Richard Tauber

Filmed on June 20, 1936, the day of his wedding to Diana Napier [nee Molly Ellis, 31.1.1905 – 12.3.1982] at Marylebone Register Office in London. One commenter: I would describe her as a pretty tough cookie; and she never felt sorry for herself. She got on with things. She was also a very brave woman in the War, and was duly decorated by the Poles for her sterling work. I’m sure she really loved Richard [all women seem to have done], but also found him infuriating. In the books she shows both sides of her feelings well:

From the operetta Paganini, composed by Franz Lehar. In 1947, Tauber sought medical attention for a persistent cough. He was diagnosed with lung cancer: one lung was already useless and the other nearly so. He sang in Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) at Covent Garden on 27th Sept 1947. A week later, Tauber entered hospital to have his left lung removed, but it was too late; he died on 8 January 1948.…

The centre of the universe

It’s almost as though the miscreants of the world are showing compassion for the poor blogger by so openly doing their misdeeds, one need not even search.

For example, there was the banning of International Men’s Day.

Via Chuckles, here’s another:

Every now and again a story comes along that sums up a whole idea perfectly. Yesterday I saw a story of a teacher and her girls-only Lego club. From the local paper that profiled her teaching inspiration:

In Karen Keller’s kindergarten classroom, boys can’t play with Legos. They can have their pick of Tinkertoys and marble tracks, but the colorful bricks are “girls only.”“I always tell the boys, ‘You’re going to have a turn’ — and I’m like, ‘Yeah, when hell freezes over’ in my head,” she said. “I tell them, ‘You’ll have a turn’ because I don’t want them to feel bad.”

We could stop here. This is bad enough.

Musical mix

Rossa: My Uncle Jimmy (the sound engineer) welcomed this guy into the bar he ran in Flagstaff over 26 years ago. One of his favourites but not one I’ve come across before. Vid was filmed in France. Thought it might be an interesting one for the musical slot.

Let’s add a few more. Country, eh?…

False flag?

We need to drive into our skulls that ISIS is an American CIA set-up through the people who brought you 911 and all manner of untoward things – the power behind the running of the country which three presidents went on record mentioning, let alone people such as Quigley.

Until we get that through our skulls, then nothing really makes any sense. And the Saudis fund it, the Americans train them.

Hence, while Putin swooped and bombed, the Americans stood back and watched.  And no western leader will move.

Which does not in the least excuse the Muslims – it was still those who played the Oswald roles – they’re quite genuine in their throat slitting – observe Israel’s streets at this moment.  And do not forget Svali saying the thing is coming to a head for 2020.…

The last homesteads

For nearly ten years, photographer Andrew Moore has traveled to homestead sites along the 100th meridian line of longitude that runs through Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, to witness how pioneers attracted by the Homestead Act have fared generations later.

Dixie’s Café, McKenzie County, North Dakota, 2014

dixie's cafe

Grossenbacher Homestead, Sheridan County, Nebraska, 2013…

Eleanor Powell

eleanor powellThe real issue with the “modern” dysfunctional British or American women is that there is a constant stream of them.  Even this morning there were those involved in the banning of International Men’s Day.

Therefore it’s important to hold up women from the past who were functional, were awesome, were ladies, were everything one can admire.

One such woman was Eleanor Powell.

“5 feet 5 1/4 inches; chestnut hair and blue eyes; weight 122 pounds”

One small, sad, sick incident, nothing special

Sometimes it doesn’t need 129 dead to drive a point home.  Sometimes it need not be killings which make you shake your head with disbelief.  Sometimes it can just be one small, sad, sick incident, nothing special:

Anger as University of York cancels International Men’s Day event after hundreds of students and staff complained it would promote gender inequality

The fine detail:

The decision came after 200 academics, alumni and students at York – most of them women – penned an open letter attacking the event.

All right, as a man, I don’t see any particular necessity to have a Men’s Day, we got along fine without one before.  In a vote, I’d perhaps vote no. It would be enough to be asked.…