Friday, December 22, 2017

Broken Ornaments

Sad News
Neighbors and passers-by are mourning the death of Doug Musson, 82, of Burlington Canada, who died in the hospital where he was taken after he fell off of a ladder while checking the electric connections on the massive Christmas lights display on the family home.

Pictures accompanying this sad news showed a house so lit up it wouldn't be surprising to learn that it has been remarked upon by astronauts.  A veritable bath of lights depicting Santa, reindeer, saints, elves even a motorcycle and swagging and draping of varie-colored lights, a display that is 30+ years old.

French Baguettes via South Korea
Southern Redondo Beach is now host to Paris Baguette, a chain of pastry/sandwich/coffee/tea restaurants, founded and headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.  These pastry outlets were originally designed to introduce bread to Asian countries where it is not a part of the diet. 

Today there are bakeries here in the U.S., Singapore, Vietnam and 500 are planned for China.   And not only are their baguettes stunning, the restaurant itself is showing Starbucks serious competition in the loitering sweepstakes.  S'Bucks customers spend 'way more time than it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

Paris Baguette Wednesday afternoon - we met our friend Olga there, then noticed Dean, a South Bay Writers Workshop member enjoying a sandwich and poking at a lap top and then in came Bob, another writer, who was getting a cup of coffee to go to a RB Council Meeting.   So, hah! S'Bucks.

Princess Michael of Kent Offends, Again
She is the wife of Prince Mike, Queen Elizabeth's first cousin, so her title is merely a courtesy, automatically extended to a spouse.  She is famous for rude behavior and nasty remarks.  She was named Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida  at her birth but is much better known as "Princess Pushy."

Her most recent gaffe was to wear a "blackamoor" jeweled pin to Queen E's holiday, family only, lunch.  Blackamoors as pieces of jewelry, sidewalk ornaments for restaurants and bars, go back to the days of India and British rule over it.  You could say they are historical oddities. 

What makes this example of wrong pin, wrong event a glaring insult is that Prince Harry's fiancée Meghan Markle is of mixed ancestry comprised of a white father and a black mother.

Princess Pushy is a known bigot and racist.   She proved it again.

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