Belleek Newslettre (# 11.2)
** YOUR EDITOR !!
Yes, I’ve FINALLY accomplished my MAIN task this
and visited with my BEAUTIFUL grandson, Lincoln
‘Linkster’) Edward Murrie !!
I was able to spend a TOTALLY SPLENDID three plus
with my daughter’s family and was fascinated
Lincoln’s progress at just under four
I AM PLEASENTLY HOUNOURED TO PRESENT MR.
LINCOLN EDWARD MURRIE along with your Editor :
PLEASE NOTE : Lincoln is the REALLY CUTE ONE
and I DO NOT have
an ‘extra’ head in my armpit,
we just like to colour coordinate !!
SALE !! SALE !! **
I’ve just finished chatting with Berdell’s nephew
has informed me that he’s offering ALL
remaining Belleek in
Berdell’s collection according
to the following FANTISTIC sale
terms !! This sale
began officially on 15-June, but you should
take a look now so not to miss out on that special
“The Berdell Dickinson Belleek Collection is being
sold by the
Dickinson Trust. Beginning on June 15,
2007 all items on the Web Site
Dickinson Auction !!
will be sold at 1/3 off the price listed on the site.
This discount is
subject to all other terms stated
on the Web Site. Many wonderful
remain for sale including 4 tea sets and one complete
luncheon set. All items are free of cracks, chips and
unless noted in the description on the
Please browse this collection. You will find many
rare and desirable
items at an extraordinary value.
There is provision on the site to
questions you may have regarding any item. Enjoy
for a fine addition to your Belleek
These discounts are subject to all other terms
stated on our Web Site.”
REMEMBER, this is a SALE, NOT an Auction !! It will
‘first come, first serve’ !! There were
Lots, offering something for
Many items have been SOLD, BUT if you see a Lot
that’s ‘PENDING’ you may still indicate a
purchase it and you will be put on a first-come
list for that Lot(s) !!
PLEASE, FORWARD (FWD) this E-mail to ALL your
Belleeker friends and associates so EVERYONE has
an opportunity to participate in this marvelous sale !!
2007 CONVENTION IS OVER, BUT !!
With the coordination and sponsorship of the North
Chapter and the splendid cooperation of
the Belleek Pottery this
was BY FAR the most
spectacular of ALL Conventions I’ve ever
honoured to attend !!
I can’t possibly go into ALL the wonderful times and
were privileged to attend, BUT I will say
that I TRULY believe
that the divisional structure
of this convention was the pivotal
point of its
organization !! By this I mean, INSTEAD of constant
groups of 200 to 300 enthusiastic Belleekers, we were
off into 6 groups of approximately 40
plus persons !! This gave
everyone in (each) group
the opportunity to interact with a smaller
hopefully more exuberant group !!
PERSONALLY, I liked the constant opera of our group
the other 5 groups as we might be
on a visit to Enniskillin Castle,
another group would
be visiting The Pottery and another on its way up
Devinish Isle, etc. !!
SO, other than a brief lecture and discussion
on Saturday morning
Followed by a splendid auction
and OF COURSE our GALA Banquet, most of our
Convention periods were
spent within our close group
of friends !!
In any case, our 2007 Convention will DEFINITELY be
memorable to me as the North Ireland Chapter
organization as well as a MOST splendid
welcome from The Pottery with
their lavish banner
proudly announcing their 150th anniversary
over their entrance way !!
As an interlude, it is ‘rumored’ that our upcoming
will be hosted by the New York
Chapter ?? HOPEFULLY in Ocean,
i.e., Atlantic, City ??!!
BUT, not to forget, as we traveled about the Isle,
I could not help
but to notice the abundance of
construction of ALL types going on !!
I would assume
with the addition of the Republic of Ireland to the
European Union, that the majority of construction in
that area was
due to the influx of monies to their
economy, but there was also
abundant works in the
As an avid plant fan, I was impressed with all the
about all the dwellings as well
as about the towns and OF COURSE in
The ONLY negative circumstance was my return visit
I arrived AHEAD
of schedule on Shannon Airlines out
of Dublin into JFK, BUT upon
check-in at JFK, I was
informed of a slight delay due to SPRINKLES ??
turned out to be a NINE HOUR PLUS delay BUT on the
I’ve sent my bar bill to American Airlines !!
GOOD LUCK ??
I’VE BEEN HERE !!
"You know it's time to do the laundry when you dry
off with a sneaker."
~~ Zach Galifianakis
E-BAY TEAPOT AUCTION !!
There was a WEE BIT of concern and consternation at
our Convention as several
of our attending members
were interested in a particular
Belleek Tea Pot being
offered on E-Bay !!
BUT, this is another story for another time with
picture in another dimension !!
WHILE TRAVELING !!
Due to our Convention and EVERYONE’s travel
I received the following from one of our favourite
Society Honorees and
poet laureate !! I quote him
directly as follows :
“This could prove useful :
“Hotel plastic key cards and what to do with them
check out of your hotel room. Read the
following and understand what
can happen if you make
the wrong decision.
“Please take those plastic key cards home and cut
with your scissors. Read the following to
“Print this out and keep it in you files for future
“MOTEL KEY CARD
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card ?
a) Customer's name
b) Customer's partial home address
c) Hotel room
d) Check-in date and out dates
e) Customer's credit card number and
“When you turn them in to the front desk your personal
there for any employee to access by
simply scanning the card in the
unscrupulous employee can take a hand full of cards
and using a scanning device, access the
information onto a laptop
computer and go shopping
at your expense.
“Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on
cards until an
employee re-issues the card to
the next hotel guest. At that time,
the new guest's
information is electronically
‘overwritten’ on the
card and the previous guest's information is erased
in the overwriting
process. But until the card is
rewritten for the next guest, it usually
is kept in
a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION
ON IT !
“The bottom line is : Keep the cards, take them home
you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in
the room or room
wastebasket, and NEVER turn them in
to the front desk when you check
out of a room. They
will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and
you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable
information on it that could be easily
lifted off with any simple
scanning device card reader.
“For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport
discover you still have the card key in your
pocket, do not toss it in
an airport trash
Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up,
through the electronic information strip !
“Information courtesy of : Pasadena Police Department
“** I personally have a small magnet and pass it
strip several times. Then try
it in the door, it will not work. It
everything on the card.”
FOR ALL OF US !!
This is quite the Site I’ve discouvered on
the Interet !!
It’s SPECIALLY designed for ALL of us OVER 50 Years,
JUST click on the Link below and you’ll see, what I
some very interesting material !!
A SHORT QUIZ !!
I, for the life of me, couldn’t remember the Link
to the U.K. Group’s Tea Pot Quiz !! It was totally
and if you Search thru their past couple
which, are ALL On-Line, you will
discouver one VERY
comprehensive test of your
knowledge regarding Belleek
Tea Pots !! ENJOY !!
On the ‘lighter’ side, I have provided a short quiz
my own, MUCH simpler than theirs !!
The following small quiz consists of 4 questions. It
tells whether you
are qualified to be a professional.
Around 90% of the professionals
failed the exam.
1. How do you put a
giraffe into a refrigerator?
2. How do you put an elephant into a
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference,
animals attend except one. Which animal
does not attend?
OK, if you did
not answer the last three questions
correctly, this one may be your
last chance to
testify your qualifications to be a professional.
There is a river, which is infested by crocodiles.
How do you manage to
1. The correct answer is open the refrigerator, put
in the giraffe and close the door. This question
tests whether you are
doing simple things in a
2. Wrong Answer: Open the
refrigerator, put in the
elephant and close the refrigerator. Correct
Open the refrigerator, take out of the giraffe, put
elephant and close the door. This tests your
Answer: The Elephant!...It's still in
the refrigerator! This tests
whether you have
4. Correct Answer: Simply swim
through it. All the
crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting! I hope
you got this one correct at least!
OLDIE BUT FUNNY !!
The CIA loses track of one of its operatives, and
so calls in one of
their top spy hunters.
The CIA boss says, "All I can tell you is that
name is Murphy and that he's somewhere in Ireland.
If you think
you've located him, tell him the code
words, 'The weather forecast
calls for mist in the
morning.' If it's really him, he'll answer, 'Yes,
and for mist at noon as well.'"
So the spy hunter goes to Ireland and
stops in a bar
in one of the small towns. He says to the bartender,
"Maybe you can help me. I'm looking for a guy named
bartender replies, "You're going to have to be
more specific because,
around here, there are lots
of guys named Murphy. There's Murphy the
who runs the pastry shop on the next block. There's
Banker, who's president of our local
savings bank. There's Murphy the
works at the stables. And, as a matter of fact, my
is Murphy, too."
Hearing this, the spy hunter figures he might as
try the code words on the bartender, so he
says, "The weather forecast
calls for mist in the
The bartender replies, "Oh, you're
looking for Murphy
the Spy. He lives right down the street on the
MY PLANT !!
Speaking of WONDERFUL foliage displays, I would guess
of you know that I once was the proprietor
of an indoor plant shop ??
This was back in the 1970’s
when everyone was in
and I was one of
those (I guess) ?? In any case, one day I was out
the early morning to purchase wholesale stock for my
I happened upon an atrium with one of the
most interesting plants
I had ever seen !! I was told
that its origin was African and that
the owner of the
horticultural breading establishment would under
circumstances part with ANY part of his beauty !!
A couple of years later, said establishment extracted
a pair of
cuttings from this ‘mother’ plant and I was
FORTUNATE owner of one of her babies !!
It later turned out that the
BOTH the mother and
had passed on and I was supposedly left
with the remaining
entity in Washington State ??
In any case, since that time, I’ve been able to cut and
children and ONE grandchild from MY
mother plant !! AND, IT’S
NOT EASY !!
NOW, THIRTY (PLUS) YEARS later, after acquiring my
I was TOTALLY amazed !!
First, you have to understand that these, AND I
know the proper botanical designation,
do nothing more than
sit around for like 9 months
THEN DROP ALL their leaves !!
They then sit around
for like another 3 months and then GROW
NEW leaves ??
NOTHING ELSE !!??
BUT, FINALLY, this year, I was sitting here at my
typing away and glanced over at my ‘strange’
what I’ll describe as a VERY
sparse broccoli stem ?? Upon
I discouvered, TO MY GLEE, that this was a
I GUESS THAT’s WHAT 30 YEARS OF LOVE
Mother Plant (center, left)
That's an 18" pot, with the
Largest Leaf approximately
a 20" 'curl' !!
I rotated the pot so the outside light
NOT interfere with my picture !!
A semi-close-up of the
spray of flowers !!
close as I could get !!
Notice, the bud is 'curled' upwards and
opens with it's petals
curling completely down !!
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ENJOY and see
ALL of you at the 2007 Convention !!
Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street
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