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Cochran was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006 for her invention of the dishwasher.
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- 27/02/2017The Crawford Grill was a renowned jazz club that operated in two locations in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During its heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the second Crawford Grill venue hosted local and nationally-recognized acts, including jazz legends Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Kenny Burrell. The club, an important social gathering spot for Pittsburgh's African-American communities, drew devoted listeners from the region's ethnically and racially diverse population making it a rare site of interracial socializing during the civil rights period. The Crawford Grill was one of many black-owned neighborhood clubs in the Eastern United States that supported a tour circuit for small jazz ensembles during the genre's "golden age." Despite the riots of 1968, which severely damaged the neighborhood's economic infrastructure, the club continued to operate until 2003
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- Producer24/02/2017Reflections on Darwin Past, from Darwin PresentAfter a long hard day escaping the 34ºC heat and 80% humidity by being cocooned in the air conditioning of DP's Darwin office, I deserved a relaxing evening by the bay at the Sailing Club, watching another typically majestic sunset across this...
Comments26/02/2017 #15 Anonymous#14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-22Ba-c5.html#name-011013-mention View more#14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155
"Anti-tank mines which had been placed about 5 Brigade's defences were supposed to be lifted for the retreat (Brigadier Kippenberger writes: ‘I gave special, and I thought clear, orders for lifting our minefield’;13 this was not 22 Battalion's responsibility), but this had not been done previously. The close columns of infantry were marching under the escarpment when a carrier tried to pass on the left of the infantry and exploded two mines. The blinding flashes and two great explosions were only a few yards from the marching troops, ‘and many of us thinking “Christ the sods are on us and throwing bombs”—the scatter, most moving up the escarpment like goats and some throwing themselves towards the direction of the enemy.’ Havoc and a fortunately brief panic broke out, while the wounded cried out pitifully. At least twenty-five men were lost here; how many belonged to 22 Battalion the records do not show. John Riddiford's14 platoon (No. 14) certainly suffered: so did 15 Platoon, in which Frank Algie,15 Dick Bentley, Jim Bryson16 and Harold True17 were killed and twelve others wounded, among them the All Black, Jack Sullivan. The battalion's carriers picked up a number of severely wounded men and placed them on top of the mortar ammunition which had been packed in the carriers."
There is a painting by War Artist Peter McIntyre which is titled "The breakthrough, Minqar Qa'im, 27-28 June 1942" http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/78
It is a powerful painting, just like the one in your post of the attack on Darwin.
Perhaps I will travel to El Alamein to see his gravestone. The picture of it I have seen is just like that of your uncle's. Close26/02/2017 #14 Ken Boddie#13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met View more#13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met
As for your query about lessons learnt, perhaps we should look to the Chinese philosophers:
"War not determine who is right, but who is left!" 😟 Close25/02/2017 #13 Anonymous@Ken Boddie , it is an eloquent piece. My own day of reflection is 27 June, the date my uncle Jim was killed in 1942 in North Africa. Perhaps one day I might go to Egypt to see El Alamein, a name etched in my memory through years attending ANZAC day ceremonies with my mother, his sister.
The call to remember the mistakes of history is often made. Clearly the attacking side at this time had not learned a key lesson of warfare past which is to heed the constraints of time and distance. I wonder Ken, what do you think are the lessons here?25/02/2017 #11 Ken Boddie#9 Well stated, Dean-san, and may I add that it's generations of experiences like trench and jungle warfare and the odd wastefully, suicidal Gallipoli landing, that has fostered an indomitable attitude of "She'll be right, mate" in the Aussie 'digger'. So next time the world is presented with a 'troop' of young Aussie youths behaving badly overseas, spare a thought for their forefathers, who spilt their blood in fights that were not theirs, and look for the larrikin humour and cameraderie beneath the hooligan bluster.25/02/2017 #6 Ken Boddie#3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt View more#3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt below, mankind's ongoing inhumanity to man and our frequent incapability of learning from our mistakes of the past, collectively.
