US Memorial Day Honoring our Vets that didn’t come home. May 31

 

ARLINGTON CEMETERY

1.
How many steps does the guard take during his
walk across the tomb of the Unknowns
and why?

21 steps:
It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which
is the highest honor given any
military or foreign dignitary.

2.
How long does he hesitate after his about face
to begin his return
walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number
1.

3.
Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all
the time and, if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5.
How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6.
What are the physical traits of the guard
limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he
must be between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and
his waist size cannot exceed 30.
They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot
drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of
their lives. They cannot swear in public for the
rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the
uniform or the tomb in any way.

After
two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that
is worn on their lapel signifying they
served as guard of the tomb. There are only
400 presently worn. The guard must obey
these rules for the rest of their lives or
give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles
to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
There are metal heel plates that extend to
the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as
they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards
dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor
watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175
notable people laid to rest in ArlingtonNationalCemetery.
A guard must memorize who they are and where
they are interred.

Among the notables are:
President Taft,
Joe Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most
decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington,DC, our
US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the
hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They
respectfully declined the offer, “No way, Sir!” Soaked to the skin,
marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that
guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be
afforded to a service person.

The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

Alias Grace – September 25, 2017 Canada CBC, Netflix

‘ALIAS GRACE’ TRAILER FOR   SARAH GADON MINI SERIES   (True Story)
While some of you are enjoying the new television version of The Handmaid’s Tale, another of Margaret Atwood‘s small screen adaptations ALIAS GRACE has just got the first trailer and first photos for the mini series that will launch September 25th at Netflix and CBC in Canada.
A 19TH CENTURY MYSTERY  circa 1843

The six part mini series follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted

Alias Grace

of the brutal murders of their employer and his housekeeper in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1843. Grace claimed to have had no memory of the murder yet the

Alias Grace

facts were irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tried to help Grace recall her past. Grace was one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of her time for her supposed role in the sensational

Alias Grace

double murder, but was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder or merely an

Alias Grace

 

unwitting accessory. Zachary Levi is also in the cast alongside Reign‘s Michael Therriault and Edward Holcroft as the doctor! Atwood has a cameo in the series!

  • Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past.

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https://youtu.be/_dAvOVVRMN8

When did Colin Morgan get so hot! Yeeowww

STARRING IN A MORE TRADITIONAL ROLE:

 COLIN MORGAN IS ‘WAITING FOR YOU’!
New roles for our fave British boys today, beginning with our dearest Colin Morgan who is, after Merlin, Humans and The Living and the Dead series, moving over to the big
screen in WAITING FOR YOU in which he stars next to Fanny Ardant!
The story revolves around Paul (Colin Morgan) whose father lies dying, delirious and in pain, hinting at something he lost, something taken from him by his former commanding officer in the British Army. After he passes away, the angry and grieving Paul heads to the South of France where he meets the mysterious Madeleine (Fanny Ardant) and unearths an extra ordinary secret that has lain hidden for several decades. The movie has already played on some of the European festivals. Colin is also set to star in THE HAPPY PRINCE Oscar Wilde biopic next to  Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett and Tom Wilkinson. He will play writer Alfred Douglas who was Wilde’s lover.

 

Reserve and Reticence – Part Sixteen

Sixteen – Looking For A Missing Boy

 

After it had become evident that the missing Oliver was not to be found on the Abbey grounds, a large party was assembled, consisting of all footmen and tenants, who were not immediately necessary to the estate’s adequate daily functioning. Their mission was to begin searching in an ever widening circle, starting from the Abbey grounds and through the fields and woodland surrounding the estate. Stephen explained this to the assembly in clear words.

“Last night, my son went to bed at his usual hour of nine o’ clock, as the maid assigned to my children’s personal needs has confirmed. Even if he managed to leave the Abbey right after that time, he cannot have roamed more than a couple of miles from the estate. No horse has been taken from the stables, and I cannot believe that any cart driver or coachman, that happened to be in the estate’s vicinities, would have picked him up without notifying me or without questioning the boy as to his reasons for being out that late alone. Therefore, we shall begin the search as I instructed and report back to my lady Brixton every two hours. She will be coordinating the search efforts.”

