ONWARDS!!!!!

Arundel Castle,
Arundel, West Sussex, England.

www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Arundel Castle is a restored medieval castle. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. Roger became the first to hold the earldom of Arundel under William the Conqueror.

From the 11th century onward, the castle has served as a hereditary stately home and has been in the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is still the principal seat of the Norfolk family. It is a Grade I listed building.

Photo by Andrew Thomas.

Speaking from the historical perspective of someone who started (in 2012) to chronologically compile every creator interview and relevant quote and dropped reference and shady half-answer and inconsistency from 2008 onwards, let me say: this month has been a fucking trip

A Cipher Returned

Home.

It had been years since Caspira was home, the apartment that she had somewhat grudgingly called her own had been closed up and sealed before she left the Empire, the interior put into cold and antiseptic slumber to wait for the day when she would return back to the Empire. Not just as a citizen, but as a Cipher. There had been days during the invasion, during her documented abandonment and expatriation of the Sith Empire that she thought that day would never come.  Caspira had never figured that she had formed emotional ties or attachments to the apartment, but there had been a faint, longing tug to her heartstrings when she unsealed the door and stepped over the threshold into her home.

There was a great deal of work before before her, not just settling herself back into the small apartment but also in reasserting her position within the Empire. Long years had passed away from Kaas city and from the planet itself, and the political climates had adjusted accordingly. Still, she was no stranger to playing catch up. Her past as an infiltrator and deep cover agent had taken her away from what she’d known for years at a time before.

“Era.” It took a moment for the interior systems to respond, the emergency lights in the entryway flickering on and settling into a dim glow as mechanical eyes opened and settled on her. The Artificial Intelligence system she’d had installed decades ago took a moment to respond.

“Voice identification confirmed. Welcome home, Cipher.”

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We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love or hate, to see or be seen. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free requires learning to hear them, to question them, to pause and hear silence, to name them, and then become a story-teller.
—  Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
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tagged by @festivegod for the Six Seflie’s of 2016 thing!! (they/them)

can you tell what pose i like best OTL

i also realized as i was compiling them that they’re all mostly springtime onwards lol i can understand that though because last winter kinda sucked and i cut my hair so much :P

im tagging @freckles-and-fallenleaves @opinionated-smol @yearoffrance @an-actual-lion @yuuikkuma @newsheets @kurogabae and anyone else that wants to do it!! ((if u dont want to thats also fine!!))

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Farinelli’s composers: A L E S S A N D R O  S C A R L A T T I (1660-1725)

Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.

Scarlatti was born in Palermo, then part of the Kingdom of Sicily. He was the second son of the tenor Pietro Scarlata (the form Scarlatti was used from 1672 onwards) and Eleonora d'Amato, who were both involved in Palermo musical life. It was there that Alessandro began the studies that later facilitated his entry into musical life in Rome. He is generally said to have been a pupil of Giacomo Carissimi in Rome, and some theorize that he had some connection with northern Italy because his early works seem to show the influence of Stradella and Legrenzi. The production at Rome of his opera Gli Equivoci nell sembiante (1679) gained him the support of Queen Christina of Sweden (who at the time was living in Rome), and he became her Maestro di Cappella. In February 1684 he became Maestro di Cappella to the viceroy of Naples, perhaps through the influence of his sister, an opera singer, who might have been the mistress of an influential Neapolitan noble. Here he produced a long series of operas, remarkable chiefly for their fluency and expressiveness, as well as other music for state occasions.

In 1702 Scarlatti left Naples and did not return until the Spanish domination had been superseded by that of the Austrians. In the interval he enjoyed the patronage of Ferdinando de’ Medici, for whose private theatre near Florence he composed operas, and of Cardinal Ottoboni, who made him his maestro di cappella, and procured him a similar post at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome in 1703.

After visiting Venice and Urbino in 1707, Scarlatti took up his duties in Naples again in 1708, and remained there until 1717. By this time Naples seems to have become tired of his music; the Romans, however, appreciated it better, and it was at the Teatro Capranica in Rome that he produced some of his finest operas (Telemaco, 1718; Marco Attilio Regolò, 1719; La Griselda, 1721), as well as some noble specimens of church music, including a mass for chorus and orchestra, composed in honor of Saint Cecilia for Cardinal Acquaviva in 1721. His last work on a large scale appears to have been the serenata Erminia for the marriage of the prince of Stigliano in 1723. An extensive account of the performance in the Gazzetta di Napoli provides interesting insight into its performance. The young Carlo Broschi, already known as Farinello, sang the role of Erminia, while the distinguished bass Don Antonio Manna created the role of Pastore. Scarlatti died in Naples in 1725.

