Moroccan end table - Dining table and 6 chairs - Kids folding table chairs.
Moroccan End Table
- A table is a type of furniture comprising an open, flat surface supported by a base or legs. It may be used to hold articles such as food or papers at a convenient or comfortable height when sitting, and is therefore often used in conjunction with chairs.
- (End tables) are small tables typically placed beside couches or armchairs. Often lamps will be placed on an end table.
- (End tables) Usually bought in pairs, they accent the style of the coffee table or other furniture. Usually placed at the end of the sofa, it is a very important piece of a living room set.
- a native or inhabitant of Morocco
- of or relating to or characteristic of Morocco or its people; "Moroccan mosques cannot be entered by infidels"
- (morocco) a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956
Stained Glass III
St. Michael's and All Angels Church Stage 1 of a private project, to make and install stained glass windows in the historic church of St Michael and All Angels in Sandakan, Borneo (Sabah) has been completed. The world class, heritage windows are a memorial to Australian and British prisoners of war who died in Sabah - at Sandakan, Ranau or on the death marches - during 1942-1945, and a thanksgiving to the local people who risked, and gave, their lives to help them. A total of 2428 POWs (of whom 1787 were Australian) died at Sandakan or on one of the infamous death marches to Ranau, the bulk of them in 1945, sixty years ago. Only six Australians who escaped, survived. All 641 British POWs perished. This is the first time Australians from all states have had the opportunity to participate in such a project or to show their gratitude to the people of Sabah, many of whom were tortured or imprisoned for trying to help the prisoners. Eight were executed by firing squad. How many others died is impossible to assess. Many of the prisoners, who were transferred from Singapore by ship, spent the night in the church before marching to the Sandakan compound, 12 kilometres away. Built in the late 1890s from local stone, in the style of a cathedral, St Michael’s is one of only four buildings to survive World War II. All, interestingly, were places of worship - two small Chinese temples, and the town mosque. The idea to create a memorial window was conceived in 2003, during a trip to Sandakan, where I conduct an Anzac Day service with a small group of POW relatives each year. I approached the Rector to discuss my idea and, as a result, the church authorities made available the entire, tri-panelled west window. Over five metres in height, it dominates the main entrance. Response to the project from relatives of the prisoners and other caring people was so great (over $100,000 donated) that it was possible to commission the west window, and three more below, and to create a beautiful POW Chapel in the church. Philip Handel, a well-known Sydney artisan who has spent a life-time designing and making stained glass windows for gothic-style churches, came out of retirement to undertake the project. He used only hand-blown, antique French glass of the highest quality, and which he had not seen in Australia for twenty years. Using this exquisite glass as his basis, he then began creating his masterpiece. Coincidentally, the main window consists of 2,500 pieces - one piece for each POW. Each piece of glass, after Handel had added the detail he required to create his design, was fired in a special kiln, up to three times, depending on the depth of detail required. The design of all four windows is integrated. The main window is spread across the three panels, or lights. Various shades of blue on the outer border represent the oceans which link the three nations. The subject for the upper, or memorial section, is from the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 12, depicting a shining angel backed by ruby-coloured, spiralling shapes suggesting movement, and enclosed by a rainbow-hued circle – a symbol of peace and hope for the future. Below, in a prison cell, sits St Peter, who is under sentence of death. He is amazed at the awesome sight and incredulous at the miraculous loosening of his chains, and his subsequent deliverance which the Roman guards are unable to prevent. This scene is a reminder of the Almighty’s power to free the spirit of mankind from evil and oppression. The text, ‘By the strength of your arm, preserve those condemned to die’, reinforces this message. Above the angel, at the top of the central arch, sprays of wattle surround the floral emblems of the Australian states from which the men enlisted. The orange and yellow hues in the centre represent the colours of the outback and the setting sun; the purple tones, the mountain ranges. The lower section of the window features the well-known parable, The Good Samaritan. This story, which teaches compassion between strangers, typifies the spirit of mateship which sustained the prisoners until the end, and exemplifies the compassion of local people towards strangers in need of help and comfort during many dark days. Included in this setting is a representation of The Big Tree - a mengarris and a prominent landmark at the infamous Sandakan POW Camp. Another coloured spectrum, echoing the rainbow theme, frames the figures and the whole picture is encompassed with the flowers of Australia, Britain and Sabah, united by their wartime experience. The focus words Endurance, Honour, Compassion, Courage and Sacrifice, describe the triumph of the spirit and will over flesh – the purpose of the memorial. Below the main window are a large arched window over the west door, featuring a brilliantly coloured Christian cross, and two much smaller windows to either side – an angel representing Peace and another representing Eternity. The centre piece of the chapel, directly below
