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Connections to the Bubonic Plague (Black Death)?
The words to the Ring around the rosy children's ring game have their origin in English history . The historical period dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665 (bubonic plague) or even before when the first outbreak of the Plague hit England in the 1300's. The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin (Ring around the rosy). Pockets and pouches were filled with sweet smelling herbs ( or posies) which were carried due to the belief that the disease was transmitted by bad smells. The term "Ashes Ashes" refers to the cremation of the dead bodies! The death rate was over 60% and the plague was only halted by the Great Fire of London in 1666 which killed the rats which carried the disease which was transmitting via water sources. The English version of "Ring around the rosy" replaces Ashes with (A-tishoo, A-tishoo) as violent sneezing was another symptom of the disease.


Ring-a-Ring o'Rosies
A Pocket full of Posies
"A-tishoo! A-tishoo!"
We all fall Down!

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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:A Pocket of Posies
Username:Paree Paree
Uploaded:20 Jan 2008 - 5:50 PM
Tags:Brass ornament, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Fantasy, General, Nursery rhymes
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imander
imander e2 Member 7388 forum postsimander vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 5:54 PM

apperently Bridgwater in somerset where i have just moved from was one if not the first places in england to get the plague....great piece of work
ian

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Paree
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20 Jan 2008 - 5:58 PM

thanks Ian
surprising what we are finding out about these rhymes
although I have been surprised how macabre they are,
I do hope we don't loose these rhymes, although a lot of children don't know them these days
it would be such a shame
maureen

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Douglas_George
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20 Jan 2008 - 5:58 PM

Lost for words Maureen, just Fab.

Dougie.

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graeme34
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20 Jan 2008 - 6:05 PM

Beautiful

Graeme

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Bolton66
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20 Jan 2008 - 6:21 PM

Great series - good work!
S.

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HectorRivera
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20 Jan 2008 - 6:22 PM

Nice narrative. Great construction.

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steve_r
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20 Jan 2008 - 6:33 PM

Great Shot.intriguing image with good history regards Steve.

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shefield
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20 Jan 2008 - 6:39 PM

Unusual and beautiful. Sheila

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andrewrit
andrewrit  7 Northern Ireland
20 Jan 2008 - 6:51 PM

That's amazing love it well done
Andy

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SKavanagh
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20 Jan 2008 - 7:01 PM

Excellent image agreat piece of work
Steve

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tigertimb
tigertimb e2 Member 740 forum poststigertimb vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 7:02 PM

Stunning image Maureen and I think my favourite of the series so far. Love the ring of bronze children dancing on the disc contrasting with the springtime rabbit. Did this all originate from photos?
Tim

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 7:09 PM

I keep getting tempted to remove this image to change it
because every time I look at the thumb nail
I see a rock face to the right,
and could have made it that,
then the children would be dancing on a slate floor. ?
maureen

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lonely_oryx
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20 Jan 2008 - 7:12 PM

Super image as always

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Cormy
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20 Jan 2008 - 7:14 PM

Awesome image and story Maureen.Bit scary too.
Cheers
Alan

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
20 Jan 2008 - 7:26 PM

enchanting image.

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graceland
graceland  102378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 7:41 PM

well done super great smashing

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TyChee
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20 Jan 2008 - 7:43 PM

Magical image.
Ty

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81105 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 7:48 PM

beautiful ! and how we never knew about the macabre history of songs kids sing so freely !

bet theres not one who knows the origin.

well done maureen

dave

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 8:13 PM

Very cleverly done.

Best Matt

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Bodiewil
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20 Jan 2008 - 8:57 PM

Pure magic Maureen superb work

Dave

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troberts
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20 Jan 2008 - 9:16 PM

Marvellous work and a great explanation I knew most it but was not aware of the ashes to ashes bit, you learn something new everyday
Tony

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exposure
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20 Jan 2008 - 9:25 PM

Beautiful lovely detail and presentation.
Pauline.

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dianah
dianah e2 Member 824474 forum postsdianah vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 9:41 PM

This has to be one of my favourite series..you could produce the most beautiful nursery rhyme book Maureen.
Di

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 10:23 PM

I believe it is of particularly relevance to the village of Eyam in Derbyshire which was known as the "plague village".
This is extremely creative Maureen ~ an excellent piece of work.

