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Flat Stanley at the Calligraphy Greenway

Apr.13th. Sunday ☀

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A good weekend at the Calligraphy Greenway

A good weekend at the Calligraphy Greenway

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Today, Flat Justin.Stanley and I went to Calligraphy Greenway. We went there by bus, waiting for nearly thirty minutes to get on the bus.
First, we went to eat lunch at a restaurant. We had fried rice, chicken rolls and soup. They were all our favorites. The food was so delicious! Then, we went to Calligraphy Greenway, there were some vendors, stands and some street performances. I liked the “TOP SHOW”best, there was an old man that played tops. His show was very interesting. He played some tricks. He made the top balanced turning on his hand and a paddle. That really made we feel amazing. Flat Justin.Stanley had taken photos with those tops. We went home at 2:00 PM. Stanley and I had a great Sunday afternoon!

Justin and Stanley at Rehoboth Beach

My cousin and I went to the beach.  The water was cold.

Stanley and Justin @ the Park

Stanley and I went to the creek.  The creek had huge rocks in it.

 

Stanley with Justin at Brandywine Park

It was a nice sunny day. Stanley and I had fun in the tree.

Stanley climbing tree with Rahi….

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Waterbury CT

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling said hello to Flat Stanley who traveled all the way from Mrs. Krull’s classroom at Great Lakes Elementary in Superior, Wisconsin. Second-grader Payton Zepczyk has been following Flat Stanley’s travels in California. Shout-out to Payton’s mom, Shelby Kurtz, and grandmother,Debbie Backlund-Kurtz. — in Indian Wells, California.

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling said hello to Flat Stanley who traveled all the way from Mrs. Krull's classroom at Great Lakes Elementary in Superior, Wisconsin.

Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling said hello to Flat Stanley who traveled all the way from Mrs. Krull’s classroom at Great Lakes Elementary in Superior, Wisconsin.

Antonella at Memorial Park, Eastchester, NY

Nativity Set

Nativity Set

Jenna (from NY) brings her Stacy to Dance Class

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Flat Stacies from California

Flat Stacies from California riding the turtles in the keiki pool in Kauai

Flat Stacies from California riding the turtles in the keiki pool in Kauai

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Flat Stacies from California

Flat Stacie loves to ride horses in Kauai!

Flat Stacie loves to ride horses in Kauai!

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Flat Stacies from California

Waimea Canyon in Kauai

Flat Stacies at Waimea Canyon in Kauai

Flat Stacies at Waimea Canyon in Kauai

 

Flat Stacies from California

Flat Stacie from California on the plane to Kauai

Flat Stacie from California on the plane to Kauai

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A couple of our Stacies when they were created on 11/13. Soon they will travel and experience things.

NY Flat Stacies

Well, the NY Flat Stacies are done. They will stay in NY until 12/4. Each girl will complete 2 entries before sending their Stacie off to California for the holidays. Expected ship date is 12/5. Will share photos between now and then. Girls are very excited. So you know, we live in Eastchester NY which is about 30 min from NYC.

Flat Stanley Moves to Cornwall (England)

Cornwall has its own language! Cornish!

Cornish (Kernowek or Kernewek) is a Brythonic Celtic language and a recognised minority language of the United Kingdom. Along with Welsh and Breton, it is directly descended from the ancient British language spoken throughout much of Britain before the English language came to dominate. The language continued to function as a common community language in parts of Cornwall until the late 18th century. Some children used the language to converse in, and families used it as a language of the home through the 19th century and possibly into the 20th. Some elderly speakers were known to be still living into the 20th century including one still alive in 1914. A process to revive the language was started in the early 20th century, continuing to this day.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornish_language

