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A shuttlecock is a high-drag projectile used in the sport of badminton. It has an open conical shape: the cone is formed from sixteen overlapping goose feathers embedded into a rounded cork base. The cork is covered with thin leather. The shuttlecock's shape makes it extremely aerodynamically stable. Regardless of initial orientation, it will turn to fly cork first, and remain in the cork-first orientation. The name shuttlecock is frequently shortened to shuttle; a shuttlecock may also be known as a bird or birdie. The abbreviation cock is rarely used except in a jocular sense, due to its vulgar connotations. The "shuttle" part of the name was probably derived from its back-and-forth motion during the game, resembling the shuttle of a loom; the "cock" part of the name was probably derived from the resemblance of the feathers

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history of the Jack in a deck of cards makes for an interesting piece of trivia. Today’s Jack was originally known as the Knave, which in 16th and 17th century England was a reference to a simple male servant.


A simple male servant to royalty was, of-course, also a Jack. Whilst the term “Jack” was indeed commonly used to designate a Knave card it was considered lower class to do so.


Unfortunately the abbreviation for a Knave card was becoming too easily mistaken with that of the King (“K” v “Kn”) so the letter “J” was used instead. And so came the Jack.


This is a shot of Two Jack Lake in the magical Banff National Park I shot one beautifully sunny morning. When I shot this image it was -26 degree’s Celsius and I was waiting patiently for the sun to hit the tips of the mountains in the distance whilst chilling my Starbucks Frappuccino in the snow.


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This lake is stunningly beautiful during the summer with it’s turquoise water but during the winter the lake freezes solid so finding the right composition becomes a little more challenging – hence my red chairs ☺


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After the war, in 1930, the first Yser Tower was built in Kaaskerke, near Diksmuide, where a lot of Flemish soldiers died. It was built by an organisation of former Flemish soldiers. The tower also is decorated with the abbreviations AVV-VVK (Alles Voor Vlaanderen, Vlaanderen voor Kristus; All for Flanders-Flanders for Christ).


The Yser Tower site is also the burial place of some Flemish soldiers killed during the fighting on the Yser Front.


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