Shakespeare 400

Today is the 400th death anniversary of one of the UK’s most formidable and influential playwrights, William Shakespeare, who died at the age of 52 on the 23rd April 1616. One of my more enduring memories of studying Shakespeare’s plays was playing a guard in a school drama production of Macbeth.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question” (Hamlet)

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Vijay’s classic GIFs 2007-2011 – 31

Introducing Führerz headphones – the Final Solution to your audio problems.

GIF: th_hitlers[1].dance02                                                                                        DATE: 07/10/2007

Credits: totalleh.com via Ratedesi Forums

Fore-edge painting

A fore-edge painting is a scene painted on the edges of the pages of a book. There are two basic forms, including paintings on edges that have been fanned and edges that are closed; thus with the first instance a book edge must be fanned to see the painting and in the second the painting is on the closed edge itself and thus should not be fanned. A fanned painting is one that is not visible when the book is closed.

The earliest fore-edge paintings date possibly as far back as the 10th century; these earliest paintings were symbolic designs. Early English fore-edge paintings, believed to date to the 14th century, presented heraldic designs in gold and other colours.

 

Credits: 4GIFs.com (Animated GIFs) via TumblrAl Heden Chrism, Awesome GIF’s and Facebook, Wikipedia

The world’s first GIF

According to popular image-hosting site Imgur, this simple pixellated GIF of a commercial airliner is the world’s first, made by an unknown designer at Compuserve in 1987. Compuserve and rival Unisys originated the GIF format in the Eighties.

Credits: Compuserve via  and Imgur

The Greek goddess of e-mail

 

If the ancient Greeks (Hellenes) were alive today, and witnessed our technological advances, would they soon have a legend of the goddess of e-mail.

What would be her name?

@phrodite….@rtemis….@thena..or maybe Ilektroniki Diefthynsi (Greek for ’email’)

This GIF was originally featured on the post “Sevilla” by Spanish blogger Superduque

Credits: Superduque, Greek-Gods.info, word hippo

VJ Day 2015

 

In honour of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on today, the 70th anniversary of VJ (Victory in Japan) Day, not only those who fought in the battles of the Far East, but those who were killed in the nuclear attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945.

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