miawallace138  asked:

I know that Queen Elizabeth's engagement ring features a diamond from Prince Philip's, mother's, tiara. Do you have a picture of that particular tiara? I have always been curious about it. Thanks!!! ♡

Yes, the tiara is a bit of a mystery.  It’s generally assumed that the large gemstones at the top of the tiara are aquamarines but we don’t know for certain.  As for how Princess Alice acquired the tiara, it’s possible that it’s the tiara that was a wedding gift from Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia, Princess Alice’s uncle and aunt.  Here she is wearing the tiara through the changing styles of the early 1900s.

The tiara was used by Prince Philip not only to create the engagement ring but also a diamond bracelet that was his wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth II.  Both jewels were made by Philip Antrobus and the bracelet has been most recently loaned out to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Vivien Leigh as Sabina in Act III of The Skin of Our Teeth, 1945

“You’re a very nice man, Mr. Antrobus, but you’d have got on better in the world if you’d realized that dog-eat-dog was the rule in the beginning and always will be. And most of all now. Oh, the world’s an awful place, and you know it is. I used to think something could be done about it; but I know better now.”

2016 has left many people bereaved of all hope and purpose. The only vestige of comfort I can offer is that the world has been here before: when Thornton Wilder wrote the words above, humanity seemed similarly poised on the edge of oblivion, ravaged by the twin horrors of Nazism and Fascism and stalked by the threat of Nuclear annihilation. By telescoping history and setting the plight of modern man alongside events of the Bible and the Ice Age, Wilder was making the point that what we perceive to be unique problems of our own time have their real basis in human nature itself - particularly man’s greed, selfishness and lust for power - and can only ever be resolved by looking inwards and finding higher motivations for how we live. Until then, the most we can hope for as a species is to blindly stumble from one calamity to the next while narrowly avoiding complete extinction - if only by the skin of our teeth.

Amidst the chaos of the past year, a thought that’s persistently troubled me is whether there is any real value in running a blog on a classic actress whose life ended almost half a century ago - especially one who’s been widely misrepresented to be nothing more than a shallow icon. There’s a tendency to think of vintage blogs as offering an escape from the harsh realities of modern life to the comfort of a glorified past. No one could be blamed for wanting to retreat from the world in its current state, but it’s also obvious that glamourising the past can have dangerous consequences - particularly given how nostalgia for ‘the good old days’ has been cynically exploited by the far-right with alarmingly successful results. Taking an interest beyond one’s own time and place shouldn’t be regarded as escaping from life but as the natural consequence of a curious and inquisitive mind; in its highest form, it’s about trying to preserve everything that’s best and beautiful in human thought and achievement, but it’s also about recognising the worst mistakes of human societies in an effort to avoid ever repeating them. Furthermore, I think these two aims are co-dependent: if we were truly succeeding in the first then we wouldn’t be failing so abysmally in the second.

For anyone who takes even a passing interest in human history, one thing stands out more than anything else: we didn’t care enough. Tragedies happen, atrocities are committed, good people suffer and the bad go unpunished, and once a suitable amount of time has passed we look back and wonder why nobody did anything about it. One positive thing about 2016 has been to make me care more, and I vow to keep on caring in 2017. I know it may take more strength than a lot of people have right now, but caring is the only answer to the evil and injustice that we see all around us. And caring even when we feel that no one cares for us is the highest test of our courage. If we don’t know what to care about, we can start by caring about truth, beauty and love. These seem to me to be humanity’s best weapons in the new year, and they may be all the ones we need.

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SKIN OF OUR TEETH IS THE BEST PLAY. (also I thought Antrobus was a reference to Everyman? since “antro” sounds like “andro” = man, and bus sorta means “all” or “collection” i guess…?)

well i havent seen it sorry…

rly it  might b ok but –it just sounds like the kind of dadaistic thing that drives me nuts see also aria da capo o.m.g. i AM SO OVER ‘WHACKY , HAVE BEEN OVER 'WHACKY’ SINCE 1990 AT LEAST

& i am NOT a thornton wilder fan inclined to invest my energy reading him , based on OUR TOWN, bc it is sooooo smarmy manipulative false-earnest gushy that my teeth start hurting even thinking abt it , guh YEAH I GET KINDA GRAAR ABT OUR TOWN

but regardless 'antrobus’ as a contrived way of naming someone everyman  is , well , contrived bc YES I MEAN WELL IT IS A REAL SURNAME which is more than i knew when i started lookin it up in rel 2 the orig script

but it ISNT rly greek , it comes from that teensy town in the UK , its etymology is disputed but its either viking or french in origin , & when i heard it i didnt think 'everyman’ – like guillermo himself , i thought brand name ( HE ACTUALLY SAID IT SOUNDED LIKE A SUPPOSITORY BRAND lol )



so guillermo gives us our first encounter w raleigh & his brother in a very subtle flashback type , where “the present ” is the narration , but the visuals are the past in a historical , not a subjective , context

so right away it has been changed , scope made infinitely bigger than one dude & his issues , which is a HUGE change from the orig script – prob the biggest 1 of all , narratively & ethically speaking

but in terms of charas , which is where we engage w narratives – what changes history from being ‘battles & dates & all that rot ’ to something that matters to human beings , & the same w fictional histories , even histories of a fictional future – the change is just as big

bc we meet raleigh as someone who leaps up at the first summons , raring to go fight monsters , who loves his job – also loves his brother & wants to share the glory & fun of the hunt w him , “keen as mustard” they used to say in the old boys own adventure stories

