As children, we were often assured by grandparents that the axe we were
using to cut kindling was the very axe that George Washington used to cut
down his father's cherry tree. "Of course", they would say, "its handle has
been replaced four times and it's had two new heads since then."
At 11:55 AM 10/25/2015 +0000, you wrote:
>Some people are disappointed, after having visited the Mary Rose in
>Portsmouth Dockyard, as they expected more of the ship to have
>In reality there is substantially more of the Mary Rose, that faced
>the French in 1545, than that of HMS Victory, in the adjacent dry
>dock, that faced the French in 1805.
>Over the two centuries since the Battle of Trafalgar most of Victory
>has been replaced. The masts have been replaced numerous times, not
>taking into account that they were originally shot away in the battle
>and the ship was left as a floating hulk.
>HMS Warrior, which is berthed just outside the naval dockyard, and
>impresses all who venture aboard her, are in most cases unaware that
>only the hull is original. Everything else is a facsimile.
>I suppose the same can now be said of the 'Cutty Sark' and the 'SS
>On 10/25/15, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Similar to Trigger's broom in 'Only Fools and Horses'?
>> On 10/25/15, Peter Laurie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> When I was a student I had a summer job as a scaffolders' labourer. One
>>> our jobs was the east end of Kings College Chapel. The very old man who
>>> the stonemasons came to check our work and as a treat I was allowed up on
>>> the roof too.
>>> I said what a privilege it was to be amongst all this ancient stonework.
>>> said 'Don't you worry booy, there's nothing you can see that's more than
>>> years old.'
>>> The moral being, I suppose, that the idea in the stones is reproduced
>>> generation after generation. It doesn't matter that the current stones
>>> So, when ISIL has gone away, the ideas at Palmyra can be released once
>>> from the rock.