In Memory of Queen Fabiola of Belgium (1928-2014)

One year ago, Her Majesty, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, died.  Her death, while anticipated due to continuing health problems associated with age, left a loss that still feels painful for Belgium, even after a full year. Yet, for the people of Belgium, this was a life to celebrate, not in the partying sense, but with a feeling a gratitude, grateful that this woman who came from Spain would step up to the plate, and serve her adopted country & leave the world a better place. She did that, and did it well.

MARRIAGE OF KING BAUDOUIN TO FABIOLA de MORA y ARAGON
15 December 1960–Cathedral of St. Michael & St. Gudula

It was a Royal Marriage that would last until the unexpected death of the King in 1993. From images we see via the Internet, they seemed to be always in support of one another. Never did I read of any discontent. Instead, they seemed made for each other in a way that is almost beyond contemporary understanding. My interest in Belgium & their Royal Family has been long-term, and it is my hope that this simple tribute, in words & visuals, demonstrates the positive impact that this woman from Spain had on many lives.

She was born in Madrid, 11 June 1928, in the Palacio Zurbano. She was no stranger to being high born. Yet, from her earliest days, she seemed to have a strong instinct to provide care for others, eventually entering training to become a nurse.

The ironic sadness was that she could not have children of her own. After 5 miscarriages, it became clear that the Throne of Belgium would pass to the King’s younger brother & his wife, Prince Albert & Princess Paola.

HERE WE SEE SCENES OF THEM FULFILLING PUBLIC DUTIES DURING THEIR TIME TOGETHER AS KING & QUEEN OF BELGIUM

 

After the death of the King, Her Majesty graciously took a more minor role in Royal Duties, in order not to overshadow her Sister-in-Law, the New Queen, Paola.

She quietly came “into her own” despite the “Dowager” status of being a Widowed Queen. She was fun-loving & mixed well with younger people, seeming to gain a strength & energy from them. In her later years, some deranged person posed death threats to Queen Fabiola, stating his intention to kill her with his bow & arrow. In response to the uproar over this, she publicly held up an Apple, in reference to the Legend of William Tell. Her sense of timing was better than his, and she won legions of new fans by this action.

QUEEN FABIOLA, THE FUNNIEST MEMBER OF THE BELGIAN ROYAL FAMILY

As with us all, this thing called life must come to an end. She died @ Stuyvenger Castle, Laeken, Belgium 5 December 2014. Her funeral was attended by people from all over the world. Royal families representing nearly all the remaining Monarchies of Europe were in attendance, except the House of Windsor & the Princely House of Grimaldi. Such absence was inexcusable.

Further Tribute of Funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Fabiola


Lyrics to Traditional Spanish Folk Song

Salve Rociera

Dios te salve María
del Rocío señora,
Luna, Sol, Norte y Guía
y pastora celestial.

Dios te salve María
todo el pueblo te adora
y repite a porfía:
como tú no hay otra igual.

Olé, olé, olé…
al Rocío yo quiero volver
a cantarle a la Virgen con fe
con un
olé, olé, olé…

Dios te salve María
manantial de dulzura,
a tus pies noche y día
te venimos a rezar.

Dios te salve María
un rosal de hermosura
eres tú madre mía
de pureza virginal.

Olé, olé, olé…
al Rocío yo quiero volver
a cantarle a la Virgen con fe
con un
olé, olé, olé…

Olé, olé, olé…
al Rocío yo quiero volver
a cantarle a la Virgen con fe
con un
olé, olé, olé…

TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH…

Hail From The Rocío

Hail Mary,
lady from el Rocío,
Moon, Sun, North and Guide
and celestial pastor.

Hail Mary,
all the people adore you,
and repeat incessantly,
like you there isn’t any other.

Olé, olé, olé…
To el Rocío I want to go back,
to sing to the Virgin with faith
with one
olé, olé, olé…

Hail Mary,
spring of sweetness,
at your feet night and day,
we come to pray to you.

Hail Mary
a rosebush of beauty
you are my mother
of virginal purity.

Olé, olé, olé…
To el Rocío I want to go back,
to sing to the Virgin with faith
with one
olé, olé, olé…

Olé, olé, olé…
To el Rocío I want to go back,
to sing to the Virgin with faith
with one
olé, olé, olé…

To end with these stunning & simple photographic tributes.

