"You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." James M. Barrie Peter Pan.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

As a child Fran's family drove along Highway 3 right through Frank. It was facinating to see.

Click on picture of the mountain to see a fabulous enlargement.

Frank Slide, Alta.: April 29, 1903.

Frank, Alta.: Failure occurred at 4:30 am when 30 million cubic meters of rock broke free from the east side of Turtle Mountain. The event buried part of the town of Frank and greater then 2 km of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Lasting approximately 100 seconds, the Frank Slide is recorded as Canada's worst landslide disaster killing at least 70 people. More fatalities are suspected due to the potential presence of unregistered migrant workers in Frank at the time of the slide.


I believe that most evolutionary biologists believe supposed altruism in the end always has some benefit to the altruistic animal even if it's in a roundabout or subtle way though I can't imagine how that would apply here.

Have some fun!

MPM Liquid Demo

Fran's family wouldn't 'forget' these!

Treasure trove of precious gems family 'forgot' in bank vault for 30 years

A stunning collection of gems which lay forgotten in a bank vault for 30 years has been unearthed - and is set to sell for more than £100,000.

The emeralds, sapphires rubies and diamonds were locked away in a private bank-vault for safe-keeping in about 1980 but were then forgotten about.

It wasn't until the family's affairs were being sorted out recently that the vault was opened.

The beautiful hoard of jewellery is thought to have been amassed at the start of the 20th century by an unknown woman owner.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ashokan Farewell ...in the style of a Scottish lament.

"Ashokan Farewell" is a piece of music composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. It was later used as the title theme of the 1990 PBS television miniseries, The Civil War[1], as well as the 1991 compilation album, Songs of the Civil War.

The piece is a waltz in D major, written in the style of a Scottish lament (e.g., Niel Gow's "Lament for his second wife"). The most famous arrangement of the piece begins with a solo violin, later accompanied by guitar.

The Day Niagara Ran Dry

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Thursday, December 16, 2010



Orange Ice

Icicles hang from oranges in a citrus grove in Plant City, Florida, after sprinklers sprayed water onto the trees to coat the fruit with a protective layer of ice.

Typically, citrus can be damaged by four hours or more of temperatures below 28 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 2 Celsius).

Constant watering protects the fruit via a heat-exchange process: as the water changes to ice, it gives off heat via a fusion process.


Toe Tapping "Freight Train"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

How can you look at this face and not laugh.

A Bactrian camel with a mouthful of snow at the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany


How does Fran feel about winter in Canada?

Fran has made the trek to Canada to go to work yesterday.
A good friend sent her this poem this morning and it sums up how Fran feels about Winter in Canada..

I get this poem every winter & every winter I love re-reading it.

It's a beautiful poem and very well written.

Thought it might be a comfort to you. It was to me.

Winter in Canada'



It's cold!

The End.

Dogs are awesome

A response to People are Awesome
posted earlier

Sunday, December 5, 2010