Words cannot rise to describing how satisfying this was to make.


Hyde Park Corner by Leonard Bentley

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />This is another postcard depicting the Dare sisters, the famous siblings who were stars of the Edwardian musical theatre. The parent company of Aristophot of 11, Southampton Row were the Aristophot Photographische Maschinendruck Anstalt based in Leipzig, they apparently had a thing about putting celebrities in mocked up balloons floating over London landmarks, this is Hyde Park Corner showing the Decimus Burton Screen and Apsley House together with one of the many Cannon Row police constables performing point duty around the corner.

abundantsunshine  asked:

I am studying abroad in London this summer, do you have any suggestions of places to go or need to see things?

Sure! I’ve gotten a few asks about this in the last few days, so hopefully everyone will see this answer. Here are some suggestions:

  • Borough Market - This is one of my favorite spots in London. It’s basically a huge food market, and definitely one of the best ones I’ve been to. The market is a little way from the London Bridge tube station, and is directly next to a church which is very cool (and totally worth looking inside!) My favorite thing to do is walk around and try all the different samples, but my biggest suggestion for the market is a small grilled cheese stand that’s just outside of the courtyard of the church. There’s always a huge line for it, and it’s about 10 bucks, but you’ll never ever have a better grilled cheese in your life. 
  • Museums - Obviously, you have to go to the British Museum and to the National Gallery (I would highly recommend the second floor, impressionist rooms. The Monet collection is out of this world!) But on a less obvious note, I would suggest the The Courtald Gallery on the Strand - it costs money, but it’s a fantastic, small art museum that’s held in a really beautiful building. If you have time, I would also suggest the Museum of London and the Imperial War Museum, but both of them will take at least half a day each (the Imperial War Museum is pretty far away, but close to the tube station). Also, really quirky suggestion, but there is a museum just outside of Hyde Park called Apsley House, which is the house of the Duke of Wellington. It’s one of the weirdest museums I’ve ever been in but really awesome - it’s especially cool if you read up first about the history between the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon (the story behind a huge ten foot statue of Napoleon in the stairwell is one of my favorite things ever). Also: The Tate and Tate Modern, if you have time. Tate Modern will cost money though - they have a permanent collection, but it’s never as interesting as the new exhibitions. 
  • Theater - London has, in my opinion, the best theater scene in the world, and you have to take advantage of it. You can go to a play at the West End but in my experience, it’s really expensive and not as good as plays that are put on at smaller theaters. Check out what’s playing at some of these theaters, and you should be able to get some reasonable tickets: Southwark Playhouse (this theater is amazing, it’s made out of an abandoned tube station so the stage consists of two huge tube tunnels), The National Theater (panders to a greater audience, but the tickets are cheap and they usually play three to five plays at a time so there’s lots of options), Young Vic, and Barbican Centre. The National and Barbican both have bars in the lobby, so they’re a nice play to hang out before the play as well.
  • Walks - Literally. Just walk around. It was one of my favorite things to do in London. My favorite walks include bridges, particularly the Millennium and the Embankment bridges, because they have such amazing views (nothing is better than walking over the bridge with St Paul’s in the distance). Go from Tottenham Court Road, through Charring Cross, through Leicester Square and China town. There are tons of tube stops on the way, but honestly it’s not a long walk. Go from Trafalgar Square to Picadilly circus. There are signs everywhere with maps on it, so you don’t even need a GPS. Walk through Hyde Park, or spend the afternoon in Regent’s Park following the same path that Virginia Woolf laid out in Mrs Dalloway. Walk down the Strand, past theaters and the court houses. There’s so much to see just by walking around and looking and, best part, it’s free!
  • Churches - Obviously. St Paul’s is expensive, but if you go on Sunday it’s free, and they often have free organ concerts in the afternoons. There is almost always someone playing music on the back steps, so spend some time out there. There’s no way to get out of paying for Westminster, but you should just pay the money and take the audio tour - it’s a really amazing place. If you can get out of London, I would suggest taking the train to Salisbury (where Stonehenge is!) - the cathedral there is one of my favorites in the world. 
  • Other - Check out the basics: Tower of London (go early so you don’t have to wait in line at the crown jewels), walk over London Bridge, see Big Ben and Parliament, go on the London Eye if you want to (pretty cool, but v expensive), walk through Covent Garden, see the street performers in all of these places, get harassed by someone wearing a queen mask, etc. 

