The ghost

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PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria
Tim had returned from the famous ghost tour of Venice as the sun was rising. He was still wondering about the truth of the fantastic tales he had heard when he espied the barge unloading its ware from the window. He detected a ghostly figure lurching among the crates.
Meanwhile the waiter brought his breakfast ….
Tim addressed the waiter – Come here and tell me if you can see the ghost among the crates on that barge?
The waiter smiled and informed – He is the supervisor of the covert China-made Murano glass trade in Venice, Sir!
Words ~ 97

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

Global hunger

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays
Living in a post scarcity society, we often forget that a billion people struggle to get enough to eat.  No wonder those surviving in the endless swamps of Zambia dread hunger.
Choolwe gets up at dawn and starts to unravel a large mosquito net. These pesticide impregnated bed nets are widely considered a magic bullet against malaria by experts – a cheap and effective way to prevent half a million deaths. Though free they are seldom used.
These nets are sewn together and used as sieve to drag the bottom of the swamp ponds for edible life forms and an occasional frog.
Words ~ 101

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM. 

 

Coy

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot
Dom is fond of the word – ‘why’.
During a visit to the Met he observed placards that gave a quick glimpse into the stories behind  the centuries-old paintings and sculptures.
Ahead we found the sculptures of Praxiteles and the paintings of Titian, Manet and Degas  depicting the nameless and infamous women  –  mythic figures like Venus and Salome to very real ladies like Madame X and Grace Elliott. Unfortunately the details given are at best sketchy.
Dom examined it and unable to find the requisite information, he  turned to me and asked – tell me why not ?
Words ~ 97

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

Of borders and strife

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PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer
Peace following ceasefire is here for another month or so. The skirmishes shall restart soon. The border-residents aspire to escape the nightly dance of death and destruction.  The old man lives very near the line-of-control of two countries eternally at war.
They requested for construction of civilian bunkers for safety of those who are reluctant to leave their land and heritage.  Unfortunately time is too slow for those who wait.  Regular loss of family members is like the shards of glass embedded in their flesh – the pain never abates.
The old man decided to act and started constructing a bunker.
Words ~ 100

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

Good, bad and ugly of Quartz

Quartz, the basis of all glass and state-of-art technology, is a hazardous substance. It is responsible for diseases like silicosis (an ongoing silent epidemic) and tuberculosis in the world.  While it is responsible for many ills it is also responsible for development of modern medicine.
Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
It is believed that the great pyramid of Giza was originally capped with a giant crystal.   Sir W. Siemens, a British-inventor climbed to the top with his Arab guides.  He received an electric shock as he tried to drink from a bottle.
Siemens moistened a newspaper and wrapped it around the bottle to convert it into a Leyden-jar* and held it above his head.  Soon it was charged with electricity – sparks flew out of it.  The suspicious guides attacked Siemens – who reacted by pointing the bottle towards the guide.   The guide fell unconscious.
True/false – be wary of crystals.
Words ~ 98
*An early form of capacitor.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

Evidence

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PHOTO PROMPT submitted by Courtney Wright.
Tim the new beat cop found the boots. A few days earlier there had been a report of some unusual activity in the area. He was not sure if any crime had been committed but he seized them and convinced his sergeant to get them forensically examined.
Surprisingly the report stated,  “there is no evidence that these boots have ever been used”.
The boots and the report were sent to Scotland Yard.
Words ~ 72

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

Just graffiti

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 PHOTO PROMPT © Jill Wisoff
No fur, claws, exoskeleton or speed – the humans have no natural armor like their co-residents on this planet. They also do not have highly developed vision, hearing or sense of smell. Moreover their sixth sense (subatomic consciousness) is also very poor.
No wonder they live in ghettos they call city.
It is a marvel they grow and prosper (?) in spite of all others who would like to see them extinct and despite their own efforts to perish at all cost.
The destiny (of the species) can be read on the wall.
Words ~ 92
Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

World war of 18th century

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PHOTO PROMPT © Karen Rawson
The Seven Years’ War fought between 1756 and 1763 spanned five continents, affecting Europe, the Americas, West Africa, India, and the Philippines. It involved many European nations of the time.
In India, British commander Sir Eyre Coote decisively defeated General Thomas Lally at the Battle of Wandiwash in 1760 and ensured British control over India. It is believed that an underground passage led from Vandavasi fort to Gingee fort famous as the the Troy of East.
Lally was taken POW in the battle. He was later beheaded after a sham trial in Paris for treason.
Words ~ 96
Wandiwash ~ Vandavasi lies 110 km South-West of Madras city in South India.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Jules was right

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields
Jeev, a seismologist worked at fracking facilities. His job was to keep an eye over the seismographs. Generally there were small fluctuations.
He was reading a report that said a child born very close to a well is likely to be smaller and less healthy than a child born farther away. He shoved the report aside and proceeded to check the seismographs.  The digital display of the probe on the mountain -top had gone hay-wire.
‘Jules Verne’s stories may be unbelievable but he was right in believing that there are unseen worlds beneath our feet,’ Jeev thought.
Words ~ 97

computer-in-1953-for-ff

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

First Amendment

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PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

This is the speaker’s corner in this park of the capital city. The guide said.

But, what is that contraption? One of the tourists inquired.

That is the safety-cage for the speaker  to stand in.

Words ~ 35

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.