Today, I blog. And we PARTY!!!!

As it is a Pink for days party 🎉, I’m going with a pink theme even though I’m not a massively pinky pink girl.

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I bought the dress for a wedding 👰 🎩 , so I have got a fascinater to go with it but think that might be too much for an evening event?

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The bag, I bought to go with the dress when I was in Bulgaria. In the picture above is the bottle of pink nail varnish, I’m wearing on my fingers and toes,

As the dress has beading around the neck, I do not need a necklace. I will wear a bracelet made out of cutlery, that I bought in Cuba.

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I’m bringing a bottle of pre mixed cosmopolitan. I bought it cheaply from Aldi, so hope it is going to taste alright. I like my cosmopolition very sweet and have been known to ask for extra sugar solution in them.

keeping with the Pink theme, I would like to strut in to Pink’s So What.

Whilst I wait for the dancing to get going, I can talk about some of my interests that I write about; travel, theatre 🎭, books and where I line which is Sheffield in England.

Chelia is offering an open opportunity to join the party 🎉  – hope to see you there.

 

Pink for Days

Welcome to “The 1000 Blog Party”

Rules:

  • Leave a comment with a small introduction, the links to your favorite articles or 2/3 latest articles and answer the following questions:

  1. What are you wearing to my party?
  2. What are you drinking and eating right now, at the party?

  • Interact with other people!! Go over to the other party goers blogs, comment, come back and comment, answer comments, talk to people!!

  • Invite friends if you would like to have company or if you have a friend you’re dying to introduce us too;

  • Have fun, interact, meet new people, make friends!!

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And there are gifts too!!

  • I will pick 4 people who interact the most with other bloggers and they will get:
  1. Featured on my blog from Tuesday to Friday. I will go through your blogs, do a post about them, leave the link, talk about your content, comment on my favorite posts…

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Every Beautiful Thing: A play by Duncan Macmillan which highly recommend watching if there is an opportunity!

Every beautiful thing is about creating a list of the good things in life; it has previously been a concept for exhibitions, installations and a Facebook group. In 2013 it was shown as a play at the Ludlow festival. subsequently it has toured globally and was shown on HBO December 2016. The script, can also be bought on Amazon.

I saw it Wednesday 17th May at the Crucible’s studio in Sheffield. I did not know in advance, but at the same time the play was also being shown in Paris.

The studio theatre has flexible set up, but for this show the seating was in the round which suited the high energy, interactive show brilliantly. There was one actor, ; Jonny Donahue who either plays an unnamed character or I can not remember their name. The play starts telling the story of his Mum’s two suicide attempts during his childhood, which is when he started the list if brilliant things for her. The audience are called upon to play some roles like vet, his Dad, his girlfriend. Some of the audience are also given cards to read out, items from the list and also the audience are asked to provide props such as books for a library scene. in Sheffield, one member of the audience nonchalantly provide Jane Austen’s Emma which got a laugh so I would advise when seeing show to either bring something very high brow like War and Peace or go the other way and offer a children’s book. It is a fantastic atmosphere because of the audience interaction. Don’t worry if you are not a natural performer because Jonny had a knack of picking excellent performers. Maybe they were just so good because it was Sheffield? But the vet was excellent, girlfriend excellent proposal, his former teacher and sock puppet ‘don’t know’ made a fabulous comedy double act. The Dad when called upon to give a wedding speech, aptly began lines that could apply to his unexpected performance and a wedding ‘ You don’t expect these situations but in these situations…’. The members of the audience may not do such a good job outside of Sheffield, but I’m sure each performance would  e unique and worth watching – I would watch again!

 

 

Mental Health Awareness: Suicide Reporting Guidelines

Vulnerable individuals may be influenced to engage in imitative behaviors by reports of suicide, particularly if the coverage is extensive, prominent, sensationalist and/or explicitly describes the method of suicide.

Preventing Suicide – A Resource for Media Professionals, WHO, 2008

It would be making light to suggest, that people commit suicide to copy suicides in the media; evidently other factors have more on an impact on this decision. However media reports can make a difference this is called the Werther effect. Due to this World Health organization and other national agencies have created guidelines for journalists and editors. In the UK, it is the Samaritans that created these guidelines. I became aware of these guidelines due to watching the play Every Brilliant Thing. The Samaritans is a charity in the UK that can be contacted in several ways by those needing support.

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Below in case anyone is writing about suicide I have included 10 tips from the Samaritan’s websites.  Some tips are obvious, like you do not want to basically give instruction’s exactly how to kill self. In  every beautiful thing it also made the point about saying someone committed suicide died painless or instantaneously may make some one else more likely to copy. But then, for the family members and friends you would not want to go into too much details about how the person suffered so it is difficult. In the paly it was also noted about not making the reason for the suicide too simplistic like ‘he lost his job’ because that validates other people who have lots their job to feel the same when actually the issue is probably more complex,.

