Friday, June 19, 2015

Trivia Bits 19 June


 The Lute Player

Dutch Golden Age painter born in the Southern Netherlands, Frans Hals the Elder painted one of his best known oil paintings The Lute Player circa 1623-1624 (pictured) and which now is part of the exhibition at Musée du Louvre Paris.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight contains the world's oldest airworthy survivor of the Battle of Britain, alongside ten other historic aircraft - two of which fought over Normandy on D-Day and are regularly seen at British State occasions and other events.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

The United Nations Angola Verification Mission II was a peacekeeping mission that monitored the 1990 ceasefire and 1991 Bicesse Accords.

Government House in Perth, Western Australia is the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia and was built between 1859 and 1864 largely with convict labour.

A parkour is a sport being is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training and aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves; furthermore, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner.

The instrumental Embryonic Journey composed by Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was played at the end of the May 6, 2004 final episode of the sitcom Friends.

North Ossetia-Alania is a federal subject of Russia with its capital being the city of Vladikavkaz.

English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets which cover themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality and was first published in a 1609 quarto with the full stylised title: Shake-Speares Sonnets.

The 1989 three ten-foot-high (3 m) bronze horses at the Minster Court, City of London by English sculptor Althea Wynne have been nicknamed Sterling, Dollar, and Yen.

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