Monday, June 29, 2009

You Just Hate to Break It to Them ...

... wouldn't know how ...

The Obama Prints

Friday, June 26, 2009

Huge, Stinking, Shapeless Phallus About to Climax

Voila, the apotheosis of the Amorphophallus Titanum!

Apparently the tension at Leiden's Hortus Botanicus is getting unbearable.

On the run for 24/7 wall-to-wall coverage of the untimely demise of the king of pop? ...

... disillusioned with the Left for leaving the people of Iran at the mercy of evil old men and the bloodthirsty dungeon inmates they unleashed on to the city of Tehran (the so-called 'under-the-bus' effect)? ...

... then perhaps you can find some solace watching this rare horticultural sprout come to a short, but dramatic bloom.

Here's a link to the Hortus' webcam.

Bring your own coffee and sandwiches (but for heaven's sake, don't hold your breath!).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Twitter Revolution

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Amorphophallus titanum! Que?

... the huge, (stinking) shapeless phallus ...

Dutch News: "Titum arum set to bloom in Leiden"

One of the world's strangest plants, the giant titan arum (amorphophallus titanum), is expected to bloom at Leiden's botanical gardens on Sunday night. The botanical gardens are open on Sunday evening as part of midsummer celebrations. The titan arum produces the world's biggest flowers after eight to 15 year's of growth. The flowers, which have a terrible stench like rotting meat, last just two nights. A second plant is set to flower in about three weeks time (...) >>>

High resolution photos

This Hortus Botanicus page contains a link to the webcam. Perhaps nice to watch towards opening time.

Watch one on an earlier occasion at the Brooklyn Botanic.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Subtlety and Class: The "European Jazz Trio"

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More on "The making of..."  - from the European Jazz Trio DVD "Afternoon in Amsterdam", produced by Hiro Yamashita (M and I) and John Twigt.

European Jazz Trio is:

- Marc van Roon - piano
- Frans van der Hoeven - bass
- Roy Dackus - drums

Some Suggestions to your Calender This Year ...

Monday, June 08, 2009

More of This ... Much, much More!

With the habitual flaws, idiosyncracies, and fallacies running riot on the Left, one would have thought there's material to last a lifetime. We want more satire. Don't be shy: if it was them they'd go over dead bodies (remember BDS?) ...

Hat Tip: "The Reference Frame"

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Historical Movie Theater: D-Day Newsreels

Tonight's historical movie comes with great gratitude from Tim Gray Media:

The Tim Gray Media site is a treasure trove of D-Day material and expert information. On the WWII tab we learn that ...  

"(...) the “D” does not stand for “Deliverance”, “Doom”, “Debarkation” or similar words. In fact, it does not stand for anything. The “D” is derived from the word “Day”. “D-Day” means the day on which a military operation begins. The term “D-Day” has been used for many different operations, but it is now generally only used to refer to the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944.

Why was the expression “D-Day” used?
When a military operation is being planned, its actual date and time is not always known exactly. The term “D-Day” was therefore used to mean the date on which operations would begin, whenever that was to be. The day before D-Day was known as “D-1″, while the day after D-Day was “D+1″, and so on. This meant that if the projected date of an operation changed, all the dates in the plan did not also need to be changed. This actually happened in the case of the Normandy Landings. D-Day in Normandy was originally intended to be on 5 June 1944, but at the last minute bad weather delayed it until the following day. The armed forces also used the expression “H-Hour” for the time during the day at which operations were to begin. (...) >>>

Also, check out the blog for more wonderful stories.

Particularly noteworthy is the footage of annual visits to the Normandy coast with veterans (a number on the YouTube Channel) - in fact Tim Gray has been tweeting live all day from the commemoration site in France.

Also drawing your attention to a beautifully produced and very touching full one hour documentary exclusively available on the official Tim Gray site, entitled "D-Day, the Price of Freedom" (trailer). Note the difference in tone compared to the newsreels of the time, in which optimism and boosting morale was of a higher order than the grim reality.


- The National World War II Museum (U.S.)
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery (U.K.)

- Filed on Articles in "History Compiled" - 

Monday, June 01, 2009