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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Furniture company bringing 25 jobs to McDowell - McDowell News

Furniture company bringing 25 jobs to McDowell - McDowell News


SBFI North America, a manufacturer of trading desks and control room furniture, will locate its operations in the former Pisgah Yarn building in Old Fort.

The company plans to create 25 jobs and invest more than $1.4 million over the next three years in Old Fort. The project was made possible in part by a $75,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Bev Perdue.

“My first priority is creating jobs,” said Perdue. “Our investments in building a skilled workforce and job training programs have resulted in a top-notch business climate where companies can thrive. North Carolina’s support for the furniture industry is recognized worldwide.”

SBFI North America is located in Asheville. The international company is the world’s leading supplier of trading floor and control room furniture. This is the kind of furniture usually seen in the offices and control rooms for banks, stock market trading centers, airports and police headquarters. SBFI North America and its related companies currently employ more than 90 workers in North Carolina, according to a news release.

The company will expand its operations into the former Pisgah Yarn building, located on U.S. 70 West across from the Ethan Allen plant, said County Manager Chuck Abernathy, who is also the executive director of the McDowell Economic Development Association.

“My understanding is they will make high-end furniture for banking,” said Abernathy.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $31,080.  McDowell’s average annual wage is $29,692.

“We are excited about expanding operations inMcDowell County,” said Tom Finger, president of SBFI North America, in a news release. “SBFI has always been community minded and we look forward to contributing positively to the Old Fort community. We feel confident that our decision to locate in McDowell County was the best choice for everyone involved.

“There have been many people and agencies involved in the relocation and expansion decisions of SBFI,” he added. “We would like to thank everyone at N.C. Department of Commerce, McDowell County Economic Development Association, McDowellCounty, the town of Old Fort and the state of North Carolina in their assistance and hands-on approach towards making this decision possible. We look forward to working with and contributing to the local community of Old Fort and are excited at the prospect of becoming a contributing neighbor of the community.”

The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

Through use of the One NC Fund, more than 60,000 jobs and $11 billion in investment have been created since 2001.

To help recruit this industry, the commissioners approved an incentive of $60,000, to be paid over a three-year period. This money will be used for “machinery and equipment and building improvements.”

“It is good news for the town of Old Fort,” said Abernathy.

Mayor Garland Norton said more work will have to be done to the former Pisgah building before the new operation gets under way.

“I am glad to see it coming,” said Norton. “Every little bit helps. We’re going in a positive direction.”

For more information about SBFI North America, including job opportunities, go to


Banksy painting replaced by jubilee artwork in Bristol - Bristol Evening Post

A wall previously daubed by graffiti artist Banksy has been re-painted with an image of the Queen as diamond jubilee celebrations take hold of Bristol.

In October last year the popular Banksy work was vandalised in an apparent attack by rivals.

  1. Jubilee-themed artwork in the city centre - pic by @LukeReddy

  2. The Queen painted over former Banksy artwork - pic by @LukeReddy

  3. Banksy graffiti depicting an armed police officer and child which appeared in 2007

  4. Banksy's work, after it was vandalised last year

  5. The David Cameron and Boris Johnson graffiti

The stencil in Upper Maudlin Street, featuring a boy creeping up behind a sniper with a paper bag in his hands, was covered in black paint and graffiti tags.

Then in February a new stencil appeared showing David Cameron and Boris Johnson as rioters.

Now a black and white image of the Queen has appeared, complete with a blue and red David Bowie-style lightning flash painted across her face.

It is not known who did the painting, or if it has anything to do with urban art festival Upfest, which is also taking place in the city this weekend.

It looks unlikely that it is another Banksy as the elusive artist has not claimed responsibility for it on his website, where he normally posts images of his most recent work.

It is the latest artwork to adorn the wall next to Bristol charity the Grand Appeal, which raises money for the Children's Hospital.

In July last year a Banksy mural on the side of a former Eastville social club was painted over during works to turn it into a Muslim cultural centre.

The Gorilla in a Pink Mask in Fishponds Road was painted over by Saeed Ahmed who had never heard of Banksy. It was later restored.

In June 2009 two other popular works in the city were vandalised within hours of each other.

The Mild Mild West mural in Stokes Croft and the Park Street work featuring a naked man hanging from a windowsill, were attacked with a paint-gun. Efforts were made to remove the paint but tell-tale signs remain.


