I told you that the story was debunked, you are correct, according to the naval wartime museum, cannonballs were kept in the powder locker because even a brass plate would not keep them in place during high seas! Also for your information, I not only know what a holystone is, I have used one on a wwII vintage minesweeper!!! Last of all, see you thought it was about your temper when, according to you, it was Papa God giving the children a source of enjoyment that has evidently lasted for years and years! What a loving Lord we serve!!!! April 28, 2018 at 12:26 pm I’ve collected many things in my 84+ years, but never thought of scat! Thank goodness, as I might have lost my free room and board! I know what my mother would have said about that, SCAT! Please enter your name here Reply April 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm The Old Timer NH April 22, 2018 at 7:56 am April 25, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply April 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm Please enter your comment! The Old Timer Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Ej Reply April 27, 2018 at 2:44 am Reply And fer that one Richard ye are deserving of being keelhauled! Trying to explain something to a landlubber be a waste of time doncha know! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Boy oh boy, aint it the truth! “Let go and let God!” It seems that this Is always pretty good advice no matter what we are doing in life. You take care Don, Chaz It seems that everybody is siding with my poor innocent children! Perhaps I should have collected more benign and innocent critters such as hornets nests still containing their residents or real cute rabid rats. Chaz charles towne April 23, 2018 at 4:05 pm Avast there ye lubber. It be obvious that ye has way too much free time on yer hands matey SO GET YE BUSY HOLYSTONING THE DECK! The holystone was a chunk of lava rock that was used to scrub and sand the oak deck making it clean and almost white. The monkeys were actually the small boys whose job it was to carry the powder from below decks to the cannons. They were called POWDER MONKEYS because as they scurried around carrying the black powder they were stooped over and looked like little monkeys. Hey, I weren’t there but it makes sense to me! Another good one was the old saying concerning loose cannons. During vicious storms cannons weighing several tonnes (THAT IS OLDE ENGLISH FOR TONS) would break loose and start rolling around and unless they were tied down they would plunge down through a hatchway and go through the bottom of the ship thus sinking the ship and killing everybody on board THUS THE TERM WAS ADAPTED TO SIGNIFY ANYTHING OUT OF CONTROL. To be honest with you my kids are still laughing about the old cannonball in the box gag. Each of them claim responsibility for giving daddy the real funny limp. Blessings on ya matey. Chaz Reply Gymrat April 23, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply Reply The protection from self prayer is one of my main go to prayers. Seems as if I’m always letting my emotions guide me in situations instead of relaxing and letting the Lord lead. When I do let Him lead, I find a sense of…..well common sense and life is much easier to live.Great column Chuck, God bless! April 22, 2018 at 11:21 am April 27, 2018 at 4:22 pm Dear Kristin, no, there were no forthcoming confessions so naturally, as any good parent would do, I punished them all equally. And really, I don’t know where you get the nerve siding with my mother! It all turned out alright though because I was finally able to train mama not to open mystery boxes in my bedroom. One thing I have discovered in my long, very strange and somewhat eventful life is that unlike mama I can’t hide anything from Papa God ’cause nothing scares Him! Blessings on you dear friend, Chaz Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply Don, I guess my sainted mother realized that boys will be boys and I am glad that she was as patient as she was. She was sort of like Papa God in that sense, I believe He yearns for us to grow up. Blessings pal, Chaz charles towne The Old Timer charles towne Awww EJ, and just what is my new name going to be, Ye olde Kicker of Cannon Balls? Or, Olde Broken Foot? Or, Ye Olde pain in The Toe? One thing I can assure you pal, I didn’t kick any mysterious boxes any time soon! Chaz charles towne April 25, 2018 at 9:31 am OK Chaz, you ready? On old wooden warships how to keep the ammo (cannon balls) near the cannons where they were to be used? The answer was a pyramid 4 cannonballs square under a 9 cannonball level which was under a 4 ball level with 1 cannon ball on top! Thus 30 cannon balls could be stored on deck where they would be needed! They solved the problem of how to keep the ammo in place with a large brass plate with 16 indentations to position the bottom level of the pyramid. This led to an expression some of you may have heard, for some unknown reason this brass plate was called “a monkey”. In cold weather, brass contracts much more rapidly than iron. The indentations would shrink and the cannon balls would begin rolling around, thus the expression – ” cold enough to freeze the (cannon) balls off a brass monkey! This has been debunked but it still is a great story!!!I know that you know how much Papa God loves children, did you ever consider he might have used that box on the floor to give your little one endless hours of laughter? Reply Reply April 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm Reply Reply CSG, “Archives of your memory!” Hmm, almost sounds lethal, like cerebral flatulence, hoof and mouth disease or mouth rot? I surely do hope I don’t get none of that! April 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm charles towne Don Lindsey charles towne charles towne The Old Timer Yes Richard all that is true except for the fact at family reunions I hate being called “Ol’ Broken Toe!” I envy you your experience on the minesweeper. I am sure you know what being “keelhauled” meant. Take care and God bless, Chaz Reply 24 COMMENTS Reply What was wrong with just collecting comic books and baseball cards? Count your blessings. The kids could could have boxed up ALL of the cannonballs. Richard April 26, 2018 at 6:39 pm charles towne Oh my, how I love to read your stories!! After I finished laughing,it made me realize that my two boys were REALLY much better and easier to raise than I ever thought. I truly admire your mother and her ability to stay calm…good example!Seriously, life is an amazing adventure everyday. And yes, we need God’s protection in everything we do, every decision we make. Thank you, Lord for watching