- Dated: partly circa 1600
- Measurements: overall length 77.5 cm; blade length 62.8 cm
Made in the Milanese style, the sword features a heavy blade struck with three spurious marks at the ricasso. The iron hilt, including vertically recurved fluted quillons cast in relief, comes with the tips formed as Turk’s heads, chiselled moulded fluted iron grip, and fitted with a Moor’s head pommel. The latter is finely chiselled, featuring a diadem and elaborately plaited hairpiece, the details picked-out in gold damascening (originally gem-set about the basal collar).
when they mess up your order but end up giving you extra food for free
Silver Platter - Dan Rodriguez 2014 - Digital Collage
I don’t own the original versions of the images used in this picture.
I have a love hate relationship with the book…but I’m guessing I’ll edge towards hating the film.
You see, I was one of the many…one of the millions who read the book, and saw a level of acceptance in the vanilla community for what I’d held closed off inside. It encouraged me to explore, look for others, and eventually led to me find my soulmate. It’s hard not to have a soft spot for the book that gave me that push.
But the more I read, and the more I learned, as my knowledge of BDSM grew and I took small steps to explore this world I came to one conclusion.
50 Shades of Grey is a book of abuse and damaged people, wrapped up in a Twilight-esque version of romance…that simple romance where there is no depth or thought about the actuality of what is happening to the characters, and how any one of us would feel in that situation.
Mr. Grey is deeply damaged. He is a stalker, a taker, and an abuser. Now that’s explained in the book as coming from his childhood, and yes, there are some in the BDSM world who have abuse in their past. But exactly the same proportion as you would find in any other sub-section of society. Childhood abuse is epidemic, and it’s not something that “gets you into” the BDSM world.
"Ana" is portrayed as pretty simple minded for a wanna-be journalist. She’d certainly need to come up with more variable and interesting copy than the way in which the mind of this girl and her "inner goddess" have been written. She is portrayed as all too eager to accept the gifts bestowed on her by her stalker. For sure, some girls get themselves into these situation in pursuit of thrills, but in no way is that the way mandated by the BDSM community.
I want to talk about a BDSM relationship, and want to make it clear, this isn’t me talking about kinksters - those who enjoy a rough and exotic time in the bedroom, and I’m not talking about swingers, who enjoy sharing the sexual experience with multiple partners. Both these elements can occur in a BDSM relationship, but for me, central to a D/s relationship is love, trust and devotion.
I’ve written about this before, so I won’t labor the point, but there is true love in a D/s relationship, where none is found in the book. There is trust, that the responsibly and duty of care is central to every experience that plays out. And there is devotion, to one another, but also to make each others life the best it can be.
Now, that’s not to say there isn’t darkness. bluebird and I take things way beyond what is portrayed in the book in terms of pain and humiliation.
But we are loving. We communicate on a level playing field on matters of consent and preference. There are soft and hard limits agreed. There are safewords. But most of all, whether I’m looking in her eyes as they blink open first thing in the morning, and that smile forms across her face for the first time, if I am looking at scrunched eyes, black with mascara running tears, or if I am looking into those glazed eyes when she reaches deepest subspace, most of all…
I see her bare soul…and she see’s mine.