Flat is going to enrol in some classes to learn the language (just like he learned a bit of Arabic while he was in Saudi Arabia).
This is what Flat has learned about Redruth, so far: Redruth as we see it today is almost wholly a product of the last 250 years. It owed its growth to its good fortune in lying at the centre of what was in the 1700s one of the richest parts of land in the world. It was the deep mining of copper after the 1730s, which catapulted Redruth out of its status of quiet market town – in reality a village. Formerly overshadowed by its neighbours of Truro, Helston and Falmouth, it became one of the major urban centres in Cornwall.
The history of the town has, therefore, three parts. First, there was a long period during which it was a small market town of less than a thousand souls; then from around 1700 to the 1850s the town grew rapidly to house a population of over 8,000 as mining prospered; and finally, from the 1860s, the chronic problems of local industry heralded a period in which the town searched for a new role. Within this framework perhaps the best way to get a feel for the past of Redruth and its people is to walk around its streets. http://www.redruth-tc.gov.uk/Core/Redruth-Town-Council/Pages/History_4.aspx
Redruth is twinned with Plumergat et Meriadec, Brittany, France and Mineral Point, Wisconsin, USA. A lot of Cornish miners emigrated to Wisconsin as the tin mining ran out in Cornwall.http://www.redruth-tc.gov.uk/Core/Redruth-Town-Council/Pages/Twinning_4.aspx 
Finally, the UK history of last name: Stanley
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This interesting surname is one of the oldest and noblest of all English surnames, with the Stanley family who hold the earldom of Derby tracing their descent from a companion of Wilham the Conqueror, Adam de Aldithley. A branch of the family taking the name Stanley when Adam’s grandson married the heiress to the manor of Stanley in Staffordshire. The name itself is of Anglo-Saxon locational origin from any of the various places so called in Derbyshire, Durham and Gloucester, and is composed of the Olde English pre 7th Century “stan”, a stone, plus “leah”, a wood or clearing. The founder of the family’s fortune was Sir John Stanley (1350 – 1414), who married an heiress of West Derby, Lancashire, and became Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and was granted sovereignty over the Isle of Man by Henry 1V. One Thomas Baron Stanley placed the Crown of England on the head of Henry Tudor (Henry V11) at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and was created Earl of Derby. Other famous namebearers include Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby (1508 – 1572), who signed a petition to Pope Clement V11 for Henry V111’s divorce, 1530; and Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815 – 1881) who was Dean of Westminster from 1864 – 1881. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Stanleya, which was dated 1130, in the “Pipe Rolls of Staffordshire”, during the reign of King Henry 1, known as “The Administrator”, 1100 – 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop ” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling. Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Stanley#ixzz22AwYRqFH

1st Annual Cornish Pasty Festival

The UKs first Cornish Pasty Festival.  Three-day event celebrating the history and heritage of the geographically-protected food and its links to Cornish Mining and the World Heritage Site was held in Redruth from 21-23 September 2012.  Flat met the Town Crier and a local pasty who was walking up and down Fore Street.  http://www.visitredruth.co.uk/World-Heritage-Tourist-Information/UserFiles/Files/Cornish%20Pasty%20Festival%20Programme.pdf


He only had one pasty, a regular steak pasty, but there were many more on offer and many flavours, including:


Traditional Cornish Pasties

  • Cornish Mixed Pasty

Speciality Pasties

  • Full English Breakfast Pasty
  • Beef Madras Pasty
  • Beef & Stilton Pasty
  • Cheese & Bacon Pasty
  • Chicken Pasty
  • Spicy Chicken Pasty
  • Chicken & Bacon Pasty
  • Ham, Leek & Cheese Pasty
  • Lamb & Mint Pasty
  • Pork & Apple Pasty
  • Steak & Ale Pasty
  • Steak & Onion Pasty
 

Flat didn’t have a chance to try making his own pasty, the pasty making room was very busy with lots of little fingers though.  But he found this website and will make one at home:  http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/pasties.html

 

This is what Flat learned at the Cornish Pasty Festival:  “A wealth of historical evidence confirms the importance of the Cornish pasty as part of the county’s culinary heritage, with some of the first references appearing during the 13th Century, during the reign of Henry III. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that pasty was identified in around 1300. The pasty became commonplace in the 16th and 17th centuries and really attained its true Cornish identity during the last 200 years. By the 18th century it was firmly established as a Cornish food eaten by poorer working families who could only afford cheap ingredients such as potatoes, swede and onion. Meat was added later.

