...and a guiding hand or two. Portrush - 7 March 2015
...you just haven't realised it yet.
"Mention Margaret Calvert at a dinner party and the chances are you’ll be met with a table full of blank expressions (unless you’re at the Highways Agency Christmas do, perhaps). Though her name may not be familiar, her work certainly is, and she played a crucial role in meeting one of the most complex design challenges of the 20th century."
Read more about it here at Moo.com
It doesn't look very exciting - a cardboard box about 5in (13cm) tall, covered in leatherette, with a small round opening at the front. You might have some trouble working out what it was for if you didn't know. But the Brownie might be the most important camera ever made, writes the BBC's Stephen Dowling.
"In the parish of Glenullin, in a place called Slaghtaverty there once lived the Abhartach, a fiendish supernatural dwarf who had been around for centuries. This creature gorged on human blood and its cruelty was widespread in the area. The Abharach was one of the neamh-mairbh (walking dead). He was at last vanquished and slain by a neighbouring chieftain called O’Kane. O’Kane buried the Abhartach in a standing position, but the very next day it returned and was more bloodthirsty than ever. The O’Kane chief killed him a second time and buried him as before, but again he escaped from the grave spreading terror and feasting on the blood of its victims.
"The chief then consulted a learned druid who gave him advice. O’Kane killed the monster a third time and this time, buried him in the same place with his head downwards. It is this that subdues the Abhartach’s supernatural power. This story has been passed down locally for years. There is even a lacht (monument) over the Abhartach’s burial place which is still there. Owen Harding says there was a manuscript published about this legend from an anonymous writer. It was entitled The Abhartach, Dreach-Fhoula."
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