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Scenic Traverse Photography is the work of Kristen M. Meister.

Scenic Traverse Photography is the work of Kristen M. Meister.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

How 888,246 red ceramic poppies captivated Britain and brought WWI to life. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Thomson, John, born 1837 - died 1921. A 'November effigy' being paraded through the street, c.1877. At the time this photograph was taken it was common practice in early November to parade effigies of unpopular public figures as well as Guy Fawkes. In his notes to the photograph, Adolphe Smith refers to the effigy shown as being a 'meaningless monstrosity' created purely for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

Photo: Thomson, John, born 1837 – died 1921.
A ‘November effigy’ being paraded through the street, c.1877. At the time this photograph was taken it was common practice in early November to parade effigies of unpopular public figures as well as Guy Fawkes. In his notes to the photograph, Adolphe Smith refers to the effigy shown as being a ‘meaningless monstrosity’ created purely for the purposes of entertainment and profit.

November Effigies; Street Life in London

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The land of the free?

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First they came for our dogs and I said nothing because I didn’t have a dog.
Then they came for our cats and I said nothing because I didn’t like cats.
Then they came for our education system and I said nothing because I didn’t have children.
Then they imposed Sharia Law and I said nothing because I was a woman and my place was under a Burqa.

 

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Photo: Fred Morley A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

Photo: Fred Morley
A man carries the milk over rubble in the streets of London while firefighters battle the aftermath of the 32nd straight night of bombing.

The Milk Must Get Through!!

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Key isn’t making it up – the world is puckering up due to the ISIS threat

Thousands of terror suspects in the UK are being monitored by the security services, it has been claimed.

Far more militants than previously thought are under surveillance, according to the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson said the threat from Islamist extremists may be greater than officials have admitted.

It had been believed that the main danger came from some 500 jihadis who have travelled to Syria and Iraq from Britain to join Islamic State or Al-Qaeda. About half of these have since returned to the UK.

But Mr Johnson told the Daily Telegraph the danger was much more widespread than the relatively small numbers of extremists who have gone abroad to fight.

‘In London we’re very, very vigilant and very, very concerned,’ he said. ‘Every day – as you saw recently, we had to raise the threat level – every day the security services are involved in thousands of operations.

Luckily New Zealand doesn’t quite have the same proportion of Muslim immigration to underpin such a threat, but just because the numbers are lower doesn’t mean we don’t have our own issues.   Read more »

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Has Kim Dotcom absconded? To London?

This was advertised in The Observer today in London.

Obviously Kim Dotcom can’t get an audience in NZ anymore.

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A whole club sandwich of wrongness, made up of many delectable layers of stupid

Len Brown is pushing through a ratepayer subsidised cycleway across the harbour bridge. There is no way his proposal will ever pay for itself and he is pandering to about 5 cyclists on the North Shore.

But whatever happens there don’t let him see this proposal from London, for a cycleway on the Thames.

The odds were tough, but we did it: London has just come up with what must be the silliest cycling infrastructure idea in the world. Put together by a motley group called the River Cycleway Consortium, London is fielding a new proposal for a new central cycle path that will stretch eight miles and cost £600 million ($965 million) to construct. Quite a lot for a pair of bike lanes, isn’t it? Ah, but these are not ordinary paths. These babies would float. On the River Thames.

The answer to London’s cycling problems, the consortium argues, is a bobbing pontoon strung along the Southern side of London’s river. This aquatic cycleway would stretch from Battersea, just west of Central London, to the newish business district to its east at Canary Wharf, protected by what appear to be waist-high walls. Given the construction cost of over $65,000 per yard of path, using the cycleway wouldn’t be free. Cyclists would need to pay a £1.50 ($2.40) toll before entering.

And then perhaps the best sledge of all time:

The proposal isn’t just wrong. It’s a whole club sandwich of wrongness, made up of many delectable layers of stupid.

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Photo: Opium Museum  Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City's Chinatown in 1925.

Photo: Opium Museum
Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City’s Chinatown in 1925.

Opium Dens

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Role model To Youth Dies

Felix Dennis is the sort of character  children should aspire to be when they are taught in school to work hard and success in life will follow.  Of course this is total nonsense.  Anyone can work hard, the hardest workers are usually the ones who are so thick they actually have to as they take ten times the amount of time as capable people to do a task.  Dennis seemed to make it look completely effortless.

Dennis, who divided his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique, claimed to have become rich by “accident” and listed his other interests as “planting trees, commissioning bronze sculpture, drinking French wine and avoiding business meetings”.

What a fabulous approach to life.  Everyone should do their best to avoid business meetings.  They are like all boring things –  for other people.

I wasn’t a great follower of Felix Dennis and his life but I admire him for one piece of history he owns:

Dennis is credited with having been the first person to say the word ‘c**t’ on live British television, on 7 November 1970 edition of David Frost’s The Frost Programme. When Frost referred to guest Jerry Rubin as a “reasonable man”, Dennis, sitting in the audience, jokingly shouted out that Rubin was the “most unreasonable c**t I’ve ever known in my life”.

Fabulous.  As is this quote about how accidental his love life was:

When people ask my current companion, Marie France, how she ended up with me after all that, she says, ‘I waited until the others went away’.

He writes about why he never married which is the most logical and concise reasoning I have read on the topic:

“I should have liked to get married, but over many decades I have lived essentially alone. I go to sleep when I’m tired, get up when I wake up, have my food prepared when I’m hungry. I can’t bear the thought that I’d have to coincide, make an effort. People say it’s never too late. How wrong they are. It’s way, way, way too late”.

Couldn’t be bothered.

Brilliant.

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Photo: Grace Robertson OBE  Clapham Women's Pub Outing, London, 1956

Photo: Grace Robertson OBE
Clapham Women’s Pub Outing, London, 1956

You Can Choose To Live In the Front Row or the Third Row

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