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momof2weenies

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3090 on: November 18, 2013, 11:18:26 AM »
Snip . . .
Librarian brings half a dozen books on the war to the patron.
Patron storms back.
Pat: This book is about how the war got started!  I told you I want everything on the war!  Everything!
Librarian gets more books.
Pat: (now really mad) I want to read about the %$#^in' field hospitals and you didn't bring me nothing about them!
Lib: I did ask you if there was an area you were interested in and you told me everything.  You'll need to check the indexes for...
Pat: You guys never help me at all!  You're supposed to be helping me get what I want!  I HATE this library!  (storms out)

Librarian is left wishing that a small blue police call box would materialize and take her away.  Anywhere.

Actually if the small blue police call box did appear, you could have it take the patron to the Civil War and leave them there .  Problem solved!

Fixed that for ya  ;)
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3091 on: November 18, 2013, 02:04:06 PM »
Snip . . .
Librarian brings half a dozen books on the war to the patron.
Patron storms back.
Pat: This book is about how the war got started!  I told you I want everything on the war!  Everything!
Librarian gets more books.
Pat: (now really mad) I want to read about the %$#^in' field hospitals and you didn't bring me nothing about them!
Lib: I did ask you if there was an area you were interested in and you told me everything.  You'll need to check the indexes for...
Pat: You guys never help me at all!  You're supposed to be helping me get what I want!  I HATE this library!  (storms out)

Librarian is left wishing that a small blue police call box would materialize and take her away.  Anywhere.

Actually if the small blue police call box did appear, you could have it take the patron to the Civil War and leave them there .  Problem solved!

Fixed that for ya  ;)

Please don't tease me. I know it won't happen.  :'(

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3092 on: November 18, 2013, 02:18:55 PM »
My library patron wanted a photograph of Cleopatra.  Not a photo of her traditional portrait bust or her portrait on a coin, which was as close as she was going to get.  A photo of ALL of her.  It took a good 20 minutes to snaffle out that she wanted to go to a costume party dressed as Cleopatra.   ::)
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3093 on: November 18, 2013, 03:39:34 PM »
I work as a clerk in a gas station.

Customer: I need 20 bucks worth. *throws 20 on counter*

Me: Do you need gas? What pump are you on?

Customer: I don't know; I didn't look.

Me: ok, what do you drive?

Customer: white car.

Look at the pumps, see several white cars, and proceed to fight urge to beat my head on the counter.




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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3094 on: November 18, 2013, 04:10:26 PM »
My library patron wanted a photograph of Cleopatra.  Not a photo of her traditional portrait bust or her portrait on a coin, which was as close as she was going to get.  A photo of ALL of her.  It took a good 20 minutes to snaffle out that she wanted to go to a costume party dressed as Cleopatra.   ::)

Tell her the TARDIS will be happy to take her to ancient Egypt as soon as it returns from the Civil War.  >:D

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3095 on: November 18, 2013, 05:04:59 PM »
The problem there is that the real Cleopatra VII probably rarely, if ever, dressed like Liz Taylor in the 1963 movie. 

Cleopatra VII was Greek and would have dressed like the aristocratic Greek woman she was.  She would have been dressed modestly with a Psyche knot at the back of her head.

Sorry, honey.  She wouldn't have been caught dead wearing a tri-partite wig and a golden headdress of the sort Egyptologists call the 'dead chicken'. 



 

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3096 on: November 18, 2013, 05:21:07 PM »
The problem there is that the real Cleopatra VII probably rarely, if ever, dressed like Liz Taylor in the 1963 movie. 

Cleopatra VII was Greek and would have dressed like the aristocratic Greek woman she was.  She would have been dressed modestly with a Psyche knot at the back of her head.

Sorry, honey.  She wouldn't have been caught dead wearing a tri-partite wig and a golden headdress of the sort Egyptologists call the 'dead chicken'. 



 
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3097 on: November 18, 2013, 05:23:21 PM »
I doubt that too. She may have been Greek but she was also pharaoh of Egypt and the regalia had ceremonial and religious meanings. Look at things she commissioned, she wears both Greek and Egyptian attire.

Cleopatra was also the only one of her family to speak Egyptian, and that's saying something.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3098 on: November 18, 2013, 05:33:29 PM »
I work as a clerk in a gas station.

