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We spent 5-nights at ‘Skylands’ at the start of this month. It was wonderful & memorable. Definitely recommend it.
When I was looking through the reviews I saw a lot of conflicting reports about Wi-Fi & TV availability. So, let me please give you the definitive update.
Skyland has Wi-Fi. It is very slow (like 45kbps) BUT it is stable & reliable. Yes, you get more bandwidth the less folks using it. So, bandwidth is better late at night as folks go to bed. That is where the stability & reliability kicks in. Though it is slow, it is not erratic & as such does NOT kick you out. Why am I stressing this. It means that photo backup to the cloud happened.
That was my biggest concern. Having my photos from my Google Pixel 4 backed up to Google Photo. Though I was taking 200 pictures a day the Wi-Fi was adequate enough to back 90% to Google Photos during the night as I slept. I activated data when I wanted to access a Website. Cell reception isn’t great, so there wasn’t much bandwidth with data either.
Wi-Fi is better around the office & dining room area. But, there is plenty of space to hang out. So, that wasn’t a problem.
We (of course (SMILE)) opted for a SUPERIOR room in the main building — attached to the office. See above pictures. All those rooms had TV. When I heard that Wi-Fi was poor I wanted TV given that I am a news junkie. These rooms were good. Quiet enough & a rather nice view overlooking Luray — in the valley below. The cabins are more rustic. IF, I am lucky enough to go back again I might give one of the cabins a spin NOW that I know where most of them are. SMILE. Yes, I did a lot of walking & exploring.
Hope this helps. GREAT PLACE. We were lucky. Memorable.
Last night at the Trump RNC Convention/Rally.
The infamous, poorly understood necklace.
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On just ONE of my many Nikki Haley necklaces posts.
I did NOT even know that she had spoken at the RNC convention last night. Then very late, past midnight, I saw that this blog had had over 550 hits. Yes, 120 were Nikki Haley hits. Thanks Nikki. I love your necklace. Please never take it off. Is it true Trump gave it to you? SMILE.
Funny ol’ thing. Yes, 3-years ago IT confounded I. I had to go check it out. I found out. I shared. I am now reaping the benefits as I should.
Yes, it looks Islamic. But, it is NOT.
It is the State Symbol of South Carolina.
My original April 9, 2017 post.
Wow. Wow. WOW! What a story. There is no indication that some, if not all, of this ‘twisted’ story is based on real facts. I am torn on that. The implication that it is fictional — & WHAT a story it is. I am AWE as to how somebody could weave all of this in such a manner.
Gripping is an understatement.
I really haven’t given surrogacy much thought — over my life. So, I really can’t relate to the moral & ethical aspects of it. To I it seems like a fairly reasonable ‘deal’.
Trust me on this. This is QUITE the story. I even opted to finish watching Episode 4 rather than cricket. That happens very rarely. SMILE.
It struck me, as soon as I heard it, that it was SO, SO Trump-oriented. Trump-specific.
Camera & TV.
Two of his favorite THINGS. Easy for him to remember.
Woman, Man, Camera & TV. It can’t get easier.
Then throw in ‘Person’. Come ON.
This was a contrived, EASY string made up just for Trump.
It was good. Very good. First 20-minutes were confusing — & you later realize that it was intentional, cleverly intentional.
Tight. Well woven. Very clever. Some might say it was trite. I found it entertaining & definitely watchable.
Well, just letting you know. Might not be everybody’s cup of tea. But, it sure was mine. Towards the end I had to know how it ended. That doesn’t often happen.
The Queen’s April 5, 2020 broadcast,
in full (4.5 minutes) from the BBC
— on YouTube.
The full text (i.e., transcript).
I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.
I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all. I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.
I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones. Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.
I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.
The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.
Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.
And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.
It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones. But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.
While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed – and that success will belong to every one of us.
We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.
But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.
The Queen, at 93, still looks GREAT. I am so HAPPY.
This is what a Head of State sounds like.
I am so proud & glad to be British.
ENJOY. SAVOR. RELISH.
‘Vera’ (Detective Show) — Unjustifiable Bias Towards Interracial Couples Is Starting To Ruin The Show!
We (and by that I mean all of us in the household) LOVE the show. ‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows. Just do a quick search (here) for my rave blog posts.
The show has always made a point of showing a varied cast — with non-whites in every episode. That is GOOD. And I appreciate that MY Britain is very multiracial. Love the trouble they have gone to be inclusive.
I also have no issues whatsoever with INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS & MARRIAGES.
