Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Western Australia

Cockburn Ranges

Heart - Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
 Kennedy Center Honors
For all the baby boomers out there
Make sure you watch it all
Looks great in full screen



Those Funny Animals

Share for Dogs


Historical Pictures

Los Alamos scientist sitting next to the worlds first atomic bomb
 shortly before the Trinity test. July 16, 1945

Abraham Lincoln’s hearse, 1865

Swimmers at Coney Island 1899

Watching the construction of the Berlin Wall, West Berlin, 1962

Smoking a cigarette while riding the Tour de France in 1920.

A generation of Scientists at the Solvay Conference, 1927

Selection at Auschwitz-Birkenau. 
To be sent to the left meant slave labor;
 to the right, the gas chamber, June 1944

Train Station Boogie

Musician Henri Herbert can’t resist the invitation
 from this piano of “Play Me, I’m Yours”
 as he delivers an amazing performance on this piano 
for those that were lucky enough to see it live.
 The piano was placed in the International section 
of the St Pancras railway station in London.
 In case you’ve never heard of Henri 
and are blown away by his piano skills he plays the keyboard
 for the “Jim Jones Revue


A traveling mime troupe of some repute embarked 
upon the first of what was hoped to become an annual alpine tour, 
with scheduled stops in Ger-many, Austria and Switzerland.
 Expectations ran high and the performers
 were excited about the prospect of glowing reviews.

Surprisingly, on the first night the mimes were treated
 to an unexpected round of boos and hisses,
 and received a severe pelting of sausages from the audience.

Undaunted, the troupe proceeded to their next show,
 only to be treated with the same disrespect
 after giving their best on stage.
 This behavior soon became commonplace,
 and after a week the troupe members became disheartened
. One of the star mimes even abandoned the tour,
 leaving his role to be filled by a hastily-hired local actor.

After the show, freshly stained with the remnants
 of cured meats and sausages,
 the newcomer approached one of the old hands on the tour.
 “I’m not sure I can handle this abuse on a daily basis,” he complained.
 “How do you manage to take this abuse every evening?”

“Well,” replied the old-timer,
 “I just go out there hoping for the best,
 but expecting the wurst.”

An old African tribe had developed a highly ordered monarchical form of government.
 Once a year the king would sit on his ornate throne in the public common 
and issue statements of policy and law and make judgments 
concerning complaints brought before him.
 Then the missionaries arrived and eventually influenced the king 
to ban idol worship and order the destruction of the throne.

One of the Princes, however, was not convinced. 
He stole the heavy wooden throne and stored it with its inlay of gold 
and precious jewels on the second floor attic of his grass shack
. When the folly of the king's decision became evident,
 the Prince would retrieve the throne he had stored
 and assume the leadership role he had always coveted.

Unfortunately, such was not to be. 
The missionaries converted more and more of the natives 
and each day the Prince returned to his grass shack, 
stared at the throne, and dreamed of how it was supposed to be. 
Then, one evening, his shack began to shudder and creak
. Soon it was vibrating and swaying until it suddenly collapsed 
from the weight of the throne stored on the second floor.

The Prince's deceit was thus exposed 
and the event gave birth to a lesson of great value.
 For everybody now knows 
that people who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.

Young José Hernandez was wanted by the police,
 but before his youthful, illegal indiscretions,
 his history is a most fascinating one.
 José was the illegitimate son of a nun,
 and he was raised in a convent in northeastern Spain,
 near Barcelona. 

Among the skills he learned while growing up were flute and horn playing.
 Eventually he left the convent and became a musician of minor celebrity 
in the Barcelona area. 
However, as a flute player, gigs were infrequent.

Eventually “Joe” Hernandez escaped his low-paying musician’s job
 in Spain and traveled to the Middle East, trying to eke out a living. 
But wages were either low or non-existent for a nun’s son 
whose only skill was flute and horn playing.

Joe tried farming, but never adjusted to rural life. 
After working as a part-time farmer and pushing a plow,
 he quit that job. 
Finding himself destitute in Israel, 
Joe was forced into a life of crime. 
He robbed a museum in the city of Haifa, Israel, 
and got away with many of the city of Haifa’s historical relics.

The people were upset that their historical 
and religious icons had been pilfered.
 The Israeli police put out an all-points bulletin
 asking citizens to be on the lookout for a
 Haifa-lootin’, flutin’, tootin’ son of a nun from Barcelona,
 part-time plowboy Joe


On July 26, 1956, the House of Representatives voted 373 to 9 to cite Pete Seeger
 and seven others (including playwright Arthur Miller) for contempt, 
as they failed to cooperate with House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
 in their attempts to investigate alleged subversives and communists. 
Pete Seeger testified before the HUAC in 1955.
In one of Pete's darkest moments, when his personal freedom,
 his career, and his safety were in jeopardy, a flash of inspiration ignited this song.
 The song was stirred by a passage from Mikhail Sholokhov's novel
 "And Quie Flows the Don". 
Around the world the song traveled and in 1962 at a UNICEF concert
 in Germany, Marlene Dietrich, Academy Award-nominated German-born American actress,
 first performed the song in French, as "Qui peut dire ou vont les fleurs?" 
Shortly after she sang it in German. 
The song's impact in Germany just after WWII was shattering.
 It's universal message, "let there be peace in the world" 
did not get lost in its translation.
 To the contrary, the combination of the language, the setting,
 and the great lyrics has had a profound effect on people all around the world.
 May it have the same effect today
 and bring renewed awareness to all that hear it.

