Friday, April 29, 2016

April

La Vie Parisienne, April 26, 1924
April is the fourth month of the year. The Romans called it Aprillis, thought to come from the verb apeirre, meaning "to open", in reference to the opening and flowering of plants. April was sacred to the Goddess Venus, her festival, Veneralia, being celebrated on the first day of the month, and it was thought that maybe April was originally Aphrillis, taken from her Greek counter-part Aphrodite. The Anglo-Saxons knew April as ēastre-monaþ, named after the Goddess Eostre, and this word, ēastre, later became Easter, the name of the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. St. Mark's Eve takes place on the 24th, and superstition says that the ghosts of the people doomed to die that year will pass into the local church. The Finnish word for April is huhtikku, meaning "slash-and-burn moon", referencing the slashing and burning of plants to make fields. 

The birth flower for April is the daisy, and the gemstone is the diamond. Zodiac signs are Aries, the ram, and Taurus, the Cretan bull killed by Theseus. In Egypt, Taurus was associated with the cow Goddess Hathor.

April in other languages: Avril (French)
Flowers: Daisy, Bellis (Bellis perennis is the scientific name of the common daisy), Madelief ("daisy"), Marguerite ("daisy")

Gems: Diamond, Diamanto ("diamond"), Almast ("diamond"), Kaimana ("diamond" and "sea power")
Zodiac: Aries, Ovid ("a sheep"), Kreios/Crius ("lord, master" or "ram"); Fintan ("white fire" or "white bull"), Gopala ("cow protector"), 
Enikő ("deer" or "cow"), Byron ("place of the cow sheds"), Hathor.
Fourth: Anan ("fourth born child"), Raabi'a ("fourth")
Other: Aprillis, Aphrillis, Venus, Aphrodite, Easter, Eostre, Mark.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia Welcome a Baby Boy

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland, and his wife Sofia Hellqvist, have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy they have named Prince Alexander Erik Hubertus Bertil, Duke of Sodermanland.

The Graces: From Thalia to Hegemone

"Graces" by Agita Keiri
The Graces, also known as the Charites, were the Goddesses of charm, beauty, fertility, nature, and human creativity, and are usually referred to as only three: Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia. Usually they are said to be daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, a Goddess portrayed as a mermaid. They have also been credited as daughters of Dionysus and Aphrodite, or Helios and the naiad Aegle. However, there are many other minor Goddesses named as Graces, and I will be covering their names, along with the common three. Firstly I will list their name, then the meaning, and finally what they are the Goddess of.

Aglaea - "Splendor, beauty" - Splendor, beauty, glory, adornment
Euphrosyne or Euthymia - "Mirth, meriment" and "In good spirits" - Joy and mirth and the incarnation of beauty and grace
Thalia - "To blossom" - Abundance, festivity, and banquets; Thalia is also the muse of comedy and pastoral poetry

Cleta - "Splendid, famous"
Hegemone - "Mastery" - Plants; She was thought to represent Autumn
Auxo - "Increase" - Plants; Represented Spring, and was also a Horae
Peitho - "Persuasion" - Persuasion and seduction, also known as Suada or Suadela in Rome
Phaenna - "Shining"
Pasithae or Pasithee - "Goddess of All" or "Relaxation" - Relaxation, meditation, hallucination
Charis - "Grace, kindness" - Sometimes a name of a Grace, sometimes used just as an a sort of epithet
Cale or Kale - "Beauty"
Antheia or Anthea - "Flower, blossom" - Flowers and flowery wreaths; Antheia was also a epithet of the Goddess Hera.
Eudaimonia - "Human flourishing" - Happiness
Paidia - "Play" - Playfulness
Pandaisia - "Banquet" - Banquets
Pannychis - "Night festivities" - Festivity

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bond Girls Pt. 2

Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny in "Spectre"
Octopussy (1983):
Octopussy (Maud Adams)
Magda (Kristina Wayborn)
Penelope Smallbone (Michaela Clavell)
Bianca (Tina Hudson)

A View to a Kill (1985):
Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts)
Kimberley Jones (Mary Stävin)
May Day (Grace Jones)
Pola Ivanova (Fiona Fullerton)

The Living Daylights (1987):
Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo)
Linda (Kell Tyler)

Licence to Kill (1989):
Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell)
Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto)

GoldenEye (1995):
Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco)
Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)
Caroline (Serena Gordon)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997):
Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh)
Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher)
Inga Bergstrøm (Cecilie Thomsen)

The World Is Not Enough (1999):
Christmas Jones (Denise Richards)
Elektra King (Sophie Marceau)
Molly Warmflash (Serena Scott Thomas)

Die Another Day (2002):
Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson (Halle Berry)
Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike)
Peaceful Fountains of Desire (Rachel Grant)

Casino Royale (2006):
Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)
Solange Dimitrios (Caterina Murino)

Quantum of Solace (2008):
Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton)
Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko)

Skyfall (2012):
Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris)
Sévérine (Bérénice Marlohe)

Spectre (2015):
Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux)
Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci)
Eve Moneypenny

Friday, April 8, 2016

Anne Hathaway Has a Baby Boy

Adam and Anne
Anne Hathaway has welcomed her first child with her husband Adam Shulman, a baby boy they named Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Agnes Bruckner Welcomes Baby Boy

Agnes Bruckner
Actress Agnes Bruckner and her husband Alefaio Brewer have had their first child together, a baby boy they named Sebastian Lopeti.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bond Girls Pt. 1

Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in "Dr. No"
Although Bond Girls are unfortunately portrayed as little more than sexual objects, I have to say that I love them and their ridiculous names.
My favorite name out of all them is probably Eve Moneypenny (and yes, you can fight me about whether or not she really is a "Bond girl"), or Vesper Lynd.
In these posts I'll only be featuring the names from the films, but I might do the ones from the books at a later date. This is going to be really long, so I apologize in advance. The names in parenthesis are the names of the actresses.

Dr. No (1962): 
Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress; In the book her name is Honeychile Rider)
Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson)
Miss Taro (Zena Marshall)

From Russia with Love (1963):
Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi)
Sylvia Trench
Zora (Martine Beswick)
Vida (Aliza Gur)

Goldfinger (1964):
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)
Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton)
Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet)
Dink (Margaret Nolan)
Bonita (Nadja Regin)

Thunderball (1965):
Domino Derval (Claudine Auger; Dominetta Vitali in the book)
Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi)
Patricia "Pat" Fearing (Molly Peters)

You Only Live Twice (1967):
Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama)
Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi)
Ling (Tsai Chin)
Helga Brandt (Karin Dor)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969):
Teresa di Vincenzo or Tracy Bond (Diana Rigg)
Nancy (Catherine Schell)
Ruby Bartlett (Angela Scoular)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971):
Tiffany Case (Jill St. John)
Marie (Denise Perrier)
Plenty O'Toole (Lana Wood)

Live and Let Die (1973):
Simone "Solitaire" Latrelle (Jane Seymour)
Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry)
Miss Caruso (Madeline Smith)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974):
Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland)
Andrea Anders (Maud Adams)
Saida (Carmen du Sautoy)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977):
Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach)
Naomi (Caroline Munro)
Felicca (Olga Bisera)

Moonraker (1979):
Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)
Corinne Dufour (Corinne Cléry)
Manuela (Emily Bolton)
Dolly (Blanche Ravalec)

For Your Eyes Only (1981):
Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet)
Lisl Von Schlaf (Cassandra Harris)