also that one from the cricket game

devilishgaze  asked:

You mentioned that Yana has a person who helps her making her story historically accurate, right? Well, one of my friends who hates the series has said a few things I want you to clear it up if you can: • in the Green Witch Arc, that tank or whatever didn’t exist back then? • It was mustard gas or something that was used to hurt Sebastian and Ciel in the Green Witch Arc, right? apparently that didn’t exist then either • They didn’t have pistols like Mey-Rin used in Book of Circus

Ahh yes, her name is Ri/ko Mu/ra/ka/mi! I think I once described her job as “checking the historical accuracy of Yana’s works” or something like that in one of my translations (because that’s what a “時代考証” usually does), but now that I think about it, the word “history advisor” might be more accurate in her case! She mainly helps Yana with historical research (collecting data about Victorian England) and provides her with some ideas (e.g. the infamous cricket games):

She also checks the historical accuracy of Kuro to some extent but the thing is that Kuro isn’t and never was a 100% historical manga, but a fantasy manga set in Victorian England AU with demons, shinigamis, TVs, mobile phones, video games (if you’ve forgotten that these things exist in Kuro-verse, then I recommend you to reread vol.1-5), Chanel agenda, Cartier Pasha wrist watch, and full of other anachronisms and parodies (boy bands *cough*).

In one of her old blog posts, she once said:

“[…] From this boarding school arc, Miss Ri/ko Mu/ra/ka/mi who participated in the anime production also joined our [manga] team as our ‘history advisor’. I had her do research on boarding schools (there were barely any material available in Japan) and tell me about them (^o^)
However, everytime [she told me some details about boarding schools] I asked her “I’m sorry, I get that that’s the actual historical event, but do you think I can arrange it [in Kuro-style]?” and thus caused her trouble with my usual nonsense. […]”

So it’s just Yana’s habit style to use historical events & characters (e.g. Jack the Ripper, Campania/Titanic, Arthur Conan Doyle, cricket games, etc) and arrange them in Kuroshitsuji-style! :D

And as for the tank and the mustard gas in the GW arc, that was the whole point of the arc! xD The thing is that *in Kuro-verse* (again, it’s an AU) Germany had *secretly* invented all these weapons way before they were first introduced in actual history (WW1), but they were ALL destroyed by Sebastian. So Germany now needs to recreate them from scratch which will probably take them few years if not decades. So in other words, Sebastian & our Ciel kinda managed to change the course of history (and thus maybe even prevented or at least delayed an outbreak of a potential war)!

Tl;dr: Most anachronisms in Kuro are on purpose and that’s what makes the Kuro-verse so unique and interesting!! :D

i wanna be your man (1960s rockstar au)

because y ihavea1dbloghelp asked for 1960s rockstar harry/music journalist nick.

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In the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL on the 4th of May 2014, the incredibly talented AB de Villiers destroyed undisputedly the world’s best quick bowler, Dale Steyn, scoring 24 runs off one over.  But that did not stop the genial Steyn from clapping his good mate, de Villiers, at the end of the over, and opining that he is in a ‘different class’ to rest of the batsmen going around. Steyn showed remarkable sportsman spirit by being gracious in defeat. In fact, Steyn hugging de Villiers at the end of the game will probably go down as one of the most treasured moments in the history of the IPL.

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This is a huge topic so here I’ll aim to give a general overview (beware, it’ll be long).

Education went through enormous changes throughout the Victorian period and its focus and quality varied greatly depending on which social class it was aimed at and the resources available. At the beginning of the 19th century education was basically in complete chaos. There were no effective centralised authorities to govern schools– no set curriculums or exams or reliable methods of raising funds, distributing educational materials or providing adequately trained teachers. For the majority attendance at school was dismal and good quality education was reserved for the privileged few. Compulsory, universal, free education didn’t come into existence until the last years of the 19th century. Illiteracy was rife amongst the lower classes and even some of the rich struggled. One-to-one teaching didn’t exist and large classes were the norm (1 teacher to 43 children was the average) so children frequently got left behind. Having gone through an ineffective system themselves many teachers were barely more educated than their pupils. Until the 1890s all schools (aside from charity initiatives) were fee-paying which put education out of reach of a large number of the working classes. For much of the 19th century the Church held sway over education and it continued to resist change and calls for modern subjects to be introduced in favour of traditional and religious education. Great importance was placed on religious education with all social classes having a daily Bible reading or study session. Over the course of the 19th century mainstream education shifted from unregulated, locally run, private initiatives to a predominantly government-funded, formal system.

