Red Clay

Red Clay
Any ideas on how to remove red clay from a cotton uniform?

Clay should be dissolved in a strong solution of detergent and water, clothing or any type of pre-treater like Shout. If you leave a red stain, does not wash in hot water, you can set most stains. As the matter is a uniform, it is likely it very difficult to wash clothes without losing its color. You can try a little diluted in an inconspicuous place, like a hem of his shirt and see if the material is colorfast. If color runs, you can try a bleach (peroxide) and Snowy.

Freddie Hubbard “Red Clay” (1970)

White Delft

White Delft
Where can I find a white colored lightbulb in Delft, Netherlands (everything is yellow here)?

Help me please :3

I’m not sure what you mean by “white”? If you mean the traditional incandescent light bulbs, then yes they are becoming harder to find because the more energy efficient are becoming the norm, and actually the EU agreed that after 01/Sept 2012 that these kind of bulbs won’t be sold any longer in the EU.

There are instead a massive selection at most supermarkets and I know they sell “Soft white” bulbs if this is what you need (e.g. Albert Heijn has them for sure & so does Hoogvliet). Look for “zachtwit” ones

If not then look for shops selling lights, or stores like Gamma, Praxis or Ikea (which is on your doorstep)

Antique Pair of Dutch blue and white Delft porcelain wall

Witch Picture Note

Witch Picture Note

You’re Fooled Into Downloading a “friendly” Spyware

The Internet is a pretty big place in witch you can easily get lost or fooled into abandoning your quest when looking for something of interest. This might happen because of various ads that capture the eye or even because of a little picture that excites your curiosity. When trying to unfold the mystery behind a pretty picture or a “You are the lucky winner of…” ad, you’re fooled into downloading a “friendly” spyware. With just a click away, you have compromised your computer and exposed yourself to lots of potential problems.

To avoid this kind of misfortune, you might try downloading a spybot tool, this is the perfect antidote. Not only that it will keep away the nasty “friend”, but it will also delete any old ones that you might have had prior to the spyware tool. When it comes to your computer security, spyware is a problem to be taken seriously therefore it doesn’t hurt to have a removal at your discretion.

Quick Note: Taking the Nonsense out of looking for the right spyware remover

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to prevent your vital information from being ripped from your computer.

Computer security is becoming a very important issue along with the rapid growth of the amount of information on the Web so, to avoid having your personal data stolen or corrupted by spyware, take the necessary actions. A detection tool for spyware is a good way to increase your computer’s security. Also, it doesn’t hurt to pay a little attention to what you’re clicking on, or believing everything you see and read. A little skepticism never hurt anyone. As a conclusion to all of this, your computer’s security should be the top priority when going online so, what would we do without free spybot software.

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Yellow Ware

Yellow Ware
Is there any new spy ware or viruses or a worm that just comes on your computer by itself like a yellow shield?

A yellow shaped shield appeared on my task bar all by itself then warnings appeared like my computer is infested with viruses please run this? Does anyone know anything about this stuff and what to do?

How To Kill Malware For Free

(PLAN A) Watch this video


(Note) If Malwarebytes won’t install do this: Right click on the mbam setup app you downloaded and rename it xxxx then Dbl click on it and install and update it(If you can) and run a full scan and delete/quarantine all entities it finds.
(Note)If you couldn’t update before 1st scan update Malwarebytes and do another scan with a updated Malwarebytes!

When your done killing your bug watch this video on cleaning up your startup menu?

(HINT) Go to Start> Run> type msconfig> ok> Startup tab>(uncheck)all programs(not)needed at startup.(“Lesser is better in this case” 🙂

(PLAN B) Try these tools
TrendMicro has a free tool that fixes browser redirects.

Online scanner

Cleanup tool (This tool is not intended for novices)

Bootable rescue CDs

Stay Safe Out There (^.^)

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Cash Family

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China trims holdings of US Treasurys by 1.3 percent
WASHINGTON — China trimmed its holdings of U.S. Treasury debt 1.3 percent in February, the fourth consecutive decline. Those reductions are raising concerns that the U.S. government could face higher interest rates to finance its soaring budget deficits.
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Delft Blue White

Delft Blue White

Antique Lamps – Blue and White Is Always Right!

Why is blue and white so popular?  Blue & white has been popular for hundreds of years, with its fresh appeal never being out of fashion.   It’s interesting, but when we speak of blue and white, we nearly always think of blue and white “china” i.e., pottery and porcelain.  The evolution of this ever popular, blue and white, is a fascinating story….

The Chinese first discovered porcelain during the Tang dynasty, 618 AD – 906 AD. By the mid 14th century, during the Ming dynasty, Jingdezhen had Imperial patronage and was the most important centre for the production of porcelain in the world.  It was, in fact, the only place that could produce “true” or, hard paste porcelain.    

