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Who is this Victorian man dangling from the ceiling?

Who is this Victorian man dangling from the ceiling?

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The smiling figure of a Victorian man dangles from two thin wires above the heads of visitors to the Otford Heritage Centre. It looks like he’s sitting in a flying goalpost, but he’s actually harnessed into the wooden frame of an early tri-plane. The man is Percy Sinclair Pilcher and his plane was called the Hawk. Percy Sinclair Pilcher - early English aviator

Percy Sinclair Pilcher – early English aviator

Percy was…

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

—Aristotle. (via quotedojo)

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Niccolò Machiavelli died on this day in history: 21 June, 1527

Niccolò Machiavelli died on this day in history: 21 June, 1527

myeagermind:

Fascinating bit of history

Originally posted on interLitQ:

Niccolò Machiavelli Niccolò Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance, died on this day in history: 21 June, 1527:

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (Italian: [nikkoˈlɔ makjaˈvɛlli]; 3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian…

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Slipping Beneath the Skin: Thoughts on Conjuring Characters

Slipping Beneath the Skin: Thoughts on Conjuring Characters

Originally posted on PORTALS AND PATHWAYS:

Every author has favorite parts of the writing process, or particular strengths or weaknesses. One of my passions in storytelling is characterization. I don’t like reading books about one-dimensional characters who act like their personalities came off of statistic sheets in a Dungeons and Dragons game, and I don’t write people like that, either.

Yes,…

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Olga Kali (Oliviaolala)

Originally posted on Lenora’s Culture Center and Foray into History:

I would like to introduce an up and coming artist. I came by her when I saw a posting of her work on Facebook and decided to share it with others. I think her work has vivid colors and great detail, and her passion shines through her work.

Olga Kali is  French and currently lives in Paris, but she has lived in Deutschland…

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Rodalena

Originally posted on Lenora’s Culture Center and Foray into History:

I recently met this woman and thought , this is a woman that is talented in many things, poetry , being one of them. I would like to share a little of her to you.

Rodalena, is wife to a preacher, even though no longer in the ministry, and mother to three great kids. I would say she is a very busy woman, with many interests and…

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Queen Anne of Great Britain ~ A Guest Post by Samantha Arbisi Hanson

Queen Anne of Great Britain ~ A Guest Post by Samantha Arbisi Hanson

myeagermind:

Love this time in history. Great post.

Originally posted on The Freelance History Writer:

Queen Anne Stuart of Great Britain

Queen Anne Stuart of Great Britain

Samantha is an avid historian and writer and joins us today with a post on Anne Stuart, Queen of Great Britain. You can follow her on her Facebook page Today in Dead Royalty and on Twitter.

Born in 1665, Anne did not look the part of the usual Stuarts. She…

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Ghost Towns: Oradour-sur-Glane, France

Originally posted on The Witching Hour:

Oradour sur Glane Before the War

When our group decided to do a series on ghost towns, I was all for it.  Being American, the ghost towns I am acquainted with are mostly relics of mining boomtowns. They’re all over the country…despite popular expectations, comparatively few of these ghost towns are actually from the gold rush era.  Many of these…

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The Crooked Forest of Gryfino (a brief history of…)

The Crooked Forest of Gryfino (a brief history of…)

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History:

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(The “crooked forest” near Gryfino, Poland. Image: Wikipedia)

The world is an amazing place where sometimes we can find truly beautiful and very strange things. In a small pocket in north west Poland near the town of Gryfino is an example of such a place. The “Crooked Forest” of Gryfino is a small orchard of oddly shaped pine trees…

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