Thursday, April 27, 2017

Quote for the Day

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Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . .

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Today: Santayana goodbye
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Song Reference:

Santayana goodbye


Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana (1863-1952) died in 1952. Wrote 18 books on philosophy. “Love makes us poets and the approach of death makes us philosophers.” - George Santayana
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Quotes:

(Sorry about the use of Comic Sans font, not my doing)

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And still more.


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Trivia:

George Santayana (as he is known in English) (1863 – 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Originally from Spain, Santayana was raised and educated in the United States from the age of eight and identified himself as an American, although he always kept a valid Spanish passport. He wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters. At the age of forty-eight, Santayana left his position at Harvard and returned to Europe permanently, never to return to the United States. His last wish was to be buried in the Spanish pantheon in Rome.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

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Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . . 

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Today: Liberace

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Song Reference:

Liberace

Wladziu Valentine Liberace (1919-1987), high camp singer and piano player was given a Los Angeles TV show in 1952 that became so successful it went national in 1953. He famously said about criticism that he cried all the way to the bank. He later revised this to being so successful that he had now bought the bank he used to cry all the way to. 

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Quotes:

Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.

When the reviews are bad I tell my staff that they can join me as I cry all the way to the bank.

I don't give concerts, I put on a show.

My mother worked in a cookie factory. My father worked in a factory. So anyone that dares begrudge what I have, just better get off their duff and do something about it to do something for themselves as well as their country. I feel that I have a perfect right to spend my money the way I damn please.

Nakedness makes us democratic, adornment makes us individuals.

I don't profess to be a healer, a minister, a priest. I feel as an entertainer I can do more good for the world than I would if I were a soapbox orator or a self-made politician.

You know the bank I used to cry all the way to. I bought it.

My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front. If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggle.

You can have either the Resurrection or you can have Liberace. But you can't have both.

Men's clothes are becoming kind of mod. They're becoming more colorful and more flamboyant, and the male peacock is beginning to show his true plumage.

I feel that if entertainment is that important, the media, then it's my duty, not only to mankind but to God, to fulfill the promise that I carry on this work. If someone, for instance, can forget their pains and their ills and their strife by watching any performer then I think this work is worthwhile.

I once was poor myself. I worked to get where I am today and I've worked hard to spend $100,000 a year on my clothes and I've worked hard to earn $3 million a year. I deserve what I get because I worked for it.

I was born and raised during Depression Years when we were on County relief and we all went out and we hustled. We worked. I worked in a restaurant, I washed dishes.

I had to dare a little bit. Who am I kidding - I had to dare a lot. Don’t wear one ring, wear five or six. People ask how I can play with all those rings, and I reply, Very well, thank you.





Unsual, sometimes bizarre, buildings

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“Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.”

- Robert Towne (1934 - )
American screenwriter, producer, director and actor.

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Habitat 67 – Montreal, Canada


Habitat 67, or simply Habitat, is a model community and housing complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It was originally conceived as his master's thesis in architecture at McGill University and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World's Fair held from April to October 1967. It comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations, reaching up to 12 stories in height. Together these units create 146 residences (originally 158 but some have been combined) of varying sizes and configurations, each with at least one terrace.



Habitat, as seen from Montreal’s port
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Wonderworks – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA


WonderWorks is an entertainment focused on science exhibits with five locations in the United States. The company's slogan is "Let Your Imagination Run Wild". Each WonderWorks location contains interactive, entertainment exhibits on the themes of space, physics, and math. The exhibits are housed in a themed building designed by architect Michael Ussery to look as it were picked up by severe weather and dropped upside down on an existing building. The company has locations in Orlando, Florida; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Panama City Beach, Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Syracuse, New York. The buildings even feature upside concrete and inverted palm trees.

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Air Force Academy Chapel - Colorado, USA


The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, completed in 1962, was originally controversial in its design but is today highly regarded. It was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004.

The design features a striking row of seventeen spires (the original design called for nineteen spires but this number was reduced due to budget issues) . The spires are filled by triangular aluminum panels with mosaic coloured glass in aluminium frames in between.



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Kunsthaus Graz - Graz, Austria


The Kunsthaus Graz, or Graz Art Museum, was built as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003. It has since become an architectural landmark in Graz, Austria. The architects responsible used an innovative style known as blob architecture, leading to it being affectionately called the "Friendly Alien" by its creators Colin Fournier and Peter Cook. The skin of the building is made of iridescent blue acrylic panels.



