Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sepia Saturday 150: 3 November 2012

Anyone up for a little deciphering?  Can you make out what the (albeit reversed) hand-writing says on the right-hand side of this image? Here's a snip, rotated, enlarged and cross-processed. Any luck now?

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Once again, I'm afraid we've got MEN, or at least men and youths.  Now, I've not seen it before, but I know in Ireland they have an odd sport called, "hurling".  I'm pretty sure that that's what's been going on here.

I would love to know what those buildings are in the distance.

Lots of hats - men's hats this time, and as someone mentioned (might have been Marilyn, I can't recall) that one fella looks like he's on a cell phone, but since this image is from  the 1920s, that's quite an anachronism!

This is actually Irish Revolutionary Leader, Michael Collins, at the Senior Hurling Championship match against Dublin on September 12, 1921. He's talking to the Kilkenny hurlers at Croke Park in Dublin.

(Dublin won the match 4-4 to 1-5 to a crowd of 17,000)

(Collins would be assassinated only a year later, at the age of 32, on August 22, 1922) Now I'm wondering what that other fellow might be reaching for in his vest pocket?

Go political, go sporty, go fashionable, go inventive ... just GO!


Here's a sneak peak at the next two weeks! (Alan's choices.)

By the way, don't forget to sign up to "follow" me and other SS participants, and I'm sure they will do the very same, as will I.

Please post your links below, and visit all our fellow Sepia Saturday members to read what they have come up with as the result of pondering this image:

No S.O.S. required!

NOT Alan and Isobel!
(original image borrowed from Flickr)

Dear Members: Yesterday, I took it upon myself to contact the "S.S. Azura" via e-mail, to ensure that our beloved host, Alan and his GLW are indeed ship-shape, and have not been adversely affected by hurricane, "Sandy". I expressed our concern as a group, for their welfare and I am delighted to report that I have had a response this morning. To wit:

Hi Kat,
Your kind message has just been passed onto me by the ship's reception. We are all fine and by now we are on our way back across the Atlantic and well out of harms way. We were really touched by your message; it once again illustrates what a real community Sepia Saturday is. Internet connection is dreadfully slow and intermittent and frighteningly expensive so could I possibly ask whether you could put a message on the SS Blog and Facebook Page assuring all that we are safe and well and extending all of our good wishes to all those who are facing the perils of the weather at the moment.

Alan and Isobel


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Sepia Saturday 149: 27 October 2012

Men, Men, Men, Men, Men-dee-Men-Men!

So, you're tired of men, are you? Well feast your eyes on THIS beauty!  ( I jest, so I do.)

Here's another Flickr Commons photo from the National Library of Ireland, and what have we here?  Not one, but TWO women! Hurrah!  (I was greatly relieved to find the second lady in the background with the lovely hat, but I'll be honest, even I am going to struggle to come up with a photo that follows this theme!)

This picture is of "Twin Wells" on the banks of the River Aille at Lisdoonvarna in County Clare, taken around the turn of the century (1900).

Apparently the waters were acclaimed as restorative and this place was designated a spa.  By the looks of things, the old lady in the photo has not benefited, or isn't drinking them. Ha!

Go on my dears, and make what you can of this, be it spas, water, old ladies, young ladies, tourists, umbrellas, homeless people.  Go on!

I cannot possibly think of this spot in the south of Ireland without  giving you a little related treat. Here's a YouTube clip of a somewhat famous tune entitled, "Lisdoonvarna" by the equally famous, Christy Moore. Bear with the brief advertisement at the beginning.

Here we go!  Another couple of teasers for you - and look, in two weeks, not a man in sight!!!

I have made an effort to visit everyone who posted last week, and if you had a method whereby I could follow your blog, I have done so.  I would be most grateful if you would reciprocate.  A hearty thanks to all who have done so, so far.

Don't forget to visit all the undoubtedly stellar interpretations of the photo below, by visiting the Sepia Saturday blog (beginning on Friday) and clicking on the links.   Thank you!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Sepia Saturday 148: 20 October 2012

I have finally made it round to everyone's posts from last week, and I must say, you all exceeded expectations.  I think we learned a great deal about various troops, and soldiers and battles.  Those who drifted from the theme were no less enlightening and entertaining. Thank you all!

I'm posting a bit early again to give us all some extra time.

Here is another Flickr Commons photograph from the National Library of Ireland and I know what you're all thinking ... more UNIFORMS???  Well, yes, sort of, but it's what is going on in this image that really struck me, and there are a few directions one could go with this - say, bikes? Or perhaps, guns (since there appears to be an exchange of one going on here). How about "nosy parkers" in the backgrounds of photographs? What's that term where someone or something usurps a shot? Oh yes! The PHOTOBOMB.  (Google it; you'll have a right laugh!)

