Odd Things – Including the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

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The sunrise at my house this morning was particularly unremarkable. I woke up at about 05:30, looked out the front window facing Madang Harbour and mumbled, “Hmmmmm, zilch.” Still, I got my Canon G9, some filters, my tripod, a chair and a Fanta Orange soda and stubled out to the edge of the water to see if anything interesting would happen.

A lot of big fish were jumping. I’m going to have to borrow a spinning rod from someone and see what I can catch. The sunrise was uncooperative:

Sunrise at my house this morning

However, on the way to the office, I had much better luck. Here’s a shot along Coronation Drive. I’ve featured this location many times on Madang – Ples Bilong Mi:

Sunrise on Coronation Drive

The image from the camera was very nearly monochrome. I had some fun with Photoshop adding the colours that you see.

There’s a Monty Python theme today, so I’ll now announce, “And now for something completely different.”

On our dive last Saturday I saw this beer bottle lying on the reef. It is completely encrusted with coral-like growth. I won’t be long before it will become a permanent part of the reef:

Everything becomes part of the reef - even a beer bottle

While we’re still underwater, on the same dive I spotted this starfish (Choriaster granulatus)  which has, some time ago, lost an arm to a predator:

This starfish had a leg taken off by a predator. It's growing back.

As you can see, it is growing back quite nicely. Starfish can regenerate an entire organism from just one arm. No kidding. If you chop off an arm, a whole starfish will grow from it. Medical researchers are frantically trying to figure out how this regeneration trick works. Imagine the cures that could follow such discoveries.

Well, that’s serious enough for a Friday.

My nieces and I have been trading back and forth a few of our favourite Monty Python moments. If this doesn’t give you a grin, then there is something seriously wrong with you:

Thanks to Christel Courossi for passing me the link on Facebook.

That’s from Monty Python and the Holy Grail,  in case you’ve forgotten. I’m deeply saddened by the nearly total dissappearance of this kind of silliness from our world. It’s getting much too serious for me. I can’t get through a day without contemplating, speaking, attempting or raging about something utterly ridiculous.

It is part of my charm.

Vanity is the other part.

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4 Responses to “Odd Things – Including the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch”

  1. KP Says:

    I *LOVE* this scene! I had it memorized as a kid even before I’d seen the movie. My older brother told me all about the movie. :] One of my other favorite scenes, which I just referenced yesterday was, “‘Tis but a flesh wound!” (I don’t think Trevor knew what I was talking about, but i said it when he was making a fake bandage for my thumb which I’d sliced open while rearranging my office).

    A very silly movie I just saw this month that has been a great stress reliever is “Hot Fuzz,” a British police murder/mystery comedy. It made me laugh like crazy, but I’ve been under quite a bit of stress lately.

    Forgot to tell you, I passed the exam and am waiting to hear from Lesley when I can start lessons!

    Catch up soon! (Btw, my contract ends in Dec). 🙁

  2. MadDog Says:

    Yeah, Monty Python has always been a favourite since we saw it on the TV series. I’ll have to check out the “flesh wound” clip. I can’t remember it now.

    I’ve seen Hot Fuzz a couple of times. It is a nice mixture of subtle and slap-stick humour.

    I’m glad you’re getting your dive lessons. I hope we’ll see you out on Faded Glory  soon.

    You going to try for a new contract? Email me or call. — MadDog

  3. Kevin Says:

    I think you will enjoy the Shakespeare sketch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwbB6B0cQs4&mode=related&search=

  4. MadDog Says:

    Absolutely right, mate. A fine start to a Monday morning.