I was working on something else, and realised I had forgotten once again how to draw Cherry.  As he’s the author, and even objectively ends up being at the centre of a lot of things, he needs a much more diligent figuring-out than I’ve given him here, but as I’m currently pressed for time I just have to think of this as a down-payment on a proper model pack.

Cherry was deeply nearsighted and needed his glasses all the time, but was very self-conscious about this, so they don’t appear often in photos.  (If you have access to some high-res prints and a peculiar taste in fun, playing Find Cherry’s Glasses can fill some quiet hours.)  It can be easy just to give him a prognathous nose and glasses and call him done, but as I’ve written in a note to myself here, if he doesn’t look right without his glasses, he’s NOT RIGHT.  Primary recognisable characteristics are important to identify when developing a caricature, but they easily become a crutch, and you need to understand the whole before you can say you’ve got a design.

Jon x Sansa Parallels with William and Mary of England

William was two years older than Mary. Jon and Sansa have a three year or soage gap.

William and Mary were first cousins. Jon x Sansa are first cousins.

Mary was his maternal uncle’s daughter. Ned Stark is Jon’s maternal uncle.

Island Nation on the west loyal to his opponent- Yara is currently team Stannis to some degree.

Mary brought up in a different religion (Anglicanism) than her father (Catholicism)- Sansa follows the new gods more than the old (until recently).

Mary taught mostly “music, dance, drawing, French, and religious instruction”(Wikipedia). Sansa is also mostly taught to be a lady.

Mary was passionately obsessed with Frances Apsley, an older girl in her court (Aka Margaery Tyrell).

Mary initially didn’t want the marriage but fell in love with her husband later, which is how many imagine Jon x Sansa will be.

William was a warrior and often on campaign; Jon is a strong warrior.

Mary and her sister purportedly did not get along but still love each other; Sansa and Arya don’t get along often but still love each other.

books to put you in a winter mood

Literary Classics

  • The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
  • “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Modern Literature

  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrad


  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Winter Moon by Dean Koontz
  • Icebound by Dean Koontz
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons


  • Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  • The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice
  • Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
  • Ice Hunt by James Rollins
  • The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman
  • Snowfall by Sharon Sala

High Fantasy

  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  • Godless World trilogy by Brian Ruckley
  • Sword of Shadows series by J.V. Jones
  • Icerigger series by Alan Dean Foster

Modern Fantasy

  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins

Young Adult

  • His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
  • As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Snow-Walker by Catherine Fisher
  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Raucous Productions. -Joe Sugg Imagine.

“That is the latest from us, here on BBC Radio Morning news,” Nick Grimshaw beamed as you came to a stop outside of the large twenty story building.

Cutting out the engine and placing your car keys into your sleek black purse, you couldn’t help but allow a long and tired sigh to leave your lips, your eyes casting out the window seeing dreary dark clouds cover the once blue sky. Why does the weekend tend to go by within the blink of an eye? It only feels like yesterday that you were leaving this place, and now you were here once more.


Sighing to yourself, you grabbed your coffee cup and took a long sip from the hot drink, allowing the liquid to scorch your throat and give you an instant boost. Before leaving your car, you made sure to give yourself a look over. You made sure that your hair was still in neat and bouncy curls, landing around your shoulders. You also made sure to check that your red lipstick was still in tact.