The “secret” of blue and white is cobalt, a natural mineral ore, then confined to Persia, today’s modern Iran.  Persia, or rather, Kashan, located near Tehran, held a monopoly on the valuable cobalt, mined in the low hills surrounding Kashan.

The Persians used cobalt for the decoration of white, tin glazed earthenware and, in fact, Kashan was an important centre for the manufacture and distribution of ceramics throughout the Middle East.  Here, we are speaking of a 9th and 10th century world, totally unrecognizable to us today with our instant everything and with every part of the world, just hours away!  At this time trade between countries was slow, dangerous and arduous, a trading caravan, typically taking a year for the round trip.

Trading caravans from Persia first introduced the Chinese to Persian cobalt; soon to be know in China as “Persian Blue”, the cobalt ore ground to a fine dark blue to black powder.  Chinese potters were excited and thrilled with this new product and trading began in earnest with bolts of pure silk exchanged for small packets of Persian Blue.

This trade between China and Persia undoubtedly propelled the Chinese decoration of ceramics into a new direction, with the first truly blue and white porcelain made around 1290 AD.

It was at this period that ceramic decorators were experimenting, especially with the firing techniques, as the cobalt could be unstable with the effect of over or under firing which is one of the reasons that this very early class of Chinese blue and white painting is sketchy with the blue being washy and rather pale. 

The term “hard paste” porcelain really refers to the “hard fire” or, high temperature, requiring kilns capable of raising temperatures up to 1250° C / 2300° F in order for the porcelain to vitrify with the hard, white, translucent result we call porcelain.

Whilst porcelain was in its infancy in China, tin glazed earthenware was being produced throughout the Middle East.  This was glazed, (a glassy coat over the surface of a ceramic body), with a lead / tin oxide mix which gave an opaque white ground, perfect as a canvas for decorating with cobalt blue.  The wares were painted in typically Islamic style with geometric patterns, stylized palms, Arabic script and flowers.  Syria was famous for its beautiful blue and white tiles and Turkey for its stunning blue and white Iznik pottery.

Turkish blue and white is known as “Frit ware” and is believed to have been discovered at Kashan, in Persia.  Frit ware was a type of artificial, or “soft paste” porcelain, soft paste referring to a “soft fire” or cooler temperature.  Iznik blue and white is freely painted in tones of blue with naturalistic subjects of fruiting vines, birds and animals.

Both the Turks and Persians greatly admired the blue and white porcelain imported from China and many of today’s surviving examples of Frit ware are decorated in Chinese style.

By the early 17th century, blue and white Chinese porcelain was “discovered” by European traders and it was the adventurous, seafaring Portuguese trading fleet that shipped the first cargo of blue and white to Amsterdam.   The first recorded shipments were in 1602 and 1604. The Portuguese merchants were shocked to find that their cargo was sold out before they knew it and realised they could sell as much porcelain as they could ship!

This early 17th century market demand was so high that it completely rearranged the production and decoration of European pottery.  We should remember that at this time porcelain was not being made outside of China and Europe went “porcelain crazy”, fascinated with this exciting new product from this exotic place that hardly anyone knew anything about. 

The standard European domestic ware of the time was earthenware, in its variety of forms.  Tin glazed earthen ware was known as Delft, from Holland, the same in France, but known as Faience and called Maiolica in Italy.  In England, tin glazed ware was also known as Delft, i.e., London Delft, Bristol Delft etc and the finest of all, Irish Delft.  These European pottery works were made up of many, very small, potteries usually involving a family, or with one or two employed potters. 

With the “secret” of porcelain being discovered in Saxony in 1703, by the middle of the 18th century, many small to large European factories were producing porcelain and by the close of this century, a level of mass production had been achieved.  

In England, porcelain making began at Worcester and in London’s Chelsea from about 1748 with most of the following manufacturers producing blue and white decorated in Chinese style. This was based on the fact that the market was, by now, so conditioned to the imported Chinese blue and white that workshops soon started to feel the pressure from the imported Chinese porcelain.  This stimulated the potters to decorate their wares in the popular Chinese styles given that manufacturers simply had to produce what the buying public recognised.  Today we can admire these sometimes, very sophisticated “Chinoiserie” decorations.

In 1792 -1796 government import duties were increased to reduce the volume of imported wares and this gave great stimulation to the local market.  This boost to the ceramic industry resulted in the development of new techniques to increase production. 

The English pottery industry was now centered in Staffordshire where hundreds of factories operated.  It is also at this point, toward the end of the 18th century, that we see the introduction of transfer printing in underglaze blue on earthen ware pottery and the newly introduced stoneware.

