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The One, The Only

THE UNIVERSAL POST: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE


12/12/18

Oh, just go to Hell. Or Guatemala, whichever is cooler

Caravan Illegals To US: Pay Us $50,000 Each And We’ll Go Home

Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.

Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The first group of caravan members, that included about 100 migrants, arrived at the consulate around 11 a.m. Alfonso Guerreo Ulloa, an organizer from Honduras, said the $50,000 figure was chosen as a group.

“It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the paper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Stolen from Honduras? WTF? I guess all the imports of bananas and baseballs don’t count, or all that tourism money. Or whatever. Maybe we should just find another supplier and vacation spot. They don’t appreciate it, so why bother?

A letter from the group criticized U.S. intervention in Central America and asked the U.S. to remove Honduran President Orlando Hernandez from office. They gave the consulate 72 hours to respond.

A letter from the second group of about 50 migrants arrived at the consulate around 1:20 p.m. asking the U.S. to speed up the asylum process and to admit up to 300 asylum seekers each day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Currently, around 40 to 100 are admitted.

“In the meantime, families, women and children who have fled our countries continue to suffer and the civil society of Tijuana continue to be forced to confront this humanitarian crisis, a refugee crisis caused in great part by decades of U.S. intervention in Central America,” the letter states.

Oh, and by the way, could you do us a favor and take over our little pisspot nation before you leave? We don’t like our leader but we’re too lazy to do anything about it ourselves. Now let us in to your horrible nation faster, you gringo bastards.

Holy shiite. An entire nation of greedy, grasping, arrogant Obamas, blaming the evil USA for all their problems.

No. None. Close down all immigration for a decade. Build the wall and add a minefield. They shall not pass. And purge our nation of all the little shits.



Oh, PS - Honduras has an import/export economy of about $20 billion/year. The USA has nearly balanced trade level with them, with about $5 billion flowing each way. $10 billion out of $20 billion. In other words, business with the USA is HALF their economy. HALF. Plus a billion or so US investment. Yeah, we’re so evil.


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12/11/18

Just how trigged out are the leftists?? This much, or more ...

President Trump Criticized Over Coin Toss Style At Army / Navy Game

President Donald Trump used a bizarre technique to toss the coin before the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, and people noticed.

Twitter users poked fun at Trump after he launched the coin at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday into the air like this:

What the hell kind of coin toss is that @realDonaldTrump????? pic.twitter.com/oe4xtnwNvR
— Wad (@WadyPhoto) December 8, 2018

“What the hell kind of coin toss is that @realdonaldtrump?????” asked @WadyPhoto, whose video of the televised incident had by early Tuesday garnered more than 1.6 million views.

“a bizarre technique”. Hey losers, get a friggin’ life already.

And give the guy a break. He probably hasn’t held an actual coin in his hand in years. Well, maybe a solid gold double Krugerand, but certainly not a plain old quarter or a dime. Please. He has minions for that.


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12/10/18

Gee, Nobody Wants Him

[ I’m sure that’s because they’re all rayciss ]

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that old phone don’t ring no more

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly would play for the Washington Redskins, or any team, should he get offered a job with three weeks left in the regular season.

Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers, would play for Washington despite the controversy over the team’s logo and name and team owner Dan Snyder’s criticism about players kneeling during the national anthem, sources told Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

“He’s a professional Super Bowl-caliber quarterback and in the best shape of his life and he would play if given the opportunity on any NFL team,” a source told Yahoo Sports.

Kaepernick, who sparked controversy around the league when he decided to kneel during the national anthem in protest of perceived racial injustice across the U.S., has reportedly been working out and staying prepped in ready should an NFL team call his phone.

Too bad fuzzhead. Better learn some actual job skills because your career as a troublemaker - oops, I mean a star athlete worth millions per year - are over.


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12/08/18

Fat Dinosaurs !!

Using amazing modern scientific devices and some extremely well preserved fossils, paleontologists have found that ancient giant sea hunter Ichthyosaurus had blubber and camouflage pigmentation

The fossil of a 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur from the Jurassic era has been discovered and it contains evidence of blubber and skin, making the creature more similar to modern-day dolphins than previously thought.

The team of researchers from North Carolina State University and Sweden’s Lund University used molecular and microstructural analysis to determine that the creature, described by National Geographic as a “sea monster,” was likely warm-blooded and potentially could use its coloration to help it hide from predators.
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Johan Lindgren, the lead author on the study, noted “Both the body outline and remnants of internal organs are clearly visible,” adding “Remarkably, the fossil is so well-preserved that it is possible to observe individual cellular layers within its skin.”
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In addition to blubber and skin, the researchers found traces of an internal organ that is believed to be the creature’s liver.

Evidence of the blubber, which is only found in “animals capable of maintaining body temperatures independent of ambient conditions,” as well as the liver denotes that the creature had a similar skin makeup to a whale, dark on top and light on the bottom, to help it avoid predators.

“Both morphologically and chemically, we found that although Stenopterygius would be loosely considered ‘reptiles,’ they lost the scaly skin associated with these animals – just as the modern leatherback sea turtle has,” Schweitzer added in the statement. “Losing the scales reduces drag and increases maneuverability underwater.”

He continued: “This animal’s preservation is unusual, especially for a marine environment – but then, the Holzmaden formation is known for its exceptional preservation. This specimen has given us more evidence that these tissues and molecules can preserve for extremely long periods, and that soft tissue analysis can shed light on evolutionary patterns, relationships, and how ancient animals functioned in their environment.

This is pretty cool. Some of these creatures were the size of whales, but pointier. More here.


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Ebola In The Congo About To Grow Exponentially?

