Cool Toys Pic of the Day – Hack Design

Check out these website design principles images:

Cool Toys Photo of the Day – Hack Design
website design principles
Image by rosefirerising
Hack Design:
www.hackdesign.org

In their words:
“We know tons of hackers. They’re the modern-day Renaissance men and
women who love to learn, explore, build, and take things apart. A
hacker can make software do anything. We know design can seem nuanced,
subjective, and inaccessible sometimes, but we’re working on this
project to help change that.

We’ve asked some of the world’s ideal designers to help us curate the
best and most useful blogs, books, games, videos, and tutorials that
helped them learn critical elements of design. We’re organizing them
all into a digestable and iterative lesson plan so you can apply this
knowledge to your own project”

I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t have time to get all I could
from my formal education. In this case, it means I don’t get a chance
to take all of those User Experience courses that I would love to
integrate into my curriculum, because my schedule is already jam
packed. That’s where Hack Design comes to the rescue. These are bite
size chunks of programming and design wisdom to help those of us that
want to have a deeper understanding of web content and design
principles. While I greatly appreciate the nuts and bolts discussions
of my current web programming class, the teacher freely admits that
she has terrible taste in colors and design and encouraged us to look
for external resources to fill that gap.

This site does a great job of pooling the collective wisdom of a
variety of astonishing web designers from small and massive companies as
well as thought leaders in individual experience. Currently there are six
months of lessons that are broken down into 4 week chunks and each
week is a new lesson (see screenshot). Each lesson gives a profile of
the designer who curated it, a brief synopsis of what to anticipate and
why it is important for design, and link(s) to materials that more
fully develop the theme for that week and contribute to the overall
theme for the month.

You have the option of viewing all of the lessons from the website, or
you can subscribe to the newsletter. Subscribing means a new lesson
is e-mailed to you apiece week for the duration of the program (see
screenshot). This is great if you happen to be a mortal that signs up
for a lot of services and then… maybe… occasionally completely
forgets that you’ve signed up and therefore forgets to check the site.
Yeah, I don’t know anybody like that!

While I’m only on week two, so far the lessons are simple and enjoyable
to follow. I’m hoping that they will continue to iterate and help me
apply design principles to more than just coding. In fact, I wish
there were more professional development opportunities that work this
way. I find that I learn superior when I get small chunks over a period
of time rather than trying to cram it all in at once. You can also go
back and review previous lessons so if you get to the next week and
realize you don’t remember anything from the previous week, you can
always go back and review it again.

This is a guest post by Chris Bulin (@Arduanne), a graduate student
assistant at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

Irrational Studios: looking for a Junior Designer
website design principles
Image by *spo0ky*
Irrational Studios is a specialised individual experience, information design and branding studio.

Our primary client, Travelstart, is expanding to 15 countries in 2007 and we need some extra help handling the design roll-out.

We found this quote from Terry Irwin about hiring designers. It rings very true for Irrational Studios too:

"It was always a useful litmus test for interviewing prospective designers to place a 1040 Income Tax Form on the desk and ask them how they would like to redesign it. If their eyes glazed over or they broke out in a cold sweat, I knew it wasn’t likely to be a good fit."

So to paraphrase: if you’re not passionate about making complex information understandable and meaningful to human beings, please don’t apply!

You’ll be responsible for:
– Design of promotional material for both print and web within brand guidelines (business cards, competition updates, email signatures, wine labels, signage, newsletters, web banners etc)
– Maintenance work on the 15 international Travelstart websites (everything from preparing images to rolling out templates)
– Assisting with regular studio tasks

We know it’s not glamourous, but the position offers the opportunity to learn in an environment where ideal practices in UX and Info Design are being implemented for a successful international online business.

Requirements
– Photoshop
– ImageReady
– Illustrator
– Basic understanding of the principles of HTML + CSS
Advantageous
– Flash MX
– Affinity for grid systems
– Undying love for Edward Tufte 🙂

Personal Skills/Attributes
– Willingness to learn
– Capability to think systematically
– Disciplined
– Obsession with detail & clarity of communication

Details
Remuneration: Negotiable
Province: Western Cape
Education level: Diploma
City: Cape Town
Type: Permanent
Job level: Junior
Benefits: Negotiable

Contact
Anne-Sophie Leens
Irrational Studios
+27 21 462 6062
anne-sophie@irrational-studios.com

Cool Website Design Layout images

Some cool website design layout images:

Really nicely designed site with easy layout
website design layout
Image by dklimke
en.helldesign.pl/

Classic layout_01
website design layout
Image by Duknguyen
A part of Vietgreen Project

Cool Toys Pic of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)

A few nice choosing keywords images I found:

Cool Toys Photo of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)
choosing keywords
Image by rosefirerising
Stamen:
stamen.com/

Every now and again I stumble over Stamen, and my shiny-shiny gene
goes into gear. Stamen is a design and technology firm in San
Francisco that over the past few years has worked on a number of
inspiring projects blending disparate fields and blurring their
boundaries. As they place it, "Experimental and client work have a way
of feeding into one another: the crossover process enriches both.
Stamen doesn’t believe in a clear separation between ideas and
technology, or between client work and research work."

One foundational element that seems common to much of their work is
data visualization. A lot of their dataviz work connects to maps (the
original dataviz!). A couple of their current map projects include
PolyMaps and PrettyMaps. Older projects/clients with mapping
components include Walking Papers (navigation), Crimespotting, Hope
for Haiti, Cloudmade Maps, Hurricane Maps, Cabspotting, TravelTime,
and more. You can see the range immediately, just from titles!

PolyMaps:
polymaps.org/

"Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive
maps in modern web browsers." PolyMaps is acquirable for download in
both Zip and GIT file formats. It can incorporate data from
OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and can be formatted with CSS.

PrettyMaps:
prettymaps.stamen.com/

"It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available,
community-generated data sources:
– All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white
ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.
– Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and
combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.
– Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. …
prettymaps operates very much at the edge of what the current crop of
web browsers are comfortable doing."

Social media is another theme they’ve worked with. Eddy is a new
Twitter visualization product from them, with early models or
prototypes ranging from the NBA Playoffs on Twitter through various
Flickr and Digg mashups and designs.

Eddy:
eddy.stamen.com/

Eddy is a expensive big-ticket product Stamen has created to "build
custom Twitter experiences swiftly with easy powerful tools." It can
be used for metrics and tracking or for creating realtime interactive
audience experiences for live events. One of the barriers to
integrating Twitter on screen in live events is the possibility of
your hashtag stream being hijacked by spammers. Eddy gives you ways to
filter, control, manage, and block certain keywords in real time. It
doesn’t just scroll the stream, but also provides a variety of
visualizations for your onscreen stream in what I am guessing is in a
Digg-like fashion, and thus much more engaging than most of the
Twitter visualization tools acquirable for free.

Stamen has worked in so many areas and applied such a powerful
combination of creativity and content, that I could go on for a very
long time about how and why they inspire me.

You can find more about their work in their Everything section and
their Projects page.

