Month: October 2020

A LEGEND IN HIS UNQUIET GRAVE

The Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (1859 – 1952) was thoroughly deserving of the Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to him in 1920. A handsome and debonair gentleman, Hamsun was described as the Soul of Norway by the venerable King Haakon XII of Norway.

SECRETS OF THE MARBLE VEIL

Looking at the sculptures, covered with the thinnest marble veil, one ponders: How to sculpt the thinnest, transparent fabric from a block of solid stone? A truly divine gift of brilliant artists and sculptors allows you to convey in stone the tenderness and airiness of the lightest fabric, bends and folds while preserving every feature of the face and body. It is impossible to believe that this is the creation of human hands.

BLACK JACK SCHRAMME OF THE CONGO CRISIS

Born in 1929, Belgian national Jean Schramme had little need to travel to the Congo Republic. As manager of a vast estate in the Belgian Congo, Schramme was already a Congo national during the Congo Crisis (1960 – 1965). The setting to his contribution was the scene of the unrest following the breakaway of mineral-rich Katanga and Kasai Provinces.

George Bizet

George Bizet (1838 – 1875) wrote in a letter; “As a musician, I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.”

NO SERVICE FOR MPS

A popular bar in Leeds, England has backed a national campaign to refuse to serve MP’s until the Government reviews the 10 pm curfew. Mojo Bar, in Merrion Street, is calling for the entire hospitality industry including pubs and restaurants to put all members of parliament on notice as part of the Cancel The Curfew campaign, saying, You won’t serve us, so we won’t serve you!

TRUTH THE FIRST CASUALTY OF WAR

As the saying goes, ‘history is the propaganda of the victors’ and is best seen in Wikipedia’s notorious spin. It is also recognisable in books deemed politically correct enough to be published. Palace publishers have a knee-jerk negative reaction to any submitted manuscript that departs from war victors’ speak.

How Medieval Bridges Were Built—An Animation

Building a bridge over water is a daunting task, and despite the many technological progresses, the basics have remain unchanged since ancient times. First a cofferdam is constructed on the riverbed and the water inside this enclosed structure is pumped out, exposing the muddy button. Upon this ground the piers of the bridge are erected.