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Low Impact Woodland House - Wales, UK (aka The Hobbit House)

Using only £3000, a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer, Simon Dale and his father-in-law raised this cozy, woodland home up from the ground in just four months. Despite not having experience as a carpenter or contractor, he was determined to build a home that was at one with nature, embracing the landscape around him and using mostly recycled materials. With this ethical drive, Dale scrounged up wood and branches and laid out the framework for his woodland abode. 
Built in 2005, the house is set into the earth, giving it the appearance of a hobbit home - but this is no fanboy ode to J.R.R. Tolkien. The design allows for increased energy-efficiency, keeping the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 
Separated into two floors, the ground level is a cozy living room and children’s room, heated with a wood-burning stove, while the second floor is a master bedroom. Although the house features an extremely natural aesthetic, it also has all the trappings of modern living, including solar panels that provide energy for everything from the lighting to the computer.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Quote for the Day

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Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . . 

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Today: Marciano
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Song Reference:

Rocky Marciano (1924-1969) is the only heavyweight world champion to retire undefeated. He became world heavyweight champ in 1952 when he defeated Jersey Joe Walcott with a knockout in the 13th round.


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Quotes:

“What could be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're the heavyweight champion of the world?”

After knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott to capture the heavyweight crown.
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“That was a fucking dumb question. If I didn't think I was gonna win, why the hell would I be fighting?!”

To a reporter who asked if he thought he'd win his upcoming fight against Joe Louis.
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“Why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds if you can knock him out in one?”
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“I don't want to be remembered as a beaten champion.”

Explaining why he wouldn't come out of retirement for a big payday against heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson.
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“Roland La Starza was tough, but Ezzard Charles was the toughest man I ever fought. I learned what pain was all about when I fought him.”

Reminiscing about his toughest opponent Ezzard Charles


Looking Back

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Thank you.
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Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915

Photograph taken in France in 1916, of non-commissioned officers and gunners who served at Gallipoli, probably in the Australian Heavy Battery.
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Drawing of the interior of a ward at the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbeville, France was made by Laurence Howie in 1919.
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Four siblings of the Malcolm family of Melbourne, Victoria, served during the First World War. The above portrait was taken on their return home, all having survived.
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Florence Elizabeth McMillan, one of the nurses on the Greek Island of Lemnos during World War 1, with a kitten mascot born in the trenches of Gallipoli.
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Gassed Australian soldiers waiting for medical help at the Somme front.
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An Australian fatigue party passes a German bunker at the western end of Pozieres.
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Eygpt, September 1941: Men of the 24th Infantry Brigade after their voyage from Tobruk.
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Australian soldiers firing a captured Italian Breda Anti-Tank gun on a beach in the Northern Sector near El Alamein. WWII
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Australian soldiers. Kokoda Track, New Guinea, during WW2.
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HMS Norseman was transferred to the Australian Navy by the Royal Navy in WW2 and renamed HMAS Nepal.
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Australian sailors with a Bathurst-class corvette in the background. The RAN commissioned 56 of this class of corvettes during World War II.
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30 August 1945. Yokosuka Naval Base, Tokyo Bay. Commander Yuzo Tanno hands over the keys of Yokosuka Naval Base to Captain H. J. Buchanan, Royal Australian Navy. Buchanan led the first Commonwealth party to go ashore in Japan.
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Pilots of No. 457 Squadron receive final instructions for their flight back to Australia in October 1945. All of the squadron's aircraft were painted with a shark's mouth, earning it the nickname the "Grey Nurse Squadron".
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Tripolitania, Libya. February 1943. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, surrounded by airmen after arriving in a black-painted converted American Liberator aircraft to refuel at the Italian-built Castel Benito airfield. He was on his way home after the Yalta conference, a secret meeting with President Roosevelt of the United States of America and Joseph Stalin, President of the USSR, held at Yalta on the Black Sea in the Crimea. Both Roosevelt and Churchill flew long detours to keep away from enemy territory. 

Airmen of the RAAF sign their names on the fuselage of the Liberator aircraft.
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The wreck of HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney Harbour following an attack by 3 Japanese midget submarines in 1942. 21 sailors died.

June 1, 1942. A Japanese midget submarine is raised from the bed of Sydney Harbour the day after the attack.
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A Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps nurse and Vietnamese child, 1967.
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Young men of the 7th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment [7RAR], home after twelve months in Vietnam.
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Australian soldiers, Vietnam
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Australian soldiers, Afghanistan
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Australian soldiers, Iraq

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“ANZAC is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour, and the survival of a sense of self worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

- Wall mounting hanging in the Arrivals Hall at Melbourne International Airport.