Anti-vaccination efforts by marauding rebels, coupled with shamanist non-technical culture hinders efforts of effective treatment. Now a city of 1 million may be on the edge of epidemic disaster.

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.

Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. That complicates Ebola containment work already challenged by rebel attacks elsewhere that have made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

“We are very concerned by the epidemiological situation in the Butembo area,” said John Johnson, project coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city. New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said.

The outbreak declared on Aug. 1 is now second only to the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people a few years ago. There are currently 471 Ebola cases, of which 423 are confirmed, including 225 confirmed deaths, Congo’s health ministry said late Thursday.

Without the teams that have vaccinated more than 41,000 people so far, this outbreak could have already seen more than 10,000 Ebola cases, the health ministry said .

This is by far the largest deployment of the promising but still experimental Ebola vaccine , which is owned by Merck. The company keeps a stockpile of 300,000 doses, and preparing them takes months.

“We are extremely concerned about the size of the vaccine stockpile,” WHO’s emergencies director, Dr. Peter Salama, told the STAT media outlet in an interview this week, saying 300,000 doses is not sufficient as urban Ebola outbreaks become more common.

Health workers, contacts of Ebola victims and their contacts have received the vaccine in a “ring vaccination” approach, but in some cases all residents of hard-to-reach communities have been offered it. The prospect of a mass vaccination in a major city like Butembo has raised concerns. Salama called the approach “extremely impractical.”

A WHO spokesman said shipments of doses arrive almost every week to ensure a sufficient supply for the ring vaccination. “No interruptions of vaccine supply have occurred to date,” Tarik Jasarevic said in an email to The Associated Press. “Merck is actively working to ensure sufficient number of doses continue to be available to meet the potential demand.”

This Ebola outbreak is like no other, with deadly attacks by rebel groups forcing containment work to pause for days at a time. Some wary locals have resisted vaccinations or safe burials of Ebola victims as health workers battle misinformation in a region that has never encountered the virus before.

A “fringe population” has regularly destroyed medical equipment and attacked workers, Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga told reporters on Wednesday.

55% fatality rate so far, among the cases they’ve identified.

12/07/18

A little bowling blogging to end the day. We lost 2-5 tonight against the family team of X, J, and his son A. All of them are very good bowlers who can put a lot of rev and hook on the ball. We had one guy out; Dave is back in the hospital. He lives with emphysema, asthma, and COPD. He was just in the hospital 2 weeks ago for pneumonia. Cured of that, he still couldn’t breath but the doctors said his lungs were clear. It was clogged arteries, so he got a couple of stents put in. And then they found that he now has diabetes. Poor guy, he’s a mess. Recover quickly old friend.



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The high point of my day ... another trash panda rescue. Little guy was sleeping in there. I have no idea how long he’d been in there. Hope he got out safely.

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Yes, it’s Pearl Harbor Day again. A salute to all those who were there, and a hearty cheer for the few survivors of that vile day who are still with us today. Time passes, but we will not forget.


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Arrgh, I have to go out in the cold today to shovel leaves. Shovel, not rake. So time for a hot shower, then find some really thick wool socks. Damn, I wish this place would spend a little money to get a gas powered leaf vacuum. It would save us time, and do a much better job.

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Man, I am all bent out of shape over this new vote counting scheme they’re using up in Maine. Not just because it cost the GOP guy the election, but because the method is kept secret from the public. No, wrong. There is no “proprietary algorithm” that the citizens can not know about. If it’s secret, that means you are cheating. Period. Take them outside and execute them. Period.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/05/gop-winner-in-maine-02-now-declared-loser-due-to-rank-voting/

I could, and have, gone on for a couple hours on a high level analysis and error spotting festival for this method. It’s wrong. Flawed. Period. One person, one vote, and whichever candidate gets the most votes wins. If you are demanding that the winner get more than 50% of the votes, then do a run-off vote of the top two candidates, just like they do in Europe. Letting some secret computer program pick the winner is a recipe for corruption. And that’s all there is to it.


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12/06/18

Naughty Brit Bit

Guy stuck in traffic gets mad at everything. pretty funny, but lots of raw language


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Another day, another batch of stupid in the news. Psycho people, lying hypocrite politicians, law enforcement going all Big Brother, churches getting political, unrest spreading in Europe. In other words, it’s Thursday. SSDD.


•  There’s a Watch Bird watching you!
NYPD is using drones. In another year or two my guess is that they’ll be armed. And we’ll be living in RoboCop world. This is not a good thing.


•  Yeah, but wasn’t he a local? Uppity church puts nativity Jesus in a cage. To protest evil Trump’s immigration policies. Churches are tax exempt because they are sworn to be apolitical. So have your Woke Nativity ... and here’s you tax bill. A really, really big tax bill.


•  Meanwhile in England ... Nigel Farage quits UKIP fearing Tommy Robinson [ still in jail?? ] is pushing that party too far Right. Uh huh. IMO, Tommy Robinson is the only centrist in the whole damn country.


•  Psycho fag? Utah man beats male roommate, handcuffs him to a chair, drives ice pick through his genitals. Hey, it was either submit to that or get killed. And then he let the guy go, who then spent the night, and then went to the hospital and the cops the next day. Sounds a bit fishy and faggy to me. Naturally, psycho dude has been charged with all sorts of abuse crimes.


•  Oh, I thought that was just a hood ornament! Lunatic hit and run driver flees the scene, runs down a cop. He’s on the hood of her car holding on with one hand, dialing 911 with the other, as she’s rocketing 80mph down the highway. He rolls off, she gets caught. So busted.


