Posts tagged Oil on linen
Excerpt | Blaming The Whiskey

... with a rush of feeling he felt that this must be happiness. As soon as the thought came to him, he fought it back, blaming the whiskey. The very idea was as dangerous as presumptive speech: happiness could not be sought or worried into being, or even fully grasped; it should be allowed its own slow pace so that it passes unnoticed, if it ever comes at all.

McGahern, J. (2002) That They May Face the Rising Sun

Excerpt | Life Is Like A Deck Chair

“Maybe I can put it another way... life, Charlie Brown, is like a deck chair."
"Like a what?"
"Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Passengers open up these canvas deck chairs so they can sit in the sun...
Some people place their chairs facing the rear of the ship so they can see where they've been...
Other people face their chairs forward... they want to see where they're going!
On the cruise ship of life, Charlie Brown, which way is your deck chair facing?"
"I've never been able to get one unfolded...”

Schulz, C.M. (2011) The Complete Peanuts, vol. 16: 1981-1982

Excerpt | A Love Letter

"I just don't know how to write a love letter. what can you say to a girl that shows you really like her?"
"How about, enclosed please find a cookie?"

Schulz, C. M. (2005) The Complete Peanuts, vol. 3: 1955-1956

Et Cetera | Gluck
Nature Morte, 1937, by Hannah Gluckstein

Nature Morte, 1937, by Hannah Gluckstein

Excerpt | Grain

No varnish can hide the grain of the wood;
and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.

Dickens, C. (1860) Great Expectations

Excerpt | Albert Camus

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

Et Cetera | Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait d'isabelle d'este, 1499-1500

Portrait d'isabelle d'este, 1499-1500

Et Cetera | Arthur Leipzig
The ideal laundry, 1946

The ideal laundry, 1946

Excerpt | Victor Hugo

Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.

hugo, v. (1833) notre-dame de paris

Atmospheres | Elliott Erwitt
California, 1955 To dear Elaine and Ronan

California, 1955
To dear Elaine and Ronan

Excerpt | Shining Stars

"it was a star," mrs. whatsit said sadly.
"a star giving up its life in battle with the thing. it won, oh, yes, my children, it won. but it lost its life in the winning."

"itt iss eevill..."
"what is going to happen?"
"wee wwill cconnttinnue tto ffightt!"...
"and we're not alone, you know, children," came mrs. whatsit, the comforter. "...some of the best fighters have come from your own planet..."
"who have our fighters been?" calvin asked.
"oh, you must know them, dear," mrs. whatsit said. mrs. who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly.
"and the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

suddenly there was a great burst of light through the darkness. the light spread out and where it touched the darkness the darkness disappeared. the light spread until the patch of dark thing had vanished, and there was only a gentle shining, and through the shining came the stars, clear and pure.

l'engle, m. (1962) a wrinkle in time

Excerpt | Status

will get you nowhere. only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.

 albom, m. (1997) tuesdays with morrie

Et Cetera | Mitaki House
By Hankura, completed 2013

By Hankura, completed 2013

Excerpt | History of Irish Linen Part VII

in 1913 a list of the largest firms in the irish linen industry, published in a trade directory by john warral ltd, showed the york street flax spinning co ltd, the company founded by the mulhollands, as the largest spinning and weaving concern with 63,000 spindles and a thousand looms. j. & t.m.greeves was the largest spinning company with 70,000 spindles. milfort weavers with factories in belfast and dunmurry were the largest weaving concerns in ulster with 1000 looms. the industry generally remained prosperous, up to the first world war. as a result of that war, production reached a new peak with the need for materials for uniforms and coverings for aircraft wings and fuselages.

however, after the war, in common with cotton, linen manufacture entered a slow process of decline. 

... to be cont.

colins, p. (1994) history of irish linen.

Excerpt | History of Irish Linen Part V

most important were sion mills, co tyrone, built by herdmans in 1835 and bessbrook, co armagh estatblished in the 1840s by the quaker richardson family. in the case of bessbrook, the richardsons were very protective of the moral welfare of the inhabitants ensuring the absence of the three p's, police barracks, public houses and pawnshops. in addition they had a contributory health service for workers long before the welfare state and even a savings scheme, yielding interest of 5%. indeed bessbrook became the model for the village of bournville built in the 1890s by the qualker chocolate manufacturers, the cadbury family. in both sion mills and bessbrook a real feeling of community spirit was engendered in the workers due to their environment, which made them the envy of their counterparts elsewhere in the linen industry. herdman's is still in business but the bessbrook spinning company closed down in 1972, although the village is still well worth visiting. all the workers got redundancy payments and were able to buy their houses at very low cost. with the decline in importance of linen in the years since the war and the increased mobility of the population, the mill villages have changed both in their physical composition and their sense of community.

... to be cont.

colins, p. (1994) history of irish linen.