& we meet yancy as someone not quite as keen but just as ready & committed , who loves his little brother AND has no hubris , doesnt need to put him in his place or dom him for being annoying & kitten-like at 0200h , even if he is –slightly– more of a mature adult

so – & taking into acct that here are two self-described 'rock stars’ in the public eye , who choose to share a cabin on a base not exactly strapped for space , & MOREOVER a bunk bed , like kids ( its interesting they didnt AS children either ) – from the first minutes ’ introduction , nearly all the rest of the story does follow

the gallantry | duty-of-care | emotional devastation , all of it unfolds naturally from their first onscreen exchange - & so does the eventual upward journey – which , rly , starts when a badly wounded pilot struggles to put down wo causing civilian casualties despite his injuries

( which was a stupendously overwhelming sequence in the theatre btw )


A deep, thunderous BOOM, like a mountain hitting the ground.
A garbled radio VOICE laughs triumphantly.

Game on! That sonuvabitch is down!

We’re tight on a young man’s face – his square jaw tense; his short, dirty blond hair damp with sweat; his eyes focused and urgent. He’s RALEIGH ANTROBUS (23), a rare sort of pilot.

We don’t see much. It feels dark, cramped, and busy. Perhaps a cockpit. We’re dimly aware of Raleigh’s view reflected on the glass visor of his helmet – a flat, blue horizon.

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Harry Styles' estranged stepdad on pain at losing touch with One Direction star
Styles' stepfather says, "Harry's first show was pub karaoke with me... I'd love to say hello, lets go for a drink"
By Sharon Feinstein

Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York belted out across the pub lounge on karaoke night… and a star was born.

Standing alongside John Cox was stepson Harry Styles , then just nine and giving his first singing performance.

The memory triggers proud and painful memories for John, who was to split up from Harry’s mum and says he has had no contact with the One Direction star in 10 long years.

John, 55, was a second father to the pop heartthrob for six years during his relationship with Anne Twist, mum to Harry and his sister Gemma.

Now former pub landlord John talks of his burning wish to see 22-year-old Harry again and even share a pint.

He said: “Losing Harry was the worst thing in my life, having my little family broken up. It took me eight years to get over it. It ­devastated me. I got really attached to him. I just thought the world of him.”

In an exclusive interview, John reveals his pride at the singer’s career and gives a fascinating insight into his childhood.

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Harry was just seven when John fell in love with Anne. They wed in 2003, two years after after she and Harry’s dad, Des Styles, divorced.

Harry spent nearly five years living at the Antrobus Arms in Northwich, Cheshire, where he would run around the bar area and was adored by customers.

John said: “I fell madly in love with Anne, she got me. I was a dad to Harry for six years and brought him up in his important years.

“I bonded with him straight away – and Gemma as well. I loved the kids.

“Harry loved living in a pub and he was the centre of attention.

“He was really lively and would run around the pub, with all the customers fussing over him. He used to sit beside me all day, sit at the bar and chat. He is a down to earth kid and always has been. I didn’t really need to tell him off much, he was just a real delight. Brilliant at school too, superb.

“His only fault was that he was dead untidy. But I’d tell him: ‘Clean up Harry!’ and he’d do it.

“He was always very polite. He never once said: ‘Look, you’re not my dad’.”

One of John’s most precious memories is of singing with Harry at The Elms pub
in Pickmere, Cheshire.

He said: “I was getting up to sing and he wanted to get up with me, which he did, and that was it.

“We sang New York, New York by Sinatra. That was the first time he sang in front of people, it was Harry Styles’ first ever performance. He sounded very similar to now – he had a deep voice even as a young lad.”

Devoted John told how Harry was a huge football fan, with posters of Manchester United players lining his bedroom walls. He added: “He was a man’s man if you know what I mean, he liked his sport and football. I took him to play football on Sundays. He was rubbish, though. That’s why I told him to become a singer.

“Sometimes I told him he played all right and other times I’d say ‘You were a bit bad today Harry, weren’t you?’ He never got upset, he thought the world of me. We just got on great.”

Movingly, John told of his agony that he and his family no longer saw Harry and Gemma.

Contact ended after he and Anne – who has a new partner – split in 2006.

John, who still lives in Northwich, said: “I missed Harry like crazy. He saw my mother in Tesco’s in Northwich about 18 months ago and just ran up to her and put his arms around her.

“He used to stay with her – she was his gran for a bit. She was chuffed as anything when he ran up to her. She was crying her eyes out. They got very close when he was a lad, she just loves him.”

Harry hit the big time after auditioning for The X Factor in 2010. He failed to make it through as a solo act but joined up with fellow hopefuls Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan to form a boyband. The rest, as they say, is history.

The band – currently on a break while the lads pursue individual projects – hit the big time with debut album Up All Night. They have had four UK number one singles and sold 20million albums worldwide. Despite being pleased for Harry, John, who is now a noise and vibration patrol engineer, joked that he wasn’t a fan of One Direction’s music.

He said: “I’m chuffed for Harry and the success he’s had. I didn’t think he’d go as far as he did but he was always cocky enough to do so. Up until now I think Harry’s just done what he’s been told with his music.

“But I’m sure he will prove himself now he has gone on his own.”

And John dearly hopes that Harry will come back into his life one day.

He added: “Maybe one day Harry will have a drink with me. I’d like him to come to me and say ‘John, how are you?’

“When a child’s in your life for that many years the bond doesn’t go away. And hopefully it hasn’t for him.”