•  #MeToo hypocrisy strikes again! Kamala Harris’ top aide quits after being outed over $400K sex harassment settlement news. Oh she didn’t know nothing about it! Yeah right. The guy was treating his female assistant like a dog. And a sex puppet. And she put up with it to keep the job and get ahead? When it got to be too humiliating, I think she threatened to sue, so he had her transferred immediately. And a couple days later Harris left being AG to be a new Senator, and took this creepy guy with her, continuing his role as her top aide.

At least 8 months ago I read an essay saying that the #MeToo movement was just a smokescreen, an attempt to move the Overton Window to get people all riled up and in a witch burning mood, so that these charges could be used to blackball any Republican Supreme Court nominees. Which then happened. But they started it too soon, and overplayed their hand, so by the time the Kavanaugh BS rolled around, most people were sick of it already, and several examples of major hypocrisy had already surfaced. Now we know that yet another one was going on; while Harris was trying to shame and torpedo Kavanaugh, her closest staff guy was being litigated for major workplace sexual harassment. A case which had plenty of witnesses and was about as open and shut as it gets. BTW, guess who paid the settlement? Betcha it was the taxpayers. Democrats: total hypocrites. What else is new?


•  Oooh, now it’s a thing. “Yellow Jacket” protests in France spread to the Netherlands. It’s not that the Dutchies are mad about taxes like the Socialist froggies, they’re mad at their country being overrun with muzzies, and mad at the excessive Political Correctness. Well no kidding. So on with the yellow vests, and get your protests in gear. So far they haven’t set half the country on fire, like the fwench are always so eager to do.

Pretty soon any stranded motorist in Europe, who has to put on the yellow safety vest by law, will be assumed to be some kind of protester. “What’s the problem?” “High taxes, too much immigration, and a flat tyre!!!”


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12/05/18

Mr. Busy once again. In addition to working some more hours and trying to get my ducks in a row for Christmas, I’m trying to maneuver myself into a better job. It’s a bit complicated, but I think there’s a way that I can do it, get myself a much better income, save the “business” a bunch of cash, and make everything better in several ways. All it takes is some cooperation, a couple people to come over to my side, and a willingness to bend the status quo just a bit. And if my idea works out, there could enough savings to buy a new backhoe and a shed to park it in. I’ve got about 6 months to work this plan.

OK, off to work again.


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The usual daily nonsense and other interesting bits ...

https://www.foxnews.com/world/frances-prime-minister-to-announce-suspension-of-fuel-tax-hikes-that-provoked-riots-media-says

https://www.foxnews.com/us/princeton-all-male-a-cappella-group-removes-little-mermaid-song-from-set-list-over-consent-concerns

https://www.thewrap.com/lgbt-site-writer-calls-ariana-grandes-new-video-anti-queer-removes-byline-after-death-threats/

https://news.sky.com/story/nigerian-president-muhammadu-buhari-denies-he-died-and-was-replaced-by-clone-11570542

https://www.foxnews.com/science/scientists-just-discovered-what-may-be-canadas-largest-cave-and-it-looks-like-the-sarlaccs-pit

https://www.foxnews.com/science/medieval-skeleton-unearthed-london-wearing-expensive-leather-boots

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/veggietales-is-racist-and-dangerous-for-children-california-students-claim

https://www.foxnews.com/science/moldy-mouse-food-to-blame-for-delayed-space-station-supply-launch



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12/03/18

Cold and windy this morning. Brr. Very glad I’ve put a heater up in the shack.

Oh boy, thanks NJ: new law says I get accrued sick days at my little less than part time job. Oh boy. It might amount to 3 full days over the course of a whole year. Still, that’s better than nothing, so I’ll take it.


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12/02/18

Now this is proper schadenfreude

Clintons can’t fill 1/8 of a hockey stadium for their lecture circuit

written by NY Times syndicated sycophant Maureen Dowd ...

Curtains For The Clintons

In the 27 years I’ve covered Bill and Hillary, I’ve experienced a range of emotions. They’ve dazzled me and they’ve disgusted me. But now they’re mystifying me.

I’m looking around Scotiabank Arena, the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s a depressing sight. It’s two-for-the-price-of-one in half the arena. The hockey rink is half curtained off, but even with that, organizers are scrambling at the last minute to cordon off more sections behind thick black curtains, they say due to a lack of sales. I paid $177 weeks in advance. (I passed on the pricey meet-and-greet option.) On the day of the event, some unsold tickets are slashed to single digits. [ and that’s in Canadian money !! ]

I get reassigned to another section as the Clintons’ audience space shrinks. But even with all the herding, I’m still looking at large swaths of empty seats — and I cringe at the thought that the Clintons will look out and see that, too. It was only four years ago, after all, that Canadians were clamoring to buy tickets to see the woman who seemed headed for history.


FIFY: “headed for the dustbin of history ...”



FIFY again: “… after a dozen years in jail first”


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Paris Is Burning, Again, Still

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The centre of Paris was on lockdown tonight after masked protesters stole an assault rifle from police, clashed with riot squads and set fire to cars and Christmas trees on the Champs-Elysees in furious demonstrations against the French government.

Protesters said today’s actions were ‘the start of a revolution’ that would eclipse the mass strikes and occupation of universities and factories in1968 when the country was on the cusp of civil war.

Fires and clouds of tear gas covered the French capital from early morning until late in the evening, in some of the worst violence ever seen in the French capital as more than 5,000 demonstrators brought chaos to Paris for the second week running.

As so-called Yellow Vest fuel price demonstrators marched along the opulent Avenue Foch near the Arc de Triomphe, home to embassies and luxury residences, they were joined by criminal groups included looters.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised the protesters will be ‘held responsible for their acts’.

