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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 …


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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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.


1951 Club


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.

Sun Glow - Sal Germano - H.M.-1


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 …


Scouting around … 1951

Greetings Boy Scouts of America & Girl Scouts of America !

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


 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.


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.

1951 … Year of the Space Dogs


Animals have been used in aeronautical exploration since 1783 when the Montgolfier brothers sent a sheep, a duck and a rooster aloft in a hot air balloon. The flight lasted about 8 minutes, covered 2 miles and obtained an altitude of 1500 feet. The craft and the animals landed safe and sound. Originally it had been suggested that 2 criminals should be the passengers but this didn’t happen.


The use of animals in early space exploration has always been a somewhat controversial subject. It can be said that they helped, albeit unknowingly, pave the way for manned spaceflight.


The first insects sent into space were fruit flies on board a U.S. launched V2 rocket on February 27th 1947. They reached an altitude of 68 miles and were recovered alive.


Albert II, a rhesus monkey, went into space on board a V2 in June 1949, reaching an altitude of 83 miles. Sadly Albert died on impact due to a failure in the parachute system.


Most people think that the first dog in space was Laika on board Russia’s orbital flight Sputnik 2 in 1957. What is generally not known is that the first dogs were actually sent into space by Russia in … 1951.


Dezik and Tsygan

On July 22nd 1951, the Soviet Union launched an R-1 rocket on a sub-orbital flight which reached an altitude of 68 miles. On board were two dogs named Dezik and Tsygan. Both dogs were recovered alive and well, becoming thus the first living higher organisms successfully recovered from a spaceflight. Click on the link below to see actual footage of this epic voyage.





Collier’s magazine … 27th October 1951

Collier’s is an American magazine, founded in 1888 by Peter Fenelon Collier which went by the title Collier’s Weekly during its early years. With the passage of decades, the title was shortened to Collier’s. The magazine ceased publication with the January 4, 1957 issue and was revived in February 2012. Below is a picture of the front cover for the issued dated October 27th, 1951.

Reading about something like this now may seem pretty weird and even just a bit crazy … but seeing this way back on this day, October 27th 1951 it must have been frightening. World War 3 was certainly very much on the cards and its results would been even more devastating than World War 2. The authorities in many countries were preparing their citizens for a nuclear war and after Hiroshima and Nagasaki we weren’t in any doubt as to the destructive horror and suffering such a conflict would bring. The world was preoccupied by the idea of war and invasion.

Below is a reproduction of the article from Collier’s describing how World War 3 could possibly pan out. Imagine you were reading this in 1951 ! People knew that America and USSR were both testing and stockpiling ever more destructive nuclear weapons. It must have felt that a third World War was just about inevitable given the cycle of destruction and violence which the world had entered into.



Assassination attempt on Marshal Tito’s life, May 10th, precipitates Cominform-planned uprising in Yugoslavia. Troops from satellite nationsof Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, backed by the Red Army, cross borders. Truman terms agression “Kremlin inspired.”; Reds call it “an internal matter.”

Third World War begins when Moscow, still insisting that uprising is “the will of the Yugoslav people,” refuses to withdraw Red Army units. Stalin miscalculates risk: had believed U.S. would neither back Tito nor fight alone. U.S. is joined by principal UN nations in declaration of war.

Neutrals include Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Eqypt, India and Pakistan.

Saturation A-bombing of U.S.S.R. begins. Avoiding completely population centers, West concentrates on legitimate targets only. Principal objectives: industrial installations; oil, steel and A-bomb plants.

Communists throughout West begin sabotage campaign. Trained saboteurs open attacks in U.S.

General Vassily Stalin, aviator son of Red dictator, becomes a UN prisoner of war.

Red Army, under vast air umbrella which outnumbers UN planes five to three, attacks across north Germany plane, in Baltic countries and through Middle East.

UN Troops, fighting for time, retreat on all fronts, suffering many losses.

