Posts Tagged With: North & South

All I never knew I wanted to know about cotton. I blame Mr. Thornton!

Living on the edge of the suburbs, subdivisions are commingled with farmland. Step outside the house and you can hear cows mooing in the field behind our subdivision. Drive to the grocery store and you pass numerous fields. The primary crop where I live–cotton.

This time of year almost every field looks like this:

 

Having lived most of my life elsewhere, I find the cotton fields beautiful. Every time you end up behind a semi carrying cotton it looks as though it is snowing as loose pieces float past, sometimes even necessitating windshield wipers.

 

 

 

Today I was out running errands and found myself behind a truck headed to the local cotton gin, located 2 miles from my house. As we drove, I looked at the flying cotton and then the truck sized bales of cotton outside the gin, to the haze around the gin itself.

 

 

With so much cotton around me, my thoughts naturally turned to North & South, Mr. Thornton and his busy cotton mill. I think I’m going to have to have a rewatch soon.

All of this made me curious though.

I learned about Eli Whitney and his cotton gin as a child, but knew nothing about the modern processing of cotton.

Those bales of cotton, it turns out are actually called, modules. These can weigh up to 10 metric tons (over 22,000 pounds). The compression used to build the modules helps reduce the number of trucks required to transport cotton from the field to the gin. There are module builders that are separate from the picker or picker/module combination equipment.

 

Once the modules are built they are transported to the gin. The view outside our local cotton gin looks something like the picture to the right.

 
 

Now we get to the processing of the cotton:

The modules are loaded into the  module feeder of the gin.

“The cotton then enters a dryer, which removes excess moisture. The cylinder cleaner uses six or seven rotating, spiked cylinders to break up large clumps of cotton. Finer foreign material, such as soil and leaves, passes through rods or screens for removal. The stick machine uses centrifugal force to remove larger foreign matter, such as sticks and burrs, while the cotton is held by rapidly rotating saw cylinders. The gin stand uses the teeth of rotating saws to pull the cotton through a series of “ginning ribs”, which pull the fibers from the seeds which are too large to pass through the ribs.”

 
 

What is left is the lint. This is once again compressed into bales, weighing about 500 pounds. The value of the bales is tested based on “fiber length (staple), strength, micronaire, color and cleanness.” At this point the cotton is usually sold to a local merchant who in turn sells it to a textile mill.

 
 

Were John Thornton around today, this is probably where he and his mill would take possession.

So there you have it. I now know way more than I ever thought I’d want to about the harvesting and ginning of cotton. I blame you Richard Armitage and your character John Thornton! Well, and maybe also the fact that I live in cotton country. 😉

All of my info is courtesy of:

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North and South Global Watch

I know several other bloggers have put up reminders, but here is my contribution. Don’t forget the global North and South watch this weekend!

It’s not the American cover, but I like it better!

Here are the scheduled start times according to Armitage Watch:

Prime Time USA

USA East Coast

June 1, 2012
USA West Coast

June 1, 2012
United Kingdom

2 June 2012
Australia NSW

2 June 2012
Ep 1    8 PM   5:00 PM 1:00 AM 10:00 AM
Ep 2    9 PM   6:00 PM 2:00 AM 11:00 AM
Ep 3  10 PM   7:00 PM 3:00 AM 12:00 PM
Ep 4  11 PM   8:00 PM 4:00 AM 1:00 PM

Evening USA

USA East Coast

June 2, 2012
USA West Coast

June 2, 2012
United Kingdom

2/3 June 2012
Australia NSW

3 June 2012
Ep 1    6 PM   3:00 PM 11:00 PM 8:00 AM
Ep 2    7 PM   4:00 PM 12:00 AM 9:00 AM
Ep 3    8 PM   5:00 PM 1:00 AM 10:00 AM
Ep 4    9 PM   6:00 PM 2:00 AM 11:00 AM

