autumn williams

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Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes

In Autumn 2009, Stanton Williams won an international competition to transform the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, one of the six largest Fine Art Museums outside Paris. It will be known upon completion as the Musée d’arts de Nantes. The creation of this urban quarter incorporates several key extension buildings that will link the existing 19th Century quadrangle ‘Palais’ of the museum and the 17th Century Oratory Chapel on the adjacent site, which operates as a temporary art installation space. The Chapel will be accessed directly from the main part of the museum for the first time.

The new urban quarter will ultimately help to redefine the image of Musée d’arts de Nantes, which is still firmly rooted in its surroundings but is now open to new possibilities.

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Royal Pre-Wedding Gala Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London (April 28, 2011)

anonymous asked:

I´m not sure (don´t remember) the circumstances about John Grey´s first marriage. Was it planed for a long time before Willie was conceived (Jamie + Geneva)? I always thought William was something (someone) John craved for, because he couldn´t have Jamie – so he agreed with this marriage - to get at least some part of Jamie Fraser … Or the boy was only a nice bonus with it? Did John get Willie intentionally (with good intentions) or it was only a happy coincidence?

Hi Anon.

I don’t think Lord John’s marriage to Isobel (Geneva’s younger sister and William’s aunt/adoptive mother) was planned out too far in advance but at the same time, I don’t believe that Lord John’s marrying her was solely so he could be in William’s (and by extension, Jamie’s) life. Not much is explored along these lines in Voyager explicitly, but in The Scottish Prisoner we find out that Lord Dunsany––William’s grandfather––asked Lord John if he would agree to be William’s guardian if/when he (Dunsany) died. Lord John agreed and Lord Dunsany made the necessary legal arrangements to have his will altered accordingly but this was all before Lord John put the pieces together as far as Jamie being William’s biological father. So technically Lord John would already have been an important part of William’s life following the death of his grandfather; his being connected to Jamie was just a happy accident Lord John discovered later. 

I do think that part of why Lord John later decides to marry Isobel is so that his relationship to William will be more formally familial and not just a matter of legality. He can then actually be William’s father in a more directly recognized way rather than having him simply as a ward. I also think some of Lord John’s motives in marrying Isobel stem from the Dunsanys’ situation. Their families had long been friendly and the Dunsanys had fallen on difficult times both circumstantially (with the death of their oldest and only son during the Rising then later Geneva’s death) and financially (which was part of why Geneva’s marriage to Ellesmere was arranged; her family received a rather large sum from her husband). Also in The Scottish Prisoner, we see Isobel doesn’t have the best taste in men as she narrowly escapes scandal; having had such a close call, I can see her playing it safe and jumping at the chance to marry Lord John who is not only someone she’s known most of her life but someone her family knows and trusts, plus he’s already her nephew’s guardian. 

There are actually multiple instances––mostly in the Lord John series––where he admits that he isn’t particularly fond of children and has a difficult time picturing himself as a father (for a variety of reasons). From Voyager and Drums of Autumn, we know that Lord John actually spent/spends very little time with Isobel and William, even after he’s married. It isn’t until Isobel’s death that Lord John truly becomes William’s sole parent and by then William is ten or eleven (I think) and even then he spends significant periods of time away from the boy (just look at the time Lord John spends at River Run with Brianna in Drums). Lord John definitely takes pride in William as the boy gets older and William’s being Jamie’s biological son undeniably means a lot to him (and Lord John certainly appreciates having that extra reason to be a part of Jamie’s life), but he didn’t set out to be the man who raised Jamie Fraser’s son. 

I hope that helps and I can’t wait to see how they handle all of this in the show.

**The Scottish Prisoner was published a while after Voyager and Drums of Autumn so DG might very well have done some retcon work when it came to the circumstances of Lord John’s marriage and the timing of how and when Lord John knew certain things, so there are almost certainly contradictory hints between the earlier books and what was settled canonically in the Lord John books. 

can’t go back now: cool nights, yellow fields, and a long trip that takes you to your new home. a playlist for leaving everything you’ve known and starting fresh. 

  1. Can’t Go Back Now // The Weepies (you and me walk on, walk on, walk on, cause you can’t go back now)
  2. This Year // The Mountain Goats (I’m gonna make it through this year if it kills me)
  3. Ghost Towns // Radical Face (I still miss you, there’s no going home, there’s no going home with a name like mine)
  4. Me And Bobby McGee // Janis Joplin (freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose)
  5. Fast Car // Tracy Chapman (you got a fast car, I got a plan to get us out of here)
  6. Lake Of Silver Bells // Carbon Leaf  (so much left for giving in, the year of living dangerously happy)
  7. Hold On // The Cottars (your old hometown is so far away, but inside your head there’s a record playing)
  8. End Of The Summer // Dar Williams (and the colors are much brighter now, it’s like they really want to tell the truth)
  9. Dance Music // The Mountain Goats (I dash upstairs to take cover, lean in close to my little record player on the floor, so this is what the volume knob’s for)
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Queen Elizabeth II Alphabet

C is for Royal Christenings