Saturday, February 23, 2013

More Moody Blues

From Lost Chord album in 1968, playful lyrics, video graphics very cuddly.  It reminds us how big a deal exploration was in previous centuries before anyplace on Earth could be photographed from space and one could zoom into anyplace on the planet with the Google Earth app.  Apparently this technology was originally funded by the CIA, just as the Internet helped get its start from Department of Defense funding

It is strange that the book that inspired the English to further explorations was Richard Hakluyt's The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation, published in 1589, was chock full of baleful tales of shipwrecked sailors, cannibal-infested islands, sickened crew members, starving and sunburnt in windless latitudes, dying of thirst, tortured and killed by natives,  and so forth.  Yet his book inspired a great many to take to the mast and seek their fortune in foreign lands.  Thus we may conclude that the condition of daily life in England at the time was fairly miserable and visions of gold and glory overseas were enough to motivate a great many.

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