Stamen: Everything:
stamen.com/everything

Stamen: Projects:
stamen.com/projects

I am going to select just one (and oh, my, that was a hard choice!) to
discuss a tiny more.

Stamen: Books:
stamen.com/projects/books
AND
book.stamen.com/

Stamen has been pondering the boundaries and design of conventional
books, individualized notebooks, and e-books with an eye toward trying to
create a vision for the future that incorporates the saint of all of
these. What they state is:

"There’s a fluidity to digital media that’s intensely satisfying: a
sense of nearly infinite malleability, multiple versions, code
proliferating crossways multiple variations, pieces that are different
every time you look at them… but sometimes it can get a bit
overwhelming. While we strive for a kind of engagement with
physicality in the rest of our work, there are limits to digital
media’s capability to leave anything lasting behind. It’s for limits like
this that notebooks are useful—they get filled with the physical
traces of the world instead of manipulation of the world behind the
screen. This work is not so much an antidote for a missing physicality
as it is a complement to the screen, and often a source for more
digital investigations."

What they do is to wage images that show what they envision might be
possible. Or perhaps the images are actually generated from some
mysterious system they have yet to share with the rest of us. I don’t
know. I do know that on our campus there is an initiative to imagine
alternative online textbook formats, and that this collection inspires
me to think very differently about those possibilities.

Print books preserve content in a fixed form. Digital media provide
content in a fluid form. Personal notebooks and printed books provide
space for marginalia, ponderings, explorations, doodling, expansions,
personalization, customization, criticism, carving, snipping,
repurposing, reaction, blending, transforming, connecting and much
much more.

I often sit in meetings next to a woman who seems to need to doodle to
focus and process. Her doodles are delightful visual tiny graphics,
very artistic and visual. Meanwhile, I am usually taking notes in a
code editor on my computer. Have you ever tried to doodle in an ASCII
editor while taking notes? It’s possible, but it sure isn’t very easy
and you can’t really pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not
to mention that there is not much of anything like handwriting in the
digital space. As I look at their images of mixed book experiments
and environments, I find myself really longing for a space that allows
me the visual flexibility and personalization of taking notes by hand
on paper with the capability to share, preserve, disseminate, blend,
repurpose from digital environments. Just something to think about.
There is a lot more potential hidden in plain view in their images.
Go, look, ponder, and share YOUR thoughts about what the saint book
could be like. Next up, adding in 3D visualizations and augmented
reality …

Cool Toys Photo of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)
choosing keywords
Image by rosefirerising
Stamen:
stamen.com/

Every now and again I stumble over Stamen, and my shiny-shiny gene
goes into gear. Stamen is a design and technology firm in San
Francisco that over the past few years has worked on a number of
inspiring projects blending disparate fields and blurring their
boundaries. As they place it, "Experimental and client work have a way
of feeding into one another: the crossover process enriches both.
Stamen doesn’t believe in a clear separation between ideas and
technology, or between client work and research work."

One foundational element that seems common to much of their work is
data visualization. A lot of their dataviz work connects to maps (the
original dataviz!). A couple of their current map projects include
PolyMaps and PrettyMaps. Older projects/clients with mapping
components include Walking Papers (navigation), Crimespotting, Hope
for Haiti, Cloudmade Maps, Hurricane Maps, Cabspotting, TravelTime,
and more. You can see the range immediately, just from titles!

PolyMaps:
polymaps.org/

"Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive
maps in modern web browsers." PolyMaps is acquirable for download in
both Zip and GIT file formats. It can incorporate data from
OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and can be formatted with CSS.

PrettyMaps:
prettymaps.stamen.com/

"It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available,
community-generated data sources:
– All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white
ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.
– Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and
combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.
– Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. …
prettymaps operates very much at the edge of what the current crop of
web browsers are comfortable doing."

Social media is another theme they’ve worked with. Eddy is a new
Twitter visualization product from them, with early models or
prototypes ranging from the NBA Playoffs on Twitter through various
Flickr and Digg mashups and designs.

Eddy:
eddy.stamen.com/

Eddy is a expensive big-ticket product Stamen has created to "build
custom Twitter experiences swiftly with easy powerful tools." It can
be used for metrics and tracking or for creating realtime interactive
audience experiences for live events. One of the barriers to
integrating Twitter on screen in live events is the possibility of
your hashtag stream being hijacked by spammers. Eddy gives you ways to
filter, control, manage, and block certain keywords in real time. It
doesn’t just scroll the stream, but also provides a variety of
visualizations for your onscreen stream in what I am guessing is in a
Digg-like fashion, and thus much more engaging than most of the
Twitter visualization tools acquirable for free.

Stamen has worked in so many areas and applied such a powerful
combination of creativity and content, that I could go on for a very
long time about how and why they inspire me.

You can find more about their work in their Everything section and
their Projects page.

Stamen: Everything:
stamen.com/everything

Stamen: Projects:
stamen.com/projects

I am going to select just one (and oh, my, that was a hard choice!) to
discuss a tiny more.

Stamen: Books:
stamen.com/projects/books
AND
book.stamen.com/

Stamen has been pondering the boundaries and design of conventional
books, individualized notebooks, and e-books with an eye toward trying to
create a vision for the future that incorporates the saint of all of
these. What they state is:

"There’s a fluidity to digital media that’s intensely satisfying: a
sense of nearly infinite malleability, multiple versions, code
proliferating crossways multiple variations, pieces that are different
every time you look at them… but sometimes it can get a bit
overwhelming. While we strive for a kind of engagement with
physicality in the rest of our work, there are limits to digital
media’s capability to leave anything lasting behind. It’s for limits like
this that notebooks are useful—they get filled with the physical
traces of the world instead of manipulation of the world behind the
screen. This work is not so much an antidote for a missing physicality
as it is a complement to the screen, and often a source for more
digital investigations."

What they do is to wage images that show what they envision might be
possible. Or perhaps the images are actually generated from some
mysterious system they have yet to share with the rest of us. I don’t
know. I do know that on our campus there is an initiative to imagine
alternative online textbook formats, and that this collection inspires
me to think very differently about those possibilities.

Print books preserve content in a fixed form. Digital media provide
content in a fluid form. Personal notebooks and printed books provide
space for marginalia, ponderings, explorations, doodling, expansions,
personalization, customization, criticism, carving, snipping,
repurposing, reaction, blending, transforming, connecting and much
much more.

I often sit in meetings next to a woman who seems to need to doodle to
focus and process. Her doodles are delightful visual tiny graphics,
very artistic and visual. Meanwhile, I am usually taking notes in a
code editor on my computer. Have you ever tried to doodle in an ASCII
editor while taking notes? It’s possible, but it sure isn’t very easy
and you can’t really pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not
to mention that there is not much of anything like handwriting in the
digital space. As I look at their images of mixed book experiments
and environments, I find myself really longing for a space that allows
me the visual flexibility and personalization of taking notes by hand
on paper with the capability to share, preserve, disseminate, blend,
repurpose from digital environments. Just something to think about.
There is a lot more potential hidden in plain view in their images.
Go, look, ponder, and share YOUR thoughts about what the saint book
could be like. Next up, adding in 3D visualizations and augmented
reality …

Cool Toys Photo of the day – Maps & Media, Sports & Storms, Crime & Even Books (Stamen)
choosing keywords
Image by rosefirerising
Stamen:
stamen.com/

Every now and again I stumble over Stamen, and my shiny-shiny gene
goes into gear. Stamen is a design and technology firm in San
Francisco that over the past few years has worked on a number of
inspiring projects blending disparate fields and blurring their
boundaries. As they place it, "Experimental and client work have a way
of feeding into one another: the crossover process enriches both.
Stamen doesn’t believe in a clear separation between ideas and
technology, or between client work and research work."

