as the final arbiter of building heights around the world. It had been weighing whether a design change meant the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.

The committee announced Tuesday that the needle was a spire, and therefore, a part of the actual building. Twenty-five members of the group met in Chicago on Nov. 8 to debate the height of the building.

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall with the 408-foot needle. It would be 1,368 feet tall without it, shorter than the 1,450-foot Willis Tower in Chicago.

Pretty neat I guess, and of course the committee decided things this way. And it does kind of look like there are several little platforms around it with railings, although I doubt anyone in the public would be allowed up there. Besides, the energy from all the radio and TV signals would probably fry you. But if you can stand in it, or on it, then it’s not just an aerial, right?

Without the spire though, the new tower is exactly as tall as the old 1 WTC. The old one had 110 floors, with the top floor at 1347 feet elevation. The new one has 104 floors, with the top floor at 1,268 feet elevation. So the people-usable part of the new one is a bit lower, though somehow the roofs are at the same height. The last 100 feet at the top hide the HVAC and water systems, and the top of the open screening around them counts as the official “roof” *. I would have liked to see a new WTC that was solid building to 1776 feet, and then just under 225 feet of antenna on top for a symbolic 2001 feet 9.11 inches total height.

… a beacon at the pinnacle of the spire, 1,776 feet high, will be switched on and the 288,000 lumens of light emitted from it will be visible from 50 miles away, serving as a new visual marker for millions looking east from New Jersey, officials say.

According to the map, I ought to be able to see that beacon from here by looking to the ENE. I’ll have to try that, or perhaps find some higher open ground somewhere in the county.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Saturday - November 02, 2013

a cathedral of books

One of the comments asks, “What would God say?”

Clever line.

Anyway .... saw this yesterday, not one of my better days and haven’t posted. But share it now.
This really is quite spectacular.

It was a 15th century cathedral in the Netherlands.

Lots of churches here have been converted to private homes and put to other uses outside religion.
Scary when you think, churches are slim to empty and closing, but the mosques are not only full, but a few churches have been sold to the rop and have been converted into mosques.

Perfect for bibliophiles! 15th Century cathedral is transformed into a book shop

Architects convert stunning medieval Broerenkerk cathedral in Zwolle, Netherlands, into modern book shop

Work on the Gothic building was allowed on strict condition the church could be returned to previous condition

Original stained glass window, pipe organ and decor retained in the radical redesign

By Tom Gardner

For ardent bibliophiles, a shopping trip to this book shop must be close to a spiritual experience.

Broerenkerk, the famed 15th century Dominican church in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been transformed into a stunning modern book store.

Architects BK. Architecten were allowed to radically redesign the interior of the 547-year-old Gothic building on the strict condition they left the original features, such as the pipe organ, stained glass windows and decor intact.



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calendar   Tuesday - June 25, 2013

1,800 yr old walls as part of your house. could you ask for more?

ok, it isn’t a castle but it may be a lot cheaper to maintain. And it’s all yours for only £8million.
In dollars it’s only $12,338,439.81. Hey, a bargain. I remember when the dollar pound ratio was 2 to 1. Which means that house could go for 16 million.
who-ha. such a bargain!

I could see living in a house like this. You’d need staff of course, and have to hire Drew to do the windows.

This house happens to be located in a very pretty part of this country.

Country manor house with 1,800-year-old Roman walls which could be yours for £8million

Whitestaunton Manor has recently undergone a £5million renovation
The home was built in 15th century on grounds of third century Roman villa
Property, including 83 acres of land, is now up for sale for £8million

By James Rush

A unique country pile which features 1,800-year-old Roman-built walls has been put on the market for £8 million.

Whitestaunton Manor is a seven bedroom 15th century home situated near Chard, Somerset.

But it was constructed on the grounds of a third century Roman villa and includes structural masonry from that period in its walls.


The home, which could be the only one of its type to boast genuine Roman features, was today described as one of the nation’s finest country homes.

Grade I listed Whitestaunton Manor has been put up for sale with Savills Estate Agents for £8 million - making it the one of the most expensive residential properties for sale in Somerset.

