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[ Man sieht Elisabeth in einem der Spiegel. Ihr Bild gleicht einem berühmten Gemälde von Franz Xaver Winterhalter aus dem Jahre 1864. Sie tritt aus dem Rahmen des Spiegels heraus… die schönste Frau der Welt! ]


       Mama, wenn ich älter werde, such mir k e i n e n Mann

       alles was mich glüklich macht kann ich a l l e i n

Pia Douwes & Maya Hakvoort in the Original Vienna Production of Elisabeth


There is this cartoon named “Sissi” which is based on the life of Empress Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria and her husband Franz Joseph I. 

This is the intro to the cartoon!


Some of Roberta Valentini’s roles through the years

Top: Florinda (Into the Woods), Countess Esterhazy/alt. Elisabeth (Elisabeth das Musical), Elphaba (Wicked), Lucy (Jekyll & Hyde), Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette das Musical)

Middle: Florence (Chess), Ulla (Kein Pardon), April (Company), Gabby/Bobbi (City of Angels), Edwin Drood (Das Geheimnis von Edwin Drood)

Bottom: Sukie (Die Hexen von Eastwick), Cathy (Die Letzen 5 Jahre), Henriette (Casanova), Elisabeth (Elisabeth das Musical), Florence (Chess)

Review: Wishing For Birds by Elisabeth Hewer

Wishing For Birds is a poetry collection that was written by Elisabeth Hewer and published in 2015. The collection is split into three sections entitled: Looking Out, Looking In and Looking Back. Elisabeth Hewer explores herself through these poems by examining what’s inside of herself, the world around her and her past. These poems show a desire for something more and a reflection of the world, the universe and of the self.

Did I Like It?:
I absolutely fell in love with this collection! This was the best poetry collection I have read in a long, long time. This was an accessible collection that was relatable and easy to get through. I had started thinking that accessible poetry had little literary merit and that it meant the poems wouldn’t hit you as deeply. I was wrong. This collection is perfect because it is accessible, but it’s also beautiful and profound. Elisabeth Hewer is quite a young poet I believe and she obviously has a good deal of talent. I think she has a bright future ahead of her if she continues to write poetry, which I sincerely hope she does.

Favorite Poems:
There was not a single poem in this collection that I disliked, which is quite unusual for a poetry collection. This collection was just that fabulous. I had so many favorites, but my top favorites were: Green Suns (the poem that includes the title), Space Race, You and/or Me, Lands Calling ( all poems about wanting more), Divine Tragedy ( a poem about anger and the shadow side of human nature) and the Lie of Unfair Life ( a poem questioning the way we have been taught to feel about life). If I had to choose a favorite section it would be the first section, Looking Out.

Do I Recommend It?:
With all my heart! If this appeals to you at all, please pick it up! This is for those who are big poetry fans and for those looking to get into poetry.

~ Katie 


School Reunion - Behind the Scenes (Part 3)

Excerpts from Benjamin Cook’s article in DWM #370

In between takes, David Tennant chats happily with the pupils, who are volunteers - and wannabe TV stars - from local schools. “Have you broken it?” he exclaims, when one girl snaps her watchstrap. “Ooh dear, the whole show will collapse now! We’re gonna have to cancel cos you’ve broken your watch.”

Students, students, going to and fro, students, students, students.  In the middle of the throng are the Doctor, Sarah Jane, Rose, and Mickey. “It’s time I had a word with Mr. Finch,” the Doctor tells them, and heads into the school foyer.

“CUT” says James [Hawes, director], and then turns to Jon [Older, assistant director]. “The kids are walking in too fast. It needs to be five times as slow.”

“I’ve never seen anybody so keen to get to school,” agrees Elisabeth.

And then Noel thumps K9′s head so hard that one of his ears snaps off. “Is it broken?” asks the producer, Phil Collinson. “How long will it take to fix?”

It’ll take 10 minutes to fix, because the ear was linked to a servo.  K9′s side panel is removed once again, and out comes the screwdriver to fix it. “No twisting the ear this time,” says James.

