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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

E for Euphemisms.

A Euphemism is the substitution of a mild, indirect or vague term for one to be considered harsh, blunt or offensive.

 This is sometimes called double speak.

More Euphemisms. 
 You aren't poor you are economically disadvantaged. 
You aren't broke you have temporary negative cash flow problems. 
Just as you sit down to dinner, drat! the blessed phone goes, it's a call from a poltical party wanting to know which way you're going to vote.
 This is known as a courtesy call, only courtesy has little to do with it .....it's just 'Effing' annoying. (apologies for the Ef )but it does begin with 'E'.
If you say you were 'Economical with truth', well that means you've just told a whopper!

 Remember Pinocchio ?
He was a little boy puppet who turned into a real boy. However he was told by the Blue Fairy that he was to be truthful, polite and honest at all time....so she cast a spell upon him, so if at any time he told a lie his nose would grow.....
 Needless to say, he did get himself into spots of bother and subsequently his nose did grow, as you can see by the illustration, rather large.
If only the Blue Fairy could cast the same spell on all polticians, now that would be fun !

Cartoon by courtesy of The US News.
Note to my American friends: Pay special attention to Trump's nose over the coming weeks, the Blue Fairy is hovering.
I'm quite Exhausted now so I will sign out now, looking forward to reading some Excellent memes when good old linky kicks in later
Bye for now,
Di,
ABCW team.




Monday, 30 January 2017

D for Dreams.


As you all probably know I am a great Poetry fan,
I came across this sweet little verse a while ago, 
I liked it so much that  put it my special little,
 ABCW book of ideas,
to use at an appropriate time, as now.
I do hope you like it.

DREAMS.....  by Langston Hughes.
Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die,
Life is a broken winged bird
That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go.
Life is a barren field
frozen with snow.


Childhood Dreams.


When I was a small child
 I used to DREAM of 
Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell said to Peter Pan

 'You know the place between sleep and wake,

 the place where you still can remember DREAMING,

that's where I'll always love you,

 That's where I'll be waiting'. 


 'Never Never Land'
It was a place where children never
grew up and had wonderful adventures
The story is the classic children's story
called Peter Pan, written by J.M. Barrie.
Peter was a boy who refused to grow up.
he would fly out of his bedroom window
taking with him a few friends he also had a special
friend in Tinkerbell the fairy.
They had many adventures in Neverland and 
Peter had several skirmishes with Captain Hook
and a ticking crocodile.                     

Peter fighting with Captain Hook.

Eventually during their final skirmish Peter pushed Captain Hook into the Crocodile's jaws and wicked Hook was eaten... Hurrah !


Statue of Peter Pan in Kensington palace Gardens, London.
  (All the pictures on this post are by courtesy of Mr Google.)

Thanks to Denise Roger and Leslie, along with the special team of helpers for keeping this well loved meme running for a decade or more.

Best wishes to you all,
from,
Di.
ABCW team.










Tuesday, 24 January 2017

C for Cities

The City of  Bolzano in The Southern Tyrol.

This is a delicious plate of a cured pork which is lightly smoked in the farms in the surrounding mountains and pasturelands.

A selection of local hand
made
cheeses again derived from the cattle
that graze in the verdant pastures and mountainsides bedecked with fragrant herbs.

Delicious home made soup, made with a beef stock then fresh herbs and  vegetables also dumpling may be added.
This the the local tipple called Grappa, it is a distillate without additives or refining substances, It is a type of Pomace brandy and delicious served with Prosecco.



One of the stunning views on the drive to the City of Bolzano.

After making two attempts to write a CONTINUATION of my previous posts firstly about a visit to Austria then follwing on last week about a visit to the CITY of Bolzano in the Southern Tyrol.

My PC has decided to lose all the wordage and lovely pictures that I  had collected then put together for my meme. I am just trying to post some more pictures of the region...here goes for the third attempt!
Bolzano.

The Province of  Bolzano is dominated by it's majestic scenery  and pretty small towns, typical of a border area, where three cultures and languages live together in harmony i.e. Italian, German and Latin.


Time stands still in this breathtakingly beautiful part of  the Southern Tyrol.

Well I must finish after my third attempt, I hope it isn't too Cock-eyed....I CAN only say I tried !

(Please note that all the photographs on this site are taken by courtesy of various Google sites. You will see the names of the various photography firms in the watermark or beneath the picture. DW.)


My thanks to Denise Roger and Leslie and all the rest of the team for keeping ABCW running for so long and now looking forward to the Changes to Come in not too distant future,

Best wishes to all
from 
Di.
ABCW team.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

B for The Brenner Pass.

The Brenner Pass.
 Last week I wrote about a wonderful holiday I had in Austria (Europe); Whilst we were there we took a trip to Northern Italy to see the magical mountain range of The Dolomites (part of the Alps).
 The Brenner Pass is a pass throgh the Alps , it forms a border between Austria and Italy;
 It is one of the principal passes of the Eastern Alpine range.




The Brenner Pass (mlddle right),


We stopped at  a most stunning sight it was of Lake Carezza; It has a beautiful backdrop of Pine trees and The Dolomites.

Lake Carezza.


We were heading for the City of Bolzana, in the heart of the Alps. it has a most interesting history which will saved for another time.
 Note the beautiful architecture.
















The peak of The Dolomites.


  Yet another amazing trip over the Brenner Pass from Austria into the stunning scenery of Northern Italy.


Please note that all of the photographs on this meme are takenby courtesy of several Google sites, my thanks to the many talented photographers.DW.

My thanks to Denise, Roger Leslie and  team for making ABCW happen.
Best wishes Di.
ABCW team.