Macron said today’s demonstrations which have left dozens injured and hundreds arrested ‘have nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger.’ He said ‘no cause justifies attacks on police or pillaging stores and burning buildings’.

Macron said he is holding an emergency government meeting Sunday on the protests. He spoke from the G20 summit being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

French police confirmed there had been at least 224 arrests today during the protests for a series of offences, ranging from violent disorder to theft. There were 110 serious injuries, including more than 20 police officers.

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I guess the Daily Mail’s editor had the weekend off, as this article is nearly infinite in size with seemingly hundreds of photographs. You know what I noticed? Just how French things look in France. Well duh, right? But look at that first picture ... sure, it’s the lead photo, and features a black guy triumphantly standing on a burning police car. Raycis? But look how microscopic the cop car is. And check that neon green bicycle in the foreground. Have you ever seen anything more French? Look at the second picture with the firemen. Dig those helmets: Napoleon meets the space age. Totally Gallic design. Also notice the antifa symbol spray painted on the wall. Mai oui, but of course! The only thing missing is some scrawl in arabic.

Meanwhile, “disaffected youths” and “disaffected citizens” continue to riot across the nation, destroying businesses and each other’s cars. How Ferguson. How Millennial. And all because their pinko president jacked the heck out of the tax rate on diesel, which fuels their vehicles and heats their homes. [ nobody in Europe uses actual gasoline, because the taxed up price on that stuff is just insane, and has been for many decades ].

So, will    Macaroni    Marcon back down? Or will he get out the real muscle and repress the peasants properly? Stay tuned.


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“I probably miscalculated” she says

Egyptian Actress Arrested For Wearing Sexy Dress At Cairo Film Festival

Faces 5 Years In Jail For Public Obscenity

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An Egyptian actress is facing trial next month charged with public obscenity after she attended the closing ceremony of a film festival in Cairo wearing a see-through embroidered gauze dress that revealed the entirety of her legs.

Rania Youssef’s trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, follows a complaint to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers against the actress.

Egypt is a mostly conservative country with a Muslim majority. The Arab country of 100 million people has retained vestiges of secularism despite decades of growing religious conservatism, but Youssef’s case serves as a reminder that Islamic fundamentalism still pervades society five years after an Islamist president was ousted by the military.

Youssef faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

An Egyptian actress who wore a revealing dress to the Cairo Film Festival is to go on trial on charges of “inciting debauchery”, reports say.

Rania Youssef appeared in a lacy, black, see-through outfit that exposed most of her legs, outraging many Egyptians, though some said she should be able to wear what she wanted.

She could be jailed for up to five years if found guilty, a judicial source told AFP.

Ms Youssef has apologised.  The 44-year-old said she would not have worn the dress if she had known it would cause such controversy.

The charges were brought by two lawyers Amro Abdelsalam and Samir Sabri, who are known for taking celebrities to court.

Ms Youssef’s appearance “did not meet societal values, traditions and morals and therefore undermined the reputation of the festival and the reputation of Egyptian women in particular”, Mr Sabri told AFP.

The Egyptian Actors’ Syndicate also criticised the “appearance of some of the guests”, which it said “undermined the festival and the union”.

In a social media post, the actress said she had “probably miscalculated” in choosing to wear the dress. “It was the first time that I wore it and I did not realise it would spark so much anger,” she said.

“I reaffirm my commitment to the values upon which we were raised in Egyptian society,” she added.

Seriously? I don’t see any “free the nipple”, I don’t see more than the slightest hint of any cleavage, I don’t see any crotch flash. And as any actress ought to know, so many of these dresses turn transparent in the super bright lights on stage.

But this is pisslam, religion of tolerance, women’s rights, and the adoration of the feminine form. NOT. Add the rabid actions of a couple of misogynist hater lawyers, and it’s amazing she wasn’t flogged to death on the spot. Know your place, whore!!

Five years in jail for wearing a Hollywood type of dress to a Hollywood type event. And there will not be one word of objection from any feminist group anywhere in the world. Not one.

Oh, and the doublespeak is sublime. “A muslim majority” means the place is 99.5% islamic, nearly all illiterate and radicalized. Or fundamental, which means the same thing. “vestiges of secularism” actually means that there are very few aspects of life there that are not dominated by sharia law, even though, gosh, they ousted their hyper-islamic president a while back. And let the muslim brotherhood take over de facto? With Obama’s assistance? Impressive how these “bold journalists” can tiptoe through the keyboard and choose the softest of words when they’re talking about blood thirsty savages with a worldwide reach. [ Ok, in theory the MB was only in power a short while, but they and their supporters are probably 20% of the population, so they still exert tremendous influence. Violent influence. ]


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Who knew??



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Of course, she was Sandy back in those days.


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12/01/18

Ack, it’s December already.

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President Bush the elder has died.

George Herbert Walker Bush, 94

Former President George H.W. Bush, who spent a lifetime in public service and as the nation’s leader scored a decisive victory over Saddam Hussein but battled a faltering economy, died Friday at age 94.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Bush died shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.

He is survived by five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A sixth child died in early childhood. The late former president also is survived by 17 grandchildren.

Former President George W. Bush issued the following statement upon his father’s death:

“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

President Trump, who is in Argentina attending the G-20 summit, also issued a statement on behalf of himself and first lady Melania Trump. It read in part:

“Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night.

“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, “a thousand points of light” illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world.”

George H.W. Bush was known for his gentlemanly demeanor, dedication to traditional American values, willingness to take on foreign despots like Iraq’s Hussein and Panama’s Manuel Noriega, and presiding over the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Rest in peace, old fellow. Thank you for a lifetime of service to the nation.


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Damn That Global Warming !!



