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Tag: history

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reading dreadnought III

by bezzle

WHY is Jacky Fisher so awesome?

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reading dreadnought II

by bezzle

Cecil Rhodes:

– he started the De Beers Diamond Company.  Remember Jeff’s post about the ‘tradition’ of giving diamond engagement rings being started by this company?

“By 1891, his De Beers Diamond Company controlled South Africa’s diamond production, which made up 90 percent of all the diamonds produced in the world.”

– he planned the annexation of Matabeleland, which he called Rhodesia.  (Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia are now Zambia and Zanzibar respectively.)

reading dreadnought

by bezzle

– “At dinner one night at Osborne House, the Queen entertained a famous admiral whose hearing was impaired.  Politely, Victoria had asked about his fleet and its activities; then, shifting the subject, she asked about the admiral’s sister, and elderly dowager of awesome dignity.  The admiral thought she was inquiring about his flagship, which was in need of overhaul.  “Well, ma’am,” he said, “as soon as I get back I’m going to have her hauled  out, roll her on her side and have the barnacles scraped off her bottom.”  Victoria stared at him for a second and then, for minutes after, the dining room shook with her unstoppable peals of laughter.”

– About Alfred von Tirpitz: “His favourite drink, it was said, was “North Sea foam”.

– Really, the main question so far is trying to decide between ‘First Sea Lord’ and ‘Supreme War Lord’.

– Also I find it very very odd that the First Sea Lord did not have a beard.  Not even a moustache!  Or mutton chops!  And why did Tirpitz fork his beard?

things i like 1

by cloudier

  1. complementing blogposts
  2. this webcomic
  3. this tumblr about ampersands
  4. this article about the origin of the abc
  5. this website with simple desktop wallpapers
  6. this myth about user experience
  7. vivid, enjoyable and sweet dreams
  8. bad photos with a vintage effect and something written in helvetica
  9. good photos
  10. empty bins
  11. neat environments
  12. being good
  13. falling asleep to the sound of rain
  14. exploitable pictures
  15. being productive

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