 

Evidence of the Cornish pasty as a traditional Cornish food is found in Worgan’s agricultural survey of Cornwall of 1808. In the 1860s records show that children employed in mines also took pasties with them as part of their crib or croust (local dialect for snack or lunch).

 

By the end of the 18th century it was the staple diet of working men across Cornwall. Miners and farm workers took this portable and easy to eat convenience food with them to work because it was so well suited to the purpose. Its size and shape made it easy to carry, its pastry case insulated the contents and was durable enough to survive, while its wholesome ingredients provided enough sustenance to see the workers through their long and arduous working days.


By the early 20th century the Cornish Pasty was produced on a large scale throughout the county as a basic food for farm workers and miners.”  http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/history.html

 

He also learned that the Cornish Pasty is a protected food winning official recognition protection under the EU protected food names scheme!  A genuine Cornish pasty will need to contain chunks of beef, potato, onion and swede (or turnip, as it’s called in Cornwall), all encased in the famous D-shaped crust.  The award of Protected Geographic Indication status means the pasties can only be made in Cornwall, and only pasties meeting the registered specification will be able to carry the name ‘Cornish Pasty’ on their label. http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2011/02/22/cornish-pasties-can%E2%80%99t-be-pirated-3/

 

Flat had only one thing to say after he finished eating his first Cornish pasty:  “Proper job!”
singing the pasty song all the way home:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVEf1JfkKiY

St Piran’s Day March 2013

On 1 March 2013, St Piran arrived (again) in Perranporth.  Flat went to welcome him, along with the children form the local schools.  He had a great time dancing the Piran Furry Dance.  He was a bit disappointed that the photos weren’t very good, but hopes you get an idea of the dancing any way.

Flat learned that Piran is the most famous of all the saints said to have come to Cornwall from Ireland.  The heathen Irish tied him to a mill-stone, rolled it over the edge of a cliff into a stormy sea, which immediately became calm, and the saint floated safely over the water to land upon the sandy beach of Perranzabuloe in Cornwall.  He was joined at Perranzabuloe by many of his Christian converts and together they founded the Abbey of Lanpiran, with Piran as abbot.  Saint Piran ‘rediscovered’ tin-smelting (tin had been smelted in Cornwall since before the Romans’ arrival, but the methods had since been lost) when his black hearthstone, which was evidently a slab of tin-bearing ore, had the tin smelt out of it and rise to the top in the form of a white cross (thus the image on the flag).

St Piran’s Day is popular in Cornwall and the term ‘Perrantide’ has been coined to describe the week prior to this day. Many Cornish-themed events occur in the Duchy and also in areas in which there is a large community descended from Cornish emigrants. The village of Perranporth (‘Porthpyran’ in Cornish) hosts the annual inter-Celtic festival of ‘Lowender Peran’, which is also named in honour of him.  Flat was unable to attend the largest St Piran’s Day event – the march across the dunes to St Piran’s cross which thousands of people attending, generally dressed in black, white and gold, and carrying the Cornish Flag – maybe next year so he can take part in the play about the Life of St Piran, in Cornish. Daffodils are also carried and placed at the cross. Daffodils also feature in celebrations in Truro, most likely due to their ‘gold’ colour. Black, white and gold are colours associated with Cornwall due to St Piran’s Flag (black and white), and the Duchy Shield (gold coins on black).

How did Flat end his St Piran’s Day celebrations?  With a Cornish Pasty of course!