One foundational element that seems common to much of their work is
data visualization. A lot of their dataviz work connects to maps (the
original dataviz!). A couple of their current map projects include
PolyMaps and PrettyMaps. Older projects/clients with mapping
components include Walking Papers (navigation), Crimespotting, Hope
for Haiti, Cloudmade Maps, Hurricane Maps, Cabspotting, TravelTime,
and more. You can see the range immediately, just from titles!

PolyMaps:
polymaps.org/

"Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive
maps in modern web browsers." PolyMaps is acquirable for download in
both Zip and GIT file formats. It can incorporate data from
OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and can be formatted with CSS.

PrettyMaps:
prettymaps.stamen.com/

"It is an interactive map composed of multiple freely available,
community-generated data sources:
– All the Flickr shapefiles rendered as a semi-transparent white
ground on top of which all the other layers are displayed.
– Urban areas from Natural Earth both as a standalone layer and
combined with Flickr shapefiles for cities and neighbourhoods.
– Road, highway and path data collected by the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. …
prettymaps operates very much at the edge of what the current crop of
web browsers are comfortable doing."

Social media is another theme they’ve worked with. Eddy is a new
Twitter visualization product from them, with early models or
prototypes ranging from the NBA Playoffs on Twitter through various
Flickr and Digg mashups and designs.

Eddy:
eddy.stamen.com/

Eddy is a expensive big-ticket product Stamen has created to "build
custom Twitter experiences swiftly with easy powerful tools." It can
be used for metrics and tracking or for creating realtime interactive
audience experiences for live events. One of the barriers to
integrating Twitter on screen in live events is the possibility of
your hashtag stream being hijacked by spammers. Eddy gives you ways to
filter, control, manage, and block certain keywords in real time. It
doesn’t just scroll the stream, but also provides a variety of
visualizations for your onscreen stream in what I am guessing is in a
Digg-like fashion, and thus much more engaging than most of the
Twitter visualization tools acquirable for free.

Stamen has worked in so many areas and applied such a powerful
combination of creativity and content, that I could go on for a very
long time about how and why they inspire me.

You can find more about their work in their Everything section and
their Projects page.

Stamen: Everything:
stamen.com/everything

Stamen: Projects:
stamen.com/projects

I am going to select just one (and oh, my, that was a hard choice!) to
discuss a tiny more.

Stamen: Books:
stamen.com/projects/books
AND
book.stamen.com/

Stamen has been pondering the boundaries and design of conventional
books, individualized notebooks, and e-books with an eye toward trying to
create a vision for the future that incorporates the saint of all of
these. What they state is:

"There’s a fluidity to digital media that’s intensely satisfying: a
sense of nearly infinite malleability, multiple versions, code
proliferating crossways multiple variations, pieces that are different
every time you look at them… but sometimes it can get a bit
overwhelming. While we strive for a kind of engagement with
physicality in the rest of our work, there are limits to digital
media’s capability to leave anything lasting behind. It’s for limits like
this that notebooks are useful—they get filled with the physical
traces of the world instead of manipulation of the world behind the
screen. This work is not so much an antidote for a missing physicality
as it is a complement to the screen, and often a source for more
digital investigations."

What they do is to wage images that show what they envision might be
possible. Or perhaps the images are actually generated from some
mysterious system they have yet to share with the rest of us. I don’t
know. I do know that on our campus there is an initiative to imagine
alternative online textbook formats, and that this collection inspires
me to think very differently about those possibilities.

Print books preserve content in a fixed form. Digital media provide
content in a fluid form. Personal notebooks and printed books provide
space for marginalia, ponderings, explorations, doodling, expansions,
personalization, customization, criticism, carving, snipping,
repurposing, reaction, blending, transforming, connecting and much
much more.

I often sit in meetings next to a woman who seems to need to doodle to
focus and process. Her doodles are delightful visual tiny graphics,
very artistic and visual. Meanwhile, I am usually taking notes in a
code editor on my computer. Have you ever tried to doodle in an ASCII
editor while taking notes? It’s possible, but it sure isn’t very easy
and you can’t really pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not
to mention that there is not much of anything like handwriting in the
digital space. As I look at their images of mixed book experiments
and environments, I find myself really longing for a space that allows
me the visual flexibility and personalization of taking notes by hand
on paper with the capability to share, preserve, disseminate, blend,
repurpose from digital environments. Just something to think about.
There is a lot more potential hidden in plain view in their images.
Go, look, ponder, and share YOUR thoughts about what the saint book
could be like. Next up, adding in 3D visualizations and augmented
reality …

Cool Website Spamming images

Some cool website spamming images:


website spamming
Image by Kathryn Denman
From Lauren’s Senior Pictures. More on Facebook. I hope I’m not spamming you guys.
facebook || formpsring || website

Appreciation
website spamming
Image by renovatio06
I am happy to notice that the store owner of a local specialty goods store actually used nearly all the shots I did for him as a bona fide service to introduce myself as a photographer. However, he apparently wanted to show his gratitude in that he gave me this model of a classic Mini Cooper as a gift to have.
Awww, there are many things superior than money, appreciation certainly being one of them!

P.S.: And while we’re at it: National Geographic Magazine have actually requested one of my images for potential publication in an article they plan on doing for their website and next issue. I had to crosscheck first, since there is just an insane amount of hoaxes and spamming, but the sender of the request evidenced to be trusty and – heck – yeah, if they want it, they shall have it!

Cool Search Engines images

Some cool search engines images:

Search Engine Watch Launch, June 9, 1997
search engines
Image by dannysullivan
See Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Ideal Wishes! Feel free to use this image. Just link to the pic page or the story.

Search Engine Land Direct Navigation Stats: December 2006
search engines
Image by dannysullivan
See Search Engine Land: December 2006 Statistics Review. Feel free to use this image. Just link to the pic page or the story.

Cool Website Graphic Formats images

Some cool website graphic formats images:

hi…..
website graphic formats
Image by bunchadogs & susan
large format

the website

live with what you love
website graphic formats
Image by bunchadogs & susan
time is too short not to.

large format 4×5
2nd one in comments

** my website

**I love comments and I’ll take faves, too, but I don’t like huge group icons, so please, don’t place them here. I’ll delete them, and you. sorry.

hi, trying to enter their world…
website graphic formats
Image by bunchadogs & susan
large format

the website

Cool Creating A Favorites Website Icon images

A few nice creating a favorites website picture images I found:

Captain saint Cook
creating a favorites website icon
Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer
Madame Tussauds Sydney, Australia: Captain Cook sails into Darling Harbour to track the Transit of Venus

Captain Cook sails into Darling Harbour to track the Transit of Venus…

Madame Tussauds Sydney enjoyed having Captain Cook get waxed at Sydney’s Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour primeval this morning.