Learning by repetition was the norm in this era and was practised across all social classes and academic subjects. Poorer children repeated the alphabet while their richer counterparts learnt Latin phrases and grammar by rote. This type of learning focused on memorising information rather than teaching the children how to reason and work out answers for themselves. It was severely criticised by reformative thinkers but remained in place for most of the Victorian period. Towards the end of the 19th century the ‘observation method’ was brought in to try to improve the situation but the result was generally the same – the child would be shown an object or image, the teacher would read a series of sentences on the topic and prompt the children to finish the sentence with the appropriate memorised word.

Very few schools in the Victorian era had what we would call uniforms, they merely had standards of dress which for the upper classes involved a smart, fashionable suit/dress and for the very poorest whatever they could scrape together to look vaguely presentable. School hours also varied considerably. Upper class schools had a more rigid daily structure while lower class children attended school when and if they could, fitting lessons around other responsibilities. Before compulsory education was introduced lower class children only had to spend an allotted number of hours (very rarely consecutive and usually amounting to around 20 weeks) in school to pass the year. Many of these children would leave school for lunch then come back in the afternoon.

There were many different types of educational institutions. The ones I’ll detail here are: public schools, grammar schools, private schools, elementary schools, dame schools, girls’ schools, technical schools, reformatory or industrial schools, Sunday schools, Ragged schools, higher grade schools, teacher training colleges and Universities.

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VERY GOOD ZOOTOPIA INTERVIEW

Found an interview with Byron Howard and Rich Moore (who collaborated on writing and directing Zootopia) that answers some questions on fans’ minds. Here’s a partial transcript -

interviewer: Who are the predators eating?

Byron Howard: Very carefully, if you look very carefully… Bugs. Bugs get it in this world.  If you look very carefully - we don’t say it in the movie, but in certain scenes you’ll see boxes from a fast food restaurant named Bug Burga which is the most popular predator fast food place, where you can go get cricket chips, grasshopper shakes, cicada burgers…  all delicious insect protein.

Interviewer: There’s a couple other animal species… we don’t really see any fish to speak of? Are those also fair game (literally)?

Byron Howard: At one point in the story those were also food. But we cut the scene out.

Rich Moore: Yeah… But I think they are. I mean… In my mind they are.  I don’t think they’re sentient.  They’re soulless godless creatures.

Interviewer: …What about primates? We don’t see any of those.

Byron Howard: No, we took those out because primates are too much like humans. So every time we had a primate in a scene people thought “that’s the smartest animal there,” and we wanted all intelligence across the mammal world to be about equal.

Rich Moore: From the vole to the lion.

Byron Howard: So we thought let’s get the whole like homo sapiens… species… apes out of there.

interviewer: They’re one facet that’s kind of interesting: and that’s that all of the romantic relationships are all within the same species - otter and otter, bunny and bunny, that we see - there’s a general sexual objectification of Shakira’s character, but (‘cause she’s a celebrity) but… is that okay? Like If… can in a sequel, could Nick and-

Rich Moore: Oh it’s wonderful. You know,  I think it’s beautiful.

Byron Howard: Yeah, it’s beautiful.

Rich Moore: Better than okay.

Byron Howard: It’s like our own world… feels like … it’s a very open-minded society, it feels like animals fall in love.

Rich Moore: Yeah, I know, I think so

Byron Howard: Who are we to judge?

Rich Moore: So then could Nick and Judy have a romance then?

Byron Howard: Yeah they could.

interviewer: What would their kids be?

Byron Howard: Funnies… Or Boxes. Funnies or Boxes.

Rich Moore: You’re Johnny-on-the-spot

Byron Howard:  Well, we’ve had this question before.

Rich Moore: Yeah.

Interviewer: Oh really? Okay, I’m glad, I’m glad I’m not the only one who was thinking about-

Rich Moore: You pervert!

Byron Howard: The pitter-patter of little Funnies.

Interviewer: Last Question. At the beginning of the film we see Judy saying she wants to be a police officer. And we also see a feline saying “and I want to be an actuary!” We never find out…  And I was expecting to be like a scene at the credits that was just him doing taxes… did he turn out okay?

Byron Howard: I wonder…

Rich Moore: I think he did.

Byron Howard: He probably did, don’t you wanna?

