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Beards of Whaleoil

 

“Beards and hair are a strange thing. Considering I was bald and always had a short little goatee since I was able to grow one…. People seem to treat me very differently based on facial hair. People are much more accepting of me with longer hair and a full beard.”

 

 

If you wish to contribute to Beards of Whaleoil then please do.

Any form of facial hair is considered and you can be as expressive as you wish.

We accept and applaud all forms of Beard; Mustache; Goatee, or any Bum Fluff at all for that matter, throughout the ages and to the present day.

Please send photos to sb at whaleoil.co.nz and put ‘beard’ in the subject line.

Please include a few sentences with your submission.

 

 

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  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

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  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.

Remembering Joan Watson

 

“… a state of ornithological ecstasy.” – Time Magazine, 1949.

 

In the early morning hours of Friday the 19th of November, 1948, a small party of intrepid ornithologists boarded the Takitimu en-route to the other side of Lake Te Anau, searching for a seemingly lost echo of a far distant past.

Among them was a young woman from Invercargill by the name of Joan Telfer.

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AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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Jack the Ripper?

 

It was 3:45 am on the morning of Friday the 31st of August 1888, when Robert Paul turned a corner into a dimly lit back street of Whitechapel, on his way to work and unexpected destiny.

The storm of the previous night had abated somewhat and the rain had lessened, leaving puddles upon the cobblestoned narrow lane of Buck’s Row.

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  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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The remarkable career of Dr Douglas Jolly

 

Forget Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H, the first pioneering spirit of abdominal wounds on the battlefield was a humble Kiwi from the South Island.

Douglas Waddell Jolly was born in Cromwell, Otago on the 19th of December, 1904 and would eventually go on to be described by US medical historian David Adams as being one of the most influential surgeons of the twentieth century.

Jolly started his career as a house surgeon in public hospitals after graduating from Otago Medical School in 1929.

In 1932 he moved to London in order to study for a specialist qualification in surgery but when war broke out in Spain in mid-1936 he joined up with the British Volunteer Battalion which was thrown into the desperate fight on the southern outskirts of the Siege of Madrid.

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AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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Beards of Whaleoil

 

Abraham Lincoln

 

When asked for his thoughts on the number of expectant applicants for jobs in his new administration, he was reported as saying:

“There are too many pigs for the teats.”

 

If you wish to contribute to Beards of Whaleoil then please do.

Any form of facial hair is considered and you can be as expressive as you wish.

We accept and applaud all forms of Beard; Mustache; Goatee, or any Bum Fluff at all for that matter, throughout the ages and to the present day.

Please send photos to sb at whaleoil.co.nz and put ‘beard’ in the subject line.

Please include a few sentences with your submission.

Below are two examples of the kind of submission we are looking for:

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.

Six days in June: Jerusalem

 

“Uvetardemat ilan va’even
Shvuyah bachalomah,
Ha’ir asher badad yoshevet /nitzevet
Uvelibah chomah.”

“And in the slumber of tree and stone
Captive in her dream
The city that sits solitary
And in its midst is a wall.”

 Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold) – Traditional Hebrew Folk Song

 

Jerusalem: a city divided within itself.

Jerusalem is a name which has been spoken of many times in the Jewish story, both in old and new times.

Oftentimes it has risen and fallen throughout the millennia, and borne witness to events of great sufferings and trials.

In June of 1967, the Old City of Jerusalem lay just outside of the cease fire line, which had been drawn up at the end of the War of Independence.

The reunification of Jerusalem: as an open, undamaged and undivided city; were the orders given to the Israeli ground forces; as the truth of the first days, strike was heard across the airwaves, amongst the people who anxiously looked towards their families’ protection.

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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Six days in June: Sinai and Golan

 

“Syria’s forces are ready not only to repulse the aggression, but to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland. The Syrian army, with its finger on the trigger, is united… I as a military man, believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.”

– Syrian Defence Minister Hafez Assad, May 20, 1967

 

As the jets of the Israeli Air Force began strafing Egyptian Air bases, three armoured brigades of the Israeli Army under the command of Major General Israel Tal, began their assault on enemy positions in the Gaza Strip, with the overall goal of achieving an armoured breakthrough towards the Rafah Gap and access to the Philidelphi Corridor.

Like the opposing air forces, the Israeli ground units were also heavily outnumbered by their enemies, and therefore had to rely upon a combination of superior planning and specialised modifications to equipment and ordinance.

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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Six days in June: First strike

 

“The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold”

Lord Byron ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’

 

The jets from the Israeli Air Force were low, almost skimming across the surface of the flat calm Mediterranean Sea and travelling in excess of 500 mph.

It was the pre-dawn hours of Monday the 5th of June, 1967, and Israel was going to war.

It was just before 7:00 am when the first air raid sirens began to be heard throughout the towns and cities of Israel, followed by the sound of rushing feet.

Major General Mordechai Hod, commander of the Israeli Air Force, had given the final order for Operation Focus to begin.

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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Six days in June: Two reluctant leaders

“Israel wants to make it clear to the government of Egypt that it has no aggressive intentions whatsoever against any Arab state at all” – Levi Eshkol, May 15th 1967.

There were at least two leaders in the Middle East with little or no desire for war in mid-1967, and they just happened to be the men who were in charge of the main competing protagonists: Egypt and Israel.

Nasser had been largely manipulated into the position he found himself in, by a combination of rumour mongering from the Soviet Union and his own people’s desire for revenge against Israel.

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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Six days in June: Prelude to war

 

“Our path to Palestine will not be covered with a red carpet or with yellow sand. Our path to Palestine will be covered with blood… In order that we may liberate Palestine, the Arab nation must unite, the Arab armies must unite, and a unified plan of action must be established” – Gamal Abdel Nasser, 1965.

It had been nineteen years since the 1948 War of Independence, and during this time the tiny nation of Israel; settled predominantly by the survivors of the worst anti-Semite pogrom in recent history had fought for, and ultimately won for themselves and their children, some breathing space.

The land which had been so bitterly fought over represented more than just a place to call home.

It represented a return to a way of life in a homeland where the Jewish people could be born, live, love, worship, die and ultimately be buried. And while the United Nations had passed a resolution recognising Israel’s right to exist, this would have amounted to nothing if this desperate struggle for survival had been lost.

But the tensions caused by this return had not gone away.

To the north, east, south and west, Israel found itself surrounded by Arab states, all armed with a burning desire for revenge and an ultimate final reckoning.

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.
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