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Safe European Home, The Clash (1978) The song is about a trip to Jamaica gone wrong, hence the lyrics “I went to the place where every white face is an invitation to robbery.”

Singer Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones were sent to Jamaica for two weeks in December 1977 to write songs for their upcoming second album. “We must’ve looked like a strange pair to the locals… I’m surprised we weren’t filleted and served on a plate of chips” noted Jones. “We went down to the docks and I think we only survived because they mistook us for sailors.” 

Sound up.

Noah’s Ark.

Getter done.
[h/t Bunkerville]

Bollards never give up.

Age-appropriate chores.

Kitty’s birthday surprise.

Louie’s going down tonight.

Cars designed to be trashed.
[h/t Mme. Jujujive]

Baby elephants and their trunks.

Biblical angels were scary. More about them here.

[Top image: Belgian goat with Doppelbock found here.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.

 

Freddy Heineken’s Contribution To The World: Beer Bottle Masonry

 

…The idea of turning waste into useful products came to life brilliantly in 1963 with the Heineken WOBO (world bottle). Envisioned by beer brewer Alfred Heineken and designed by Dutch architect John Habraken, the “brick that holds beer” was ahead of its ecodesign time, letting beer lovers and builders alike drink and design all in one sitting.

This is masonry. Each course is restrained by the male/female neck/punt connection, but the glass frogs (the bumps on the tops and bottom sides of the bottle) don’t provide a lot of friction, so some method of vertical reinforcement is required. Can’t tell how they anchored it to the foundation, or how they attached the roof framing.

I suppose it works in regions with few earthquakes, no serious windloads, and for people who really like green beer bottle natural lighting.

[Found here via here.]

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