Ya Allaah, if my heart desires a thing and it isn’t written for me in this life, then keep my heart patient, keep it content and allow me to enter Your beautiful Gardens of Pleasure so I can have whatever I desire there…
Dominating the lake, this charming octagonal pavilion was built by Richard Mique in 1777. It is complemented on the exterior by several sculptures by Deschamps: a fruit frieze garland once painted with colours, pediments evoking the pleasures of hunting and gardening, window imposts symbolising the four seasons. The Belvédère can only be viewed from the exterior.
Ok so this ended up rather porny of course. Set in peach verse. Thomas talks dirty to James. :) Also I made one tiny change to the prompt wording. NSFW below the cut.
“Do you remember the pleasure gardens?” Thomas asked casually. James laughed through his nose.
“How could I forget?”
The garden they were in was not large enough to compare to to one of the famed (or infamous) gardens found in London’s more wealthy districts, but its vegetation was no less attractive. Thomas had taken James to several pleasure gardens in the early days of their relationship. James had been shocked at first to see what went on in those gardens after dark–until he had found himself indulging in the same impassioned activities with Thomas in those gardens.
Museum of Water is an invitation to take part and to have your say.
The context we are making this work in has changed with each new water crisis. The Museum’s travels around Britain began and continued in years of repeated and catastrophic floods, first in Somerset then in Cumbria. The American water crises of Flint, Nestle and DAPL have brought new focus to global water management and sourcing. Water rights have never been so hotly contested: the bottled water industry nears a global market value of $200 billion, with a huge alternative cost to the world in plastic consumption.
We have had the chance to travel from the Netherlands to Australia, from flood to drought, re-tracing ancient trade routes for a whole new exchange. We work in Australia now in the age of a ‘nil by water’ immigration policy, but also at a time when rivers nearby have been given human rights. Before our eyes the Mediterranean Sea has turned from pleasure garden to graveyard, as the flood of refugees escaping from a drought and water war in Syria has brought to breaking point the coping and caring strategies of different countries, questioning our kindness and threatening the very coalition of Europe.
No one could have predicted the shocking change of contexts this water work has encountered, and of course our relationship with water will continue to adapt rapidly over the coming years, in new and unexpected ways. Museum of Water is an act of witness. It explores the boundary lines of our bodies and our thinking, and considers more fluid way of understanding the world and our inter-relations.
Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 40,000 people, and currently holds over 1000 bottles in the collection. These range from a melted snowman to a burst London water main and water from the last ice age, a muddy puddle in Birmingham to a canal in Rotterdam, water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, condensation from a Falmouth window, Ghost water and bad dream water, 20-year-old evaporated snow from Maine, a new born baby’s bath water, Norwegian spit, three types of urine, two different breaths and water from a bedside table said to be infused with dreams.
Eadi Solanki-Jackson (2007) - Water from a river in India
Rebecca Sharrocks (8-10/03/2013) - Rain Water collected over 2 days
Kipp Bryan (10/03/2013) - Sea water, fizzy water, and a bath bomb
Sidney (08/03/2013) - Water from my brother’s bath, 1 week after his operation. Water makes him feel better
Amy Sharrocks (19/05/2009) - Water from the Thames, collected at the end of the WALBROOK River Walk
Rocky (2012 Summer Holiday) - Greek painting with blue and white. Inside stones from Greece. The tap water reminds me of the sea and my holiday
Violet Bensley (10/03/2013) - Rusty water from my bird bath
Jesse Allmon (12/03/2013) - Water from my fish tank
Esme Supple (10/03/2013) - Hospital water and tap water
When Umar bin al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,
“O Allah, make us of Your ‘few’ servants! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants!”
So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?”
And the man said, “Allah in His Book says
‘And few of My servants are grateful.’ (Qur’an 34:13)”
So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us of Your ‘few’ servants.”
Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But most people do it, it’s not just me!”
But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people
- “do not know” (7:187) - “do not give thanks” (2:243) and - “do not believe” (11:17).
And if you look for “most of them”, you will find that most of them are
- “defiantly disobedient” (5:59) - “ignorant” (6:111) - “turning away” (21:24) - “do not reason” (29:23), and - “do not listen” (8:21).
So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:
- “And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13) - “But none had believed with him, except a few.” (11:40) - “In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples.” (56:12-14)
Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the greatness of the perishers.”
[Found in Kitab al-Zuhd by Ahmad bin Hanbal (رحمه الله), and also in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah.]
“Mistletoe, which ideally has been loosened or blown off its tree of habitation by a storm, is collected with utmost reverence. Requiring the work of two simplers, one must knock the Tree from the boughs, whilst another must catch it in a clean silk dedicated specifically unto Ixias, its governing Genius. Following the dictates of certain elder lore, Mistletoe is gathered on the sixth day of the Waning moon, but its virtue is chiefly solar, rather than lunar, so the station of the Sun should be given consideration.”
— Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow by Daniel A. Schulke
A lot of people already pointed out how there are differences between the different localizations of Final Fantasy XIV in what exactly is said and how that sheds a new light on characters. A friend of mine asked me to take a look at the German version in regards to Zenos, so here we go for all who are curious.
Below the cut is a direct comparison between the English dialogue with Zenos and the German version, with a literal translation of it.
Heavy Spoiler warning for the Ending of 4.0, of course.