Saturday, 6 February 2016

Sepia Saturday 316; Movies and a child star.

Moving Images;

Shirley Temple as Heidi.
She was the most famous person in the world facilitated by the earliest moving pictures.
The dimpled darling reached fans worldwide in the 1930s by singing and dancing her way through Hollywood movies. 

At three years old, Shirley was enrolled at a Dance Studio in Hollywood, where she was spotted by two talent scouts from a minor studio, Educational Films, which churned out one-reel "Poverty Row" shorts.
 Educational signed her to a two-year contract for 26 short films, at $50 a week. 
The regime at Educational Studios was infantile slave labour. 
Rehearsals would mean two weeks without pay. Each film was then shot at lightning speed in two days. For playing the lead, Shirley received  $10 a day.
For any child who misbehaved, there was the sinister black "punishment box," containing only a large block of ice, in which the obstreperous infant would be forcibly confined to "cool off."
Shirley was put into this box several times, was once forced to work the day after undergoing an operation to pierce her ear-drum and on another occasion to dance on a badly injured foot.

 Friday, July 2, Was a Special Day for Shirley Temple ~ On this day in 1934, Shirley Temple was signed up with Fox Film Corp., going from $150 a week to $1,000 plus bonuses. She was the most popular child star in Hollywood during the 1930s elevating her to the star status of people like Gary Cooper, and Clark Gable.

Shirley Temple Black was born in 1928 and died at 85 in 2014.


My godmother must have been a great fan of Shirley Temple the child star. When she gave birth to a  girl child  she wanted to name her Shirley. The local catholic Priest forbade it as it was considered by his wisdom as not to be a christian name! She had to name her daughter Sirna. Yet she was known to all as Shirley and never called Sirna. 

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Psst... I am reading...

The Brewer's Tale  by Karen Brooks

The Brewer's Tale draws upon real places, events, records and people, as well as a documented political and cultural backdrop. All aspects of beer and ale production, the laws and punishment.

A harsh world, England in the middle ages, the Novel starts in September 1405.
The catholic church had everything in its unholy grip. Superstition, Greed, falsehood, the plague everything was ripe and ready to explode.

The passage of time used in the Novel  are those used then by the catholic church.
Lauds was dawn or earlier
Prime was around 6 AM
Tierce was approx. 9AM
Sext was midday
None around 3 PM
Vespers was 6 PM or dinner time
Compline around 9 PM or bedtime

A good read, highly recommended. Ts

Brewing can be traced back to ancient times. It was one of humans earliest efforts to harness the science of biochemistry. No exact date for the first brew is known. It might have happened  10,000 years ago or more when grains became soaked with water and   began to ferment. The resulting smell might have evoked someones  curiosity to sample the  foaming liquid; and  must have found it good.

Brewing then was  a household project carried out by women and could be sold privately. In the earliest times there was a legal code that forbade brewers to dilute their beer and  from the earliest time a tax and a ceiling price was applied also.

Preparation of beer in those times was similar to brewing procedures used today. It was often flavoured with different herbs and spices to add sweetness or cover to much bitterness. Ts

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wednesday; Baby colours...

Sky blue salvia uliginosa

Catharanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Like genus Vinca, they are known commonly as periwinkles. There are eight known species

Pink cosmos...

When my oldest grandson was a toddler he called sky blue and pink "baby colours".

©Photos/ mygarden Ts/ Titania Everyday