Test 23 Nov 2014 11:41
Posted onNovember 20, 2014
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Test 23 Nov 2014 11:41
“Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”
Still true today, methinks. And, ohh, what shock and awe when modern weapons “do what they can.”
Here, largely as a note to self, is a very old concept diagram I built from a small book or article whose source I cannot remember. It is from the “days of yore,” designed to examine tools, and dirty tricks, used in actual verbal or written discussion:
What truth is up against today is much more sinister. Continue reading
My uncle Eric was my closest uncle and a wonderful mentor.
He gave me my first watch at 7, my first ukelele at 9 and introduced me to photography when he gave me my first camera at 13 or 14, showing me how to use it – the intricacies of combining shutter speed, f stop and film sensitivity to create a properly exposed photo. He did his own darkroom work and had an incredible ear for finding the right, very sophisticated chord on a guitar.
Eric and my mother’s younger sister, Rita, were wonderful to my sister Anne and me. Eric could pull an original bedtime story out of his head and we loved his stories. He was devoted to Rita and welcomed Stella, his mother-in-law, into their home, where she lived for many, many years.
His sense of humour was really original, as one of the macabre photos below and in this short, YouTube tribute I put together from old photos demonstrates.
Here are a few more photos:
On Day Two in Istanbul (October 15th, 2011) Anita and I went to the Istanbul Archaeological Museum in the morning and took a 10 € Bosphosphorus Cruise in the afternoon. The IAM is very large and contains many hugely important and ancient items.
Most remarkable were the really ancient exhibits: This ceramic lion from Babylon’s finest gate, the Ishtar Gate, made a lasting impression:
I was totally unaware that anything remains of Babylon. Further research amazed me. This Wiki article on the Gate shows a magnificent reconstruction of the whole gate from original glazed ceramic bricks collected during 20th C. excavations in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. The same article (sorry, I know Tuesday is November 11) refers to the irreparable recent damage callously done by military commanders who know mostly about how to build really fine heliports and military bases. Given the shit that has been happening to Iraqis – and their treasures – for about three decades now, perhaps we should be grateful for the European looting of Babylon a century ago.
The Pergamon reconstructed both the Gate itself and the processional way. The following photo of an exquisite detail from the Processional Way was found in Flickr’s Creative Commons. It was taken by KBE. Clicking on the photo will give you the licence under which I have used it:
After the IAM we had lunch. The Bosphorus Cruise will soon be described in a future post.
Hippodrome and Blue Mosque: