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Friday, 31 January 2014

Britain's Longest Grave ~ Centenary


Believed to be Britain's longest grave, this memorial which is more than 98ft long, is dedicated to the crew of the 'Hera' who lost their lives when their vessel sank off the Cornish coast.


One hundreds year ago today, the German barque 'Hera' had been 90 days into it's voyage to Chile when it hit rocks off the Roseland peninsula and was wrecked. It was carrying a cargo of nitrates when it struck a reef during a thick fog.
Of a crew of 24, only five of them survived and only 12 bodies that were recovered are now buried in the churchyard of St.Symphorian in the village of Veryan in Cornwall. 


A Maltese sailor was almost missed by rescuers after spending the night clinging to rigging in cold winter seas. When the lifeboat retrieved only four of the men, Joseph Cauchi  had to call out to be saved or he too would have perished. 



In this centenary year the crew of the 'Hera' are being honoured with a requiem service, concert and exhibition by the local community.















Thursday, 23 January 2014

When Monuments Watch You



Le Docteur
Guy Pitchal
Nous A Quittes 
~ he left us ~
26th February 1989
1922 ~ 1989

Doctor Guy Pitchal was a Psychoanalyst who was known for his work with many French celebrities, including the singer Dalida whose own monument is not far from this one. 
It makes perfect sense to me, that a psychoanalyst should have such a fascinating monument that highlights how we perceive the world around us, by proving that things are not always as we think they appear to be.   


video

Sadly the quality of this short clip is pretty poor, as the pathways are cobbled and this made filming and maintaining your balance whilst walking was rather difficult. But it shows how the concave face becomes convex as it appears to turn and watch you as you pass by.

Guy Pitchal


Click on this link to understand the Hollow Face Illusion 


Below is another example of how we perceive using our right and left hand sides of the brain.  










  

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