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,
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.
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.”