Captain Cook is one of many Australian icons to be announced as attractions to appear in the museum, which will eventually feature more than 70 wax figures.

He joins a massive contingent of Australian sportspeople, politicians and stars in the million tourist attraction.

Merlin Entertainment Australia director Edward Fuller isn’t revealing which other Australian stars have been selected for the local exhibition, but he has stated extensive research has been done to ensure the right mix of the famous and infamous.

"The key thing is that there will be a really strong line-up of local stars," Mr Fuller said.

A team of artists is working furiously to have the sculptures ready in time for the opening. Each wax model requires about 20 artists, from sculptors to painters, and can take up to six months to complete.

"The hair is all individually inserted into the head," Mr Fuller said, adding that capturing the "character and atmosphere" of the subject was the artists’ goal.

To assist in this, many of the celebrities immortalised by Madam Tussauds’ artists donate their own clothes to help create a sense of authenticity.

"That’s the freezing on the cake," Mr Fuller said.

"Not only can you get up close and individualized to your favourite star but they’re actually wearing the clothes they might have turned up to the Oscars in."

Promo…

The Transit of Venus – when the planet Venus transits crossways the grappling of the sun – is a very rare occurrence that Captain saint Cook tracked from island in 1769, leading him to eventually map the whole East coast of Australia.

Since the phenomena was first recognized, there have only been six transits of Venus with the most current one occurring in 2004 and the one following June 6th 2012 to occur on 11th December 2117.

WHAT: Relive the adventure with Captain saint Cook who is returning to Sydney Harbour in a Red
Rocket for another viewing of the Transit of Venus, and the last for 105 years.

Madame Tussauds Sydney promo…

Step into the world of celebrity with over 70 of the world’s ideal known personalities, our very own Aussie stars and a range of fun interactive experiences at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can get on stage with pop stars, rub shoulders with the most powerful politicians, and even test your sporting skills against the greats. With a whole host of stars, legends and interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds Sydney really does add up to a red hot outing where the whole family can meet, greet, chat up, debate, hug and sing with their favourite celebrity.

Websites

Madame Tussauds
www.madametussauds.com

Captain Cook Cruises
www.captaincook.com.au

Darling Harbour official website
www.darlingharbour.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Marilyn Munro
creating a favorites website icon
Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer
Madame Tussauds Sydney, Australia: Captain Cook sails into Darling Harbour to track the Transit of Venus

Captain Cook sails into Darling Harbour to track the Transit of Venus…

Madame Tussauds Sydney enjoyed having Captain Cook get waxed at Sydney’s Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour primeval this morning.

Captain Cook is one of many Australian icons to be announced as attractions to appear in the museum, which will eventually feature more than 70 wax figures.

He joins a massive contingent of Australian sportspeople, politicians and stars in the million tourist attraction.

Merlin Entertainment Australia director Edward Fuller isn’t revealing which other Australian stars have been selected for the local exhibition, but he has stated extensive research has been done to ensure the right mix of the famous and infamous.

"The key thing is that there will be a really strong line-up of local stars," Mr Fuller said.

A team of artists is working furiously to have the sculptures ready in time for the opening. Each wax model requires about 20 artists, from sculptors to painters, and can take up to six months to complete.

"The hair is all individually inserted into the head," Mr Fuller said, adding that capturing the "character and atmosphere" of the subject was the artists’ goal.

To assist in this, many of the celebrities immortalised by Madam Tussauds’ artists donate their own clothes to help create a sense of authenticity.

"That’s the freezing on the cake," Mr Fuller said.

"Not only can you get up close and individualized to your favourite star but they’re actually wearing the clothes they might have turned up to the Oscars in."

Promo…

The Transit of Venus – when the planet Venus transits crossways the grappling of the sun – is a very rare occurrence that Captain saint Cook tracked from island in 1769, leading him to eventually map the whole East coast of Australia.

Since the phenomena was first recognized, there have only been six transits of Venus with the most current one occurring in 2004 and the one following June 6th 2012 to occur on 11th December 2117.

WHAT: Relive the adventure with Captain saint Cook who is returning to Sydney Harbour in a Red
Rocket for another viewing of the Transit of Venus, and the last for 105 years.

Madame Tussauds Sydney promo…

Step into the world of celebrity with over 70 of the world’s ideal known personalities, our very own Aussie stars and a range of fun interactive experiences at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can get on stage with pop stars, rub shoulders with the most powerful politicians, and even test your sporting skills against the greats. With a whole host of stars, legends and interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds Sydney really does add up to a red hot outing where the whole family can meet, greet, chat up, debate, hug and sing with their favourite celebrity.

Websites

Madame Tussauds
www.madametussauds.com

Captain Cook Cruises
www.captaincook.com.au

Darling Harbour official website
www.darlingharbour.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

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Madame Tussauds Sydney, Australia: Captain Cook sails into Darling Harbour to track the Transit of Venus

Captain Cook sails into Darling Harbour to track the Transit of Venus…

Madame Tussauds Sydney enjoyed having Captain Cook get waxed at Sydney’s Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour primeval this morning.

Captain Cook is one of many Australian icons to be announced as attractions to appear in the museum, which will eventually feature more than 70 wax figures.

He joins a massive contingent of Australian sportspeople, politicians and stars in the million tourist attraction.

Merlin Entertainment Australia director Edward Fuller isn’t revealing which other Australian stars have been selected for the local exhibition, but he has stated extensive research has been done to ensure the right mix of the famous and infamous.

"The key thing is that there will be a really strong line-up of local stars," Mr Fuller said.

A team of artists is working furiously to have the sculptures ready in time for the opening. Each wax model requires about 20 artists, from sculptors to painters, and can take up to six months to complete.

"The hair is all individually inserted into the head," Mr Fuller said, adding that capturing the "character and atmosphere" of the subject was the artists’ goal.

To assist in this, many of the celebrities immortalised by Madam Tussauds’ artists donate their own clothes to help create a sense of authenticity.

"That’s the freezing on the cake," Mr Fuller said.

"Not only can you get up close and individualized to your favourite star but they’re actually wearing the clothes they might have turned up to the Oscars in."

Promo…

The Transit of Venus – when the planet Venus transits crossways the grappling of the sun – is a very rare occurrence that Captain saint Cook tracked from island in 1769, leading him to eventually map the whole East coast of Australia.

Since the phenomena was first recognized, there have only been six transits of Venus with the most current one occurring in 2004 and the one following June 6th 2012 to occur on 11th December 2117.

WHAT: Relive the adventure with Captain saint Cook who is returning to Sydney Harbour in a Red
Rocket for another viewing of the Transit of Venus, and the last for 105 years.

