Introduce Yourself Here To Other Bloggers And Grow Your Audience!

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So I’d been thinking since I began 11 months ago about how I could help other bloggers grow their audience as quickly as I did. Y’all know how passionate I am about making a proper living from blogging already.

I started doing Blogging Tips and then I wanted to offer online events that could help boost folks’ audiences. I had quite a few in mind but a busy schedule and some tough periods put paid to getting them up and running last year. But now…here is the first! Feel free to use this post to say hi and introduce yourself to other bloggers. Add links to your books, your poems, your enterprises.

 

This Post Is Yours!

Have at it!   If you have a social network, share this post as now you are on the list, each share spreads YOUR reach even further!

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Crotch-Gate

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These strips of material were seen at a recent film premiere for (ironically enough), a film called The Young Pope. Is this the new norm? Have women got tired of exposing their breasts now? The tops of these dresses are positively demure as if to prove that might be the case.

I predict bum-hole cut-outs in the near future, followed swiftly by complete nudity – all bar the designer shoes of course – on the red carpet.

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The item above is called a ‘shibue’. It is designed so that women can wear side-crotch bearing designs. I love how there is even a need for this to have been invented.

I’m trying not to sway comments (with difficulty), but…

 

What say you?!

1. This is beautiful The Ed. You just don’t know fashion. I’d love to see my daughter in something similar for her wedding dress.

2. Nah, The Ed, you’re on point. The world is going to hell in a hand basket.

3. Never mind fashion! The socio-political ramifications (if any) need to be discussed dear Ed.

Elephant Sentenced To Death For Murder – True Story!

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An almost unbelievable story of human idiocy.

Get a cup of tea and I’ll begin…

 

Charlie Sparks was the owner of Sparks World famous Shows circa 1916 Tennessee. The son of English music hall performers he knew all there was to know about giving the audience what they wanted. Without doubt the star of his show was a large Asian elephant called Mary, billed as ‘The Largest Living Land Animal On Earth.’

Mary would perform tricks like standing on her head, playing musical instruments and pitching a baseball. Indeed despite what we know about circus and the training of animals Charlie Sparks was said to have loved Mary and he and his childless wife treated her like the child they never had. With that mindset he did not use whips and such on her.

Unfortunately when they hired a new elephant trainer he forgot this and use a bull whip on Mary during a procession through the streets. Much has been debated about the exact turn of events since, but basically Mary was said to have grabbed the trainer with her trunk and threw him. Then according to eye witnesses marched over to the fallen man and stomped on his head.

The audience scattered in fear screaming. Their screams brought Charlie Sparks over to calm the elephant. Once she was calmed the crowds fear turned to anger and they yelled for Mary to be killed.

The 100 ton derrick

The 100 ton derrick

What happened next is a story that happens even today with scary regularity across our oh so modern social networks and press.

Firstly Mary was arrested. (Yup….I know!) Whilst languishing in ‘jail’ the news of the hands death caught fire. She was labelled ‘Murderous Mary’ and stories began to spread that she had killed before. The circus’s next stop Johnson City made it clear that the low down ‘murderer’ and her cohorts (the circus) were no longer welcome in their city and more and more bookings fell apart.

Then a rumour went round that a lynch mob was on it’s way with to Kingsport Tennessee to kill Mary. Charlie Sparks began to feel the impact of it all on his business. He knew that if he did not mollify the mob and give them what they wanted he would be ruined.

He decided to put Mary to death publicly.

Having dismissed other methods to kill her like shooting, poison and electrocution he came to the conclusion that hanging would be the most ‘humane’ method to dispatch Mary the elephant.

To have access to the specialist heavy duty 100 ton derricks used for uplifting railroad cars, the whole circus had to move to the city of Erwin where they could be hired. And so it was a grey, drizzly, utterly bizarre day of September 13 1916 that the circus pulled into town.

Mary is hanged

Mary is hanged

The crowds had gathered from all over. Residents of Erwin had traveled down to watch the killing. Witnesses said that Mary felt that something was amiss and was reluctant to participate trumpeting her unease. They decided to procession her as normal to her death with the other elephants to calm her down, then the others were hastily taken out of eye sight and Mary was quickly set upon by the roustabouts. They threw the derricks thick chain around her neck before she had time to object and the signal was made to lift her.

As the chain tightened and Mary was lifted off the ground she struggled. Eye witnesses say that the roustabouts had forgotten to release her ankle chains and they could hear the sickening noise of Mary’s tendons being torn.

Suddenly the chain snapped! Poor Mary fell heavily onto the ground. The crowd shrieked and ran away in fear that Murderous Mary would rise up and seek retribution. But she was stunned by the fall and obviously in great pain from the sustained injuries.

When the ‘murderer’ did not get up shooting from the hip Hollywood-style, the crowd regained it’s cockiness and a roustabout climbed onto Mary’s back to attach a heavier chain. Unsurprisingly Mary struggled less this time as she was hoisted up again and in the grim, grey rainy surroundings the great creature hanging with all

Job done.

Job done.

her weight trained on her neck fell limp and died.

The exact spot Mary was hanged remains a mystery. There is no marker or memorial as later Erwin residents did not enjoy the association with the historical embarrassing event and preferred not to refer to it, although judging the event by today’s treatment of animals I would suggest they should not feel too isolated.

 

 

 

What Say You?

Simple question today… Are people nuts?!

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What Is Love?

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I’m not talking about love for children and friends. I’m talking about relationships. Can someone describe ‘being in love?’ For those of us (me) who are pretty sure we’ve never experienced it?

Is it even real?Seriously though…

How can you ‘love’ someone then want them dead at the divorce proceeding? acclaim

It’s just a construct to sell movies, weddings and chocolate…right?

Even some of the older folk I know who stay together for decades just seem less inclined to break a convenient habit more than anything.

What Say You?

Whisper in my confused ear below…