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Friday 5 September 2003

Pix Of The Day: Technology Imperfections Admired
CREDITS: © Gene Gable/CreativePro.com
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In the feature for Sunday 31 August 2003, 'Postcard Memories From Childhood' we made reference to postcard printing technologies. Today we received an email list alert for the excellent column 'Heavy Metal Madness' by Gene Gable. Gene's current article in the series is entitled 'In Search Of Imperfection'. Although addressed to media designers, the article is equally suitable for lay readers, and is almost a history of color printing. Here is the CreativePro.com blurb for the feature:

Printed pieces from the past often have an ineffable quality that can't be duplicated by today's digital tools. As Gene Gable explains, the appearance of these vintage pieces has as much to do with how they were printed as how they were designed. In this installment: Gene surveys popular printing methods, or why a 55-year-old issue of 'Popular Mechanics' looks better today than ever.

From Our 2002 Archives: All is Vanity - Thursday 5 September 2002

arreg Cennen Peacock © Alex ThomasAlex Thomas is the webmeister at SwanseaCAM, and took this picture of a Peacock on a recent visit to Carreg Cennen Castle, which is located 4 miles southeast of Llandeilo, near Trapp in the western part of the Brecon Beacons mountains known as the Black Mountain, South Wales, United Kingdom. King Solomon in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1.2, concludes from his search for a life apart from God, that "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity". That seems to fairly sum up the male Peacock's way of living, though as a friend of mine was fond of remarking about Solomon's homily, "Hardly a life changing observation from a man unwise enough to have seven hundred wives, some princesses, and three hundred concubines". Truly wise men realize that a man with more than one wife has more than one mother in law!

Alex does a thorough photo tour, and notes that although the Welsh Princes of Deheubarth built the first castle at Carreg Cennen, what remains today dates to King Edward I's period of castle-building following his conquest of Wales. Now there was another man with a sense of his own importance. He died on Burgh Marsh (pronounced 'Bruff' in that delightful volte face way of my countrymen) on the Solway coast of Cumbria, looking out towards Scotland.

After Edward's defeat by Robert Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314, Scots balladeers were triumphant. Much later Robert Burns wrote a version 'Scots wha hae' and a modern song 'Flower of Scotland' has the lines "...stood against him, proud Edward's army, and sent him homeward, tae think again". Think indeed Edward did. When he had finished thinking he returned, and as Scottish comedian Billy Connolly's jokes "…he came back and gave us a really good f∗∗∗ing!" Edward became known thereafter as 'Scottorum Malleus' -- 'Hammer of the Scots'.

Edward gave the Welsh considerable attention. Cunning rather than force of arms seems to have characterized his policies there. He promised the Welsh a prince who 'spoke not a word of English'… then invested his tiny baby son as Prince of Wales. The appointment was revived in more recent times for pomp and ceremony. If you follow Alex' photo tour you will get a good sense of how fourteenth century castle building was used to threaten and subdue conquered territory.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)