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I like to use my BLOGS to keep my friends informed of the daily Mess(es) that are going on with us and adding items of interest others might find enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Bret

Coast Guard to the RESCUE!
Posted:Oct 17, 2017 7:34 pm
Last Updated:Oct 18, 2017 2:36 am

KUDOS to Her Majesty's Coast Guard who deviated from a training mission to rescue a family pet.

A dog that was being swept out to sea has been safely rescued after being spotted by a coastguard helicopter in training.

The UK coastguard was alerted to the cockapoo in difficulty in the Moray Firth at Cummingston, on the north-east coast of Scotland, at 10.45am on Sunday.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said their search and rescue helicopter based at Inverness, which was training in the area at the time, was quickly able to locate the pet.

The crew then alerted the Moray inshore rescue boat crew, based at Findhorn, who went the aid of the animal.

An MCA spokesman said: “They pulled the dog onto the boat and returned it to its owners who were waiting on shore with the Burghead coastguard rescue team.“In a few minutes the rescue was over and the coastguard helicopter returned to its Sunday training session.”
Posted:Oct 16, 2017 6:00 pm
Last Updated:Oct 17, 2017 6:55 pm

A two-story, "Star Wars"-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud.

Nick Meyer has built a replica four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, nearly as tall as his Parma home.

Meyer tells he used wood, hard foam and plastic barrels. He says he enjoys the "Star Wars" movies but isn't a fanatic and simply thought the display would be unique.

Sex Doll Brothel
Posted:Oct 15, 2017 7:31 pm
Last Updated:Oct 17, 2017 7:03 pm

The world’s first sex doll brothel has been bombarded with sick requests from perverts who want to act out "R" fantasies and even pedophile abuse.

Owner Sergi Prieto boasts he “caters for all” preferences but he has been forced to turn some people away because of their disturbing desires. Lumidolls first opened close to the tourist hot spot Las Ramblas but was forced to move after protests from locals. Its secret location elsewhere in the city is only revealed to paying customers who get in touch online.

Sergi co-founded the Lumidolls bordello, which opened in Barcelona earlier this year offering to fulfil men’s “wildest fantasies” with lifelike sex dolls from $89 a session. Visitors are welcomed into a candlelit room where they can watch pornography with the doll for a “unique experience.”

The company says: “With Lumidolls, customers can perform any of their sexual fantasies they do not dare to do with a woman. “Tell us how you want to encounter your doll, what kind of clothes you want her to wear and in what position she should be.”

He told the Daily Star Online “business is booming” as tourists flock there from all over the world — but some vile requests have have got out of hand.Sergi, 72, said: “Some customers prefer the service because they have a "R" fantasy.


100 Years Ago Today
Posted:Oct 14, 2017 7:34 pm
Last Updated:Oct 17, 2017 7:08 pm

Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, on August 7, 1876, to father Adam Zelle, and mother Antje Zelle, who fell ill and died when Mata Hari was 15 years old. Following her mother's death, Mata Hari and her three brothers were split up and sent to live with various relatives.

At an early age, Mata Hari decided that sexuality was her ticket in life. In the mid-1890s, she boldly answered a newspaper ad seeking a bride for Rudolf MacLeod, a bald, mustachioed military captain based in the Dutch East Indies. By the early 1900s, Mata Hari's marriage had deteriorated. Her husband fled with their daughter, and Mata Hari moved to Paris. There, she became the mistress of a French diplomat who helped her hatch the idea of supporting herself as a dancer.

All things "Oriental" were the fad in the Paris of 1905. The time seemed ripe for Mata Hari's exotic looks and the "temple dance" she created by drawing on cultural and religious symbolism that she had picked up in the Indies.

Mata Hari took the Paris saloons by storm, then moved on to the bright lights of other cities. Along the way, she helped turn the striptease into an art form and captivated critics. Although she daringly bared her buttocks—then considered the most tittilating part of the anatomy—she was modest about her breasts, generally keeping them covered with brassiere-styled beads. Completing her dramatic transformation from military wife to siren of the East, she coined her stage name, "Mata Hari," which means "eye of the day" in Indonesian dialect.

Now nearing 40, plumpish and with her dancing days clearly behind her, Mata Hari fell in love with a 21-year-old Russian captain, Vladimir de Masloff, in 1916. During their courtship, Masloff was sent to the Front, where an injury left him blind in one eye. Determined to earn money to support him, Mata Hari accepted a lucrative assignment to spy for France from Georges Ladoux, an army captain who assumed her courtesan contacts would be of use to French intelligence.

Mata Hari later insisted that she planned to use her connections to seduce her way into the German high command, get secrets and hand them over to the French—but she never got that far. She met a German attaché and began tossing him bits of gossip, hoping to get some valuable information in return. Instead, she got named as a German spy in communiqués he sent to Berlin—which were promptly intercepted by the French. . Some historians believe that the Germans suspected Mata Hari was a French spy and subsequently set her up, deliberately sending a message falsely labeling her as a German spy—which they knew would be easily decoded by the French. Others, of course, believe that she was in fact a German double agent. In any case, the French authorities arrested Mata Hari for espionage in Paris on February 13, 1917.

They threw her in a rat-infested cell at the Prison Saint-Lazare, where she was allowed to see only her elderly lawyer—who happened to be a former lover. The military tribunal deliberated for less than 45 minutes before returning a guilty verdict. "It's impossible, it's impossible," Mata Hari exclaimed, upon hearing the decision.

