Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quote for the day

"In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves."

- R A Butler (1902-1982)

British politician

Guess who?

Sent to me by Leo, thanks amigo.

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We have all seen old pics of famous people but the text with these 
make them most interesting.

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He experienced a turbulent childhood. Despite his artistic talent, his teachers regarded him a troublesome clown and wrote in his school reports that he was “certainly on the road to failure”. 

John Lennon

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A studious Xhosa prince who studied law, and spent many years imprisoned.

Nelson Mandela

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This young man grew up so poor that one of the highlights of his childhood was the family buying a fridge. When he was 14 his father, who had little patience for the boy, decided he should become a police officer. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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At 16, this self-taught high school drop-out failed to pass the entrance exams to the Swiss Federal Polytechnic. His teachers thought he was “lazy, slow and dreamy”.

Albert Einstein

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As a mischievous schoolboy, he was condemned as a slow learner and a person who asked too many questions. 

Thomas Edison

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Born as AnjezĂ« Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in present day Macedonia to a wealthy Albanian family. 

Mother Teresa

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Born out of wedlock to a wealthy rancher and his cook, he was sent to Jesuit school. He went on to study law and became embroiled in fighting the Batista dictatorship.

Fidel Castro

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A young black student from Honolulu, who went on to study law at Harvard.

Barack Obama

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This shy kid was often bullied for being a mama's boy and grew up in poor, mostly black neighborhoods. His first job was being a truck driver.

Elvis Presley

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This young pioneer was hated and called a cockroach by his classmates. 

Vladimir Putin

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Born Vladimir Oulianoff, this beloved boy was his father’s favorite son and adored by his sisters and schoolmasters.

Vladimir Lenin

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A young hippy couple in love, who met in law school

Bill and Hillary Clinton

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A talented young officer and secular socialist, who overthrew King Idris I

Muammar Gaddafi

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This cutie grew up dirt poor as one of 12 kids near the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Her talent was spotted early and she began performing as a child.

Dolly Parton

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Joseph Djougashvili had several roles including bank robber, defrocked seminarian and police informer

Josef Stalin

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Due to a complicated labor the doctors accidently severed a nerve in this man’s face, resulting in partial paralysis of his lower left side of his face. His parents’ troubled marriage caused him to bounce between foster homes around Hell's Kitchen, New York. 

Sylvester Stallone

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This young student was arrested several times in the 70s and 80s for driving without a licence, suspected drunk driving and running a stop sign.

Bill Gates

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Born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar, this Parsi man was named one of Time Asia’s most influential Asian heroes of the last 60 years.

Freddie Mercury

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Passport photo for migration to Australia from Holland, this lad grew to have his own blog.

Damn! Now who was that??

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quote for the day

"We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralisation

- Gauis Petronius Arbiter (7 – 66 AD) 

Roman courtier during the reign of Nero. He is generally believed to be the author of the Satyricon, a satirical novel believed to have been written during the Neronian era.

Secrets of the Castle

Kate and I have just finished watching Series 1 of the above marvellous BBC documentary. It aired in Great Britain in November and December 2014, I am unaware as to whether there is to be a Series 2. 

The castle referred to is Guedelon Castle in Burgundy, France, and it is being built as an archaeological project over 25 years using only techniques, tools and materials from the 13th century. The television series stars archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold, and historian Ruth Goodman. The programs show what kind of skills and crafts were needed to build a castle in the 1200’s – roughly the year 1246… around tea-time, as it says on the BBC website.  The same age that was burning witches at the stake was also doing amazing things in construction. 

The series points out that castles were introduced to Britain from France by the Norman Conquest, the French being the gun castle builders at the time, hence the French connection.

It left Kate and I wanting to see more.

It emphasises that anything that was needed or wanted had to be made, there was no convenient Bunnings nearby in the 13th century. Want a piece of rope? A box? Some bowls or plates? See the ropemaker, the carpenter, the potter. Want to lift heavy objects great heights? Make scaffolding that rises as the towers rise and make a wooden crane powered by people walking in large treadwheels. Masons, blacksmiths, artists, quarrymen, cooks . . . all interacting. I could go on but I suggest you watch it and be fascinated. 

Some pics:

Some pics of what Guedelon Castle will look like when finished, scheduled for 2023:

A model from the series, used at the time to demonstrate to the lord what he was getting and designed to allow modification - note that the towers etc are made of movable pieces.  13th century CAD precursor.

C'est magnifique!!