 

Lucy White’s Flat Stanley goes to Florida on Holiday…

Here are some photographs of Lucy White’s Flat Stanley visiting Sarasota, Florida from Whiteley, Hampshire in England…  Thanks to Dale for letting us publish some photo’s on this blog…

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Flat Stanley arrives at Auntie Jenni and Uncle Geoff’s in Florida…            …and then heads off for a Bike Ride with Auntie Jenni…

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Dylan plays with Flat Stanley and welcomes him to the house…                          Flat Stanley has a siesta with Tia…

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… and a quick chat with Harvey (in his favorite fruit bowl!)…                          Catching up on some reading while chilling in the pool…

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Watching the sunset while having a nice glass of lemonade 🙂                        Too much chocolate mousse…  stuffed! 😉

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Tips on hunting gecko’s from Harvey….                                                                                      …and also from Dylan…

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Watching “Rango” (one of his favorite movies!) 🙂                                                         Off to Nokomis Beach to climb some trees…

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…and paddle in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico 🙂                   …and here are some prehistoric sharks teeth he found on Nokomis Beach…

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… and then off for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico in his all-in-one plastic swim suit 🙂         …and finally, some sea kayaking…

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After an exhausting week, his last day was spent chilling by the pool 🙂

 

St Paul’s Episcopal Church

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Flat Stanley and Sun News

Flat Stanley and Sun News

Flat Stanley with Bill Maher, Corey Booker and Eva Longoria

Flat Stanley with Bill Maher, Corey Booker and Eva Longoria. I took this pic for my friends son in Brewerton NY

Mark in L.A.

from Great Uncle Bob

I enjoy hearing from participants and their families. Here’s the latest from Great Uncle Bob

 

Flat Stanley shops for Mardi Gras Throws

These lucky flat guys just might be riding on a float in a parade during the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.  They took a trip to a huge warehouse to purchase beads, stuffed animals, and other trinkets to throw to the crowds.

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A  movie scout from Hollywood South came to photograph our home.  It may be used in a new feature film!

Flat Stanley from France visits New Orleans

A French Flat Stanley visits the St. Louis Cathedral

Flat Stanley with Ava Elaasar in Chicago

More from the Grannies on Safari in Mongolia

Here is the Mongolian school the Grannies visited and donated the iPod touch as a gift from Flatter World Inc.

The Grannies made friends with a group of 9th graders at the 115 school in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia.  We told them that we were excited to be in their country and that as “Flat Grannies” characters in the Flatter World with Flat Stanley, we hoped they would join us as members of the flatter world.  We gave them an iPod with the Flat Stanley application and invited them to start sharing their adventures in Mongolia.

Mina, a member of the class has communicated with us and we look forward to many more encounters with the class.

 

When traveling through Mongolia it was important for the Grannies to see how the everyday Mongloians – who live outside the city, live.  Their houses – round and made of felt and wood – are called Ger’s.  Because many Mongols are nomads, they still move each season to parts of Mongolia that have better feed for their animals. It takes about two hours for a family to pack their Ger’s with all of their belongings and move them, sometimes by truck and other times by horse and cart!

The Grannies visited a family – the picture is us standing outside their home – and met the mom and her small son.  We ate dried Mare’s milk curds and nuts!

Flat Stanley on October 6th in Elkhorn, Iowa

Here we are, on a blustery day, at the Danish Windmill Museum in

Flat Stanley in front of the Elkhorn, Iowa Danish Windsmill

Flat Stanley meets Danish Windmill

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Danish Windmill model in Museum

FS visits Danish WIndmill Museum

Update by the Grannies on Safari in Mongolia, September 20, 2011

Just a note to say we really enjoyed Mongolia and especially meeting the kids in the ninth grade at school #115 in Ulan Baatar.  We were fortunate to meet the English class of this wonderful school that is teaching Mongols to not only learn English but about their own important history – Genghis Khan!

The class we met with was very sharp and knew where Chicago was!  We told them all about our TV show and many asked what channel we were on in Mongolia..sadly to say we told them not yet!  We told them all about the story of Flat Stanley and that we were proud to be the first celebrity (real) Flat Stanley characters  as part of the Flat Stanley online App family.  We presented to the teacher and the head of the school the iPod Touch and they were really excited.  We took pictures of the class and the English teacher and loved it all.

The next day our guide  told us the students were so excited about our visit that they had “big plans” for their project and response to the Flatterworld!!!!  We look forward to seeing just what they are coming up with and we re very happy to have delivered the iPod and to be a part of the entire Flat Stanley Project!

Regina and Pat, the Grannies on Safari