Thursday, 6 June 2013

Thursday; Bush Poetry;

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period.
Born: June 17, 1867, Grenfell
Died: September 2, 1922, Sydney

A Bush Girl

She's milking in the rain and dark,
As did her mother in the past.
The wretched shed of poles and bark,
Rent by the wind, is leaking fast.
She sees the “home-roof” black and low,
Where, balefully, the hut-fire gleams—
And, like her mother, long ago,
She has her dreams; she has her dreams. 

The daybreak haunts the dreary scene,
The brooding ridge, the blue-grey bush,
The “yard” where all her years have been,
Is ankle-deep in dung and slush;
She shivers as the hour drags on,
Her threadbare dress of sackcloth seems—
But, like her mother, years agone,
She has her dreams; she has her dreams. 

The sullen “breakfast” where they cut
The blackened “junk.” The lowering face,
As though a crime were in the hut,
As though a curse was on the place;
The muttered question and reply,
The tread that shakes the rotting beams,
The nagging mother, thin and dry—
God help the girl! She has her dreams. 

Then for “th’ separator” start,
Most wretched hour in all her life,
With “horse” and harness, dress and cart,
No Chinaman would give his “wife”;
Her heart is sick for light and love,
Her face is often fair and sweet,
And her intelligence above
The minds of all she’s like to meet. 

She reads, by slush-lamp light, may be,
When she has dragged her dreary round,
And dreams of cities by the sea
(Where butter’s up, so much the pound),
Of different men from those she knows,
Of shining tides and broad, bright streams;
Of theatres and city shows,
And her release! She has her dreams. 

Could I gain her a little rest,
A little light, if but for one,
I think that it would be the best
Of any good I may have done.
But, after all, the paths we go
Are not so glorious as they seem,
And—if t’will help her heart to know—
I’ve had my dream. ’Twas but a dream. 
Henry Lawson

Photo taken in Bourke Ts

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Tuesday; beauty;

Paraffin wax

Doctors use Botox and collagen to rejuvenate faces. They also use silicone inserts to enhance breast size.
Is it insecurity or stupidity that makes women submit their bodies, their health  to such awful and unnecessary procedures? 

But the history of wrinkle reduction and breast implants actually starts much earlier than people realize. 
The first recorded attempts at wrinkle removal and artificial breast enhancement were carried out prior to the 1900s.
The procedure involved injecting paraffin wax directly into the wrinkled area to smooth it out, or directly into the breast to increase its volume. 
The practice quickly fell out of favour for good reason. Harsh infections were a common side effect of this technique. It also caused the formation of hard, painful lumps known as paraffinomas. 

Now this Paraffin wax technic is called primitive.
Perhaps in 20 years time Botox and silicone procedures will  also be called  primitive!  Paraffin wax is a white or colourless soft solid that is used as a lubricant and for other applications.

Kerosene, a fuel that is commonly known as paraffin in Britain, Southeast Asia and South Africa.
Tractor vaporising oil, a fuel
Liquid paraffin (medicinal)
Mineral oil
Petroleum jelly, also called soft paraffin

Botulinum toxin is a protein and neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinumIt is the most acutely toxic substance known.
Botulinum toxin can cause botulism, a serious and life-threatening illness in humans and animals. Popularly known by one of its trade names, Botox, it is used for various cosmetic and medical procedures'
In cosmetic applications, a Botox injection, consisting of a small dose of botulinum toxin, can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. As of 2007, it is the most common cosmetic operation, with 4.6 million procedures in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Qualifications for Botox injectors vary by county, state and country. Botox cosmetic providers include dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic spa physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants. The wrinkle-preventing effect of Botox normally lasts about three to four months.

a tetravalent metalloid, is a chemical element with the symbol Si and atomic number 14. It is less reactive than its chemical analog carbon, the nonmetal directly above it in the periodic table, 
Symbol: Si
Melting point: 1,414 °C
Atomic mass: 28.0855 ± 0.0003 u

Since the mid-1990s, the Fifth generation of silicone breast implant is made of a semi-solid gel that mostly eliminates filler leakage (silicone gel bleed) and silicone migration from the breast to elsewhere in the body. The studies Experience with Anatomical Soft Cohesive Silicone gel Prosthesis in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Implant Surgery (2004) and Cohesive Silicone gel Breast Implants in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery (2005) reported low incidence rates of capsular contracture and of device-shell rupture, improved medical safety and technical efficacy greater than earlier generations of breast implant device.

Beauty is not perfect.

Photo/ rose/Ts

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Sepia Saturday 179; a barrel of...

My three girls in the barrel in the late sixties.  It was supposed  for a dog, but our dogs never used it, but the girls loved it to play hide and seek.

The canton of Thurgau is known for its fine agricultural produce. Particularly, apples, pears, fruits and vegetables are well-known. The many orchards in the canton are mainly used for the production of cider.

Farmers had a barrel like this one in the cellar. In autumn after the apple harvest it was filled with sweet apple juice that fermented slowly. Every night 1 full jug  was taken up and drunk, as the barrel had to be emptied and cleaned out again for the next harvest.