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World’s oldest lightbulb …

World’s oldest lightbulb

The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901. It is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Due to its longevity, the bulb has been noted by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric. It is often cited as evidence for the existence of planned obsolescence in later-produced light bulbs. The Centennial Light was originally a 30-watt or 60-watt bulb but now is very dim, emitting about the same light as a 4-watt nightlight.

By 1951 this bulb had already been shining practically non-stop for 50 years. It has now been going strong for 116 years. God, I feel so young. The bulb has its very own website which actually features a real-time webcam. Here is the link …

http://centennialbulb.org/cam.htm

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So … do you really want to wave goodbye to all this, fellas ?

So … do you really want to wave goodbye to all this, fellas ?

North Korean children

African children

American children

Meanwhile, in a Parallel Universe …

September 2017

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe …

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Sunglow

Today’s post is a reblog of a poem called sunglow.
North Korea is currently launching missiles over Japan. It is also testing nuclear weapons which have a yield 17 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

Russia and China are waging a war of words with the USA.
Acts of mindless terrorism are fast becoming a fact of everyday life. As I write this, the terror threat in Britain has been raised to the highest level – critical.

But all is not lost. Staff at the North Korean Embassy in London are apparently very partial to the odd McDonald’s fast-food takeaway, something banned by the authorities back home. Feel the love, guys. Feel the love. All is not lost.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REBLOG OR COPY THE POEM. NO COPYRIGHT.

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SUNGLOW

When I was all of 20 years old I wrote a wee poem called sunglow just about some daft thoughts I had in my mind at the time. It was 1972. The war in Vietnam was still dragging on. Northern Ireland had witnessed the terrible events of Bloody Sunday. And in September a group of terrorists massacred members of the Israeli team at the Summer Olympic games in Munich.

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sunglow

sun glow on high
colours earth sky
the world is turning
and we’re turning too

same sun for you
same sun for me
but we still burn inside
when there’s no need

so we must learn to love
bring out the peaceful dove
or fade away
just fade away

onroc Sitting on rock in 1972 just minding my own business.

And now, over 40 years later there is a war in Syria. There are floods of refugees looking for a…

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Mr Pogo … How Many Names Can One Man Have?

Mr Pogo … How Many Names Can One Man Have?

 Tetsuo Sekigawa (関川 哲夫) was born on February 5, 1951. He is a Japanese professional wrestler who is best known under his ring name Mr. Pogo.

He has wrestled extensively throughout Japan, Canada and the United States. His various ring names include Mr. Pogo, The Great Pogo, Mr. Sekigawa, Ninja, The Ninja Warrior, Tetsuo Pogo, Pogo Daio, Mr. Togo, Judo Lee, The Great Seki and Ninja Warrior.

He retired from the sport in 1996 but came out of retirement just a year later. In 1998, he became the inaugural BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion.

Since 1999, Pogo has been a freelancer, wrestling for promotions including IWA Japan, SPWF, Onita FMW, Shin-W*ING, Shin-FMW, Onita Pro, and his own promotion, WWS.

1951 Dodge Coronet Diplomat …

1951 Dodge Coronet Diplomat …

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Scouting around … 1951

Greetings Boy Scouts of America & Girl Scouts of America !

1951 was an interesting year wall-calendar-wise for you.

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 Artist Norman Rockwell was commissioned to produce this work called Forward America for the Boy Scouts of America 1951 wall calendar. A fine picture I think you will all agree. Patriotic and positive. Moving boldly into the future. And just a little bit scarey.

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And this is the front cover of the Girl Scouts of America wall calendar for 1951. It doesn’t seem to have a title, so I am just going to call it … Girl Scout with Cute Pussies … and leave it there.