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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.

 

There’s a video here: www.flickr.com/photos/jaydaley/16262334785/

 

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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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (Marathi: बृहन्मुंबई महानगर पालिका) (formerly the Bombay Municipal Corporation) or the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is the civic body that governs the city of Mumbai (Bombay). It is India's richest municipal organisation. Established under the Bombay Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, it is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city and some suburbs of Mumbai. Its motto, यतो धर्मस्ततो जय (Sanskrit: Yato Dharmastato Jaya or, Where there is Righteousness, there shall be Victory) is inscribed on the banner of its Coat of Arms. Built in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture the BMC, as it is more popularly known, is the largest civic organisation in the country, and administers an area of 434 sq km.

 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Marathi: छत्रपती शिवाजी टरमीनस), formerly Victoria Terminus, and better known by its abbreviation CST or Bombay VT) is an historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India[citation needed], and serves Central Railway trains terminating in Mumbai as well as the Mumbai suburban railway.

 

The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a consulting architect in 1887-1888, for the princely sum of 16.14 lakh rupees. Stevens earned the commission to construct the station after a masterpiece water colour sketch by draughts man Axel Herman. After earning the commission, Stevens went on a ten-month trip to Europe to make a detailed study of the stations there. The final design bears some resemblance to St. Pancras station in London[citation needed]. It took ten years to complete and was named "Victoria Terminus" in honor of the reigning Queen Victoria.

 

In 1996, the station was renamed by the state government after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a famed 17th century Maratha king.

 

On July 2, 2004 the station was nominated a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.

  

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 to a bird's crest

I'm trying hard for a night shot,hehhe! not perfect but i love the color...

Its a soomc!... i made a new abbreviation (straight out of 'my' camera)... hehhehe!

 

TGIF!

Still life

Photo to paint: AHB + texture

The next morning, I woke up on the French Riviera (this was no accident, I had planned it that way :-)). The first train of the day to be captured by my photo camera was TGV RD 619 (composed of older TGV Réseau motor cars and newer Duplex coaches, hence the abbreviation RD), running about 15 minutes late at the start of its 5 hours and 40 minutes run to the capital, engaged on TGV 6172 Nice-Ville (07:01) - Paris-Lyon (12:41). Agay, 13-08-2016.

Die Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH (HSB) mit Sitz in Wernigerode ist eine Eisenbahngesellschaft, die ein zirka 140 km langes Netz von zumeist dampfbetriebenen Schmalspurstrecken im Harz betreibt. Es handelt sich heute um das längste zusammenhängende dampfbetriebene Streckennetz in Europa. Dieses Netz mit der Spurweite von 1000 mm (Meterspur) besteht aus den Strecken Harzquerbahn, Selketalbahn und Brockenbahn. Auch die Anfangsbuchstaben der Strecken ergeben das Kürzel der Bahngesellschaft. Die Strecken sind ganzjährig in Betrieb.

 

Drei der sechs Endbahnhöfe (Nordhausen Nord, Quedlinburg und Wernigerode) verfügen über einen Anschluss an das normalspurige Netz der Deutschen Bahn AG. Neben der Brohltalbahn und der Wangerooger Inselbahn sind die Harzer Schmalspurbahnen heute eine der drei letzten Schmalspurbahnen mit Güterverkehr in Deutschland.

 

Im Personenverkehr wird die HSB heute überwiegend von Touristen und Ausflüglern (z. B. Wanderern) genutzt, der eigentliche Regionalverkehr im Sinne von Berufs- und Schülerverkehr spielt nur noch im Raum Nordhausen/Ilfeld und auf dem Streckenabschnitt Quedlinburg–Gernrode (Harz) eine bedeutendere Rolle.

(Wikipedia)

  

The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen GmbH (HSB), based in Wernigerode, is a railway company that operates a 140-km-long network of mostly steam-driven narrow-gauge tracks in the Harz Mountains. Today, it is the longest continuous steam-powered stretch-line in Europe. This network with a track width of 1000 mm (Meterspur) consists of the tracks of the Harzquerbahn, Selketalbahn and Brockenbahn. Also the initial letters of the routes are the abbreviation of the railway company. The routes are open all year.