May Queen Fabiola, the Queen of all the Belgians, remain in their hearts forever & May she rest in Eternal Peace, Amen.

 

“What a fetid, stinking, scummy, crappy, little world this is!”–Princess Melita Bonaparte-Film Noir Day Two Continued

“Film me in the dark, or by candlelight. I look better that way. You can’t see the blood as easily.”–Princess Melita Bonaparte (recently overheard when she was booked for credit card fraud, when attempting to sell off-shore oil drilling rights that weren’t hers to sell).

WHAT MAKES FILM NOIR LOOK GOOD? THE BLOOD? NO, THE LIGHTING THEY USE TO FILM THE BLOOD & THE REACTIONS THEREOF>>>>

2014 FILM NOIR FOUNDATION MONTAGE–“It’s a bitter, little world.”

Film Noir just makes crime look good & it's no wonder John Waters thought it was beautiful–but that's where the comparison ends. With Noir, the crime is real, real people, real crime–no parody intended—only the occasional dry & flippant humour when the crime in question seems about to devour the person(s) in the act of committing it.

No body got crime better than Lizabeth Scott in TOO LATE FOR TEARS. Why, this woman was way ahead of the game, if a husband was an inconvenience, she just bumped him off. O.J. Simpson must have been one of her early fans, only he played it out for real, instead of for reels.
Her ambition was along the lines of Wallis Simpson, only she just looked better, and a trail of dead husbands or boyfriends were collateral damage. What would you do if you were driving down a road, minding your own business, and some doofus dropped a briefcase containing sixty grand in the back seat of your open convertible? You know that isn't much money these days, but it might pay for the car! So, if the dolt would make it worth your while & add few more zeros, wouldn’t that be a sweet joyride?

The action takes off from there & Lizabeth Scott (as Jane Palmer–and that surname is no accident, clever writers them Noir script developers), along with Dan Duryea (Danny Fuller–yes, I read into the fuller, as in 'fill her up")–get on each other's nerves. She gets the upper hand for a while in this bumpy ride, but you know those moral purists have to spoil the fun. They were a jealous lot, could not stand how good Lizabeth Scott looked in those designer (by Adele Palmer) outfits while making bad. She wore those works of art with total authority. Yes, Lizabeth Scott is a class act, a real star. She played her role to perfection.

YOU TUBE: TOO LATE FOR TEARS-LIZABETH SCOTT, DON DE FORTE, DAN DURYEA-1949

The last of the five films screened on Day Two of Noir was THE HITCH-HIKER. Does anyone remember what their mothers texted them about taking candy from strangers or picking up hitch-hikers? This fun ride was well before texting, you smoked real cigarettes, not those horrible electronic ones! You got real cancer, not virtual cancer, and there was no cure, no 12-Step Programme. Back then, it seemed that multi-tasking, before it was ever given that silly name, was a fact of life. You could drive, smoke, and shoot a gun all at the same time. If you grew up watching Perry Mason on television, then you will remember William Talman was that other attorney who gave Perry Mason a run for his money. William Talman played the hitch-hiker, a serial murderer, based upon the real deal–Two fishing buddies pick up the historic psychopathic killer, Billy Cook: a film version of Clyde without Bonnie, directed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women who worked behind the cameras as well as in front of them.

The two buddies out for a nice weekend, got a whole lot more than they bargained for–and William Talman made for an excellent psychotic on the lam. You need an adult beverage before (during) and after this tail of terror. But the unblinking eye sees all, so don’t try to get over on hitch-hiker who has an eye that won’t close. You will be very sorry if your try it!

The Hitch-Hiker can be viewed in its entirety on You Tube, as it is in public domain! Don’t pick this guy up, go home, and watch it on You Tube!

Remember, “It’s a bitter, little world.”

It may be a a bitter, little world, but you can keep warm in a shirt that will remind you that it could be a lot worse.  Yes, they have merchandise tables--and there's one with your name on it!

It may be a a bitter, little world, but you can keep warm in a shirt that will remind you that it could be a lot worse. Yes, they have merchandise tables–and there’s one with your name on it!

Pray For All Marked Souls That They May Be Spared!

It is greatly feared that, 2013, a year of physical attacks upon the Imperial Princess, is just the beginning of a series of Paranormal activities to prevent her from her attempt to help Restore the Greek Monarchy.  Pray for her, that she may not be a Marked Soul!

