Tramore, Donegal, Eire ~ 31st of May 2021


Nelson Mandela Day

I am the captain of my soul

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart

It always seems impossible until it’s done

Where you stand depends on where you sit

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

The Count de Cabreras: A Valencian Vampire Hunter in Hungary

“Scary monsters are like Hula Hoops. They come in and out of fashion” – John Malkovich If I was looking to do battle with sinister revenants sucking out the souls of the living (and just for the record, I’m not), apart from joining one of our many modern political think tanks, the southern borderlands of […]

The Count de Cabreras: A Valencian Vampire Hunter in Hungary

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1831 – A Proctor and 13 Constables are killed by tithe protesters at Carrickshock, Co Kilkenny.

1831 – A Proctor and 13 Constables are killed by tithe protesters at Carrickshock, Co Kilkenny.

Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

In Ireland, tithes were not introduced until the Synod of Cashel in 1171, and then were confined mainly to areas under Anglo-Norman control. In theory, the revenue from tithe divided into four parts: one for the upkeep of the clergyman, another for Poor Relief, a third for Church Maintenance and Education and the fourth for the Bishop. Practice did not follow theory, and by the 18th century, the tithe had become the exclusive property of the clergy. From Tudor times on, the Church of Ireland became the established church and consequently, the Tithe revenue went to the upkeep of the clergy of that church.

The roots of the Battle of Carrickshock can be traced to the implementation of the iniquitous tithe tax that came into being in the difficult harvest which followed in the immediate aftermath of the Napoleonic wars.

The opposition was a compound of religious and economic objections…

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Opportunity Looks Back on Its Downhill Departure from Cape Tribulation

Lights in the Dark

An approximate true-color view from Opportunity acquired on April 21, 2017. (Click for full size.)

It’s all downhill from here! (Well not really, but it was for a little while when Opportunity was at the top of that hill!) The image above is a mosaic I assembled from six color-composites, each made from three separate images acquired in near-infrared, green, and near-ultraviolet color wavelengths on April 21, 2017 (mission sol 4707). It’s been adjusted to appear in approximate true color to what the scene might look like to a human standing on Mars. The view shows a ridge called “Rocheport” located on the western rim of Endeavour Crater (the interior of which would be toward the right in this image) which was the final segment of Opportunity’s last target region of exploration, Cape Tribulation. Opportunity’s wheel tracks can be seen at the bottom center, heading back up the ridge and zig-zagging toward the top (detail below).

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