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got out the other night at last, and of course i had some indoors setting on my camera before i noticed it so half the session was just crap!! but i got a few ok shots.

there is something strange happening with the pictures uploading them to flickr, the colours become more desatureted, wonder why?

anyways, been really busy and sory for not stopping by your streams and checking out your work!! will try to catch up as soon as i can:)) have to more weeks with much work before i can take it more easy with our son Oscar, gonna be at home with him for 10 weeks before he is of to the kindergarden:)) that will be nice:))

 

anyways, hope you like this shot? have a couple of shots with the sun as well, will post them later on:)

 

thanks for stopping by leaving comments and faves, much appreciated:))

 

have a wonderful weekend everyone:))

12:52 B is for....

 

bear, bench and balloons!

 

Oscar is my latest felted creation :)

In 1872, Jabin A. and Oscar F.Bundy built adjacent brick with brownstone facade houses on Baldwin St., later numbered 267 and 269. The Bundys, who owned a grocery store and also a dance hall, designed their homes like the New York City brownstones, with a lower level partially underground and the main floor 13 steps from the ground.

was your last day?

Tomorrow was too late..

Could you say goodbye to yesterday?

Would you live each moment like your last?

Leave old pictures in the past?

Donate every dime you had?

& would you call those friends you never see?

Reminisce old memories

would you forgive your enemies?

 

Nickelback

 

*it just makes you a better person when you reflect on all this. Learn to appreciate and enjoy the simple things in life, learn to share and most importantly, learn to forgive before its too late. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong, it's not a sign of weakness and besides "always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much" Oscar Wilde.

Just for thoughts..

Ciao ^_^

        

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126. Romantic Moonrise atmosphere.

  

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MUSIC:

Spice Girls - The Return Of The Spice Girls 2007 - 2008 (FAN EDIT - FULL CONCERT!)

Joey Moe - Million

 

Spice Girls - Full Wembley Concert HD

 

The Music makes a weak in a way that one becomes strong. Benny Andersen. Yes !!!!!!!!!!

 

ROMANTIC WALK AROUND THE HARBOUR WITH SAILING SHIPS

 

Tall Ships Race Aalborg 2015 second evening.

This evening and night it was my intention to shoot the 70 sailing ships from the 11th floor of the high building located at Limfjordsbroen. Full Moon picture no. 22, I photographed from the 11th floor, but I changed my mind when all the ships would be too small.

I therefore went onto the sidewalk pointing towards the center of Aalborg, where also the vast majority of ships were moored. I waited for the full moon as I hoped came into sight.

Late in the evening the fog lifted, and the moon rose with a slight red tinge.

I hurried to take pictures when the moon sometimes disappeared between the clouds.

 

The Tall Ships Races first took place in 1956. The aim was to create a regatta for the world's most beautiful sailing ships, where crew members could meet across nationalities.

 

Committee Sail Training Association (later renamed Sail Training International) was established and was responsible for the course.

 

The regatta was so successful that it has since been arranged in different ports around Europe. The Tall Ships Races is the world's largest annual race for school and training ships.

 

Each year, over 100 ships of the size from 30 to 300 feet with crews which combined represent 3.000 to 4.000 young people from about 30 different nations.

"The founder of Camp St. Malo, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, had for years entertained an idea that one day he would build a chapel on this site. In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning, he came across a large rock. The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock, I will build my Church.” (Matt 16:18).

 

Vowing one day to build a chapel here, Msgr. Bosetti prayed for nearly 20 years to acquire the funds. During time, he found himself in a constant battle with the Colorado Highway department which had plans to dynamite the enormous piece of granite to both widen and straighten the curve in the road.

 

Eventually, Msgr. Bosetti won the battle and years later, when the chapel became a reality, it was reported that a group of engineers who laid out the road came to the dedication and thanked him for his perseverance.

 

The chapel was designed by noted Denver architect Jacques Benedict. The contractors were the Coulihan Brothers and Charlie Miller of the nearby town of Allenspark, who had native stone hauled in by mule carts from the surrounding area to use as building material.

 

The land on which Camp St. Malo is built was given to the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Malo who purchased the 160 acres from the William McPhee estate in 1935.

 

The Malos donated the funds for the building of the chapel and paid for its maintenance for decades. The chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Urban Vehr in 1936 to the honor of Saint Catherine of Siena and in the memory of Mrs. Malo’s mother, Catherine Smith Mullen.

 

In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel.

 

Over the years, thousand of visitors have stopped at the chapel to enjoy its simplicity and beauty as it is framed against majestic Mt. Meeker. In 1999, Boulder County designated the chapel as a historic site. The Chapel on the Rock is truly a Colorado landmark".

 

Source: www.saintmalo.org/chapel.htm

With a fantastic mountain backdrop, two former United Kingdom based locomotives stand in the warm Bulgarian sun at Pirdop: BZK green and yellow liveried Class 87, No.87029 and Class 92, No.92025 'Oscar Wilde'.

 

The 87 will later be joined by an ex-Romanian GFR (Grup Feroviar Roman) Class 40 to form the 18:40 departure to Razdelna with loaded Sulphuric acid tanks whilst the Class 92 (which was exported in December 2012) will run light engine to the nearby Chelopech mine to collect a rake of hoppers.

IBLueS oN BLaCKI

 

HaPPY Blue MoNDaY

  

Hope your week started also blue like mine.

 

First of all I want to thank you all for your blessings and wishes, the flu is better and my nose not running anymore.

 

The fever is also better and my wild dreams are still here, so I wish you a happy blue Christmas in advance.

 

(wanna be the first, who do this this year!!!)

       

Miss me, I will be not much around this week.

 

Christmas shopping, LoL

,.-))))

    

So enjoy my shots you will see…………….

        

Get your Christmas blues and……………..

