June 1944 (1)

Pacific Paratrooper

 Scene of devastation at Naga village near Kohima taken after fierce resistance from the Japanese, by the 7th Indian Division. IND 3709 Part of WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit Scene of devastation at Naga village near Kohima taken after fierce resistance from the Japanese, by the 7th Indian Division.
IND 3709
Part of
WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION
No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit

1-3 June – on the first of the month, the 7th Indian division overran the Japanese positions in Naga Village, Burma.  The USS Herring, a Gato-class submarine was shelled and sunk off Matsuma, Kuril Islands, by Japanese shore-based artillery with the loss of all 60-man crew.  The 5th Brigade accomplished outflanking the enemy around Aradura.

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5 June – the first mission by B-29 Superfortress bombers occur as 77 of them hit the Japanese railway facilities in [what today is known as] Bangkok, Thailand.

6-8 June – 2 US light carriers were damaged after a Japanese air attacks in the waters off Biak Island.  Despite the lack of reinforcements for the enemy…

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Roy Hargrove & Riccardo del Fra // Homage to Chet Baker // Jazz In Marciac 2011

Jazz You Too

Roy Hargrove (trumpet & flugelhorn), Pierrick Pedron (alto saxophone), Bruno Ruder (piano), Riccardo Del Fra (bass) & Billy Hart (drums) plus L’Orchestre du Conservatoire de Toulouse conducted by Jean-Pierre Peyrebelle.

  1. Funk In Deep Freeze (Hank Mobley)
  2. I’m A Fool To Want You (Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf & Joel Herron)
  3. My Funny Valentine (sans Roy) (Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart)
  4. But Not For Me (George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin)
  5. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)

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Storseisundet – The Most Fearsome Bridge Ever

ChinGum

In Norway, July 7, 1989 has been opened Atlantic road, consisting of several bridges, but one bridge is built a bit unusual, it Storseisundet Bridge. Bridge is the longest bridge of 8 “Atlantic Road”, its length is 260 meters. Bridge deviates into the sea at 23 meters. It was planned that he would be built horizontally, but for unknown reasons, has changed the original project. And now it looks like a roller coaster. Those who have not seen the bridge before, may be frightened, approaching close to him. After a certain angle, it seems that the bridge is not completed and looks like a ski jump, but do not be afraid, because the bridge is completely finished, but the architect who built this bridge explicitly humorous or loves to ride a roller coaster.

Storseisundet - The Most Fearsome Bridge Ever

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Angels With Dirty Faces

Miss Back In The Day USA

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Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Samuel Bischoff
Written by John Wexley
Warren Duff
Based on Angels With Dirty Faces by Rowland Brown
Starring James Cagney
Pat O’Brien
The Dead End Kids
Humphrey Bogart
Ann Sheridan
George Bancroft
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Sol Polito
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
November 26, 1938
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office $1.7 million[1]
Angels with Dirty Faces is a 1938 American crime film directed by Michael Curtiz for Warner Brothers. It stars James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, The Dead End Kids, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, and George Bancroft. The screenplay was written by John Wexley and Warren Duff, and is based on the story by Rowland Brown. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the notorious gangster William “Rocky” Sullivan. After spending three years in prison for armed robbery, Rocky intends to…

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My Diary: Feeling Opaque In A Transparent World

Gerald's Rather Strange Diary

June and I met downstairs as myriads of individual points of light.‭ ‬I was imagining my existence as a distant relative of the Komodo dragon searching for ancient relics on a heavily forested tropical island‭ ‬-‭ ‬I found a collection of small stone heads,‭ ‬some bereft of mouths and noses and some without eyes.‭ ‬When the lights coalesced June went out and I tied myself up in twin core electric flex before standing in front of a row of Fifties era table lamps‭ ‬-‭ ‬I personally preferred the one with a metallic finish which reminded me of a nose cone of an early jet fighter protruding though a baronial wall.‭ ‬I later followed a sonic boom to town,‭ ‬stopping only briefly to tie up someone else’s shoe laces instead of my own and drawing a silhouette of the Hindu Kush mountain range on the side of a municipal litter bin.

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Second Avenue Subway opening: MTA on the clock with hurdles ahead

The MTA is sticking to its Dec. 31 launch date for Second Avenue subway service on the Upper East Side, despite looming construction delays.

Facing lingering work involving elevator installation and fire alarm testing, experts say construction will have to move at a break-neck pace to bring a stretch of subway to Second Avenue before the year ends.
“We’re still confident that we’re on track for a Dec. 31 launch and we’ll be keeping the pressure up to do so,” said MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast at last week’s board meeting.The MTA is sticking to its Dec. 31 launch date for Second Avenue subway service on the Upper East Side, despite looming construction delays.

Facing lingering work involving elevator installation and fire alarm testing, experts say construction will have to move at a break-neck pace to bring a stretch of subway to Second Avenue before the year ends.
“We’re still confident that we’re on track for a Dec. 31 launch and we’ll be keeping the pressure up to do so,” said MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast at last week’s board meeting.

First proposed in 1919 by consulting engineer Daniel Turner of the Public Service Commission as part of a major subway expansion, the MTA hopes the line will provide service to growing East Side communities and offer much-needed relief to the crammed Lexington Avenue 4, 5 and 6 lines — the busiest in the United States.

Carrying about 1.3 million riders daily, the Lexington Avenue line itself is busier than the entire subway systems of Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.

Each new station is at various stages of near-completion, but the 72nd Street station has remained the biggest thorn in the MTA’s side. Construction crews still need to install two elevators at the station’s entrances. Prendergast said the MTA hasn’t discussed opening the line and skipping the 72nd Street station if it remains incomplete by the end of the year.

Old San Luis BBQ Co.

tasteofslo

My brother in law, Ricky, is a golfer (a really gifted golfer), competing in tournaments regularly.  Food is second to golf at these events, and recently after playing in the French Hospital  Tournament at the SLOCC, Ricky was raving about these tri-tip sliders he had tried on the course. Fast forward to my eat everywhere experiment, and Ricky, my sister Sabrina, and I were all loaded up in the car, and driving to Old San Luis BBQ Co.

Old San Luis BBQ Co. is on the south end of Higuera Street, with indoor dining, and outdoor dining next to the creek. The indoor seating is charming, with cozy nooks decorated with armchairs, or a community style picnic table, complete with rolls of paper towels to mop the the delicious BBQ off your face and hands. There are huge windows with sunlight streaming in, and the ambiance was truly inviting.

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