Rich Moore: He’s probably living just a very simple life.

Byron Howard: Yeah, yeah.

Rich Moore: You know just doing taxes for people.

Byron Howard: His movie would have been a lot more…

Rich Moore: It would’ve been simple, a bit short maybe.

interviewer I would have paid to see that movie.

Rich Moore: Yeah. A lot of people would, why didn’t we make that? Would have been so much easier.

Byron Howard: It would’ve been easier.

Rich Moore: 90 minutes in an H&R Block.

Byron Howard: In accounting yeah.

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(I don’t know about anyone else, but now I kinda want to see Nick offering Judy some of his takeout, and her politely taking a bite and then frantically trying to cover up a “this is the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, I can’t swallow this, I should not have humored him, I’ve made a huge mistake” reaction)

8 Facts I Learned by Animating TED-Ed Lessons

At TED-Ed, we have the joy of working with all different animators from across the globe, and we thought it’d be fun to hear from one of our most prolific artists! Andrew Foerster (@rewfoe on Tumblr) has directed and animated 16 TED-Ed Lessons and is currently in production on his 17th! He’s a pretty busy dude, but we managed to ask him a few questions about his life as an animator, and also for his favorite facts he’s learned by animating TED-Ed Lessons. See his interview with us below.

1. Stars are made by many different elements acquiring neutrons until they essentially explode! 

From the TED-Ed Lesson Where does gold come from? - David Lunney


2. Gold was formed deep into our planet when it was first developing from space dust grouping together.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Where does gold come from? - David Lunney


3. The Hagia Sofia is a hodgepodge of many different religions and beliefs all represented in one amazing building that’s been completely destroyed and built up again over time.

From the TED-Ed Lesson It’s a church. It’s a mosque. It’s Hagia Sophia. - Kelly Wall


4. There is a massive Super Volcano that could potentially end all human life in Yellowstone park (though it won’t likely explode for a few thousand years).

From the TED-Ed Lesson The colossal consequences of supervolcanoes - Alex Gendler


5. Brain parasites are terrifying! Really not a fan of the Gordian Worm. I researched videos on all of these when animating the lesson and they’re all super scary in so many ways… If you feel like being made super uncomfortable, look up Gordian Worm Cricket on YouTube… don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also fun fact: the video game The Last of Us was based on the idea of the Cordyceps mushroom infecting humans, creating a unique and horrifying zombie experience! 

From the TED-Ed Lesson How brain parasites change their host’s behavior - Jaap de Roode


6. One of the elements that gives people bad breath is called Cadaverine….. that’s one heck of a name.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What causes bad breath? - Mel Rosenberg


7. Gondolas are incredibly difficult to make and there aren’t many people who make them anymore! Very interesting process of warping the boards with water and fire, then varnishing them.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Corruption, wealth and beauty: The history of the Venetian gondola - Laura Morelli


8. Water currents are caused by salt in the water rising, and lowering based on the temperature of the water molecules.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Making waves: The power of concentration gradients - Sasha Wright


Andrew drawing on windows.

Who or what inspired you to become an animator?
My mama! She was an animator for most of my childhood, and later went more into the production side of things. I’ve always loved animation and have been doing 3d, stop motion, and 2d animation since I was a kid. As I entered high school I moved away from animation and began to focus more on illustration. I attended OCADU for illustration, and in my last year I took Hector Herrera’s Animated Illustration class. (He’s also done many TED-Ed lessons!) After Effects really resonated with me and after school began looking for more animation and motion graphics jobs. I found I really enjoyed the process and just kept rolling with it! in 2013 I began to assist Hector in the classroom to teach After Effects. Nothing lets you learn something faster than teaching it!

What do you love most about what you do?
I love the diversity of the projects I get to work on! One month might be a lesson about brain parasites, the next it might be an animation for a charity, or a personal project about a fight scene in the middle of the desert! There’s a lot of freedom in the work I do which helps me continue to develop and always look forward to coming into work.

How are TED-Ed lessons different from other work you do?
With the TED-Ed lessons I get to explore all kinds of topics from so many streams, and build a (usually crazy) story around each lesson. I love that the team is so supportive of all the crazy ideas that I put into the videos, and they allow for so much artistic freedom. I really appreciate this, so much!
The TED-Ed lessons are also usually very character focused, which is my favorite kind of stuff to do. A lot of other jobs tend to be more on the side of motion graphics (moving type, iPhones with icons etc.) 