Albert

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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 11:14 PM

yes Albert I know the story about this village it was very sad.
especially as no one was sure about the truth
maureen

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2008 - 11:56 PM

Maureen, this one is very special, and I think also my favorite in the series so far - you probably have some better ones up your sleeve though. Thanks for the commentary that follows each one - very interesting, and yes, they are quite macabre.
Anne

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davidturner
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20 Jan 2008 - 11:59 PM

After all this time, we were singing about death on the school playground! Thanks for the awesome picture and description, so emotive.

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JudeC
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21 Jan 2008 - 8:20 AM

Stunning work - jude.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2008 - 8:49 AM

This is brilliant - I'm a bit late onto it as the site was going deathly slow last night and I just gave up. But this is what I was hoping you would tackle. The break in the ring of children seems particularly telling.
Albert has mentioned Eyam, the 'plague village'. The primary school there has a wonderful wrought iron gate featuring the rhyme, it always makes me stop and think.
Moira

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 - 9:10 AM

What can I say? Fantastic, superb, brilliant. None of them seem adequate Maureen.

I love this as well as all of your work. I love your poems and historical background infomration too which further enhances your work.

Super and thanks Smile

carpe diem

John.

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auraalan
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21 Jan 2008 - 11:26 AM

Just as John says a great picture and the historical knowledge makes it a superb presentation double tick if I could
Alan

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2008 - 11:43 AM

yes, I see the rock face too, and it would make an interesting floor for the children. The break in the circle, as Moira says, is especially symbolic. Another fine one.

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RosaB
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21 Jan 2008 - 3:40 PM

Agree with all of the above especially Di's sugggestion of a nursery rhyme book!
Rosalie

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bunbeam
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21 Jan 2008 - 4:54 PM

superb piece of work
bunSmile

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Andree_Borrel
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21 Jan 2008 - 6:42 PM

Magnetic thumbnail, nice one

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2008 - 6:57 PM

Smashing piece of work Maureen, and although I know the story behind this one, it still made interesting reading.

John Smile

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pascalg
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22 Jan 2008 - 9:04 AM

excellent image !

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 - 11:11 AM

This is my second visit to see how this delightful image is coming along.
Deserves a lot more attention than this Maureen.

Superb work.

John.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91929 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2008 - 8:32 PM

Nice work Maureen and a history lesson to boot.
Brian.

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Pegon
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22 Jan 2008 - 9:34 PM

Your manipulation work is just brilliant, I love it. Nice to know the origin of the rhyme too.
Pete.

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ChrisOs
ChrisOs e2 Member 9ChrisOs vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2008 - 10:07 AM

Down in sunny Weymouth (home!) it is generally believed that the Black Death came into the country via the port of Weymouth. Not a claim to fame that I would particularly seek.
Superb bit of Photoshop work.
Chris

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panda
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23 Jan 2008 - 3:23 PM

Super image, love the narrative that goes with it as well.

Regards Phil

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imagio
imagio e2 Member 8imagio vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2008 - 11:26 PM

I watched a programne on tv about nursery rythmes and your spot on with this Pareen..

Bernie

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JohnH37
JohnH37  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2008 - 6:14 PM

Wow!Brilliant.
-John

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2008 - 3:25 AM

Wow ,great read and fantastic image.
Only last week myself and Margaret were playing with our neice andwe were singing (or trying to ) sing some nursery rhymes and her older sister did not know half of them,,,well she new one or two by the time we left,,,,,Great work,keep it up.

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thorn
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29 Jan 2008 - 11:48 PM

Hi Maureen,
spot on in both manipulation and rhyme detail,love the shadows,lighting,dof,colour/tones,textures and presentation.Take care,AnnSmile

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MickyMc
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31 Jan 2008 - 11:15 AM

A wonderful and interesting piece of work. You really are amazing
Mavis

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ChiliMan
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31 Jan 2008 - 5:42 PM

Nobody can do these images like you...

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microchip
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9 Feb 2008 - 4:28 PM

Excellent again,
Alan

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edwardking
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19 Mar 2008 - 10:43 PM

This is really beautiful. it reminds me of Bjork's latest music video "earth intruders" simply inspired.

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