The technique of transfer printing involved an image lifted from an ink loaded, engraved, copper plate, the image being “transferred” onto a tissue.  The ink wet tissue was then placed on to the white pottery surface and the image transferred.

The tissue was then carefully lifted away or alternatively, the pottery piece was fired and the tissue burned away in the kiln.

Josiah Spode is given the credit of inventing underglaze transfer printing, with his earliest trials going back to 1784.  His first trials involved printing over the glaze, but the prints began to wear away.  Eventually, Spode refined his technique by transferring the print onto the unglazed surface, firing, to fix the image, glazing and refiring!  The results were dazzling and the way was then open to one of the most successful episodes in ceramic’s history.

Most of the late 18th and early 19th century prints retained their earlier Chinoiserie characteristics, with Chinese river views, pagodas and Chinese landscapes.  This transitional period produced a combination of very fine prints.  Not only were these in a purely Chinese manner, but also developed into a “Chinglish” style, resulting in some amusing combinations e.g. an English couple strolling through a Chinese landscape.  By about 1835, however, prints were predominantly English / European, with British views, country houses, farm scenes, birds and flowers. 

By the 1840’s blue and white printed earthenware was a well established process and the demand for printed wares had the manufacturers working to keep pace. Vast new export markets opened to the industry in America, continental Europe and India.

As the 19th century progressed, the story of blue and white begins to change direction.  As with all forms of artistic expression, whether ceramics, art or music, the further removed from the original, the greater the changes become.

Mass production and the drive for export markets certainly reduced the quality, with production geared for fast output and less attention paid to artistic merit.  As we move through the second half of the 19th century, we see the overall decline in the quality of blue and white transfer printed ware.

One type of blue and white in particular caught the attention of the American market.  “Flow Blue” was introduced around 1840 and the American market fell in love with its dark, rather hazy prints, associated with this product.

One interesting story tells of how this, dark, rather inky blue came about.  It is said to have been as the result of an accident when a chemical thinning solution was accidentally spilt over wares ready for firing.  After firing, staff were shocked to see the result, eventually, to be known as flow blue.  By the late 19th century, flow blue was on the table of nearly every American family and today, remains a great favourite of US collectors.

The beautiful printed blue and white earthenware produced throughout the 19th century, is today a subject which delights collectors all over the world.  From purely functional table ware, blue and white is found today in places that the late 18th and 19th century potters and transfer printers would never have dreamed of.

Not only is blue and white widely collected, but it now serves as a focal point in many interior design schemes and if you ever have the opportunity to see a blue and white room, you will know why!  Pieces thoughtfully placed and arranged on furniture, ideally of the period, can be a sight to behold. 

The display of blue and white is traditionally regarded as best seen against a yellow background.  Yellow not only compliments both the blue prints, but also the white of the earthenware or porcelain. These combine to produce a beautiful display.  When a blue and white antique lamp is added, the look is really dazzling!

There is one more benefit offered by blue and white.  Behavioral psychologists have studied the effects of how we perceive colour and how it can effect our moods and attitudes.  On the subject of blue and white, conclusions are that we see this colour combination as a perfect balance which is recognised as calming, relaxing and serene and is recommended for any place in which you want to be relaxed.  What more can be said?


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Maurice Robertson, principal of The Antique and Vintage Table Lamp Co, has had a lifetime’s association with antique porcelain and pottery, with his commercial experience spanning a period of over 45 years,including valuer to the Australian Government’s Incentive to the Arts Scheme. His long experience with antique ceramics and glass also includes dealing with leading museums and numerous international private collections. He has extended his ceramics expertise into the quality table lamps seen on the company’s site and is well known to local and international interior designers who have included many of his table lamps in their projects. He has also supplied items of national interest to the official Sydney residence of the Australian Prime Minister.

Antique Dutch Delft blue and white porcelain and brass

Blue White Delft

Blue White Delft

A History of Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are extremely popular today because they are extremely easy to maintain, very cost effective over a long term and they look great. However, they are also more expensive to install although most people tend to look to the lifetime savings they will have when using them. So what exactly is the history of the ceramic tile?

Tiles are wondrous and have a very long history going back to as far as ancient Egypt nearly 6000 years ago in 4000 BC. It is said that tiles are the simplest, oldest form of ceramic art and throughout history tiles were made by many cultures including the Babylonians, The Islamic Empire and the Assyrians. Early tiles can be seen in Tunisia, Kashan Iran and many varied middle-eastern mosques display Koranic scripts using highly colored relief tiles from around the 12th century onwards.

In the 13th and 14th centuries, many of Europe’s Churches were paved with decorated tiles and Holland even became an important center for the trade of tiles in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the 19th century – Britain itself became added even more prestige for their methods of mass-producing tiles. However, the earliest tiles in Western Europe were found in various locations around England circa late 10th century AD. Glazed tiles were considered only for the wealthy and the wealthy sponsored many churches and monasteries with these wonderful creations.