Madame Tussauds Sydney promo…

Step into the world of celebrity with over 70 of the world’s ideal known personalities, our very own Aussie stars and a range of fun interactive experiences at Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can get on stage with pop stars, rub shoulders with the most powerful politicians, and even test your sporting skills against the greats. With a whole host of stars, legends and interactive experiences, Madame Tussauds Sydney really does add up to a red hot outing where the whole family can meet, greet, chat up, debate, hug and sing with their favourite celebrity.

Websites

Madame Tussauds
www.madametussauds.com

Captain Cook Cruises
www.captaincook.com.au

Darling Harbour official website
www.darlingharbour.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

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Check out these website simplicity images:

site 2010 screencap – simplicity!
website simplicity
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Here’s a tiny sneak preview of how my homepage will look like next…

www.aarghh.be

Website bets on simplicity for selling products – IHT
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Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden; Guillaume Luppens 2
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The ‘Park of Honour of Those Who Were Shot’

Memorial and graves of resistance heroes and martyrs – brave Jews, brave Christians, dissidents, anti-fascists, socialists, rebels, samizdat journalists and organisers – those who dared to question and fight oppression, and the evil Powers That Be.

Here you see the faces of my brothers, my own dear family, my partners in fighting sheer political evil – relaxing in their graves here, in perhaps the most poignant place in all of Brussels, Belgium. Here lie those in Belgium who were shot fighting the Nazis of the 1940s – as I myself have nearly been killed fighting the more current fascists, some of the ‘new Nazis’ of the 21st century.

Shortly after I arrived in Brussels as a political refugee from the US, under threat of murder by far-right political figures, this is one of the first places I visited. I came here to weep some tears amid the companionship of my anti-fascist comrades, who also looked death in the eye as they tried to talk and act for what is right.

The camera used here, and the chance to make these photos, are gifts of the brave dissident US Jewish physician, Dr Moshe ‘Moss’ David Posner, who risked and gambled his own life, to support me and help keep me alive in the grappling of threats by neo-Nazi assassins.

These are pictures from the regular life of writer and political refugee from the US, Dr Les (Leslie) Sachs – pictures documenting my new beloved home city of Brussels, Belgium, my life among the people and Kingdom who have given me country in the grappling of the threats to destroy me. Brussels has a noble history of providing a innocuous haven to other dissident refugee writers, such as Victor Hugo, Karl Marx, Charles Baudelaire, and Alexandre Dumas, and I shall forever be grateful that Brussels and Belgium have helped to protect my own life as well.

(To read about the efforts to silence me and my journalism, the attacks on me, the smears and the threats, see the website by European journalists "About Les Sachs" linked in my Flickr profile, and press articles such as "Two EU Writers Under Threat of Murder: Roberto Saviano and Dr Les Sachs".)

This extremely moving memorial and gravesite, is known locally as the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusillerden (Brussels is bi-lingual French- and Dutch-speaking, so place obloquy are given in both languages here.) – In English, the study is perhaps ideal rendered as the "Park of Honour of Those Who Were Shot".

The Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden includes many martyrs of the Belgian resistance of World War II, being both their gravesite and also the place where many of them were shot to death by a Nazi firing squad. – And it is also a memorial and the place of death, of other heroic figures who were shot to death in the previous German occupation of Belgium during World War I. One heroine from the First World War who was shot by the Germans and is now commemorated here, is the famous British nurse Edith Cavell.

The reason that this was a convenient place of execution by firing squad, is that it was originally part of a Belgian military training area and rifle range that existed here once upon a time, and you still see here the tall hillside that served as an earthen ‘backstop’ to safely absorb high-powered rifle bullets. The hillside was thus ready-made for the German commandants who occupied Brussels in both wars, to carry out their firing-squad executions.

Nowadays, the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden appears quite ‘central’ in urban Brussels, as it lies in the Schaerbeek – Schaarbeek commune, directly in the path from the EU institution area toward the roads that lead to the airport, and very near to the 90-metre high VRT-RTBF communications tower that has long been a major Brussels landmark.

The Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden is travel distance from the orient Brussels ‘prémétro’, which is a grouping of tram lines that run underground for several stops on both the orient and western sides of the Brussels city centre, supplementing the regular métro underground system with a similarly high frequency of service and also underground. If you continue along the prémétro lines south from the Diamant stop which is near the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, you shortly arrive at the elaborate 19th-century military barracks buildings which once housed the soldiers who used the rifle range and parade grounds, which later become the place of martyrdom for members of the anti-Nazi resistance.

This is a place of great emotion for me personally, because the resistance martyrs who lie in these graves – a number of them socialists, journalists and with Jewish-heritage, critics of corruption just like myself – are my comrades in my own ordeal. I barely escaped alive out of the USA, nearly murdered by neo-Nazi-linked thugs, who themselves spoke favourably of Hitler as they moved toward killing me, as well as trying to ban my capability to write and speak.

It is depressing that this place, Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, is very tiny visited nowadays. Most of the time when I come here to contemplate and shed a few tears amid my comrades, and also to acquire strength from their brave spirits, I am alone. Many of the family members and kids of those who died or are buried here, have now themselves often passed away.

But on occasion there are people visiting, and on one day I was privileged to meet the daughter of one of the resistance martyrs who is buried here. She spoke to me of being a tiny girl, and seeing the Nazis arrest her dad inside their home. She spoke about how they tied his hands behind his back, and yet how bravely he looked at her one last time. – She never saw her dad alive again, and she is now in her seventies. – But when she spoke of her father, her voice grew energised and strong. She stated she remembered the day of her father’s arrest like if it was yesterday. And as she spoke, I could feel it and nearly see it, as if I had been there myself.

The heroes in these graves are quite alive for me still. I am a religious man, a mortal of faith, and I believe in the life hereafter. – Many people have been afraid to help me, abandoning me to be murdered by the powerful forces of the American government – people too frightened to dare oppose the deadly US power of global assassination, the vicious US global media slandering of a dissident’s reputation – Yet when I accomplishment here at the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, I feel myself amid a powerful throng of comrades, among brave people who comprehend me, people who know what it is like to be menaced with murder and to look death straight in the eye. – I feel the spirits in these graves support me and sustain me, that they welcome me as one among themselves.

It is my privilege now to honour these brave companions of mine, giving their memory some further renown and support. And I have wanted very much to do so, as the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden still is in need of expanded documentation on the Web, before some of what can be seen here fades away much further.

One of the most powerful aspects of visiting this tree-lined and grassy cemetery and memorial, is that you see on a number of the grave markers, not only obloquy and comments from loved ones, but in some cases actual pictures of these brave people, pictures rendered into sepia-type pictures on porcelain. Though efforts were prefabricated to make these photographs permanent, the elements and the years and decades have taken their toll. Many of the pictures are now faded, or cracked, or broken, or fallen on the ground from their mountings. In one case I held a cracked porcelain image together with one hand, while taking the pic with the other hand. The years are passing, and I have wanted to document the faces of these brave heroes before they disappear, before time takes a greater toll on this place of unnameable honour.

