This is my re-creation of a children’s book PD image by Randolph Caldecott, who was an illustrator and artist from the 19th century. He was a well-known children’s book illustrator and typically his books cost a shilling a piece. The image is based on the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle, which I assume most people know. It is called “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon,” and was produced by George Routledge and Sons in 1882.
My version is modified from the original version, you can see the original version here which also includes the scandalous story behind the nursery rhyme. You should check it out.
Many of the old, well-loved, nursery rhymes were based on historic events. Mary Mary Quite Contrary was actually about the homicidal nature of Queen Mary I of England a.k.a. Bloody Mary. It’s quite fascinating actually and I often wonder if the children knew exactly what they were singing about. Interesting thought!
We all know how much technology has changed the way we do things, but the other day I was thinking specifically about the print industry. How e-books, online magazines and news sites have almost taken over from their paper counterparts, if they haven’t done so already!
I enjoy reading an actual paperback myself, however as I was waiting for an appointment the other day, it was wonderful to be able to take out my tablet, purchase an e-book, and at least enjoy this ‘wasted’ time reading. (I bought Proof of Life After Death, by Vanayssa Somers, which is a very interesting read if anyone is interested). I rarely have time to read these days, simply for pleasure that is, so it was actually quite the treat.
It has been years since I have picked up a newspaper and, if I am honest, that’s mostly because I have no desire to read one. However, I always used to enjoy doing the crossword, but even that has changed to playing “Words with Friends” on my phone So, out of curiosity more than anything, I thought I would do some research on the paper vs. tech trend and stumbled upon a clip about the newspaper industry and how it had changed historically. It was reading about the history that inspired this artwork.
In the late 1880s the majority of all newspapers were sold by newsboys. From street corners to theaters to train stations, anywhere where there were a lot of people ‘newsies’ could be found. Newsboys ranged in age from as young as six to grown men, however the majority were between the ages of 10 -13. It was a very competitive trade and you would hear them calling out the headlines hustling for tips. By 1920, tougher child labour laws and a growing desire for home delivery, ended the newspapers’ reliance on street sales.
It has been a very long time since I have added a post, never mind contributed to the Weekly Photo Challenge, so today I am delighted to introduce you to my friend Lucy, my Saint Bernard which is my contribution for the challenge this week. Lucy weighs-in at 147 lbs and has a very loud bark, but she is so soft and gentle and such an affectionate dog. Yes…she sheds a lot, she eats a lot and takes up a lot of space, but she is such a special and loved part of the family.
Joan of Arc, or should I say Saint Joan, was also known as The Maid of Orleans for her role in helping King Charles II liberate France from British rule. She truly is the epitome of resilience, which is this week’s photo challenge.
She received visions from Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to help King Charles II release France from British domination. She attained many swift victories in battle which boosted the moral of France and which led the way to final victory for the French.
In 1430 she was captured by the Burgundian faction who were still under British Rule, tried for various crimes and burned at the stake. She was only 19 years old.
26 years later, the evidence against Joan was reviewed and she was proclaimed innocent and declared a martyr. In 1803 she was declared a symbol of France by Napoleon Bonaparte and canonized in 1920.
I love being outside when it’s warm, feeling the sun or breeze on my face, smelling the flowers or the ocean depending on where I happen to be. However, in the winter time, I am exactly the opposite, I hate being outside. I don’t care for the cold or snow and choose to spend my time snuggled up indoors, preferably in my pyjamas with a
glass of wine cup of hot tea.
Anyway, it was being outside in the above-mentioned cold and snow which inspired the artwork below, which is my contribution to this week’s challenge. I was taking Lucy (my Saint Bernard) outside for her evening constitution and the wind was so biting I ducked under the branches of a big old tree for shelter. I leaned against its trunk while she was sniffing around looking for heaven know’s what; and in that moment I was reminded of how much I missed being immersed in and connected to nature. As cold as I was, it felt really good.
So what’s on the horizon for me in the future? Just that, to visit that big tree, Lucy in tow of course, whenever I feel the need to connect to Mother Earth. I won’t be staying there long, because I still hate the cold, but it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to feel grounded and to appreciate being alive. Even though I now have a solution to feed my nature fix during the long cold winter, I’m still thinking….roll on Spring :).
I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have been on the front lines during either of the World Wars. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have simply lived during that time for that matter.
The ‘Battle of Britain’ in 1940, when the German and British air forces battled it out in the skies, was a significant turning point in World War II. The Royal Air Force, despite having their air bases and military posts targeted for months by Germany’s Luftwaffe, gained control of the skies; which was a decisive victory for Britain. Saving the country from ground invasion and possible occupation of German forces; they proved that air battle alone could win a major war.
Hence on August 20, 1940 Winston Churchill said “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”; never was a truer word spoken.
I find some people respond more strongly to a visual representation of something as opposed to a verbal or written variation. In this image I wanted to create a simple picture of why one may want to give up smoking by using the reflection of the smoking woman to create her opposite the non-smoker.
My intention of replacing the cigarette with a flower was to subtly imply how much nicer the woman looked holding the flower as opposed to a burning, smelly cigarette. Plus it also indicated that when you give up smoking your sense of smell becomes more enhanced, or so I have been told.
Someone also mentioned to me that it reminded them of the saying “wake up and smell the roses”, as it’s your choice if you really want to quit!
Anyway, that’s my take on this week’s challenge, plus I have included some other great ideas below: