The English countryside is dotted with follies, buildings that we would probably call vanity projects these days, and one of the most prolific sponsors of such eccentricities was Mad Jack Fuller.
The Fuller family were landowners in Brightling, East Sussex, from the late 16th century and made their fortune from manufactured iron goods, especially cannons which they supplied to the Royal Navy. Read more ›››
This week’s figure from the past is Arthur Furguson who is either one of the foremost fraudsters and flimflammers in history or the figment of someone’s febrile fantasies.
Born in Scotland in 1883, Furguson was an actor and like many in his profession, he was natural born salesman a talent he was to put to good use later in his life… Read more ›››
Not only was Richard Feynman one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century, he was also someone who believed that life should be fun and lived to the full. His last words probably sum him up best: ‘I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring’.
Feynman was born in New York in 1918, the son of a Jewish Byelorussian car polish salesman. Read more ›››
My ABC Wednesday for the letter F is even more self-indulgent than usual, concerning as it does the Irish songwriter, Percy French and his most famous creation that I recall from my childhood.
But first some background, French was born in 1854, the son of a protestant landlord in Roscommon and educated Foyle’s College, Derry… Read more ›››
Where would Las Vegas be without the fruit machine, the invention of car mechanic Charles Fey?
Charles was born Augustus Fey in Vöhringen, Bavaria, in 1862, the youngest of sixteen children. He moved to the US when he was 23, first to New Jersey and then to San Fransisco where he worked for the Electric Works Company. Read more ›››
Fynbos is the natural scrub or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape, mainly in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate.
The name fynbos is Afrikaans for fine bush and refers to the fine, needle-like leaves of many fynbos species. The example in my photo was taken from Hout Bay and you can see the fymbos leading upwards towards Table Mountain. Read more ›››
There is nothing like fruit for adding flavour to your five-a-day diet. It also makes for a colorful photograph like the the one on the left, taken in the indoor market in Ashton.
This ABC Wednesday post is all about fotos of local fruit, though not in a conventional sense as you’ll see. Read more ›››
My ABC Wednesday post is inspired by this photo which appeared on my daughter’s Facebook page last week — F is for Fish!
It was taken at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town where she is teaching at the moment. The name obviously honours the Atlantic and Indian Oceans which meet at the Cape. They had a pool where you could touch starfish, sea urchins, sponges, and other furry things that she couldn’t remember having been too busy taking photos. Read more ›››