Monday, 2 January 2017

Z for Zither

Shirley Abicair playing her Zither.

When I was little I clearly remember a rather talented lady called Shirley Abicair who played the Zither and sang lots of jolly songs on the TV.

  She had a crystal clear voice and her Zither accom paniment was truly lovely.

 She discovered the Zither at the back of a cupboard when she was quite small and virtually taught herself to play, She lived in Adelaide in Australia before she came over to the UK and presented some childrens' TV programmes.

 The  Zither and Shirley were made for each other.




This is a concert Zither, it has a fret and not quite so basic as the one Shirley found in a cupboard many years ago.


The Austrian Zither also known as a Landleute and was very popular in Austria and Bavaria. It was also a popular folk music instrument called a Volkzither, this was around the beginning of the 19th century. 

Austrian lady playing the concert zither.




The highly acclaimed painter Franz vonDefregger (1835-1921). he is well known for his peasant genre and narrative painting..

Austrian peasant playing the  ZITHER .
As I've run out of  Z's I shall ZIP off for a quick zzzzz ( siesta time) but before I go i would like to thank the wonderful ZANY Denise who devised abcw all those years ago and the ever ZEALOUS Roger and his ZESTFUL assistant Leslie for doing what they do in keeping us writing our memes, Last but not least thanks to the team of assistants who help with the visits.  
Best wishes to you all for 2017..... Happy New Year. Di, xxx




Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Y stands for Yogi,

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, (Yogi means great Seer) was a great Seer and travelled the world teaching Transendental meditation.




 'Transendental meditation'.....has been described as both religious and non-religious and mainly rooted in Hinduism. The meditation practice involves the use of a Mantra (especially in Buddhism and Hinduism). It is a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power.

 A personal Mantra is sometimes repeated as an aid to meditation or prayer. 



   Association with the Beatles.


 The Beatles went to study with him in Bangor North Wales, before travelling to Rishikesh in India (1968) to devote themselves fully to his instructions.

 Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen left after ten days, Paul and his girlfriend Jane Asher left after five weeks and John and Cynthia Lennon, George Harrison and Patti Boyd, left sixteen days later . During their stay they were led to believe that the Marahishi Yogi had made unwanted advances to the actress Mia Farrow it is widely believed that instigated their return home, In 1968 the Beatles renounced their association with him.

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Years later George Harrison accepted that nothing improper had taken place with the actress and gave a benefit concert for him and his Natural Law Party;

 He later apologised for the way the Mararishi Yogi had been treated by saying "We were very young in believing the alleged attack had taken place but it was total 'bull shit'!

 Cynthia Lennon later wrote that she hated leaving on a note of mistrust when the Mararishi Yogi had been so kind to the Beatles.

 Later the Mararishi was asked if he had forgiven the Beatles he answered, "I could never be upset with angels.

Some of the Beatles music inspired by Indian strengths are illustrated in ,

'Across the Universe' which has Indian influence and especially John Lennon chanting "Jai  Guru Deva".

 Then there was 'Within You Witout You' another mystical sounding piece.

 My particular, favourite song  written by George Harrison was 'My sweet Lord' this had hints of Indian chants where George expressed his love for Indian gods.... 'Hare Krishna Guru Brahma.'


RIP. George Harrison. 

I firmly believe that the spiritual guidance of Marahisi Yogi upon George inspired him to write the famous songs  mentioned in the above paragraph.


Wishing you all a peaceful and happy New Year.

My sincere thanks to the ever YOUTHFUL Denise who cleverly devised Abcw and to the Administrator Roger who has read his way through many a fine YARN, along with his deputy leslie who is frequently YRAPT  with interest at the wonderful tales of yore.
 Finally thanks to the team of helpers who YARELY  visit YOUR  sites too!

Best wishes for 2017,
Di,
Abcw team. 

 


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Xanadu

Kubla Khan  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.



In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure -drome decree;

 Where Alph the sacred river ran

 Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.

 So twice five miles of  fertile ground 

With walls and towers were girded round; 

 And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,

 Where blossomed many an incense- bearing tree

 And here were forests ancient as the hills,

 Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted


 Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!

 A savage place! as holy and enchanted

 As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted


 By woman wailing for her demon - lover! And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething.

 As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,

 A mighty fountain was momently was forced:

 Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst

 Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,

 Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail: 

And mid these dancing dancing rocks at once and ever

 It flung up momently the sacred river 

Five miles meandering with a mazy motion

 Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,



 Then reached the caverns measureless to man, 

And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:

 And 'mid this Kubla heard from far,

Ancestral voices prophesying war,

  The shadow of the dome of pleasure

 floated midway on the waves;

 Where was heard the mingled measure

 From the fountain and the caves.

It was the miracle of rare device

  A sunny pleasure-dome within caves of ice!

 A damsel with a dulcimer

 In a vision once I saw;

 It was an Abyssinian maid

 And on her dulcimer she played,



 Singing of Mount Abora,

 Could I revive within me

  Her symphony and song,

 To such a deep delight 'twould win me,

 That with music loud and long,

 I would build that dome in the air,

 That sunny dome! Those caves of ice!

 And all who heard should see them there,

 And all should cry, Beware! Beware!

His flashing eyes, his floating hair!

 Weave a circle round him thrice,

  And close your eyes with holy dread

 For he on honey-dew hath fed,

 And drunk the milk of Paradise.







And so I will say goodbye and wish you all the Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas one and all.....My thanks to all the team that keep ABCW running particularly Denise Roger Leslie and all Santa's little helpers....
Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.