It follows a decade-long, £5million renovation with the home now boasting a combination of classic architecture and modern technology spanning 1,800 years.

The home features seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, a grand hall which houses a hammerbeam roof, a three bedroom lodge house and an outdoor swimming pool.


Despite being made of hamstone, there is underfloor heating while lighting comes courtesy of LEDs.

It is also one of only a few private residences in the UK with a medieval hammerbeam roof - which was completed in 1438 but only discovered during its renovation.

A pond flows to the north of the property where the remains of the Roman baths can be found. These were uncovered and featured in an episode of Time Team in 2003.


The Deeds of The Manor include a family pew on the north side of the Parish Church of Whitestaunton, near Chard, Somerset.

The property also comes with 83 acres of land, stables, garaging and a three-bedroom lodge.

The gardens surround the house on three sides and are dominated by a variety of beech, ancient copper beech and willow trees.

‘The Romans had free rein when they came over here and they chose the spot because it was so beautiful. Its position and setting is stunning.

‘As for the house, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking a 15th century home would be dark and you would bang your head on the ceiling. This is different - it is well proportioned and bright.

‘The owner has spent £5 million doing it up, he is a real purist and his attention to detail is second to none.

‘It is very unusual to have Roman walls in the home and this is possibly the only one in the country.

hammerbeam roof see this and more here

I do believe I see a bridge across that pond. Drew will take note.
btw ... Ponds “flow?” I always thought they were still water.  Yes? No?


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calendar   Monday - June 24, 2013

a departure I need to make more often?  I think maybe so. Not sure. Have your say.

I got a bit carried away this morning looking at castles.  There was something in the paper that mentioned one and had a few other recommends and a small

photo. So naturally I went on line to look it up and WOW!  I ended up looking at a lot of them, and in one place because I read, most of the old castles are located in a place called Wales.

Whose spelling and language is totally incomprehensible to all but a few natives.  I’ve been there, once a long time ago.

Don’t think we saw one castle on that trip.  The article says that Wales “has some of the finest castles in Britain.”

I’ve been trolling castles almost all day.

Google Welsh Castles. Great stuff.

My next visit will be Scotland and then England and I’m sure there has to be one or two or more in Ireland too.

Caerphilly Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerffili) is a medieval fortification in Caerphilly in South Wales. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. Surrounded by extensive artificial lakes – considered by historian Allen Brown to be “the most elaborate water defences in all Britain” – it occupies around 30 acres (120,000 m2) and is the second largest castle in Britain.  It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses.
Gilbert began work on the castle in 1268 following his occupation of the north of Glamorgan, with the majority of the construction occurring over the next three years at a considerable cost. The project was opposed by Gilbert’s Welsh rival Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, leading to the site being burnt in 1270 and taken over by royal officials in 1271. Despite these interruptions, Gilbert successfully completed the castle and took control of the region. The core of Caerphilly Castle, including the castle’s luxurious accommodation, was built on what became a central island, surrounding by several artificial lakes, a design Gilbert probably derived from that at Kenilworth. The dams for these lakes were further fortified, and an island to the west provided additional protection. The concentric rings of walls inspired Edward I’s castles in North Wales, and proved what historian Norman Pounds has termed “a turning point in the history of the castle in Britain”.



Magnificent Conway Castle, has been described as ‘one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe’, and is without doubt one of the most impressive of Welsh castles.
The castle was was built on the site of an earlier Welsh monastery, founded by Welsh prince Llewelyn Fawr and was designed by the king’s master architect-mason, James of St. George, being built between 1283-1289.
The castle stands in a strategic position perched on a rock and dominates the Conwy estuary, on approach it conveys a deep sense of strength and impregnability. Conwy Castle was one of Edward I’s most expensive projects and originally had a coat of whitewash.
The castle provides the visitor with the opportunity of walking the top portions of the soaring curtain walls, from which the views over the town, its Medieval walls and the Conwy Estuary are stunning.


