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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Dumfries House & Murano Chandeliers


Click   HERE   for wonderful photos of Dumfries House including the Pink Dining room with its Murano glass chandelier !

The YouTube video below shows the complete documentary on the restoration of Dumfries House.

Designed by the brothers John Robert and James Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House, set in 2000 acres in Ayrshire, is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   It was built in 1759 for Earl William Crichton-Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and Knight of the Order of the Thistle (in 1752) .  The substantial estates were inherited by the Earl’s nephew, Patrick Macdouall-Crichton.

The estate passed onto the 7th Marquess of Bute but in 2007 there was no money to maintain the up-keep of the grounds and of the beautiful stately house, and it was put up for sale.  The house contains some of the most important collections by master furniture-maker Thomas Chippendale.  Due to its significance and the risk of the furniture collection being distributed and auctioned,  in 2007 the estate and its entire contents was purchased for £45m by a consortium headed by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, including a £20m loan from the Prince’s charitable trust.

The vision of HRH is to restore Dumfries House to its former glory and to preserve British workmanship and architecture, as a part of Scottish heritage, for present and future generations.  Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house.

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The Roaring 20s Flappers

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The last post includes head shots of me at my work Christmas Function this year.  I am wearing a beautiful fun red dress from the Roaring 20s, as worn by the “Flappers”. Work had kindly organised a Pixie Foto booth thing where two at a time had portrait shots taken and each were given a strip of 4 small photos.  Photos were supplied on a CD also.  Props were supplied too but of course I didn’t need any.

I like to make an effort and dress up a little for these gatherings which I find pleasant enough with a relaxed air abetted by plenty of alcoholic drinks for many present, except myself as I can only manage half a glass of wine, LOL.

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Cat defeats diamond ring, guitar, toy robot & helicopter


Yes, it’s MONOPOLY.

Monopoly’s iconic tokens are said to have originated when the niece of game creator Charles Darrow suggested using charms from her charm bracelet for tokens. The game is based on the streets of Atlantic City, N.J., and has sold more than 275 million units worldwide.   Go to the  MONOPOLY WIKI   to read about the fascinating history of Monopoly.   I played the English / London edition although, because I live in Australia and that is the edition that we bought here.

Out with the Iron and in with the Cat.

A vote was held this year to replace the good old Iron.  The cat defeated the diamond ring, a guitar, a toy robot, and the helicopter to find itself among the lot.  THIS   page here has pictures of all the charms / tokens to date and a history of retirement of old pieces and introducement of new pieces.    Sadly, for those who loved the IRON, it has been retired and replaced with the silver cat.   As someone who loved the iron, and secretly thought the Wheelbarrow should have been replaced with the Cat, I had to concede that the Cat had a place in Monopoly.   Those outraged that a Cat had been chosen should know that cats have “nine lives”.

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Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley stores are quite popular in Australia, mainly for the line of home furnishings.  I went to a store in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, last week, and bought myself a nice pair of coloured jeans.  My jeans are size 6 and in a lovely “umber” or natural earth colour, and are 98 percent cotton with polyester lining.  The fabric is beautifully soft and smooth, and the fit is just right, with tucking up the legs a little.  I love coloured jeans and had a pair of red jeans followed by a pair of green jeans years ago.  Now I have “umber” jeans from Laura Ashley, thanks to the end-of-the-year Sale.   These jeans were already 50 percent off and a sign read “take a further 25 percent off” so I did just that, and got my Jeans for around $36.

Laura Ashley umber jeans

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Happy Little Vegemites – An Australian-American Affair? Take the Poll

“The history of Vegemite is a fascinating story of the relationship of Australian industry and culture to global business and marketing.”

During World World II the Armed Forces in Australia were buying VEGEMITE spread in bulk, due to the product’s nutritional value. The company had to ration VEGEMITE spread on a per capita basis across Australia in order to meet the demand.  This advert appeared, with the text shown below.

He’s doing his bit for his Dad…

Young Peter loves Vegemite… and his mother loves giving it to him… but he’s not getting so much these days, as his mother says: “It’s nearly all gone to Daddy, Peter.” And she’s right! The Vegemite is needed for our fighting men.

So if you notice less Vegemite in your local shop, just remember that until we have won this war a lot of it will be going to the troops! Vegemite – the concentrated extract of yeast – the richest food source of the combined vitamin B1, B2 and P.P. (anti-pellagric factor). The food that helps keep the troops fighting.

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Let the Games Begin !

According to the earliest records, the first Olympic games were held in 776 BC.  The Olympic games originate in athletic contests to  honor Zeus and other deities at Olympia.  The games were also held to solve the constant civil wars among the Greek city-states.  During the Olympic games Elis and Olympia were sacred sites and no armed man could set foot on the grounds.  In addition, three months before and after the games, a truce  existed amongst all the Greek city-states.   The ancient Greek Olympics were held every four years during the full moon of midsummer. That date was chosen so the games could last into the night.  The time between games was called an Olympiad, and each Olympiad was named for an athletic victor at the previous contests.

To get into the spirit of the games, Our Lovely World now has a Games page.  I have just put links to my two favourite games.  If you enjoy any or both of them and try them out, please do let me know on the Games page or here, and post your results.  Sharing is caring.


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Sweets,Lollies & Cakes in 1979 and Before & After

Price of Lollies in 1978 part 2

Price of Lollies in 1978 part 1

Where were you in 1978? I was a teenager in 1978 – buying lollies at the local corner shop! As one of my interests at the time was drawing and as I have an eye for detail and a penchant for paying attention to marvellous things like how much lollies cost, I took it upon myself to sketch a range of lollies and their prices, back in 1978! The prices are in Australian cents. Since 34 years ago, the prices have changed now, for example a 200g block of chocolate now costs about $5 instead of 95 cents. Of course, back in 1978, the 1 cent lollies, or better still, lollies at two for 1 cent were highly favoured. Nowadays, you have to spend $1 at the Deli for a small bag of sweets!

I love my sweets. You can see I liked some savouries too, from my drawings (namely pies). My favourite sweets were Rain Blo Pops and candy Myrtle the Turtles. I can still remember the day when the price of Myrtle the Turtles went up from 5 cents to 10 cents, a worrisome development to us kids. Strange that the Turtle shaped candies don’t appear in my sketches. Perhaps I couldn’t bear to put them in, knowing they would become extinct, or maybe I just couldn’t draw Turtles.

Great Britain is famous for its delicious chocolate bars (as my British born partner likes to tell me), and sadly, Australia, having such a hot and dry climate is not abounding with wonderful treats like Yorkies and Galaxies.

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