As for the BOD 001 mock vehicle plate, there was nothing subtle here at all I'm afraid. 'The Bod' has been a nickname of mine off and on for a few years, along with 'Bodski', depending on the company I am keeping at the time. Can't say I really respond to 'The Bod', but anything's better than "Hey, you!" 😟
I much prefer it when the young ladies call me Uncle Ken. 😊 Close25/02/2017 #5 Ken Boddie#2 You've got me stumped, Paul. I need to defer to other sources and track down what I can find out on the resurrection of the city following Cyclone Tracy. Always having stayed on the Esplanade, where the hotels, of course, face the sea (and those sunsets), and working in Coconut Grove, a commercial suburb north of the CBD, your observation has gone past the keeper. I'll get back to you on this one.
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Comments19/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitRobinson has aged very well and he is a product of one of music's great house of collaboration in Motown, some of the back-story of Tears of a Clown is detailed by a you-tuber here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t52YcxbVpOQ and I say happy birthday to the total context of where Robinson first made his mark.
- 18/02/2017On This Date in History - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ~ If you would like to read more, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_of_Huckleberry_Finn
- Producer15/02/2017Born on this date, February 15, 1820 - Susan B AnthonySusan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected...
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Comments06/03/2017 #15 Rod LoaderWhen we breathe life into a character, we always breathe a little of ourselves. You captured the sadness and hopelessness very well. After reading a few of your other pieces, I wonder how much reality exists in this piece of fiction. Maybe it's best we don't find out.05/03/2017 #13 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt#12 perhaps you and i are trying to extend the story to our beliefs because of the impact. Yours seems apt since you are the writer.
Perhaps it is fruitless to jump to anuthing beyond what is written and that is why the impression grows.
Perhaps it maybe loved or hated how it surfaces back on some other day when it is not being read.
And this comment is no longer about the conversation or the story but something else i cannot put a finger to, something that may resurface unannounced.05/03/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 BowenThe fear will dissipate, and acceptance will bring peace. That concept was beyond me when I wrote this. I hint at it in the last few sentences but was unable, I guess, to get the reader to engage. Perhaps it would be impossible for me to engage the reader in an embracing of death without fear and with peace. #1105/03/2017 #10 Joyce 🐝 BowenThe struggle against death is a fruitless struggle. Death is inevitable. Once we accept that inevitability, a peace transforms the moment into something else--the hope that there is an existence beyond physical death. Hope does not die--it merely becomes something else. #905/03/2017 #6 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt#5 the deception and the illusion exists because it serves the purpose of giving a try.
It is a deception and an illusion because the majority fail in such efforts. For those who don't, the rarest of the rare, it has served the purpose wherein some may figure out the way of overcoming auch conditions repeatedly.
Yet it is a necessity to act in the absence of credible inputs amidst grave and adverse conditions.
This was not a criticism, it was neither a rejection of any aspect of the story. It was describing the impact and why it felt different from all others.05/03/2017 #3 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt#2 it is challenging. I did give it a try. How you come up with different facets of sadness?
Imagine this, you become a famous writer and your publisher tells you, write more sad stories and keep them fresh . When it comes from the inside it is so pure and when adviced in commercial terms it would sound so pathetic.
On a different note , this is sad because it has no source of hope or inspiration, no open ended possibility to return against all odds, no space to live with the regret. Nothing. Its the worst conceivable outcome and i arrive at it imagining the character and the location each step of the way.
This is way too intense for me. I am not saying change your writing or do something ligter or i did not like it. I am saying that i have read it, i remember it in its entirety after one read, i cannot simply decide whether it is good or bad. It is unforgettably sad. It is magnetic.05/03/2017 #2 Joyce 🐝 Bowen@Devesh 🐝 Bhatt Think of it as a challenge. I had to put myself in her head and create her much like a painting. It was exhilarating to breathe some life into a character who may or may not have existed. After I did the research for the story, it poured out as if it was not mine. #1
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