Evening Australia

USA East Coast

June 2, 2012
USA West Coast

June 1, 2012
United Kingdom

2 June 2012
Australia NSW

3 June 2012
Ep 1  4 AM   1:00 AM 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
Ep 2  5 AM   2:00 AM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
Ep 3  6 AM   3:00 AM 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
Ep 4  7 AM   4:00 AM 12:00 PM 9:00 PM
Evening UK
USA East Coast

June 2, 2012
USA West Coast

June 2, 2012
United Kingdom

2 June 2012
Australia NSW

 3 June 2012
Ep 1  2 PM   11:00 AM 7:00 PM 4:00 AM
Ep 2  3 PM   12:00 PM 8:00 PM 5:00 AM
Ep 3  4 PM   1:00 PM 9:00 PM 6:00 AM
Ep 4  5 PM   2:00 PM 10:00 PM 7:00 AM

Evening UK

USA East Coast

June 3, 2012
USA West Coast

June 3, 2012
United Kingdom

3 June 2012
Australia NSW

4 June 2012
Ep 1  12 PM     9:00 AM 5:00 PM 2:00 AM
Ep 2  1 PM   10:00 AM 6:00 PM 3:00 AM
Ep 3  2 PM   11:00 AM 7:00 PM 4:00 AM
Ep 4  3 PM   12:00 PM 8:00 PM 5:00 AM

If  you plan on participating via Twitter, don’t forget your hashtag: #RichardArmitageNS

I hope to see lots of fellow Armitage admirers this evening via Twitter! I’ll be sticking with TweetDeck, but if you are interested, TweetChat has been suggested for keeping up with the conversation. After all who wouldn’t want to watch John Thornton with a bunch of their online buddies? 😉

Update: I had sooo much fun tonight! I would encourage everyone to try and join the group watch at one of the remaining scheduled times–even if you can’t watch all 4 hours in one sitting.

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John Thornton Picspam

I know that in Armitage World Fridays are Guy Day. However, given my recent North & South viewing with my neighbor, I’m in a Thornton mood. What better way to celebrate the TDHCMO than with a collection of my favorite images! Or we could just call this what it really is, a shameless excuse for a Thornton Picspam. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

 

 

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Watching RA with a Teenager: Part 2

The 17 year old neighbor and I finished watching North & South this afternoon. Well, there was no Road to Damascus conversion for her. 😉 Mr. Thornton is still just okay looking, although she thinks the character has a lot of wonderful qualities. I will say this, she was in rare form today with her comments.

North & South from a 17 Year Old’s Perspective: Continued

She comment on how sweet he looked in this scene.

  1. Punch him in the face sir! (This was her response to Higgin’s being ejected from the mill by Williams.)
  2. Ugh, she’s so horrible. (Yes, she still doesn’t think very highly of Margaret.)
  3. She’s so upitty for a servant, she needs to chill! (Don’t we all think this about Dixon?)
  4. Mr. Bell is so cool in his plaid pants, he’s like a hipster.
  5. I took her long enough! (Her response to Margaret acknowledging Mr. Thornton’s good qualities when she urges Higgins to go to him forwork.)
  6. You go Mrs. Thornton, bring her down a peg!
  7. Miss “Hell” is right!
  8. He’s kind of pathetic in a sad, sweet kind of way. (This was her response to the “Look back at me” scene!!!)
  9. Somebody slap her, her brother raised her, such..gah! (I always want to slap Fanny too.)
  10. It just shows how big a heart he has. (After Fanny’s gloating, when Mr. Thorton says, “Thank God Fanny is taken care of.”
  11. He’s so pathetic, like there’s no other girl in the world. (This was her response to, “He was her brother.”)
  12. Margaret and that hat, whew! Can’t she buy a nicer one?
  13. You deserve so much better son! (Her response to railway station scene! What am I going to do with her?)