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Haraldshaugen is a national monument in Haugesund, Norway. The monument was erected during the millennial celebration of Norway's unification into one kingdom under the rule of King Harald I of Norway (Norwegian: Harald Hårfagre).

 

Haraldshaugen commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord which commonly dates to the year 872. The Battle of Hafrsfjord has traditionally been regarded as the point in which western Norway was for the first time unified under one monarch. Haraldshaugen has been stated to be the burial site of King Harald I, who died circa 933 at Avaldsnes on nearby Karmøy, south of Haugesund.

 

Haraldshaugen was unveiled on July 18, 1872 by Crown Prince Oscar (later King Oscar II of Sweden) in connection with the one thousand year anniversary of the Battle of Hafrsfjord. The monument is designed by Norwegian architect Christian Christie. Norwegian national poet, Ivar Aasen, wrote a poem entitled Haraldshaugen to commemorate the event.

 

Haraldshaugen is located in the northern suburbs of Haugesund. The monument consists of a large mound surrounded by a granite memorial stones with 29 smaller stones, one from each of the historic counties of Norway. At the top of the mound stands a 17m high granite main obelisk, with four bronze panels around the base. Each panel depicts important scenes from the life of King Harald I.

  

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Taken, June 2013.

 

Las Vegas reminds me of music and musical theater.

 

"Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" is the title of a song with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, taken from "Show Boat", a 1927 musical.

 

Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man

 

Oh listen sister,

I love my mister man,

And I can't tell yo' why

Dere ain't no reason

Why I should love dat man,

It mus' be sumpin dat de angels done plan.

 

Fish got to swim and birds got to fly,

I got to love one man till I die.

Can't help lovin' dat man of mine.

Tell me he's lazy, tell me he's slow,

Tell me I'm crazy, maybe I know.

Can't help lovin' dat man of mine.

 

When he goes away,

Dat's a rainy day,

And when he comes back dat day is fine,

De sun will shine!

He kin come home as late as kin be,

Home widout him ain't no home to me,

Can't help lovin' dat man of mine.

 

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William Patrick Auld of Finniss’ survey party named the Howard River after Frederick Howard on 20 April 1865. Captain Howard was the master of the small topsail schooner HMS Beatrice which carried out exploration work from the Escape Cliffs settlement in 1864. Escape Cliffs is located on the western coast of Cape Hotham about half way between the Cape and the mouth of the Adelaide River.

Escape Cliffs (12o 08’S 131o 15’E)

 

The Howard River iron bridge was built by the Herbert brothers as the original crossing of the Howard River. Originally at the crossing there was a flying fox arrangement set up by the Herbert brothers to ferry supplies in the wet season for their cattle station in Koolpinyah.

 

Koolpinyah has an important place in the history of the development of the Brahman breed of cattle, now so important in Northern Australia. The exact date of the construction of the bridge is unknown.

 

In 1907, Charles Edward Herbert created Koolpinyah station which stretches from Howard Springs and the Adelaide River, north to the Adam Bay coastline and south toward Humpty Doo. Charles Herbert had first come to the Territory in 1884 to practice law in Darwin. It seems that Charles Herbert was always keenly interested in the possibilities of live cattle exports and saw a special opportunity for developing this trade from Koolpinyah.

 

Herbert was then Northern Territory Government Resident and the leases were issued in the names of his sons Lloyd and Oscar. The brothers moved onto the property in 1907.

 

Lloyd was later killed in action during World War One, but younger brother Evan joined Oscar at the station and the two men rarely left the property until their deaths in 1974.

 

Did receive help in locating resouces needed by a fellow Territorian. Many thanks!

 

I always appreciate your visits, comments & faves. Happy & Safe weekend everyone!

    

Oscar Wilde

 

This one is for my Mother, Happy Birthday Mam!!

 

Sorry to post and run but will be back later to comment

The pier pointed to the first light on a balmy morning in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii.

 

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The Hanalei Pier points directly towards the mountains often referred to as Bali Hai. It refers to a song written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II from the musical South Pacific. This area resembles the island of Tioman, which is the original Bali Hai.

 

With the sun rising behind the camera, openings in the clouds allowed the light to filter into the clouds and illuminate the mountains on the opposite side of Hanalei Bay. Within 10 minutes the rain came in and this low warm light was gone for the day, replaced later by the bright light of mid-day. I used a long exposure to show the motion in the clouds. Also, the long exposure time smoothed out the water and simplified the image. That enhanced the effect of light hitting the posts of the pier.

  

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"..."I cannot understand why the Spring is so late in coming," said the

Selfish Giant, as he sat at the window and looked out at his cold

white garden; "I hope there will be a change in the weather."

 

But the Spring never came, nor the Summer. The Autumn gave golden

fruit to every garden, but to the Giant's garden she gave none.

"He is too selfish," she said. So it was always Winter there, and

the North Wind, and the Hail, and the Frost, and the Snow danced

about through the trees.

 

One morning the Giant was lying awake in bed when he heard some

lovely music. It sounded so sweet to his ears that he thought it

must be the King's musicians passing by. It was really only a

little linnet singing outside his window, but it was so long since

he had heard a bird sing in his garden that it seemed to him to be

the most beautiful music in the world. Then the Hail stopped

dancing over his head, and the North Wind ceased roaring, and a

delicious perfume came to him through the open casement. "I

believe the Spring has come at last," said the Giant; and he jumped

out of bed and looked out.

 

What did he see?"

 

From: The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde - www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/2179/

 

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The term "sciuscià" appeared in Italy while the country was occupied by US forces during the last years of WWII (1944-1945), when it was common for several young italian boys to earn few moneys by cleaning the shoes of US soldiers, who usually referred to them as "shoeshine boys" or "shoe shiners", which in italian sounds like "sciuu-sciain(er)", leading to the italianized term "sciuscià".