Suicide reporting – 10 things to remember

  • Leave out technical details about the method of suicide, such as describing the type of ligature used or the number and types of pills taken in an overdose. Never suggest that a method is quick, easy, painless or certain to result in death.
  • Language matters. Avoid dramatic headlines and terms such as ‘suicide epidemic’ or ‘hot spot’.
  • Include references to support groups and places where suicidal people can find help – it really does make a difference.
  • Treat social media with particular caution and refrain from mentioning websites or networks that promote or glamorise suicide.
  • Avoid dramatic or sensationalist pictures or video.
  • Young people are especially vulnerable to negative suicide coverage. Do not give undue prominence to photographs of a young person who has died and avoid repeated use of images such as galleries.
  • Try not to give a story undue prominence, for example with a front cover splash.
  • Don’t brush over the complex realities of suicide and its impact on those left behind. Remember that people bereaved by suicide are often vulnerable and are more likely to take their own lives than the general population.
  • Speculation about the ‘trigger’ for a suicide, even if provided by a close family member, should be avoided.
  • Use statistics with caution. Check with Samaritans or the relevant national statistical agency to make sure you have the most recent data and are comparing like with like.

Sources:

Role of media reports in completed and prevented suicide: Werther v. Papageno effectsThomas Niederkrotenthaler, Martin Voracek, Arno Herberth, Benedikt Till, Markus Strauss,Elmar Etzersdorfer, Brigitte Eisenwort and Gernot Sonneck published 2010 British Phycology Journal.

Samaritans website

Every beautiful thing paly by Duncan Macmillian..

 

Some Sheffield Wonderwalls

Street art in Sheffield is becoming more popular. Everywhere you look in Sheffield you can find street art. The city’s urban landscape has provided local artists a playground to paint. The spray paint art has it’s own Twitter account, @streetartsheff, with 1,200 followers. Here are some of the few that have been captured around Sheffield’s […]

via Street Art — Step Into Sheffield

Anne Boleyn, Women’s Martyr

The anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s death which occurred as she bore a daughter not a son. Up untill 2015 in UK younger males had rights to royal throne over older sisters: This was changed in 2015 before Prince William had his first child. However as Prince William’s oldest child (George) is a boy, for while this change is unlikely to make a difference. But a change in law before Anne Boleyn’s time, could have made a big change. If King Henry had respected women could rule then he could have changed that law rather than breaking with Rome.

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On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of King Henry VIII, was executed by beheading, after being held prisoner in the Tower of London for four days and declared guilty of high treason.  The formal charges against her were adultery, incest and plotting to kill the king.  (Most historians agree these were bogus accusations.) However, Anne’s actual crime was miscarrying two babies and not being able to provide a male heir to succeed King Henry.

As we know, Anne had given birth to a daughter named Elizabeth who later became queen, one of the strongest monarchs ever to rule Great Britain. King Henry, of course, would never live to see this. Henry, in his quest to bear legitimate male heirs, notoriously married six times, broke with the Catholic Church and changed the trajectory of Great Britain’s future. He divorced two of his wives (Catherine of…

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Queen Elizabeth 11 Drop Scones; recipe from Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher

One of the major selling points of this book was it contained a letter from Queen Elizabeth to Presidents Eisenhower, written in 1960. Which included a recipe for drop scones that she had served him.

The book includes clear photos of the original letters and also a transcript of the letters, in case any of the handwriting is difficult to read. Additionally there is a paragraph giving the background to the letter.

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Queen Elizabeth’s book is the first proper letter in the book (technically the first is a letter from Shaun Usher). It is amazing to see the Queen’s handwriting on Buckingham palace headed notepaper; I thought it would be fun to try to replicate her recipe. At first when I saw scones, I was thinking the type of scones you have with jam and cream. But another name for drop scones is scotch pancakes. They are denser than what , I would class as an English Shrove Tuesday pancake. More towards an American pancake hence why they may have appealed to the American president.

The recipe does not contain much method; it is mainly a list of ingredients, so google had to come in play for some of the method. Also google was needed because ‘our Liz’, did not seem to use scales. Instead in  the recipe; ingredients are measured in tea cups. I do not own a tea cup. I have interpreted a tea cup as about 130g and therefore where a quarter of a tea cup was listed for sugar, I used 30g. For the milk where 2 teacups were required I used 350ml. The recipe also called for two tablespoons of butter, so I faithfully tried to scrape butter up from block with a spoon; my first attempt was more like a half spoon, so then had to scrape another half spoon. Probably just cutting about 2cm in from a block of butter along short side would have been about right.

