Throughout the history of mankind, wars have been fought and often won by the army with better weapons. Rocks were superseded by spears and then spears were superseded by bows and arrows. Firstly there were long bows, followed by crossbows.
One King developed a weapon which could fire a hundred arrows at a time. It seemed a good idea on paper, a Hellish weapon, frightening in the extreme. Sadly it failed when it came to being used. It had a range of just over twenty paces. Far from creating terror on the battlefield, it was easily over run as it took longer to reload than it took the enemy to cross 20 paces.
One of the King’s courtiers disappeared from the castle for several months and when he returned he was arrested on sight for desertion. Hauled before the King, he pleaded for his life. He explained that he now had invented a new style of bowstring.
‘What is the use of that?’ thundered the King. ‘I need you here on the battlefield!’
The courier replied, ‘This new string will increase the range of your new bow. It is super stretchy and very very strong. It will give more power to your Hell Bow.’
May your fears rise up to meet you.
May your ghosts be clawing at your back.
May the gibbous moon shine coldly upon your face;
And may your shadows eerily entwine
When a aircraft flies above a certain altitude, the toilet holding tank fluid freezes onto the empennage, the tail surfaces, in large chunks of blue ice.
The stuff cakes up and eventually falls off and heads down. Landing on any poor sod on the ground who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time..
Goes to show you.
You don’t need to be in a military target to be attacked by an icy BM.
The Minox Riga, the first true, sub-minature spy camera that saw actual use for espionage throughout the WWII and the cold war.
Invented in 1936 by Walter Zapp, it was the first to use 8x11mm film (a little smaller than your pinky’s fingernail), making it tiny enough to hide in the palm of your hand, but powerful enough to take high resolution photographs of your enemy’s top secret documents.
If Great Grandpa used one of these he would never be able to talk about it!
Steven Spielberg was discussing his new project – an action docu-drama about famous composers starring top movie stars. Sylvester Stallone, Steven Segal, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all present. Spielberg strongly desired the box office ‘oomph’ of these superstars, so he was prepared to allow them to select whatever composers they would portray, as long as they were very famous.
“Well,” started Stallone, “I’ve always admired Mozart. I would love to play him.”
“Chopin has always been my favorite, and my image would improve if people saw me playing the piano,” said Willis. “I’ll play him.”
“I’ve always been partial to Strauss and his waltzes,” said Segal. “I’d like to play him.”
Spielberg was very pleased with these choices. “Sounds splendid.” Then,looking at Schwarzenegger, he asked, “Who do you want to be, Arnold?”
So Arnold says……..
“I’ll be Bach.”
Because of complicated comment procedures, I cannot enter the commentatory riot which took place on Daddy Papersurfer’s blog when this wonderful whimsy was published there.
So I am stealing it.
Although I don’t know what other people will sayers – – –
In June 2003 I bought my first digital camera.
A Pentax Optio 330GS.
With 3.2 mega pixals it was not state of the art at that time but was close.
This is the first image I recorded with that camera. My original Digital Image.
In the four years since, says he checking the digital counters, I have taken nearly 20,000 images with this camera and over 10,000 with the SLR I now use most of the time.
In 1896 the Sisters of St John of God arrived in Western Australia to help care for the sick. They initially “set up shop” in the private home of a well-respected but recently deceased leader of the Catholic community, Bernard Smith*.
While this was a good place to begin their ministry, it was not suitable as a long-term hospital site. After several years it was decided that a purpose-designed hospital should be built near the railway line in the near-Perth suburb of Subiaco.
A small convent was built along with the new St John of God Hospital.
The Hospital was built on the other side of the road and remains in use today, along with many modern additions.
In 1933 an impressive new church was built for hospital patients and their families as well as the locals in the developing suburb.
Impressive as the external architecture is, the inside of the church is equally grand.
The reason all of this is worthy of note is that Subiaco is undergoing large scale urban renewal. The railway line has been put underground and this has opened up new land for development. Many old buildings have been removed and modern, multi-story luxury residential units are being erected.
I was in the area last week and saw the convent and church as I have never seen them before. The buildings masking this final view have been removed and will be replaced by one of these large residential hives.
This view, partly from the rear of both Convent and Church will not be seen for possibly another century.
* Great Great Grandfather of regular commentor on this blog, genius genealogist and spouse, Buff.
Posted in Australia, Bible, Blogroll, History, images, Perth, photography, religion, Western Australia
Tagged Digital Photography, images, My Photography
Wed 26 Sept, 2007
THE third hatchling of the year for Frodocam stars, peregrine falcons Frodo and Frieda, hatched high above Brisbane this afternoon
The white, fluffy chick hatched about 2pm on the falcons’ penthouse ledge above the Brisbane River.
The previous hatchling arrived about 6am today.
Frodo and Frieda now begin the task of keeping food up to the ravenous chicks.
Watch Frodocam as the chicks grow – fast!
We should also be able to collect some (gory) video of the falcons feeding their young, mostly on feral pigeons hunted in their inner-city territory.
This will be the fourth clutch of chicks raised on webcam by this family. It could well be the eighth clutch raised in this nest by this pair.
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Tagged Digital Photography, images, ornithology, webcam