Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Rouen Cathedral.

Rouen Cathedral, France.
Illustration: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Rouen Cathedral (French: Cathédrale primatiale Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Rouen) is a Catholic Church in Rouen, Normandy, France. It is The See of The Archbishop of Rouen, Primate of Normandy. The Cathedral is in the Gothic Architectural Tradition.

from 1876-1880 with a height of 151 m (495 ft).
Photo: 15 February 2014.
Source: Own work.
Author: DXR.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

"From Your Soldier Boy".

This beautiful card was sent home from The Battlefield
by First World War Soldier, Jim, more than 100 years ago.

Jim is an example of one of the millions of men and women whose life was impacted by The Great War, and whose story we want to ensure is never forgotten.

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) is a Charitable Foundation, that highlights the work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), by telling the stories of the 1.7 million people they commemorate.

In 2018, as we mark The Centennial Anniversary of the end of The First World War, The Foundation will work to explore and share the stories of the men and women who fought and died during the two World Wars.

It will also aim to engage young people, and the wider community around the U.K., in the story of our common sacrifice and shared history.

You can help The Foundation keep their stories alive by becoming a Supporter.

Your support will enable The CWGF to fund education and activities which will capture the public imagination, and highlight the work of The CWGC.

So together we keep their stories alive.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Traditional Solemn Mass. Feast Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe. Church Of The Immaculate Conception, New York City.

The 20th Century Limited. And New York City. And Chicago.

Illustration: PINTEREST

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The 20th Century Limited was an Express Passenger Train on The New York Central Railroad (NYC) from 1902 to 1967, advertised as "The Most Famous Train in the World". In the year of its last run, The New York Times said that it " . . . was known to Railroad buffs for sixty-five years as the World's greatest Train". The Train travelled between Grand Central Terminal (GCT), in New York City, and LaSalle Street Station, in Chicago, Illinois, along the Railroad's "Water Level Route".

The 20th Century Limited of The Boston and Albany Railroad, prior to 1920,
This image is available from The United States Library of Congress's
This File: 20 October 2011.
User: Centpacrr
(Wikimedia Commons)

NYC inaugurated this Train as competition to The Pennsylvania Railroad, aimed at Upper-Class and Business Travellers. It made few Station Stops along the way and used Track Pans to take water at speed. Beginning on 15 June 1938, when it got Streamlined Equipment, it ran the 958 miles (1,542 km) in 16 hours, departing New York City at 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time and arriving at Chicago's LaSalle Street Station the following morning at 9:00 A.M. Central Time, averaging 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). For a few years after World War II, the Eastward Schedule was shortened to 15½ hours.

The Streamlined New York Central Train, The 20th Century Limited,
leaving Chicago's LaSalle Street Station on a trial run 9 June 1938.
The Train was put into Service on 15 June 15 1938.
Date: 9 June 1938.
Source: eBay front back
Author: Associated Press.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Its style was described as "spectacularly understated . . . suggesting exclusivity and sophistication": Passengers walked to the Train on a Crimson Carpet, which was rolled out in New York and Chicago and was designed for The 20th Century Limited.

The Streamlined Steam Locomotive New York Central Hudson No.5344
"Commodore Vanderbilt", leaving Chicago's LaSalle Street Station pulling The 20th Century Limited.
Date: 22 February 1935.
Source: eBay front back
Author: International News Photos.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Getting the Red Carpet Treatment" passed into the language from this memorable practice. "Transportation Historians", said the writers of The Art of The Streamliner, "consistently rate the 1938 Edition of "The Century" to be the World's ultimate passenger conveyance — at least on the ground".

Part of The 20th Century Limited's famous Red Carpet, next to that Train's
Observation Car "Hickory Creek", at Track 35, Grand Central Terminal,
the Platform from the Train's original departure site at Track 34.
Date: 12 May 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Rickyrab.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Looks Like Rain, Again.

Illustration: INFOPLEASE

Sung by: Angel City Chorale.
Available on YouTube at

Title: Africa.
Melody and lyrics by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro.
Performed by Angel City Chorale.
Soloists Rich Kennedy, Tommy Lamb, Tina Mitro, and Duff Watrous.
Artistic Director, Sue Fink.
Video edited by, Alex Chaloff, Annika Benitz.
Performance inspired by Eric Whitacre,
and Perpetuum Jazzile,

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

"God Moves In Mysterious Ways, His Wonders To Perform".