At the start of the 16th century, Moorish methods of tiling found their way through Spain and a wonderfully beautiful example of their craft work can be found at the Alhambra Palace in Granada as well as the great mosque in Granada. The Dutch method of tin glazed tile making spread to the English.

The Dutch became famous for their tiles when in 1544 the first potter was set up in Delft. This quaint Dutch town became world famous in less than fifty years for their fine craftsmanship and their tiles were widely sought after. However, with success, there came competition and the Dutch were not able to hold out any longer. Many potters went bankrupt. The Delft style is considered a great European tile making tradition alongside the Maiollican style from Italy and Spain. The processes applied to the ceramic tiles they made using a tin based glazing process produced such distinctive effects that they were held in very high regard.

The Maiollican tiles were varied and colorful and as their nickname (“paviamenti”) suggests, they were widely used for flooring. Delft tiles fell away from the use of many colors and instead veered away to the Chinese influenced blue and white combinations that are prevalent today.

English tile making experienced a massive boom with the mass production of tiles and this was greatly accelrated by the rise of the Industrial Revolution. It slumped with the turn of the century and the mantle of mass producer was taken on by the Americans. The Americans however, had to compete with the English imports and thus never lost their competitive edge. Ceramic tiles – a true handicraft that has stood the test of time.

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Antique Dutch (19th Cent) blue and white Delft porcelain

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Sell My Note – Promissory Note Document


When the decision has been made to use Owner Financing to facilitate the sale of real estate, legal documents are created. The importance of these documents to the seller(Note Holder) can be thousands of dollars. All to often I have witnessed note holders decided to sell their note, after several payments, and not have all the note documents readily accessible. Healthy Record Keeping practices can mean thousands of dollars to the note holder. If record keeping is note your specialty, AT LEAST put the PROMISSORY NOTE DOCUMENT somewhere you can find it and easily retrieve it. I am going to indent the next sentence because it is the most important of this article.


Think I will say it again to stress the importance.


When a note holder decides to sell their note and cash out of their monthly payments the PROMISSORY NOTE DOCUMENT is what is being SOLD. If you don’t have the original note then what do you have to sell? That is like you go to buy a car with cash in hand and the seller of the car gives you a picture and tells you the car is in another state. Often is the case that a home seller will us a real estate professional, like an attorney or title agent, to prepare all the necessary documentation and to record it with the county, a very good practice. The issue comes up several months later when the note holder decides to sell his or her note and assumes the real estate professional has all the needed documentation. The real estate professional will have copies of the documents on hand and that is helpful but rarely will they have the ORIGINAL PROMISSORY NOTE DOCUMENT. I will say it again.


I have repeated myself three times in this article about the ORIGINAL PROMISSORY NOTE DOCUMENT, but all of the documents that went along with the original real estate sale transaction are important. When a note holder has made the decision to sell their note and received an agreeable offer, 90% of the time that goes into the note transaction is chasing the note documents. Here at The Texas Note Company we have experienced note sales take as long a 90 days as well as note sales that are completed in as short as 5 days. In each case the length of time goes down to the practice of record keeping. In the month of March the Texas Note Company worked two transactions where the Note Holder(person receiving the payments) could not locate the Promissory Note. In one instance two sisters became owner of a note through a will. In another instance, the note holder had the Promissory Note Document in a storage facility in another state with no real means to retrieve it other than to drive half way accross the United States. When the document process slows up a real estate note sale it can become very frustrating and can add weeks to the length of time a note holder will receive their money. Sound record Keeping Practices is the key.

Every note sale is different in some respect, even as far as the documentation is concerned. Here is an extensive list of documents in our most recent note purchase.
1) Original Promissory Note
2) Deed of Trust
3) Warranty Deed
4) Original Closing Statement / HUD-1
5) Purchase Agreement between buyer and seller
6) Texas Residential Policy of Title Insurance
7) Purchaser’s Closing Statement
8) Seller’s Closing Statement
9) Payment History Affidavit by seller
10) Dwelling declarations
11) Evidence of Hazard insurance with seller designate as mortgagee
12) Payor’s Social Security Check
13) Property Tax Status

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Robert E Young is the Founding Director of The Texas Note Company. He is a Real Estate Investor who puts real estate transactions together using proven owner financing strategies and techniques. He purchases and brokers private real estate notes often getting home sellers the cash they need to move on to the next transaction. Robert enjoys teaching and educating real estate minded people the advantages of Owner Financing and what it can bring to a real estate transaction while dispelling it’s myths. When traditional financing methods fail to provide the benefits buyers and sellers are looking for, often it is owner financing to provide a solution.

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