Friday Dragonslayer: Michael

Smiting the Dragon of Sin

Description: The Archangel Michael spears a beast with “the strength of God” in a page from the Black Book of the Exchequer.
Date: 13th century
Our Catalogue Reference: E 36/266

This image is from the collections of The National Archives. Feel free to share it within the spirit of the Commons. For high quality reproductions of any item from the collection please contact the image library.

From the UK Archives in Flickr Commons.

Friday Dragonslayer: Bryn Mawr

(Constance Hall) St. Geo. And Dragon, Bryn Mawr  (LOC)

(Constance Hall) St. Geo. And Dragon, Bryn Mawr
taken between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915
1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).
Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.16338
Call Number: LC-B2- 3106-1

Via Flickr Commons

Friday Illustration: Spider

Image taken from page 39 of 'Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]'

Image from the British Library collection in Flickr Commons.

Title: “Songs for Little People. [With illustrations by H. Stratton.]”
Author: GALE, Norman Rowland.
Contributor: STRATTON, Helen.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 011652.g.53.”
Page: 39
Place of Publishing: pp. viii. 110. Constable & Co.: London, 1896
Date of Publishing: 1896
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001352199

Wikipedia articles on Norman Gale and Helen Stratton.

Friday Marginalia: Angel

Image taken from page 118 of 'Mr. Grant Allen's New Story “Michael's Crag.” With ... marginal illustrations in silhouette, etc'

Image from the British Library collection in Flickr Commons.

Title: “Mr. Grant Allen’s New Story “Michael’s Crag.” With … marginal illustrations in silhouette, etc”
Author: Allen, Grant
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 012630.ee.13.”
Page: 118
Place of Publishing: London
Date of Publishing: 1893
Publisher: Leadenhall Press
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 000055000

Grant Allen on Wikipedia and elsewhere, Gutenberg text of the story here.

Friday Photo: Bridge building

Forth Bridge construction: General view taken late in the evening

Photograph of general view of the Forth Bridge under construction. We have here a view taken late in the evening, which accounts for the smoothness of the water and the depth of the shadows. This view is chiefly remarkable for effect, much detail at the base of the cantilevers being lost. The picture embraces the whole of bridge up to date, north of south cantilever and on a considerable scale.
—Transcription from Philip Phillips, ‘The Forth Railway Bridge’, Edinburgh, 1890.

(This is the Forth (Rail) Bridge, not to be confused with the Forth Road Bridge.)

Further photos available on the National Library of Scotland site here Via Flickr Commons.

Friday Ornament: Monkfish

Image taken from page 82 of 'From Squire to Squatter. A tale, etc'

Image from the British Library collection in Flickr Commons.

Title: “From Squire to Squatter. A tale, etc”
Author: Stables, Gordon
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 012633.g.61.”
Page: 82
Place of Publishing: pp. 384. Shaw & Co.: London, [1888.]
Date of Publishing: 1888
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 003471513

Author entry on Wikipedia here. Gutenberg edition of the text here.

What Does the Sock Say?

Blogger posts,
Friend writes this
Spammer adds
Some word salad.
N00b goes what?,
Crank goes but—
And the conversation starts.
Redditor
Submits a link,
And the trolls come out to play.

But there’s one voice
That no one knows
What does the sock say?

Just a thing-thing-thing-a-thingy-thing!
Let me bring-bring-bring-bring-a-thing-up-thing!
Let me bring-bring-bring-bring-a-thing-up-thing!
What the sock say?

Wha-ta-fu-wha-ta-fu-huh?
Wha-ta-fu-wha-ta-fu-huh?
Wha-ta-fu-wha-ta-fu-huh?
What the sock say?

Hatey-hatey-hatey-ho!
Hatey-hatey-hatey-ho!
Hatey-hatey-hatey-ho!
What the sock say?

Yup-yup-yuppo-yuppo-yup!
Yup-yup-yuppo-yuppo-yup!
Yup-yup-yuppo-yuppo-yup!
What the sock say?

Different name
New IP
Strange how much
You remind me…
Make a slip
In what you know
Suddenly your true self shows.

And what I read
As innocent
From a stranger to my site
Now comes across
More sinister
And things get suddenly much
Wo-o-o-o-orse
Wo-o-o-o-orse
Wo-o-o-o-orse
I say your name and
Cu-u-u-u-urse
Cu-u-u-u-urse
Cu-u-u-u-urse

What does the sock say?

Got-cha-gotcha-gotcha-now!
Got-cha-gotcha-gotcha-now!
Got-cha-gotcha-gotcha-now!
What the sock say?

Fukka-kaka-kaka-kaka-cow!
Fukka-kaka-kaka-kaka-cow!
Fukka-kaka-kaka-kaka-cow!
What the sock say?

Tee-hee-teehee tee-hee!
Tee-hee-teehee tee-hee!
Tee-hee-teehee tee-hee!
What the sock say?

I foo-oo-oo-ooled
Yoo-oo-oo-ooo!
What does the sock say?

The secret of the sock
Anonymity
Somewhere out in the net
I know you’re hiding
What is your name?
Do I even care
What got you so obsessed with me?
Why do you stay?

You’re my internet stalker
Hiding in the net
Why do you stay?
I won’t go away, no, you can’t drive me away, no, I’m here to stay, yo
Will we ever know?
Maybe I’ll come and stay, now
I want you
Come on over and play, you’re
I want you, want you to go!
Reading the crap that I say, though.

Original version here, Know Your Meme explanation here, if you’re confused.

Friday Illustration: Polar bears

Image taken from page 200 of 'Our North Land: being a full account of the Canadian North-West and Hudson's Bay Route, together with a narrative of the experiences of the Hudson's Bay Expedition of 1884 ... Illustrated, etc'

Image from the British Library collection in Flickr Commons.

Title: “Our North Land: being a full account of the Canadian North-West and Hudson’s Bay Route, together with a narrative of the experiences of the Hudson’s Bay Expedition of 1884 … Illustrated, etc”
Author: TUTTLE, Charles Richmond.
Shelfmark: “British Library HMNTS 010470.h.4.”
Page: 200
Place of Publishing: Toronto
Date of Publishing: 1885
Publisher: C. Blackett Robinson
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 003695988

Scan of book here.

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