Beth, seated next to a very distressed Henrietta, calmly listened to her husband’s speech but inwardly, she was all turmoil. What could have been exchanged between father and son, the previous evening, that it had driven away a thirteen-year-old in fear? All sorts of horrible thoughts were assaulting her brain, such as the baron striking out at the boy or threatening him in some horrible way. Instantly, she chided herself for thinking so badly about the man she was married to, about Stephen, for Heaven’s sake! How could she? But then, a little voice in her head began reciting all the horrid things the Fentons had done to her family, and how vicious Beth herself had always thought Stephen to be. Although her heart screamed in disgust that she simply could not think in that way about the man she loved, her brain calmly summed up all Stephen’s mischief. She had to talk to him, she now realised. She had to talk to him, and it could not wait.

However, she had to wait until the evening before that talk could take place.

 

~~~~

 

Oliver Bradley-Fenton reached the outskirts of Manchester early in the morning, just as the sun began mounting above the rooftops. After a long run, way past the boundaries of Woolworth, he set foot toward the industrial town and was picked up by a band of gypsies heading North. They asked no questions, used as they were at being harassed by the English authorities. They just gave him a bowl of soup and the loan of a blanket against the chilly night air and took him along.

Now, after he said his farewells, he was tired and hungry, but those inconveniences did not bother him for the moment. What an adventure this was! He had escaped the wicked baron of Brixton Abbey, the haughty man who called himself a father but was, in fact, nothing but a tyrant and a bully. As Oliver began looking around to find his bearings, he recalled the conversation he had with Fenton the night before.

Oliver was no fool. He knew very well he could never inherit the baron’s title nor the Brixton estate. He was a bastard. The more vicious people in the village had branded him and his sister with that charming nickname as long as he remembered. It had never bothered him because his grandmother taught him it did not matter he had no legal descent as long as he strove to become a good person. Lineage meant nothing, Granny said, when you were a scoundrel with no pity for other people’s misfortunes. His so-called father was such a miscreant, Granny said, and Oliver should never make Fenton a role model. It was far more important that Oliver made a good life for himself and Lily. He needed to protect and love his sister, because it was much harder for girls to find a place in the world than for a strong and smart boy.

So, on that dreadful day, when Fenton took them away from Gran and brought them to the Abbey, Oliver swallowed his fear and anger. Even when he wanted nothing more than to thwart his so-called father, he understood all too well what advantages might be drawn from a connection to a rich and powerful noble like Fenton. Oliver would bide his time and learn as much as he could.

Then, Fenton married his governess, and everything was turned upside down because now Oliver was not sure he could trust Beth anymore. Oh, she still was good to him and Lily and she had nursed them through the chickenpox like a mother would, but she also did not spend all her time with them like she used to before she married the baron. No, Oliver was no fool at all. Once the couple would have a child of their own, he and Lily would be related to the background of Beth’s life.

The proof of all this became clear to Oliver when Fenton told him he was to go to Eton soon and learn all about Latin and Greek and other useless items. Afterwards, he was for Cambridge and had to learn about how to run an estate like some upgraded steward. He would do a full day’s work for a meagre salary, and all the major decisions would come from Fenton and his offspring. He could be cast out at any time or at the whim of the baron whenever the man fancied another servant to run the estate.

No, Oliver wanted to build a worthy life for himself. When Beth took them to Manchester to live with Mrs Oakham, Oliver once visited a cotton mill and was impressed by the sheer power and working of it. The mighty looms, clacking and humming, and handled by the weavers, enchanted him. He wanted to be a part of that.  He planned to start at the bottom of the chain and work his way up, until he was an overseer and run the shed all by himself. Maybe, he would rise even further! Dreams were great, and Oliver wanted to live his dream to the full.

Yet, when he mentioned – very cautiously, mind – to Fenton that he wanted something other than becoming a steward, the baron rudely cut him off and became angry. In very clear terms, Fenton stated Oliver was to obey the baron’s orders without any protest or he would be chastised until he did. There was always the military, the baron told Oliver, to bend a rebellious spirit into submission. Oliver was to have no doubts the baron would buy him a commission in some faraway barracks if necessary.

At that precise moment, Oliver knew he would always hate Fenton and never, ever submit to him.

 

VICTORIA S2 – First Look

VICTORIA epic series released today to celebrate Victoria’s Day. It shows a scene from the
