COMING SOON: Titanic disaster – Carpathia to the rescue

FRANK MORRIS

SAVIOUR: THE CALL OF THE SEA. MODEL MAKER, MIKE KELLY, WITH HIS PRIZE-WINNING MODEL OF THE CUNARDER CARPATHIA. IT WAS THE CARPATHIA THAT CAME TO RESCUE THE SURVIVORS OF TITANIC IN 1912.

Wireless messages were soon received from the various ships at the scene of the disaster of the Titanic in 1912. Titanic had hit an iceberg estimated to be 30 metres high above the water and 120 metres long when the boats were ordered out at 11.45am. There was no panic or rush to join the boats.

At 12.05, there was mass hysteria. At 1.40am, water started rushing over the break between the stacks. At 1.50am, she slowly tilted straight on end … and the lights went out. At 2.20 am, with a quiet, slanting dive, she disappeared beneath the seas.

BEHAVED GALLANTLY

The Cunarder Carpathia was first to reach the spot. But the Titanic had disappeared. Eventually it picked up seven hundred Titanic passengers, mainly women. Over 1500 men and women were lost.

And the Titanic men; the men who went down with the ship behaved gallantly.

And the Carpathia?

Let us frog-leap forward to the war years. There is a drama there awaiting the Carpathia.


YOUR HEALTH & FITNESS: Exercise for grace, balance and co-ordination

MOBILITY EXERCISES OR RUNNING ON THE SPOT. THEY’LL STAND YOU IN GREAT STEAD. DO EXERCISES AT LEAST ONCE EACH DAY.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

LET’S HELP: SOME FITNESS EXERCISES TO KEEP YOUR BODY IN FINE TRIM.

This is your chance to stretch and balance and improve grace -- and co-ordination -- in your everyday stance.

SIDE BENDING

Stand with your feet apart and hands at your side. Lean first to the right, then upright again, then to the left – as far as is comfortable. Slide your hand down each leg as you lean over.

ARM SWINGING

Still with your feel apart, raise both arms in front of you. Lift them above your head, then lower them down to your sides and round behind you. Take this slowly until you develop an even gentle swing.

TRUNK TWISTING

Standing as before, hold your arms out in front of you. Keeping your eyes on your right hand, swing your right arm as far as it will comfortably to go the right, and then back again. Repeat this with your left arm.

TRUNK, KNEE AND HIP BENDS

Stand with your hands resting on the back of a chair. Raise you left knee and bring your forehead down to meet it. Do the same with your right knee.

This movement should be slow and unhurried. Eventually, when you are used to this exercise, try it without the chair. Start from a standing position, but only if you are confident that you can balance on one leg.

All these warm-up exercises can be part of the beginners’ program to improve general suppleness.

MOBILITY EXERCISES

Do these at a relaxed pace. They can done up to 10 times each at first. Keep your breathing free and easy. You will find that you are able to do more with practice. But do not attempt too much at first.

EXERCISING THE LEGS

Stand behind a chair, holding the back. Lower yourself to a squatting position. Gradually, straighten both legs, raising yourself back to a standing position. When your legs feel stronger, try this without the chair.

WALL PRESS-UPS

Stand with your hands against a wall, about 30 cm apart at shoulder height. Stand on your toes, then bend your arms until chest and chin touch the wall. Return to upright position by straightening your arms.

RUNNING ON THE SPOT

Gently run on the spot. Keep your arms loosely by your sides. Aim to raise your knees higher gradually. Start by doing this exercise for thirty seconds, then extend it slowly.

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NEXT: Mr Eternity, the story of Arthur Stace. That was his motto, Eternity, printed on the Harbour Bridge every years. It is also planned to name a new eatery on top of Central Station, the Eternity.


LES MISERABLE: Ten years of history … and the insurrection of 1832

POLICE AGENTS WOULD HAVE SILENCED LE NATIONAL, THE NATIONAL NEWPAPER. BUT THE OFFICE OF THE JOURNAL WAS SITUATED IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE BARRICADES.

LOUIS BLANC             Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

HAVOC: THE PRESS PLAY MAYHEM WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT THE INSURRECTION IN 1832. Below: SMASHING THE PRINTING PLATES OF THE TRIBUNE.

Louis Blanc made several references to Le National and its editor Armand Carrel.

The men of battle were left unsupported by the men of council. The office of the Tribune had been entered by the agents of police, protected by a detachment of national guards, an all the presses had been sealed up, despite the energetic protests of MM Sarrut and Boussi.

A similar visitation was made upon the Quotidienne, and would have silenced Le National, but the office of the latter journal was situated in the immediate vicinity of the barricades.

It was to the office of Le National, then, where had already assembled several persons, not connected with the party that some of the influential republicans proceeded about eight o’ clock on the evening of June 5.

Here was discussed, amid the confused sounds from without, the question of a general rising.

The start had been made, the impulse, a powerful one, given; why any delay in carrying it out? The Revolution of 1830 had not begun under auspices more favourable. Such was not the opinion of Armand Carrel.

WE’LL DIE TO THE LAST MAN

On this occasion, Armand Carrel was too eager to decide as a military man, a question which was presented to him as a conspirator; or, whereas, the principles which assure victory to an army in the field are quite different from those which give success to a popular insurrection.

Audacity … the genius of Danton, audacity is the soundest prudence for parties engaging in such struggles. For, in revolutions, confidence has all the chances in its favour.

The meeting at Le National office broke up, without any other result than that of making more obvious the fatal dissensions which prevailed among the opposition.

An order of arrest was issued against the chief editor of Les National, Armand Carrel. Several journalists were seized and the homes of honourable citizens were brutally violated. The arrests became so numerous that, to convey the prisoners, it was necessary to call the public conveyances into requisition ….

In Les Miserables, author Victor Hugo, wrote, “So much was it – the spirit of those at the barricade of Rue de la Chanvrerie – in tune with the mood of that June 6, 1832. That, at almost the same moment, defenders of the St Mery stronghold, raised their voices in a bellow that has gone down in our history. No matter whether they come to our aid or not, we’ll die to the last man! As we see, the two strongholds, separated though they were, were together in spirit.”

<< From Cullen Publications Pty Ltd, 1987. Some of the paragraphs have been changed.

Next: Louis Blanc writes about some of the actual persons recognisable as Les Miserables characters.


NATURE CALLING: Help us, help us

KOALAS NEED YOUR HELP. SIMPLY, SUPPORT YOUR FAVOURITE KOALA FUND.

 

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 September 18

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