Let’s face it. I, literally, have SKIN in the game. Every relationship and marriage I have had has been interracial. So, I have NO problem with them. But, at the same time I do not want anyone demeaning them — and, of course, NOT taking the mickey out of them! And it has come to that with ‘Vera’ Season 10. Four episodes so far, and EVERY ONE has had an interracial couple. That is TOO MUCH. That is too in your face. I am no longer amused.
Yes, I looked up the stats. Interracial marriages, though on the rise (as it should be), still accounts for less than 10%. Way, way, way lower than in the U.S.
The show’s obsession is misplaced.
Well, this was bothering I. It genuinely was. It was getting in the way. I had to write this. SMILE.
‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows — with ‘Downton‘ & ‘Shetland‘ the only others in that very top echelon. Teischan loves the show. She is re-watching all of the earlier seasons and I think she has watched some of the episodes more than twice — already.
She was so happy that there is a Season 10. I am glad too.
We watched the first half of episode 1 today. We didn’t notice any obvious changes from the last two seasons. The same main characters and they don’t seem to have aged or changed. They are sticking, faithfully, to the tried, tested and proven formula. Nothing wrong with that. We love it like that. Can’t comment on the story as yet since we haven’t seen all of it. So far, so good. The usual twists and surprises.
Well, just wanted to make sure you knew that ‘Vera’ was BACK.
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The BBC of The Queen’s Christmas 2019 Broadcast
— on YouTube.
The Queen, at 93, still looks GREAT. I am so HAPPY.
The Broadcast, per the tradition, was delivered on British TV at 3pm GMT (10 am Eastern).
As ever it was ELEGANT, pertinent, informative,
and inspirational — with the trademark touches of humor.
My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.
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The FULL Text of the Queen’s 2019 Christmas Broadcast.
“As a child, I never imagined that one day a man would walk on the moon. Yet this year we marked the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 mission.
‘As those historic pictures were beamed back to Earth, millions of us sat transfixed to our television screens, as we watched Neil Armstrong taking a small step for man and a giant leap for mankind – and, indeed, for womankind. It’s a reminder for us all that giant leaps often start with small steps.
‘This year we marked another important anniversary: D-Day. On 6th June 1944, some 156,000 British, Canadian and American forces landed in northern France. It was the largest ever seabourne invasion and was delayed due to bad weather.
‘I well remember the look of concern on my father’s face. He knew the secret D-Day plans but could of course share that burden with no one.
‘For the 75th anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formally been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them.
‘Such reconciliation seldom happens overnight. It takes patience and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes through small steps.
‘Since the end of the Second World War, many charities, groups and organisations have worked to promote peace and unity around the world, bringing together those who have been on opposing sides.
‘By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.
‘The challenges many people face today may be different to those once faced by my generation, but I have been struck by how new generations have brought a similar sense of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment and our climate.
‘My family and I are also inspired by the men and women of our emergency services and armed forces; and at Christmas we remember all those on duty at home and abroad, who are helping those in need and keeping us and our families safe and secure.
‘Two hundred years on from the birth of my great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great grandchild into our family.
‘Of course, at the heart of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child: a seemingly small and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem.
‘But in time, through his teaching and by his example, Jesus Christ would show the world how small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding.
‘Many of us already try to follow in his footsteps. The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.
‘As Christmas dawned, church congregations around the world joined in singing It Came Upon The Midnight Clear. Like many timeless carols, it speaks not just of the coming of Jesus Christ into a divided world, many years ago, but also of the relevance, even today, of the angel’s message of peace and goodwill.
‘It’s a timely reminder of what positive things can be achieved when people set aside past differences and come together in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation. And, as we all look forward to the start of a new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.
‘And so, I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”
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“Shetland” Detective Series On ‘Britbox’ & ‘Prime’ — Just Amazing, The Best Of The Lot, Better Than ‘Vera’!
Yes, I know that it is probably sacrilegious to say ‘better than Vera‘ — BUT, it is! We, as always, serendipitously, stumbled upon it on ‘Britbox‘ when they started advertising Season 5 (a couple of months ago). We watched Episode 1. It was good. But, we had to wait a whole week to see Episode 2. That was good too. We were hooked. Couldn’t wait another week. So, we watched Season 4, which was also available on ‘Britbox’ — all the way through. Loved it. Better than ‘Loch Ness‘, ‘Then There Were None‘ etc. etc. Better than Vera. Did I already say that?
Then went back to Season 5. Now we were hooked.
Found Seasons 1, 2 & 3 on Amazon Prime. You had to buy them (and they were NOT ‘cheap’). But, hey … you have to pay for quality. So, we watched all of that too.
We have watched ALL of it. Now we are lost.
Very, very good show. Amazing stories. Very good acting. Great drama. Breathtaking scenery. Fast moving. Cleverly done. Must watch.
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