First Night Design | Quotation #1 – Rose Macaulay

First Night Design

Undiscovered Country © Sarah VernonUndiscovered Country © Sarah Vernon

The beautiful Jane Morley from View from a French Hillside has nominated me to take part in a quote challenge, which requires three quotes over three days and the tagging of three other blogs each day. If you want to revel in glorious photography (available as greeting cards) taken in an around her French home, I can highly recommend a visit to her blog. There’s a tea room, and a boutique — Galerie de La Maison — attached should you find yourself in South West France!

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My first quote is from the British writer Rose Macaulay [1881-1958] and is one that I stencilled in old gold around the petrol green wall of the bathroom in my second London flat. I say it to myself every time I look at the mess around me!


“At the least, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.”

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First Night Design | Quotation #2 – Motele in Auschwitz

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Following Jane Morley‘s tagging of me for this challenge, my second quote is also something I stencilled on that bathroom wall I mentioned yesterday! It is part of a poem written by an eight-year-old boy, Motele, which was published in a Warsaw Ghetto newspaper, Gazeta Zydowoska, and translated from the Yiddish by Dr. Marie Syrkin. Dr. Syrkin included it in her book, Blessed is the Match: The Story of Jewish Resistance. Motele did not survive.

Child survivors at Auschwitz [Wikimedia] Child survivors at Auschwitz [Wikimedia]

From tomorrow on I shall be sad – from tomorrow on.
Not today, no! Today I will be glad.
And every day, no matter how bitter it be, I will say:
From tomorrow on I shall be sad, not today!

It is an anthem for life and despite its sad provenance, it lifts my spirits immeasurably.

Here are three lovely people with three lovely blogs I’m tagging for the challenge. Dear…

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TURKEY: ‘ Just 81-Years Ago Today People were Confronted with Surname Law ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Turkey:June.21: Just 81 years ago today, Turkish people were confronted with a new law, which would make them choose a formal, legal family surname – a profound change in the ordinary life of Turks who had dealt with a series of radical reforms in their newly established country.

Starting in the early 1920s – after the Ottoman Empire collapsed and Turkey was declared a republic – a numerous social, political and economic reforms were passed with the aim of transforming Turkey into a modern country.

Among these deep social changes was the Surname Law adopted on June 21, 1934, which required all Turkish citizens to choose a surname for their family.

Before that, Turks, as well as other ethnicities living in the Ottoman Empire, had no surname. People were addressed with titles like “hadji” (pilgrim), “hodja” (teacher), “agha” (master), “pasha” (general), “hafiz” (someone who have completely memorized the Qur’an), “lady/madam” and so on.

Others were called with a reference to their hometown, like “Konevi” (meaning from Konya).

Although the new law was intended to ease the daily life of the public, not everybody was happy. Among them were some prominent Turkish names including Halide Edip Adivar, a novelist, nationalist, and women’s rights activist, and Nihal Atsiz, an author, poet, and a leading supporter of the pan-Turkist ideology.


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