It is greatly feared that, 2013, a year of physical attacks upon the Imperial Princess, is just the beginning of a series of Paranormal Activities to prevent her from attempting to help Restore the Greek Monarchy. Pray for her, that she may not be a Marked Soul!

Today, this first day of a New Year, 2014, pray for Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte. It is feared that she may be a MARKED SOUL. Two photographs, and a statuette, all of her likeness were left with flowers @ this gravesite, inside the AMC 14 Van Ness Avenue. Please pray for her that no harm may come to her. Pray that she may continue to live to serve others.

What we fear most is the leaving of flowers @ this gravesite. Someone wishes her dead! She has survived a recent attack from a trained elephant, and literally on Christmas Day, the Christmas Rabbit came from out of nowhere, and attempted to kill her. Now, these flowers, beautiful as they are, fill our hearts with fear. Are they a warning sign that she is to be marked, A MARKED SOUL?

She was promised by no less that the Orthodox Metropolitan of the North Pole that her efforts to establish world unity under her benevolent rule would be met with complete joy--but now that joy turns to fear!

She was promised by no less a source than the Orthodox Metropolitan of the North Pole that her efforts to establish world unity under her benevolent rule would be met with complete joy–but now that joy turns to fear!

Her connection to Napoleon I remains complete-her hopes for Greek Monarchy undiminished despite death threats.

Her connection to Napoleon I remains complete-her hopes for Greek Monarchy undiminished despite death threats.

Pray for Princess Melita Bonaparte, as you did for Rosemary's Baby...that she may live to fulfill her Destiny.

Pray for Princess Melita Bonaparte, as you did for Rosemary’s Baby…that she may live to fulfill her Destiny.

PRINCESS READY TO ACCEPT TITLE ‘COUNTESS OF OXNARD’ TO HELP OFFSET IMPENDING HORROR! SHE WILL ACCEPT HER FATE TO SAVE OXNARD FROM THIS TERROR!

Rainbow Bridge @ Riverton, Kansas-A Visual Delight

In May of 2013 I bought $5.00 worth of raffle tickets when I was back visiting in Kansas. The town of Galena, Kansas has several events of this nature during it’s annual “Galena Days” festivities. I believe that the town’s Fire Department benefits from the sales of the tickets. I saw this wonderful photograph of Rainbow Bridge, and just hoped that somehow I might end up with this prize. I was with my cousin, David Outt, and yammered on & on to him about how much I liked the photograph. This bridge is a place that, like Nelson’s Old Riverton Store, goes back to some of my earliest earth-bound memories. I returned home to my father’s house well before the raffled tickets were spun & randomly attached to their lucky winners. About 10:00 pm of that evening, my cousin called me to let me know that I had won an outside cooking grille. I thanked him, and told him that he could keep it, that the only prize in the array to be awarded that interested me was the photograph of the Rainbow Bridge. “You really would rather have that?” he asked me. “Let me see if I can do something,” he told me after I indicated the affirmative. Ten minutes later, he rang me up again, asking if he could drop by & deliver the photograph. I gather there were two happy campers from this raffle swap. It’s nice to be lucky, and to have a bit of benevolent nepotism once in a while. At any rate, it worked for the benefit of all concerned, and I am the happy owner of this lovely photograph of an old bridge that is still standing, beautifully doing what bridges have done for centuries, quietly making our journey easier.

Research on the Internet indicates that it was “slated for destruction but was finally saved with the help of the Kansas Route 66 Association.”
It must have taken all the powers of Heaven & Earth to keep it from being torn down. The Midwest is not a culture that shows much kindness for the preservation of historic architecture. Throughout most of the small towns in that area, wonderful, old buildings, mainly in business districts, are treated like old growth forests, and get torn down, or are allowed to turn into a state of perpetual dilapidation. Doubtless a lot of factors go into this, but some ‘need’ other than dollar value by square footage must enter the collective consciousness to reverse the trend of mindless Walmart takeovers. That this bridge still exists & was spared the usual destruction, is nearly up there with a Lourdes miracle.

Wikipedia adds that this bridge is “the sole surviving bridge of this type” on the Old Route 66. It was built in 1923. On 10 March 1983, it was protected from destruction by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Zoning laws often are the last resort over rampant profiteering in terms of saving these treasures.

