Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stanley and Livingstone

In a post from last week, I related how my habit of watching movies from the 1930's and 40's on Youtube had introduced me to the novelist George Agnew Chamberlain. At the time of that writing, I had been able to find only one (free) ebook of Chamberlain's work - Through Stained Glass - and had read 20% of that novel on Kindle. Having finished Through Stained Glass, I am not nearly as impressed with the novel as I was at the 20% marker.

I mentioned in the same post that I had downloaded two novels by Jack London, The Call of the Wild and White Fang. I've finished reading The Call of the Wild, having thoroughly enjoyed the ebook.

A few days back, I watched the 1939 classic film, Stanley and Livingstone starring Spencer Tracy. The wikipedia article regarding the film says that it's "based loosely upon the true story of Welsh reporter Sir Henry M. Stanley's quest to find Dr. David Livingstone". No truer words have ever appeared on wikipedia than the words "based loosely".

After watching the film, I downloaded Henry Stanley's book, How I Found Livingstone from the Project Gutenberg website. I haven't finished reading this one yet, but so far, the only similarity I can find between the book and the film is that both have a character named Stanley who travels to Africa to look for Dr. Livingstone. Other than that, I don't believe the script writers actually read a single page of Stanley's book.

At the beginning of the film, Stanley is found among the Indians in Wyoming and returns to New York city to meet the publisher of the New York Herald newspaper. In the novel, Stanley is in Spain, the publisher in Paris. In the film, there is a rivalry between the Herald publisher and the publisher of the London Globe. No such rivalry exists in the book. Do I even need to mention the love interest created just for the movie?

The characters portrayed by Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene and Walter Brennan do not appear in the novel and were created out of whole cloth for the film.

If one enjoys movies from the 1930's, Stanley and Livingstone is entertaining, if one doesn't require 100% accuracy in your "historical" films. Stanley's book might be entertaining for those interested in history of the 1870s.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Inside the Sibulan Market

Last Tuesday, I posted a few photos taken inside Sibulan's public market. That was the day after the feast of St. Anthony of Padua and the Lechonpalooza. Consequently, there wasn't much activity going on in the area of the market where pork is sold.

Nearly a week has passed, and I was sure no one had any left over Lechon Baboy, so there'd surely be pork hanging in the market today.

It was a little after 7:00 when I dropped by the market this AM to buy a half kilo of ground pork. There was plenty of pork displayed. This wasn't the busiest day I've seen there, but I was able to get in a few shots.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 19 Gardening Update

The top photo is of an area of our property, taken a month ago after we had finished putting up our fence and just a few days before the return of the rains. The 2nd photo was taken yesterday; although the camera angles aren't identical, it is of the same general area and shows the results of the rainfall we received in the past few days. The eggplants that my wife's Papa planted are doing quite well - as are the surrounding weeds.

The third photo is of my beloved butternut squash, which also seems to be doing well.

The problem, of course is that now that the rains have returned, the unwanted weeds will begin to take over if something isn't done. As Barney Fife said, "This calls for action now! Nip it in the bud!"

Using a hoe is out of the question for an old fart like your's truly. The solution usually taken here is to put a goat or two on the problem. I'll be looking into that.

Friday, June 17, 2016

On the Streets

On my walk to the market in Sibulan this morning, I came upon this group of puppies sleeping in the road. I didn't see any sign of a mother; I don't know if these dogs belong to someone or if they're feral. It's not uncommon for folks here to allow their dogs to wander about.

Some reading this may view this as cruelty - callous indifference to the fate of these animals. Some may even be surprised that dogs could be treated in such a manner.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, considering that human beings are treated in the same callous and indifferent way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

London’s Muslim Mayor Bans Sexy Women In Advertisements

From the Daily Caller:
London’s Muslim Mayor Bans Sexy Women In Advertisements -

"Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, announced Monday that 'body shaming' advertisements will no longer be allowed in London’s public transport".

One wonders if the motive behind this ban is "feminism" or Islam.

I suppose he's just one step away from requiring women to dress like his wife.