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/12/2018 at 06:56 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 23, 2015

One of our local hidden gems

Our little piece of Hunterdon County NJ feels like a step back in time to many of our weekend visitors. Because it is. You go 2 blocks off the highway and it’s like going back 170 years. I love it.

This was a highly rural area until the 1840s, but farms and businesses began to blossom here in the 1850s, around the time the railroad came through. The great growth period was over by the 1920s, and the area went back to sleep for the next 50 years. But that growth left us with lots of mid 19th Century to early 20th Century homes, and plenty of locally constructed mail-order iron bridges, and we’ve been very fortunate that so many of them have survived. We have streets full of them, entire neighborhoods, all restored. Victorians, Colonials, Italianates, Greek Revivals, Gothics, Craftsmen, Dorics, you name it. Plus plenty of the truly American style “I built it” houses just too tough and ornery to fall down. Ever. Makes for great walking tours for the tourists, who then need to go shopping and get a meal or two, and perhaps visit one of our several museums. We do quaint here, but the real deal not the pretend kind, and we do it all the way to the bank.

Anyway, hardly a mile off the beaten downtown track is the well hidden McCloughan Mansion. Now owned by a restoration consortium, this 1850-1860 Italianate brick villa is slowly being brought back to its formerly grand condition. Not that it was ever really all that bad; it was just empty and lonely for a few decades. Nobody lives there now, but the place isn’t spooky at all.

But I mean it about the well hidden part. The road it fronts is heavily wooded and bushy, and you can only catch the smallest glimpse of this place as you drive the up hill curve past its frontage. From the back it can’t be seen, not even in winter, even though the property is hardly 100 yards from the busiest local highway in the county. So all the in-town houses get the adoration and awards, and this place ... I wonder if many of the residents even know it’s there? I only just discovered it myself a couple weeks ago, when I went looking for the ancient barn next door, with its distinctive copulas.



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more info:
http://docs.rwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=hp_capstone_project
http://www.oldhousedreams.com/2013/08/02/c-1860-italianate-annandale-nj/
http://www.annandalevillage.com/gallery/McCloughan_Prospectus_130629.pdf
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2012/05/clinton_townships_preservation.html
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/06/from_stately_mansion_to_one_of.html


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calendar   Thursday - April 24, 2014

Persian doorways

Iwan to hide my pendentive squinches behind your pishtaqs

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Both pictures are Iwans on the Jameh Abbasi mosque in Isfahan Iran, built in 1629. An Iwan is a deep, open ended gateway, often with a vaulted ceiling. A portal. More properly, it’s a gateway area that projects from a building, usually a mosque, rather like an attached ramada or a porte-cochere. A pishtag is the flat front plate of the iwan; the ones visible here are decorated with blue tiles. Squinches and pendentives are architectural transitions used where a rectangular building needs to support a circular or semi-circular dome or open archway. In the real world, you probably would not see squinches used with pendentives ever, since they are different solutions to the same problem; if you use one, you don’t use the other one. So I’m just having fun with that.

For a bit more fun, free caulk to the first person besides McGoo who spots the science behind all these man-made stalactites. What do they actually do? Hint: they’re also called honeycombs. Tons of pictures online. Second hint: once you left the building through the iwan, you were usually in a large busy courtyard, probably the bustling bazaar in the middle of town. Out in the blazing sun, buying spices, trading camels, trying to get your flying carpet fixed.

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calendar   Tuesday - April 22, 2014

to think this could be ours but for being short of spare change.

In US currency .... at current rate of exchange, that makes this pile $5,046,211.68.

And worth every penny too.

OK so .... the sell price is only the beginning. There’s upkeep and grounds and all sorts of other neat stuff. But I could see living here.
Get a printing press and make my own money.

Wife on some sort of diet that’s making me crazy. Or is it just dizzy? Or both? 

Anyway ,,, here’s a nice change from the usual.

Gone With The Wind actress Vivien Leigh’s country retreat where her ashes were scattered goes on sale for £3.5 million

Country estate, which includes bluebell wood, walled garden and gardener’s cottage, bought by the actress in 1961
She used the estate to get away from London, spending hours in the garden and receiving many famous guests
On the market for around £3.5million, estate agents expect a surge in interest because of the famous former-resident

By Richard Spillett

The former country home of one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses has gone on the market for £3.5million.

Tickerage Mill, near Uckfield, East Sussex, was bought by Vivien Leigh for just £20,000 in 1961 and, after she died of tuberculosis in 1967, her ashes were scattered on the pond of the country estate.

Estate agents say interest in the property has soared since its current owners, Ken and Honer Hoggins, decided to sell up.

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calendar   Thursday - December 12, 2013

just a side trip on my way to another article. got sidetracked again but worth the look

As usual I was headed somewhere else and came across this and fell in love again.

Why do I have to see beautiful places I can never afford when I’m not even looking for them?

So anyway I saw this. There are lots more photos. I really like the gardens here too.  Bet the landscaping would be as costly as the running of the house.
I think they may still refer to places like this as, a pile.  Whatever.  I’d also bet the panels date to the original.
But the bathroom tubs would have to be replaced by regular showers, cos when you’re a certain age, it isn’t certain you’ll be able to climb out of these.

Whoops ... I just noticed.  It isn’t the entire building. Is it?  Lyndon?  Nah. Not for that price and especially NOT in Cumbria which has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  You live there and you have money.

10 bedroom detached house for sale Guide price £1,475,000 ( $ 2,417,806.70 )

Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/12/2013 at 01:18 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - November 12, 2013

Feels Less Than Honest

“It’s a SPIRE”: architectural verdict means new WTC is tallest building in USA

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Shown here in two pieces, the extraordinary antenna “spire” is 40 stories tall all by itself.