 

Three of the six terminal stations (Nordhausen Nord, Quedlinburg and Wernigerode) have a connection to the normal-track network of Deutsche Bahn AG. In addition to the Brohltalbahn and the Wangerooger Inselbahn, the Harz narrow-gauge railways are today one of the last three narrow-gauge gorges with freight traffic in Germany.

 

In the passenger transport sector, the HSB is now used mainly by tourists and excursionists (eg hikers). The actual regional transport in the sense of vocational and student transport only plays a more important role in the Nordhausen / Ilfeld area and on the Quedlinburg-Gernrode section Role.

(Wikipedia)

The abbreviation ELNA stands for narrower lokomotiv norm committee. It is an ELNA railroad engine or ELNA steam locomotive a firm concept in the German railway history in the word connection. The ELNA was a sub-committee of the general Lokomotiv norm committee. Both were a part of a bigger number of standardization committees. ELNA and ALNA were founded in 1917. In the ELNA were representatives of the industrie, later the German national railway, as well as the umbrella organisations of the private railways and small railways, how to the association of German streets and small railways management (VDSKV). Should be reached a uniformly name of the lokomotiv parts, as well as a standardization of the construction and with it an interchangeability of the parts.

 

Here ELNA 2 BLE 146, build 1941 by Henschel Nr. 24932

this long exposure at dusk shows the sculpture known as Solfar or "Sun Voyager." For me it kind of sums up the Icelandic psyche. That is it is very modern yet very traditional. The sculpture is on the harbour side and not in the center of Reykjavik. Iceland is on the edge of Europe but not in "Europe." Icelandics are a mixture of Norse men and Hebridean women, genetically speaking. The fork design over this sculpture are probably the Rune sign Madur, representing man or bravery. But it is the same symbol as the Greek Psi. Abbreviation for psyche, psychiatric, psycology etc! And now for the bit you want to know! All three ND grads used stacked to preserve the tones in the sky. Some post work done to tame the blues. So rest your oars and I hope you enjoy.

Near the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge area of northern Nevada, this old ranch is in a remote location. Been playing with “quad tone” in Topaz Black and White trying to figure out how to use it, this is one result but have a lot to learn…….. Processed in Photoshop for contrast, highlights and shadows, converted to black and white in Topaz and added the border, then a lot of slider work in the Quad Tone section, some sliders in PS and finished in Topaz Restyle for Slider Sunday.

 

Can only remember what was used to create this photo by all work going through Photoshop using a new layer for each process. Each layer is named for what was done in that layer using abbreviations, when saved, layers are included in the save so when reopened the information is there. HSS

 

Paphiopedilum, often called the Venus slipper, is a genus of the Lady slipper orchid. The genus comprises some 80 accepted taxa including several natural hybrids. The genus is native to Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, southern China, New Guinea and the Solomon and Bismarck Islands.

The species and their hybrids are extensively cultivated, and are known as either paphiopedilums, or by the abbreviation paphs in horticulture. Source - Wikipedia.

Miklós Ligeti, 1903

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Anonymus Bele regis notarius ("Anonymous Notary of King Bela") or Master P. (fl. late 12th century – early 13th century) was the notary and chronicler of a Hungarian King, probably Béla III. Little is known about him, but his latinized name began with P, as he referred to himself as "P. dictus magister".

Anonymus is famous for his work Gesta Hungarorum ("The Deeds of the Hungarians"), written in Latin around 1200. This work provides the most detailed history of the arrival of the Hungarians to the Carpathian Basin (Hungarian: honfoglalás). Most of his attempts to explain the origin of several Hungarian place names are unsupported by modern etymology.

The identity of the author of the Gesta has always been subject to scholarly debate.[1][2] Although the first words of the opening sentence—an initial "P" followed with the words "dictus magister ac quondam bone memorie gloriosissimi Bele regis Hungarie notarius"—describe him, they cannot be interpreted unambiguously. First of all, the interpretation of the "P dictus magister" text is unclear. The text may refer to a man whose monogram was P or it may be an abbreviation of the Latin word for "aforementioned" (praedictus) in reference to a name on the title page which is now missing.Most scholars accept the former version, translating the text as "P who is called magister, and sometime notary of the most glorious Béla, king of Hungary of fond memory".

Source: Wikipedia

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