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This is a random collection of links to things that might be of use.

They're files and web pages I found in a folder on the hard drive, and I tracked down the (often new) location on the web. Some, like the tables of army pay c.1800, have disappeared altogether. Some, like Secrets of Lockpicking might exist but not on sites that I'd risk going to. This is why I saved them originally, in case they disappeared. I think in all cases, it's worth looking over the sites to see what else they have.

* is a PDF file

HMS Rose: virtual tours & life on board

The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex,1675
Lots of other texts on the site.

ARMA™ - The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts: historical fencing manuals

ECU Cavalier School of Fencing" Beginners Course Notes

Dog Training: tracking, S&R, aggressive dogs

Police Dog articles

Virtual Court Tours: Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania
These aren't saved files but I came across them last night. Most places provably have them now

*Superstitions of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, Collected entirely from Oral Sources By
John Gregorson Campbell
, 1900

Sinks of London Laid Open: A Pocket Companion for the Uninitiated, to Which is Added a Modern Flash Dictionary Containing all the Cant Words, Slang Terms, and Flash Phrases Now in Vogue, with a List of the Sixty Orders of Prime Coves, 1848

Round London: Down East and Up West, by Montagu Williams, 1894

Minneapolis Police Department Policies & Procedures Manual
*Madison Police Policy Manual
*Portland Police Manual of Policy & Procedure
Thames Valley Police Policies & Procedures

*Stop and Search Manual

John Howard Society of Alberta, criminal justice topics

Religious, Spiritual, Pastoral & Cultural Care: a guide for staff in providing good religious, spiritual, pastoral & cultural care for health care workers

Counseling Basics for Wiccan/Pagan Clergy

Correct Forms of Address
This is one of those pages that people find useful but are hard to find when you want them.

Barbed wire history: making wire

Two of my pages:

List of "how to" links
A lot of these might be bad links by now. It was copied over from an older web page.

Maps & Plans
This was fun, but too much of a time sink to keep up.
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An ANZAC Day gift:

Australia in France, Part One from the Australian War Memorial's collection.

One of the Australian War Memorial’s most important films – the most accurate filmed record of the Battle of Pozières in 1916.

I think the original link that took me here said it was the first Australian war documentary. The web site provides three extracts (about 10 minutes out of a total of 51 minutes). Interesting stuff, and worth taking the ten minutes to look at, especially the last one, but I'd recommend reading the curator's notes.

And a related article on the ASO site AWM Western Front about the significance of First World War films.

All of the men you see here are now dead. Some of them would have died within days of being photographed in the field. In a few cases, the camera shows us men so badly wounded that they are dying before our eyes. Australia has hundreds of memorials to the Anzacs, in parks and Avenues of Remembrance across the country, but these films are also a kind of memorial, and a brutally honest one. They show us glimpses of what the soldiers went through, before the battlefield clean-up and before the mythologising of "sacrifice" that inevitably followed.

and the background/problems involved in creating them, with an emphasis on Charles Bean, "the official war correspondent and later the official Australian historian of this war", and producer of the film above.

Bean was with the Australian forces when they landed at Gallipoli in 1915, and still on duty when they celebrated the signing of an Armistice on 9 November 1918. He was too shy and patrician to feel comfortable in their society, but he idolised the "true" Australian character he saw in them-–the unruly spirit of resilience, self-reliance and confidence that made them hard to discipline, but easy to inspire. He was sure there were no better soldiers than the Australians when properly led. Like many of his countrymen, he believed they were generally far superior to English conscripted units, because they had chosen to be there.


Jun. 16th, 2009 12:51 pm
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Two collections on the Powerhouse Museum's website that might be of interest.

Electronic Swatchbook

Swatches or small samples of fabric have been collected and compiled in the form of swatchbooks for at least 300 years. The Powerhouse Museum has several volumes containing thousands of bright, unfaded samples of fashionable fabric designs, braids and laces ranging from the 1830s to the 1920s.

"The patterns on this site are in the public domain in Australia. All images and patterns on this site can be used for any commercial or non-commercial purpose without further permission. "

Also interesting from a "that's the sort of pattern they liked then" perspective.