Walking into the large and very modern building, you were instantly greeted with warmth and the sound of your male colleagues mumbling about the awful hangovers they were now suffering from.

“Good morning Y/N!” Paula beamed, rushing from her sitting position at her desk to greet you.

“I know you only greet me at the door so you can get the first bagel, Paula.” You teased, seeing her reach out for the fresh box of bagels while you struggled to hold the batch of folders in your arm and keep your coffee cup in hand.

“You’re lucky I’m the one who greets you. What if it was Micheal that greeted you?” Paula gasped, causing you to roll your eyes playfully, glancing over to Michael who sat at the security desk. You noticed his face buried deep inside of a paper, his legs up on the desk, his body slouching. Michael wasn’t the jolly type of morning person. Michael was more of the ‘don’t talk to me until at least noon and when I’ve finished lunch.’ person. 

“At least he wouldn’t steal the box of bagels to get the biggest one first.” You laughed, following behind her into the elevator, allowing her to press the button for the top floor.

“Did you do anything exciting over the weekend? Drink so much that you can’t remember? Dance so hard that you have to wear flats for the rest of your life? Or did you watch so many new shows on Netflix that you want to sleep for the rest of your life?” She questioned, causing you to scoff and smile playfully at her, a broad smile playing on her own lips.

“I went out Saturday night, it wasn’t overly exciting or intoxicating. Sunday I slept for hours and watched Netflix and now I’m here. Back at it again with meetings, e-mails, faxing and following the every word of my boss because I’m such an amazing personal assistant.” You explained, watching the elevator doors slide open, revealing many of your male colleagues, sprawled out across their desks, holding their hands and whining about the hangovers they have from the weekend.

“You’re such a goody two shoes! This weekend, I’m going to show you exactly how twenty one year old girls actually have fun! That means, no netflix and very little sleep.” Paula spoke sternly, causing you to roll your eyes playfully.

“And what is it that twenty one year old girls do to have fun?” You ask, raising your brows at the blonde girl as she snatched the largest bagel from the box, taking the largest bite from it, washing it down with her coffee. 

“They go to clubs, Y/N! And I know what you really did on Saturday night. Your idea of going out and getting highly intoxicated is by going to a boring little pub downtown and drinking two diet cokes with an old school friend, let me clarify, that is not fun.” Paula spoke, your eyes narrowing in annoyance at her as you both walked into the lunch room, placing the box of bagels on the table. 

“Well, maybe it’s not fun to you. That’s just what I like to do!” You huffed, pulling your folder close to your chest. You hated arriving into work on Monday, mainly because, as much as you love her, but you were always nagged by Paula. She always wanted to know what you got up to on the weekend and you never really did anything exciting. Paula was a wild girl. She loved to go clubbing, go on blind dates, drink until she passed out. She was always disappointed when you told her what you got up to, since compared to her weekend, your weekend was boring. You weren’t much of a girl for partying an clubbing. Sure, maybe once in a while you like to go out, but every single weekend? Getting drunk and waking up hungover, not remembering what you did the night before? No thank you. 

“A real twenty one year old girl, goes out! They dance in ten inch heels and they swoon guys into buying them drinks. They go wild, Y/N. Wild. You need to learn how to go wild, grandma. You never have any exciting or juicy stories to tell me come Monday morning.” Paula tutted, a disapproving look plastered on her face. 

“This weekend, you and I are going out. We’re going to hit the bars up. Surely, with you being Mr. Sugg’s P.A., you’re bound to have a list of all the V.I.P clubs in town. Even have some passes to get us in?” Paula smirked, her eyebrows raised as you walked her to her desk, your eyes widening at her words as you shook your head.

“I am not stealing any passes, I could get fired!” You hissed, giving her a pointed look making her roll her eyes.

