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Anne Lister as portrayed by Suranne Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good (late) Weekend Widdershins

As I put in the comments on mb’s post, yeah, shit was just happening today.  And I’m still not far past the point of wanting to take a hammer to something (someone?).  But let’s move on.

The picture at the top is of actress Suranne Jones portraying an actual historical figure Anne Lister.  She portrays Lister in the HBO series Gentleman Jack.

One of the first things about the show that caught my attention was that Anne was from and speaks of Halifax.  I thought “Nova Scotia?” because on the show she speaks of coal.  Google, being a friend, I found out there was a Halifax England in West Yorkshire.  Checking some maps I saw it was in the northeastern part of England. Halifax is northeast of Manchester to give another reference for it.  And apparently yes at some point they mined coal there for a time.

The actual Anne Lister

As you can see above, Suranne does bear some resemblance to real Anne.  Suranne said she added the top hat on her own.

Anne Lister was born in 1791 and died 1840.  If you do the arithmetic you can see her adult period was in the 1820s or so.  And what I have found fascinating was how “out” she was at the time.

Anne was a landowner and considered the family somewhat upper class.  She had an ancestral home, Shibden Hall, built in around 1420.  The Listers owned the estate for about three hundred years.

 

 

 

Although she surely didn’t describe herself as a lesbian, she lived that lifestyle.  From the wiki:

 

Lister is described as having a “masculine appearance”; one of her lovers, Marianna Lawton (née Belcombe), was initially ashamed to be seen in public with her because her appearance was commented on. She dressed entirely in black and took part in many activities that were not perceived as the norm for gentlewomen, such as opening and owning a colliery. She was referred to as “Gentleman Jack” in some quarters. Lawton and Lister were lovers for several years, including a period during which Lawton was married and to which her husband became resigned.

On the HBO show, Anne meets and apparently falls in love with a local heiress Ann Walker.

Lister met the wealthy heiress Ann Walker in 1832. The women took communion together on Easter Sunday 1834 in Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, and thereafter considered themselves married. The church has been described as “an icon for what is interpreted as the site of the first lesbian marriage to be held in Britain”, and the building now hosts a commemorative blue plaque.  The couple lived together at Shibden Hall until Lister’s death in 1840.

Walker’s fortune was used to improve Shibden Hall and the property’s waterfall and lake. Lister renovated Shibden Hall quite significantly to her own design. In 1838, she added a Gothic tower(shown in the picture above)  to the main house, to serve as her private library. She also had a tunnel dug under the building which allowed the staff to move about without disturbing her.

What was intriguing to me about Lister were the diaries or journals that she kept.

Throughout her life, she kept diaries that chronicled the details of her daily life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities, and her work improving Shibden Hall. Her diaries contain more than 4 million words and about a sixth of them — those concerning the intimate details of her romantic and sexual relationships — were written in code. The code, derived from a combination of algebra and Ancient Greek, was deciphered in the 1930s. Lister is often called “the first modern lesbian” for her clear self-knowledge and openly lesbian lifestyle.

So to wrap up Pride Week, brava to Anne Lister!

 

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Sorry about the little promos in there.

Open thread, of course.

 

Happy Tuesday, Widdershins!

We can talk about any of these things….

Or we can talk about #DemThrones, this epic takedown of Lady Lindsey, the 2020 election, the disastrous, ridiculous tariffs with China, or cute fluffy animals.

This is an open thread.

Good Weekend Widdershins!

The official date of the Autumnal Equinox for 2018 was September 22nd.  Of course here in Loozeana we were still in “sauna mode” and dealing with heat indices.  However since then we’ve had a couple of so-called fronts that moved through and lowered the temps just a tad.  However, I’m still running the a/c and expect that to continue.

So with that in mind let’s dig out the “fall” and Autumn songs, but let’s expand it to include any songs that have “fall” in them or the lyrics and with any meaning of the word, That should open it up a bit

Green Day~Wake Me Up When September Ends

Wyclef Jean~Gone Til November

Neil Young~Harvest Moon

One of my faves because Ella Autumn In New York

Fall Like Rain~Eric Clapton

Fallin’ ~Alicia Keys

So there ya go Widdershins, six “fall” songs and not all of them seasonal. Feel free to add some of your own below.

