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The Tower House(nominated by Dr. Blofeld, KJP1, and Gareth E Kegg)The Tower House in Holland Park, London, was the home of the architect and designer William Burges. He is regarded as one of the greatest of the Victorian "art-architects", with a short but illustrious career beginning in 1863. By 1875, Burges was no longer receiving major commissions, and the Tower House was his last significant work. It was described by the architectural historian J. Mordaunt Crook as "the most complete example of a medieval secular interior produced by the Gothic Revival, and the last". The house is built of red brick, with Bath stone dressings and green roof slates from Cumberland, and is named after its distinctive cylindrical tower with a conical roof. The ground floor contains a drawing room, a dining room, and a library, while the first floor has two bedrooms and an armoury. It has not always been as protected as it ought; from 1962 to 1966 it stood empty and suffered vandalism and neglect. A survey of the house undertaken in January 1965 revealed that the exterior stonework was badly decayed, dry rot had eaten through the roof and the structural floor timbers, and the attics were infested with pigeons. Vandals had stripped the lead from the water tanks and had damaged the mirrors, fireplaces, and carving work. The most notable loss was the theft of the carved figure of Fame from the dining room chimneypiece. The house was later owned by the actor Richard Harris, followed by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, both of whom had restoration work carried out.
Blackrock (film)(nominated by Freikorp)Blackrock is a 1997 Australian film about the rape and murder of a young girl after a party in Blackrock, a fictional "Australian beachside working-class suburb". The film follows Jared, a young surfer who witnesses his friends raping a girl. When she is found murdered the next day, Jared is torn between revealing what he saw and protecting his friends. The movie was based on the murder of Leigh Leigh, a 14-year-old girl from the east coast of Australia who was murdered in 1989. Twenty detectives, led by Detective Sergeant Lance Chaffey, were originally assigned to the case. An 18-year-old pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A truly sad case. (In happier news, or perhaps additional sad news, Blackrock features the first credited film performance of the late Heath Ledger.)
Love It to Death(nominated by Curly Turkey)Love It to Death, released in 1971, is the third album by the American rock band Alice Cooper (not to be confused with the lead singer of the band, whose name was also Alice Cooper). The original album cover featured the band's lead singer posed with his thumb protruding so it appeared to be his penis; Warner Bros. soon replaced it with a censored version. The band had taken the name Alice Cooper in 1968 and became known for its outrageous theatrical live shows. The loose, psychedelic freak rock of its first two albums failed to find an audience. The Love It to Death tour featured an elaborate shock rock live show: during "Ballad of Dwight Fry"—about an inmate in an insane asylum—Cooper would be dragged offstage and return in a straitjacket, and the show climaxed with Cooper's mock execution in a prop electric chair during "Black Juju".
Roses, my Emperor? Wow! you have brought us exceedingly many!
Bugger it! Crushed beneath! Help! I will die! (Now I'm dead.)
Wait, when I quote all the crimes of Heliogabalus, do they need to be real crimes, or will probably fake crimes do? ...And what if he littered one day? Does that count? WHY DID YOU NOT SPECIFY, STANLEY?! WHY?!
Dusty the dusky lory wanted a cracker, so she reached out using the web...
... to contract these nice Lijiang Yunnan China-Naxi-people, over Alibaba, to mass produce crackers, fill baskets with them, and deliver them directly to her, in the Gembira Loka Zoo, in Yogyakarta, via container ships. These baskets are not really filled with Dusty's Crackers (yet); in fact, these are performers in an open air stage in Lijiang, Yunnan, China. This photo was taken before the "Dusty's Crackers" phenomenon swept the globe and made Dusty rich through a wildly successful IPO.
Dusty now has a nice winter home in Schwäbisch Hall and runs a global cracker empire from here over the web with her business partner, Crisco 1492. You can find "Dusty's Crackers" the world over. Eat Dusty's!
The Resurrection(created by Cecco del Caravaggio, nominated by Crisco 1492)The Resurrection is one of Caravaggio's most notable works. The angel is surely into heavy weightlifting, throwing around soldiers and stones like that.... The painting is part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dating from 1619, it was originally intended for the private devotions of the Tuscan ambassador to Rome at his private chapel in Florence. It depicts the Resurrection of Christ, the moment described in the Gospel of Matthew28:2: There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow ...
Augusta Savage(unknown creator, owned by Harmon Foundation / NARA, nominated by Yann) Born 1892 in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Augusta Savage was an African-Americansculptor. She began making clay figures as a child, mostly small animals, but her father would beat her whenever he found her figures. He believed sculpture to be a sinful practice, because of the prohibition of "graven images" in the Bible. After the family moved to West Palm Beach, she sculpted a figure of the Virgin Mary. Upon seeing it, her father changed his mind, and her talent became recognised and encouraged. She moved to Paris in 1929 to study, and returned to the US in 1931. Her sculpture is described as "realistic, expressive, and sensitive"- Savage modelled in clay and plaster, but could rarely afford to have her work cast in bronze. She had considerable success as a teacher, opening "her studio to anyone who wanted to paint, draw, or sculpt." Savage opened two galleries, whose shows were well attended and well reviewed, but few sales resulted, and the galleries closed. Deeply depressed by the financial struggle, she gave up sculpting in 1945. In the 1940s Savage moved to a farm in Saugerties (near Woodstock, New York), where she stayed until 1960.
HMS Vanguard(created by CPOA(Phot) Tam McDonald, nominated by TomStar81) Getting tired of motorboating? We have just the aquatic vehicle for you, assuming you're the Queen of England or one of Her Brittanic Majesty's close friends. The Royal Navyballistic missile submarineHMS Vanguard is seen here as she returns from a patrol to Faslane in November 2010. Introduced in 1994, the Vanguard-class submarines are armed with up to 16 UGM-133 Trident IImissiles. Considered a war machine that you simply don't want to mess with, unless you're Scottish and just want the English to move them to Portsmouth or Croydon or anywhere well south of the border.
[T]he time has come, and is indeed long past, for the likeness of a prominent American woman to be placed on a denomination of U.S. currency. We believe strongly that the likeness should be that of an actual woman and not that of an imaginary or symbolic figure. Susan B. Anthony contributed immeasurably to the advancement of human dignity in this nation. It is entirely fitting and appropriate that her memory be honored through this measure.