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3rd October 1914 Brussels Marion

Slice ePub May 22, 2014

“I can't believe they'd shoot so many people. One would have been enough to make their point and put the fear of God into everybody. How can they be so cold-blooded? How can soldiers pull a trigger on innocent people?”

Marion thumped the pillow of the bed she was making and Sister Wilkins stood at the window and listened to her rant. News had slowly filtered through to Brussels about a massacre in Dinant. It had taken place at the same time as the fires at Leuven, but Dinant was further to the east and word and evacuees had taken much longer to arrive, and to be believed.

“It's the same story over and over again,” Sister Wilkins said. “The Germans say the civilians fired on them.”

“Even if that's true it doesn't excuse mass executions, does it,” Marion retorted.

“Believe me, I'm not defending them. Their cruelty seems to know no bounds.”

“Where is Dinant?” Marion asked. “Why pick on that place? Those poor people, I can't bear to think of what they've been through.” Marion sat on the bed she had just made, and ignored the creases she made as she slumped back onto the pillow. “I'm glad we haven't any German soldiers as patients. I don't think I could bring myself to help any of them.”

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Slice ePub August 19, 2014

Despite their political differences, Representative Stover and the president enjoyed one another's company. From time to time Stover conducted prayer breakfasts for the president's staff or conclaves of political figures. The president consulted him occasionally, but more often he invited Stover to the White House or Camp David just to join him and a few others to watch a movie or football game.

Stover shared what he'd learned with the president. “This may be a tempest in a teapot, Mr. President. But Jordan is solid and thoughtful. He figured out our most classified stuff just like that. You may hear from folks trying to tell you it's all nonsense. My Committee has seen documentation that supports what he's saying. I'm concerned. By the way, the young woman involved is the daughter of Arthur Gilchrist.”

“A friend and strong supporter! Well, Rev, I've already seen quite a parade of visitors beating that nonsense drum loud and long. They say Jordan's own chairman and this hot-shot researcher think he's gone off the deep end.”

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Slice ePub May 23, 2014

Agrawal, D.P. and J.S. Kharakwal. 1998. Central Himalayas: an Archaeological, Linguistic and Culural Synthesis. New Delhi: Aryan Books International.

Agrawal, D.P., D.S. Pokharia, A.N. Upreti. 1997. Central Himalayan Folklore (Jagars) in an Inter-Disciplinary Perspective, (ed.) Khanduri B. M. & Nautiyal Vinod, Him Kanti: Archaeology, Art and History. Delhi: Book India Publishing Company, pp. 173–183.

Arias, E. United States Life Tables, 2000-2002. National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics Reports; Vol. 51 No. 3. Hyattsville, MD. Hyun M, Jakes S, Kite H, Oda Y, McGirk T. Long Lives Well Lived. TIME Asia, 21 July 2003, 162.

Cao GW, Yang WG, Du P. 1994. Observation of the Effects of LAK/IL-2 Therapy Combined with Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides in the Treatment of 75 Cancer Patients. Chunghua Chung Liu Tsa Chih. 1994 Nov, 16(6): 428–431.

Cole, S. 2000. The Myth of Fingerprints: A forensic science stands trial. Lingua Franca 2000 Vol. 10 No. 8, pp. 54-62.

Dharmananda, S. 1997. Lycium Fruit. Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon. ONLINE. Available: [29 July 2003].

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Song at Midnight

Slice ePub May 04, 2015

just why

             the blackbird sings at midnight I

                           don’t know

lamps glow

             along the docks

                           perhaps it’s that

some quality of light

             too early to be true

                           comes clear as dawn

and still

             the blackbird frets

                           as if it’s ill

blood in its throat

             I use each note

                           to cancel debts


             words waste and aches

                           the days gone wrong

but for the song

             I wouldn’t work so late

                           or wait

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8. Selective Focus

Slice ePub May 27, 2014

Tilting a photographic lens allows you to change the orientation of the plane of focus in such a way that you can simultaneously capture close and distant objects in sharp focusan effect known as the Scheimpflug Principle. This technique is often used in product photography to keep large objects completely in focus. You can, however, also use the idea creatively in conjunction with a wide open aperture to strategically place objects and image elements on the plane of focus. The resulting images often have a painterly quality and use the appeal of deliberate blur to achieve their effects.

This effect is especially noticeable for distant objects, and the extremely shallow depth of field makes real landscapes appear more like miniature models. This unusual depth of field behavior causes the brain to interpret what it sees as a macro photo and, because the evidence appears to be conclusive (and because we like what we are seeing), we accept the false impression as real. These types of effects are usually produced using specialized tilt/shift lenses, but there are also other, cheaper ways of achieving similar results. You will need a DSLR (that we are not going to modify!) and an old medium format bellows camera from the fifties or sixties that you are happy to take apart. An old camera is fine as long as the shutter works and the bellows are light tight. We need to use a larger format lens in order to illuminate the entire sensor while tilting the lens.

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