same song  different footage

May you Rest In Peace Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)


Don't let cellphones run your life

Look Up



100 Year Old BFF's




Amazing seven year old sings Fly Me To The Moon 
(Angelina Jordan) on Senkveld 
"The Late Show"

Phun Phacts

Typical French Comedy Routine

thanks Kitty L


Interesting Maps 

thanks Annemaria


10 People Who Celebrated Victory A Little Too Early


A certain bookmaker who was making a long trip by car 
when toward nightfall he happened upon an inn
 which had a most unusual name:
 The Even Steven.

Since it was located in the middle of a desolate stretch of country,
 and he didn't know how much farther the next place would be
, he decided to stop there for the night. 
He registered, listing his occupation as a bookmaker,
 and decided to satisfy his curiosity about the name at the same time.

"It's very simple, really," the proprietor explained.
 "You see, my name is Steven Even.
 So I just decided to turn it around and call this The Even Steven.
 I thought it might get a few folks puzzled enough to stop
 and ask questions, and sometimes it does."

"That's a pretty smart way to use the luck of a name," said the bookie
, appreciatively.
 "I bet it brings you a lot of business."

"It hasn't brought me so much luck," he said.
 "The folks who stop here don't stay long.
 There's not much gaiety around here, as you could see.
 In fact, there's not another soul lives closer than thirty miles away,
 whichever way you go.
 Makes it pretty lonely for me, a widower.
 And worse still for my daughters —
 two of the loveliest girls you ever set eyes on, 
should have their pick of boyfriends.
 But, they are getting so frustrated they're 
about to do anything for a man."

The bookie made sympathetic noises, 
and listened to more in the same vein until hunger obliged him
 to change the subject to that of food. 
An excellent home-cooked dinner was served to him
 by a gorgeous blonde who introduced herself as Blanche Even,
 and when he was finished she still kept pressing him 
to ask for anything else he wanted.

Finally, she said,
 "Would you like me to sit and talk to you for a while?"

"Thank you," he said politely,
 "but I've had a long day and I feel like closing the book."

He went to his room and had just started to undress
 when there was a knock at the door 
and an absolutely breathtaking brunette came in.
 "I'm Carmen Even," she said.
 "I just wanted to see if you'd got everything you want."

"I think so, thank you," he said pleasantly. 
"I do a lot of traveling, so I pack very systematically."

When she had gone, he settled down with a sigh of relief
 and was about to put out the light at last when the door burst open 
once more and the proprietor himself stomped in, 
glowing with indignation.
 "What's the matter with you," he roared. 
"I've got to listen all night to my daughters moaning an' wailing,
 the most luscious gals in this county,
 because they all try to show you hospitality 
an' you won't give one of 'em a tumble.
 Ain't us Evens good enough for you?"

"I'm sorry," said the transient.
 "But I told you when I registered that I'm a professional bookmaker:
 I only lay Odds."


Odds and Ends

Salut Salon "Wettstreit zu viert"


Yachts.......   not Boats

. Roman Abramovich's "Eclipse" — 533.14 feet long 

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's "Topaz" — 482.28 feet long 

The Emir of Qatar's "Al Mirqab" — 436.35 feet long 

 Saudi Royal Family's "Issham Al Baher" — 379.79 feet long 

Paul Allen's "Octopus" — 414.04 feet long 

The Wedding Photo Mishap


This weeks Signs

Fail Compilation



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Sandee said...

I'm off to work today (yacht club work) so I'll enjoy going through this post tomorrow when we get back to our slip.

Have a fabulous day. :)

Sandee said...

Loved the stairway to heaven. Wow.

The mothers day tribute to mom made me cry. It really did.

The Olympics P&G made me cry even more.

Bwahahahahahaha on the itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini.

The dogs video was cute and then some.

Loved all the old black and white photographs. History captured.

Loved the piano by Henri Herbert. Looks like most didn't have a clue who he was.

Loved both the where have all the flowers gone.

I'm so with you on the cell phones. The look up video nailed it too.

The 100 year old best friends? Bwahahahahahahaha. Loved them.

Fly me to the moon! Wow. Wow.

The french comedy routine was very entertaining.

The 10 people that celebrated to early was great. Hubby and I laughed all the way through that video.

Hubby and I have sailed past Paul Allen's Octopus in San Francisco.

The wedding photo mishap? Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha.

The fail compilation is frightful. Idiots. Entertaining idiots though.

We got back from our work weekend yesterday and I took a three hour nap. I'm just getting too old for all this work.

Have a fabulous day Phil. :)