“Alright fine, then. I’ll just hook us up somewhere cool anyways. We can have a couple of drinks, doll ourselves up, then hit the bars, mix with some guys and then hit the real V.I.P. places. What do you say? Actually no, you’re not getting a say. You’re coming out this weekend, with me, and I’m going to show you what you’ve been missing out on.” Paula grinned, sitting down at her desk and logging onto her accounts. 

“I’ll think about it, Paula. I’m really busy at the moment.” You smiled sweetly, trying your best to get out of going anywhere this weekend,unfortunately you were cut off.

“Well babe, you better clear your schedule, because I’m not letting this go. Have a good day, and hey, if you see Mr. Sugg, give his bum a squeeze from me.” Paula whispered, winking at you as you groaned at her. 

“Shut up, Paula.” You tutted, rolling your eyes at her, making your way into your office and noticing a yellow sticky note sitting on your keyboard.

'Ms. L/N, when you see this, please make your way to my office. -J.S’

You gazed down at the note unsure. You didn’t want to just walk straight into his office, not after what happened last time. The last time you recieved one of these notes, you knocked on his office door and walked straight in, immediately being greeted by a shirtless Joe and a girl just dressed in her bra and underwear. You couldn’t look your boss in the eyes for two weeks. Picking up the phone on your desk, you began to dial Joe’s extension number, listening to the dial tone ring.

“Yes, Ms. L/N?” Joe’s voice spoke, his voice sounding deep making a shiver trace down your spine.

“Would you still like me to come into your office sir? I’m just reading your note now. I’m not disturbing you at this time, am I?” You responded.  

“You’re not disturbing, Ms. L/N. Please, come in.” He answered, the sound of the phone hanging up ringing in your ears. 

You grabbed your diary and a large notebook, taking a pen with you while walking towards his office. You knocked twice before pushing the door open and peeking your head around the corner, noticing your boss standing in front of his large, open window. 

“Good morning sir.” You smiled, closing the door behind you and walking up to his desk. 

“It is a good morning, isn’t it?” Joe answered cheerily, his body turning around to face you. You were instantly greeted with a Hollywood smile and a sweep of his brown hair, brushing to the side. Joe was dressed in his usual attire. He wore a crisp white shirt with a black suit, a black tie also tied neatly. 

“What can I do for you, sir?” You questioned, sitting down in front of him as you opened up your diary, reading out his plans for the day before he could ask you. “You have no meetings today sir. You do however, have a business call with Mr. Hughes and Mr. Grant at eleven. Mr. Lee is still on business and would like for you to call him at three.” You added, reading from your diary before looking up to Joe, seeing him nod at your words while he takes note of the time to call Mr. Lee. 

As he did, you took time to take a look around his office. Joe’s office was no doubt beautiful. The walls were clean white. There were paintings and art work hung smartly around the room. Plaques also hung proudly on his wall, while awards were placed neatly on shelves. He had a large window wall, your favorite thing in his office. It gave you the most fantastic and most beautiful view of London. You loved it especially during the Summer evenings, watching glorious and beautiful sunsets from this spot was amazing. The room was very large and spacious. Leather sofas and chairs were pushed to one side, a large flat screen tv hung up on the wall. It was a dream office that every CEO would love. 

Raucous Productions is a company set up by Mr. Joe Sugg and Mr. Caspar Lee. After filming Joe and Caspar Hit The Road, it instantly became a number one best selling DVD. This film led to a second film and it wasn’t that long until they made it big time, with A List celebrities, for example, Zac Efron, Leonardo Dicaprio, Rachel McAdams, Mila Kunis etc.They are now multi millionaire CEO’s and they now direct and produce big time, Hollywood movies. 

“You’re always on the ball, Ms. L/N. One of the many reasons why I love the fact that I snatched you up before Mr. Lee could.” He chuckled, leaning comfortably back against his leather chair, throwing his hands behind his head while a relaxed sigh left his lips. 

