Monday, November 19, 2018

Readers Write




Email from Graham E in response to yesterday’s post about sculptures and statues: 
Hi Mr O,

The first head statue is an eleven-metre-high statue in Prague that has forty-two moving panels that form the face of the great Czech writer Franz Kafka. I only recently saw footage of it moving, here is a link: 

Here are some other impressive statues: 
Genghis Khan in China 

Genghis Khan in Mongolia 

Genghis Khan in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
(okay, Graham didn't send that one, I added it)

The Motherland in Russia 

Peter the Great in Russia 

Thanks Graham. 

Another interesting statue and back story: 

From wikipedia:
In 1997, a 12-ton sandstone statue depicting Mel Gibson as William Wallace in Braveheart was placed in the car park of the Wallace Monument near Stirling, Scotland. The statue, which was the work of Tom Church, a monumental mason from Brechin, included the word "Braveheart" on Wallace's shield. The installation became the cause of much controversy; one local resident stated that it was wrong to "desecrate the main memorial to Wallace with a lump of crap". In 1998, someone wielding a hammer vandalized the statue's face. After repairs were made, the statue was encased in a cage every night to prevent further vandalism. This only incited more calls for the statue to be removed, as it then appeared that the Gibson/Wallace figure was imprisoned. The statue was described as "among the most loathed pieces of public art in Scotland". In 2008, the statue was returned to its sculptor to make room for a new visitor centre being built at the foot of the Wallace Monument.


Email from Tobye P in respect of the relocated Federation Pavilion: 

Hi Otto, thanks for these, I love the “suburbs” series and the old photos. 
But I have to ask-what happened to the mega-cool Federation Pavilion 1901-and why was it replaced with that pedestrian Folly? I hate when that happens! Those Victorians knew how to build a pavilion… 
Enjoy the weekend! 
Best, Tobye 

Reply to Tobye: 

What remains is the basic structure, the original had a lot of plaster work on it. 
Thanks Toby

Reply from Tobye: 
Amazing that they managed to transform it into a barn-like structure…but you can see a lot of plaster on the original.
They just don’t make them like they used to I guess!
Thanks for satisfying my curiosity though. I am fascinated by the old pavilions of the late 1900’s, or “bandstands” as we call them-many have survived here. Relics of another time…
Regards, Tobye 

Thanks for the input Tobye. 

Email from Sandra B in relation to the post about the younger generation and their mobile phones : 
Hi Otto, 

I thought it would be a good idea to put the phone on the kitchen wall way back then. I forgot having sisters our calls could be for hours, somebody snapped this photo. I had my dress tucked so no one could see my “bits” 

No walking around with the phone in my hand, or laying in bed or sprawled out on the lounge. We had to sit or stand where the phone was installed. 

I don’t care if you want to post this no one can see anything. 

Cheers, and was great catching up with you last night. 

Thanks, Sandy, and here is the pic Sandy sent: 


Email from Rob T in the UK, in response to the post “Who Remembers . . .?”, where one of the items mentioned was Sunnyboys: 

Rob’s email:
Dear Otto,

Interesting about Sunny Boy ….For us in the UK it was Jubblies … 

It also inspired a catch phrase “Lovely Jubbly” 

With best regards,
Thanks Rob. 


Ooops, wrong Jubblies

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