 

"Sciuscià" is widely known as it is the original title of an italian movie, directed in 1946 by Vittorio De Sica, about two shoeshine boys trying to find the money to buy a horse. Regarded as De Sica's first major work, it was the first italian movie to receive an "Oscar" in 1948: it was an "Honorary Academy Award", the precursor of what would later become the "Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film".

Me,Oscar, was on the top of the Mt.Shiraka .. waiting for the right time to catch sunset of pacific.. fortunately, the chance has given to me to get the sunray from the clouds and lights are falling on the sea.. that was so amazing to see. i was frozen, staring for a while feeling the nature of the mother earth. After quite long, I have decided to capture this sunray instead of waiting the perfect sunset as the time also too late to go down from the mountain...this shot is one of my faved shot in this jp trip.. 

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” - Oscar Wilde

 

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The Titanic movie featured Kate Winslett as Rose wearing "The Heart of the Ocean" - a blue diamond necklace based on the famous Hope Diamond. (the actual Hope diamond was never on the Titanic) This stunning necklace has captured the imaginations of romantics everywhere.

 

Jewelers Asprey & Garrard were inspired to make a real Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace. The result was a 170 carat heart shaped sapphire with 65 diamonds, each 30 carats. Celine Dion wore it at the Oscar ceremony as she sang "My Heart Will Go On" - the theme song from Titanic during the 1998 ceremony. It was later sold at a benefit auction for $2.2 million.

 

Jeweler Harry Winston created a "Heart of the Ocean" blue diamond necklace. The $20 million necklace was worn by Gloria Stuart, who portrayed Rose

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Michael Buble feat. Laura Pausini - You will never Find - Caught in the Act

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I think you touched when you hear the song !!!!!!!!!! Yes !!!!!!!!!!

 

On 19 September 2013 was the full moon, but unfortunately cloudy.

The following day however, there was absolutely no wind, almost cloudless, and when the moon this evening got up almost at the same time as the sun went down, I decided to take to Sæby to photograph the beautiful harbor, where almost only yacht.

The highest point overlooking the harbor was FRANKS restaurant, which is located right on the harbor. Here I was allowed to go through the restaurant, where there was a lot of people and ate the most fish board. I went out on a porch where I an hour standing on a stable table and photographed.

It was getting dark and I walked at a fast pace back to the car with the camera on a heavy tripod. Suddenly I met a group of young women who definitely was ready to talk and asked me to photograph them. I had no time and quickly went on. Suddenly shouted one of the women that I had to photograph her ​​naked, but I was unfortunately still on. Later I wondered whether it might be too much liquor they had received. But over by the car park was now completely dark, lit only by street lights and moonlight. In the harbor there was two fish vessels, and there really was calm now with reflections and blue moonlight, I took a number of pictures.

The Church of Sophia at Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden.

 

The church was designed by architect Gustaf Hermansson in Rhenish Romanesque style. Construction began in 1902 at the highest point of Vita bergen (the White mountains), 46 meters above sea level. Four years later the church was opened. The church is named after king Oscar II's wife, Sophia of Nassau.

 

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Explore, 11 June 2009 #217

 

Oscar Wilde

 

Not feeling too focused on anything much today. Sorry if I haven't looked at your latest photos, am feeling somewhat glum and demotivated, will be back to normal soon.

 

I don't normally gush, but I so appreciate the kindness and caring of all my Flickr friends - thank you!

 

Shot with my Lensbaby, the stars were made in the camera, no Photoshop involved at all.

The Chapel On The Rock

The founder of Camp St. Malo, Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, had for years entertained an idea that one day he would build a chapel on this site. In 1916 he and two friends observed a falling meteor during the night and in his search for the remnants the next morning, he came across a large rock. The beauty of the land inspired the priest and he remembered Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock, I will build my Church.” (Matt 16:18).

  

Vowing one day to build a chapel here, Msgr. Bosetti prayed for nearly 20 years to acquire the funds. During time, he found himself in a constant battle with the Colorado Highway department which had plans to dynamite the enormous piece of granite to both widen and straighten the curve in the road.

  

Eventually, Msgr. Bosetti won the battle and years later, when the chapel became a reality, it was reported that a group of engineers who laid out the road came to the dedication and thanked him for his perseverance.

  

The chapel was designed by noted Denver architect Jacques Benedict. The contractors were the Coulihan Brothers and Charlie Miller of the nearby town of Allenspark, who had native stone hauled in by mule carts from the surrounding area to use as building material.

  

The land on which Camp St. Malo is built was given to the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Malo who purchased the 160 acres from the William McPhee estate in 1935.

  

The Malos donated the funds for the building of the chapel and paid for its maintenance for decades. The chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Urban Vehr in 1936 to the honor of Saint Catherine of Siena and in the memory of Mrs. Malo’s mother, Catherine Smith Mullen.

  

In 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the chapel during his trip to Denver for the World Youth Day and bestowed his personal blessing on the chapel.

  

Over the years, thousand of visitors have stopped at the chapel to enjoy its simplicity and beauty as it is framed against majestic Mt. Meeker. In 1999, Boulder County designated the chapel as a historic site. The Chapel on the Rock is truly a Colorado landmark.

 

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The three expats near the seaside freight station of Burgas. Both DB Schenker 92s are about to leave heading a ~2600 ton train with copper concentrate bound to Pirdop. 92 025 features a newly installed pilot modification.

 

87 006 of BRC will depart much later with a mixed goods train for Romania.

 

A fellow fan of those big British electrics? Check out my video compilation of DB Cargo Class 92 videos from Bulgaria!

Oscar wakes up after receiving fitters attention in Pirdop. Later that evening it departed light engine and was not to be seen again on this trip..