North American continent invaded when Red Army, in combined air-sea operation, lands in Alaska, occupying Nome and Little Diomede Island.

Reds A-bomb London and UN bases overseas.

Far East “Dunkerque” takes place when, under unremitting air and submarine attacks, U.S. occupation forces evacuate from Korea and Japan.

U.S. A-bombed for first time when Red air force hits Detroit, New York and A-bomb plant at Hanford (Washington). Civil defense proves inadequate.

Turning point in war’s first phase reached with atomic artillery smashes enemy on Christmas Day in Europe.


U.S. A-bombed for second time. Bombers hit Chicago, New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Red submarines fire atomic-headed missiles into Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Norfolk (Virginia) and Bremerton (Washington). Casualties greatly lessened by improved civil defense procedures.

UN air forces finally achieve air superiority over battle fronts.

Psychological warfare begins to play an imporant role; propaganda emphasizes that UN is fighting war of liberation for Russian people; leaflet raids and broadcasts warn Russian people to evacuate area scheduled for attack.

Moscow A-bombed midnight, July 22nd, by flying B-36s in retaliation for Red A-bomb terror raid on Washington. Planes flying from U.S. bases destroy center of Moscow. Area of damage: 20 square miles.

Suicide task force lands behind U.S.S.R. borders, destroys Soviets’ last remaining A-bomb stockpile in underground chambers of Ural Mountains. Of 10,000 paratroopers and airborne units, 10 percent survive.

UN General Assembly issues momentous war-aims statement known as “Denver Declaration.”

Underground forces in satellite countries receive arms and materials in UN plane-drops; highly trained guerrilla fighters parachute into U.S.S.R. to aid resistance movements and destroy specific targets.

Severest rationing since beginning of war introduced in U.S.

Yugoslav guerrilla fighters begin to tie down large numbers of Red troops.


A captured Soviet general reports disappearance of Stalin, reveals that MVD (secret police) Chief Beria is new Red dictator.

Uprisings take place in U.S.S.R. and satellite nations. UN parachutes Russian emigres into Soviet Union to aid dissident groups.

UN offensive begins on all fronts as West at last gains initiative.

Red Army gradually retreats, then disintegrates under onslaught of UN air and ground forces.

Three Red generals desert to UN forces.

UN armored spearhead captures Warsaw, reaches Pripet Marshes in Poland. Another armored column crosses U.S.S.R. border into Ukraine.

UN forces clear Asiatic Turkey and cross border into Crimea.

Marines, in combined air-sea operation, capture and occupy Vladivostok.


Hostilites cease as U.S.S.R. degenerates into a state of chaos and internal revolt.

UN forces begin occupation duties in satellite nations and Ukraine.

UNITOC – United Nations Temporary Occupation Command – set up in Moscow.

COLLIER’S: Preview of the War We Do Not Want
Collier’s magazine
Preview of the War We Do Not Want
By Various authors including Edward R. Murrow; Philip Wylie and Walter Winchell
October 27, 1951

This need never happen as Love will find a way.

Tanks for the memory … Korean War

This photo was taken on January 4th 1951  by a U.S. Army photographer  as the last tank of the U.N. forces holding Seoul, Korea  evacuated the city by crossing to the south of the Han River. The pontoon bridge shown in the photo was the last one across the Han and was demolished immediately after  the M4 Sherman Tank had cleared off.
Chinese forces entered the Korean War on 25th October 1950 with over 300,000 troops. Allied forces were overwhelmed and the Communists advanced southward towards Seoul capturing it on 4th January 1951, the date of this picture.
The Allies were pushed back to a point 25 miles south of Seoul by the 10th of January. From that low point, the Allies fought back and Seoul was recaptured on 14th March. By July 1951 discussions for a truce were being considered although combat didn’t end for another two years.

The photograph above shows a Soviet-built T-34 tank belonging to the North Koreans. It was taken in October 1950 on a bridge south of Suwon.  It certainly seems to have been somewhat of a bad hair day for this particular tank.