21 August 2009


please click on this link for a thorough description (including an animated illustration) of an engineering marvel known as the falkirk wheel, which links two sets of canals separated vertically by 24 meters (79 feet). this rotating boat lift is located near the town of falkirk in central scotland. fans of the movie Braveheart may recall that it was at the first battle of falkirk that scots freedom fighter william wallace was finally captured by forces under the english king, edward I ("edward longshanks") on 22 july 1298.

also, kudos to fellow blogger The Angry Black Woman, for her taking PETA to task for their counterproductive tactics ostensibly on behalf of animal rights and protection. TABW is one of my absolute favorite bloggers -- long may she reign !!

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