Character

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

A busy day demands a summer re-run.  News is coming soon.  In the meantime, enjoy this post from 2010, unedited.  Yes, I did say this back then without even meaning to predict any particular person.

Stories that stay with us are often built around strong characters.  Consider for a moment any story that you have enjoyed, either in book form or on film or from an exchange among friends – what is it that you remember the most?  Odds are it will be the Harry Potter or Gatsby or someone’s strange uncle as much as the meanderings of the plot itself.  They are the star of the show, the person we either relate to or want to be like or at least would like to know.  Set them up, and the situation of the plot often moves forward through the force of their will.

Less obvious is fact that this…

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Runaway Hansom!

Windows into History

Quick Quotes 14. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908).  Rees visited the Savoy Theatre to see a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, and when he left afterwards he was confronted with a strange sight:

As we came out from the performance a driver with a hansom cab came rapidly down this little street in an endeavor to secure us or somebody else for a trip. He was in such a hurry to get ahead of all rivals, as he came down the hill, that when he came to the opera house door and jerked up his horses, the momentum was so great that the horses simply sat down and the rig, horses, driver and all went as though they were on a toboggan slide all the rest of the way down the little street and nearly…

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Incline Gears

No Facilities

Please forgive the Friday intrusion, but I can’t resist a chance to bring back a few photos from the Duquesne Incline.

I don’t participate in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge very often, but I follow a lot of people who do. The challenges are a great source of interesting photos. Anyway, I’m going to make this very short, and since I don’t normally post on Fridays, feel free to take a look and slip away. Also, I’m also limiting the photo count in the gallery.

So, the challenge this week is Gears and Engines – Seriously Cee, you couldn’t have set me up better. How’s this for a gear and engine?

The inner workings of the Duquesne Incline The inner workings of the Duquesne Incline

The gears have wooden teeth that can be easily replaced. The few (really, limited) photos in the gallery show what the engine and gears are moving.

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