What’s a topic or a lesson you would absolutely love to animate?
I’d love to work on something about a post-apocalyptic world like Walking Dead, and how long humans would really survive in the wilderness. (What kind of bugs would bite you? What kind of sicknesses would we get? How quickly would we die off? How quickly would we run out of food and resources from the world before? What alternative food resources would we turn to? How long would we truly last?)

Where can we see your other work? What makes it/these pieces meaningful to you?
I’ve got lots of work up on my website. One piece I’m currently working on is called Girl Wolf; it takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people are nearly extinct, where one girl roams the earth searching for meaning and purpose after the death of her entire family. The film explores the disappearance of this character’s humanity as she transitions from living with purpose to living for the sake of surviving. You can check out development of that project here.

Another fun piece I did in the summer and fall of 2014 is called Vonandalous Alchneminan: The Space Station of the Seven Stars and I created it over the course of 100 days, adding one compartment of the space station, and one component of the story each day. It was a lot of fun to make; you can check out the whole story here.

What’s one piece of advice that you would give someone just starting out in animation?
Make friends out of your mentors. Never stop learning. Do your research, find out what’s trending, and who’s the best in your field. Always make time for your own projects and personal development. 

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us, Andrew, and we can’t see what you make next!

"This season sucked so hard, so why am I going to miss it?"

The answer is simple.

It was beautifully casted and yet boringly executed.

I mean I can think of something positive that came from every contestant.

We have the holy trinity: Zach the entertainer, Donny America’s sweetheart, Nicole the strong independent female.

Then there’s Derrick who even though is the reason why this season is so boring, was kind of a badass.

Cody wasn’t much of anything but he sure was nice to look at. He actually earns the title of most improved because he really stepped it up in the final weeks of the season. Victoria is ICONIC and if you don’t think so you are wrong. Yes she has no strategy and she got carried the whole way but her bimbo moments were hilarious and she actually became entertaining for that reason. #EscapeGoat (she’s also stunning)

Beast mode is dumb as rocks so it made for some great hilarity.

Frankie had a “hate him or love him” kind of personality and even though I disliked him much more than I liked him, he had his moments. Definitely a comp beast, his temper tantrums and dramatic moments made for good TV. I mean if anything he was a great villain.

Christine, despite being disliked heavily, was the reason we had our first Big Brother extramarital affair controversy. We all loved to hate her. Hayden was an adorable golden retriever and he is the reason Haycole was cute. Always trying to get a kiss. Jocasta’s diary rooms were FLAWLESS. *crickets*

And then pre jury we have the beautiful Amber who slayed Caleb’s misogynistic behavior and refused to compromise her morals, beliefs and values in order to get further in a game and win some money. Queen. Also, Devin was very fun while he was around. He was the emotionally unstable dictator and “Devin has a daughter” had to be one of the best things to come from this season. That and the fact that Joey was voted into Team America and then got evicted week one. BEST joke ever. Joey’s whole “Alex” thing was fun too. Brittany had so much heart. Knowing she was going to be evicted and yet still she kicked those soccer goals and she killed it. Plus she was a smokebomb soooo yeah. Pow made you love her because of how much she loved Donny and I’ll always remember Zach saying “Pow, you suck at everything, straight up” and her “it’s true!” reply. 

I mean the flaw this season that made it suck was that all our faves went home so early and the final six were HORRIBLE with the way they played, the things they said and how boring it was to see everyone basically hand Derrick the money.

But this cast? Amazing.

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FATIMA SALEEM STILL HOPES TO USE SPORTS TO EMPOWER PAKISTANI GIRLS

“Raised with three brothers and a father who were dedicated fans in her cricket-loving country, Saleem loved sports from an early age, watching cricket, soccer and field hockey for hours with her family. She also swam competitively in her youth.

She rolled that love of the game into a career, becoming a sports anchor for national network Geo News, where she became one of the few female sports journalists in the region.

After college, she interviewed for a job as a sports anchor and reporter at Geo English. She told her interviewers that her dream was to cover sports. “They said, ‘Great. Here’s a mike. You start tomorrow!’” she recalls.

She had a little apprehension about getting into sports journalism as a woman in Pakistan: “A woman with a mike and a camera talking about sports? People didn’t accept it at first. They didn’t take me seriously. I got a lot of hate mail on social media, especially being a woman wearing my blazers and Western clothes talking about sports.”