“Can I pretend to twist it, though?” asks Noel.

“No! Be nice to the doggie!” replies Phil firmly.

Other School Reunion bts posts here: [ one ] [ two (chip) ] [ four ] [ five ]
The rest of my behind-the-scenes photosets are available [ here ]


Dusty Howling Wolf, also know as Dusty Elisabeth Blust, runs an abhorrent backyard breeding operation in the town of Prineville, Oregon. Several concerned citizens have reported signs of neglect and abuse at Dusty’s property, where she currently houses more than 18 husky-mix dogs - many of which have endured miserable lives chained to trees and overhead lines for years on end. This is a direct violation of Oregon’s updated Tethering Law, House Bill 2783, which currently states:

No dog shall be tethered for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period if tethered to a stationary object. No dog shall be tethered for more than 15 hours in a 24-hour period if tethered to a running or “zip” line.
Additionally, House Bill 2783 prohibits use of choke and pinch collars when tethering dogs, and creates the offense of unlawful tethering, which is a Class B violation.

The law likewise creates new definitions for “adequate shelter” and “adequate bedding” to better protect animals from the elements. It now prohibits sheltering in or under the following: Cardboard boxes, in crates and carriers designed for temporary housing, in wire cages, and in areas surrounded by debris or hazards that pose a threat to the dog.

Dusty’s canines have a variance of shelters, most of which do not comply with House Bills 2783’s revised definition of adequate. Her animals are, as stated above, tethered almost indefinitely, except for females kept in a temporary whelping pen when birthing pups.

The puppies are not separated from the other dogs at the property, and are allowed to roam freely about, even at ages as young as four weeks old. During my own visit, Dusty discovered that, as a result of her negligent care, one wandering puppy had been bit through the head and spine by another adult female tethered nearby. The puppy was clearly distressed, and looked to be leaking spinal fluids from the wounds. I offered to bring the animal in for proper veterinary assistance, but Dusty stated that she “had seen far worse injuries” and that “she did all her own veterinary care.” Unlicensed Veterinary Activity is a crime that can result in animal death.

In addition to Dusty’s violation of Oregon’s tethering laws and flagrant disregard for the safety of her puppies, myself and other witnesses at her property noted that only a few of the animals were provided constant access to water. Many had water bowls, but they were entirely empty. This is a blatant form of neglect and constitutes abuse. It is not acceptable.

On the topic of abuse, myself and others who visited the property, including a Deputy on the Prineville Police Force, noted a very disturbing display of appeasement behavior from the dogs in Dusty’s care. These animals are not just under-socialized; they are outright terrified of Dusty.Video footage shows an exceptionally nervous husky-mix dog pacing and shaking in terror as Dusty approaches it. This is a behavior often seen in animals that have suffered continued aggressive assault. It is my educated opinion that Dusty actively uses intimidation and physical violence on her animals.

As if these violations are not damning enough, Dusty has also been scamming people who purchase her puppies by misrepresenting their lineage. She charges upwards of $400 - $600 per puppy and labels the animals as “purebred”, yet on my visit, it was clear that some of the animals directly related to the puppies were mixed-breed. When I asked her about it, Dusty was happy to admit that yes, some of her animals are indeed crossed with lab, malamute, unknown Nordics. She also sells what she claims to be “wolfdogs,” but a phenotype of the animals in question clearly reveals that none have anywhere near the content she claims them to have.

Misrepresenting a product, or Fraudulent Misrepresentation, is a crime that Dusty has knowingly and actively engaged in while selling her pups.

We want immediate action taken against Dusty Howling Wolf so as to prevent further suffering to her animals. Someone as irresponsible as Dusty has no business keeping, let alone breeding, so many dogs if she cannot provide them with the basic care and containment they need to survive. Attempts to report her to the Prineville PD have, in the past, fallen on deaf ears, and now, we want to speak out as a collective voice that will no longer be ignored.