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Thursday, 26 September 2013
Boston Harbour Timelapse

Two short videos spliced together, showing the Boston city skyline, and the harbour, from the Long Wharf, once the busiest pier in the busiest port in colonial America.

Posted by bigblue on 26/09/2013 at 07:30 AM
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Charles River Timelapse

This is the freshwater section of the river, upstream from the sea locks. The Longfellow Bridge (known as the salt and pepper bridge) is on the right, and MIT campus is over on the opposite bank.  I filmed this in the Charles River Reservation.

Posted by bigblue on 25/09/2013 at 07:30 AM
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Never had an orgasm?


An example of the rounded education that you get at Harvard University these days.

Posted by bigblue on 24/09/2013 at 07:22 AM
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Monday, 23 September 2013
Boston skyline - historical perspective


Further to yesterday’s post here is an historical sketch of the Boston skyline, showing how the Old State House dominated the skyline in the early days.

Posted by bigblue on 23/09/2013 at 03:16 PM
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Sunday, 22 September 2013
Boston State House

Looking up State Street from Long Wharf, the tiniest building at the top of the street is the Old State House in Boston, once an impressive building commanding the bay and now dwarfed by the sky scrapers around it.


From the balcony at the front of the building the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was made on 18 July 1776. Fortunate to survive into the modern era, today the building houses a museum and is one of 17 landmarks that comprise the city’s Freedom Trail, while the basement houses an underground railway station.

Wikipedia (link above) tells us that:

Today’s brick Old State House was built in 1712–13, possibly designed by Robert Twelves; the previous building, the wooden Town House of 1657, had burned in the fire of 1711. A notable feature was the pair of seven-foot tall wooden figures depicting a lion and unicorn, symbols of the British monarchy.

The current lion and unicorn on top of the building are replacements, as the ones that were there on 18th July 1776 were torn down and publically burned as symbols of the United Kingdom Crown.


Posted by bigblue on 22/09/2013 at 07:24 AM
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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Is a comedian who looks better* on his website than his promotional stickers.

* Depending upon your personal preference.

Posted by bigblue on 21/09/2013 at 07:30 AM
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Friday, 20 September 2013
No parking

I think it’s just wrong that there’s no parking reserved for Boston police outside the Boston Police headquarters.

I can announce that there were plenty of police vehicles parked there, presumably out-of-town police because the police are generally a law abiding group when it comes to traffic regulations and never take advantage of their powers.

Posted by bigblue on 20/09/2013 at 07:35 AM
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

A sticker at a suitable height on a street post drew my attention. Was this an attack on the Secret Gay Agenda or even a subtle dig at people who believe there is a secret homosexual agenda?

It turns out to be a campaign by the Children’s Museum in Boston trying to appeal to hip parents, adding to the sticker clutter on lamposts, and not acting their age. The Children’s Museum of Boston is 101 years old this year.

See video below for more:

Posted by bigblue on 19/09/2013 at 07:35 AM
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