23 June 2021 - FAMOUS PRISONERS HELD IN THE TOWER OF LONDON

 

FAMOUS PRISONERS HELD

 IN THE TOWER OF LONDON

 

G'day folks,

At its very beginning, The Tower of London was to serve as the royal residence of William the Conqueror and become a symbol of the Norman king's power over Londoners. 
 
The White Tower, the first part of the now huge fortress, was completed in 1078 and soon after, in 1100, the first prisoners started to be held in the castle. And although it wasn't its primary role throughout history, the fortress was used as a prison until 1952. In this time, many famous historical figures - queens, revolutionaries, and even major Nazi leaders - were kept there. 
 

Anne Boleyn was condemned to death by King Henry VIII, her husband, at the Tower of London. Other famous people like Sir Walter Raleigh, who was kept there for 13 years, had a more favorable prison stay - Raleigh had comfortable lodgings, servants, and even his family living with him in the Tower. Other famous prisoners committed to the Tower of London include Guy Fawkes, the revolutionary who wanted to blow up the English parliament, and Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s second-in-command.

Clancy's comment: That is quite a list of infamous people.

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18 June 2021 - THE PAINTED VILLAGE – ZALIPIE, POLAND

 

THE PAINTED VILLAGE

 – ZALIPIE, POLAND -

G'day folks,

The small village of Zalipie can be found at a remote area of South Poland. But to those who make the effort to get there the trip is well worth it, because this village contains quite the surprise between its walls.

The residents of this village have a beautiful tradition that started over 100 years ago, when the women of the village began to paint decorations of flowers on the walls of all the houses.

Although it isn't known exactly when the tradition began, we know that it started because the women wanted to cover the stains of chimney smoke. The stains were evident even through the paint, which is why they began drawing flowers on the walls.

When more modern furnaces and stoves began to come into use, there was no more need for the festive decorations, but instead of stopping, the paintings became more and more elaborate. Slowly, these paintings became an important part of the local culture and the village began to initiate contests between the painters to see who has done the best job.

And what started as the work of a few became the hobby of all, and today the flowers have conquered public buildings, bridges, roundaoubts, trees wells and even the local chicken pens and dog houses.





   




Clancy's comment: Good for them. It looks like a happy place.

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17 June 2021 - NARLUGA WHALE DISCOVERED IN ARCTIC

 

NARLUGA WHALE 

DISCOVERED IN ARCTIC

 

G'day folks,

A unique whale skull at the Natural History Museum of Denmark had been puzzling scientists for over 30 years. 
 
The skull was found in the Arctic and had features of both the beluga and narwhal whales. After years of study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen finally concluded in 2019 that the skull belonged to what was an extraordinary hybrid animal — a cross between a narwhal and a beluga. Both these whales are very common in the Arctic and share quite a few similarities. The new hybrid species was found after the researchers managed to extract DNA from the skull’s teeth.
 
A Beluga Whale

 The analysis showed that the whale’s DNA was 54% beluga and 46% narwhal. The hybrid, named as Narluga, is likely a male. Further study is being conducted to ascertain when and how the hybrid was born and whether there are any members of the species still alive.
 
Clancy's comment: There ya go. I wonder how they found the original skull.

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16 June 2021 - INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT

 THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

 

G'day folks,

To the few who may not know this, the Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. 
 
The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. 
 












 



 

Clancy's comment: I was fortunate enough to climb to the top of it in 1973. What an extraordinary experience.

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