Archive | May 30, 2017

Lady Slippers, New Hampshire, 2017 — More Pictures.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

The same bank that I photographed 4-days ago, albeit with my Sony a7 II (which does not have a macro capable lens).

Same flowers, I think — more or less. A couple more may have popped up since my last foray. I don’t think anybody else has seen them — at least as yet. I need to go look for more, hopefully around our yard.

I am glad I know of this spot since I can go back, each year, for pictures.


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Navy Seal Whose Parachute Failed This Weekend Over The Hudson — What Happened To Reserve Parachute?

by Anura Guruge

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Click here for U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘ original. 

What struck me from the moment I heard this tragic news was “what happened to the other parachute?

I have read a few of the news reports and none mention whether he tried to deploy his reserve. They do mention that he would have had a reserve.

If it was a DUAL failure that is strange and extremely unfortunate.

I am going to keep my ears open for more news and will share any I find that is of import.

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Joan Of Arc Was Burnt At The Stake This Day 586-Years Ago; May 30, 1431.

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I, last month or so, read a very good article about her in ‘National Geographic‘. They took great care to point out that how you might really feel about her would depend on both your national and religious affiliations. A heroine to the French, a villain to the British — at least of the time.

Quite a remarkable story. Not something, on that scale, you are likely to see now.

She was around 19-years age when she was burnt at the stake!

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British RAF Launched A 1,000 Bomber Raid Against Cologne, Germany, This Day 75-Years Ago; May 30, 1942 — First Ever 1,000 Bomber Attack.

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Members of No. 106 Squadron RAF, including their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Guy Gibson (standing middle, front row), celebrate on their return to Coningsby, Lincolnshire, from the ‘Thousand Bomber’ raid on Cologne, Germany. The Squadron’s Avro Manchesters, in the course of replacement by Lancasters at this time, are parked off the perimeter track in the background.

That must have been quite the sight, 1,000 Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster bombers lumbering across the sky. Think of the noise they must have made — and that is before the bombs began to hit.

The actual number was 1,047 bombers — quite a few crewed by student pilots and instructors!

This was 2.5x larger than any previous RAF raid.

1,455 tons of bombs were dropped.

To be fair the Germans had it coming. They had been mercilessly bombing Britain.

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The Trump Diet Is Working — Or Was It 10-Nights, On The Trot, With Melania?

by Anura Guruge

Donald Trump on Monday, May 29, 2017 — Memorial Day — at Arlington Cemetery.

Trump has lost weight — during his eventful, 9-day overseas trip. Looks like he is 10 – 15 pounds lighter.

It was hard to miss. I am impressed.

So, this must be the new Trump Diet. I hope they start marketing it soon, though I doubt whether I will be able to afford it — since it will, no doubt, require eating very expensive steaks and other cuts of fine meat. It will also eschew wine and I am sure I can’t stomach that.

It is ALSO possible that it was 10-nights, on a row, with Melania. He probably got in a lot of exercise and I am sure he created his own turbulence on Air Force One.

We will all have to keep an eye on the shrinking Donald. Pretty impressive. I am jealous. I would love to lose 10 pounds

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