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Cleopatra’s Needles

After living in New York City for almost 2.5 years, I finally made out to visit the obelisk in Central Park.  I was running an errand on the UES, and figured since I close by I should stop.  The obelisk known as “Cleopatra’s Needle” is one of a pair.   The other half-lives in London.   While working in Covent Garden, I would visit the other “Cleopatra’s Needle” usually after work.  I also have visited the needle in Paris, which is not part of this NYC/London pair, but is part of a pair that marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple.

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The Central Park obelisk is located behind the MET or basically E. 82nd street. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

Central Park NYC

The surface of the stone is heavily weathered, nearly masking the rows of Egyptian hieroglyphs engraved on all sides. Photographs taken near the time the obelisk was erected in the park show that the inscriptions or hieroglyphs, as depicted below with translation,[15] were still quite legible and date first from Thutmosis III (1479–1425 BC) and then nearly 300 years later, Ramesses II the Great (1279–1213 BC). The stone had stood in the clear dry Egyptian desert air for nearly 3000 years and had undergone little weathering. In a little more than a century in the climate of New York City, pollution and acid rain have heavily pitted its surfaces. In 2010, Dr. Zahi Hawass, sent an open letter to the president of the Central Park Conservancy and the Mayor of New York City insisting on improved conservation efforts. If they are not able to properly care for the obelisk, he has threatened to “take the necessary steps to bring this precious artifact home and save it from ruin.” Wikipedia Commons Photo by Arturo Fernandez

Translation of NYC Central Park Cleopatra's Needle hierglyphics “Egypt and its Betrayal” by Elbert E. Farman, 1908. Chapters XIV-XV documents the history of the New York City obelisk from its origins to how it came to rest in Central Park. E. E. Farman was the US Consul at Cairo who secured the obelisk for the United States and New York City Graphic from Page 191, Chapter XVII - HISTORY OF OBELISK.  Wikipedia Commons

Translation of NYC Central Park Cleopatra’s Needle hierglyphics “Egypt and its Betrayal” by Elbert E. Farman, 1908. Chapters XIV-XV documents the history of the New York City obelisk from its origins to how it came to rest in Central Park. E. E. Farman was the US Consul at Cairo who secured the obelisk for the United States and New York City Graphic from Page 191, Chapter XVII – HISTORY OF OBELISK. Wikipedia Commons

Paris, France

The Paris Needle (“L’aiguille de Cléopâtre”) is in the Place de la Concorde. The centre of the Place is occupied by the giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphs exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Along with its twin (still in situ), it once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. The ruler of Egypt and Sudan, Muhammad Ali, presented the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1826. Wikipedia Commons Photo by Arturo Fernandez

I couldn’t find any of my photos of Cleopatra’s Needle in London, so I leave you with the next best thing.

Cleopatra's Needle Wenlock

Cleopatra’s Needle Wenlock, located in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

To learn more about the obelisks be sure to visit Wikipedia.

Its Been Three Years Since

Steve Jobs shows off the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference by Matthew Yohe

Steve Jobs shows off the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference by Matthew Yohe

The world lost Steve Jobs.  What can be said about the man that hasn’t already been said?  I for one remember where I was when I heard the news that he had passed.  I was sitting in my London flat, having a cup of coffee and getting ready for my first interview with the company that he co-founded.  Not knowing what to expect during the interview, I figured I would at the very least prepare myself to talk about anything that happened in the past few days.  That’s when I found out he had passed away.  I didn’t know what to think.  Should I go or not go to the interview?  Would the stores be closed? Would my interview be rescheduled?  All this was going thru my head, as I boarded the bus into the city.  If worse came to worse, I would take a nice ride into the city and hit up a Apple store looking for some pics.

Tributes to the late Steve Jobs, outside the Apple Store in London's Covent Garden.  Photo by Garry Knight

Tributes to the late Steve Jobs, outside the Apple Store in London’s Covent Garden. Photo by Garry Knight

Needless to say, that it was business as usual and the interview went on.  A few weeks later, I was putting on my blue shirt and hitting the floor at Covent Garden.

The Cube at night.  Photo by Arturo Fernandez

The Cube at night. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

A year and half later, I put on the blue shirt and hit the floor at the world famous Cube on 5th Ave in New York City.

 

RIP Steve Jobs

Looking Back: Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium

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The Chicago Bears run onto the field at Wembley Stadium before the start of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 as part of the annual NFL’s visit to London.  The Bears would win by a score of 24-18 on a good ground game lead by Matt Forte.  For more photos from the game check out the Daily Herald’s coverage here and to see what’s new with the Chicago Bears go here.  Sorry Tampa fans, but this here is a Bears supporter, so do a web search for news about your club.

Tower Bridge

 

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I seem to have a love affair with the City of London or at least with some of its landmarks.  During my year there, I paid many a visit to Tower Bridge and to the London Eye.  Why?  I’m not sure, I really enjoyed looking at them and most of all I really enjoyed taking photos of them.  Sure, they are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, but I always seemed to find something different each and every time I stopped by.