I’ve been watching the Olympics more than I have in previous years, and have really been enjoying it!  However, I found comments from one commentator to be really disturbing.  Last night, I was watching the women’s gymnastics preliminary round, and Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor was doing a floor routine.  She did an amazing job, but after her routine, one of the commentators (I was watching this on NBC) commented something along the lines of, “Do you get points for being sexy?”  This seriously bothered me.  Here was this amazing athlete who completed an insanely difficult routine, and she was being reduced to a “sexy woman” whose body was there for ogling by Olympics commentators.  It’s hard to imagine a commentator saying something along those lines about a male athlete.  Blergh.

A lot of progress has been made in terms of Olympics gender equality this time around.  For the first time,

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Lady Fi

Last week, on arriving back from England,

The rain painted the sky

With a beautiful palette of blue and sunbeams.

Over the houses, a rainbow shone through

The moody sky.

I looked for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,

And found YOU, dear reader. Outstanding reader!

A big thank you for supporting and reading my blog for the past four years!

To celebrate my 4th Bloggiversary, I’m giving away a fabulous T shirt designed by Sir Pe.

(You can find the design and colours on his Red Bubble site here.)

Leave me a comment, a poem or a joke and I’ll enter you in a draw to win the T shirt!

(It’s available in men and women’s sizes!)

For more pots of gold, please visit: Skywatch.

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Martin Moore

The first successful photographic image ever captured was done so by a man named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.Living on his country estate near Chalon-sur-Saône, France Joseph Nicéphore Niépce started experimenting with photography in the early 1800’s. The newly invented art of lithography, which swept over France in 1813, fascinated Niépce immensely and by 1816 he begun his initial experiments. He first began by placing engravings which he had made transparent, onto engraving stones or glass plates coated with a light sensitive varnish that he created himself. These experiments, together with his application of the then popular optical instrument, the camera obscura, would eventually lead him to the invention of the new medium.

Finally in 1826, after years of experimenting, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the photograph below titled ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo, which is a…

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