The first cherry trees planted in Montana were actually planted in the Bitterroot Valley by Thomas W. Harris in 1866. According to the Stevensville Historical Society, Harris was our state’s first horticultural farmer. Later came the first commercially-grown cherries planted on the shores of Flathead Lake, cultivated by the Robbins Brothers, Oscar Moen, Mitchell Ratty and others. Moen is still referred to as the “father of the sweet cherry industry,” as 95% of the cherries grown in the Flathead Valley are sweet Lambert Cherries.

 

Throughout the early 20th century, Flathead cherry orchards continued to sprout up on the east side of Flathead Lake, with trees planted 26 feet apart in square patterns. In 1935 the Flathead Cherry Growers, Inc. cooperative was founded, and by 1948 over 1.2 million pounds of Flathead cherries were being processed and sold through the Great Northern Railroad processing plant in Kalispell. Today there are nearly 600 cherry orchards in Flathead County and 1,400 in Lake County, ranging from one to five acres in size. The average cherry tree lives between 25 and 30 years.

 

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It's behind you. Steam Photters start to line up to capture Galatia later, most were bemused by my interest in modern traction. It didnt stop them standing in my shot though, even though I was set up long before they arrived. I wonder what would have happened if I did the same to them and stood in their shot with the pole fully extended? 66154, Oscar 41, running as an X-Ray today, passes Bapton in the Wylye Valley with the 6X41, Westbury Down TC to Eastleigh East Yard. 21/3/17

 

OBSERVE collective

 

SPNC - Year 4 - # 16

 

"Keep the rhythm" - Oscar Palomares

 

ILeT iT SNoW oN BLaCKI

 

HaPPY SNoWiNG HoLiDaYS !!!

   

Happy Holidays, my friends.

 

Thank you so much for this amazing year here in FLiCKRLaND.

 

All the best for a wonderful christmas and a happy and healthy 2010 ,.-)))

 

miss me

 

see you later

     

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Jeronimos Monastery - Lisbon

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HistoryThe house for the Hieronymite monks was built on the same site of the Ermida do Restelo, a hermitage that was founded by Henry the Navigator at about 1450. It was at this hermitage, that was already in disrepair, that Vasco da Gama and his men spent the night in prayer before departing for India in 1497.

  

Kneeling statue of King Manuel I – main sponsor of the Monastery – on the Western portal. The figure behind the king is Saint Jerome.The existing structure was started on the orders of Manuel I (1515–1521) to commemorate Vasco da Gama's successful return from India. It was originally meant as a church for the burial of the House of Aviz, but it also became a house of prayer for seamen leaving or entering port.

 

Construction of the monastery began in 1502 and took 50 years to complete. He used pedra lioz, a local gold-coloured limestone, for its construction. The building of the monastery was funded by a 5% tax on eastern spices, with the exceptions of pepper, cinnamon, and cloves, revenue from which went straight to the Crown. By this influx of riches, the architects had enough financial margin to think big. The enormous amount of funds needed for this monastery meant abandoning the construction of the Aviz pantheon in the Monastery of Batalha.

 

The monastery was designed in the Manueline style by Diogo de Boitaca (who was probably one of the originators of this style with the Monastery of Jesus of Setúbal in Setúbal). He built the church, the monastery, the sacristy, and the refectory. He was succeeded by the Spaniard João de Castilho, who took charge of construction in around 1517. Castilho gradually moved from the Manueline style to the Plateresco style, a style with lavish decorations that remind of silver ware (plata). There were several sculptors who made their mark on this building. Nicolau Chanterene added depth with his Renaissance themes. The construction came to a halt when the king Manuel I died in 1521.

 

The architect Diogo de Torralva resumed the construction of the monastery in 1550, adding the main chapel, the choir, and completing the two stories of the monastery, using only Renaissance motifs. His work was continued in 1571 by Jérôme de Rouen (also called Jerónimo de Ruão) who added some Classical elements. The construction stopped in 1580 with the union of Spain and Portugal, because the building of the Escorial in Spain was now draining away all the funds.

 

The monastery withstood the Great Earthquake of 1755 without too much damage. But when the building became vacant in 1833 by the abolition of the religious orders in Portugal, it began to deteriorate to the point of almost collapsing. A cupola was later added to the southwestern tower.

 

On December 13, 2007, the Treaty of Lisbon was signed at the monastery, laying down the basis for the reform of the European Union.

 

[edit] Church of Santa Maria

South portal[edit] South portalThe ornate main entrance to the monastery was designed by João de Castilho and is considered as one of the most magnificent of his time. This shrine-like portal is large, 32 m high and 12 m wide, extending up for two stories. It features, surrounded by an abundance of gables, pinnacles, many carved figures standing under a baldachin in exquisitely carved niches, around a statue of Henry the Navigator, standing on a pedestal between the two doors.

 

The tympanum, above the double door, displays in half-relief two scenes from the life of Saint Jerome. On the left, the removal of a thorn by St. Jerome from a lion's paw, after which the lion became his best friend. The right scene depicts the saint in the desert. The spandrel between these scenes shows the coat-of-arms of king Manuel I. The statue with the sword in the niche of the pier probably represents Henry the Navigator. Wherever one looks in the archivolt and tympanum, one sees all the elements of the Manueline style.

 

The Madonna of Belém stands on a pedestal on top of the archivolt, above it stands a statue of the Archangel Michael and on top of the portal stands the cross of the Order of Christ. The portal is harmoniously flanked on each side by a large window with richly decorated mouldings.

 

[edit] Western portalThis western portal is a good example of the transition from the Gothic style to Renaissance. It was built by Nicolau Chanterene in 1517. This was probably his first commission in Portugal. It is now spanned by a vestibule, added in the 19th century, that forms a transition between the church and the ambulatory.

