Saturday, 11 August 2012

Sepia Saturday 138; Ferdi Kübler;

Ferdinand "Ferdi" Kübler (born 24 July 1919) is a retired Swiss cyclist with over 400 professional victories, including the 1950 Tour de France and the 1951 World Road Race Championship.

Kubler was born in Marthalen. He began racing professionally in 1940 but his early career was limited to Switzerland by the Nazi occupation elsewhere. He was multiple Swiss national champion and a three time winner of the Tour de Suisse.

Kubler's most successful years in international racing were 1950-1952, when the classics had resumed after the Second World War. He won the La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, both in 1951 and 1952. He was also World Road Race Champion in 1951, having placed second in 1949 and third in 1950.
He rode the Giro d'Italia from 1950–1952, placing fourth once, and third twice. Kubler abandoned the 1947 and 1949 Tours de France, despite an early stage win in each. In the 1950 Tour, he benefited from the absence of Fausto Coppi, sidelined after a crash in the Giro. Overcoming Gino Bartali, Kubler became champion by over nine minutes, also winning three stages. In the 1954 Tour, Kubler won the points jersey and came second behind Louison Bobet
Kubler was a high-spirited and impulsive rider sometimes given to strategically unwise attacks, out of exuberance and competitive drive. He was known as “the cowboy” because of his penchant for Stetson hats. He retired from racing in 1957 at 38. He is the oldest living Tour de France winner.

Full name Ferdinand Kübler
Nickname Ferdi, The Cowboy, The Eagle of Adliswil
Born July 24, 1919 (age 93)
Marthalen, Switzerland

Text/Photos courtesy Wikipedia

Friday, 10 August 2012

Friday; who is perfect?

Billy perfect in his own way...

Breasts like Granite and a brain like Swiss Cheese
- Billy Wilder on Marilyn Monroe

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
– William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway) 

The only genius with an IQ of 60.
- Gore Vidal on Andy Warhol

She’s so stupid she returns bowling balls because they’ve got holes in them.
- Joan Rivers on Bo Derek

An empty suit that goes to funerals and plays golf.
- Ross Perot on Dan Quayl

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. 
- Chinese Proverb

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Thursday; dreamer...

Dreamtime/Photo Ts

Dream on dear one 
In the wondrous world  of sleep;
No sound no sigh
Escapes the drowsy deep;
The mists lay low
The night wind  moans; 
The dreamer keeps
His mind on loan;
Till morning light reaps
Heart and soul and dreams. 


©Photo/Text Ts

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Wednesday; Mirror, mirror on the wall...

What is beauty?

My 16 year old granddaughter;

 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day   Sonnets: XVIII  Shakespeare

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
Audrey Hepburn

Beauty without expression is boring.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photo/my garden

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
Edgar Allan Poe

Photo/my garden;
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Edgar Allan Poe


Monday, 6 August 2012

Monday; sunny...

Seductress; Photo/my garden  August 2o12;

…a beautiful morning has opened its doors; the days are warming up, still a chill in the air  at night and early morning.  I can’t wait to be in the garden. There is so much work waiting but it is so pleasurable and at my discretion.  The butcherbird has come back, heard him  this morning the first time; what a lovely repertoire.  24 days to the first day of spring….