Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
A sailor meets a pirate in a bar, and conversation turns to their adventures on the sea. The sailor notes the pirate has a peg leg, a hook and an eye patch.
"There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our drakest nights on the road we must follow."
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The following is from:
1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
News report, Sunday Herald 25 March 2012:
Saturday, March 24, 2012
- Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG)
- Knight Commander (KCMG) or Dame Commander (DCMG)
- Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GCMG), the highest class of the award.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The Press Photo of the Year awards also recognise excellence in photojournalism. The awards are given in ten categories: spot news, general news, people in the news, sports and action, sports reporting, current issues, daily life, portraits, arts and entertainment and nature.
The overall winner, the World Press Photo of the Year, is awarded to the image that "... is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity."
Sunday afternoon, ensconced in my comfortable arm chair, I was watching a documentary DVD on the Kennedy assassination when film of the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald came on. A news broadcast of the time with film of that shooting can be viewed at:
(Click on the photographs to enlarge).
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So the nun winds down the window and calls out “Hey, shithead, get the fuck off my car!”
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Their name came from a resemblance, noted by band member Karl Green, between lead vocalist Peter Noone and Sherman in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. Sherman was shortened to Herman, and then became Herman and his Hermits, which was again shortened to Herman's Hermits
Not in homage to Buddy Holly, as rumoured. They chose the name from some Christmas holly decorating Graham Nash's house.
Hootie and the Blowfish
From the nicknames of two friends of singer/guitarist Darius Rucker - one with owl-like eyes (Hootie), another with puffy "Blowfish" cheeks.
The 3 Farriss brothers hoped their music would be "In Excess", and spelt it INXS
Steve Harris got the band name from a film of The Man in the Iron Mask. The "Iron Maiden" was a metal coffin with spikes running outside it that could be inserted inside. The occupant was than impaled on the spikes.
Inspired by the blues player Blind Lemon Jefferson and the name of a friend's dog. A jefferson airplane is a split matchstick end or other device to hold a splif in to get that last drag.
Popular 70's band that is named after the rather obscure inventor of the farmer's seed drill. Ian Anderson, the flautist and lead singer, has said he is "faintly embarrassed" about the name.
Originally named Warsaw, in order to avoid confusion with the London punk band Warsaw Pakt, the band renamed themselves Joy Division in early 1978, borrowing their new name from the prostitution wing of A Nazi concentration camp mentioned in the 1955 novel The House of Dolls.
Originally a mild curse said to avoid saying "Jesus Christ" - also from the Bob Dylan song "The ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest".
Monday, March 19, 2012
“I would show that not even the last sudden agony of death ruffled his serenity of mind, or rendered him unthoughtful of others. No terrors, no selfish regrets, no reproachful memories, were there. The few tender parting words which he had yet to speak, he spoke. And to the servants who had gathered grieving round him, he said, ‘While I have breath, let me thank you all for your kindness and attention to me’.
You have to admire someone who takes his own pulse and pronounces himself dead. Now that’s cool.Next, to his doctor, who quickly entered – his neighbour and old pupil, Mr. Carter – he significantly, and pointing to the region of his heart, said – ‘congestion’. After which, he in silence set his finger to his wrist, and visibly noted to himself the successive feeble pulses which were but just between him and death. Presently he said – ‘stopped’. And this was the very end. It was as if even to die were an act of his own grand self-government. For at once, with the warning word still scarce beyond his lips, suddenly the stately head drooped aside, passive and defunct for ever. And then, to the loving eyes that watched him, ‘his face was again all young and beautiful’. The bodily heart, it is true, had become more pulseless clay; broken was the pitcher at the fountain, broken at the cistern the wheel; but, for yet a moment amid the nightfall, the pure spiritual life could be discerned, moulding for the last time into conformity with itself the features which thenceforth were for the tomb.”
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Here are some facts and trivia items about the chant.
Some Irish humour in recognition of this Saturday being St Patrick's Day . . .
Thursday, March 15, 2012
- explanation of the term daylight robbery
- a 1 year anniversary post about Cosmo as it is our birthday on the 1st April
- what has happened to the Cost Concordia now it has faded away from the news
- some more entertainment content
- more mentions on yours truly