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Off to Steampunk Empire Symposium goodness! Have a terrific weekend everyone!
Articles of the Honourable Association of Tea DuellistsFor further clarification YouTube has provided us with complete records of sanctioned dueling matches such as the one below:
THIRD EDITION 1899
(As compiled by the signatories of The Hague Convention, December 1899)
Article 1.1 A duel as constituted under the auspices of the International Association of Tea Duelling shall be known as a "Tiffin Party"
Article 1.2 The only permissiable beverage is tea. Coffee and chocolate are strictly prohibitted. This beverage may be any blend of chai as supply allows. The combatants may add milk and sugar to taste. This beverage should be no less than 65 degrees at the time of competition. The beverage should be known as the "Brew Martial"
Article 1.3 Upon agreement of all parties an agreed alcoholic tipple may be added to the Brew Martial on the understanding that it does not unduly reduce the temperature of the Beverage. In such circumstances this shall be known as the "Toddy"
Article 1.4 The drinking vessel, known as "The Keg" shall be no less than three and one quarter inches depth. Kegs should be of pottery or metal.
Article 1.5 The provision of the Brew Martial along with the approval of Kegs etc shall be the responsibility of the "Pot Master". See section 2.
Article 2.1 The duel shall be facilitated by the appointed officer known as the "Pot Master" the Pot Master is responsible for supervision of Kegs and Brew Martial. The Pot Master is also responsible for the provision of suitable bisquits. (See section 3)
Article 2.2 The duel shall be presided over by a president/umpire known as the "Tiffin Master". When honour requires satisfaction and insufficient suitably qualified officers are present the Pot master and Tiffin master may be embodied in one person.
Article 3.1 The Tiffin Master shall supply the bisquits. Ordinarily these are "Malted Milk" otherwise known as "Cows". With agreement of all parties these may be subsituted for "Nice" bisquits, known as "Nickies". Unfortunately those honourable snacks, biscuits brown and biscuits fruit are forbidden for use in Tea Duelling under Queen's regulations. In the most dire of supply emergencies when honour must be satisfied then Digestive Wheatmeals or "Rusgetifs" may be subsituted but the size of Kegs may need to be adjusted accordingly. All other varieties of bisquits are known as "fancies" and are prohibited under the Hague Convention.
Article 4.1 Each duel should be attended by the two protagonists or "dunkers" and their seconds. All accept fully the articles of the honourable association.
Article 4.2 Should a dunker suffer a crisis of confidence and withdraw before the duel then their second should step into the breach. The second will be afforded full honours.
Article 5.1 The duel will begin with the laying out of the bisquits by the Tiffin Master. Six bisquits will be lain upon a white napkin on a serving plate. The laying out of the bisquits will be done in the presence of the seconds or in the case of a full tournament by officers appointed to this task known as "Cosies"
Article 5.2 The Pot Master will supervise the provision of the Kegs of Martial Brew ready for the duel to commence.
Article 6.1 The dunkers will take their kegs of brew martial and place them on the table which is set up between them.
Article 6.2 The Tiffin Master will place the charger of bisquits on the table between the dunkers.
Article 6.3 On the command "choose your weapons" the dunkers will each select a single bisquit. No handling or replacing of bisquits is permitted.
Article 6.4 The dunkers will hold the bisquit in one hand with finger and thumb no further than one half inch from one edge.
Article 6.5 The Tiffin Master will give the order "Ready" and both bisquits will be positioned over the appropriate keg no further than six incehs above the lip.
Article 6.6 One the command "Dunk" both dunkers will immediately and swiftly lower their bisquit into the Brew Martial. The Tiffin Master may declare a penalty "a bagging" against any dunker who unduly delays their dunk and the bisquits will be removed and discarded. Replacement bisquits will be chosen by both dunkers from the remaining four.
If a dunker is penalised twice for bagging then he or she shall forfeit.
Article 6.7 if the Tiffin Master is happy that there has been a clean dunk he shall count to five. Dunkers shall not remove their bisquit from the brew martial before the Tiffin Master calls "five".
Article 6.8 Once five has been counted and the bisquit removed the dunkers shall attempt to eat the bisquit. 94% as adjudged by the Tiffin Master must end up in the dunker's mouth for a clean "Nom".
Article 7.1 If a bisquit falls back into the brew martial this is known as a "splash" and the dunker is considered beaten.
Article 7.2 If a bisquit falls onto the table or floor etc this is known as a "Splatter" and the dunker is considered defeated.
Article 7.3 If a bisquit falls onto the dunker's person this is known as a "splodge" and the dunker is considered defeatedwith credit.
Article 7.4 Where both dunkers manage a clean Nom then the dunker who last mouthed their bisquit is considered to be the victor with their opponent defeated.
|Note the trigger line that marks where I abandoned tracing the exact shape of the gun.|
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A little girl was being sent to her aunt in the country to recover her health after a childhood illness in Bethnal Green. 'About half way on the journey I was pushed under my aunt's crinoline when a man came to look at the tickets... no ticket had been taken for me.' Even if the ticket collector had suspected her presence it would be unlikely that he could ask a female to raise her crinoline, just in case.
A typical Cook's party was a group of 3,000 Sunday-school children who arrived in Euston from the Midlands and were safely shepherded across London to the Exhibition, and back to Euston in time for the nigh train.
Not everyone agrees that there was a historically anomalous flight and crash in the Aurora area at the end of the 19th century. Rosalie Gregg from the Wise County Historical Society claims that residents who were adolescents at the time claim that they never heard of such a thing occurring in April 1897.
