20 January 2020 - THE SECRETS OF PUEBLA TUNNELS IN MEXICO


THE SECRETS OF PUEBLA 
TUNNELS IN MEXICO

G'day folks,

A 500-year-old series of tunnels long believed to be folkloric was uncovered beneath the streets of Puebla. 

 

In the alley of Cinco de Mayo Road, there’s a doorway leading underground that looks to be an entrance to a subway. But in Puebla, there are no subways. It is, in fact, the tiny entrance to a recently discovered secret of the city, a tunnel system used to connect a fort with the baroque city of Puebla.

 

The underground tunnel system dates back to 1531, but wasn’t unearthed and opened to the public until 2016. It had been covered for decades, and the archeologist who unearthed the tunnel discovered antiques in the mud. Today it operates as a museum that doubles as a citywide thoroughfare.




Many Mexican cities have legends about secret tunnels lying just beneath the streets, used during the revolution either by royalty or even during the inquisition. Grandparents would tell these folk stories to children. The discovery of the Puebla tunnel lends some credence to the folklore.





The tunnel—tall enough that a person could comfortably ride through on horseback—originates in the historic center of Puebla and lets out to the Loreto fort, where the Cinco de Mayo battle against the French army occurred. Archeologists first discerned that it was a complex sewer system, but another discovery led them to believe that people also used the tunnels for secret travel. 

Along with toys, marbles, and antique kitchen goods, a lot of guns, bullets, and gunpowder were found trapped in the mud. 

The weaponry was mostly from the mid-19th century, around the time of the Battle of Puebla conflict between Mexico and France. Investigators believe these tunnels may have been used by soldiers during the war of Mexican liberation, though they also could have been used by clergy or even common folk. 





The tour across the tunnel includes a guided visit by archaeologists who worked on the project and displays where one can see the items that lay in the mud for so long. The tunnel museum is known as “Secrets of Puebla,” an apt name for the mysterious tunnels that lay hidden beneath the city for so long.



Clancy's comment: Wow, established around 1531! Mm ... Humans have always been obsessed with tunnels.

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19 January 2020 - THE 2020 IRISH FARMER'S CALENDAR


 THE 2020 IRISH FARMER'S
 CALENDAR

G'day folks,

Brace yourself for something different. 

11 years on, the Irish Farmer Calendar has helped the lonely Irish farmer find love in this tongue-in-cheek look at farming life in Ireland. It is so gratifying to see the reaction on people's faces when they look through the pictures in the calendar - they smile and laugh. I love it!


























Clancy's comment: Well, get over there, girls.

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18 January 2020 - RUSSIAN BOY PAINTS TO SAVE ANIMALS


 RUSSIAN BOY PAINTS 
TO SAVE ANIMALS

G'day folks,

Not all heroes wear capes but their good deeds speak for themselves. This is yet another story to prove that even the smallest of us are capable of changing the world for the better and restore the faith in younger generations. Children come up with the most brilliant ways to solve problems that adults often fail at.




How to combine a love for art and help for stray animals? A kind-hearted 9-year-old Russian boy Pavel Abramov has the perfect answer to this question. The young artist from a small city of Arzamas in Nizhny Novgorod has been painting beautiful portraits of pets and not to make money for his toys or a new phone, as you would expect. He exchanges his lovely portraits for animal food and supplies and donates it to a local shelter. Everyone can help in their own way.






 Pavel and his mother Ekaterina Bolshakova started this project called “Kind paintbrush” about a year ago. This idea originated in Pavel’s brilliant mind when the loss of a four-legged friend hit the family and he could no longer ignore stray animals wandering the streets of the city. He needed to take part in making a change in memory of his dear Barsik and he definitely did; in the most creative and generous way.






But this wasn’t the start of their volunteering journey of helping animals in need. The duo has been managing a group on Russian social media site, VK, called “What a little volunteer is capable of?” which has been proving time after time that a little human being can bring a positive change and the others will follow. 

The young altruist doesn’t have a helping hand from funds and organizations; he doesn’t have managers and employees– but he has a huge heart and an undeniable talent.


Clancy's comment: Wow. Great artist. Awesome kid. Love ya work!

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17 January 2020 - A BUNCH OF INSPIRING QUOTES




A BUNCH OF 
INSPIRING QUOTES 

G'day folks,

Welcome to some great quotes. 




















Clancy's comment: Mm ... There are some great reminders here. Spread them around.

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