Alhambra Reflections


Alhambra Reflections

A visit to the extraordinary Alhambra. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. AA21 Archive Airings Patterns Scanned from an original photo taken in 1994.

Find Your Own Garden

In Memory of Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 Photo of the cover of Mandela's Way Lessons on Life by Richard Stengel published 2010 by Virgin Books ISBN 978 1 408 48679 5 Chapter Headings A Complex Man, Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear, Be Measured, Lead from the Front, Lead from the Back, Look the Part, Have a Core Principle, See the Good in Others, Know your Enemy, Keep Your Rivals Close, Know When to Say No, It's a Long Game, Love Makes the Difference, Quitting is Leading Too, It's Always Both, Find Your Own Garden, Mandela's Gift. (Crop from original photo posted for 113 pictures in 2013, for the topic Something Borrowed )

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Forte Falcone, Portoferraio, Isola d'Elba

Built in 1548. Fort Falcone has an area of 2360 square metres, and along with Fort Stella and the Linguella Tower, is one of the three "backbones" of the defence system of Cosmopoli (the name given to Portoferraio by Cosimo l) Cosimo 1 de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany 1519-1574 resses/fort-falcone/ La Palazzina dei Mulini, detta anche villa dei Mulini, è stata una delle due residenze di Napoleone Bonaparte a Portoferraio durante il suo esilio sull'Isola d'Elba (4 maggio 1814 - 26 febbraio 1815). Era una residenza destinata soprattutto alla vita pubblica e di rappresentanza dell'imperatore in esilio, mentre la sua vita privata si svolgeva nella vicina villa di San Martino Wikipedia Lay day in Elba (30 March 1986). Walked up to Napoleon's house, Villa dei Mulini, and then to Forte Falcone. Magnificent views. 1986 Antibes to Sicily YCA 'French Connection' Delivery Cruise. Moody 34 Yacht 'Pagoda'

Trans Karoo Train

Between Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa The Trans Karoo Express, or simply Trans Karoo, was a South African express passenger train service which travelled an approximately 1,600-kilometre (990 mi) journey between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It operated daily in each direction, meaning that there were in fact two Trans Karoos - they passed each other during the night, heading in opposite directions. The service was operated by Spoornet, the national railway company. The Trans Karoo was named from the Great Karoo scrubland, one of the most extensive geographical features of southern Africa, across which the train operated... The service is now incorporated into the Shosholoza Meyl network of operations, a sub-division of the national passenger train operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Although the title of Trans Karoo has officially ended, it is still used colloquially.. Wikipedia Scanned original taken in 1982 Archive Airings AA48 Passenger Transportation

Queenslander in White

One of the traditional Queenslanders in the historic village of Tewantin, Queensland. Tewantin is a beautiful town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It is located on the Noosa River, and is the departure point for access to the famous North Shore beach drive which goes all the way to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island. If anyone asks “where’s Tewantin?” - the easiest answer is “Noosa”! This is because Tewantin is part of a group of towns that all join together on the northern Sunshine Coast. Tewantin flows into Noosaville; which flows into Noosa; which flows into Sunshine Beach etc. In 1869, Tewantin was the river port for the Noosa area. In 1871, Clarendon Stuart surveyed a town site for the Tewantin settlement. Tewantin was a thriving small town with a reliance on the gold, fishing and timber industries. Wikipedia The Alphabet Site Q 02/2015


Playing cards were invented in Imperial China. They were found in China as early as the 9th century during the Tang Dynasty (618–907)... The four suits now used in most of the world — spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs — originated in France in about 1480... Also in the 15th century, Europeans changed the court cards to represent European royalty and attendants, originally "king", "chevalier" (knight), and "knave". The original meaning of knave was male child (cf German Knabe), so in this context the character could represent the "prince", son to the King and Queen... Before this time, the lowest court card in an English deck was officially termed the Knave, but its abbreviation ("Kn") was too similar to the King ("K") and thus this term did not adapt well to indices. However, from the 17th century the Knave had often been termed the Jack, a term borrowed from the English Renaissance card game All Fours where the Knave of trumps has this name. All Fours was considered a game of the lower classes, so the use of the term Jack at one time was considered vulgar. The use of indices, however, encouraged a formal change from Knave to Jack in English language decks. Wikipedia. Alphabet site J

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Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is the only one still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009. .......While most of the exposition was demolished when the exposition ended, the Palace was so beloved that a Palace Preservation League, founded by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, was founded while the fair was still in progress. Wikipedia Note: Phoebe Apperson Hearst 1842-1919, was the mother of Newspaper Magnate William Randolph Hearst who later built Hearst Castle at San Simeon. Wikipedia Phoebe Apperson Hearst USA Trip 1992 Alphabet site P

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Old Government House, Brisbane

Queensland's first Government House is located at Gardens Point in the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology at the end of George Street in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The building's construction was the first important architectural work undertaken by the newly formed Government of Queensland. The government residential building was constructed to accommodate the first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Bowen, and his family. The two-storey building was designed by colonial architect Charles Tiffin in the Classical revival style in 1860. The first stage of the building was completed in March 1862 by builder Joshua Jeays. The building is built from locally-sourced materials, predominantly sandstone, porphyry, red cedar, hoop pine and cast iron. Archive Airings AA39 Buildings

Parliament House in Brisbane

Parliament House in Brisbane is the home of the Parliament of Queensland, housing the Legislative Assembly. It is situated on the corner of George Street and Alice Street. Parliament House is bordered by the Queensland University of Technology and the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. When Queensland was established as a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859, its new Parliament met in temporary quarters at the Old Convict Barracks in Queen Street. This facility sufficed whilst the Government of Queensland directed funds for construction of Government House. In 1886, the building was connected to the Government Printing Office via an underground cable. This provided the building with an electrical supply, the first for any Parliament House in Australia. In 1863, design plans by Charles Tiffin for a new Parliament House were finally selected from an Australia-wide design competition. On 14 July 1865 the foundation stone for the building was laid by Sir George Bowen. It was built by Joshua Jeays who used sandstone from his own quarries. Stained glass windows depicting royalty were imported from Birmingham. The first section was completed in 1867. The George Street frontage was completed in 1868 in French Renaissance Revival style, with some Second Empire-style elements. The archways and colonnades facing George Street were built in 1878, and construction on the Alice Street frontage commenced in 1887. The Alice Street wing was completed in 1889. The original zinc roof was replaced in the 1980s with one constructed from Mount Isa copper. Archive Airings AA39 Buildings
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