Cfon Castle


I even have a bridge for Drew



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calendar   Tuesday - May 07, 2013

China On The Rise

Not exactly a bridge post, except to remind readers that the various kinds of trusses used on bridges are also used on buildings. It’s just another example of how Our Friend The Triangle helps keeps things, um, stiff.

China To Move Quickly To Cover Up New Newspaper Building

covering material - latex, sheepskin? - not specified


Chinese authorities have rushed to censor the country’s microblogging site, Sina Weibo, after users started mocking a picture of the new Beijing headquarters of the People’s Daily newspaper, which resemble a giant penis.

A search on Sina Weibo for “People’s Daily” and “building” results in a message that says the keywords have been blocked “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed”.

Some comments about the 150 metre tower, which is still under construction, were recorded despite the censorship.

“Of course the national mouthpiece should be imposing,” said one user.

“It seems the People’s Daily is going to rise up, there’s hope for the Chinese dream,” said another.

The newspaper itself has been called “Raping People Daily” by Chinese netizens for “chronically misleading the people with false reports”, according to blog Hug China.

“It was understood that the propagandists in Beijing do not like this nickname, but that they chose the bizarre design of the new headquarters reveals that it may not necessarily be so,” it said.

Unreal. But true!
Notice all the diagonals, all coming in and down. Ordinarily this would be called a Pratt Truss design, but I guess in this case we’ll have to call it a Prat Truss.

Such a building could never be constructed in America. Well, it could, but we’d build it at least 10 stories   longer  taller.

Let The Jokes Begin

and after this we’ll return to our proper mature blogging.


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calendar   Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Saved By Climate Change

The Stonehenge Of Israel

Divers find huge stone circle under Sea of Gaililee.

A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

“We just bumped into it,” recalls Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the project. “Usually the bottom of the lake is quite smooth. We were surprised to find a large mound. Initially we didn’t realize the importance of this but we consulted with a couple of archaeologists, and they said it looked like an unusually large Bronze Age statue.”

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

The exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet (two to three meters) of sand that have accumulated over the bottom of the base—sand accumulates an average of one to four millimeters per year—as well as comparisons to other structures in the region, put the estimate anywhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old.

The possible purpose of the structure is even more enigmatic.

What archeologists are certain of is that the monument was likely of great importance to the people who built it. Marco notes that the nearest basalt outcrop was a few hundred meters from the site, and that the stones, which were three to six feet (one to two meters) in width, would have weighed over 200 pounds (90 kilograms) at times.

“We see a society that was capable of organizing the construction of such a large structure. It’s unique to transport these stones and unique to arrange them. You need to plan and to mobilize people, because they’re too heavy to be carried by a single person.”

Neat. No useful pictures in the press yet though. Perhaps this was another observatory like the Rujim al-Hiri, better known as Gilgal Refaim, a mult-ring paleolithic construction in the Golan Heights that is far older than the pyramids.

One of the last great barely known wonders of the ancient world is a Stonehenge-like monument sitting atop Israel’s Golan Heights. Called Gilgal Refaim in Hebrew (The Circle Of The Refaim or “Wheel of the Refaim"). It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world.


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calendar   Thursday - March 21, 2013

Sir Francis Drake

Worth £500 at the time, it is now on the market for £1.25m, with a Lordship thrown in. Listed in the Domesday Book, the house in Sampford Sampfo Spiney, Devon, is thought to date back to 1028. In the 12th century it belonged to Gerard Ge de Spine to, Lord of Sampford, for whose family lived there for so long the parish was renamed Sampford Spiney, rather than just Sampford.
It was in 1581 – seven s years before the Spanish Armada A – that Drake became the owner. Included in the sale is the Lordship of Sampford for Spiney and 202 acres of land. The house has five bedrooms and three reception rooms.


