16 July 2021 - AMAZING ESCAPES FROM THE TOWER OF LONDON

 

AMAZING ESCAPES FROM 

THE TOWER OF LONDON


G'day folks,

The Tower of London is a real stronghold, complete with its own guards, sky-tall walls, and a moat surrounding it. 
 
Still, 40 prisoners somehow managed to flee the Tower of London, one escape every 20-30 years. The first person to ever break free from the fortress was one Bishop Ranulf Flambard, who somehow got the guards so drunk that he successfully managed to slip away using a rope in 1101. 
 

Some of these escapes were even more impressive and featured writing letters with invisible ink, dressing up as nuns, and drugging the guards - so that's where movie makers got the plots of pretty much every prison break movie imaginable!

 
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26 July 2021 - EXTRAORDINARY SANDCASTLES

 

EXTRAORDINARY 

SANDCASTLES 

 

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A vacation well spent is one spent at the beach, and no day at the beach is complete without sunbathing and sandcastles. 
 
A few buckets and shovels are all it takes to make your own little fantasy mansion in the sand, complete with a moat and a plastic dinosaur on guard (playing the role of a fire-breathing dragon, of course). For some people, making sandcastles is more than just a fun beach-day pastime.

Sculpting castles in the sand is a true art form, constructing minute architectural masterpieces that royalty would dream of living in. These castles don’t have the longest lifespan, given the impact of high tide and heavy winds, but they are nonetheless breathtaking.














 
Clancy's comment: Brilliant work. They bring back fond memories.

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25 July 2021 - ABANDONED 10,000-ROOM NAZI HOTEL NEVER USED

 

ABANDONED 10,000-ROOM 

NAZI HOTEL NEVER USED

 

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There is a 10,000 room beachfront hotel that no one has ever stayed at. 

A hotel so huge it stretches over a staggering three miles and has 10,000 bedrooms all facing the sea. That is because this beach resort named Prora was built by the Nazis between 1936 and 1939 on Hitler’s orders. Prora lies on an extensive bay between the Sassnitz and Binz regions, known as the Prorer Wiek, on the narrow heath (the Prora) which separates the lagoon of the Kleiner Jasmunder Bodden from the Baltic Sea

 

The buildings extend over a length of 4.5 kilometres and are roughly 150 metres from the beach. The coast offers a long flat sand beach, which stretches from Binz to the ferry port. This beach was thus an ideal location for the establishment of a seaside resort. During that same period, Hitler was making preparations for war which ultimately took priority, and the massive building project was never finished.

The buildings extend over a length 3 miles (5 km) and are roughly 500 feet (150 metres) from the beach.

 During the few years that Prora was under construction, all major construction companies of the Reich and nearly 9,000 workers were involved in this project, but with the onset of World War II in 1939, building on Prora stopped and the construction workers transferred to weapon factories.

  The eight housing blocks, the theater, and cinema stayed as empty shells, and the swimming pools and festival hall never materialized.

After the war, Prora was used as a military outpost for the East German army. But since German reunification in 1990, the buildings have stood empty.

 








Clancy's comment: If they'd spent less time on these sorts of things, and the holocaust, they may have been more successful in war.

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22 July 2021 - MONA LISA'S SMILE EXPLAINED

 

MONA LISA'S 

SMILE EXPLAINED

 

G'day folks,

 It’s a smile that has beguiled art lovers for nearly 600 years and made the Mona Lisa probably the most famous work of art in the world. 


But the lady in the painting was not being coy or enigmatic, according to the views of a doctor published on this day: she was suffering from Bell’s Palsy.

Those afflicted by the temporary condition find that a weakness on one side of the face causes the corner of the mouth to droop and that it is difficult or even impossible to close the eye on the affected side. Smiles are distorted. It happens because a nerve controlling specific facial muscles has become swollen or pinched.




And that, Dr. Kedar Adour was reported in Physicians’ Weekly as saying, is precisely what happened to the subject of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. The condition would explain why her smile is a little higher on the left side of her face and why her left eye is narrower than her right, he said.

The Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda, was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Aged 24 when da Vinci began painting her in 1503, she outlived her husband and had five children. The painting is displayed at the Louvre in Paris.

In 1959, British doctor Kenneth Keele reported that the woman in the painting had a "puffy neck" caused by an enlarged thyroid gland, a sure sign that she was pregnant. And in 2011, Canadian scientists who had subjected the painting to extensive three-dimensional laser and infra-red scans, concluded that if not pregnant, Mona had just given birth.

Nobody, of course, knows for sure. If she were alive today, would the lady tell? Or just smile enigmatically?

 

Clancy's comment: I asked that question when I first had the pleasure of seeing this work of art.

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15 July 2021 - AMAZING CREATIVE CAKES by EMMA JAYNE

 

AMAZING CREATIVE CAKES

 by EMMA JAYNE

G'day folks,

Besides being delicious, cakes can also be beautiful. 
 
With the right ingredients and skills, a baker can turn an ordinary cake into a real work of art. This is exactly what the UK-based baker Emma Jayne does with her incredibly-detailed and realistic cakes. Besides being a cake artist, Emma is also a sculptor, and she utilizes her artistic talent when she decorates her signature cakes.

Emma Jayne stumbled upon the world of cake-decorating in 2012 when she made a cake for her son and daughter’s birthday. "Not knowing anything about cake decorating products, I learned the hard way, with many mistakes; but having a background in art, for me, this was like creating artworks in a different medium, which is why I fell in love with it in the first place," Emma said.
 
 Scrolling through Emma’s unique and masterful cake designs will certainly leave you in awe!















Clancy's comment: Maaaaagnificent work!

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