Images

The need for a certain image sent me to the internet. There is an abundance of sites offering, for a fee, high quality pictures. I began getting images through them at a reasonable price. Depending on the use you wish to make of the image, some are more expensive than others. You pay more for higher definition/size.

I stumbled upon a site (and have since discovered there are others) where the images are donated by photographers for use by anyone. As I enjoy taking pictures, I thought I would donate some of my better images. So, as of date, you will be able to find 129 of my pictures for FREE. Amongst the photos are pictures of architecture, oceans and beaches, animals, flowers, people and objects, to name a few. Hope you find something to your liking! Go here: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/browse-author.php?a=54678

Should you choose to use any of my contribution, I would be delighted if you would give me credit for the image. Simply say, photo by Suzy Stewart Dubot.
We all like to be remember for doing something right!

 

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Suzy Stewart Dubot – Interview

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Victorian Time-Travel Tale

The story Prim & Proper-T takes place in a Victorian house where I lived for a number of years. The descriptions of the house and the area are true to life from that epoch.  I often wonder if the cupboard might have given access to another century. I never tried, but this is my version of what might have been…

The Livingston family have rented a furnished house in the UK. Inventory in hand, they know exactly what to expect — except visitors from another century were never on the list…
Sam Livingston is a professor of history, specializing in the nineteenth century European Industrial Revolution in Britain. His year in England is going to allow him to delve deeper into those inventions and innovations that had indubitably changed history and social conditions, as well as affecting the politics of the time. As history is his passion, this sabbatical year will be a treat for him. Most of the excursions the family are going to take will, doubtlessly, incorporate Sam’s interest in history. How could it not in a country that had produced such people as Boadicea and Shakespeare and which boasted that Joseph of Arimathea had walked its land, possibly with a young lad named Jesus? Claudia is thrilled with the prospect of a year in Britain away from her stressful job in publishing. Acting as a stay-at-home-mom while Sam attends to his more serious business, is going to be a welcome change.

But no one suspects that the change is going to be from one century to another!

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The sci-fi/fantasy novel, TOPAZ, has been published!

What began as a short story soon turned into a full length novel, which has taken me ten months to finish. It blends black holes and portals with a medieval world of fantasy with magicians. I don’t claim to be a hard core sci-fi writer, but I have kept the scientific part of the novel as accurate or believable as possible. The rest is pure imagination.
It is easy reading, which should be attractive to all sci-fi/fantasy fans, including young adults (YA category).
Click here to access this book : http://goo.gl/9YhmmP

Time warp traveling in space with stars.

Time warp traveling in space with stars.

Snowdonia will be next, followed by Monstera; Hydra and Moss. Shade will be the concluding story of the series.

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Wallpaper as witness

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Some objects I have bought

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Indoor ‘street sale’

Until now, I have tended to be a hoarder. Street sales, charity shop sales, jumble sales and just sales generally have fed that particular urge that I have to find things that please me at a good price. It is, however, a rare day that I will buy something with the view to reselling it for profit as some do. Just recently, two events brought home the futility of accumulating objects over the years. The first was the death of my unmarried, childless aunt in London, England. Aunty Amy 1010544 She left her large Victorian house full of clothes and shoes that she hadn’t worn in years, as well as papers, magazines, utensils and objects, some left from when her mother, my grandmother, had died. Worn furniture was side-by-side with hundreds of books, stacked on shelves or in piles. She was an avid reader and would re-read books, so always had them to hand. The cellar was chock-a-block with tools, boxes, cables, small appliances and other sundry items she hadn’t known what to do with, thinking they might serve at some time. There was even coal left in a bunker from the time before legislation banned coal fires.

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Victorian house in London, England

The larger the accommodation, the more scope one has for accumulating objects.

The second event was the recent purchase of a house in France by one of my daughters and her husband.

It is a house that was built in the fifties and judging from the interior, it has only had one set of owners. The place has remained as it was when it was built with the original wallpaper, glass overhead lightshades and Bakelite light switches.  All the rooms have antiquated power supplies; electrical wires encased in cloth sleeves rather than plastic. The old furniture, which might date from before WWII, is all that remains as the other accessories to life, useful or decorative, were cleared for the sale of the property.

Whether one likes the old-fashioned feel of the house or not, it is surprisingly pleasant with lots of windows providing light all day long whichever way the sun shines.

My daughter liked the retro-style of the large kitchen with the Formica table and cabinets, so asked the realtor if they could be left behind. The family member selling the house communicated that he would leave everything behind, if she agreed.

By ‘everything,’ he meant the beds and wardrobes in the three bedrooms and all the overhead nineteen-fifties light fixtures. He meant the kitchen furniture and the dining room table, chairs, dresser and leather couch; all vintage and solid.