In 1581 Sir Francis Drake won this gorgeous Dartmoor mansion in a £500 bet. Now, for £1.25m, it could be yours (and there’s even a Lordship thrown in)

· Sampford Manor on edge of Dartmoor thought to date back to 800s
· Was once historic seat of the Lord of Sampford, Gerard de Spineto
· His descendants had to give deeds to Drake after losing £500 wager
· Current owners bought the house as a derelict shell 25 years ago
· But have worked with English Heritage to rebuild and refurbish it

By Simon Tomlinson

‘Nobody can quite say exactly when the house was built. It was first recorded in 1028 but we think it could have been build as far back as the 800s.

‘It was certainly well-established by the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 when people were bringing their tithes here.

‘It was rebuilt and extended in the early 17th century after it fell into his disrepair after Drake’s death.

‘Inside the house we have the biggest bread oven you’ll ever see, they would have baked bread here for the whole of the village.

‘When I arrived there were stories of judges robes being found under the staircase and the kitchen was called the courtroom. It would have been the civic centre of the parish.

Having some super serious and maddening problems with the browser I’m using, so good place to end anyway.
See link for more and some photos as well.

Trying Safari and think I’ll uninstall the damn thing.



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calendar   Thursday - December 06, 2012


Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by mistake… after its millionaire owner told them to demolish a small outhouse on its estate

· Chateau de Bellevue, near Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases
· Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former glory
· But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle, leaving the outhouse completely untouched

By Matt Blake




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calendar   Tuesday - August 14, 2012


Even minus the sea views, Dorset is one of the most beautiful bits of real estate to be found anywhere.  I’ve been there so I’m not speaking hearsay or travel brochures.  There are lots of spectacular places on this island, truly there are.  Many years ago while acting road manager for Country acts who toured the UK, I got to see places even my Brit born wife hasn’t seen.  I’ve visited places whose names I can’t recall and aren’t in any travel guides.  I’ve seen good and bad as you will anywhere. 

I happened to see this in the morning paper and thought it worth posting for another reason beside beauty and the fact that I am taken with it.

First of all it isn’t something usual for bmews.  Yeah from time to time I’ve posted houses but always because I thought something unique about them.

The owner of this “cottage” has to have money just for the upkeep of that roof.  Thatch is very expensive and then there’s that lawn and trees etc.
I love this sort of architecture I suppose because it isn’t normal to my growing up experience.  And it’s a sure bet we will never be in a position to afford a home like this.  Never mind the home. Anyone can buy I guess but the upkeep would eat us alive.  And Dorset isn’t I’d opine, an inexpensive place to live in.  A case of Champagne taste and beer pocket for me.

If you scroll down to the third photo at the link, you’ll see two houses under construction on either side of this house.  Larger and almost dwarf the cottage and nowhere as pretty. No class at all.  No character.
Pretty much the same thing here where we now live.  The two pretty outdated dormer bungalows on either side of us were sold and demolished and newer larger houses built.  One of them truly a characterless eyesore of no beauty whatever and costing about One Million 600 thousand if using American dollars as the example of cost. And they don’t even bother to trim their front hedge. Looks awful trust me. Every house on this street keeps the front neat and tidy but not overboard. The million dollar house ignores theirs and house and hedge look like crap.
Easy to understand then why I’m so damn over the moon when I look at places like this.

I don’t know if it’s actually the very prettiest in all the land ... but it’s in the running.

Is this the prettiest cottage in England? Dream home with remarkable sea views and all yours for £3million

The house is perched on top of a cliff in Dorset with views of the Solent and the Needles

Its owner says for years people have turned up at her door and tried to buy it from her

Sandy Hollowood is now off to Australia and is selling what estate agents say is Britain’s loveliest home


With its thatched roof, manicured lawn and floral gardens it is the epitome of the chocolate box cottage.

Only, the views outside are not that of an unspoilt countryside that goes on as far as the eye can see.

There are no winding country lanes nearby. Nor are there acres of undulating greenery.

Instead this sumptuous £3million property enjoys the most spectacular sea vistas imaginable.


Perched on a cliff-top in Christchurch, Dorset, potential buyers need only turn 180 degrees from the rural idyll of the cottage itself to take in the stunning views of the Solent.

The unique combination means the four-bedroom detached property on Avon Run Road boasts the best of both worlds.




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