Monthly Archives: November 2016

Costume Sunday: Steampunk Costume Medic — The Crafty Geek

After Steampunk Frederick, I decided I wanted to do something with my steampunk costume. Not just wear my various steampunk bits and pieces – and I certainly have collected a few over the years – but have a complete themed outfit. Then I saw a hat a jewelry vendor had, with a brim of test […]

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Good things come in small yellow packages — Martin Ash, professional musician

One commentator on the above photo says the venue looks smaller than his flat, and I can believe him (the bar does actually go back through the archway under the Pride flag, but you can’t see the band from there so it was pretty empty until you reached the smoking shelter). Nonetheless, once we’d got […]

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Goliath by Scott Westerfeld — Bookish

Published in: 2011 Pages: 576 Edition read: E-book Series: 3rd and final book in the Leviathan trilogy Book description: Alek and Deryn are abroad the Leviathan when the ship is ordered to pick up an unusual passenger. This brilliant/maniacal inventor claims to have a weapon called Goliath that can end the war. But whose side […]

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Boronia Tea Duelling — Past Books

Around the turn of the twentieth century, the extensively expanded cottage that had once serviced the small whaling operation at Boronia Beach was turned into the Boronia Hotel. According to the Greater Hobart Trails: “It was popular in the days when the old ferry docked at the jetty at Kingston Beach bringing day-trippers from Hobart. Folk […]

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My Favourite Steampunk Portraits

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The Steampunk Pirate hiding under the stairs with two very handsome young men.

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I have some lovely friends in the Steampunk Community.

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I always have fun with Steampunk cosplay. Photo by James Niland.

 

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I am fluffing Ged Maybury ‘s mutton chops. This probably rates as my favourite photo ever, as I look like the cat who ate the cream. Ged is so photogenic. Photo by James Niland.

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Authors and Artisans

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Steampunk Tea Lady

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For the Edification of New Friends

I also run a Steampunk Community site on Facebook.

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https://www.facebook.com/SteampunkSunday/

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Off to the Teapot Races — For Whom the Gear Turns

My last event during Tesla Con last weekend was the teapot races. Twenty-seven cars and racers were there for the event, not to mention a large and appreciative crowd. I talked to a few racers who said they’d seen the event at the International Steampunk Symposium earlier this year and it inspired them to give […]

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Daylight Robbery; the Window Tax – a Steampunk Perspective

The top image for this article is courtesy Gerard Tohill Photography – all rights reserved. I am grateful for him contacting me to set the record straight, because I do prefer to give credit where credit is due.

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Window Tax Image courtesy of Gerard Tohill Photography – all rights reserved

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”            L. P. Hartley

These days, we take income tax for granted as a necessary evil. Income tax isn’t the only method of taxation that burdens us, but it seems the most logical … right? Surprisingly, income tax is a modern phenomenon. For a long time, people were against an income tax because they saw it as a breach of their right to privacy. During the 17th century, British coinage was devalued because so much of it was clipped; the edges cut, shaved or filed off because the coins were made of gold or silver. Taxation was the option taken by the government to make up the deficiency this created.

The barn owls in a quatrefoil church window. The barn owls in a quatrefoil church window.

There was a flat rate of taxation per house, and  then more windows you had, the more you…

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Female-only Idioms; a Steampunk Feminist Perspective

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Image of the Bionic Unicorn

There are certain sayings and phrases in English that refer purely to women. The ones I am going to discuss today are “She’s the cat’s mother”, “A woman’s place is in the home”, “A Scarlet Woman”,”A woman’s work is never done”, and “Don’t teach your grandma to suck eggs”. I have picked these because there is no equivalent sayings that refer to men. These are not the only examples, I could have included “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” or “the little woman”, but those I picked cover the most common discourses that entagle women in their daily lives.

She’s the cat’s mother: 

I’ve never heard anyone correct someone using ‘he’ by saying ‘He’s the cat’s father’. For some reason, women are held to a higher standard of grammatical English than men. Women aren’t supposed to swear; our language is meant to be lady-like. This is reflected in sayings like this, with the underlying discourse that women are more polite and speak correctly – this was pointed out in Robin Lakoff’s Language and Woman’s Place. Reading this book was a revelation to me, particularly as I was only just learning how gendered English was as a language.

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A woman’s place is in the home:

Aspects of form, topic, content, and use
of spoken language have been identified as
sex associated. – Adelaide Haas

I am imagining a lot of people frowning at their computer screens as they read that idiom. Until recently, that was the argument everyone used when women tried to enter the public sphere. It was the greatest argument used against the suffragists and suffragettes in the Victorian era. You don’t hear of where a man’s place is supposed to be; but the inference is the woman should be cooking him dinner and caring for his house & children. A woman is NOT a refrigerator, and a wife is not another item of white goods.

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Because, you know, a father spending time with his infant is a terrible thing. Only a mother can supply the right sort of care. This is insulting to both the mother and the father, when you think about it.

A Scarlet Woman: 

This is the old double standard; a man who plays the field is sewing his wild oats, whereas a young woman doing the same thing is a slut. This is an underlying assumption built into the very foundations of our language. Ponder the difference between the concepts of a male ‘pro’ and a female ‘pro’, or a ‘master’ and a ‘mistress’. That status of women in our culture is reflected in our language. We need to start redefining these terms to take away the negative implications. Women can be assertive without being aggressive, and talk loudly without being shrill.

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A Swedish holocaust survivor attacking a neo-Nazi!

A Woman’s Work is Never Done:

This saying is actually part of a couplet: A man he works from sun to sun (sunrise to sunset), but a woman’s work is never done. This saying originated in the days when women were unable to go out into the workforce in the public area, and were basically unpaid slaves. This perception of unending tasks was because of nature of the unpaid labour done by a wife and mother, which involved caring and feeding for the said ‘man’ and their mutual children, as well as cleaning the house and doing the laundry (and possibly caring for the garden as well). If the woman had actually been paid for this work, no one would have been able to afford her salary.

Now that women can go out to work, the burden of domestic labour still falls on the shoulder of women. This happens even if both partners work full time.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/mar/10/housework-gender-equality-women

It is frustrating that our language and culture still encapsulates this discourse. Who does the Christmas shopping in your house, as an example?

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Hah! You never hear about henpecked wives.

Don’t Teach Your Grandma to Suck Eggs: 

For those who haven’t come across this say, it means that inexperienced people should try not to give advice to experts in their fields. However, the depreciating humour in this idiom never pokes fun at Grandpa. And sucking eggs sounds disgusting.

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“So a girl is damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. If she refuses to talk like a lady, she is ridiculed and subjected to criticism as unfeminine; if she does learn, she is ridiculed as unable to think clearly, unable to take part in a serious discussion: in some sense, as less than fully human. These two choices which a woman has — to be less than a woman or less than a person — are highly painful.”
Robin Lakoff, Language and Woman’s Place (1975)

 

 

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Rehoming Felix.

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Alas, my cat, Felix Fluffy Bum, has bitten me for the third time in ten weeks. The second bite put me in hospital with cellulitis, and now I am antibiotics again to prevent a second bout of cellulitis. My doctors (and husband) are encouraging me to rehome Felix, as he isn’t the best cat for a diabetic.

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My problem is that none of the rehoming facilities for cats will accept a biter. If I hand him in to the RSPCA, I can’t guarantee he won’t be put down. What I need is a nice farm in South East Queensland who would like another mouser, or a hermit with wooden legs who never has visitors.

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Felix is a remarkable handsome boy, and 98% of the time he is a sweet boy. I really need some suggestions as to how to rehome him.

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