And a totally different topic: The rags: paraphernalia of menstruation


Jan. 17th, 2009 11:51 am
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Via [livejournal.com profile] sartorias, a lovely collection of recent photos of tall ships, yachts and related craft.

Although James Craig is neither Tasmania nor a clipper. It is (one of the few) ocean-going restored ships though.
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"It was when we were discussing all these environmental issues that we started thinking about the energy that is used in the cremations and realised that instead of all that heat just going up into the air, we could make use of it somehow. It was just rising into the skies for nothing," said Lennart Andersson, the director of the cemetery in the town of Halmstad. "For starters we will heat our own premises. But I hope we can connect to the district heating network in the future."

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I came across this site today (whoa, how long as that been there?)

Australian National Dictionary Centre: Australian Words

The "Meanings and Origins of Australian Words and Idioms" section is something of a slang dictionary, useful for those foreennes. The "The Vocabulary of Australian English" is more about origins of words. (Wondering if that's right about public servants.)
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The National Trust have some photos of the least interesting room drawing room at Clarendon on their website.

The problem with photos of Clarendon is they don't show the scale of the rooms. The way the house is built, the rooms don't look particularly big unless you pace them out and then you discover the central hall is wider than my living room or visit somewhere like Entally and wonder why its rooms are so small.

The photos do show the shutters though, which I think are rather cool (each half folds concertina style into the side of the window) and the doors. If they ever made a Visitor FAQs page, one question would have to be "Why are there two doors into the living room?"
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How to make a POW escape map.

Multiple copies of, using jelly.

Going down

Jul. 22nd, 2007 11:34 pm
xenith: (Three ships with a seal)
So I thought submarines, as practical vessels rather amusing novelties, were a 20th century development.

For the benefit of those who also felt the same, here are some links to early subs.

The American Civil War submarines are interesting because they were put to use. There were a number of them but two of particular interest are the Alligator, a Union submarine launched in 1862, also here; and the Confederate submarine Hunley, and here.

From slightly later, is the British Resurgam, built in 1879. There's a lot of information about the wreck

Prior to that, is Bauer's Brandtaucher from 1850.

Going earlier, they're more curiousities, although Bushnell's Turtle attacked HMS Eagle during the American War of Independence, in 1776; although not successfully. Replica of the Turtle

There's also Fulton's Nautilus from 1801.

Probably the oldest submarine, was built in the early 17th Century by Cornelisu van Drebbels

There were others, and many other web sites, including 400 Years of Subs, Submarine History and plans/diagrams of underwater vessels from very early up to 1994


Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:42 pm
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So I went and looked at some related websites. Not usuable sources and not contradictory, although some of them added details in interesting places, but different enough to stimulate ideas about how I can order the material I have to use. We have inspiration.

Also found this, which is rather cool if you're into really old books http://www.bl.uk/treasures/treasuresinfull.html & http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/digitisation.html


Apr. 9th, 2007 10:43 am
xenith: (Coloured scales)
Two interesting links from the Friends list yesterday.

From [livejournal.com profile] gillpolack via [livejournal.com profile] sartorias

Animted Bayeux Tapestry. Yeah, it's a big Flash file but it's v. cool.

And from Miss Snark, for the one person who hasn't already seen it.
What happens when "one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made" plays as busker to rush hour commuters?

Personally, I think rush hour is a bad time to try such a thing. You're focusedon egtting somewhere, by a certain time, and quite possibly running late.

Beyond that, I was interested in the individual responses, the different response. People can be quite interesting creatures.

And it reminds me of the tunnel leading to a train station in Brisbane. Heading to the evening rush hour and everyone is walking in the same direction, at the same pace. No one running because they're late, or stopping to look in bags or look around. No one coming the other way or changing the direction to go through a door.

To one edge of the tunnel, is guy sitting, playing somethign that could be a metal xylophone. An unusual sound, but it complement that pace of the commuters and makes the scenario quite surreal.

I did get a few seconds on the camera but obviously the quality is poor, and further down the hallway there is a point where people are stopping. Enough to remind me of it, but probably dosn't do much for others :) Still, I'll put it up here though (MPG file 1.47Mb).


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