  

Interior viewed towards the main chapel.The tympanum depicts the Annunciation, the Nativity, and the Epiphany. Two angels, holdings the arms of Portugal, close the archivolt. The splays on each side of the portal are filled with statues, among them king Manuel I and his second wife Maria of Aragón, kneeling in a niche under a lavishly decorated baldachin. They are flanked by their patron saints St. Jeronimos and John the Baptist.

 

The supporting corbels are decorated with little angels holding the coat-of-arms and, at the side of the king, an armillary sphere and, at the side of the queen, three blooming twigs.

 

[edit] Interior

Neomanueline tomb of navigator Vasco da Gama.Diogo Boitac laid the foundations for this three-aisled church with five bays under a single vault, a clearly marked but only slightly projecting transept and a raised choir. The aisles and the nave are of about equal height in the manner of a hall church. Boitac built the walls of the church as far as the cornices and then started with the construction of the adjoining monastery.

 

João de Castilho, a Spanish architect and sculptor, continued the construction in 1517. He completed the retaining walls and the unique single-span ribbed vault, a combination of stellar vaulting and tracery vaults spanning the 19 m-wide church. Each set of ribs in the vaulting is secured by bosses. The bold design (1522) of the transversal vault of the transept lacks any piers or columns, while Boitac had originally planned three bays in the transept. The unsupported vault of the transept gives the viewer the impression as if it floats in the air.

  

Royal tombs in the main chapel. Each sarcophagus is held by two elephants.He also ornamented the six 25m-high, slender, articulated, octagonal columns with refined grotesque or floral motives announcing the Renaissance style. The northern column closest to the transept shows a medallion that probably is a portrait of Boitac or João de Castilho.

 

The end result of the construction of this Late Gothic hall church is aesthetically and architecturally a masterwork. It augments the spatial effect of this vast building.

 

At the end of the side aisles and on both sides of the choir stand Manueline altars dating from the 16th and the 17th centuries. They are decorated with carved work in golden and green colours. One of them has a statue of St. Jerome in multi-coloured enamelled terracotta.

 

This chancel was ordered by Queen Catherine of Habsburg as the final resting place for the royal family. It is the work of Jerónimo de Ruão (Jean de Rouen) in Classical style. The royal tombs rest on marble elephants and are set between Ionic pillars, topped by Corinthian pillars. The tombs on the left side of the choir belong to king Manuel I and his wife Maria of Aragon, while the tombs on the right side belong to King João III and his wife Queen Catherine of Habsburg.

 

Within the church, close to the western portal, are the stone tombs of Vasco da Gama (1468–1523), and of the great poet and recorder of the discoveries, Luís de Camões (1527–1570). Both tombs were sculpted by the nineteenth century sculptor Costa Mota in a harmonious neo-Manueline style. The mortal remains of both were transferred to these tombs in 1880.

 

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Decorated cloister arches.Work on the vast square cloister (55 x 55 m) of the monastery was begun by Boitac. He built the groin vaults with wide arches and windows with tracery resting on delicate mullions. João de Castilho finished the construction by giving the lower storey a classical overlay and building a more recessed upper storey. The construction of such a two-storey cloister was a novelty at the time. Castilho changed the original round columns of Boitac into rectangular ones. He put Plateresque-style ornaments on it.

 

Each wing consists of six bays with tracery vaults. The four inner bays rest on massive buttresses, forming broad arcades. The corner bays are linked by a diagonal arched construction and show the richly decorated corner pillars.

 

The inside walls of the cloister have a wealth of Manueline motives with nautical ornaments, and European, Moorish ans eastern elements. The decorations on the outer walls of the inner courtyard were made in Plateresco style by Castilho. This ornamentation on the walls and the traceried arches of the arcades give the construction a filigree aspect.

 

The round arches and the horizontal structure are clearly in line with the Renaissance style, while at the same time there is also a relationship with Spanish architecture.

  

Two-storey cloisters.One of the arcades contains the sober tomb of the poet Fernando Pessoa. There are several tombs in the chapter house : poet and playwright Almeida Garrett (1799–1854), writer-historian Alexandre Herculano (1810–1877), president Teófilo Braga (1843–1924) and president Óscar Carmona (1869–1951). The refectory across the chapter house has several azulejos tiles from the 17th century.

 

The cloister had a religious function as well as a representative function by its decorative ornamentation and the dynastic symbolic motives, such as the armillarium, coat-of-arms, and the cross from the Order of Christ, showing the growing world power of Portugal.

 

In an extension, added to the monastery during the restoration 1850, is located the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Archaeological Museum). The Museu da Marinha (Maritime Museum) is located in the west wing.

 

The church and the monastery, like the nearby Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos, symbolises the Portuguese Age of Discovery and is among the main tourist attractions of Lisbon

 

Statue of the Marquis de LaFayette stands atop a fountain in LaGrange's LaFayette Square.

 

I did some checking on the history of this friendly little town in western Georgia. LaGrange is named after the country estate near Paris of the Marquis de La Fayette, who visited Georgia in 1825.

 

The settlement of LaGrange began in the early 19th century, soon after the territory was ceded by the Creek Indians and the subsequent establishment of Troup County. The city was incorporated in December 1828. During the American Civil War, LaGrange was defended by a volunteer women's auxiliary group known as the Nancy Harts. After the Confederate defeat in nearby West Point, Georgia, the Union troops, led by Colonel Oscar La Grange, marched north to LaGrange, with Confederate prisoners near the front of the column. The Nancy Harts assembled and negotiated a surrender.

 

Although local assets were burned and looted by Union troops, Colonel La Grange spared the private homes of LaGrange, including Bellevue, the home of Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. This may have been a returned favor. Col. La Grange had previously been under Confederate medical care for wounds received and had been attended by the niece of Senator Hill. Afterward, La Grange was exchanged for a Confederate prisoner and returned to battle duty. This was an opportunity to return the kindness he was given.

