Neverland~

Neverland~

Peter Pan is a fictional character most likely created early in the last century by J.M. Barrie. He first appears in 1902’s “The Little White Bird,” though how long Barrie was working on this novel and when he introduced the character during the writing process call into question when exactly the character originated. But we can be certain it was 1902 before anything with him in it was published. Ironically, “The Little White Bird” was meant for adults and Peter Pan only appeared in a section of the novel rather than being the main character. “Peter and Wendy” (later shortened to simply “Peter Pan”), perhaps the novel most folks associate with the character the most, wasn’t published until 1911. But it was based on Barrie’s 1904 play “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” However, Barrie had written and published other Peter Pan novels for this. 1906 saw “Peter Pan in Kensington Garden, which features the story of how Peter Pan as an infant came to live in Kensington Garden. Actually, this is the chapters from “The Little White Bird” which introduced Peter Pan to the world turned into their own book.

Barrie only produced four major literary works to feature Peter Pan. “The Little White Bird,” “Peter Pan in Kensington Garden,” and “Peter and Wendy” are three of these. The fourth is 1908’s “When Wendy Grew Up – An Afterthought.” Yet Barrie never allowed Peter Pan to actually grow up, though he did allow him to age. Peter first appears as an infant of just seven days of age, but he’s later said to still have all his baby teeth. And when he meets Wendy he’s clearly a child. At age 6 Michael Llewelyn Davies, later one of Barrie’s foster children, was whom Barrie pictured as Peter Pan. So we know that Peter Pan at Least aged to be six years of age in Barrie’s stories.

It is only outside of Barrie’s works that Peter Pan ever grew up. This was never supposed to happen because Peter Pan was also partially based on Barrie’s older brother. Or more accurately his mother’s memories of him. David Barrie died just a couple of days before his fourteenth birthday, and according to his own biography of his mother she was apparently comforted by the fact that her son would never grow up and leave her. He’d remain a “boy who wouldn’t grow up.” We can see that Barrie never intended for Peter Pan to grow up like his brother as he shows Wendy growing up and having a daughter, Jane, who then travels to Neverland with him and she makes the same choice as her mother. Then when book ends Barrie introduces us to Jane’s daughter Margaret, saying that she and her daughter, her granddaughter, great granddaughter, etc. will all journey to Neverland with Peter Pan and make the same decision for as long as children believe in faries.

A Night To Remeber. ^_^

Guess now it’s official
Can’t back out, can’t back out, no
Getting ready for the night of nights
The night of nights, alright
Don’t panic, panic

Now do we have to dress up for the prom?
Dude I dont think we have the choice
Yeah it’s the night of all nights
Gotta look just right
Dressing to impress the boys

Do I want classic or vintage or plaid?
Where’s the mirror?
I think this tux is too baggy
Too tight, it makes me look weird
Should I go movie star glamorous, sassy or sweet?
Don’t know, but no one better wear the same dress as me

It’s the night of our nightmares
It’s the night of our dreams
It’s too late to back out of it, hey!
Makeovers, massages, dont know what a corsage is
Been waiting all our lives for this

It’s gonna be a night, cant wait
To remember, aw man
Come on now, big fun, alright
Its gonna be the night, I guess
To last forever, lucky us
We’ll never ever ever forget

Gettin’ ready, get gettin’ ready
Gettin’ ready, get gettin’ ready
(Hey you been in there an hour man!)
So, what should I do with my hair?
Where’s my shaver? Ooh, I love it
I look like a waiter, should I fluff it?
It’s gettin’ later, already should be there

Her mother opens the door, I’m shakin’ inside
He’s here, it’s time, the hour’s arrived
Don’t know why, her father’s staring me down
Where’s my purse? Lip gloss?
Now I’m really freaking out
Then something changes my world
The most beautiful girl right in front of my eyes

It’s gonna be a night, oh yeah!
To remember, that’s for sure
Come on now, big fun, alright!
It’s gonna be the night, yeah tonight
To last forever, forever more
We’ll never ever ever forget

Who’s that girl? She’s so fine
Who’s that guy? I don’t recognize
Who’s that girl? She looks so good, yeah
Guess you never really notice, but you probably should

Big fun, on the night of nights, alright
The night of nights, tonight
Let’s dance on the night of nights
You know were gonna do it right

It’s gonna be a night to remember
It’s gonna be the night to last forever
It’s gonna be a night to remember
It’s gonna be the night to last forever, last forever

It’s gonna be our night, you know it
To remember, for all time
Come on now, big fun, to remember!
Its gonna be the night, love it
To last forever, the rest of our lives
We’ll never ever ever forget

It’s gonna be our night, oh yeah!
All together, say it loud!
Come on now, everyone, that’s right
It’s gonna be a night, yeah tonight
To remember, hear the crowd
And never ever ever, never ever ever
Never ever, never ever ever forget!

