This ones a personal one.
About three weeks ago i needed a bag of cement, it was late on the friday evening and so I decided that I would go to Edwards Build Base up at Leamore Four Crosses. Off I go top of Stephenson onto Green Lane to the Four Crosses Island, turn Left and Left again. as I was making this last left turn I Hit one of the POT HOLES . Clump! PSSSSSS pull down a little bit. Burst Tyre. In the way so go down the bottom where I can change the wheel. I put the spare on and go home. To late to get my cement. On the Saturday morning go to visit brother and do shopping. Car pulling so I decide that I must get tracking done, have to get new tyre anyway. The tyreman checks and says the tracking quite bad, but does it. Have to go back in a few days for a recheck. Do that its moved a little but he fixes that. Then we have some little drops of oil on the drive, but cannot see were from.
Today car goes for MOT and she fails because the suspension is knackered and the oil is from that. Road is not the councils so no redress from them. Cannot find owner of road from anyone Moral dont buy or go to buy from people who can’t give you information so you can get a redress.
I must make it clear that i don’t blame Edwards Buildbase for the damage unless of course they own thee road, but I am annoyed that they could or would not let me know who owns the road and is responsible.
Here are two stories about the most famous painting THE MONA LISA.
Stolen “Mona Lisa” One of Year’s Sensations (1911)
(From the Honolulu Evening Bulletin – September 30, 1911)
PARIS – The announcement that Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait of Madonna Lisa Del Gioconda of Florence, known as the “Mona Lisa,” the costliest painting in the world, had been stolen created a tremendous sensation here, Parisians being said to have forgotten for the time the rumors of war. Great crowds collected in the neighborhood of the Louvre where for five years the painting has been on exhibition and from which the thief carefully removed the portrait from the frame, leaving the frame on the staircase.
The theft of the Gainsborough portrait, stolen from London and recovered many years later through the efforts of the late Pat Sheedy, “honest” American gambler, was insignificant compared to the loss of the “Mona Lisa,” for which it is said an offer of $5,000,000 has been refused. Art connoisseurs aver that, while this seems a preposterous value to place upon a painting, the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece is second only to the Sistine Madonna in intrinsic value. The portrait of the Florentine lady was painted more than 400 years ago and the beauty of Mona Lisa has lived through the centuries on this canvas.
Mona Lisa Recovered; Thief Is In Custody (1913)
(From The Salt Lake Tribune – December 13, 1913)
Mystery that Baffled World for More than Two Years is Solved
France to Get Picture Back
Vengeance His Motive
FLORENCE – Leonardo da Vinci’s famous masterpiece, “La Geaconda,” or, as it is more popularly known, “Mona Lisa,” was recovered in a dramatic fashion in the city today, more than two years after its disappearance from the Louvre in Paris.
A few days ago Alfredo Geri, a prominent our dealer of Florence, received a letter signed “Leonard,” offering to sell a picture of great value.
Geri, in accordance with his custom, made immediate arrangements to look at the picture. When he looked upon the canvas he saw at once that it was the stolen masterpiece and sent for Director Poggi of the Uffizzi galleries. Poggi was also struck with the remarkable resemblance to the missing portrait from the Louvre.
Experts Identify Picture
In order to make certain, however, the two experts sent for Commendatore Ricci, the famous art critic of Rome. When he had looked at the painting he gave it as his unqualified opinion that the painting was none other than the picture that has been sought throughout the world for two years.
Ricci requested that he be given an opportunity to talk with the man who had offered the canvas for sale. Accordingly the man was brought before him. He was questioned briefly. The fellow seemed half-witted, and he could not give a good account of himself. He was then arrested.
As he was being taken away by the police he kept laughingly repeating that he had taken the picture out of revenge for the robbery and destruction of Italy’s art treasures by Napoleon 100 years ago. He declared It had been his purpose to restore it to Italy.
After the police had submitted the man to thorough questioning it was discovered that his name was Vincenzo Perugia.
The correspondent of the International News Service had a talk with the thief. He then told how he had stolen the painting.
“I was an employee of the Louvre,” said he. “Many times I heard my French comrades tell me how many of the treasures in the galleries had been stolen by Napoleon from Italy. Then I decided that I would steal a picture myself and get some revenge for the insult to my country.”
“One Monday in August, 1911, while the guard was relaxed, I removed ‘La Giaconda’ from its place in the galleries and hid with it in the cellar until evening. Then I removed the painting from its frame and took it home with me. I kept the panel hidden for two years. Three months ago I wrote to Alfredo Geri and offered to sell the painting for$100,000, provided that the painting be kept in Italy. When I came here I was arrested. That is all I know about it.”