 

To show their gratitude for sparing their homes, one of the Nancy Harts hosted a dinner for Col. La Grange, and he paroled some local prisoners so they could attend. Many women of the town cooked all night to provide the meal. The next morning the Federal troops marched out, taking various men of the town as prisoners of war. They were soon released, though, when it was learned that General Lee had surrendered.

 

LaGrange developed as a railroad center and as an industrial center for the textile industry which was established and grew from the late 19th century, peaking in the mid-20th century. The city was fortunate that as the textile industry declined, it was replaced with a diverse mixture of new industry, which provided steady local employment for a number of years.

 

The city maintained its position as a transportation hub with the completion of Interstates 85 and 185, which pass through LaGrange. This location has benefited the city's development, by providing industrial and commercial access for businesses, such as a Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

Lots of pix to sift through from this day. Both from me and from brilliant girl (and Oscar, who put up with us both). The fog was incredible, especially later that night. Nature's bounce, I call it. :)

 

Oscar B. Castillo documented the bloody reality of gangs and riots in Caracas during Hugo Chávez's electoral campaign: bit.ly/WS8cxG. His full reportage can be found in the latest issue of LFI, now available through the LFI app on iTunes : bit.ly/Y1i1yN.

 

“This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.”

-Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)

 

There will be an English and a Dutch version of the Secret Amsterdam book come September or October, and I offered, in a mad moment, to proof-read both versions - the first because I am, after all, Canadian, and I did, after all and once upon a time, study journalism; the second because...well, just because.

 

64,979 words later (and not done yet), I am not exactly cursing that mad moment, but I am looking longingly at the sun between my noughts and my crosses.

 

(This, btw, was taken just a few steps from the last picture. You may have guessed.)

 

‘The Zero Theorem’ by Director Terry Gilliam

 

I clearly remember taking the shot (on the left) and thinking ‘wow, what an amazing painterly sky… it would make a lovely canvas print for somebody’s living room’. Little did I know that less than a year later I’d be emailing this image to a Hollywood Visual Effects advisor for use in Terry Gilliam’s film ‘The Zero Theorem'.

 

After a tantalising ten-month wait for the cinema release, I finally got to see how the visual effects team had adapted the original image for the silver screen. It was impressive to say the least. The realisation that my photography was part of a production of this magnitude was incredible and almost hard to believe.

 

So, if you decide to immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful dystopian world of Gilliam’s latest theatrical film, look out for the sunset sky. After all, it appears in several scenes and it’s the only utopian setting throughout the movie so it should be easy to spot. Oh, and wait until you see the finale scene with Christoph Waltz!

 

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Stars of ‘The Zero Theorem’ include Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton amongst others. Terry Gilliam is probably most well-known for his work on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and films such as Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Time Bandits.

 

Here's a link to my website 'Published Work' page and follow the link to the official movie trailer:

www.markgeorgephotography.co.uk/news.html

 

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Sunday morning Bessie and Oink the pig woke up to 1.7 inches of new fluffy snow .

The Academy awards is about to begin ......and many movies, actors , and so much more all hoping to win a coveted Oscar award.

 

Oink had pigged out on some peanut butter so Bessie needed to take him out in the white fluffy snow and clean him up for the big night of awards.

 

Oink & Bessie ready for the Oscars hosted by our favorite late night host Jimmy Kimmel. There are many good movies out this year but I'm pulling for Hacksaw Ridge for Best picture. A true story and what a story it is.

 

It's Oscar time ......

"Two men enter the ring..."

William Patrick Auld of Finniss’ survey party named the Howard River after Frederick Howard on 20 April 1865. Captain Howard was the master of the small topsail schooner HMS Beatrice which carried out exploration work from the Escape Cliffs settlement in 1864. Escape Cliffs is located on the western coast of Cape Hotham about half way between the Cape and the mouth of the Adelaide River.

Escape Cliffs (12o 08’S 131o 15’E).

 

The Howard River iron bridge was built by the Herbert brothers as the original crossing of the Howard River. Originally at the crossing there was a flying fox arrangement set up by the Herbert brothers to ferry supplies in the wet season for their cattle station in Koolpinyah.

 

Koolpinyah has an important place in the history of the development of the Brahman breed of cattle, now so important in Northern Australia. The exact date of the construction of the bridge is unknown.

 

In 1907, Charles Edward Herbert created Koolpinyah station which stretches from Howard Springs and the Adelaide River, north to the Adam Bay coastline and south toward Humpty Doo. Charles Herbert had first come to the Territory in 1884 to practice law in Darwin. It seems that Charles Herbert was always keenly interested in the possibilities of live cattle exports and saw a special opportunity for developing this trade from Koolpinyah.

 

Herbert was then Northern Territory Government Resident and the leases were issued in the names of his sons Lloyd and Oscar. The brothers moved onto the property in 1907.

 

Lloyd was later killed in action during World War One, but younger brother Evan joined Oscar at the station and the two men rarely left the property until their deaths in 1974.

 

Did receive help in locating resouces needed by a fellow Territorian. Many thanks!

 

I always appreciate your visits, comments & faves. Happy & Safe weekend everyone!

  

V13 as seen at Bell in December 2010 consisting of cars DIM8081, DCT9040, DCT9031 and DCM8027. There was a rumour that V13 would be the first set to be withdrawn as part of the 2011 withdrawls, although this later turned out to be false.

 

Currently all of the DCM and DCT cars are being marshalled onto dedicated sets, which will in turn be withdrawn when enough OSCar cars are avaliable to cover their withdrawl.

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I was out on a long holiday for 10+ days as we went to Mindanao so forgive me if I haven't been around in your streams lately. It was a big event for me, first time in how many years me and my family got together. We visited the islands of Camiguin and Bohol which I have never been before. Bear with me as I take you down the trail.