Painting a villain as martyr - Nation

Dr Shakil Afridi, better known for running a fake vaccination programme in Abbottabad at CIA’s behest with the aim of tracking down Osama bin Laden, and sentenced to 33 years by a Fata court for his ties with a terrorist group, filed an appeal against his conviction last week. In his verdict, the Additional District magistrate, who sentenced him under the Frontier Crimes Regulations that govern the federally administered tribal areas, recommended that a court with relevant jurisdiction should proceed against the CIA operative for his liaison with a foreign intelligence service. The United States establishment, that views him as a hero, has put its full weight behind the doctor, pressurising our government not to punish him for his crime; making public statements, using diplomatic channels and slashing the aid it promised. And of course, the donor-driven lobby of human rights activists and our so-called liberal intelligentsia is working overtime to rescue him, clutching at every possible technicality to make a martyr out of a villain. Where on earth are they coming from on this one?
Given the arrogance and double-standards displayed by the global bully, the reaction to Shakil Afridi’s sentence does not come as a surprise. The narrative of the US establishment is simple: Afridi helped them track down their enemy number one and that makes him a hero, who deserves to be rewarded with national awards instead of being punished. Congressmen would like to honour him and make him an American citizen for his services. So what if he broke the law of his country and committed treason. That is what the hired local intelligence operatives are supposed to do. To keep its credibility among the large network of local intelligence assets, that it openly boasted about after the Raymond Davis episode and the consequent deportation of American CIA agents, it cannot leave them in the lurch when they are caught. It is not about one man. The US would like to send the right message to its large network of local assets in Pakistan.
Laws, whether international or of any land, have never been a consideration for the US when it comes to waging its dirty wars and funding subversive activities around the globe. After all, the spuriously defined interests of the sole superpower are supreme and it feels that it has the right to ride roughshod over everything that stands in its way. It would be silly to think that those in the US establishment and mainstream Western media who are applauding Afridi for his heroic role would even consider the ethical aspects of a doctor endangering children through a fake vaccination campaign in another country. They are known to overlook crimes perpetrated by the US government and CIA that are far more serious, like killing innocent civilians, including women and children, in illegal drone attacks. The barbarity of US actions is acceptable to these blind patriots because those at the receiving end are bad non-Americans out to harm their homeland.
American writers critical of the US stance on Afridi have pointed out that the global bully has meted out much harsher punishments to its own citizens guilty of lesser crimes. They have raised many valid questions. What if an American citizen accepted money to work for a foreign intelligence agency to run a fake vaccination campaign targeting American children with the aim of locating someone wanted by that foreign agency without the knowledge of US authorities? Will the US government let him go scot-free and hand him over to the country whose intelligence agency had hired him? These conscientious voices are likely to remain unheard in the bigoted corridors of American power because the double standards that inform the US foreign policy go hand-in-hand with the arrogance that the superpower shamelessly parades around. What is good for the US is not good for other countries because, after all, they are not the US!
The US response to the Afridi case is, therefore, quiet predictable and easy to understand. What is disconcerting, however, is the campaign to rescue the unethical doctor turned foreign agent that has been started by the one-eyed champions of human rights and a section of the media. The donor-driven civil society and co-opted writers are screaming murder, fishing for loopholes in his conviction and crying for a fair trial for the spy. Disregarding the recommendation in the verdict for trying him in a competent court of law with the jurisdiction to try him for working for a foreign intelligence agency, they smell a rat because he has been sentenced for another crime. It doesn’t even seem to matter that his appeal will go through the due process of the existing law, whatever its shortcomings. They do not dispute the facts about his devious fake vaccination campaign, but would like to employ all rules of fairplay to shield him from punishment. They have taken up his cause, as if the rule of law in the country depended on it. And that is basically the problem with these one-eyed champions.
While they might have valid reasons to criticise the court verdict, their enthusiasm to come to Afridi’s aid gives us an insight into their priorities and perspective. In a national context, where they could help a multitude of innocent and helpless Pakistanis, why would these champions of human rights and rule of law make a big issue out of one case regarding a certified spy who didn’t have any qualms about running a fake vaccination campaign targeting children? Why do their hearts bleed for a the hired CIA operative more than it does for innumerable other cases involving poor Pakistani citizens, who did nothing wrong to get into trouble? Have they given some thought to their fellow citizens bombed by drones in their homes, a mosque and a bakery only last week? Given that even a criminal should be treated fairly, it is difficult to make sense of a concerted effort to save one hired spy in the present context; a spy who has appealed against his conviction, has the resources to defend himself and is protected by the sole superpower.
What makes justice for a tainted Afridi more urgent than for other untainted citizens? Is it because, taking the cue from their donors and patrons, the one-eyed champions consider Afridi a hero, who must be saved? Or, as has been suggested by some writers, have they been assigned and funded for running this save-Afridi campaign?

n    The writer is a freelance columnist.


Boy, 6, forges note with a highlighter and finger painting paper to get out of school... and they ACCEPT it (despite three spelling errors) - Daily Mail

By Emine Sinmaz


A six-year-old boy forged a dismissal note with highlighter pen on finger painting paper to get out of an after-school program – and his school accepted it.

Gannon Farley, from Middleboro, Massachusetts, was fed up with playing with Lego at his day care and wanted to go home to play on his Wii instead.

So the Henry B. Burkland Elementary School first-grader forged a handwritten note in fluorescent  yellow marker, which said: ‘Dery [dear] Mrs. Trotty [Trottier]. Gannon is not going to the prgrogm [program].’