Bannerman Castle - taken from a moving train
The Bannerman Family History: The intersection of Pollopel Island with the Bannerman family is one of fate -- the magnetic pull of two entities shaped by the legacy of the battlefield. On maps it is Pollopel Island: 6 3/4 acres of mostly rock; 1,000 feet from the eastern shore of the Hudson; 50 miles north of New York City. During the Revolutionary War, patriots unsuccessfully tried to stop the British from advancing north of the island by sinking 106 upright logs tipped in iron points in the Hudson. Later, General George Washington approved plans to use the island as a military prison. The castle's builder, Frank Bannerman VI, was a Scottish patriot, very proud of his descent from one of the few Macdonald's to survive the massacre at Glencoe in 1692. During the 1690's, the King of England demanded allegiance from the Scottish clans. Legend has it that the Macdonald clan was slow to give the British their oath of loyalty. Acting on behalf of the Crown, a rival clan, the Campbells, slaughtered all Macdonald males ages 12-70. One escaped to the hills with the clan banner -- and from that day on, his family name was Bannerman. The Bannerman family immigrated in 1854, when Frank was three, and settled in Brooklyn. His father established a business selling flags, rope and other articles acquired at Navy auctions. When he joined the union army during the Civil War, 13-year-old Frank began running the business. At the close of the Civil War, the U.S. government auctioned off military goods by the ton, mostly to be scrapped for their metal. Young Frank can be called the "Father of the Army-Navy Store," for he was one of the first to realize that much of what was being sold had a market value higher than scrap. Under his guidance, Bannerman's became the world's largest buyer of surplus military equipment. Their storeroom and showroom, taking up a full block at 501 Broadway, opened to the public in 1905. Of it, the New York Herald said, "No museum in the world exceeds it in the number of exhibits." Frank prospered and married an Irish woman he met during a business trip to Ireland. They had three sons. At the close of the Spanish American War, Frank Bannerman purchased 90 percent of all captured goods in a sealed bid, and it became necessary to find a secure place to store their large quantity of very volatile black powder. His son, David, saw Pollopel Island, in the Hudson, and Frank Bannerman purchased it in 1900. Building Bannerman Castle During the next 17 years, Frank Bannerman personally designed the island's buildings, docks, turrets, garden walls and moat in the style of old Scottish castles. Almost all of it was done without professional help from architects, engineers and contractors. And all of it was elaborately decorated, from biblical quotations cast into all fireplace mantles, to a shield between the towers with a coat of arms, and a wreath of thistle leaves and flowers. Thom Johnson's magnificent slides show the venetian tilt of Margaret's Tower at the end of Bannerman's harbor looking like a giant chess piece. Next, a close-up of the elaborate facade of the main warehouse. Fondly, he says, "There is no way to describe something so eccentric. Look at the north view -- there's no right angles on these buildings! Look at all these textures, all that he did with masonry. It's a piece of sculpture! The style is almost gaudy, but somehow he manages to pull it off. Bannerman know exactly what he was doing, and he did it his own way." Frank Bannerman's grandson, Charles, married Jane Campbell, bringing happy American closure to an ancient Scottish rivalry. Now an active widow in her 80s, Jane is very much involved in the Bannerman Castle Trust. I called her at her apartment in Manhattan, and she recalled earlier days at Bannerman Island. "I was there for the first time in the 1930's. It was very well maintained -- there were two men taking care of it -- but it was also fairly intimidating. We traveled up the west side of the river, to the Storm King Mountain lumberyard. There, the caretaker, Frank Crawford, came to meet us in the work boat. That first time we walked around and explored, there was so much to see! I remember that there wasn't much power, you had to turn one light bulb off before you could turn the next one on." Bannerman Island was primarily a warehouse, storing mostly war weapons and explosives. Also scattered about were invaluable relics such as the chain placed across the river at West Point during the Revolution (though some question its authenticity), a table owned by General Washington, and arctic equipment Admiral Perry used on his trip to the North Pole. Millions of fascinated travelers passed by on the railroad and the Dayline steamer; their access was barred by armed guards, watch dogs, warning signs and red flags. Bannerman's Catalog Customers In the early 1900s, Bannerman's supply of military goods was staggering. Nations at peace wer