Sunday, May 31, 2015

hottest new Italian actress

Caterina Moranti

jpr: looks very much like one of my sisters-in-law

The Crannogs of Ancient Ireland

The forts were not the only type of dwelling , some people lived on crannogs : artificial islands in the middle of the lake or in bogs. These islands were built up with different materials, usually peat and brushwood, but logs, stones, straw, rushes and animal bones were also used. The crannog would then have be fenced around with timbers.

Two hundred crannogs have been found in Ireland, but only some of these sites have been excavated, two of these are at Lough Gara and Ballinderry Lough.

Each crannog seems to have been the home of one family rather than a group of families. The inhabitants were probably farmers. Their lands would be on the shores of the lakes on which the crannog was built. Pathways were sometimes built from the land out to the crannog, but canoes made from hollowed-out tree trunks were the chief means of transport. The crannogs were damp and the moisture of the ground has preserved many objects. Archaeologists have found wood and leather objects and even the remains of fabric. Objects that were used in the smelting of bronze and iron have also been discovered and it seems that the inhabitants of the crannog made all their weapons and tools.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pileated woodpecker nest

jpr: This woodpecker is a rare bird. Had me a pair of adults and a juvenile in my back feild.

End of The Love Lock?

Paris, the city of love , is about to end  one of its ‘love  traditions.’  Couples have  been demonstrating their love by affixing padlocks with their initials on them  to the Pont des Arts bridge before throwing the key into the River Seine.  A million locks weighing 45 tonnes caused a partial collapse of the bridge.  The  city begins cutting them off on Monday. Ce l vie -- ce l’amour.

Heaven and Hell

Heaven Is Where:

The French are the chefs
The Italians are the lovers
The British are the police
The Germans are the mechanics
And the Swiss make everything run on time

Hell is Where:

The British are the chefs
The Swiss are the lovers
The French are the mechanics
The Italians make everything run on time
And the Germans are the police

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hey. Rome, Listening?

Been pondering the overwhelming Irish vote in support of gay marriage. Read some comments by prominent Irish intellectuals.  Why the most Catholic country in the world would reject the will of the Church in vast numbers, across all counties, but one, all classes, city and rural, educated and not?  And why this blatant anti church issue?  The answer -- payback for the church’s abuse of power; sexual, financial, in the national schools they ran, in their slave labor orphanages. in the murder of 1,000’s of newborns dumped in pits and more.  The vote has little to do with gay rights and everything to do with removing the church from secular life.  Good news.

the flower cereustryx

jpr: considered by some as the most beautiful flower!

Ode to a Baby

A bit of talcum
Is always walcum.

~~ Ogden Nash

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New Baby Names, 2014

Interesting new names recorded by the Gov't in 2014. Five baby boys were named Dagger, five were named Renegade. Six boys were named Kaliber and another six named Bulut. Seven daughters were christened Roket.  Billion was given to five boys for the first time last year, Million  to 11 boys and Amillion was given to 11 babies of both genders. Lay is the new name for seven little girls, Sadman for five boys and, disturbingly, Swastik for seven boys.   Five little girls got the name Knowledge, and five little boys have been given the name Legendary at birth. Just amazing ---- what can you even say.

Polly Shannon

Seen in Tom Selleck TV movies. Very fine actress.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Early Roman peace symbol

The anti-nuclear emblem, aka peace symbolst is reported to be a reuse of the sign of St. Peter crucified upside-down. The inverted crucifix was known for centuries as the‘nero cross’ from the roman reign of the emperor nero (54-68 A.D.)

the world's shortest poem..."Fleas"

Had 'em.

~~Ogden Nash

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Another for JP's Gallery

Roxane Duran, 22, is a rising French actor of Spanish and Austrian Parents.  Watch for her.


Science suggests that when you smile, whether you feel happy or not, your mood will be elevated. So smile!

Monday, May 25, 2015

flowers for sale on mother's day

Two young girls (ages 8 & 9) were going about the neighborhood asking, "do you want to buy a flower?" They were carrying two boxes.

"What kind of flowers do you have?" I asked.

"Dandelions!" They answered as the smaller girl open the larger box for inspection.

"I'll take one for my dog." Says I while walking my brute on a  field.covered with the things.

"How much are they?" I asked.

"25 cents each!" The little one replied.

I gave the larger child one dollar which she put in the smaller box. (Lot's of bucks in there.)

I was given three little flowers. That's a dollar!: The elder child stated.

"Hey!" Complained I. "Thought they were 25 cents each!"

"25 cents for one, 50 cents for two, and three for a dollar!" The older child declared.

This child will assuredly work for the government when she grows up.

soul cake

A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry,
A soul cake, a soul cake,
Please, good missus, a soul cake.
One for Peter, two for Paul,
And three for Him that made us all.

A Soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Saints Day or All Souls' Day to celebrate the dead. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who would go from door to door on Hallowmas singing and saying prayers for the dead. Each cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern Trick or Treating.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Another Useless Factoid

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure, Annegret Raunigk had three boys and a girl by
Caesarean section at a Berlin hospital on Tuesday. They were born prematurely at 26 weeks but have a "good chance of surviving". Annegret Raunigk, a single mother, already has 13 children and seven grandchildren, and is the world's oldest woman to have quadruplets. Is it just me or is something very wrong here?

My hero section

Johnathan Goldsmith......he captures the male ego perfectly!

He learned his distinctive accent from his friend and sailing partner, Fernando Llamas

George Carlin

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born in Manhattan, the second son of Mary Beary, a secretary, and Patrick Carlin, a national advertising manager for the New York Sun. Carlin was of Irish descent and was raised a Roman Catholic

some of his quotes:

Always do whatever's next.