Sunset at The Adelaide Oval.
Day Four of Cricket's Second Test Match between Australia and England.
Source: Cameron Spencer, Getty Images.

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"God Moves In A Mysterious Way" is a Christian Hymn, written in 1773, by William Cowper, from England.

The words were composed by William Cowper (1731–1800). Comprising six verses, they were written in 1773, just before the onset of a depressive illness, during which Cowper attempted suicide by drowning.

The Text was first published by Cowper's friend, John Henry Newton, in his "Twenty-Six Letters On Religious Subjects"; to which are added Hymns in 1774. The Hymn was later published in "Olney Hymns", which Cowper co-wrote with Newton. Entitled "Conflict: Light Shining Out Of Darkness", it was accompanied by a Text from Saint John's Gospel, Chapter 13: Verse 7, which quotes Jesus saying to his Disciples; "What I do, thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter."

Dode Church. "Our Lady Of The Meadows". Prior To Rebuilding In 1902, The Last Mass Was 1367. Only Remnant Of Kent Village Wiped Out In The Black Death In 1349.

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unless otherwise stated.

Dode Church, 
Kent, England.
Photo: 18 August 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Agw19666.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Dode (in Old English, Dowde) was a Village in England that was wiped out by The Black Death in 1349. All that remains is the de-Consecrated Church, which was rebuilt in the 1990s.

Archaeological evidence shows habitation in the Dode area during the time of The Roman Empire.

The Church at Dode was built during the Reign of William II of England at some point between 1087 and 1100. It was built on a man-made mound. The nearby hill is known as "Holly Hill", which is a corruption of "Holy Hill", and the lane which leads to the Village is "Wrangling Lane", showing that the mound could be the site of a meeting place. The Church stands at the end of a 10-mile long Easterly-running Ley Line, connecting three Pre-Reformation Churches, two Roman sites, a Bronze Age burial ground, and two of the Medway megaliths - the Coffin Stone and Kit's Coty House.

Dode Church,
Kent, England.
Photo: 18 August 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Agw19666.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Village of Dode was virtually wiped out by The Black Death during the 14th-Century, and its Church last used as a place of worship in 1367, then de Consecrated on the orders of Thomas Trilleck, the Bishop of Rochester. It was originally twinned with another Early-Norman Church in Paddlesworth (now in Snodland). Kent.

Stones from the Church were used to build a Mediaeval Church nearby.

According to local legend, the last survivor of The Black Death at Dode was a seven-year-old girl, known as The Dode Child. It is said that she took refuge in the Church after all the other Villagers were dead, and died within its walls. The Dode Child is supposed to haunt the Churchyard, having first appeared on a Sunday morning each month for several years, and then every seven years.

Dode Church,
Kent, England.
Available on YouTube at

Dowde (or Dode) Church, Kent.
This Norman Church was originally twinned with the Church in Paddlesworth, Kent, 
and served 
the Village of Dode. Today, the Church is left virtually isolated down a 
No-Through Road,
with only a few local farms to keep it company. The Village of Dowde 
no longer exists,
as it was wiped out by The Black Death in the 14th-Century.
Photo: 25 June 2005.
Source: From
Attribution: Attribution: Hywel Williams.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Following The Black Death, the Village was abandoned, and the Church stood empty for Centuries. In 1901, it was purchased by an antiquarian, George M. Arnold, Mayor of Gravesend, Kent. He restored the walls and roof of the Church and, in 1954, the Arnold family returned the building to The Catholic Church. It was re-Dedicated as The Church of Our Lady of The Meadows and Mass was Celebrated there at least once a year.

Eventually, the building deteriorated again and was vandalised. In 1990, Doug Chapman, a Chartered Surveyor who had worked at Canterbury Cathedral, purchased the Church and began restoring the building, originally with the intention of turning it into a weekend home. Since 1999, it has been Licensed as a Civil Wedding venue.

The Wedding venue hit the British Press in December 2009 because of the snowfall which occurred across the Country. A bride-to-be called BBC Radio Kent for assistance, when she realised that the transport arranged for her wedding would not be able to travel down the narrow lane to Dode. A number of volunteers stepped forward, providing enough Four-Wheel-Drive vehicles to transport the Wedding Party and their guests, both to the venue at Dode, and then, afterwards, to The Leather Bottle pub, in Cobham, Kent.
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