 

The above photo was taken at the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin. Located in Bonbon, Catarman a huge cross marker has been installed by the Provincial government to mark the community cemetery that sunk during the 1871 volcanic holocaust. Years ago, gravestones were visible during low tide. Today, it is an interesting diving site.

 

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BOXING - Pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines today snatched his 7th world title in seven weight divisions after knocking down his opponent Miguel Cotto twice and turning his face into a bloody mess before finally stopping him at 55 seconds of the 12th round.

 

The Filipino star used his blazing speed and power from both hands to win his seventh title in seven weight classes and cement his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Cotto took such a beating that his face was a river of red from the fury of Pacquiao's punches but he refused to quit even as his corner tried to throw in the towel after the 11th round.

 

The fight was billed as a 145-pound classic, and in the early rounds it didn't disappoint. The two went after each other with a vengeance and Cotto more than held his own as they traded punches in the center of the ring.

 

Pacquiao dropped Cotto with a right hand early in the third round, but he wasn't badly hurt and came back to finish the round strong. But after Pacquiao put Cotto on the canvas with a big left hand as Cotto was advancing forward late in the fourth round, the Puerto Rican was never the same again.

 

Pacquiao, coming off of spectacular wins over Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, added another one against Cotto, who had lost only once and held the WBO version of the welterweight title. Pacquiao did it in trademark fashion, throwing punches in flurries and from all angles until Cotto began to slow down and then pursuing him relentlessly until the fight finally ended.

With Oscar the service droid on the scene.

 

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- I'm thinking I might have you guys stumped on those dark bley round pieces with white rubber bands on..........yes

View The Structure Of Geometrical Beauty On Black

   

Structure = Form =

  

Structure is a fundamental if sometimes intangible notion referring to the recognition, observation, nature, and stability of patterns and relationships of entities. From a child's verbal description of a snowflake, to the detailed scientific analysis of the properties of magnetic fields, the concept of structure is now often an essential foundation of nearly every mode of inquiry and discovery in science, philosophy, and art. In early 20th-century and earlier thought, form often plays a role comparable to that of structure in contemporary thought. The neo-Kantianism of Ernst Cassirer (cf. his Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, completed in 1929 and published in English translation in the 1950s) is sometimes regarded as a precursor of the later shift to structuralism and poststructuralism.

 

The description of structure implicitly offers an account of what a system is made of: a configuration of items, a collection of inter-related components or services. A structure may be a hierarchy (a cascade of one-to-many relationships) or a network featuring many-to-many relationships.

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A View On Life Here?

   

Structured Life?

   

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

 

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

 

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

 

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

  

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and playwriter

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THE STRUCTURE OF LIFE AND THE STRUCTURE OF ARCHITECTURE HAVE MANY SIMILARITIES AND EVOKE THE SENSE OF UNDERSTANDING IN US! THIS IS WHY WE MUST BE OPEN TO CELEBRATE THE STRUCTURES OF PERSONALITY AND MAN-MADE SURROUNDINGS IN A WAY, WE RECOGNIZE TO BE A CONCEPT OF OUR OWN PERSONALITY! BE OPEN, BE FREE, BE UNDERSTANDING, FIND A NEW STRUCTURE, IN YOU, IN US, AND OUR PLANET, CALLED EARTH! ENJOY!

   

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Nestled on the northeast side of the Sandia Mountains is Madrid (pronounced with the accent on the first syllable: MAD-rid, not Ma-DRID).

 

Located just south of Santa Fe New Mexico, in the mineral rich Ortiz Mountains, Madrid is in the oldest coal mining region in New Mexico. As many as 1,500 years ago the first Native American inhabitants mined the turquoise and lead deposits in the nearby hills. When the Spaniards first arrived in 1540, they largely ignored the Indians and their turquoise, more interested in finding the more valuable minerals of silver and gold.

 

However they returned almost a century later and finding silver, forced the natives to work in the mines until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Thirteen years later, in 1693, the Spanish Crown re-conquered the area.

 

Spaniards continued to look for gold but also began to establish farms and ranches in the area. However, the region remained fairly unpopulated until large amounts of coal were discovered around 1835. Just five years later, placer gold deposits were discovered in the San Pedro Mountains and the area that would become Madrid began to grow as more and more prospectors arrived in search of their fortunes.

 

By 1892 the yield from a narrow valley known as "Coal Gulch" was large enough to warrant the construction of a 6.5 mile standard gauge railroad spur connecting the area to the main line of Santa Fe Railroad. Coal Gulch later became the town site of Madrid.

 

These imposing gate posts and wall are near the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark, which is named after the last superintendent of mines of the Albuquerque and Cerrillos Coal Company. The beautifully constructed structure is an oddity in a artist community with a population of 300. You can see mine tailings in the distance beyond the posts.

 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by and for all of your kind comments -- I appreciate them all. I will be mostly offline for the next few days and will catch up as time permits.

 

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My entry to the "Around the Grid‘s Oscar Photo Contest".

 

gown - Sascha´s Designs Trust black

hair - [e] Later blonde

skin - YS&YS Andrea Passion

necklace - Exodi Pearl Essentials

pose - PURPLEpose Julia

  

“...I don't just wish you rain, Beloved - I wish you the beauty of storms...”

― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

 

Went out to shoot today before a meeting with a couple to photograph their wedding with the intent of photographing in this big, beautiful field of bright yellow flowers I found, a minute drive from my house- only to find that the rain from last night had killed them all! I was truly devastated but decided to seize the opportunity to create anyway, and went across the road to this massive wheat field instead! And a muddy run around and many fake-freckles later, a photo making the most of my imagination and excitement to create in spite of the obstacles!

