Thursday, March 31, 2011
Regarding politics, the blog has been feeling very grouchy lately. But our roving reporter sent these photos from DC this weekend, and the blog was genuinely touched by the sight of the U.S. flag next to a Free Yemen side. Why? It's hard to say. Must be that freedom of speech thing (which also includes the freedom to blog).
2. Just saying: I think it's short-sighted.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The desire that actual workers be invisible in the U.S. is mystifying. The upper photo shows the mural recently removed from the Department of Labor in Maine; the lower photo is Jon's photograph of a panel from the famous wharfies' mural lovingly preserved in the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia. That's right, a union made a gift of the mural to the public, and the government gratefully accepted it.
"The 2.2 metre x 1.8 metre section now on display illustrates the suffering of the working class in the 1930s depression, industrial resistance and the fight against Fascism.
A family is evicted from its home. Wharf gates are locked and unemployed workers line up for the dole, while the Unemployed Workers movement demonstrates against the dole and for the right to work.
Wharfies stack heavy lead 'pigs' (bars) by hand, displaying their heroic strength while
they raise their fists in resistance to oppression. Workers reach out to help their fellows under the Nazi yoke in Europe.
In the centre the face of WWF leader Jim Healy symbolises the triumphs of the union and the workers."
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Here, finally, is the answer:
"They are commenting about many car hire firms that employ mini skirted, generally very attractive young ladies to serve the clients..... and also to bring in the customers...... all this costs money (which you, the customer, pay)....
The no birds means they have some ugly bloke behind the counter.... who also no doubt details the cars, takes out the garbage etc.... etc....
This, in theory at least, means the rental of their cars is better value for money!!"
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
In Winston-Salem, at least, the political yard signs that flourished in 2008 and 2010 have now been replaced by much more attractive community event yard signs. The signs posted above in Sherwood Forest caught Jon's attention as he walked before work during the past week.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
One hotel in Campbell-street, kept by a man named Walsh, was called the "Bee Hive." Over the door was a swinging sign, on which was gaily painted a beehive, and underneath were the following lines:—
Within this hive we're all alive,
Good liquor makes us funny,
If you be dry, step in and try
The flavour of our honey.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
This year's spring musical at Summit School was a tribute to retiring theatre teacher Loma Hopkins. Nate seemed to be everywhere. In the top photo he appears in a group from Grease; in the lower photo he plays radio announcer Bert Healy from Annie.