Thursday, August 18, 2016

162nd post

I just seen on TV a passenger ship that had been sunk off the Great Barrier Reef

off the the coast of  Queensland in northeastern Australia in 1911. It's home

to an amazingly large variety of fish. A TV show of this kind always reminds

me of my liking for eating fish. I eat all kinds of fish mostly from fish cooked

in cans like salmon, squid, oysters, crab-meat, sardines tuna, etc. This morning,

if have any left and after I put my false teeth back in , I going to open a can

(packed in a can like sardines) of oysters and have myself a wonderfully

delicious morning breakfast. Hmm, hmm, good!

Christ the Redeemer:

Thanks to BBC News.

“By seeing how the small tiles covered all the curved profiles of the fountain,

I was soon taken by the idea of using them on the image which I always had

in my thoughts,” wrote Da Silva Costa. “Moving from the concept to the making

of it took less than 24 hours. The next morning I went to a ceramic studio where

I made the first samples.”

For the material, Da Silva Costa chose soapstone, according to his great-great-
granddaughter, Bel Noronha, partly because it had been used by the 18th

Century sculptor Aleijadinho (“the cripple”) in the state of Minas Gerais,

just north of Rio. After losing his fingers to disease, Aleijadinho miraculously

continued to carve ornate statues using a hammer and chisel tied to what was

left of his hands. That these were still in good condition 120 years later,

in Da Silva Costa’s view, testified to the stone’s durability."

Olympic symbols

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The five-ringed symbol of the Olympic Games.

The rings are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and

red on a white field, known as the "Olympic rings". The rings represent 5 world
continents, Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Australia. The symbol was

originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, co-founder of the

modern Olympic Games. According to Coubertin, the colors of the rings

together with the white of the background included the colors composing

every competing nation's flag at the time. Upon its initial introduction,

Coubertin stated the following in the August 1912 edition of Olympique

... the six colors [including the flag's white background] combined in this

way reproduce the colors of every country without exception. The blue and

yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri-colors of France and

Serbia, The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland, America, Germany,

Belgium, Italy, and Hungary, and the yellow and red of Spain, are placed

together with the innovations of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan, and with

new China. Here is truly an international symbol.

In his article published in the Olympic Revue the official magazine of the

International Olympic Committee in November 1992, the American historian

Robert Barney explains that the idea of the interlaced rings came to Pierre de
Coubertin when he was in charge of the USFSA, an association founded by the

union of two French sports associations and until 1925, responsible for

representing the International Olympic Committee in France: The emblem

of the union was two interlaced rings (like the vesica piscis typical interlaced

marriage rings) and originally the idea of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung: for

him, the ring symbolized continuity and the human being....

The 1914 Congress was suspended due to the outbreak of World War I, but

the symbol and flag were later adopted. They would first officially debut

at the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp, Belgium in 1920...."
This is day 13 of the XXXI Olympiad.

Michael Phelps

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Personal information

Full name Michael Fred Phelps II

Nickname(s) "The Baltimore Bullet"...."Flying Fish"...."Gomer"....

National team United States

Born June 30, 1985 (age 31)

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)....

Weight 194 lb (88 kg)....

Sport Swimming

Strokes Butterfly, individual medley, freestyle, backstroke

Club North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Coach Bob Bowman"

Michael Phelps to be continued this evening.

USA:                     30 gold, 32 silver, 31 bronze for a total of 93.

Great Britain:        19 gold, 19 silver, 12 bronze for a total of 50.

China:                    19 gold, 15 silver, 20 bronze for a total of 52.

Russia:                   12 gold, 14 silver, 15 bronze for a total of 41.

Germany:               12 gold, 8 silver, 9 bronze for a total of 29.

I first want to apoligise to CBS Sports for not giving them credit for their

olympic medal tracker that I use everyday for the results above. I will

correct that mistake from now on.

The USA went over 30 medals in all three medal categories and should

reach a 100 total medals in the next few days.

Japan picked up 2 gold medals to go ahead of France, Italy and The

Netherlands who still have 8 gold medals.

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