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Bedroom furniture

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Bedroom in a French country house

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both instances have left me feeling sad for the departed people.

The objects they left behind that were so familiar to them have no real significance for anyone else. They’re only unfashionable objects to dump or to give away without a second thought.

Does this mean that I will now be buying less in sales?
It does.

These two recent events have somehow affected me. As a result, it also means that if I have something which pleases someone else, I will give it to them rather than hoard it ’til my dying day, when it will be dumped.
In respect for those departed souls, my only wish now is that they would approve of the new owners of their homes, the homes where they each lived and breathed for more than fifty years – a lifetime.

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The places will be remodelled, no doubt, but it would please me that the new owners give a thought to those who came before them as they strip the wallpaper from the walls…

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It was a sad day for me…

It was a sad day for me on Saturday, 7th of December.

The ‘event’, of which I was part, was in Trafalgar Square, London where an amazing number of people could be seen swarming in all directions; the ideal spot to interact with a lot of people.

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Trafalgar Square & the National Gallery 1908

The National Gallery takes pride of place at the top of the Square with a street running in front of it, which has now become pedestrian. In doing so, it has enlarged the area of the square to allow for added spectacles, buskers and demonstrators.

I was one of those peaceful demonstrators competing with poorly drawn chalk drawings of world flags, various disguised buskers and even a Scottish piper, who didn’t get full credit for his performance. The outlandish seemed to take priority for those tourists wanting to experience the thrill of the crowds.

You may be wondering why a scene with a lot of colourful animation would leave me feeling sad?

Why would seeing someone dressed as Darth Vador or Yoda, a white mouse or a half naked man, pulling in a hundred people to watch him act the fool, dismay me?

It is simple.

The event I was part of was to inform people about the ignoble transport of primates to their death by Air France/KLM, one of the last major airlines profiting from the commerce. We hoped people would sign our petition, but no. Our stand hardly benefited from cursory glances as people passed by in a hurry to inspect smudged chalk flags on the pavement, and to add coins to their own country’s symbol.

How can people be so insensitive? Monkeys and other animals are dying (the ones who die in transport are the lucky ones) with help from AF/KLM, and this only for profit.

Atrocious experiments on monkeys, dogs, cats, not to mention rodents, are not viable for anything but their own species. It is a commerce fuelled by those pharmaceutical companies who thrive on us all and our illnesses, often causing disasters with their drugs like Thalidomide, among many less publicize catastrophes.

Operating on a monkey to give it Parkinson’s disease and then trying treatments on it to cure it, is nothing short of STUPID! Monkeys do not get Parkinson’s. A false Parkinson’s will give false results….

So if you fly Air France/KLM, keep in mind that there is every chance that while you’re in your seat watching an in-flight movie or sampling one of their meals, there will be hundreds of monkeys in the baggage hold either dying or destined to die futilely in laboratories.

If you pass by a stand advocating anti-vivisection, take a minute to look and perhaps sign a petition. It really is for your own good as well as all those tortured animals and people, victims of the effects of medicines tested ineffectually on animals.

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Trafalgar Square & the National Gallery today 2013

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50th Anniversaries

ImageWhen I logged on to the internet this morning, two very different 50th anniversaries were announced.

Strangely enough, the first to appear on the internet search engine was that of Dr. Who.

I was fifteen when he first made his appearance on British television and now fifty years later, he is still in the public eye and popular. A special film called ‘The Day of the Doctor’ has been made to celebrate the occasion and will be shown worldwide. He has become a cult figure much as ‘The Prisoner.’

President_Kennedy_and_Vice_President_Johnson_prior_to_ceremonyThe second anniversary that is being marked is that of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Who doesn’t remember the moment when they heard the news? Practically everyone can say where they were when the news hit them, because it did impact everyone in some way.

I was in the school library and heard the news via the school loud speakers. My friend sitting across from me burst into tears. I did not cry but was nonetheless shocked that a person as important as the President of the United States could be vulnerable in the modern age.

ImageThe assassinations of Lincoln and McKinley in 1864 and 1901, respectively, were in the old days before the Secret Service was responsible for the President’s security. Both men liked being in contact with the public, so made themselves vulnerable.

As a result of McKinley’s death, it became the Secret Service’s job to protect the number one man.

By the 60’s, it didn’t seem possible that an iconic figurehead such as Kennedy could be killed.

Ha! Little could we imagine that he was to be the first of a spate of assassinations (or attempts) of leaders around the world.

Today, I am bemused by the fact that a fictional character’s 50th anniversary would take precedence over that of an American President; a man who was larger than life in most of what he did.

Perhaps it can be attributed to the fact that Kennedy’s anniversary is a death, while Dr. Who’s is a birth? It would be interesting to know if either man will be remembered for their 100th anniversary…

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