[May 14, 2013] Last week, a 40-ton spire was hauled up to the tippy-top of the new World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (well, maybe). Aside from raising the WTC to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, the spire will broadcast TV and radio signals.  [link which includes dizzying video looking down from that height.]

[today, November 12, 2013] New World Trade Center recognized as tallest building in US

An expert committee of architects has announced that New York’s new World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States at 1,776 feet.

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision Tuesday morning in Chicago.

The committee is recognized as the final arbiter of building heights around the world. It had been weighing whether a design change meant the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.

The committee announced Tuesday that the needle was a spire, and therefore, a part of the actual building. Twenty-five members of the group met in Chicago on Nov. 8 to debate the height of the building.

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks is a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall with the 408-foot needle. It would be 1,368 feet tall without it, shorter than the 1,450-foot Willis Tower in Chicago.

Pretty neat I guess, and of course the committee decided things this way. And it does kind of look like there are several little platforms around it with railings, although I doubt anyone in the public would be allowed up there. Besides, the energy from all the radio and TV signals would probably fry you. But if you can stand in it, or on it, then it’s not just an aerial, right?

Without the spire though, the new tower is exactly as tall as the old 1 WTC. The old one had 110 floors, with the top floor at 1347 feet elevation. The new one has 104 floors, with the top floor at 1,268 feet elevation. So the people-usable part of the new one is a bit lower, though somehow the roofs are at the same height. The last 100 feet at the top hide the HVAC and water systems, and the top of the open screening around them counts as the official “roof” *. I would have liked to see a new WTC that was solid building to 1776 feet, and then just under 225 feet of antenna on top for a symbolic 2001 feet 9.11 inches total height.

… a beacon at the pinnacle of the spire, 1,776 feet high, will be switched on and the 288,000 lumens of light emitted from it will be visible from 50 miles away, serving as a new visual marker for millions looking east from New Jersey, officials say.

According to the map, I ought to be able to see that beacon from here by looking to the ENE. I’ll have to try that, or perhaps find some higher open ground somewhere in the county.

See More Below The Fold

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calendar   Saturday - November 02, 2013

a cathedral of books

One of the comments asks, “What would God say?”

Clever line.

Anyway .... saw this yesterday, not one of my better days and haven’t posted. But share it now.
This really is quite spectacular.

It was a 15th century cathedral in the Netherlands.

Lots of churches here have been converted to private homes and put to other uses outside religion.
Scary when you think, churches are slim to empty and closing, but the mosques are not only full, but a few churches have been sold to the rop and have been converted into mosques.


Perfect for bibliophiles! 15th Century cathedral is transformed into a book shop

Architects convert stunning medieval Broerenkerk cathedral in Zwolle, Netherlands, into modern book shop

Work on the Gothic building was allowed on strict condition the church could be returned to previous condition

Original stained glass window, pipe organ and decor retained in the radical redesign

By Tom Gardner

For ardent bibliophiles, a shopping trip to this book shop must be close to a spiritual experience.

Broerenkerk, the famed 15th century Dominican church in Zwolle, Netherlands, has been transformed into a stunning modern book store.

Architects BK. Architecten were allowed to radically redesign the interior of the 547-year-old Gothic building on the strict condition they left the original features, such as the pipe organ, stained glass windows and decor intact.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/02/2013 at 02:41 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 25, 2013

1,800 yr old walls as part of your house. could you ask for more?

ok, it isn’t a castle but it may be a lot cheaper to maintain. And it’s all yours for only £8million.
In dollars it’s only $12,338,439.81. Hey, a bargain. I remember when the dollar pound ratio was 2 to 1. Which means that house could go for 16 million.
who-ha. such a bargain!

I could see living in a house like this. You’d need staff of course, and have to hire Drew to do the windows.

This house happens to be located in a very pretty part of this country.

Country manor house with 1,800-year-old Roman walls which could be yours for £8million

Whitestaunton Manor has recently undergone a £5million renovation
The home was built in 15th century on grounds of third century Roman villa
Property, including 83 acres of land, is now up for sale for £8million

By James Rush

A unique country pile which features 1,800-year-old Roman-built walls has been put on the market for £8 million.

Whitestaunton Manor is a seven bedroom 15th century home situated near Chard, Somerset.

But it was constructed on the grounds of a third century Roman villa and includes structural masonry from that period in its walls.

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The home, which could be the only one of its type to boast genuine Roman features, was today described as one of the nation’s finest country homes.

Grade I listed Whitestaunton Manor has been put up for sale with Savills Estate Agents for £8 million - making it the one of the most expensive residential properties for sale in Somerset.

It follows a decade-long, £5million renovation with the home now boasting a combination of classic architecture and modern technology spanning 1,800 years.

The home features seven bedrooms, three reception rooms, a grand hall which houses a hammerbeam roof, a three bedroom lodge house and an outdoor swimming pool.

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Despite being made of hamstone, there is underfloor heating while lighting comes courtesy of LEDs.

It is also one of only a few private residences in the UK with a medieval hammerbeam roof - which was completed in 1438 but only discovered during its renovation.

A pond flows to the north of the property where the remains of the Roman baths can be found. These were uncovered and featured in an episode of Time Team in 2003.

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The Deeds of The Manor include a family pew on the north side of the Parish Church of Whitestaunton, near Chard, Somerset.

The property also comes with 83 acres of land, stables, garaging and a three-bedroom lodge.

The gardens surround the house on three sides and are dominated by a variety of beech, ancient copper beech and willow trees.

‘The Romans had free rein when they came over here and they chose the spot because it was so beautiful. Its position and setting is stunning.