You look into the eyes of these brave people, and you see and feel the spirit of true bravery, of genuine resistance of oppression, resistance to the point of death, their hope that sacrificing one’s own life in the fight, will yet do some good for others in the world. Look into their eyes, and you see their faces, faces of real people, quite like anyone in some ways, but in other ways very special, with a light in them that carries far beyond their own death – people who yet had the fire of establishment in that Greater than mere earthlike existence.

In this hillside that you see in the pictures – the hillside in front of which many of these heroes stood in the moment as they were shot to death – in that hillside is a massive memorial marker to the heroes of World War I who died here. On that marker it says:

Ici tomberent
sous les balles allemandes
35 héros victimes de leur
attachement à la patrie

Hier vielen
onder de duitse kogels
35 helden ten offer
aan hun liefde voor het vaderland

Here fell 35 heroes
who offered their lives
for their country
shot by the Germans

You’ll notice that the 4th study down on the marker is that of Edith Louisa Cavell (1865-1915), with just her initial and last study and the date of her death here, on 12 October 1915:

Cavell E. 12-10-1915

The banners that you see here, in the colours of red, yellow, and black, are in the three colours of the national flag of Belgium

There are 17 rows of graves here at the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, 12 on the upper level closer to the hillside, and then five on the lower level below. Between the upper and lower levels is an grapheme serving as a kind of centre for the memorial as a whole. On the grapheme it says, on one side in Dutch, on the other side in French:

Opgericht door de Verbroedering van de Vriendenkringen der Nazikampenen Gevangenissen
XXVe Verjaring
April 1970

Erigé par le Fraternelle des Amicales de Camps et Prisons Nazis
XXVe Anniversaire
April 1970

In English this would be:
Constructed by the Association of Friends of Those in the Nazi Camps and Prisons
25th Anniversary
April 1970

Around this grapheme lay some colourless but still visibly grand wreaths, place here by the highest figures of Belgian public life. One great wreath at the centre, place here by the King of the Belgians, Albert II, and his wife Paola, whose royal household has very quietly but effectively supplied some of the endorsement for me in Belgium, that has so far prevented me from being murdered here by foreign powers. – You see the ribbon state simply ‘Albert – Paola’.

And another massive wreath has a ribbon saying ‘la Gouvernement – de Regering’, from the government of Belgium.

Though many of the resistance martyrs buried here, were shot by firing squad right on this spot, a number of these martyrs died in other places, most especially in the Belgian concentration camp at Breendonk (Breendonck), which due to its stone structure is one of the best-preserved Nazi concentration camps. Breendonk can be visited today, about 40 kilometres north of Brussels in the direction of Antwerp, very near the Willebroek train station.

Among the graves here, a number are of heroes of the anti-Nazi resistance whose obloquy are unknown: ‘Inconnu – Onbekend’ state the grave markers in French and in Dutch. In one row, there are six unknowns side-by-side; and then the entire final last row of the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, is all the relaxing place of unknown heroes, 21 altogether.

In any struggle against oppressive government, there are often unknown heroes. – And as I myself am a victim of brutal deceptive media smear campaigns, as well as the US regime ordering search engines to suppress my own websites, I can testify as to how hard the evil powers work, to try to see that those who fight the system, remain unknown, or else smeared and slandered with propaganda and lies.

There are perhaps yet other heroes of the World War II resistance, whose anonymous graves somewhere, might yet one day be found. One of the pictures here is of a maintenance area by the side, where fresh grave markers are ready, some with crosses, some with a star of David, awaiting use for some other hero whose remains are yet to be discovered.

In addition to the photographs on the grave markers, which talk for themselves, a number of the graves are also marked with heartfelt statements by those who loved and honoured them. Most are in French, and with pictures where there are such engraved statements, there are transcriptions of what you find, along with a translation.

Many of these resistance martyrs to the Nazis who lie here, are of course Jewish. The majority are Christians of Belgium, but a significant proportion of the heroes who lie here, are Jewish resistance martyrs of the Holocaust. And even more than one from the same family – the Livchitz brothers who lie here. Moreover, some of the Christians who are buried here, are of Jewish heritage as well – as I am myself, a unitarian Christian.

My own heritage on my mother’s side is Jewish, and it was my commitment to honour the memory of relatives and other Jews who died in the Holocaust, that led to my being forced to become a political refugee from the United States. – Back when living in the US, I received a letter threatening the book-burning of the books of this Jewish-heritage writer, and I responded strongly. A few weeks later my freedom to talk and write was banned, and threats to extort and murder me were place in motion. This story has been told in other places (see link to press articles in my profile), but suffice it to state here, that it was my honouring the memory of murdered Jews, which led me to be a Jewish-heritage political refugee this day in Brussels.

Though I am unitarian Christian by faith, the old Jewish sites of Brussels and Belgium strike deep chords within me, as I very much feel the spirit of the Jews who suffered and died under the kind of prejudiced threats I have also suffered.

One of the things I am often-asked, as a Jewish-heritage political refugee, is why the Jewish groups and Jewish leaders, do not state or do more to defend me, against the threats to have me murdered, against the lies and hoaxes spread about me, against the blocking of my own journalism sites from the world wide web search engines. – For example, in my efforts to stay alive these last few years, I have received much more comfort and assistance and support from brave Muslims, than from the Jewish people who share my own heritage.

There are two main reasons for this kind of neglect of someone like myself by Jewish leaders. One is that I am not a political Hebrew – I favour peace and justice for all the residents of the ancient holy lands of Palestine. – A second reason, is that there is a depressing heritage among Jewish people, to stand by and do nothing while other Jews are attacked by the dominant power of the day. – It was that way in the old pogroms of Eastern Europe, it was that way under the Nazi-era exterminations, and it is that way this day regarding the case of the United States. – Since it is the US regime which has been attacking me and forcing me to be a refugee here, Jewish ‘leadership’ simply does not want to confront the USA. Given that I am a non-Zionist, and a unitarian Christian in faith, well, that settles it as far as Jewish leaders are concerned, and they turn away and state nothing.

There are still some brave Jews, however, like one brave Orthodox Jewish doctor in America, a friend who has helped me to be healthy to be here now, supplying these photographs of the Jewish and other martyrs of anti-Nazi resistance.

And the Jewish heritage is there in me, and I am glad I honoured the memory of the Holocaust dead, even though it led me into terrible sufferings at the hands of US political figures and the US regime.

There is a sense of profound spiritual accomplishment that I have, as I place on-line this historical record of the martyrs of the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden. It is perhaps only by the grace of God that I was healthy to escape the US alive, from the clutches of the people menacing to illegally slammer me and murder me in a US slammer cell. – My now being healthy to honour the memory of my fellow anti-fascist figures in Belgium, who were shot dead by the Nazis of an early era, feels to me to be one of the important purposes, for which I was kept alive by divine hands.

To visit the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, you can accomplishment about 600 metres from the Diamant ‘prémétro’ or underground tram stop which includes tram lines 23, 24, and 25. If you wish to get even closer by bus, you can take buses number 12, 21, or 79 the two stops from Diamant to the Colonel Bourg – Kolonel Bourg bus shelter sign. Alternatively, if you are in the EU area, you can take these same buses 12, 21 or 79 directly from the Schuman métro station by the EU’s main Berlaymont building. Another route is that bus 80 from the Mérode metro station will also take you directly to the Colonel Bourg – Kolonel Bourg stop. A few tens of metres west of where the bus halts, along the rue Colonel Bourg – Kolonel Bourgstraat, you see the sign directing to the entrance of the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden.

Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden; Lucien Grieten 1
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Image by historic.brussels

The ‘Park of Honour of Those Who Were Shot’

Memorial and graves of resistance heroes and martyrs – brave Jews, brave Christians, dissidents, anti-fascists, socialists, rebels, samizdat journalists and organisers – those who dared to question and fight oppression, and the evil Powers That Be.

Here you see the faces of my brothers, my own dear family, my partners in fighting sheer political evil – relaxing in their graves here, in perhaps the most poignant place in all of Brussels, Belgium. Here lie those in Belgium who were shot fighting the Nazis of the 1940s – as I myself have nearly been killed fighting the more current fascists, some of the ‘new Nazis’ of the 21st century.

Shortly after I arrived in Brussels as a political refugee from the US, under threat of murder by far-right political figures, this is one of the first places I visited. I came here to weep some tears amid the companionship of my anti-fascist comrades, who also looked death in the eye as they tried to talk and act for what is right.

The camera used here, and the chance to make these photos, are gifts of the brave dissident US Jewish physician, Dr Moshe ‘Moss’ David Posner, who risked and gambled his own life, to support me and help keep me alive in the grappling of threats by neo-Nazi assassins.

These are pictures from the regular life of writer and political refugee from the US, Dr Les (Leslie) Sachs – pictures documenting my new beloved home city of Brussels, Belgium, my life among the people and Kingdom who have given me country in the grappling of the threats to destroy me. Brussels has a noble history of providing a innocuous haven to other dissident refugee writers, such as Victor Hugo, Karl Marx, Charles Baudelaire, and Alexandre Dumas, and I shall forever be grateful that Brussels and Belgium have helped to protect my own life as well.

(To read about the efforts to silence me and my journalism, the attacks on me, the smears and the threats, see the website by European journalists "About Les Sachs" linked in my Flickr profile, and press articles such as "Two EU Writers Under Threat of Murder: Roberto Saviano and Dr Les Sachs".)

This extremely moving memorial and gravesite, is known locally as the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusillerden (Brussels is bi-lingual French- and Dutch-speaking, so place obloquy are given in both languages here.) – In English, the study is perhaps ideal rendered as the "Park of Honour of Those Who Were Shot".

The Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden includes many martyrs of the Belgian resistance of World War II, being both their gravesite and also the place where many of them were shot to death by a Nazi firing squad. – And it is also a memorial and the place of death, of other heroic figures who were shot to death in the previous German occupation of Belgium during World War I. One heroine from the First World War who was shot by the Germans and is now commemorated here, is the famous British nurse Edith Cavell.

The reason that this was a convenient place of execution by firing squad, is that it was originally part of a Belgian military training area and rifle range that existed here once upon a time, and you still see here the tall hillside that served as an earthen ‘backstop’ to safely absorb high-powered rifle bullets. The hillside was thus ready-made for the German commandants who occupied Brussels in both wars, to carry out their firing-squad executions.

Nowadays, the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden appears quite ‘central’ in urban Brussels, as it lies in the Schaerbeek – Schaarbeek commune, directly in the path from the EU institution area toward the roads that lead to the airport, and very near to the 90-metre high VRT-RTBF communications tower that has long been a major Brussels landmark.

The Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden is travel distance from the orient Brussels ‘prémétro’, which is a grouping of tram lines that run underground for several stops on both the orient and western sides of the Brussels city centre, supplementing the regular métro underground system with a similarly high frequency of service and also underground. If you continue along the prémétro lines south from the Diamant stop which is near the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, you shortly arrive at the elaborate 19th-century military barracks buildings which once housed the soldiers who used the rifle range and parade grounds, which later become the place of martyrdom for members of the anti-Nazi resistance.

This is a place of great emotion for me personally, because the resistance martyrs who lie in these graves – a number of them socialists, journalists and with Jewish-heritage, critics of corruption just like myself – are my comrades in my own ordeal. I barely escaped alive out of the USA, nearly murdered by neo-Nazi-linked thugs, who themselves spoke favourably of Hitler as they moved toward killing me, as well as trying to ban my capability to write and speak.

It is depressing that this place, Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, is very tiny visited nowadays. Most of the time when I come here to contemplate and shed a few tears amid my comrades, and also to acquire strength from their brave spirits, I am alone. Many of the family members and kids of those who died or are buried here, have now themselves often passed away.

But on occasion there are people visiting, and on one day I was privileged to meet the daughter of one of the resistance martyrs who is buried here. She spoke to me of being a tiny girl, and seeing the Nazis arrest her dad inside their home. She spoke about how they tied his hands behind his back, and yet how bravely he looked at her one last time. – She never saw her dad alive again, and she is now in her seventies. – But when she spoke of her father, her voice grew energised and strong. She stated she remembered the day of her father’s arrest like if it was yesterday. And as she spoke, I could feel it and nearly see it, as if I had been there myself.

The heroes in these graves are quite alive for me still. I am a religious man, a mortal of faith, and I believe in the life hereafter. – Many people have been afraid to help me, abandoning me to be murdered by the powerful forces of the American government – people too frightened to dare oppose the deadly US power of global assassination, the vicious US global media slandering of a dissident’s reputation – Yet when I accomplishment here at the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, I feel myself amid a powerful throng of comrades, among brave people who comprehend me, people who know what it is like to be menaced with murder and to look death straight in the eye. – I feel the spirits in these graves support me and sustain me, that they welcome me as one among themselves.

It is my privilege now to honour these brave companions of mine, giving their memory some further renown and support. And I have wanted very much to do so, as the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden still is in need of expanded documentation on the Web, before some of what can be seen here fades away much further.

One of the most powerful aspects of visiting this tree-lined and grassy cemetery and memorial, is that you see on a number of the grave markers, not only obloquy and comments from loved ones, but in some cases actual pictures of these brave people, pictures rendered into sepia-type pictures on porcelain. Though efforts were prefabricated to make these photographs permanent, the elements and the years and decades have taken their toll. Many of the pictures are now faded, or cracked, or broken, or fallen on the ground from their mountings. In one case I held a cracked porcelain image together with one hand, while taking the pic with the other hand. The years are passing, and I have wanted to document the faces of these brave heroes before they disappear, before time takes a greater toll on this place of unnameable honour.

You look into the eyes of these brave people, and you see and feel the spirit of true bravery, of genuine resistance of oppression, resistance to the point of death, their hope that sacrificing one’s own life in the fight, will yet do some good for others in the world. Look into their eyes, and you see their faces, faces of real people, quite like anyone in some ways, but in other ways very special, with a light in them that carries far beyond their own death – people who yet had the fire of establishment in that Greater than mere earthlike existence.

