one day at a time…
Tuesday 12 August 2003

Pix Of The Day: High Above Grasmere Sports Arena
CREDITS: © Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk MAP: Grasmere
Grasmere Arena © Tony Richards
Last month we carried a feature called Warriors With Rubber Extremities, about the sporting activities of the English Lake District. Inevitably the name of Grasmere entered the item. Recently Tony Richards walked to Alcock Tarn, and looking down onto Grasmere he took todays feature picture, which includes the sports arena.

Caricature Of The Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
Our caricature subject's birthday was celebrated yesterday.
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Caricature Zone
American wrestler (1953-) . Had we been invited to draw the caricature of today's subject, we think that under the circumstances we would have tried to have done a more flattering portrait: this man is big and tough, very big and tough. Standing 6'6" tall he makes a fearsome adversary. During last weekend we dined with someone who met this man in Japan: we were told that even in the land of Sumo wrestlers, he towered over everyone around, bulking with the best of the Sumos. We suspect that the size of his filmography may surprise many visitors. This entry was prepared using an IMDB (Internet Movie Database) feature.

Quotation Of The Day courtesy of Wordsmith.org

Say oh wise man how you have come to such knowledge? Because I was never ashamed to confess my ignorance and ask others.
- Johann Gottfried Von Herder, critic and poet (1744-1803)

On This Day In 2002: Who Was M. Montbret? - Monday 12 August 2002

Pendower Montbretia © Charles WinpennyThe picture of Pendower Beach in Cornwall, England was taken on a recent visit by Charles Winpenny for his CornwallCAM website. The red/orange plant in the foreground is Montbretia Crocosmia named after Antoine Francois Ernest Conquebert de Montbret, a French botanist who accompanied Napoleon on the Egyptian Campaign, though the plant is a native of South Africa. The plant name is sometimes spelled 'Monbretia', which most authorities list as an acceptable alternative. Just how Monsieur Conquebert de Montbret might feel about that is open to debate.

Whitehaven Montbretia © Ian Scott-ParkerOur own picture of Montbretia was taken on an abandoned railway running past a heavily industrialised area of Whitehaven, a town on the coast of West Cumbria, England. We went in search of the 18th century botanist Montbret, after whom this lovely plant was named, but nothing was to be found on the web. The search continues: any information from weblog visitors will be welcomed. If our own quest reveals anything we will post an update.

[Our research assistant has since found a few slivers of information. From a BBC web page comes this: 'The name crocosmia has yet to be fully accepted by gardeners, many still referring to its older name of montbretia. This was given to them by Monsieur de Montbret, a French botanist who accompanied Napoleon when he invaded Egypt in 1798 and who died there at the age of 20.' From G. Swithenbank's fascinating eponyms list at Scorpio comes this: 'A.F.E Coquebert de Montbret (1780-1801), French botanist.' We are aghast that after peaking early, by the time Montbret was our age he had been dead for the better part of three decades. Those dates and ages seem slightly out of synch, and our search continues… Ed.]

The white flowers in Charles' picture might be Convulvulus: after the time spent trying to track down Conquebert de Montbret we dare not even think about them, or what they are named, or who might have discovered them.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)