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Your Hat, Your Class..?

April 1, 2013
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Derbydefinition: 1) a horse race usually for three-year-old’s held annually; 2) a race or contest open to all comers; 3) a stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped top and narrow brim.

Man wearing bowler hat in 1916.

Man wearing bowler hat in 1916. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I saw this word and it’s third definition, it occurred to me that a Derby is the same thing as a Bowler hat. So why the two names? During my investigation I found a great post. http://indiansummervintage.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/34-bowler-vs-derby/   – as it happens the Derby is the American name and Bowler is the English name for the same style of hat. It was interesting to read that the type of hat you wore denoted which class you belonged to. A status symbol of hats!

This snippet of information is one I will file away for possible future use. The mention of the style of hat worn by a character will characterize his status.

 

 

 

Magritte_TheSonOfMan

Obviously we all know the most famous bowler hat images of many Magritte‘s paintings. They are clever depictions but at the same time slightly disturbing as we are unable to see a face.

I enjoy abstracts and post impressionist artist’s work the most but art is subjective and everyone has their own taste.

 

 

 

 

Horse Racing

Horse Racing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The other definition of horse racing, reminded me of a long weekend spent in Devon (England) with my brother and his friends. It was the first time I had actually attended a horse race, which is odd considering the nearest town to me growing up was Newbury, Berkshire. A well known race course and frequented by royalty and celebrities.

Our weekend in Devon was great fun and although I’m not a gambler I did manage to assist our host in winning. I chose the horse names and he placed the bets. We were treated to a very nice evening meal with his profits from the day.

Making the most of a long weekend…

August 8, 2012
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Image I am sure we all feel excited at the prospect of a long weekend. Plans are made ahead of time to squeeze in as much as possible with the ‘extra’ time afforded us. As you probably know, by now, my mind immediately thinks ‘extra writing time’.  This past weekend I enjoyed the company of an old friend over Friday night…but alas did not get one word written, the Olympics were the focus of the household. Now, it may seem strange to you, but as an expat from England, you would surely think I would be glued to the TV. Actually no and the answer is two-fold, firstly my husband has control of the TV remote 24/7…no its no word of a lie! And secondly, I am not a sporty person so although it is wonderful for the athletes to accomplish their dreams and patriotic pride is in full swing, I am happier lost in my own worlds.

So after a late breakfast I returned home, did a few household chores and then immersed myself into answering a string of emails and notifications. We all have social media ‘commitments’ and the trick is to set aside time to complete them. Not only is this important in formulating connections but it is also fun to comment and tweet.  Saturday evening I experimented with a new recipe – chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and cranberry encrusted goat cheese – it was good!

ImageSunday I attended a local arts event – Arts in the Plaza – with fellow Writers of Strathcona County members. The day was hot and humid and I was glad we at least had canopies to shade us. I contented myself with good conversation and reading a few chapters of a delightful book – The Map of Time by Felix de Palma. I also sold a copy of my children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare and signed it for the new owners.

With my ‘extra’ day I plunged into a full and final edit of my YA fantasy, The Rython Kingdom after receiving some editing from a good and expert friend. Then it was onto the book blurb – short and long versions, which are still in progress. I did however create a bio for my Smashwords page, which I can transfer once I am brave enough to download my fantasy.

What events filled your weekend, either short or long?

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