“Please, reserve a table for two at Apsleys, The Lanesborough Hotel. Lets say for eight o'clock.” He nodded as you jotted down the words he spoke. “Also, please send a large bouquet of red roses to Ashley. Here is her address. Have them delivered to her at one. Please also enclose this note on the bouquet. That will be all for now. Thank you, Ms. L/N.” Joe smiled at you, slipping you a piece of paper. Smiling at him you turned your back and made your way back to your office, rolling your eyes at the sight of Ashley’s address on a slip of paper.

What number girl is she?


Hello lovelies! 

How are you all? Are you keeping well? I really hope that you are. It’s also the flu season so make sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep warm! Also with school starting again, make sure you all get a lot of sleep and make sure not to worry or stress yourselves out with the thought of exams and homework. 

Ahh, this is a new series that I’ve been planning on posting for a while! What did you think of it? Was it good/bad? Does it deserve a part two? Would anyone be interested in reading a part two? If you would like to read part two, please tell me down below! It would mean so much to hear back from all of you gorgeous souls and to hear your thoughts! 

I love you all so much and I hope that you’re all having the most wonderful day or evening! 

Never forget how important you are! 

All of my love xxx


Diego Velázquez’s early paintings · Men at table with still-life:

1. The Three Musicians (c. 1617). Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

2. The Lunch (c. 1617). Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

3. The Farmers’ Lunch (1618). Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest.

4. Two Men at Table (c. 1620). Apsley House, London.

The Worst Journey in the World
In the austerely beautiful icescapes of Antarctica, Apsley Cherry-Garrard is on the adventure of a lifetime. But things are about to go disastrously wrong.

After seven years, BBC Radio is rerunning the drama that got me hooked on the Scott Expedition.  I can’t put into words how much it means to me, though I can say without a hint of exaggeration that it changed my life.


You’ll be introduced to some of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet, in an amazing story that you’ll think has to have had major dramatic licence taken, but it didn’t!*

And as it’s radio you can listen while doing boring responsible grownup things, so you don’t even have to feel guilty about it.

(I first heard it while sewing my Halloween costume, so you are not obligated to be doing something boring or grownup or responsible.)

Need to escape the family for a bit on Thanksgiving weekend?  Want to put Black Friday in perspective?  To take the edge off those early nights? To make you swear you will never again complain about the cold?

*There are small changes to timeline and locations that help streamline it into two hours, but the big stuff, and the stuff you can’t believe actually happened, actually happened.


Mark Gatiss Download & Streaming Links

This is a collection of download and streaming links to Mark Gatiss-related TV, film and audio content; ranging from the League of Gentlemen to Sherlock to A History of Horror, from cameos in obscure 1990’s sitcoms and radio documentaries on Doctor Who to London Spy and Game of Thrones. (Not forgetting the legendary film ‘Sex Lives of the Potato Men’.) It’s unlikely to ever be a comprehensive set of links to everything he’s done, but hopefully it’s a pretty good place to start.

This list is in approximate chronological order, divided between the League of Gentlemen related material, other TV/Films and then Radio and Audio Books. Where shows are commercially available in your area please watch, listen, screencap and gif away, but also consider purchasing the relevant DVDs or legal downloads as applicable. If you like it (and Mark/the League/etc) then buy it and help to support more creative works!

If any of the links are broken, incomplete, stop working or go all screwy in any other way please let me know and I’ll try to get things re-uploaded. I’ve got around 50GB of material uploaded and lots of links so apologies if things have got mixed up anywhere. The streaming links aren’t mine so if they break I’ll just try to find an alternative!

Hope you enjoy and spread the Gatiss-appreciation. <3

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It’s #PenguinAwarenessDay! This diorama features “the worst journey in the world,” Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s evocative name for the dangerous five-week expedition he undertook with Dr. Edward Wilson and Birdie Bowers in the heart of the austral winter of 1911. Their sole purpose was to collect eggs of the largest of all penguin species alive today, the emperor penguin, for scientific study and analysis. © AMNH/D. Finnin