Customer: I need 20 bucks worth. *throws 20 on counter*

Me: Do you need gas? What pump are you on?

Customer: I don't know; I didn't look.

Me: ok, what do you drive?

Customer: white car.

Look at the pumps, see several white cars, and proceed to fight urge to beat my head on the counter.

Yup, UK variant here. 

Me: Hi
Customer *throws 20 on counter* : Petrol [Except half the time they mean diesel, not petrol anyway, and the amount isn't quite 20 exactly]
Me: Which pump?
Cust: Out there  [Well, yes, they all are!]
Me: Which car?
Cust: The white [or whichever colour we have more of on the forecourt] one
Etc

I've developed the habit of watching to ensure I know which customer comes from which car, so that I can announce their fuel and total as they walk up to the counter.  Several of our regulars (mainly the taxi drivers) try to turn it into a game, by sneaking in behind other cars so I don't see which pump they pull up at, or flirting with me as they come in the door to put me off!
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3099 on: November 18, 2013, 05:39:40 PM »
I understand that she was not the daughter of one of the favored wives - so she might have been "trying harder", as it were.  If the Greeks were following Egyptian custom, the first born daughter would have been the one selected as "Throne Daughter" - i.e. whichever of her brothers was selected as heir would have been married off to her to make it clear who the next ruler would be. 

But what they wore depended on if they were working with the Egyptians or the Greeks - because, much like politicians today, they dressed to make their audience members feel that the ruling family was aware of their (political or nationality) faction and would understand them.  The priests were Egyptian and at least some funding was arranged through pharaoh being a god and a ruler - so they had to keep the priesthood happy - so - rituals were done in the appropriate robes and headdresses - dead chickens, cobra head, or plain white linen fillet (ribbon) - such as the Greeks would use.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3100 on: November 18, 2013, 05:44:19 PM »
The Memoirs of Cleopatra tv movie is probably the most accurate as what she wore.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3101 on: November 18, 2013, 05:52:45 PM »
I doubt that too. She may have been Greek but she was also pharaoh of Egypt and the regalia had ceremonial and religious meanings. Look at things she commissioned, she wears both Greek and Egyptian attire.

Cleopatra was also the only one of her family to speak Egyptian, and that's saying something.

 True, she learned some Egyptian but one language she never learned was Latin.  She conversed with Caesar and Marc Antony in Greek. 

We could go on about Cleopatra VII for ages.  Suffice it to say that Ptolemaic Egypt was a very complicated place and, since politics haven't changed much in several millennia, what you see isn't always what you get. 

The lady who wants a costume will be happy with the Liz Taylor view of Cleo.       
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3102 on: November 18, 2013, 06:00:26 PM »
Lol AliciaLynette! I try to see who comes from what car, but it isn't always feasible. We are a prepay only store, so everyone has to pay or their gas before they pump it. I like the cab driver mischief!  ;D

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3103 on: November 18, 2013, 10:32:31 PM »
The trouble is, it's very difficult to know exactly what you want to do and how at 17.
And no one says you have to go to college at 17.

Almost everyone who goes to uni here
does it straight out of school, and the choice is made at 17.  Going as a mature student is uncommon.

Where is here? (Start losing track with so many forum members coming from different countries).

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I have to disagree. I'm British too - I went to university as a mature student and I've found it's pretty common here - at least in London. Every uni I looked at (both for undergrad and postgrad) had a halls (dorm) just for mature and postgrad students and a mature student society, and at UCL where I went about a quarter of all undergrads are mature students.

Personally pretty much everyone I knew went to uni (whether after A Levels or as a mature student) on the government student loan, without parental support, but that's just my experience. At least in the UK student loan repayments are linked to income, so until you get a reasonably well-paying job there is no pressure to start paying it back.


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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #3104 on: November 19, 2013, 02:19:59 AM »
I understand that she was not the daughter of one of the favored wives - so she might have been "trying harder", as it were.  If the Greeks were following Egyptian custom, the first born daughter would have been the one selected as "Throne Daughter" - i.e. whichever of her brothers was selected as heir would have been married off to her to make it clear who the next ruler would be. 


According to the late Barbara Mertz this is an inaccurate idea. One of the reasons they say this? There was no title for that.  Later dynasties did have a title - but that was a title for a ritual priestess which was a hereditary position.
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