‘As for the house, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking a 15th century home would be dark and you would bang your head on the ceiling. This is different - it is well proportioned and bright.

‘The owner has spent £5 million doing it up, he is a real purist and his attention to detail is second to none.

‘It is very unusual to have Roman walls in the home and this is possibly the only one in the country.

hammerbeam roof see this and more here

I do believe I see a bridge across that pond. Drew will take note.
btw ... Ponds “flow?” I always thought they were still water.  Yes? No?


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calendar   Monday - June 24, 2013

a departure I need to make more often?  I think maybe so. Not sure. Have your say.

I got a bit carried away this morning looking at castles.  There was something in the paper that mentioned one and had a few other recommends and a small
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photo. So naturally I went on line to look it up and WOW!  I ended up looking at a lot of them, and in one place because I read, most of the old castles are located in a place called Wales.

Whose spelling and language is totally incomprehensible to all but a few natives.  I’ve been there, once a long time ago.

Don’t think we saw one castle on that trip.  The article says that Wales “has some of the finest castles in Britain.”

I’ve been trolling castles almost all day.

Google Welsh Castles. Great stuff.

My next visit will be Scotland and then England and I’m sure there has to be one or two or more in Ireland too.

Caerphilly Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerffili) is a medieval fortification in Caerphilly in South Wales. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. Surrounded by extensive artificial lakes – considered by historian Allen Brown to be “the most elaborate water defences in all Britain” – it occupies around 30 acres (120,000 m2) and is the second largest castle in Britain.  It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses.
Gilbert began work on the castle in 1268 following his occupation of the north of Glamorgan, with the majority of the construction occurring over the next three years at a considerable cost. The project was opposed by Gilbert’s Welsh rival Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, leading to the site being burnt in 1270 and taken over by royal officials in 1271. Despite these interruptions, Gilbert successfully completed the castle and took control of the region. The core of Caerphilly Castle, including the castle’s luxurious accommodation, was built on what became a central island, surrounding by several artificial lakes, a design Gilbert probably derived from that at Kenilworth. The dams for these lakes were further fortified, and an island to the west provided additional protection. The concentric rings of walls inspired Edward I’s castles in North Wales, and proved what historian Norman Pounds has termed “a turning point in the history of the castle in Britain”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caerphilly_Castle

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Magnificent Conway Castle, has been described as ‘one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe’, and is without doubt one of the most impressive of Welsh castles.
The castle was was built on the site of an earlier Welsh monastery, founded by Welsh prince Llewelyn Fawr and was designed by the king’s master architect-mason, James of St. George, being built between 1283-1289.
The castle stands in a strategic position perched on a rock and dominates the Conwy estuary, on approach it conveys a deep sense of strength and impregnability. Conwy Castle was one of Edward I’s most expensive projects and originally had a coat of whitewash.
The castle provides the visitor with the opportunity of walking the top portions of the soaring curtain walls, from which the views over the town, its Medieval walls and the Conwy Estuary are stunning.

http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/medieval_castles.htm

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Cfon Castle

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I even have a bridge for Drew

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calendar   Tuesday - May 07, 2013

China On The Rise

Not exactly a bridge post, except to remind readers that the various kinds of trusses used on bridges are also used on buildings. It’s just another example of how Our Friend The Triangle helps keeps things, um, stiff.


China To Move Quickly To Cover Up New Newspaper Building

covering material - latex, sheepskin? - not specified

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Chinese authorities have rushed to censor the country’s microblogging site, Sina Weibo, after users started mocking a picture of the new Beijing headquarters of the People’s Daily newspaper, which resemble a giant penis.

A search on Sina Weibo for “People’s Daily” and “building” results in a message that says the keywords have been blocked “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies, search results cannot be displayed”.

Some comments about the 150 metre tower, which is still under construction, were recorded despite the censorship.

“Of course the national mouthpiece should be imposing,” said one user.

“It seems the People’s Daily is going to rise up, there’s hope for the Chinese dream,” said another.

The newspaper itself has been called “Raping People Daily” by Chinese netizens for “chronically misleading the people with false reports”, according to blog Hug China.

“It was understood that the propagandists in Beijing do not like this nickname, but that they chose the bizarre design of the new headquarters reveals that it may not necessarily be so,” it said.


Unreal. But true!
Notice all the diagonals, all coming in and down. Ordinarily this would be called a Pratt Truss design, but I guess in this case we’ll have to call it a Prat Truss.

Such a building could never be constructed in America. Well, it could, but we’d build it at least 10 stories   longer  taller.


Let The Jokes Begin



and after this we’ll return to our proper mature blogging.


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calendar   Wednesday - April 24, 2013

Saved By Climate Change

The Stonehenge Of Israel



Divers find huge stone circle under Sea of Gaililee.

A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

“We just bumped into it,” recalls Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the project. “Usually the bottom of the lake is quite smooth. We were surprised to find a large mound. Initially we didn’t realize the importance of this but we consulted with a couple of archaeologists, and they said it looked like an unusually large Bronze Age statue.”

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

The exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet (two to three meters) of sand that have accumulated over the bottom of the base—sand accumulates an average of one to four millimeters per year—as well as comparisons to other structures in the region, put the estimate anywhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old.

The possible purpose of the structure is even more enigmatic.

What archeologists are certain of is that the monument was likely of great importance to the people who built it. Marco notes that the nearest basalt outcrop was a few hundred meters from the site, and that the stones, which were three to six feet (one to two meters) in width, would have weighed over 200 pounds (90 kilograms) at times.

“We see a society that was capable of organizing the construction of such a large structure. It’s unique to transport these stones and unique to arrange them. You need to plan and to mobilize people, because they’re too heavy to be carried by a single person.”