over us, loving us and protecting us in ways we don’t even realize. Thanks, Chuck…for another humorous, but thought provoking article from the archives of your memory. Thanks for a good story about how misdirected anger can really hurt us. I can picture you howling with the unexpected pain. Nice that we can laugh about it now, though. Did you ever find out which one of your kids put the box over the bowling ball? As for your Mom, the more we learn about her, the more she does indeed sound like a saint. Snakes in a box in your bedroom? Yikes! That makes the scat collection seem almost desirable. April 27, 2018 at 2:24 am charles towne April 27, 2018 at 3:04 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. April 22, 2018 at 3:50 pm Reply April 25, 2018 at 10:07 pm Reply Don Young April 24, 2018 at 9:25 am Reply Dear CSG, Who told you my dear ol’ mama was calm? She wasn’t calm she just prayed a lot! What I haven’t been able to figure out is why folks don’t pray more than they do? I remember mama kneeling in prayer and at the time I didn’t understand it at all. She talked to Papa God like the two of them were best friend and I guess they were, best friends I mean. If I didn’t learn anything else from her that was enough and it has almost become second nature… (Praying that is.) Thanks for the comment and God bless you and yours, Chaz Reply April 25, 2018 at 8:42 pm charles towne Similar to your odd memorabilia, anger has a way of collecting a big pile of regrets! I used to teach anger management to adults. Breathe…..and don’t think with your lizard brain! Reply TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleCommunity Health Centers receives award from CDCNext articleDueling birthdays Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Yes Richard all that is true except for the fact at family reunions I hate being called “Ol’ Broken Toe!” I envy you your experience on the minesweeper. I am sure you know what being “keelhauled” meant. Take care and God bless, Chaz InspirationBy Charles Towne There was a time, way back when, that I used to collect all sorts of neat stuff, some of it dead and some of it becoming dead.(The dead stuff I figured would eventually turn into fossils.”)I collected treasures, some of it stuff what to you normal folks out there would appear a bit strange.My mother stopped cleaning my room because some of my treasures were a challenge to her sense of decorum and propriety.Take scat for instance, and if you don’t know what scat is, well, look it up.I had a vast collection of scat. Raccoon scat, possum scat, muskrat scat, fox scat, dog scat, cat scat, deer scat, owl scat, etc. etc. etc. I want you to know that my scat collection was the envy of every boy in my hometown.And then I was always dragging live critters home.Mama made a mistake once and looked in a wooden box in my room where I was keeping about a dozen garden snakes, fox snakes, and corn snakes.(It was about this time that I noticed that her hair was beginning to go a bit gray.)As difficult as it might be for you to believe, MY MAMA RELEASED ALL OF MY SNAKES?But, understanding that nature abhors a vacuum, and the snake box being empty, I immediately put a beautiful, mean, snarling, smelly old possum in the box that had recently contained the snakes.My poor mama.As the years passed some of my collectibles became less gamy.And then one day, quite by surprise I woke up to discover that I was a man and being a man my interests changed from scat to things a little less odoriferous. Like girls for instance.We will not discuss girls here but some less controversial collectibles.Take my cannonball collection for instance. one of my cannon balls was a seventy-pound monster that I thought added something to the décor of our living room.(My sweet wife, the mother of my four adorable and wonderful children was very patient, just like my mother.)Well now, that is interesting! I never thought of it before but I guess I was making a collection of little Towne’s and didn’t even know it!I came home for lunch one day somewhat out of sorts and when I walked through the door I noted this cardboard box in the middle of the floor.Like I indicated, grumpy old poop that I was, I drew back and kicked that box. What a terrible mistake! One of my sweet, adorable and wonderful offspring had put that box over my very large, very heavy, cast iron cannonball.As you can imagine when I kicked that accursed box it didn’t move, not even a little bit, but my poor toes did!Yes, my toes, my poor, poor toes, they folded back over the top of my foot in an interesting way that toes are not supposed to fold, with a copious amount of excruciatingly interesting pain I might add.(If someone other than myself had experienced that pain it would have been a beautiful thing to behold.)You, being the level-headed person that you are would never have kicked the box, but me? Well, I, being me, I kicked the box.Anger is like that, it usually backfires. One thing I can tell you for sure is that when I kicked it I didn’t hurt that old cannonball even a little bit.Dear Papa God, Please protect us from ourselves. Help us to be the level-headed folks you want us to be, in Jesus’ Holy name I ask it, AmenLive fully,Love openly,And make a difference, todayCharles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. April 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm Kristin April 27, 2018 at 2:22 pm April 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm Reply And Richard me lad me thinks ye are both right and wrong. Several cannon using various size cannonballs would perhaps cause the brass plate to vary in size according to the cannon it serviced. Do ye think, maybe, perhaps? Ahh NH, the old lizard brain rears its ugly head again… The gnashing of teeth, the clenched fist, anger, retaliation, fury, revenge, all the ugly stuff that seems to want to control and dominate us can, with God’s blessed help be overcome. O dear God please help each of us to be what you want us to be. Help us, bless us with your love. Let us each one stop kicking cannon balls! Bless each one of us and help us to be like Jesus is my prayer, Amen. Chaz Richard CSG LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Dear Old Timer, I knew a fellow one time that had a lethal case of the foot rot, and another one that had B.O. of the brain, at least I think that’s what they called it? That foot rot fellow he stunk so bad he had his own pew in church, just sayin’, Chaz charles towne Reply Do I hear an echo? April 22, 2018 at 8:31 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply WHY DO YOU KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS, ? We shall change your name!
