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Lines MUST close at 2.30pm



Sibling of Daedalus writes:

“It’s the scale model used by the Irish-American architect Augustus Saint-Gaudens (above) when designing the Parnell Monument, erected on this day in 1911. Sadly, the model itself was subsequently destroyed, and only this photo (top) remains.
Saint-Gaudens, born in Dublin in 1848, was the most famous American sculptor of his generation. He designed the statue of Parnell which stands at the base of the moment. The obelisk and base were the work of Henry Bacon (who also designed the Lincoln memorial) and GP Sheridan.

“With An Fianna Eireann training in the Rotunda Gardens, Maud Gonne’s radical women’s organisation, ‘Daughters of Ireland’ up the way in North Great George’s Street, the monument was right at the heart of radical Dublin of 1911. No wonder that, according to RF Foster in his new book [Vivid Faces] , the network of small shops and restaurants around O’Connell Street and Parnell Square soon became thronged with young coffee sipping would-be revolutionaries…And on that subject congrats to Andy, Slightly Bemused and Ciaran Adamson for guessing correctly [see comments].”


And that view today?


Saint-Gaudens Pic: Ansmagazine

Google Street View

Thanks Louis Le Fronde

this-mysterious-creature-washed-up-on-a-beach-in-west-wales-image-1-571456729Lines close at 1pm.

A Montauk Monster (redux) washed up on the Pembrokeshire coast.

Just ‘over the ‘way’

“Immediately I thought it was a horse but it had claws like a bear and a body of a pig. Surprisingly it didn’t smell.”

Claws like a bear.

Body of a pig.

It must be ours.

What is the mystery beast washed up on a Tenby Beach (Wales Online)