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Bored: Gannon Farley, from Middleboro, Massachusetts, was fed up with playing with Lego at his day care and wanted to go home to play on his Wii instead

Bored: Gannon Farley, from Middleboro, Massachusetts, was fed up with playing with Lego at his day care and wanted to go home to play on his Wii instead

Handwritten: The Henry B. Burkland Elementary School first-grader forged a note in florescent yellow marker, which said: Dery [dear] Mrs. Trotty [Trottier]. Gannon is not going to the prgrogm [program].

Handwritten: The Henry B. Burkland Elementary School first-grader forged a note in florescent yellow marker, which said: Dery [dear] Mrs. Trotty [Trottier]. Gannon is not going to the prgrogm [program].

His teacher was suspicious and sent Gannon to see the school secretary for approval.

The secretary tried to call an old telephone number the school had listed for Gannon’s mother, Amie Nay, but could not get through.

After leaving a voice message, the school sent the six-year-old home. He rode the bus by himself to an empty house.

Nay had no idea Gannon had been sent home until she received a call from the school coordinator saying her son had not turned up to his after school program.

Furious: Amie Nay, left, had no idea Gannon, right, had been sent home until she received a call from the school coordinator saying her son had not turned up to his after school program

For hours the panic-stricken mother-of-three searched for him until a neighbour called to say he was with her.

Nay is furious that her son's school would put his life in danger and accept a note that had been written by a child.

'I looked at it and I said to the principal, "you're kidding me right, really? This was accepted as a legitimate note?"' Nay told

'It terrifies me to think that he managed to outsmart your administration.'

The school claims the incident was investigated but the secretary who dismissed Gannon remains at the institute.

'She's still employed,' Nay told NECN. 'I don't feel that appropriate action has been taken.'

Gannon says he has learned his lesson and will not be forging any more notes.

‘I lied. I was not really thinking anything,' he said. I was just writing the note, I was focusing on writing the note. ‘

Dispute: Henry B. Burkland Elementary School claims appropriate action has been taken but the secretary remains at the school

Dispute: Henry B. Burkland Elementary School claims appropriate action has been taken but the secretary remains at the school

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(which all school's must have). - Tab, Falkirk, It is 'schools' not 'school's'. Elementary really dear Tab. So what were you saying about awful spelling and grammar?

I guess it's the same in the US where standards have dropped across the board over the years and you now have people doing jobs they clearly arent capable of i thought this would be in the UK going by the title and how we are a country where standards are VERY low everywhere and many people in jobs 10years ago they wouldnt have stood a chance at gettig

well the state of education over there an here I imagine there are a lot more which have gone undiscovered as the teachers probably cant read non print anymore.

Aside from being smart and intelligent and cunning, good handwriting for his age, too!


Please stop praising this child's ingenuity and supposed finesse. It wasn't even a good con, but the school officials behaved like idiots. The child lied, as all children will do as long as they think they won't get caught. If I had done something so deceitful and underhanded, my mother would have made sure I ate dinner standing up. And I wouldn't have seen that Wii again for a very, very long time.

If the school had not accepted the note and it turned out to ACTUALLY be from the parent - think how different the story would have been. Some of the notes I receive from parents are barely comprehensible.

(or is that an Old Wives' Tale)? - Grannie Morton, Newcastle, Staffs, 02/6/2012 13:56..... my son just turned 8 last week, he lost his first teeth at 4 and most of his friends started to loose them by 6.

I work in a London school and to be fair, this is about the standard of most of the legitimate parent notes I get given!

I work at a school and believe me the standard of paper used to write notes, coupled with awful spelling and grammar mean that it can be difficult to ascertain who wrote them. Some parents are illiterate. A phone call would have cleared this up, and the secretary should not have sent the child home without having first contacted someone from the emergency contact list (which all school's must have).

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ArtKos: Saturday Painting Palooza Vol.355 - DAILY KOS

For this week's cycle I will be starting an entirely new painting.  I'm going back to Victorian Cape May in New Jersey.  I'll be painting the late Victorian home seen in the photo directly below.

I've had my eye on this one for a long time.  The house to the right, only partially seen, was the subject of an earlier SPP cycle.  This house is similar but with totally different details.  They were obviously built as a pair apparently toward the end of the nineteenth century.  Whle the one to the right has original details, this one may have had some updates.  I'll have to look more closely next time I'm in Cape May.

I started with an outline of the home on an 8x8 inch canvas.  I'm using my usual acrylic paints.  I chose the bright orange seen in the prior cactus painting.  It will work well in the home's shingles.  I painted in the sky just to see the contrast of colors.  Then I painted a bit of the lawn.  I'm pleased so far though the house looks a bit squished at this point.

The current state of the painting is seen in the photo directly below.

That's about it for now. Next week I'll have an entirely new piece to show you. See you then. As always, feel free to add photos of your own work in the comments section below.

Earlier paintings in this series can be  seen here.


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