Then there's the obvious tack with the Police, or "Coppers" as you Brits like to say.

So, on your bikes, get set ... POST!  (And don't forget to link back here on Friday, so we can all have a gander.)


Incidentally, it has come to my attention that a few of you have issues with posting comments where an Open ID is required.  It would be simpler if comments were set up differently.  In Blogger, go to Layout; choose Settings, Posts and Comments and select "ANYONE".  With this set-up, visitors will have not trouble signing in to share their thoughts.  I know that everyone wishes to reciprocate when others have taken the time to leave a generous comment on their own blog.

To control who DOES visit, select "Always" under the Comment Moderation option, and insert an e-mail where notification for pre-screening can be mailed.

Thank you for your co-operation.

I myself, have made every effort to add your blogs to my sidebar, and would be appreciative of the same for mine.  I would also welcome any new "Followers", if you've found my posts of interest.

Now to next week's business.  Below are the preview photos for the coming two weeks.  No more uniforms!!!


Make sure you check in on the weekend to keep up with all the current postings from fellow Sepia Saturday participants.  You won't want to miss anyone's interpretation of the photo below:

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Sepia Saturday 147: 13 October 2012


Well, we said, "Bon Voyage" to Alan last week, so here am I to step into his shoes for a spell.  I hope you'll cut me a bit of slack on a number of counts.  I have been absent from the Sepia Saturday circuit for some time, as I have been very occupied with cooking and  baking and posting recipes on a new blog. (No self-promotion, I assure you.)
I am new to the procedures for posting the calls for Sepia Saturday, so I hope I don't make any blunders, and I shall try to live up to the skill and erudition of our wandering host.

In any event, I will do my best to make these next few weeks enjoyable and up to par.

The above picture just caught my eye.  I suppose that's because my father was an Army man. As a result, I'm a big fan of military movies, and so anything with a regimental look is bound to draw my attention.  This photo has been borrowed from the Flickr Commons National Library of Ireland (I'm also a bit partial to anything Irish, since my dad was born in the the North of that country.)  I hope you like the image!

In terms of a theme, there are many directions one could go with this. You could deal with the military angle (of course, that's obvious), group photos, uniforms, medals and regalia, dapper caps, or even shiny boots, And well, it looks as if only one of the chaps above hasn't got a moustache, so that's a possibility as well, isn't it?

Other than that, you can choose to veer off this path entirely and do your own thing.  We are not judgmental here at Sepia Saturday; we'll read it all, won't we?

So, get your posts composed, and just post your link below, so we can all have a look to see what you've come up with!

See you on Saturday!


You can also put your thinking caps on and start pondering how to handle these images coming up in the next few weeks. (Don't they look like fun?)

Sorry folks, I managed to make the rounds to about 2/3 of your posts, but this morning I awoke with a severe pain in my right shoulder blade (repetitive strain from beating muffin-batter, I think) and will not be following up until tomorrow or later with the remainder of you.  I do apologize.

Watch for the next "call" on Wednesday morning!


Now to the task at hand. See what you can make of the "Sergeants" photo above (and below) ...

Cross your fingers, folks!  Here's my first crack at Mr. Linky.  Hope it works!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Sepia Saturday 146 : 6th October 2012

So, away we go. I am packing my bags and loading up my Kindle ready for my time away. Let's hope the seas are calm and the sun is shining. My archive picture this week shows the German built SS Imperator arriving in New York on her maiden trans-Atlantic voyage in June 1913. She was a fascinating ship, the Imperator; built for size, speed and luxury during the age of the great liners. In some ways she was a little too luxurious and a high centre of gravity caused her to suffer from poor handling and the tendency to list from side to side. This resulted in her becoming known as "the Limperator". The problem was eventually solved by the removal of the marble bathroom suites from the First Class cabins!

So your theme for Sepia Saturday 146 (post your posts on or around Saturday 6th October) is anything to do with ships, the sea, holidays, transport, crowds, or marble bathroom suites. As usual, post your posts and then add them to the Linky List below. As I mentioned last week, I am glad to announce that Kat Mortensen will be looking after things whilst I am away. I look forward to catching up with all your posts as my ship limps from side to side and I ponder on the space where the marble bathroom used to be.

For those wanting a peek into what will be coming up during Kat's stewardship, here are the next two archive image prompts.

So, off I go in search of another pair of socks and my best dickie bow tie. See you all on my return. And good luck to Sepia Saturday and all who sail in her.