7DWF, Saturday: Landscape

 

The Tempodrom is a concert hall and event location founded in 1980 on the West-Berlin side of Potsdamer Platz. The original Tempodrom was a large circus tent and housed shows and concerts rooted in the alternative culture West-Berlin was so well known for during the late 1960s, 80s, and early 90s. It was relocated several times, the last move to its now permanent location on the site of former Anhalter Bahnhof became necessary when the German Chancellery was built nearby the Reichstag building, and then Chancellor Helmut Kohl expressed safety concerns about an event location so close by. The "New Tempodrom" was designed by renowned architectural firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners. The design of the building's white roof recalls the original venue, and is shaped like a large circus tent. The shape of the roof's top is also reminiscent of the Cathedral of Brasília (built by Oscar Niemeyer), and looks a little like a crown. The futuristic appearance of the New Tempodrom is quite a contrast to the ruins of old Anhalter Bahnhof on whose site it is located since its re-opening in 2001. Anhalter Bahnhof was one of Berlin's most important railway stations, known as "Gateway to the South", but was badly damaged during World War II. Today only the centre portion of its facade still exitsts. The other remains of Anhalter Bahnhof were demolished in 1960.

 

Taken during a wonderful photowalk with Sabine.R, marionrosengarten, --Conrad-N-- and H. Roebke.

 

Soundtrack, if you like: Kate Bush's "King of the Mountain" of her 2005 album "Aerial": Strg/Ctrl + www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8xk_AkeP5c

 

Have a great weekend, dear Flickr friends!

 

Eine weiteres Foto vom schönen Fotowalk mit Sabine.R, marionrosengarten, --Conrad-N-- and H. Roebke. Hier seht Ihr das Dach des Tempodroms in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Das Tempodrom wurde 1980 in einem großen Zirkuszelt auf der West-Berliner Seite des Potsdamer Platzes von Irene Moessinger gegründet, die sich damit einen Lebenstraum erfüllte. Viele Jahre lang war es Spielstätte für die alternative Szene; es wechselte auch mehrfach seinen Standort, zuletzt Ende der 90er-Jahre, als es dem Neubau des Kanzleramts weichen musste, weil der damalige Kanzler Helmut Kohl Sicherheitsbedenken bzgl. eines Veranstaltungsortes in unmittelbarer Nähe zu seiner "Waschmaschine" hatte. Mit dem Gelände des ehemaligen Anhalter Bahnhofs (von dem ja nur das Eingangsportal nach Weltkriegs-Zerstörung und endgültigem Abriss im Jahr 1960 übrig geblieben ist) wurde ein permanenter Standort ganz in der Nähe des Gründungsortes gefunden. Das Architekturbüro Gerkan, Marg und Partner, das für die Neugestaltung des nunmehr festen Gebäudes verantwortlich zeichnete, griff mit der Dachgestaltung auch die Zirkusidee des originalen Tempodroms wieder auf, ließ sich aber auch von Oscar Niemeyers Kathedrale von Brasília inspirieren.

 

Ich wünsche Euch ein schönes Wochenende, liebe Flickr-Freunde. Immer schön cool bleiben bei diesen Temperaturen!

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Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/640

Av (Aperture Value): 9.0

Metering: Evaluative Metering

ISO Speed: 100

Focal Length: 400.0 mm

 

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Part I: The Preparation

  

"Everyone has setbacks. I'm no different..."

 

- Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius, South African sprint runner.

  

It came at a time unsuitable as any, a representative from the travel company (who handles most of my trips) called up to inform that they had a fixed departure tour plan for Tibet coming up. A week to confirm and a couple of months to prepare was all that was there.

 

Tibet has been on top of the wish list but there was a glitch. Life had thrown a curve ball which left me gutted, as a result had cut off almost all connection with the outside world. It was like retreating inside mother's womb after being reminded once again how vicious human beings could be.

 

Neither emotionally nor physically was at a spot to undertake this but the call of the Himalayas is impossible to ignore. After a week of conflicting conclusions, let the travel company know that was ready to give it a try. The biggest challenge was to clear the medical tests required to apply for Chinese visa (as Tibet is under Chinese invasion currently) to trek in and around Mt. Kailash. Damage from prolonged sleep and eating disorder was guaranteed to show up in the medical report.

 

Amanda, my motivational coach came in the strongest. She reasoned, "You encountered a man and a woman who are fatally flawed, so damaged that they see everyone around them as a mark to either rob or harm. Liars and predators trying to justify their own failings, one an under achiever and another a social leech who only lives off other people. First cousins involved in an incestuous relationship is indication enough that you were dealing with characters who are just one more light bulb shortage away from total lunacy. Look at their entire family backup, a gene pool consisting of DNA that probably is not in the form of the usual double helix (spiral configuration) but with few extra twists and people are indeed designed by their genetic code. Almost always these lowlifes manage to walk away unscathed because they are experts in concocting a good sob story or effectively plug loopholes, don't forget though that scum floats to the surface, but eventually sinks without a trace.

 

You gave your trust too easily, too soon, saw with your eyes tight shut. Agreed that you entered the dark tunnel but time to emerge and adapt to things around you."

 

My personal trainer in the gym said in two month's time with serious dedication it was an attainable goal. The fitness manager and my doctor were much in agreement.

 

However, what really had fired things up was a news clipping on television showing Oscar Pistorious the South African double amputee athlete prepping for the London Olympics 2012 meet. While some heroes eventually turn into rust, there will still be others to inspire.

 

Exactly three weeks later cleared the scheduled medical tests without a hitch.

 

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15th December, 2012: Winner of the "Daily Travel Photography Contest"held by PHOTOBURST.

 

Photo editors thanks so much for giving me a second win in a single week! :-D

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Oscar-winning art director Harry Oliver designed the Witch's House in 1921 for Willat Film Studios in Culver City. The house was used for studio offices and was also featured in several silent films. It was abandoned after Willat studios closed in the late '20s and moved to its current location in Beverly Hills.

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