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To Tattoo or not to Tattoo…



Tattoo art and body modification are nothing new. There is archaeological evidence that suggests people may have been tattooing their bodies as far back as 50,000 years ago. These early finds consist of possible tattoo tools and human figurines adorned with body art. 

In 2014 a mummy of a Sudanese woman ,excavated in 2005, the tattoo on her had a CT scan and a tattoo was discovered on her inner thigh symbolizing the Archangel MichaelIt is believed it may have been to protect her from sexual violation or to help her have a child.

Painting and tattooing the body is often a primal need to convey individualism or personality. A way of showing the world a body you feel portrays you as much as the way you speak or write.

Society seems to love or hate and fear tattoos and see them as a mark of anger or thuggery. We often jump to conclusions about the person wearing this body art and have strong views…

‘Grandmother used to take my mother to the circus to see the fat lady and the tattooed man — now they’re everywhere.’

 is a quote from Joan Collins and perhaps sums up how we don’t look to see the story behind the tattoos themselves and see instead an image of our prejudices and beliefs. 

The tattoo represents not only a willingness to accept pain — to endure it — but a need to actively embrace it. Because life is painful — beautiful but painful.

Look on interview guidelines and many will have a paragraph advising the interviewee to “please cover all visible tattoos and piercings,” Unfortunately, the repercussions of body art can affect your ability to gain favour with potential employers, even if you hold all the necessary qualifications, which ,whilst wrongful discrimination, is very evident. Today we are much more open to the idea and even Barbie can be bought with a sheet of tattoos !

Some people feel that tattoos need to have the secrets of the universe hidden in their art, to be meaningful enough to etch into your body for eternity however others feel you should get anything you like, even if you just appealed to you in that instant.

I believe you always remember your first tattoo — whether it’s something you planned for months, years, or decided on a whim, Making that initial decision to get inked can be emotional, thrilling, and might even signify an important event, relationship, or life stage.

I have heard it said ‘ Why would you get tattoos? They’re expensive and painful to get and they are PERMANENT! And the classic reply…why would you have a child?

Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Why do jeans have small pockets inside the front pockets?



Surely you have wondered why jeans have a small pocket inside the front pocket. Some will say they are pockets to hold loose change and there are people (men generally) who use them this way. Others think they are to put the lighter or  tickets or other useful and small objects that they carry around.

But actually the pockets were for a very important purpose when the first jeans were created. Think that jeans date back to the 1800s when all men had a pocket watch. It was therefore essential for this new type of trousers to have a special place for this object that all men then had. Now practically no one has a pocket watch, but the pockets are still there.

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Were Edwardian women waists ‘photoshopped’?



Well, not exactly photoshopped, they didn’t have computers those days and certainly not Adobe Photoshop to play with.  

We know that women those days were shorter but physically the same as us, so some of the amazingly thin waists look quite unbelievable. Sure, corsets could make waist look very thin but some are unnaturally small. 

That’s when a bit of doctoring was used to make the waist look thinner.  It was normally done directly on the negative by painting over the extra waist. If you look closely at many photos of the time you will see that there are strange shadows around the waist or the area look darker or lighter than the rest of the photo. 

Some were a bit over the top like this photo below.  You can clearly see that the waist was doctored. 

Others might be less obvious but they still look suspicious if you look closely. 

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The October birthstone is the Opal



The October birthstone is the Opal. The October birthday  loves to chat and will respond wholeheartedly to those they believe loves them and values friends very highly. They are hurt easily and if betrayed will try to forgive quickly which is a testament to their inner beauty. Opinionated they will not care what others think once they have made a decision . They day dream and imagine being in the great outdoors and travelling to beautiful places. 

The opal symbolises faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight.

Opalscan  exhibit a wide variety of diffracts light and can display all the colors of the rainbow simultaneously. For this reason, it has been considered great luck throughout history as it was thought to possess all the value of each gemstone in the opals color spectrum. Unfortunately after  the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein, people in the 1800s began to associate opals with bad luck and even death.

October birthstone opal

Known as the eyestone the opal inspires love and hope, innocence and purity, luck and happiness.Bringing energy to the system, soothing and clearing the emotional body, and boosting the will to live and the joy of life,  It kindles optimism, enthusiasm and creativity, and allows for the release of inhibitions inspiring love and passion.

 Opals are protective. They are stones of happy dreams, particularly soothing for children and those who have always slept badly or had recurring nightmares with no apparent reason,  helping   any issues a child may have with an invisible or imaginary friend, and is especially helpful before sleep if the child wishes the friend to go away at bedtime. It enhances foresight, empathy and confidence and helps the wearer influence people to his point of view.

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