At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

One can never know for sure what a deserted area looks like.

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.

Friday, May 22, 2015


May flowers ...are there any better??

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Not just for Church anymore.

Beautiful Maxx

Got this dog as a pup about 18 years ago.  Hyper as any Aussie could be but true blue, teachable, and a loved member of the family for always. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

brain scan

Studies of jpr's cranium show his conscious level motivations. However some topics have been shown to be more persistent than others.

Famke Janssen

The lady proves their is beauty in middle age.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You cannot get a deal like this in the Big East!!!

got me two pretty good used tires, $30 each (plus terbacky surcharge).  savings:  next months rent.


Yes Yes Yes!

Do's you знать the улица address of the special yummy очень вкусный, приятный womans?

Beautiful Woman from Yakovlev & Aleeva

Seem's there is more of Russia then vodka.

stone worshiping in Appalachia

don't watch this!

Monday, May 18, 2015

painting from a mirror


  • The left handed Bacchus suggests the reflection of a live actor onto a canvas prior to painting.

painting with a mirror

This is a painting with a mirror, not a painting from a mirror. Old masters made paintings from an image reflected from a mirror onto a canvas!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

St. Columba

Saint Columba (Irish:'church dove' 7 December 521 – 9 June 597) a contemporary of St. Columbanus, was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, then part of Ireland, in order to convert the Picts of northern Scotland.  The abbey became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. Columba is credited with many miracles.

Another Useless Factoid

Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame, and countless other popular works, was actually Sgt. Roddenberry,  LAPD, retired.  He began his writing career while a serving police officer, penning several episodes of Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford.  Who knew.

St Columbanus

In the  6th century, Europe was in decline with the loss of the Roman Empire. It was said no scholar could there be found. An Irish monk arrived and founded monasteries in France and Italy. The scholastic, medicinal, and instructional practices of the Irish came with him.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Slow TV, Great News

Iceland has joined the trend for "slow television" by broadcasting 24 hours of live lambing. The national public broadcaster invited viewers to tune in from the comfort of their sofas, as sheep at a farm in the northern region welcomed their new arrivals. The lamb-athon was inspired by famous slow TV broadcasts in Norway, including sheep-shearing, knitting marathons, 12 hours of wood burning, and 130 hours of  a cruise ship sailing up the Norwegian coast.  BBC announced it was getting in on the act, with a series of slow TV broadcasts of a two-hour canal journey, and a three-hour tour of the National Gallery without voiceover or extra sound effects.  Anything beats ‘real house wives, honey boo-boo, the Kardashians, etc.’

The bog

A bog is a wet land, but this wetland is a very deceptive place. Although it can look (and sometimes feel) like land (perhaps with some small ponds or pools of water dotting the land, as well); in fact, it is more like a spongy "floating carpet" of land. Underneath the surface, the bog is full of water--about 90-95% water. Bogs are primarily composed of water and peat (which is decaying plants)

A Prayer by Anne Bronte

My God (oh, let me call Thee mine,
Weak, wretched sinner though I be),
My trembling soul would fain be Thine;
My feeble faith still clings to Thee.

Not only for the Past I grieve,
The Future fills me with dismay;                              
Unless Thou hasten to relieve,
Thy suppliant is a castaway.

I cannot say my faith is strong,
I dare not hope my love is great;
But strength and love to Thee belong;
Oh, do not leave me desolate!

I know I owe my all to Thee;
Oh, TAKE the heart I cannot give!
Do Thou my strength--my Saviour be,
And MAKE me to Thy glory live. --

Friday, May 15, 2015

That's Some Fish.

British fishing trailer's crew got a surprise when they found a 7 foot, 131 pound ell in their nets.  But its only the second largest on record. 


Rising French Actor.

A Legend Passes


The Irish Bridgets

The young women who emigrated from Ireland between 1840 and 1930 were called “The Irish Bridgets.” Irish Immigrant Womenworked in Domestic Service.

Most Americans during that time period only employed one servant, and that was a ‘maid of all work.’ She worked 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking care of their homes and their children.

Some of these maids were as young as 13 years of age.

snapping turtle

The modern snapping turtle evolved over 40 million years ago, while anatomically modern humans emerged only 200,000 years ago. Snapping turtles hung out with dinosaurs, but they're not closely related at all.

jpR: Saw my first snapper Of the year in vernal pool this early a.m.

Blake Lively

See the film Elvis and Anabele!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

clonycavan man

Another bogman found in Ireland, 2003 who had been ritualistically executed.
 This iron age young man wore hair gel!

Most popular Italian Actresses

Laura Antonelli (born 1941)
Gina Lollobrigida (born 1927)                      
delia sacla
Sophia Loren (born 1934)
Anna Magnani (1908–1973)
Silvana Mangano (1930–1989)
Laura Morante (born 1957)
Caterina Murino (born 1977)
Stefania Sandrelli (born 1946)
Delia Scala (1929–2004)

Mag went bankrupt shortly after this issue

this is one of the more flattering pix I found of her

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Daily aphorism from the Aphorist of the Millenium

"The Last thing I want to do is to hurt you; but its still on the list."

order of the golden ratio

  1. From the  geometry of ancient Greece , a golden rectangle is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio, 1.618. The formation of this ratio is considered by some to be a governing force in the universe.
  2. jpr: i have two flower beds in this ratio of width to height!

Emma Thompson

Simply a great actress!