Tuesday, 19 July 2016

We Had A Fairly Quiet Day,

with one or two high-spots,

 firstly water started coming down the outside of the building from upstairs, the outlet hose of the washing machine had perished, the problem being it disappears into the back of the machine so all of the back has to be removed to replace it, we tried duct tape, with no success, so next I will cut out the split section and try to insert a solid plastic pipe into it replacing the leaking section, next another of my crowns dropped out, I am off to see the dentist on Thursday, so a little bit of extra work for him to do, they say things come in threes, as the outside lights went on the one by the front door decided to let us know it was there, by not working, so up on a chair tomorrow to replace it, we spent the day tiding  up a few drawers and my office, and watched a few movies firstly a classic, The Long Ships, a Viking tale of action and adventure where a quest is on for a huge bell cast in pure gold, strangely enough I had only just read of another huge bell, the Great Bell of Dhammazedi which is believed to be the largest bell ever cast, made of bronze, not gold, it was cast on 5 February 1484 by order of King Dhammazedi of Hanthawaddy Pegu, and was given as a present to the Shwedagon Pagoda of Dagon, the bell weighed in at 300 tonnes (661,400 pounds), in 1608 Portuguese adventurer De Brito and his men removed the Dhammazedi bell from the Shwedagon Pagoda and rolled it down Singuttara Hill to a raft on the Pazundaung Creek, from here, the bell was hauled by elephants to the Bago River, the bell and raft were lashed to de Brito's flagship for the journey across the river to Syriam, to be melted down and made into ships' cannons, the load proved to be too heavy however, at the confluence of the Bago and Yangon Rivers, off of what is now known as Monkey Point, the raft broke up and the bell went to the bottom, taking de Brito's ship with it, this is a record of the attempts to salvage it,

 Jupiter Ascending was next, a tale of two somewhat parallel worlds, stunning special effects and a story line with more twists and turns than a twisting twisty thing, very enjoyable,

as indeed was Jurassic World 3D, so far no news of a sequel, but who knows? with that we were off to bed.

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