Galápagos Islands South American Continent

Galápagos Islands South American Continent

The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 926 km (575 mi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part.
The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve. The principal language on the islands is Spanish. The islands have a population of slightly over 25,000.
The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
The first recorded visit to the islands happened by chance in 1535, when the Bishop of Panamá Fray Tomás de Berlanga went to Peru to arbitrate in a dispute between Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro. De Berlanga was blown off course, though he eventually returned to the Spanish Empire and described the conditions of the islands and the animals that inhabited them. The group of islands was shown and named in Abraham Ortelius’s atlas published in 1570. The first crude map of the islands was made in 1684 by the buccaneer Ambrose Cowley, who named the individual islands after some of his fellow pirates or after British royalty and noblemen. These names were used in the authoritative navigation charts of the islands prepared during the Beagle survey under captain Robert Fitzroy, and in Darwin’s popular book The Voyage of the Beagle. The then new Republic of Ecuador took the islands from Spanish ownership in 1832, and subsequently gave the islands official Spanish names. The older names remained in use in English language publications, including Herman Melville’s The Encantadas of 1854.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye is a gem of an island, lying off the west coast of Scotland, with beautiful mountain scenery, interesting geology, stunning sea lochs and plenty of wildlife.

It’s also just become the first place in the world to be ‘virtually twinned’ after being twinned with the fictional isles of Skylands as part of the promotion of the new Skylanders video game.
Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides lying of the west coast of Scotland and its landscape is distinctly Highland with its lochs, heather-clad moors and towering peaks.

Despite its small size, Skye boasts an impressive 20 Munros, making the island a favourite with hillwalkers keen to tackle the heights of its Cuillin mountain range. The Black Cuillin is famous for its dramatic jagged ridge and the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a 150 ft rock making Sgurr Dearg the only Munro in Scotland with a summit that can only be reached by rock climbing.

Under the shadow of the towering Black Cuillin lies Loch Coruisk. With its reflective waters and mountain scenery, the loch is considered to be one of the most beautiful sights in Scotland.

Aside from the Munros, Skye features many other geological marvels such as the breathtaking landslip formation, the Quiraing, the astounding sea cliff of Kilt Rock on the rocky coastline of Trotternish, and strange rock pinnacles like the Old Man of Storr. The Faerie Pools of Glenbrittle are fast becoming a popular place for a swim thanks to its beautiful clear waters and spectacular surrounding scenery.

It was this beautiful scenery that led to the recent unique twinning partnership between the Isle of Skye and the virtual world of Skylands. In the world’s first every ‘virtual twinning’, Skye has provided some of the backdrop for the exciting new Skylander SWAP Force game, with key character Wash Buckler already having visited the island. The game brings toys to life by combining the physical characters playing in a virtual word with the ability to swap the top and bottom halves of the interactive figures.

Skye’s scenic landscape also provides a home for an abundant array of wildlife. Red deer, Scottish wildcats, pine martens and mountain hares roam the hillsides while around the coast you are sure to spot seabirds, seals and, if you are lucky, otters. In summer, why not take a boat trip, where you may catch a glimpse of dolphins, sea eagles and golden eagles? There are several companies providing boats trips around Skye, including Misty Isle Boat Trips, Elgol Boat Trips and Bella Jane Boat Trips.

Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore, Italy

Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore is a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. It is the first of the Cinque Terre one meets when travelling north from La Spezia.
The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town’s vineyards. Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has shoreline on the Mediterranean’s Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore’s main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars and shops can be found.
The Via dell’Amore is a path connecting Riomaggiore to its frazione Manarola, also part of the Cinque Terre.
Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the five Cinque Terre, all connected by trail. The water and mountainside have been declared national parks.
Riomaggiore inspired paintings by Telemaco Signorini (1835-1901), one of the artists of the Macchiaioli group.

Chittorgarh Fort, India

Chittorgarh Fort, India

Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated several kilometres by road south of Bhilwara. It was ruled initially by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from the 7th century, until it was finally abandoned in 1568 after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567. It sprawls majestically over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.
The fort was sacked three times between the 15th and 16th centuries; in 1303 Allauddin Khilji defeated Rana Ratan Singh, in 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat defeated Bikramjeet Singh and in 1567 Emperor Akbar defeated Maharana Udai Singh II who left the fort and founded Udaipur. Each time the men fought bravely rushing out of the fort walls charging the enemy but lost every time. Following these defeats, Jauhar was committed thrice by more than 13,000 ladies and children of the Rajput heroes who laid their lives in battles at Chittorgarh Fort, first led by Rani Padmini wife of Rana Rattan Singh who was killed in the battle in 1303, and later by Rani Karnavati in 1537 AD.
Thus, the fort represents the quintessence of tribute to the nationalism, courage, medieval chivalry and sacrifice exhibited by the Mewar rulers of Sisodia and their kinsmen and women and children, between the 7th and 16th centuries. The rulers, their soldiers, the women folk of royalty and the commoners considered death as a better option than dishonor in the face of surrender to the foreign invading armies.