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Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Cheers

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So the Bull and Finch pub in Boston, location for the outside shots of TV show Cheers has changed its name to Cheers. On the floor above (which was a restaurant in the TV show) they have built a “set bar” (which doesn’t closely resemble the set bar of the TV show). The “backroom” downstairs is a merchandise shop. There’s another merchandise shop upstairs, selling the same stuff in a more spacious room. And (top right panel above) there’s also a second Cheers pub in Faneuil Hall Marketplace which claims to have a “accurate duplication of the famous Hollywood set”. I was a bit disappointed.

Posted by bigblue on 18/09/2013 at 07:04 AM
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Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Gracie Curran and The High Falutin’ Band

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Performing here at the 2013 Boston Freedom Rally at Boston Common on Saturday.

Most people I met refered to the “Freedom Rally” as Hemp Fest (link to photos from the Boston Herald). Here’s a link to Gracie Curran’s website where you can hear some of her songs.

Posted by bigblue on 17/09/2013 at 07:15 AM
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Monday, 16 September 2013
Fenway Park

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Home ground, since 1912, of The Boston Red Sox a major league baseball team in the USA. This weekend they played their rivals the New York Yankees, and beat them. Here the ground is being prepared for the match.

Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use, and The Green Monster (see below) seating on the left field wall, which is built over the street adjacent to the stadium, reminds me of the Trinity Stand at Villa Park which is built over the adjacent Trinity Road.

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Posted by bigblue on 16/09/2013 at 06:57 AM
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Sunday, 15 September 2013
The Museum of African American History

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Unbelievably this museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, the days when I would expect it to be most busy.

The Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

Posted by bigblue on 15/09/2013 at 07:39 AM
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012
New York

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In the distance lies (the skyline of) New York, as we descend into Newark, New Jersey. The county in which Newark sits is called Essex. So you could say that from Newark, every way is Essex. Other than Essex, there are of course many familiar placenames in this part of the colonies.

When I asked a local resident the temperature yesterday, and he said “96 degrees” it evoked a Third World song of that name, which took my mind back about 25 years.  Marco on the Base describes the song as:

a dramatic and musically powerful retelling of the events of the October 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, headed by Baptist deacon and preacher Paul Bogle who led an armed group against the British authorities in Jamaica with his attack against the town of Morant Bay.

The scene that the song dramatizes is such a central one in Jamaican history. The band identifies with Bogle, the main figure in the insurrection. Even though this is a song that looks at history, it achieves exactly what the best reggae songs do: it brings history home. The song is based on a historical fact, but it is never overt: at no point does it mention Bogle or Morant Bay. The year is the major clue to the poem’s meaning. The listener has to do some work.

Although the rebellion was crushed, as the song “1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)” makes clear, Bogle’s actions reverberated across Jamaican history, sparking further revolts until the island finally won independence. Bogle is considered one of Jamaica’s greatest heroes and he is forever memorialized by the song which is among Third World’s most popular.

The song describes the day on which the portly Governer of Jamaica executed the two local leaders (Paul Bogle and George Gordon) after the failed rebellion pour encourager des autres.

Posted by bigblue on 25/07/2012 at 07:47 AM
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Sunday, 07 August 2011
Hiroshima Day

Yesterday, 6th August, was Hiroshima Day.

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

Link: Isao Hashimoto, who writes about “1945-1998” ©2003/:

This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second.  No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier.  The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted.  I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.

(via Dean Whitbread).

Posted by bigblue on 07/08/2011 at 10:09 PM
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Sunday, 17 July 2011
Banking at night

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As one does ... using the drive-in bank. And after withdrawing some money money why not drive over to the drive in restaurant for some food?  There are a couple of drive in restaurants a hundred metres away ... but no need to walk.

I took this photograph in Vernon Hills, Illinois, in May this year, and it gives a clue as to why (although there are plenty of them) the paved pedestrian pathways are seldom used.

Posted by bigblue on 17/07/2011 at 08:33 AM
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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Sunrise in the skies

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Four and a half hours after the sun had set.

Posted by bigblue on 15/06/2011 at 08:54 AM
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