Neat. No useful pictures in the press yet though. Perhaps this was another observatory like the Rujim al-Hiri, better known as Gilgal Refaim, a mult-ring paleolithic construction in the Golan Heights that is far older than the pyramids.

One of the last great barely known wonders of the ancient world is a Stonehenge-like monument sitting atop Israel’s Golan Heights. Called Gilgal Refaim in Hebrew (The Circle Of The Refaim or “Wheel of the Refaim"). It is one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world.


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calendar   Thursday - March 21, 2013

Sir Francis Drake


Worth £500 at the time, it is now on the market for £1.25m, with a Lordship thrown in. Listed in the Domesday Book, the house in Sampford Sampfo Spiney, Devon, is thought to date back to 1028. In the 12th century it belonged to Gerard Ge de Spine to, Lord of Sampford, for whose family lived there for so long the parish was renamed Sampford Spiney, rather than just Sampford.
It was in 1581 – seven s years before the Spanish Armada A – that Drake became the owner. Included in the sale is the Lordship of Sampford for Spiney and 202 acres of land. The house has five bedrooms and three reception rooms.

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In 1581 Sir Francis Drake won this gorgeous Dartmoor mansion in a £500 bet. Now, for £1.25m, it could be yours (and there’s even a Lordship thrown in)

· Sampford Manor on edge of Dartmoor thought to date back to 800s
· Was once historic seat of the Lord of Sampford, Gerard de Spineto
· His descendants had to give deeds to Drake after losing £500 wager
· Current owners bought the house as a derelict shell 25 years ago
· But have worked with English Heritage to rebuild and refurbish it

By Simon Tomlinson

‘Nobody can quite say exactly when the house was built. It was first recorded in 1028 but we think it could have been build as far back as the 800s.

‘It was certainly well-established by the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086 when people were bringing their tithes here.

‘It was rebuilt and extended in the early 17th century after it fell into his disrepair after Drake’s death.

‘Inside the house we have the biggest bread oven you’ll ever see, they would have baked bread here for the whole of the village.

‘When I arrived there were stories of judges robes being found under the staircase and the kitchen was called the courtroom. It would have been the civic centre of the parish.

Having some super serious and maddening problems with the browser I’m using, so good place to end anyway.
See link for more and some photos as well.

Trying Safari and think I’ll uninstall the damn thing.

DRAKE HOUSE, MORE TO SEE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/21/2013 at 11:03 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 06, 2012

NOT A FUNNY POLISH JOKE


Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by mistake… after its millionaire owner told them to demolish a small outhouse on its estate

· Chateau de Bellevue, near Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases
· Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former glory
· But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle, leaving the outhouse completely untouched

By Matt Blake

SEE THE STORY IN PICTURES HERE

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calendar   Tuesday - August 14, 2012

location,location

Even minus the sea views, Dorset is one of the most beautiful bits of real estate to be found anywhere.  I’ve been there so I’m not speaking hearsay or travel brochures.  There are lots of spectacular places on this island, truly there are.  Many years ago while acting road manager for Country acts who toured the UK, I got to see places even my Brit born wife hasn’t seen.  I’ve visited places whose names I can’t recall and aren’t in any travel guides.  I’ve seen good and bad as you will anywhere. 

I happened to see this in the morning paper and thought it worth posting for another reason beside beauty and the fact that I am taken with it.

First of all it isn’t something usual for bmews.  Yeah from time to time I’ve posted houses but always because I thought something unique about them.

The owner of this “cottage” has to have money just for the upkeep of that roof.  Thatch is very expensive and then there’s that lawn and trees etc.
I love this sort of architecture I suppose because it isn’t normal to my growing up experience.  And it’s a sure bet we will never be in a position to afford a home like this.  Never mind the home. Anyone can buy I guess but the upkeep would eat us alive.  And Dorset isn’t I’d opine, an inexpensive place to live in.  A case of Champagne taste and beer pocket for me.

If you scroll down to the third photo at the link, you’ll see two houses under construction on either side of this house.  Larger and almost dwarf the cottage and nowhere as pretty. No class at all.  No character.
Pretty much the same thing here where we now live.  The two pretty outdated dormer bungalows on either side of us were sold and demolished and newer larger houses built.  One of them truly a characterless eyesore of no beauty whatever and costing about One Million 600 thousand if using American dollars as the example of cost. And they don’t even bother to trim their front hedge. Looks awful trust me. Every house on this street keeps the front neat and tidy but not overboard. The million dollar house ignores theirs and house and hedge look like crap.
Easy to understand then why I’m so damn over the moon when I look at places like this.

I don’t know if it’s actually the very prettiest in all the land ... but it’s in the running.

Is this the prettiest cottage in England? Dream home with remarkable sea views and all yours for £3million

The house is perched on top of a cliff in Dorset with views of the Solent and the Needles

Its owner says for years people have turned up at her door and tried to buy it from her

Sandy Hollowood is now off to Australia and is selling what estate agents say is Britain’s loveliest home

By PAUL SIMS

With its thatched roof, manicured lawn and floral gardens it is the epitome of the chocolate box cottage.

Only, the views outside are not that of an unspoilt countryside that goes on as far as the eye can see.

There are no winding country lanes nearby. Nor are there acres of undulating greenery.

Instead this sumptuous £3million property enjoys the most spectacular sea vistas imaginable.

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Perched on a cliff-top in Christchurch, Dorset, potential buyers need only turn 180 degrees from the rural idyll of the cottage itself to take in the stunning views of the Solent.

The unique combination means the four-bedroom detached property on Avon Run Road boasts the best of both worlds.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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