Some people are different especially when they do not want contact with other people. In that case, they will go to extreme lengths to obtain seclusion. Others want their house to be unique. Whatever their reasons, all of these houses reflect the iconoclastic nature of these individuals.
Main picture: Did the finance bank factor in an elevated rate of melting based upon the latest outlook of global warming?
Most of one’s “small talk” revolves around financial considerations, not of a global or national kind, but rather those of the most mundane issues such as the cost of bread or the price of petrol. As most of these photographs relate to America, the dollar amounts have been converted into Rands.
Main picture: If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.
Every five years the parade of ships ‘Sail Amsterdam’ takes place. In August thousands of vessels, from small sailboats to large replicas of caravels, arrive together at the IJ bay north of the city and then pass to the capital of the Netherlands. In 2015 involving 8,000 vessels!
In any selection of old photographs, there will be some that I have seen many times. In this collection, all were unique.
Main picture: World economic crisis, 1929
History is comprised of a myriad of moments lost in the mists of time. These photographs bring back to life a mere handful of those moments in time. Each, in its own way, casts a sharp light on the life and times of a bygone era.
Become entranced in how the world behaved, loved and lived in the past.
Main picture: Carrying a Rolls Royce across a river in Nepal in 1950
Each country has its own unique sense of humour and signs. Even without being informed to which country they belong, it is usually quite obvious which country it is. Being Australia, they will always relate to animals, drinking and females. These will not disappoint in any of these categories.
Our world is wondrous yet weird, surprising yet monotonous, always ready to amaze. This gallery of photographs reinforces my view that one can never stop being enchanted with the wonders of the world until one’s dying days.
Main picture: A village in Yemen
I daresay that some TV watchers have not yet viewed at least a few episodes of the award winning show “The Big Bang Theory.” If not, they would not have had to wince, cringe or shake their heads in horror at the lead character, Sheldon Cooper, a complex mosaic of child prodigy with a genius level IQ, highly idiosyncratic behaviour, lack of humility, empathy or tolerance of weaknesses in lesser mortals.
Coupled with a tenuous understanding of humour, he also exhibits extreme difficulty in recognising irony and sarcasm in other people.
If not, I hereby usher in a whole host of similar infuriating geniuses except that they actual operate in the real world.
Main picture: Technically correct, but why be condescending?
As the maxim states, “Different strokes for different folks.” That is great as far as it goes but these antics are downright dangerous, death defying even. Either they cannot foresee the consequences of their actions or they have a death wish. Whatever it is, does not make a difference, as either way, they will not survive to old age.
Or maybe I am a wussie and too risk averse.
Main picture: Would you allow somebody to angle grind using your back as a work bench?
Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin was a famous silent film movie actor and Helen Keller was an author, political activist and lecturer who was deaf and blind. She still learned to communicate. Bizarrely there is a photograph of Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller meeting each other in 1912 Hollywood. They are standing face to face and Helen appears to be touching Charlie’s face to read his expression. It’s probably not seen often because it looks like a photograph a friend may have taken as a keepsake of the meeting.