This You Tube Video Tells of Route 66 Demise

One footnote, in the year 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed "Route 66" on this Bridge for the The Learning Channel special "Route 66: Main Street America.”

You Tube Showing Brad Paisley, Rainbow Bridge, and Nelson’s Old Riverton Store–all within easy access of our Kansas home.

Thanks to the efforts of those who had the vision to put their collective talents together in the saving of the Marsh Arch Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, near Riverton, Kansas.

This is Rainbow Bridge-East of Riverton, Kansas.

Route 66 Theme-Television Series

Need Scaring? Fresh Blood?: You’re Next

Some people operate (they cut you open) on a quota system. We have blood banks that need some investing.  YOU'RE NEXT!

Some people operate (they cut you open) on a quota system. We have blood banks that need some investing. YOU’RE NEXT!

This was not just another slasher film. True, I was in need of my between Full Moon blood fix, my reflection was not showing up in mirrors & I spent the last several days suppressing the urge to make projectile vomiting when my nostrils were confronted with the smell of garlic. Yes, I was blinded by morning light. I knew the only help I could get was in “Band-Aid” form. So, I took that option, and went to see the newly released YOU’RE NEXT.

My needs were more than sated. This is not just another slasher subset of the horror film genre. There was cause & effect. I groaned at the first scene, thinking, all I would get out of this was my need for fresh fake blood flowing from all apertures. What a set up! That’s what the director intended–you think you are going down the usual well paved road of bloodbath, and you are, but this time it’s different. You care about each character. You wonder what can you do to stop this! How can you send out brainwaves to these flawed (but not unlikable) people to stop the inevitable slaughter? In short, you wish you were not a hungry vampire in need of a fix, but a reliable, responsible, thoughtful person who cares about content and the craft of telling a story. You start wanting to be a paramedic, anything to be a Good Samaritan. Alas, the film goes on as written, and you did not get a call from the casting director. So you sit, helpless, as an audience member helping to do your part in keeping films in the theatre, digressing from the edge, the point of what this is all about…

This is a birthday cake where you get to have it & eat it too, along with a liter or two of transfusions. Keep your kitchen knives in FULL VIEW. Have extra ones handy & find a nice place to keep a baseball bat & a sledge-hammer. If you want to go over the deep end (and they don’t, but you might just want to do this as a conversation piece) install a guillotine behind the rubber tree plant in your living room. There’s no room for leaving any defense mechanism unmentioned or overlooked as your inner survivalist must attempt to thrive in this thrilling adventure of a family dinner that never got around to the second course, not to mention the pies that sat uneaten in the kitchen. The attention to set detail is as much a star as the actors. This wealthy family did not have a frost-free refrigerator, in fact, they had an old, old one that had the original factory logo painted over by hand. Their home was beautiful but not by Architectural Digest standards, but the kind of gentility lived out by wealth that lives an understated lifestyle. They keep their names OUT of the papers, and they’d consider having a personal Facebook account as something that other people might do.–But, despite their near aristocratic approach to life, something went horribly wrong. And I want you to go find out for your self just what that was & talk to me. I need your comments, always–and help me make it through the night without screaming.

Know at all times where your knife set is.  If you hide them, you will lose precious seconds, time lost that could have saved your life.

Know at all times where your knife set is. If you hide them, you will lose precious seconds, time lost that could have saved your life.

If you hear a tapping noise & you think no one else is in the house, you are wrong.

If you hear a tapping noise & you think no one else is in the house, you are wrong.

I had hoped that I would not be reporting my demise, that I could keep a journalistic & professional distance between myself & the subject matter...but sometimes things happen that are just outside of our control, no matter how well intended that may be.

I had hoped that I would not be reporting my demise, that I could keep a journalistic & professional distance between myself & the subject matter…but sometimes things happen that are just outside of our control, no matter how well intended that may be. Call 911!

Yes, I am on Facebook, and all that other stuff. I need your reassurance that this won’t happen to me…or, else…

YOU’RE NEXT AND YOU KNOW IT!

AND THOSE THAT MADE THE BRILLIANCE HAPPEN SHARE SOME THOUGHTS

If you wake up & can still walk upright without assistance, go to AMC Theatres 1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco & be prepared to be NEXT! Ne

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