Former newspaper reporter turned UFO author Jim Marrs believes it is the 'smoking gun' of all UFO sightings. He says think of a flying object crashing, an alien body, newspaper accounts, and a cover up -- then think when all of this happened.
"This was six years before the Wright brothers flew," says Marrs. "There was nothing man-made in the air. I also checked on balloons, very first powered balloon flight was the same year of the Wright brothers."
And Marrs says there are just too many documented reports from that time to ignore that something happened there.
"The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one onboard," said Marrs reading from an old newspaper article. "While his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original had been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world."
Hayden Hewes, director of the International UFO Bureau, says there is material evidence as well.
"There was a tree nearby, and they cut into the tree and went back approximately 100 years and pulled out metal fragments within that tree which matched what had been found at the well site," says Hewes.
Hewes has spent decades investigating the Aurora crash, but has been met each time by resistance from local authorities.
"Allegedly part of the craft was thrown down into the well, the occupant was buried in a nearby cemetery," he says. "The historical and other people around there really put it down because they wanted no publicity."
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Until 1889, the Geelong to Ballarat line was part of the Melbourne-Ballarat route.
It was an extension of the Melbourne-Geelong railway built in 1857 and linked north-western Victoria and booming Ballarat to Geelong port.
Freight trains still use the line, but Mr Menzies said passenger trains ceased after rail cars wore out and the government saw buses as more economical.
In today's Kashmir, this royal gift is withering in sun, snow and rain as it remains lying in the open parking lot of the Sri Partap Singh Museum, named after the Maharaja's son.
What remains of the nearly 30-feet-long boat, which is up to eight feet in width, is the rusted decaying structure.
The entire body of the boat is covered with rust, at places several layers deep, and a large hole has damaged the lower frontal part of it. Several smaller holes, of the size of a football, have also punctured the boat at its bow and stern.
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One reason Broadmoor Hospital may be more suited to be converted to a hotel lies in the attitudes to mental illness when it was built.Of course some may not want to stay overnight in a place that once housed infamous criminals such as the Yorkshire Ripper. But that could just as easily be a draw to tourists who want to stay in historical and unusual hotels.
When it opened in 1863 there were none of the drug treatments we are familiar with today.
Victorian patients enjoyed a regime of rest and occupational therapy, and were expected to benefit from fresh air, sunshine and spending time outdoors.
In the early years of Broadmoor, inmates formed a self-sufficient community with a farm, kitchen garden and sports fields.
"The views from Broadmoor are fantastic, across very nice landscape," said Dr Dungavell.
University of Pittsburgh police, aided by other local departments, swept seven campus buildings during three separate sets of bomb threats on Wednesday.SERIOUSLY?! Nevermind the fact that it costs Pitt $10,000 every time they have to call the bomb squad and FBI for one of these threats. It's also disrupting classes and, as many fear, it makes people less willing to take these threats seriously. One of the theories being tossed around is that the people making the threats are trying to get the police and university to let their guard down and not take these threats seriously. When that happens, it is speculated, a real bomb will be placed.
So far, more than a dozen bomb threats have been made to the Oakland campus since March 14.
The first threat of the day came around 10 a.m., when someone discovered a threat to Thackeray Hall that had been handwritten on a paper towel and placed in a sink in a men's restroom.
The second, which warned of bombs in the Cathedral of Learning, Posvar Hall and Litchfield Tower C dormitory, came to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and was reported to police around 5 p.m.
Students and faculty members learned of the third set of threats -- to Victoria Hall, the Frick Fine Arts Building and the Music Building -- shortly before 9:30 p.m., when an alert from the school's emergency notification system warned them of a "general bomb threat" to all three locations.
"This is a real twist," Pitt police Chief Tim Delaney said of the now varying locations and means of delivering the threats.
Many of the initial threats were scrawled in restrooms and targeted only one building at a time. Earlier this week, Pitt police began receiving threats via emails sent to reporters, as well as threats that targeted multiple buildings at one time.
Pitt police have enlisted the help of the FBI and a handwriting expert while trying to find the person or people responsible for the threats.
For the first time university officials could remember, the school has offered a $50,000 reward -- enough to cover about three years of undergraduate in-state tuition -- for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone associated with the threats.
N. John Cooper, dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, sent an email to some university faculty members this week, urging them to cooperate with investigators should they be asked to provide information about a student.
University officials said they have developed a "person of interest" in the case but have not yet determined how many people might be behind the threats or what the motive might be.
Chief Delaney urged the person or people responsible for the threats to contact him at the station so he could help them sort through any of their issues or complaints.
|My dead roses|
|My Japanese tea cups- a recent gift from Scott|
|A sweetgrass rose, made in South Carolina|
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1. Premier Designs silver earrings
2. Glass earrings made in Germany- a gift from my sister
3. A gift from a college friend after her Spring Break trip to Florida.
The "wood" that these earnings are made from is actually coconut shell.
|My red clutch, purchased at a student marketplace at the University of Pittsburgh some years ago.|
|My Latvian knitted cap. Scott claims this makes me look like a Mr F a la "Arrested Development."|
|Above shirt, close-up of cherry blossom pattern|
|An Indian shirt, a gift from an Indian friend|
|Forever 21. This shirt has a rather high neck and ruffles that are very much neo-Victorian|
|Close-up of above shirt- note the crocheted flowers in the lace and the flower pattern on the rest of the shirt|