Matilda of Tuscany was a powerful feudal ruler in northern Italy and the chief Italian supporter of Pope Gregory VII during the Investiture Controversy. Sometimes called la Gran Contessa (“the Great Countess”) or Matilda of Canossa after her ancestral castle of Canossa, she was certainly one of the most important and interesting figures of the Italian Middle Ages: she lived in a period of constant battles, intrigues and excommunications, and was able to demonstrate an extraordinary force, even enduring great pain and humiliation, showing an innate leadership ability. // alison pill as matilda of canossa

HAPPY BIRTHDAY @liketheshewolf !!

anonymous asked:

(mattlooksinamirror) Matt scrambles up to the front door, knocking in a panic and glancing around nervously. He doesn't even try to hide his tail, ears, or paws... he's too focused on finding Matilda. He whimpers in worry.

She unlocks the door and opens it so see Matt. “Oh hey Matty!” Her ears flatten when she sees the worried expression on his face, “Is something wrong?”

  • Starlight Glimmer: So what, I’m not funny?
  • Discord: I think you’re very funny, when you’re being sarcastic, or you’re gushing about magic. You know, as long as you stay right in your wheelhouse. And it’s no different for any of us. Rarity is funniest when she’s a high-strung drama queen, Trixie sells it with a cocky attitude-
  • Trixie: Well, Trixie does what she does when she does what she does!
  • Discord: Pinkie Pie is amusing because quite frankly she’s insane-
  • Pinkie Pie: I made shoes for Gummy my alligator
  • Discord: And Twilight here, well, she’s a nerd with a book and a lecture for every topic. Am I right?
  • Twilight Sparkle: …You are.
  • Discord: Now sadly, some people aren’t so funny, BUT- They’ve got funny names. For example- Doctor Whooves, Ditzy Doo, Cup and Carrot Cake, and Ms Matilda Mule!
  • Matilda: A-HEM (Flourishes ring)
  • Discord: My bad, Mrs Matilda Doodle Donkey. Rainbow Dash is an egotistical speed-demon, Applejack is a southern stereotype, which is hilarious to me, and Spike is the chew-toy of fate itself.
  • Spike: I am?
  • Discord: Yes.
  • Spike: Awwww.
  • Discord: And me, well, I’m funny because I commit. C-O-M-M-I-T-T-T-T-Tee-Tay-Tay-Tay-
  • (Sips from a teacup)
  • Discord: Tea. I also warp the fabric of reality for a quick gag.
Giant Rat of Sumatra meets the Final Problem

From the beginning then

Culverton Smith is the last messenger of Moriarty’s game, The Final Problem. In ACD canon he came from Sumatra and he was a planter with an experience in a tropical disease. It was argued that this disease was caused by the giant rats of Sumatra and Holmes did not reveal the real case. It is a 125 years of a secret. What did he say about this case?

Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson, … It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared.” (screams can be inserted here)(x) 

“This single reference has been expanded upon by a number of other authors and performers who have either created their own versions of the story or alluded to it in tales of their own.”

The rat, Smith and the ship are interconnected. Mary, Moriarty and Smith are also connected. The 125-year old secret is about to be interpreted by Moftiss

So the speculation is:

Could it be that in this game show Smith will put Sherlock through psyched up environments from his past to fight the demons?Reliving some of these moments without losing his sanity. Since in canon he is a virus expert, maybe he developed a disease with hallucinogenic symptoms. 

If he can make through it, maybe he gets to see the final face off which probably is Moriarty’s resurfacing? Or maybe he has a theory from TAB session about Moriarty and it somewhat needs to be verified by Smith if only he passes his tests. 

The Tests could be: 

Something about an arson/fire maybe in their childhood home that killed someone in the family / the lady in red

Something about Carl Powers in the pool

Someone important to him in the morgue? The other one or Mycroft might have been foreshadowed during Irene’s identification. John trying to shake him off from his vision.

His Reichenbach fall in this little cell where he is face down on a table

Saving John from a life threatening danger

His unfinished emotional opening up to John - the unfinished Bach piece story the final problem (But I think that the I love you scene might not be directed to John, there is something else in there)

I didn’t get Matilda as a kitten. She found me when she was already 2 or 3 (according to the vet.) But we still have such a special and close relationship! That’s why I’m saying if you want to get a cat you should consider rescuing an adult cat! Maybe even just a shabby looking one. they’re less likely to be adopted as grown up cats because people think it’s too late to form a bond with them but I can confirm that is NOT true

anonymous asked:

//yo mod Matilda, this year I've shown little to no interest in either my birthday or Christmas and it's worrying my parents, oops..?

(( It’s fine to lose interest in things, I’m starting to lose interest in birthdays as well. Birthdays were fun a few years ago but now I don’t really care…? 2016 probably ruined any hope of having a fun time on my birthday, even though my family loves to celebrate them! I’m a weird person *shrug emoji*

Christmas and birthdays aren’t for everyone and that’s ok! Just try not to ruin the holidays for everyone else and you should be good~! Try to have a little fun and talk to family, my sister always makes me a little happier around Christmas! Think positive

Bougainville. 28 March 1945. Australian-manned Matilda tanks of B Squadron, 2/4 Armoured Regiment being landed at Toko Beach from American landing crafts, tank (LCTs) prior to moving into action.

I have no time for people invalidating Mara Wilson’s coming out because of “the timing”

This is her way of dealing with the Orlando tragedy. By adding her voice to the millions of other LGBT+ people spreading messages of love and support. It’s not “bad timing” or “capitalising”. By showing solidarity with the community, she’s giving more young LGBT+ people another positive role model in this time of tragedy.

Get out of here with your negativity.

Matildas pledge support for USWNT

The Matildas have stated their support of the US Women’s National Team in their claim against the US Soccer Federation for wage discrimination.

“There is a global awakening to bridging the gap between men and women’s pay, and the world’s female footballers are leading the way,” saidProfessional Footballers Australia (PFA) Player Relations Executive Kathryn Gill.

“True parity can only be achieved through a cultural shift. What has become increasingly evident is that, despite progress, this shift is still some way from occurring with players continually having to take more extreme courses of action to bridge what is simply an unacceptable divide.”

On Thursday (US time), five members of the USWNT – Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe – filed a complaint with the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commissions (EOEC) stating they earned as little as 40 percent of the remuneration provided to the US Men’s National Team.

Matildas co-captain and PFA Matildas Committee Member Clare Polkinghorne has affirmed the full support of the Matildas.

“The US women’s team stood with us during our battle for fairness and we now stand with them,” said Polkinghorne.

“This is not about repaying the favour but doing what is right for the game and the players.”

This echoes the support provided by the US players during the Matildas own dispute with the FFA over remuneration last September that resulted in Australia cancelling a scheduled two match series with the world champions.

“Sport has the power to play a transformative role for society and it must be seized. We can no longer accept the same excuses,” concluded Polkinghorne.