On Dec. 6, 1917, an overnight express train bearing 300 passengers was approaching Halifax, Nova Scotia, when an unexpected message arrived by telegraph:
“Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode. Guess this will be my last message. Good-bye boys.”
The train stopped safely before the burning French cargo ship Mont-Blanc erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT, the largest manmade explosion before the advent of nuclear weapons.
The blast killed 2,000 residents, including train dispatcher Vince Coleman. He had remained at work in the telegraph office, sending warnings, until the end.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
561. If you are blessed with the ability to wink, use it.”
563. Never show a fool unfinished work.”
Over the years his voice became as much part of the Tube as moquette and the roundel. But gradually new recordings were introduced to the system and the only place where you could hear “the shouty man” was on the Northern Line’s northbound platform at Embankment. That was up until last year when it was replaced, much to the sadness of Peter’s widow who used to travel on the Tube to that station simply so she could hear his voice. However, London Underground in a fit of kindness, nostalgia and romanticism, have decided to re-instate his voice to Embankment, so not that his widow (and everyone else) can hear it.”
“No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.” — Groucho Marx
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My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school, “So? Did you learn anything today?” But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?”
That difference – asking good questions – made me become a scientist.
Isidor Isaac Rabi, Nobel laureate”
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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
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