Next OGL Luncheon: Fri. 16 Nov. 2018.

Photo: A great capture of the Machine Room at the Government Printing Office, King William Road, Adelaide (circa 1910). Note the hazardous ceiling belt drive system for the presses.

Our Final Luncheon for 2018 will be held on Friday, 16 November, 2018.

commencing 12 Noon at the

West Adelaide Football Club, Richmond.

Salad Bar Provided for those who love being Healthy.

Attending: Alex Riley, Rod Parham, Jenny and Gary Easther, Ian Pedler, Keith Oxley, Faye McConnell, Ann and Keith Heilman, Conrad and Norma Rogers, David and Thelma Korff, Marilyn and Dave Harding, Brian Hartshorne, Dennis Duthie, Ellen Krueger, Judy and Kevin Stack-Neale, Dennis and Jeanna Grover, Charlie Korff and Ruth, Rob and Wendy Powell, Eunice Wright, Ray Belt, Jack and Helen Flack, Tony and Elaine Fitzsimmons, Mike Burnett, Geoff Michell, Vic Potticary, Trevor and Barbara Roberts,

Apologies:Jude Marks, Don Woolman, David Mathews, Helen Dobie, David and Wendy Walker, Marianne Hunn, Garth Mugford, Wayne and Angela Brown,

For Bookings ring

Alex on 0419 035 970.

Rod on 0424 294 450.

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The Curse on the Old Prague Astronomical Clock..

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The legend of the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town of Prague seems to have come straight from the Brothers Grimm.
The dark tale is set in the fifteenth century, when the clock is said to have been created by the great clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň.
Such was the reputation of his craftsmanship that Mikuláš was approached by many a foreign nation, each wishing to have its own town square topped with a marvelous astronomical clock.
Mikuláš refused to show the plans of his masterpiece to anyone, but word got back to the Prague Councilors.
Overcome with fear that Mikuláš might build a bigger, better, and more beautiful clock for another nation, the Councilors had the brilliant clockmaker blinded, ensuring that their clock would never be topped.
Driven mad, the clockmaker took the ultimate revenge, throwing himself into his extraordinary work of art, gumming up the clock’s gears and ending his own life in one stroke.
In doing so, he cursed the clock. All who tried to fix it would either go insane, or die.
While this is only a legend, it stands as a testament to the extraordinary nature of Prague’s Astronomical Clock.
The clock has been modified, destroyed, and repaired many times since its creation in 1380.
It is perhaps the most well-known astronomical clock in the world, with four moving automatons (including a skeleton ringing his death knell for each hour), and rotating statues of the 12 apostles.
It displays Babylonian time, Old Bohemian time, German time, and Sidereal (star) time. It also shows the moon’s phases and the sun’s journey through the constellations of the zodiac.
The calendar dial, just below the clock, shows the day of the month, the day of the week, feast days and allegorical pictures of the current month and sign of the zodiac.
via Prague Astronomical Clock | Atlas Obscura.

Escaping the Flames near Malibu.

Malibu, California
Gabi and Jonah Frank walk on Pacific Coast highway as the Woolsey Fire threatens their home in Malibu.
At least nine people died after a northern California wildfire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people, authorities said.
Only a day after the fast-moving fire began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 140 sq miles and had destroyed about 6,500 structures.
Three bodies were found outside their homes, one inside a home and several in cars, said the Butte county sheriff, Kory Honea.
Image Credit: Photograph by Eric Thayer/Reuters
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

‘The House that Time Forgot’, Belgium.

The following pictures are from an abandoned mansion in Belgium that has stood empty for over 30 years.
It’s not know why the house was originally abandoned, or why it has stood empty for so long.
But these stunning shots capture the beauty of the mansion and surreal atmosphere in the house.
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Read on and see more photos via 23 Haunting Photos From The House That Time Forgot

Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee Dies At 95.

American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics Stan Lee died Monday at the age of 95.
Lee gave us over six decades of work like The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man — superheroes we could identify with, characters that allowed us to suspend our disbelief because they reacted to bizarre situations like you or I might.

In a 1998 interview, Lee said, “Before Marvel started, any superhero might be walking down the street and see a 12-foot-tall monster coming toward him with purple skin and eight arms breathing fire, and the character would have said something like, ‘Oh! There’s a monster from another world; I better catch him before he destroys the city.’

Robert Scott, owner of Comickaze, a San Diego comic-book store, says Lee put the human in superhuman.”He would talk about prejudice, racism,” Scott says. “I mean the X-Men, here was a group of people who were only trying to do good things and only trying to help and they were constantly ostracized by being mutants”. “For Lee, having compelling, thought-provoking subject matter was crucial to his business.”
Lee Dies At 95 : NPR