Midford Castle, Somerset, England

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The 18th-century Midford Castle, near Bath in Somerset, England.

Midford Castle, Somerset, England
Midford Castle, Somerset, England

 

Some say that the unusual triangular shape of romantic Midford Castle, which dominates the village and valley of Midford, three miles from Bath, represents the Ace of Clubsa reference to a fortune winning card allegedly played at the gaming tables by Henry Disney Roebuck, who built the castle in 1775. This theory was discounted in Country Life (March 3 and 10, 1944) by Christopher Hussey, who suggested instead that Mr Roebuck was ‘a wealthy romantic (who) chose the plan and design of the building chiefly for aesthetic reasons’, based on contemporary plans by John Carter, a Gothic enthusiast who worked with James Wyatt, and was on friendly terms with Horace Walpole.




Whatever the origins of Midford Castle, now listed Grade I, its subsequent history is full of romantic twists and turns. In 1810, the castle was bought by one of the Conollys of Castletown in Co Kildare, who added the porch (said to give the Ace of Clubs its stalk) and built the nearby stables and chapel. The latter fell into disrepair after the last of the Conollys sold the house in 1901, since when the present owners, Mr and Mrs Michael Briggs, who bought Midford in 1961, have incorporated the chapel into the garden as a picturesque ruin.

During their 45 nyear tenure, Michael and Isabel Briggs have patiently restored and improved the castle, buying back its various dependencies as they became available, and adding much of the surrounding 59 acres of parkland, grassland and woodland to create this picturesque country estate on the outskirts of Georgian Bath.

‘The castle is nowhere near as big as it looks,’ says Mrs Briggs, for whom the renovation project of half a lifetime has been ‘a tremendous pleasure’. Yet, not only has this remarkable lady brought up three children while overseeing the renaissance of Midford, she has also produced a steady flow of bestsellers, as Isabel Colegate, including The Shooting Party, the ‘Orlando’ trilogy, The Summer of the Royal Visit, and most recently, Winter Journey. Her husband, Michael, has been no less involved, both at Midford and locally, as the long standing chairman of Bath Preservation Trust.










Creature From The Black Lagoon Star Julie Adams Celebrates Her 92 Birthday Today

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Born October 17, 1926 in Waterloo, Iowa, USA.  Born in Iowa, Betty May Adams grew up in Arkansas and made her acting debut in a third grade play, “Hansel and Gretel”. When she grew up and decided to become an actress, she moved to California, where she worked three days a week as a secretary (to support herself) and spent the remainder of her time taking speech lessons and making the rounds at the various studios’ casting departments. Her first movie role was playing a starlet, appropriately enough, in Paramount’s Red, Hot and Blue (1949), followed by a leading role in the Lippert Western The Dalton Gang (1949). Over a period of five weeks, she appeared in six more quickie Lippert Westerns. Adams’ first big show biz break was at Universal, when she appeared in a screen test opposite All-American footballer Leon Hart, a Detroit Lions end. It was Hart who was being considered by the studio, but the gridiron star flopped while Universal execs flipped over Adams. The studio changed her first name from Betty to Julia (and later to Julie).



Julie Adams
Julie Adams





 

Sylvester Stallone in “Rambo V: The Savage Hunt.”

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Filming for the fifth “Rambo” film is currently underway, and Sylvester Stallone unveiled the first images of John Rambo from the next installment of the hit film franchise on Wednesday. The first photo features Stallone decked out in western gear, complete with a cowboy hat. Stallone captioned the photo, “Tonight we start filming…!”

"Rambo V: The Savage Hunt."
Sylvester Stallone “Rambo V: The Savage Hunt.”

The tentative title for the upcoming film is, “Rambo V: The Savage Hunt.” A premiere date has not yet been set.

Walt Whitman Quote

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Walt Whitman Quote

Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the volume of poems that for the next four decades would become his lifes work, was placed on sale. Although some critics treated the volume as a joke and others were outraged by its unprecedented mixture of mysticism and earthiness, the book attracted the attention of some of the finest literary intelligences. His poetry slowly achieved a wide readership in America and in England, where he was praised by Swinburne and Tennyson. (D. H. Lawrence later referred to Whitman as the”greatest modern poet, and”the greatest of Americans. Whitman suffered a stroke in 1873 and was forced to retire to Camden, New Jersey, where he would spend the last twenty years of his life. There he continued to write poetry, and in 1881 the seventh edition of Leaves of Grass was published to generally favorable reviews. However, the book was soon banned in Boston on the grounds that it was obscene literature. In January 1892 the final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared on sale, and Whitman’s life work was complete. He died two months later on the evening of March 26, 1892, and was buried four days afterward at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.













This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a writer and philosopher as well as a naturalist. Walden is considered his masterpiece.

A reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and (to some degree) manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau used this time to write his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The experience later inspired Walden, in which Thoreau compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development. By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau’s other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period.













Thousands of B-17 Bombers Parked at Kingman, Arizona, Soon After WWII

War birds parked at Kingman, Arizona, soon after WWII

B-17 909 was one of the lucky ones and is still flying today.

See the video below.

Thousands of B-17 Bombers Parked at Kingman, Arizona, Soon After WWII







War birds parked at Kingman, Arizona, soon after WWII.
War birds parked at Kingman, Arizona, soon after WWII.

 

War birds parked at Kingman, Arizona, soon after WWII.  This photo was taken shortly after the end of the war.  Most of these spectacular and valiant B-17 bombers were sold to salvage companies shortly after the war.  They were reprocessed into all kind of metal products.  More than likely something used by everyone today has a little piece of history in it.

B-17 909 was one of the lucky ones and is still flying today. See the video below.




 

My flight in the B17 bomber with Chris Miller

Posted by Damien Collins on Thursday, February 1, 2018


TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive Free $40 Airtime Bundle

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TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive Free $40 Airtime Bundle
TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive Free $40 Airtime Bundle

The TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro S327 4G LTE Android prepaid smartphone serves as a useful alternative to people who don’t want to commit to a month-to-month cell service plan. With this item, you can pay as-you-go. This allows you to track the amount of money you’re spending easily. This prepaid smartphone comes fully loaded with a wide variety of applications, including Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. With it, you can access over a million other apps on Google play. It comes with a camera, so you can snap shots and share them with friends. Use the MP3 player to listen to your favorite music. This Android smartphone supports a MicroSD memory card of up to 32GB. It should be noted that the memory card does not come included in the packaging and can be bought separately.

 








TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive Free $40 Airtime Bundle

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TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive Free $40 Airtime Bundle
TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone with Amazon Exclusive Free $40 Airtime Bundle

 

The TracFone Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro S327 4G LTE Android prepaid smartphone serves as a useful alternative to people who don’t want to commit to a month-to-month cell service plan. With this item, you can pay as-you-go. This allows you to track the amount of money you’re spending easily. This prepaid smartphone comes fully loaded with a wide variety of applications, including Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. With it, you can access over a million other apps on Google play. It comes with a camera, so you can snap shots and share them with friends. Use the MP3 player to listen to your favorite music. This Android smartphone supports a MicroSD memory card of up to 32GB. It should be noted that the memory card does not come included in the packaging and can be bought separately.

 








The Universe Is Big. It’s Vast And Complicated And Ridiculous.

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Doctor Who – Tardis – The Universe Is Big 

The Universe Is Big. It’s Vast And Complicated And Ridiculous.

Doctor Who - Tardis - The Universe Is Big  The Universe Is Big. It's Vast And Complicated And Ridiculous.