christening of Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) and prince Albert’s (Tom Hughes) first child that was born at the end of the first season.
The second season will see her expand her family with new babies (she had nine kids in total) while trying to balance family life with her royal duties in mid 1800’s. Prince Albert is, meanwhile, still struggling to find a suitable role for himself in their marriage and in the kingdom. VICTORIA will also face the Irish potato blight of 1845, where more than a million people died and people hated her calling her the famine queen cause she donated just 2000 pounds. When it returns this Autumn, with eight episodes plus a two hour Christmas special, VICTORIA will also have some new actors in the cast, Diana Rigg as the new Duchess at court and Victoria’s new Mistress of the Robes and Martin Compston to name two. David Oakes returns as everybody’s favourite charmer Prince Earnest, Albert’s brother.

 

A Suitable Boy 2018

INDIA SET ‘A SUITABLE BOY’!
If you loved Jewel in the Crown and Indian Summers, Indian settings will be seen in the eight part adaptation of Vikram Seth‘s A SUITABLE BOY with an entirely non-white cast! Set in the 1950’s it follows a young woman’s search for love and identity in a newly independent India. Lata is growing up in northern India. Her mother is determined to find her a husband, but after her sister’s arranged marriage, Lata is not convinced she wants the same path. Torn between duty to her family and the excitement of romance, Lata embarks on an epic journey of love, desire and heartache as three very different suitors vie for her hand. Her choice will play out against the tumultuous political backdrop of India at a crossroads, looking towards its first independent general election and carving out its own destiny. Almost 1400 pages long saga will be helmed by War and PeaceAndrew Davies.
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Wonder Woman 2017 – US June 02, 2017

CONQUER THE WORLD THIS JUNE
Just two more weeks before cinemas around the world open their doors and screens for the first solo movie outing of legendary WONDER WOMAN and today we’ll feed you with everything you need to know about the film before you rush to the theatres! First reviews and impressions have been over whelmingly positive, calling the movie absolutely stunning, brilliant and amazing, funny and massively entertaining! The predictions for the opening weekend earnings range from $80 to well over $100 million and it remains to be seen what success WONDER WOMAN will score given the rather modest marketing she got from the studio compared to their other superhero flicks.

 

PRINCESS OF AMAZONS
Diana, princess of the Amazons, played by Gal Gadot, was raised on a sheltered island and trained to be an unconquerable fighter. After an American pilot Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine) crashes on the island and tells her about  a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home to try to stop the war convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…  and her true destiny!

 

THE LADIES OF THEMYSCIRA
 As you know Connie Nielsen will be her mother, Amazonian Queen Hippolita, a revolutionary leader, who struggles to shelter her only daughter from the outside world. Robin Wright is Diana’s aunt Antiope, who trains Wonder Woman to fight preparing her to deal with that world. Lisa Loven Kongsli is Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe! This trio of immortals is responsible for both raising and training Diana, the only child born on the mythical isle, but they don’t always agree!

 

THE BOYS AND THE VILLAINS

Diana’s love interest  Steve Trevor is played by Chris Pine, he is captain from the United States Army Air Service, roguish, cynical realist who’s seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization, but he is a worldly, charming guy! Danny Huston plays General Erich Ludendorff, an ambitious and iron fisted general of the German Army during World War I, while David Thewlis is Ares: The treacherous son of Zeus (who is also Diana’s father) and god of War, who masquerades as Sir Patrick Morgan an advocate for peace on the war council, but seeks to destroy humanity. Elena Anaya is Doctor Maru  or Doctor Poison: A mad scientist who is associated with General Ludendorff and specializes in chemistry such as poisons. Lucy Davis plays Etta Candy, Steve Trevor’s comical but loyal and friendly secretary who befriends Diana. Ewen Bremner is Charlie: A heavy-drinking sharpshooter, who’s already had a tour of duty and has post-traumatic stress disorder, an ally of Steve Trevor.

WONDERLICIOUS MOVIE FACTS
After she finishes her solo adventure this June, Diana of Themyscira will also lead the cast later this November in DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE movie!  The movie will have three settings with the second part of the movie set in War World One London, and the third part in modern days. Before Gal Gadot got the role, Élodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko have also auditioned! Gorgeous super model Doutzen Kroes will appear in the movie as the Amazon Venelia while writer and director Zack Snyder has a cameo as a WW1 soldier! Pop star Sia will sing the lead song for the movie To Be Human! Director Patty Jenkins has announced a possibility of a sequel!