Open thread, of course.

 

With deepest apologies Widdershins, I really haven’t had the time to sit down and pull together a musical or movie post for this weekend.  So instead I’ve gathered up some political cartoons of the past week and will share them here.

Naturally a number of them concern Roseanne, Trump, and the off-again/on-again summit.

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Okay Widdershins, hope y’all enjoyed these, courtesy of The Week.

Naturally an open thread to comment as you wish.

 

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Once again, this is going to be a short post.  But, I’ll be doing the Tuesday post for m.b. as she is covered up with work issues.

Still sore where I believe the oral surgeon gave me the injections and also still having pain in my forehead and around eyes (at the time I’m writing this post).  The oral surgeon told me that the roots to the tooth were awfully close to my sinuses so I’ll attribute that pain to the forehead/eyes thing.

So here’s a quick youtube video to laugh at. I’ve set this to start right when Fields gets back to his dental office.  I know some of the comedy and terms are rather dated but this was from the 1930s. Hope you enjoy!

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Edited to add:

Open Thread of course.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day Widdershins
(note:  this is a repost of a post written by our chatblu for St. Patrick’s Day. )

 

 “I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that ‘do what makes you happy’ thing in check.”
– Irish American actor and director Edward Burns

Erin Go Bragh, Widdershins.  ‘Tis  St. Patrick’s Day, and time to get our playlist together.  Despite my iffy back, I will venture out to celebrate my maternal ancestry with those of the ilk, which pretty much includes everyone by 9 p.m.   So, load up on Bailey’s, Jameson’s and room temperature Guiness, and prepare to party.

Irish music is wild, sweet, and emotional – some bouncing and happy and others more than a little melancholy .  She has a troubled history,  and a terrible beauty.  26+6 =1 remains as much a political difficulty as it is a mathematical impossibility.  Truly, it is a nebulous concept at best. The ongoing upheaval is well reflected in Ireland’s traditional music.  Oddly, some of the songs sung lustily at Irish bars are word for word the same as those belted out at Highland games, with both sides vociferously claiming credit for the tune. Go figure, but since I had a parent from each line, I sang them loudly and proudly, as either way they are all mine.

Here’s my abbreviated list.  Add yours to it, please, as well as anything else that strikes your fancy in this open thread.

(1) Wild Rover – The Dubliners

(2) Whiskey in a Jar – The Dubliners

(3) Back Home in Derry –  The Young Wolfetones

(4) Wild Mountain Thyme = Don Williams and the Chieftains

(5) Molly Ban – Allison Krause and the Chieftains

(6) The Soldier’s Song – Irish National Anthem  (Try this one with a wee drap of Jameson’s and a Southern accent.)

(7) The Sick Note –  The Dubliners

Have a glorious day, and my Mother would have reminded you to pray for Ireland.

Good Weekend Widdershins!

Happy government shutdown and furlough to all of the “non-essential” federal employees!  If things go well the Senate will get its act together and possibly  pass something on Saturday to get the government back up and running.  If not then dear fed. employees you’ll have some time on your hands.

Speaking of time, with this little dealio and DYB’s excellent post Thursday, I thought we could look at some songs that have “time” somewhere in them, either in the title or somewhere in the lyrics.

Trust me, there are tons and tons of them out there and I’ll share my selections below.

(1) Time To Move On~Tom Petty

(2) Time Is On My Side~Irma Thomas (my preferred version)

(3) Too Much Time On My Hands~Styx

(4) Sign O’ The Times~Prince

(5) Old Time Rock n Roll~Bob Seger

(6) Time To Say Goodbye~Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

(7) All This Time~Sting

Okay ‘shinners, there are seven songs for you.  Please add your own selections in the comments.

Open thread of course.

 

 

 

 


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