Thursday, May 30, 2013

sixty years ago

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay return from their Mt. Everest climb | 29 May 1953

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

cave canem

Mosaic of a guard dog. From the House of Orpheus, Pompeii, 1st century AD

Monday, May 27, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Peasants Revolt: John Ball meets Wat Tyler 1381

The priest John Ball ("Jeh√£ Balle") on a horse encouraging Wat Tyler's rebels ("Waultre le tieulier") of 1381
From a ca. 1470 manuscript of Jean Froissart's Chronicles in the British Library
John Ball's popular sermons brought him into conflict with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and he was thrown in prison on several occasions. He also appears to have been excommunicated; owing to which, in 1366 it was forbidden for anyone to hear him preach. These measures, however, did not moderate his opinions, nor diminish his popularity; his words had a considerable effect in fomenting a riot which broke out in June 1381. The chroniclers were convinced of widespread conspiracy implanted before the spontaneous uprising occurred, with the watchword "John the Miller grinds small, small, small" and the response "The King's son of heaven shall pay for all."

At the time that the uprising began, Ball was imprisoned at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, Kent. He was released by the Kentish rebels. He preached to them at Blackheath (the insurgents' gathering place near Greenwich) in an open-air sermon that included the following:

When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then the gentleman?

From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dog on the Tuckerbox

Sculptor Frank Rusconi with model of his Dog on the Tuckerbox sculpture, Gundagai, Photo Jeff Carter 1950

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013

Portland Lunch - Cioppino

Mama Mia Trattoria - Cioppino seafood stew
Slightly spicy seafood stew of prawns, sea scallops, mussels, clams, calamari, red snapper, tomatoes, garlic, white wine & fresh spinach



1 large can crushed tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 hot pepper (optional), chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 deboned and cubed fillet of whitefish
1 doz. prawns
1 doz. scallops
1 doz. mussels
1 doz. clams


Place all ingredients in slow cooker except seafood. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low.
About 30 minutes before serving, add your seafood. Turn the heat up to high and gently stir occasionally.

Serve with toasted sourdough bread.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Pacific Northwest Labor History Association

General Strike Band at reception for Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Annual Conference 2013

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

potts point and woolloomooloo

a piccalo at the boy charlton ...
... having shared the pop-up's beef sandwich !