WPC: 2

the Challenge being

ORNATE

which my dictionary (you know, I used to be able to copy-and-paste from this Mac’s onboard dictionary … and then some great brain in Apple’s blasted Maccery decided to ‘improve’ it. Now I’m reduced to blasted screenshots

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which is only one of the many reasons I’m never updating this blasted OS again. Going from a ‘Pussycat’ to ‘Mavericks’ was quite bad enough, but updating to ‘Yosemite’ was stupidity on my part. Never again, Apple can go suck eggs) …  moving on:

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—what can be more naturally ornate than a drop of water on a twig? Aaaah … but not just any old drop, this one was freshly minted from thawing snow. In a graveyard, how ’bout that! The very same graveyard in fact, where I scored this angelic angle a year or two back—

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—a bit too ornate for my tastes but that’s how the Victorians liked their angels. All feathers and enigmatic smiles (even if they have been in the wars a bit).

So: you want the mundane ornate, then?

Okay … feast your eyes on this. First up, I have a vested interest—

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Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 19.35.58—in that I’m a Leo. Hence I could identify with the guy in the capstone position, there, all tongue and purr.

Is he ornate, or what?

The office he holds is part of the most (okay, the only) ornate building in Invercargill, which square on looks a lot more like this—> although in these small images it’s hard to read the Latin inscriptions ornately inscribed many years ago by clever chaps with sharp tools.

I still have no idea what ‘Stet Diu Felix‘ means (stands God’s cat?) so I’ll look it up on Google:

“Stand for a long time lucky”—?

Oh, really? Man, is my Latin ever rusty! Perhaps we should step back a smidge and take a longer view—

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—and I shan’t even hazard a guess at the one that looks as if it might means something prosaic and predictable like “For the Use of The Community“. (Oh hell, I shan’t sleep tonight if I don’t … so here we go.) (Google could make a mint out of me if they charged for this) …

“For The Common Good”

So now we know (I like mine better, dammit).

Please spare me a moment whilst I rabbit through the thousands of unlabelled snaps in iPhoto, I know I have some shots of the whole ornate edifice somewhere …

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AND you wouldn’t believe how long it took to find this shot~! In the course of which I happily happened over this, which I’d snapped a few weeks ago—

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—when playing with the clouds and rain Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 23.58.16in relation to the mock-ornate lamp standards. (The gull just happened to flap on through as I shot, one of those happy coincidence things you read about sometimes).

AND I also stumbled over a telephoto shot of the fore-mentioned Leo gargoyle thing. I’ve shrunk it a bit to fit.

A Leo myself I married an Aries which is also a fire sign, which apparently can mean something to someone—both of us leaders, I believe, but I’m not dogmatic about it. To further complicate matters, in the Chinese systems I’m a Dog and The Spouse is (apparently) a Rat, which I’m told is not a good thing. (They’re clever, them Chinese … but I think they missed the boat on that one. Boom boom!)

No matter how ornate the systems they can’t get it right every time …

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NIL DESPERONSAPHAM

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