Sign of the times

25 07 2012

 

I snapped this in Manhattan about 6 years ago.

Nothing special about the pic, I just really liked the way the Fallout Shelter sign seems to glow as if irradiated. Kind of ironic really.

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Don’t steal life

19 07 2012

Don't steal life





48 tons of silver recovered from shipwreck off the coast of Galway

19 07 2012

1,203 bars of silver bullion weighing a total of 48 tons has been recovered from theshipwreck of the SS Gairsoppa which was sunk in February 1941 300 miles off the coast of Galway, Ireland

Florida based deep ocean exploration firm Odyssey Marine Exploration made the recovery which at 1.4  million troy is the heaviest ever recovery of precious metals.  At a depth of over 3 miles this is also the deepest ever recovery.

Greg Stemm, Odyssey chief executive, said it was a complex operation in international waters.

“Our capacity to conduct precision cuts and successfully complete the surgical removal of bullion from secure areas on the ship demonstrates our capabilities to undertake complicated tasks in the very deep ocean,” he said.

“This technology will be applicable to other modern shipwreck projects currently being scheduled as well as our deep ocean mineral exploration activities.”

Apparently the precious cargo has now been transported to a secure location in the UK.

The Gairsoppa was a merchant ship torpedoed by a German U-boat during  WWII while it was being used by the British government under their War Risk Insurance programme.

An insurance payout of £325,000 – the value of the bullion in 1941 – was made by the government to the owners of the cargo which allows the state to claim ownership of all goods recovered.

Some sources, including Lloyd’s War Losses, indicate a total amount of silver cargo worth £600,000 may have been lost in 1941, indicating the existence of a second load of government-owned silver.

Odyssey expects to now move their efforts in an attempt to recover a further 600,000 ounces of silver believed to be on the wreck of another ship, the SS Mantola, located 100 miles from the first wreck.

The company said the silver recovered to date from the Gairsoppa represents about 43% of the insured silver bars, or a fifth of the total silver cargo which its research indicated may have been on board.

Odyssey is conducting the project under contract with the UK Department for Transport and the rest of the search is expected to be completed in the autumn. The company will retain 80% of the net value of the cargo after recovering its expenses.

 





Glandore at night

18 07 2012

Quick snap I took at Glandore last time I was driving back from the pub. Sober I might add, I was playing taxi. 😉





New York City Igloo

18 07 2012

 

In February 2006 I was staying with some relatives in Brooklyn Heights, NYC.
We went to bed with relatively ok weather, cold but nice and dry. The next morning though was something else all together  – there had been well over 18 inches of snow during the night and for someone from London it was quite frankly magical.

The next day I took a walk into Manhattan and found this quite frankly crazy guy making himself an igloo out in the street in SoHo.

 





Sit boy

17 07 2012

 

An even older pic here, apparently I took this in 2004 with a Kodak Easyshare….
What I do know was that this was up in the mountains just outside of Malaga in Spain.





Pete Hoekstra racist advert

10 07 2012

I know I am behind the times but I have only just seen this incredibly racist Super Bowl advert from Pete “Spend it not” Hoekstra having a pop at political rival Debbie  “Spend it now”

Wow, just wow. ” Your economy get very weak…Our’s get very good…We take your jobs”  All of this delivered by a pretty Asian American woman cycling through what appears to be a rice paddy.

Maybe Mr. Hoekstra could have delivered an even harder hitting message by having her wear a Coolie hat or a novelty Fu Manchu mustache

Seriously now, surely he has PR people and media relations guys to advise him? Did they all take the day off when this advert was commissioned or were they just rounded up from the local branch of the KKK.

This shit is nearly as bad as this racist gem from KFC








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