Posts Tagged ‘history’

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What am I noting today?

March 5, 2020
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What am I celebrating today?

January 28, 2020

Today is Up Helly Aa – a (sort of) Viking Festival marking the end of the Yule season – and also giving folks something to do during the bleak winter days.  There is fire – and drinking – what could possibly go wrong?

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Tattoo Tuesday . . .

35+ Viking Tattoo Designs and Inspirations - Tats 'n' Rings

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A Proclamation

November 28, 2019

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What am I remembering today?

November 10, 2019

 

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What am I remembering?

November 5, 2019

Guy Fawkes Day in 2019/2020 - When, Where, Why, How is Celebrated?

Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot….

 

When we experienced it in London – it was more like this:

Wessex FM - News - Weymouth Big Guy Fawkes Event's back

However,

Who better to give Bonfire Night tips than Horrible ...

 

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

October 29, 2019

Although it was first patented in 1888, and again in 1938 and 1943, the first ballpoint pens were sold in the U.S. on this date in 1945.

There was some jostling to get the first ballpoint pen to market, and the winner was the Reynolds International Pen Company.  When the pen was introduced in Gimbel Bros. in New York, TIME magazine wrote,

In Manhattan’s Gimbel Bros., Inc., thousands of people all but trampled one another last week to spend $12.50 each for a new fountain pen. The pen was made by Chicago’s Reynolds International Pen Co. In full-page ads, Gimbel’s modestly hailed it as the “fantastic, atomic era, miraculous pen.” It had a tiny ball bearing instead of a point, was guaranteed to need refilling only once every two years, would write under water (handy for mermaids), on paper, cloth, plastic or blotters.

I looked for a ballpoint pen tattoo, but only found these cousins . . .

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50 Quill Tattoo Designs For Men - Feather Pen Ink Ideas

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your advice, please - A Fine Press

 

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What am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 22, 2019

uss-constitution5I am celebrating the launching of the USS Constitution on October 21, 1979. (So yesterday was the launch 222 years ago, but I am posting it today.)

The ship was built in Edmund Hartt’s shipyard in Boston for a cost of $302,718.

On October 17, the ship was underway for her last trip around Boston Harbor until 2108.  U.S.S. Constitution will be open for limited viewing until entering dry dock in March, 2015 for a three-year long restoration project that is estimated to cost between $12 and $15 million.

During the restoration, workers are expected to re-copper the ship’s hull, replace worn riggings, change out old planks on the gun and berth decks and make general repairs to the stern, bow and captain’s cabin. The ship is expected to be back in the water by 2017. By spring or summer 2018 it should return to its familiar spot on Pier 1 at the Navy Yard. Ref. Fox News.

U.S.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship afloat.

Constitution ’​s stated mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy’s role in war and peace through educational outreach, historic demonstration, and active participation in public events. As a fully commissioned US Navy ship, her crew of 60 officers and sailors participate in ceremonies, educational programs, and special events while keeping the ship open to visitors year round and providing free tours. The officers and crew are all active-duty US Navy personnel and the assignment is considered special duty in the Navy. Traditionally, command of the vessel is assigned to a Navy Commander. Constitution is berthed at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, at one end of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Ref. Wikipedia

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And some tattoos:

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Kudos for the full Boston –

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