Ondeggiante agitato  Il prigioniero fortunate

Mentre io godo in dolce oblio  La SS Vergine del Rosario

Figlio! Tiranno! O Dio!  Griselda

Già il sole dal Gange   L'honestà negli amori

Qui dove…Torbido, irato e nero   Erminia

I’m kindda sad you can’t redo story quest battles tbh. I guess it makes sense bc some of them give really good rewards & being able to repeat them would break game balance but especially from america onward there were some really cool & intense ones that id wanna do more than one time/with different team comps/etc. just remove the rewards & make them aesthetic only or sth it shouldn’t be too hard to implement aside from taking time

Been rewatching an episode of the revival every few days, now that I’ve had a bit of time to process everything. Just finished Spring. I have to say interestingly, I really did not enjoy Winter, for the most part I found it dull, depressing and weirdly-paced. I didn’t really feel like the characters were really themselves. I did quite enjoy everything from the Marie Kondo scene onwards, though, which brings me to my next point…

Surprisingly, I loved everything about Spring. Of course, I’ve always preferred the more lighthearted episodes of the show, but still. Top to bottom, every moment felt like it could have been an “old” episode of Gilmore. The festival, the movie, the town meeting, therapy, Chilton…it struck the right chord between nostalgia, whimsy, character and complexity. Watching without the burden of “where is this going to go?” let me appreciate how well-constructed Rory’s storyline is in here - she seems very much in denial for most of the episode, but in a believable (and not petulant) way, and then of course at the end she also seems very much aware of what a mess her life is. She’s acting a bit entitled, but the show (and to some extent, Rory herself) seems to be aware of this, and it’s mostly the way this is sort of explored and “wrapped up” later that I have a problem with.

Honestly, I feel like this revival should have either been one 2-2.5 hour movie, or two 90 minute episodes, or four 40 minute ones. Keep everything from the “no joy” scene at the end of Winter through pretty much all of Spring, with just a few important moments from Summer and Fall to wrap things up (and probably add some things in terms of Rory’s story that were sorely missing, and more resolution for characters like Lane, Paris and Jess). If that had been what had happened, I feel like I might have actually loved this revival. I’m kind of sad that it’s always going to be marred by the massive amounts of drama and unresolved issues it brought up. Oh well. I guess at least I’ll always have Spring.

thank u all for tagging me but i think i’m gonna skip this years selfie thingy not because i think i’m not attractive enough it’s just this year has been an emotional rollercoaster and i am ready to forget this year including the selfies i have taken onward and upward peeps love y’all 

The harbour at Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, ca. 1890-1900. The principal town on the Isle of Bute, in the council area of Argyll and Bute. It can be reached by ferry from Wemyss Bay which offers an onward rail link to Glasgow.

Postcard produced by the Detroit Publishing Company using the Photochrom process, a technique for applying vibrant and surprisingly realistic colour to black and white images. The process was extremely time-consuming and required painstaking attention to detail, but the result was colour postcards at a time when true colour photography was just being developed.

If you are reading this, thank you.

Thank you for your support, your input, your encouragement, thank you for pushing me forward & across the world, thank you for fostering a passion into an obsession & again into an occupation.

5 years ago I was fresh from the Marine Corps, slightly lost, and severely listless in the world with a vague interest in fashion. I started Thousand Yard Style with two friends, I had no idea it would take me to Savile Row, around the world many many times, and back into design.

You, all 63,000 or so of you have given me the greatest gift of all, a life of passion.

I cannot possibly thank you enough

But I can invite you to a 5th anniversary party tomorrow, get you drunk, & potentially take your picture

So consider this your invitation. Saturday the 10th, 3pm onward with my friends at Museo on 2516 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

anonymous asked:

You have a gift in writing. Thank you so much for putting in to words exactly how I feel about tonights episode. Because it is difficult to do. to put words to so strong feelings. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

HELLLOOOOO ANON!!!

AAAAAH THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!!

Yeah I just? I stopped writing … urm. things?, for a while, because I just became really insecure about my writing LOL, I think I ramble on far too much when I could just say something in like, 2 sentences. But with me, I like, NEED to dissect things moment by moment, and express them in terms of just how MUCH they mean? And yeah, it’s … weird bc up until I was 16, I way always confident with the way I wrote. And then I just sorta … lost all that confidence when things started going really bad and downhill for me from 17 onwards, so much so that yeah .. writing, the one thing I used to enjoy SO MUCH doing, became one of the things I became so insecure and doubtful over.

But this means SO SO SO much to me! The fact that what I wrote down in words could mean something to you and resonate with you, it honestly means SO much to me!

Thank YOU, Anon! Thank YOU!

rorysummersblog replied to your photo “is that an asian kid hello asian kid I am also asian kid”

Black guy dies in The Harvest, black cheerleader goes blind, black guidance counsellor dies in 3x04, Asian girl dies in The Wish, Kendra dies, Inca Mummy Girl dies again…I could go on. It’s better from Season 4 onwards though.

mmmmmmmmmmm I’m too drunk togive good evidentirary examples but I don’t think seasons 4-7 were any better if we’re being real