Saleem launched Go Girl Pakistan in February 2014, with hopes of bringing sports clinics to girls across the country. The program has been suspended amid recent violence.

Despite Saleem’s professional success, she couldn’t ignore a large segment of the Pakistani population she felt could benefit from a sport-forward attitude: women.

“Women start working in the home from a very young age instead of hitting the playground,” Saleem says, so they have no idea what they are missing. Those who do play sports find themselves lacking support, venues where they can follow modesty dress codes, properly trained coaches, and other female teammates.

All of that makes the struggle to get and stay in the game that much harder. Saleem says that’s what made her give up on swimming at the age of 11.

But giving up never sat right with her. She felt a need to change that course for her countrywomen, giving them a deeper, more authentic involvement in sporting life. She believed that change needed to start at the family level, with mothers and fathers supporting the idea of daughters kicking, running, jumping and enjoying all facets of sports.

Three weeks after the Peshawar attack, children – some still wearing bandages and wounds – returned to school. They were determined, Saleem says, to not let fear win. She calls this courage the Malala effect. After seeing 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a victim of an attack who went on to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, the children are inspired.

“We have thousands of Malalas now,” Saleem says. “And all of them want to continue to learn and move forward.”

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Jalsa, Mumbai                    Aug 19/20,  2016                   Fri/Sat  1:24 am 





So .. yes we won another .. the Silver .. in badminton for Women .. the winner broke down after her victory .. the one that lost, our very own, PV Sindhu walked across to her, consoled her, got her up on her feet, picked up her racquet that had been flung away in the glory of victory by her opponent, and put it in the kit of the Spanish, Carin .. 

That is what INDIA is .. culture and dignity, even in a loss .. !!

Proud of you Sindhu .. so much to learn, have you demonstrated to the generation of Indians and the world, in one fell stroke .. you are a champion in my eyes and shall always remain one .. 



Dignity resides in culture of any nation .. time and evolution bring that to ethical prime .. but ethics is not always the inventory of a country or community .. there is more to it, much more ..

Italy identifies with, fast cars and fashion and food and cuisine .. France for its inherent beauty and chic and the epitome of the good life .. Germany brings the determination and its cars too, its systematic efficiency .. as does England, and China and Japan and so many other countries  …

But ..  the other mode of ethics that brings remembrance and importance .. is sports .. an identity of billions of our humanity follow and patronize it .. their passion keeps it alive and excelling .. and their International presence brings identity, distinctiveness .. 

In the times we live today, we have time for this aspect of our existence. I cannot say whether it is right or wrong .. I say that it is predominant and of importance to the generation that shall guide and rule us in time ..

Brazil, Germany, Italy and others bring me closer to Football say ..Jamaica quite obviously to track and field events thanks to a certain Mr Bolt .. Usain Bolt !!

Whhhooooosshhhpp .. that almost sounded like  “ I’m Bond, James Bond “

Australia at one time to, tennis, swimming, cricket .. Russia to almost every sport in the universe, but in particular ice hockey … Japan and East European countries to the aesthetics of gymnastics .. and so on ..

Sport .. the light that shines beyond the dignity and culture of a nation, at most times .. its development therefore a prime need to create the recognition of identity ..

Right now India is cricket and Kabaddi .. yes Kabaddi .. its viewership grew 51% from the last season and continues to grow, despite two seasons in one year ..

Excellence in sport just does not happen because you represent a particular part of the universe .. it comes from selection and guidance .. from infrastructure and training .. from patronage and interest .. and for country, to be fighting for its recognition and value .. !!

Providing means and facilities is common need .. structuring their performance with professional guidance on merit, on intricacies psychological, and above all the love and admiration of the people .. admiration that shall give them strength to excel and succeed .. a billion voices heard together can change the course of rivers , mountains and nature … but it can also speedily propel the athlete towards perfection and victory .. support and all its permutations inculcated shall be responsible for all that goes into the making of that coveted medal that we see each hour around Brazil #Rio2016 ..

Incentives .. changed the Indian Cricket team from 99.9 percent Shivaji Park, Mumbai to the smaller towns talent, one that now rules the World in the game ..

We can do it … and we will .. 2024 Olympics .. watch out for India .. not the next one in Japan 2020, but 2024 ..wherever it be ..


