Making an exhibition of myself (and others)

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Today’s guest picture was sent to me from Edinburgh by Bruce.  He was trying to see what it felt like to be noble by standing on the bridge of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Royal Yacht

The first business of the day was to go to the Town Hall and hope that everyone who had promised to be part of our photo exhibition turned up.  We didn’t all manage to make it but enough of us were there to hang up sixty photographs and the two missing photographers appeared later in the day so that the walls were full.

This is the third year that we have put on this show and our only disappointment is that we haven’t managed to persuade  the many others in Langholm who take photos all the time to come and show their work too.  Part of the problem is that you have to have enough confidence that…

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Ukrainian official: Five militants killed in attack on border guard base in Luhansk

DONETSK, Ukraine (CNN) — Five militants were killed in the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Monday after they took part in a large coordinated assault on a border guard base, an official at the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service told CNN.

Also Monday, the White House announced Vice President Joe Biden would lead a U.S. delegation to Ukraine to attend the inauguration of Petro Poroshenko as president on Saturday.

The attacks in Luhansk began early Monday when least 100 militants tried to storm the border unit on the southern edge of the city, said Oleg Slobodyan, the spokesman for the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service.

The guards repulsed the first few attacks, but then the militants changed positions and began to shoot from inside nearby buildings where local people live, Slobodyan said, adding that the attackers weren’t letting residents out of their homes.

He said border guards were…

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Bookish Cinema: Far from the Madding Crowd (1915)

A Small Press Life: Books. Art. Writing. Life. Tea.

A 1916 advert for the 1915 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s first successful novel,  Far from the Madding Crowd:

Far from the Madding Crowd AdvertFar from the Madding Crowd Advert

It featured early film favourite, Florence Turner. She was a wildly popular star who first came to public notice as, simply, The Vitagraph Girl.  By the time she acted in Far from the Madding Crowd (which was made for her own production company), she had well over 100 screen credits to her name. No copy of this film is known to be extant.

« Misfortune is a fine opiate to personal terror. »-Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

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« Your body is your barbell: » No gym, just gravity

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — No gym. Just gravity. That’s the message BJ Gaddour is trying to get across to people. He’s the author of the new book, « You body is your barbell. » He joined the Studio A team on Monday, June 2nd.

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