Its aim is to enable conversations between different communities who are exploring the consequences of Brexit; and make it easier for them to share and examine the information available, and construct a communications plan.Grants from £1,000 up to £10,000 are available, and the fund is aimed at:Organisations who can mobilise / connect with local community groupsOrganisations with an income over £250k will particularly need to show how local community leadership is driving their discussionOrganisations who can show how they will connect local people to the broaderThose with an understanding of the economics of BrexitOrganisations who will ensure inclusion of groups who are on the margins of this conversationThose with a willingness to attend a conference where learning will be sharedThose with a willingness to participate in an ongoing online conversation about learningThe closing date for applications is 1pm on 1st September. Further information and the online application form is available on the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s website. 93 total views, 1 views today Melanie May | 26 July 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Fund created to support NI charities through Brexit The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has launched the Northern Ireland Brexit Dialogue Fund to help community organisations navigate their way through Brexit.According to the Foundation, the Northern Ireland Brexit Dialogue Fund has been created to support organisations who are actively planning how to ensure that those most on the margins of society are not further excluded as a result of Brexit, as well as to help community and voluntary organisations that are also thinking about how Brexit will affect their own future. 94 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Brexit Funding Northern Ireland About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
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Boxing in the Rio 2016 Olympics lasted throughout the 16 days of competition from August 5-21 and was marked by both exciting boxing and controversies.There were complaints about the judging, and two fights in particular – a bantamweight contest between Michael Conlan of Ireland and Vladimir Nikitin from Russia, and a heavyweight contest between Eveny Tishchenko from Russia and Vassiliy Levit from Kazakhstan – drew the ire of thousands of boxing fans.In the bantamweight contest, Nikitin was awarded the verdict, which took him into the finals, and this has been challenged far and wide as a bad call. The widespread opinion is that Conlan won, and this belief was heightened when Nikitin was unable to fight again because of injuries to his face and lost by walk-over in the semi-final bout.This was a particularly bad situation as Conlan gave the middle finger salute to the judges before leaving the ring, and after he left, he launched a broadside against the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the ruling body and the officials, calling them corrupt. He announced afterwards that he would be turning professional, but the last has certainly not been heard of this because it is quite likely be brought up on various charges for his behaviour.In the heavyweight contest, Tishchenko went on to win the gold medal, but public opinion was that it should have been Levit in the finals. In response, the head of AIBA, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, pointed to the fact that in over 239 bouts at the time of the controversy, “only a handful of bouts” had been targeted for criticism.Action was, however, taken against some officials. Some referees/judges were excluded from the competition shortly afterwards and reports are that they were sent home. In addition, and this was a major development, the executive director of AIBA, Karim Bouzidi, was removed from his duties at the Olympics and as executive director. He is to be assigned to another position in AIBA, it was announced.BEST SHOWApart from these few particularly bad days, the boxing competition was keen and exciting and some of the best boxing at the Olympics was put on show. The new scoring system, which is based on the 10-point must scoring system, as in professional boxing, was used, and was very successful.Boxing fans were treated to very competitive bouts throughout the 16 days, and the boxing venue, Rio Centro Pavilion 6, was always packed with wildly cheering spectators. The addition of professionals was not a very successful move as only three made it to Rio, and they were all defeated early in competition.At the end of the day, the records will show that medals were won by 19 countries. Uzbekistan pulled off a surprise by topping the medals table with three gold, two silver, and two bronze. Cuba followed with three gold and three bronze. Russia, France, and Colombia were the other gold medal winners in the male section of competition.In the female section, Claressa Shields from the USA successfully defended her middleweight title, as did Nicola Adams from Britain, the flyweight champion. The new lightweight female champion is Estelle Mossely from France. Shields was again the only gold medal winner in boxing for the USA.Shields was named the Outstanding Female Boxer of the tournament, and light-flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov from Uzbekistan was named the Outstanding Male Boxer. They were both awarded the respective Val Baker trophies.