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When working out the quantities; I should have realised that the recipe was for 16 people. I’m afraid to say there was lots of waste. As there was no method I first tried, putting batter over whole pan like a normal pancake; that was a complete mess burnt in places despite not cooking in the middle as was so thick. I then read should be just a tablespoon for each scone ‘dropped’ in; clue may have been in the title! Even then I had issues getting middles cooked without burning the top and bottom.  I was cooking in butter in a pan; some methods called for a griddle pan, so maybe that would help.

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When cooked the drops scones should be quite spongy. I did not have cream of tartar, so I put in 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda instead of 2. The bitternessc of the bicarbonate of soda was overpowering; I would say do not put more than a teaspoon of it in! I ended up adding more sugar to the batter to try and compensate. I then smothered in golden syrup – is that a British item or do you get it else where?

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Not all the letters; give rise to such projects but, it is a good coffee table book to dip into; which gives glimpses into history. For example there is a letter from Queen Mary of Scotland, written in French their her brother the night before she was executed, a letter from Mark Chapman trying to sell the album John Lennon signed before later in the day Chapman shot him, a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol as regards as album design and many more!

Sheffield Should Shout Loud & Proud About its Football History

Football exhibition, Chapel Walk, Sheffield untill 20th May.

1024-wide_crops_sheffield_01On Friday evening, From the Home of Football: An Exhibition by Goalsoul opens at on Chapel Walk with nibbles and a panel discussion. I’ll not even try to better the flyer description:

“Alongside its steel-producing heritage, Sheffield’s single most important contribution to the world is modern football. This cannot be overstated. It is the spiritual home of the modern game and boasts the world’s first and oldest football club in Sheffield FC; who, in 1857 compiled the game’s original rules and innovations document. These rules are, unarguably, the blueprint for the game we watch and play, today.

Goalsoul’s artwork pays homage to that heritage and the ongoing evolution of the world’s most popular sport. The work is a tribute the game’s diverse nature, through its rich history and eclectic cultural tapestry.”

That should have all Sheffield hearts beating with civic pride- but it should also beg a question. Why have…

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Liebster Award

Taking the opportunity to answer questions set by Chelia.

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Rules:

1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you

2. Nominate 11 other bloggers

3. Ask your nominees 11 questions

4. Let them know that you have nominated them.

Thank you for Chelia for answering my questions, how to do this. Firstly to get the questions to answer in app tap on text of this post untill says copy, select the text then start new post and paste text in. Then link to blog, how I did it was to copy blog name then use link icon between numbered list and quote mark to insert their name.

Chelia’s Questions:

1. What show are you binge watching right now? I have been lent a box set of a old show that was on British tv called No Angels. It was set in 90s and is about nurses who live together and go out together a lot! Seems very dated to see them smoking inside pubs and drinking bracardi brezzers.

2. What are you reading?

Last night finished A long way down by Nick Hornby.

Trying to get through for book club A brief history of 7 killings by Marlon James. It is not so brief at 684 pages and not finding interesting so started skipping bits to get to the end.

Also on bedside table have Mark Haddon’s book of short stories; the Piers Falls. Looking forward to having time to reading another story from that.

 

3. What do you usually go for if you’re cooking just for yourself?

Pasta; quick and easy.

4. What’s your favorite eye and hair colour.

Love my blue eyes and blonde hair. Although liked change of having it blue before Christmas.

5. What sports did you practice in high school?

We did netball, hockey 🏑, swimming, random exercise videos.

6. How many hours a day do you spend on the internet?

Too many probably!

7. Do you choose your outfit in the day before or in the morning?

Sometimes get organised night before but mostly morning.

8. Can you play any instrument?

Have a guitar 🎸 but not done anything with it for a while. Wish could play proper chords, in time.

9. Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather?

Hot

10. What is your favorite fruit?

Juicy ripe peaches 🍑 

11. Can you swim? How old were you when you learned? My parents took me swimming as a baby.

My Questions?

1. Have you got your posts divided into different sections under menus? If so how did you do that ( I can not work it out from instructions tried to read so far.

2. I’m having a Shakespeare blog party tomorrow. Not necessary to like Shakespeare to get involved, but do you like Shakespeare?

3. Like Chelia’s question, what are you reading?

4. What do you like reading most on blogs?

5. Favourite flavour ice cream 🍦?

6. Mountains or beach?

7. Where is a cool place to visit?

8. Favourite band / artist?

9. Do you believe in aliens?

10. Favourite colour?

11. Di you follow any sport if so which?

I will nominate my last 10 followers to get to know them. Up to you whether to take part.

  1. Pixie
  2. Cheeseseller’s wife
  3. Off the uneven pavement 
  4. Red headed Booklover
  5. D Parker
  6. John Mark Miller
  7. Cookies and Chemistry
  8. Christian M
  9. The curious guy
  10. My puzzle peace
  11. Anyone else who would like to answer.