Good night and love to all …


Amitabh Bachchan

It’s a tragedy of circumstance that’s left our game in tatters,
A happening that makes us ask just how much cricket matters.
A young man lost so suddenly without a rhyme or reason,
How does one accept that Phillip Hughes has played his final season?

But with the grief and sadness there’s also cause for celebration,
For a life that scaled lofty heights and charmed this sports-mad nation.
For a gift that burned so brightly, that was raw and hard to tame,
For that cheeky grin, ubiquitous with mention of his name.

From early doors they pinned him as a legend in the making,
Macksville locals soon lost count of records he was breaking.
The whispers grew, the rumours flew, the tales did the rounds,
Of a cacky-handed run machine whose talent knew no bounds,

A homespun style, an eagle eye, a focus few could rival,
The simple traits that paved the way for this country boy’s arrival.
Because despite the rural passion that defined him til his last,
For Phillip Hughes the path was clear, his cricket die was cast.

To Sydney with a bullet he flew straight down the Pacific,
Within in a blink, while still a teen, his numbers were prolific.
Here was a kid, a prodigy, who had to make his mark,
The youngest man in baggy blue since a certain Michael Clarke.

The youngest gun to make a ton in a final of the Shield,
A bush technique honed on the land found gaps in any field.
And as the hundreds piled up, we knew greater things awaited,
Sure enough, to Africa, where a champion was created.

The story now is folklore in the history of the game,
With a pair of tons in Durban, Phillip Hughes had made his name.
Cutting, slicing, arrowing, he took South Africa apart,
He was 20, he was brilliant, he was playing from the heart.

But what goes up, it must come down, a fact each player knows,
With the glory and the triumphs come the failures and the lows.
Four times he lost his place in his beloved Test match side,
Four times he vowed to fight again, and he wouldn’t be denied.

Until that fateful day when he would play his final innings,
A knock that promised greater things, suggested new beginnings.
We were clueless to the scale as the accident unfurled,
Had no idea this tragedy would rock the cricket world.

But in our darkest moments we cling to things that make life brighter,
And the sport has been united by the memory of a fighter.
And while the flashy blade and diamond studs could well have fooled a few,
There was never any argument, he was country through and through.

Because beyond the adulation, past the thrill of Test match battle,
There remained a constant yearning, for his home, for Angus cattle.
For the undivided love he knew from father and from mother,
For that familial connection to one’s sister and their brother.

So raise a glass for Phillip Hughes, put out your bat with pride,
Let’s salute a little character who took life’s hurdles in his stride.
The nation mourns, the cricket stops, but never be in doubt,
That somewhere far above us, he’s still sixty-three not out.

—  Adam Burnett, “63 not out”
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Douglas MacLean, with a record catch of barracuda. Mr. MacLean was a star of silent films like “Seven Keys to Baldpate,” or “Soft Cushions,” the latter of which co-starred a cricket that was “captured in California and trained to tricks.” It was also reported that the “cricket donned a make-up for the part,” and was “expected to race a brother cricket in a novel game invented by MacLean. In order to distinguish the two crickets one wears a dab of grease paint.” Though this picture is undated, one is tempted to guess it was taken before his second divorce, in 1948, from Barbara Barondes, a former Broadway actress. That news appeared alongside an unrelated notice headed “Bees Get Dander Up,” which described a scene like something from a slapstick farce: “Angry bees on the farm of G.P. Steyn, of Orange River, South Africa, drove his pigs into a duck pond, chased his cows through the krall gate and killed many chickens.” Photo: The New York Times

Snow White, a Character Study: Snow and Regina Part III: Updated Post 5B

Part II

The dark spot on Snow’s heart.  One of the most consistent complaints about things not addressed in the show by my friends was that, allegedly, the only time we saw this dealt with was in the frankly horrible 2.18 where she slapped an old man and than it was all resolved by a hug.  And then we got 4B and we found out the dark spot has much older origins.  

I actually think the hug it out interpretation was selling Ginnifer Goodwin very short and is actually a manifestation of how underplayed Snow’s emotional development has been played in the show.  It isn’t as flashy as Regina’s but it is there.  And this meta will deal with the ugliest and most unpleasant side of Snow.

Judge-y Snow.

