Fancy a cottage with a river running through it? Don't worry - it isn't as daft as it sounds! Pictured is a fine example of a 13th century "fulling" mill which, as @scwilder
who took this great picture explains, is the "process of removing oils from wool, while at the same time softening and thickening the cloth." This gorgeous cottage straddles the River Alre (sometimes spelt Arle) in Alresford, Hampshire. I quite fancy living in an 800-year cottage... be nice to have a paddle whilst nibbling on a slice of Victoria sponge. Yes, the Great British Bake Off starts next week and I'm already getting peckish.
Quite something that during the reign of Henry VIII, clothiers, dyers and tanners were recorded as living here. The English thatched cottage began in the primitive thatched dwellings of the Bronze age (2500BC until c . 800 BC) From as far north as the Scottish Highlands to the most southern point of England thatch was used, the thatch may be made of heather, straw, or reeds depending on the area. Today it costs a bloomin' fortune to maintain but it looks gorgeous. Lovely shot by @scwilder
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🔶VOTE: Tiger 1 or Sherman Firefly and Why?🔶
This picture depicts the cross section of a tiger 1.
I have been discussing the Tiger 1 with you guys since I started this page, and that's not surprising as this German tank did play a huge role in WW2.
In this post I wanted to specifically go over the specifications of the Tiger 1 as we have a nice diagram to go along with it.
The weight of the Tiger 1 was 54 tonnes (64 short tons), its length was 6.316m (20 feet, 8.7 inches), its width was 3.56m (11 feet, 8 inches), its height 3.0m (9 feet, 10 inches), and the crew was 5 men strong including a commander, a gunner, a loader, a driver, and an assistant driver.
The armor on the Tiger 1 ranged from just 25mm to 120mm (0.98-4.72in). Its main armament was an 8.8cm (88mm) KwK 36 L/56, and the secondary armament was 2, 7.92mm MG-34 machine guns.
In terms of its engine, the Tiger 1 was equipped with a Maybach HL230 P-45 V-12 700PS (690hp, 515 kW).
This German heavy tank also had a ground clearance of .47m (1 foot, 7 inches), and had a full fuel capacity of 540 liters (140 US Gallons).
It's operational range on good roads was 195km (121 miles), and in terms of off-road, the Tiger 1 had a range of 110km (68 miles).
The maximum road speed of the Tiger 1 was 45.4km/h (28.2mph). It's sustained road speed was around 40km/h (25mph), and it's cross country speed was about 20-25km/h (12-16mph).
Looking at these measurements and specifications of the Tiger 1, we see that it not only could hold its ground with its amor, but it could also pack a devastating punch with that 88mm gun.
It was actually the first main battle tank to house a gun that big, and it would pave the way for even larger tank guns seen on the IS-2, Pershing, and the tanks of the modern era.
(Specifications from Wiki)
The lunch break was at its zenith and the park next to the St. Paul's Cathedral was filled with the incredible mix of hungry Londoners enjoying the rare sun. Business people, construction workers, pensioners — some scrolling through their phones, some eating quinoa seeds, some reading newspapers — all gathered in front of this architectural masterpiece and one of the most iconic landmarks of London.
I've probably seen a few more impressive sights in my life, but St. Paul's Cathedral might easily be the most photogenic one. Amidst the chaos of the busy city and webs of congested streets, it still seems that every angle offers a great photo opportunity; whether from a nearby rooftop terrace, shopping centre elevator, the Millenium bridge, or a lonely pavement puddle. A truly unique place we spent hours roaming around, and I only wish we could've spent some hours more.
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