Wednesday 20 August 2003
Pix Of The Day: Square Rigger On The High Seas
CREDITS: © Charles Winpenny/CornwallCAM.co.uk MAP: St. Mawes
Some things just look good in pictures, almost irrespective of who takes the photograph, or how it is taken. Notwithstanding that wild and unsubstantiated assertion we just made (something we seem to be doing more often these days, though like the Declaration of Independence we hold some things to be self evident truths) Charles Winpenny's work is uniformly workmanlike and enjoyable. Users of larger monitors may enjoy a slightly larger image.
We were unable to find the picture again when checking Charles' archives, but from memory the picture was taken in Carrick Roads, when Charles was aboard the St. Maws to Falmouth ferry. Should we have made an error through faltering memory, we expect we will hear about it from one of our Cornish correspondents before the day is out. [You know who you are. - Ed.]. Shiver me timbers! We sometimes think web mastering is a more demanding trade than ship mastering, but at least physically, the punishment of digital keel hauling is less painful than the real world version.
Caricature Of The Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
Our caricature subject's birthday was celebrated yesterday.
IDENTITY LINK: click the image below. Click this text for a BIO-FINDER LINK.
American actor (1969- ). Raised in Ottawa, Canada, where his mother, Suzanne Morrison, was press agent for Pierre Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, during the seventies and eighties. He showed early promise as a tennis player, but when he moved to Los Angeles to join his father, John Bennett [same family name] who is best known as the sailor in the 'Old Spice' commercials, he became more interested in acting. We booed him when we discovered that not only had he dated Julia Roberts but that Jennifer Aniston had offered to be his personal trainer! His reply was unintelligible because he is missing part of the middle finger of his right hand. As the song goes, 'Ya Gotta Have Friends'. His middle name is Langford. This entry was prepared using an IMDB (Internet Movie Database) feature.
Quotation Of The Day courtesy of Wordsmith.org
We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.
- Anna Sewell, writer (1820-1878).
Also available are more quotations, a commentary, and full texts of her only work, 'Black Beauty', from both the Gutenberg Project or the Literature Project.
On This Day: Random Fact courtesy of Reference.com
1968 - The Soviet Union & other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the 'Prague Spring' liberalization drive of Alexander Dubcek's regime.
Roundly condemned in the West as military imperialism of the worst kind: considered, with other Soviet actions of a similar kind, to be the exercise of might over right, and the action of the forces of oppression against democracy. Better just leave it at that… I don't suppose this weblog is widely read in high places, but one can't be too careful these days with all those black helicopters overflying this place at rooftop height.
Visit the Reference.com page for today, where you will find a fuller listing of facts about this day, with sections for holidays, events and births.
From Our 2002 Archive: Antarctic Odyssey - Tuesday 20 August 2002
Marcel Ban is Romanian by birth, but now lives in Toronto, Canada, where he owns The Bans Consulting Group Inc., a computer software house. More pertinent to this weblog, he is also a keen photographer. After a period of hard work he gave himself a month off, and took his wife Diana for a little jaunt. What better place for a few interesting photo opportunities than Antarctica, the Seventh Continent? Better yet, he built a journey mini web site to display his pictures for all to enjoy. There's even more: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay; and no Antarctic photo site would be complete without a penguin gallery! There are over three hundred pictures to choose from on the page devoted to a thumbnail gallery.
The featured picture is Port Lockroy, British post office. Being a postman there may be a hard life, though perhaps not from the volume of letters. Users of larger monitors may see a bigger version of the picture. Marcel's site is one of those you may either keep returning for a dip (brrr!) or spend a long session reading about somewhere that few of us will be lucky enough to visit ourselves. Highly recommended, whichever way you decide to visit and enjoy what is on offer.
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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)