In this hillside that you see in the pictures – the hillside in front of which many of these heroes stood in the moment as they were shot to death – in that hillside is a massive memorial marker to the heroes of World War I who died here. On that marker it says:

Ici tomberent
sous les balles allemandes
35 héros victimes de leur
attachement à la patrie

Hier vielen
onder de duitse kogels
35 helden ten offer
aan hun liefde voor het vaderland

Here fell 35 heroes
who offered their lives
for their country
shot by the Germans

You’ll notice that the 4th study down on the marker is that of Edith Louisa Cavell (1865-1915), with just her initial and last study and the date of her death here, on 12 October 1915:

Cavell E. 12-10-1915

The banners that you see here, in the colours of red, yellow, and black, are in the three colours of the national flag of Belgium

There are 17 rows of graves here at the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, 12 on the upper level closer to the hillside, and then five on the lower level below. Between the upper and lower levels is an grapheme serving as a kind of centre for the memorial as a whole. On the grapheme it says, on one side in Dutch, on the other side in French:

Opgericht door de Verbroedering van de Vriendenkringen der Nazikampenen Gevangenissen
XXVe Verjaring
April 1970

Erigé par le Fraternelle des Amicales de Camps et Prisons Nazis
XXVe Anniversaire
April 1970

In English this would be:
Constructed by the Association of Friends of Those in the Nazi Camps and Prisons
25th Anniversary
April 1970

Around this grapheme lay some colourless but still visibly grand wreaths, place here by the highest figures of Belgian public life. One great wreath at the centre, place here by the King of the Belgians, Albert II, and his wife Paola, whose royal household has very quietly but effectively supplied some of the endorsement for me in Belgium, that has so far prevented me from being murdered here by foreign powers. – You see the ribbon state simply ‘Albert – Paola’.

And another massive wreath has a ribbon saying ‘la Gouvernement – de Regering’, from the government of Belgium.

Though many of the resistance martyrs buried here, were shot by firing squad right on this spot, a number of these martyrs died in other places, most especially in the Belgian concentration camp at Breendonk (Breendonck), which due to its stone structure is one of the best-preserved Nazi concentration camps. Breendonk can be visited today, about 40 kilometres north of Brussels in the direction of Antwerp, very near the Willebroek train station.

Among the graves here, a number are of heroes of the anti-Nazi resistance whose obloquy are unknown: ‘Inconnu – Onbekend’ state the grave markers in French and in Dutch. In one row, there are six unknowns side-by-side; and then the entire final last row of the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, is all the relaxing place of unknown heroes, 21 altogether.

In any struggle against oppressive government, there are often unknown heroes. – And as I myself am a victim of brutal deceptive media smear campaigns, as well as the US regime ordering search engines to suppress my own websites, I can testify as to how hard the evil powers work, to try to see that those who fight the system, remain unknown, or else smeared and slandered with propaganda and lies.

There are perhaps yet other heroes of the World War II resistance, whose anonymous graves somewhere, might yet one day be found. One of the pictures here is of a maintenance area by the side, where fresh grave markers are ready, some with crosses, some with a star of David, awaiting use for some other hero whose remains are yet to be discovered.

In addition to the photographs on the grave markers, which talk for themselves, a number of the graves are also marked with heartfelt statements by those who loved and honoured them. Most are in French, and with pictures where there are such engraved statements, there are transcriptions of what you find, along with a translation.

Many of these resistance martyrs to the Nazis who lie here, are of course Jewish. The majority are Christians of Belgium, but a significant proportion of the heroes who lie here, are Jewish resistance martyrs of the Holocaust. And even more than one from the same family – the Livchitz brothers who lie here. Moreover, some of the Christians who are buried here, are of Jewish heritage as well – as I am myself, a unitarian Christian.

My own heritage on my mother’s side is Jewish, and it was my commitment to honour the memory of relatives and other Jews who died in the Holocaust, that led to my being forced to become a political refugee from the United States. – Back when living in the US, I received a letter threatening the book-burning of the books of this Jewish-heritage writer, and I responded strongly. A few weeks later my freedom to talk and write was banned, and threats to extort and murder me were place in motion. This story has been told in other places (see link to press articles in my profile), but suffice it to state here, that it was my honouring the memory of murdered Jews, which led me to be a Jewish-heritage political refugee this day in Brussels.

Though I am unitarian Christian by faith, the old Jewish sites of Brussels and Belgium strike deep chords within me, as I very much feel the spirit of the Jews who suffered and died under the kind of prejudiced threats I have also suffered.

One of the things I am often-asked, as a Jewish-heritage political refugee, is why the Jewish groups and Jewish leaders, do not state or do more to defend me, against the threats to have me murdered, against the lies and hoaxes spread about me, against the blocking of my own journalism sites from the world wide web search engines. – For example, in my efforts to stay alive these last few years, I have received much more comfort and assistance and support from brave Muslims, than from the Jewish people who share my own heritage.

There are two main reasons for this kind of neglect of someone like myself by Jewish leaders. One is that I am not a political Hebrew – I favour peace and justice for all the residents of the ancient holy lands of Palestine. – A second reason, is that there is a depressing heritage among Jewish people, to stand by and do nothing while other Jews are attacked by the dominant power of the day. – It was that way in the old pogroms of Eastern Europe, it was that way under the Nazi-era exterminations, and it is that way this day regarding the case of the United States. – Since it is the US regime which has been attacking me and forcing me to be a refugee here, Jewish ‘leadership’ simply does not want to confront the USA. Given that I am a non-Zionist, and a unitarian Christian in faith, well, that settles it as far as Jewish leaders are concerned, and they turn away and state nothing.

There are still some brave Jews, however, like one brave Orthodox Jewish doctor in America, a friend who has helped me to be healthy to be here now, supplying these photographs of the Jewish and other martyrs of anti-Nazi resistance.

And the Jewish heritage is there in me, and I am glad I honoured the memory of the Holocaust dead, even though it led me into terrible sufferings at the hands of US political figures and the US regime.

There is a sense of profound spiritual accomplishment that I have, as I place on-line this historical record of the martyrs of the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden. It is perhaps only by the grace of God that I was healthy to escape the US alive, from the clutches of the people menacing to illegally slammer me and murder me in a US slammer cell. – My now being healthy to honour the memory of my fellow anti-fascist figures in Belgium, who were shot dead by the Nazis of an early era, feels to me to be one of the important purposes, for which I was kept alive by divine hands.

To visit the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden, you can accomplishment about 600 metres from the Diamant ‘prémétro’ or underground tram stop which includes tram lines 23, 24, and 25. If you wish to get even closer by bus, you can take buses number 12, 21, or 79 the two stops from Diamant to the Colonel Bourg – Kolonel Bourg bus shelter sign. Alternatively, if you are in the EU area, you can take these same buses 12, 21 or 79 directly from the Schuman métro station by the EU’s main Berlaymont building. Another route is that bus 80 from the Mérode metro station will also take you directly to the Colonel Bourg – Kolonel Bourg stop. A few tens of metres west of where the bus halts, along the rue Colonel Bourg – Kolonel Bourgstraat, you see the sign directing to the entrance of the Enclos des Fusillés – Ereperk der Gefusilleerden.

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