Saturday Scenes

Wed 27 May 2009

World Turtle Day

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 22:51

So I’m doing my standard search around to find interesting things to say about the 23rd of May and it turns out it is World Turtle Day which sounds pretty neat but when I tried to find out more I got this.
World Turtle Day

May 23 is designated World Turtle Day, a day to celebrate turtles and examine ways to enhance turtle conservation efforts, as turtles in the wild are increasingly threatened by a variety of pressures. One threat to wild turtle populations, unfortunately, includes the pet trade. Turtles can be wonderful pets but need a great deal of care and dedication. Read more about various species of turtles, including aquatic turtles, box turtles, and tortoises in About Turtles and Tortoises.

Celebrate World Turtle Day at

I was a bit leery of clicking through to what sounded to me like a porn website but I was brave and did it anyway and it turned out it’s not Her Parts but in fact Herp Arts which didn’t actually make me feel much better about it until my boyfriend pointed out that herpetology is the study of amphibians and nothing to do with sexually transmitted diseases.

So now you know.

Meanwhile, on to this week’s Saturday Scenes!

Saturday Scenes is a great way to see the world from someone else’s point of view! Taking part is easy:

1. Take a photograph on a Saturday
2. Send it to @SatScenes on Twitter
3. Wait for the webpage to get updated
4. Oooh and aah over all the great submissions from all over the world!

So take a photograph this weekend and send it to @Satscenes!

Wed 20 May 2009

Playing Games

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 19:12

On May 16th, 1804, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody was born. She is famous for opening the first English-language kindergarten in the United States. This is relevant mainly because I love this photograph:

Not that I’m comparing Twitter to a kindergarten or anything. Among other things, our images are MUCH better than your average finger painting on the fridge!

Take a look at these photographs taken on May 16, 2009:

This week’s bright lights and beautiful colours come to you from the following fun people:

We want to see your Saturday Scenes. All you have to do is follow this quick list:

  1. Take a photograph on a Saturday
  2. Upload the photograph
  3. Send a tweet to @SatScenes with the url

Wed 13 May 2009

Just Killing Time

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 22:49

BBC News on the 9th of May, 1956:
Mystery of missing frogman deepens

British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden has refused to reveal the details surrounding the disappearance of a naval diver during a goodwill visit by the Soviet leadership.

But he told a packed House of Commons “the appropriate disciplinary steps” were being taken – heightening speculation that Commander Lionel “Buster” Crabb was on a secret spying mission for which permission had not been granted.


It appears that Lionel Crabb was on a spying mission for MI6 – unbeknown to the Prime Minister. The statement by the Admiralty was an attempt to cover up the mission but when the Soviets claimed to have seen a frogman Sir Anthony Eden was forced to speak out. Sir John Alexander Sinclair, head of MI6 was subsequently forced to resign.

The headless body of a man in the remains of a diving suit was found in Chichester harbour in 1957. A coroner concluded that it was Crabb’s body and it was buried with his silver-mounted swordstick.

We will know the answer in 2057, when the Cabinet papers regarding this mystery will be released.

What shall we do while we wait?

Well, luckily on the 9th of May, 2009 people all over the world are helping us to pass the time by taking photographs of their Saturday. Take a look:

I’m not worried about being able to see other people’s @replies because I get to find out about all the interesting Twitter streams by watching for SatScenes. Go say hello to these great people:

Wed 6 May 2009

Girls on Film

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 14:52

On the 2nd of May, 1887, the Reverend Hannibal Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film.

Plastics Historical Society page about Hannibal Goodwin says:

He took up photography so that he could produce his own illustrations for his talks. He experimented with cellulose nitrate as a less fragile material than glass for making lantern slides and in 1887, the year he retired from the church he had served for 20 years, Goodwin filed a patent for “a photographic pellicle and process of producing same … especially in connection with roller cameras”.

In 1900, Goodwin set up the Goodwin Film & Camera Co. but before film production had started he was involved in a street accident near a construction site and died from his injuries. His patent was sold to Ansco who successfully sued Eastman Kodak for infringement of the patent and were awarded $5,000,000.

On the 2nd of May, 2009, Twitter users took photographs all over the world with their digital cameras and then submitted them to @satscenes!

Take a look:

All the cool kids on Twitter are submitting Saturday Scenes. Pop by and tell them hello!

Why don’t you join us? It’s easy:

  1. Take a photograph on a Saturday
  2. Upload the photograph
  3. Send a tweet to @SatScenes with the url

I’m looking forward to seeing your Saturday Scene in the next edition!

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