I’ve meta’d about the scene on the porch before.  Snow has come to Regina in order to commit suicide because she can’t live with her actions.  But it’s not just her actions with Cora.  It’s her own realization that this is the second time she’s darkened her heart.  That once you darken your heart it only gets worse and she does not view herself as strong enough to stop it.  She says as much to David in the next episode.  But how she is choosing to commit suicide is itself a dark act.  She knows, because Gold told her, that Henry has convinced Regina to destroy the curse and likely to not kill her.  The first thing she does, is try to undo that little bit of sanity.  She knows that Regina when presented with Snow arms spread in front of her wouldn’t be able to resist.  She continues to try and convince Regina to crush her heart even after Regina points out that Henry would never forgive her.  Snow knows how much Henry matters to Regina.

Suicide by forcing someone else to kill you is a deeply selfish act.  And Snow is framing this as self sacrifice.  Just as she framed her own redemption from what she did to Maleficent as heroic to others.  She couldn’t live with what she had done, but she’s going to make Regina live with killing her and the consequences of that.  Regina is certainly no innocent, but it’s worth remembering that she used Regina to kill her own mother the day before.  Regina isn’t a person to Snow at this point.  She’s a weapon.  Just as Maleficent and her child weren’t people.  They were tools.

If you watch the scene the dark spot on Snow’s heart gets bigger as she tries to bait Regina into killing her.  I’m loathed to draw too much evidence from the CGI on hearts because they’ve handled it so badly.  But I think the spot in this scene as well as Regina’s dark heart are ones we should take seriously.

Regina goes through a range of emotions on seeing the spot.  Amusement, vindictiveness, but there is an undercurrent of disappointment.  Once you blacken yourself it only gets darker.  She knows this and I don’t actually think she wanted this for Snow.  Ironically it’s exactly what Cora wanted.  Either way, forgetting the way David reacts to the news about the dark spot because I don’t actually think David’s dismissal of it is something Snow took to heart, Snow was deeply psychologically changed by this moment.

She can no longer pretend that she is pure and good and untouched by darkness.  And mind you she has been pretending since shortly after her wedding.  She wasn’t pure and good and untouched before.  But now she has proof.  Her entire self image is cracked though not shattered.  If you combine this damage to her self image with the psychological blocks she built up to protect herself from her own love for Regina, you get the super judgmental Snow we see in some of the remainder of Season 2 and most of 3A.

Snow is driven to save Regina in 2.21 and 2.22 not because she thinks Regina herself deserves to be saved but because she needs to save her as part of her own redemption.  It’s an act of noble heroics for everyone else, but selfishness for Snow.  And that I find really fascinating.  Because it points out that not all good deeds can have pure motives.  Just like Eva’s decision to tell Leopold about Cora’s pregnancy is objectively right and correct but we as the audience know it was also selfish and spiteful.

It’s also worth noting that David here is acting with independent motives of his wife.  He is saving Regina because despite it all she’s family.  And part of Snow feels that way too.  But it’s not the part dictating most of her behavior in this stage for their relationship.

Snow is not over the feeling of the darkness in her heart.  But she hasn’t come to terms with it either.  She believes that her contact with Regina is what lead to her own corruption and she’s bound and determined to protect her family–both David and Emma–from being pulled down by Regina as well.  This is a manifestation of her post-Cricket Game flashback state of mind where her first priority is protecting her loved ones from Regina.

On several occasions in Neverland Snow actively tries to fight Regina’s influence over David (with the mermaid) and Emma (with magic).  At one point Snow practically pushes David over running to push herself into a conversation between Emma and Regina about magic.  And there is also the infamous and beautiful set of scenes around the taking of the lost boy’s heart.  She’s not coming at this from a place of purity herself anymore.  She knows she’s not pure.  She’s trying to stop Emma from slipping into darkness.  Now I think this is a complete misreading of her daughter on Snow’s part but that is another subject…

After the plan to talk to Henry appears to have worked out, Snow tries to apologize to Emma for reacting the way she did.  She even says that she was trying to protect her because she knows how easy it is to give into the darkness.  I don’t have evidence of this in part because Snow and Regina don’t have a lot of direct interaction in Neverland after this point, but I think Regina’s statement that she took on the darkness so Emma wouldn’t have to started the change in Snow’s heart about Regina…

And that change will be covered in Part IV

anonymous asked:

Can I have a rec of the fluffiest/romantic fics?