Mata Hari was executed by firing squad on October 15, 1917. Dressed in a blue coat accented by a tri-corner hat, she had arrived at the Paris execution site with a minister and two nuns and, after bidding them farewell, walked briskly to the designated spot. She then turned to face the firing squad, waved away her blindfold and blew the soldiers a kiss. She was killed in an instant when their multiple gunshots exploded as one.

Mystery continues to surround Mata Hari's life and alleged double agency, and her story has become a legend that still piques curiosity. Her life has spawned numerous biographies and cinematic portrayals, including, most famously, the 1931 film Mata Hari, starring Greta Garbo as the courtesan-dancer and Ramon Novarro as Lieutenant Alexis Rosa

You Probably Survived
Posted:Oct 13, 2017 7:34 pm
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 6:53 pm

If you're reading this then you have probably survived the il-fated Friday the 13th. The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: "triskaidekaphobia"; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen").

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus' last supper and crucifixion" in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday. While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.

Gioachino Rossini,

An early documented reference in English occurs in Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th:
He [Rossini] was surrounded to the last by admiring friends; and if it be true that, like so many Italians, he regarded Fridays as an unlucky day and thirteen as an unlucky number, it is remarkable that on Friday 13th of November he passed away.

It is possible that the publication in 1907 of Thomas W. Lawson's popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth, contributed to disseminating the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.

A suggested origin of the superstition—Friday, 13 October 1307, the date Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar—may not have been formulated until the 20th century. It is mentioned in the 1955 Maurice Druon historical novel The Iron King (Le Roi de fer), John J. Robinson's 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry, Dan Brown's 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy (2006).

At any rate there you have the whole Friday the 13th legacy for your understanding, knowledge, and appreciation.

666 to HEL
Posted:Oct 13, 2017 6:12 pm
Last Updated:Oct 17, 2017 7:11 pm

Fearless flyers will laugh in the face of superstition today when they board the last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th. Travelling on the “unluckiest day of the year” could save you some bucks, but a journey straight to HEL on the 13th hour of the superstitious date is one flight most would probably like to avoid.

Nordic airline Finnair has flown brave passengers from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki, Finland, on Friday the 13th since 2006. However, today will be the last time Flight 666 flies to Hel, as the airline has decided to retire the flight number.

“As of October 29, some of our flight numbers in our network will change and our AY666 flight from Copenhagen to Helsinki will change to AY954.

“In 11 years, we’ve flown 21 times the AY666 flight to HEL on Friday the 13th.”

Thankfully, veteran pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto says he is not superstitious or scared about flying on Friday the 13th.

“It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” he said previously.

“I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me.

“If there's some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.”

Flight 666 is set to depart from the Danish capital at 1:20pm and is scheduled to arrive in Helsinki shortly before 4pm.

GOOD NEWS!! They landed safely and right on time!
Iowa Bucket List
Posted:Oct 12, 2017 5:42 pm
Last Updated:Oct 14, 2017 12:37 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says a man pulled over in Des Moines after a car pursuit told state troopers that he wanted to be chased because it was on his bucket list.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the man refused to halt a little before 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a trooper tried to stop him over a violation on Interstate 80. The 10- to 15-minute chase ended soon after he left the interstate. He was taken into custody.

That's when the 46-year-old Des Moines resident shared his bucket list story with troopers. Court records don't yet show that he's been charged.

State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright told The Associated Press that he'd never heard such an excuse in his 28 years of policing.
Save Some Coins
Posted:Oct 11, 2017 8:51 pm
Last Updated:Oct 17, 2017 7:06 pm

With the price of pork shoulder roasts being so low. (Here just 77 cents a pound) I thought I'd give you a tasty alternative that JD loves for me to make.

I chunk out the boneless end of the roast removing any excess fat much to Ruby's delight as she observes my actions closely. (probably about 1 1/2 pounds)

I then add a teaspoon of cornstarch, a good shake of Steak & Burger Seasoning and a good shake of Chili powder. You may ajust the seasonings to suit your tastes.

I dice up half a large onion (1/2 cup-ish)

and a large juicy apple.

I scatter the apple and onion across the top of the meat chunks with a generous tablespoon of brown sugar then bake slowly for an hour in a 325 degree oven.

If the aroma doesn't drive you nuts with anticipation this autumn treat will fulfill your every expectation.

I served it up with baked potato sided with peas & carrots in an herbed butter sauce.
Poor Rosie...
Posted:Oct 10, 2017 7:53 pm
Last Updated:Oct 11, 2017 8:12 pm

Just when I think I get to settle down and cuddle up to watch some TV with JD.

Rosie seems to think it's time for some horseplay with one of her toys.

Next thing there's a yip and a yipe.. and she won't let me see what's wrong.....

until I STEP on it....she knocked out a tooth!

Soooo... It's 9 pm here she'll just have to wait and see what the tooth fairy does......

Do they leave the usual coin of the realm legal tender?????

or doggy nummies???

before I can take her into the Vet tomorrow.

Gawd do I NEED a drink tonight.
From the Other Day.....
Posted:Oct 10, 2017 5:23 pm
Last Updated:Oct 15, 2017 6:54 pm

Many of you remember my HOT pepper blog from a few days ago.... Hot Topic

and YOU ALL KNOW I would never ever stoop to fabrication, conjecture, falsehoods, prevarication, or innuendo especially when it comes to one of my dearest un-named friends out in Calipornia.

HOWEVER... It seems old BiBBzie has disappeared after consuming some of those hot peppers..

for a Utoob video stunt


I swear... It's the TRUTH!

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