While the 17 year old doesn’t go for Mr. Thornton, her mom oohed and awed in all the right places. Maybe she’ll be a convert. She did mention something about looking up RA and finding our dear Gisborne attractive. This seems like progress to me! And really, it would take a strong woman to resist the appeal of this:

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Watching RA with a Teenager

My sweet little 17 year old neighbor had surgery to remove her wisdom teeth this week. Between the pain and the pain meds, she hasn’t really been fit for school. So, she called me today and asked if she could come over and watch…wait for it…North & South. This was encouraging, seeing as she had already watched it with me once. I actually had some free time this afternoon, so she came on over. She likes to give a running commentary throughout the movie, and since I’ve seen it numerous times, I enjoy hearing her take on it. So I thought I’d share some of the things she said today (about the first half, she’s coming back tomorrow to watch the rest).

North & South from a 17 Year Old’s Perspective:

  1. That Henry guy is going to propose, isn’t he? At least he’s better than Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.
  2. Mrs. Hale should shut up already, all she ever does is complain.
  3. Gosh, Mr. Hale’s family just don’t understand him.
  4. Oh, I love when Higgin’s rescues her, he’s like a teddy bear.
  5. Fanny is really shallow, she needs to close her mouth!
  6. Ah, Frederick is sooo cute! I really like him.
  7. I hate that Bessie’s sick, it’s not fair!
  8. Mr. Thornton should run the other way, Margaret is a jerk.
  9. They should put their boobs away!
  10. Uh, she is so mean! He deserves way better than her.

Oh, she also informs me that Mr. Thornton is just okay looking. But when she saw the below picture on my laptop she decided that Richard Armitage is actually handsome. Whew, at least I don’t have to worry too much about her taste! 😉

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30 Days of Richard Armitage-Day 25

An audio book you would like him to record:

We do have that small sampling of Richard Armitage reading a passage from North & South. But, I’m greedy and I want to hear him read the book in its entirety. 🙂

And since it is still Valentines Day where I live…here’s a video I enjoyed seeing thanks to a tweet by @CliveStanden.

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The Best Search Term Yet

If you have a WordPress blog, then you know there can be some pretty odd search terms that lead people to your blog. Today was no exception. However, there was one search term that stood out from the rest, because it was so appropriate and made me laugh. And what was this term? “Richard Armitage take the cravat off, baby!” While the person searching for this may never come back to my blog, I thought I would still indulge them…and myself of course! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Days of Richard Armitage-Day 6

Your favorite interview:

For this, I’m going with the first interview I saw. After watching North & South, it was rather jarring watching the accompanying interview (on the DVD) with Richard Armitage. It was a great interview that gave insight into how dedicated he was to getting the role just right. However, what struck me most in this interview was how incredibly different he was from the character. When you watch Thornton, his carriage is so upright, his voice carries–there is an aura of power and purpose about him. Richard Armitage seemed so boyish and slightly timid in this interview. The contrast between the character in the film and the man in the interview, drove home for me how talented an actor he is.

At around 2:55 in the second half of the interview is when he talks about the riot scene. This was the first time I got a glimpse of the giggling–what can I say, it’s pretty adorable!

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30 Days of Richard Armitage Challenge-Day 2

The role which made you fall for him.

I not only saw North & South first but it was the role that hooked me. There was a lot to love about John Thornton! But the scene that sticks out most for me is when we see him with his mother after Margaret has rejected him….gah, he’s so heartbroken. You just want to reach out make him feel better!!! Well done Mr. Armitage, well done! Here I am a over two years later still gushing about your work.

Thanks to richardarmitagenet.com for the screencap.

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30 Days of Richard Armitage Challenge-Day 1

Yesterday I started a Facebook account to go along with the blog (as opposed to my RL account). While on there I saw a couple of people were doing this 30 day challenge. Then I saw that several people on Tumblr were as well and I figured what the heck…it’s a fun way to learn about other people’s Armitage addiction! So, I’ll join the many others out there who are doing this. 🙂 As a bonus it ensures I have something to blog about for the next 30 days. Especially since I have such a hard time thinking of things to say. Wink, wink! 😉

Day 1: The first role you saw him in. John Thornton in North & South

Screencap courtesy of http://www.richardarmitagenet.com

 

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