Why yes, of course! I’m not saying that all of these are the fluffiest/ most romantic, BUT they are in my opinion:)

Tame the Dragon by Morshon [x]
Summary: Emma finally comes up with the perfect plan to get Regina to go on a date with her: Ask. Now she just needs her to say yes. Takes place in a happy future post-cora and with a more mature Henry who doesn’t hate his mom.
(I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned this fic, but honestly it’s so amazing)

Incoming Messages by hunnyfresh [x]
Summary: Ruby makes Emma a dating profile. The only catch is that she’s listed as a guy. That wouldn’t be such a problem if Emma hadn’t found Regina’s profile and begins communicating with the Mayor

That Drunken Night (I Hardly Remember) by corikane [x]
Summary: Emma’s wasted and accidentally calls Regina instead of her mom. And Regina isn’t as loathe to talk to the blonde as she usually pretends. Did things change between them so radically while they were in Neverland?

Flight SQA016 by Curvy Pragmatist [x]
Summary: Emma Swan has recently taken a job with Crown Airlines working in the first class cabin flying from New York to London. Regina Mills is a literal high-flying business executive with terrible social skills.
(Some people may not agree with this one, and though there may be minor parts of angst, overall this is a story depicting how Emma and Regina fall in love)

Approximately 525 600 Minutes by Reighne [x]
Summary: Regina wakes up with a wedding ring on her finger, and a panicking Sheriff on the phone. Set approximately six months after Zelena, and assumes that the Frozen story arc has also been completed. Henry has moved back in with Regina.
(This isn’t complete, but is definitely what you’re looking for, and I absolutely love this one)

Lost in Translation by Purple Hershey [x]
Summary: Regina is deaf. Emma is the only one who refuses to give her pity. In response, Regina is thrilled by this new challenge and the stand-offs commence, but over time she finds out there is more to the blonde woman than just a target to throw a stinging quip and pointed glare at.

Whatever This Is by Caroline [x]
Summary: AU from beginning of The Cricket Game. Emma thinks she and Regina are becoming friends, and it’s… weird.

I hope you like these!

Don’t forget to send me asks if you want a particular fic rec, or type of fic, and check out my tags page here [x]

DAY 2648(i)

Jalsa, Mumbai              July 12/13,  2015             Sun/Mon  12:48 am




Wishing birthday greetings to our Ef : Manoj Kumar Ojha and Taran Ghatasala .. happiness be yours ever .. love form us all .. happy birthday !!


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were the most time occupying practices of the day .. and worthy too .. the Kabaddi season starts from July 18th and having been asked by Star to sing the signature song for them and ProKabaddi, was a delight .. I am so happy with all the reactions .. and also that it was Trending in India ..

Then there were stunning achievements on the gras and lawns of Wimbledon .. Sania won the women doubles title, Leander won the mixed doubles, Sumit won the Junior doubles ..

And way down in the African peninsular India beat Zimbabwe in the one day cricket .. we playing with our B team ..

BUT … truly the game of the day was Djokovic v Federer, men Singles title for 2015 at Wimbledon .. a battle between giants, warriors, legends, absolute masters of the game .. fighting till the very last for their place in the sun .. what athletics and what measure of their achievement and performance ..

Novak wins, but the one he beat was one he looked up to as a tennis professional .. Federer a master, a champion like no other, a decorated winner several times, facing the rush and cheers of glory during all the past championships .. but today relegated to 2nd position .. standing at a distance while the winner takes the limelight and the attention ; a moment he was so familiar with all the past years ..

Celebrity hood is no different from a champion .. the day you loose the success, you shall be relegated to the background and some one else, some one else bigger and better shall occupy the chair which you had warmed for several years, never expecting it to be snatched away ..

It is the toughest battle that celebrity faces .. lauded and applauded with unprecedented love and affection one day and then another day its all gone … gone to another .. you need the strength of a bull a skin of a rhino and the roar of a lion to understand the phenomena that unfolds .. it needs guts to withstand the demotion, to seek its acceptance with grace and dignity .. and to realise before long, its presence and its eventuality ..

We shall all go through this .. and we shall learn to survive within it .. 

BUT .. my heart goes to all the Ef that designed for me and spent hours in their creativity, which I have used on FB and Twitter ..

Eternal thanks to all ..

The Sunday well wishers were there along with several Ef .. 

And I need to give credit to the Juhu Police Station for making such excellent arrangements for crowd control .. thank you Mumbai Police .. well done !!

So as you know Shahid Kapoor got married .. to Mira and the reception was held today .. so I went across to wish them ..

Marriages are special occasions in the life of us .. happiness always is what we wish them .. and a togetherness forever !!



Amitabh Bachchan