The Dying Industry of Brick Production in Norway
– … This was brutal work in all kinds of weather, they worked right up to the first hard frost. After the mix met the requirement for the build the clay was hand formed into approximately 28 x 14 x 9cm sizes which is somewhat larger than modern bricks. They were air dried then were stacked in an oven which was made of the bricks themselves. These were constructed by digging a trench filling that with wood/charcoal then build an outer structure with the raw bricks, then filling the remaining cavities with raw bricks and wood….
Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser of America
– It was a dark time in the history of the United States. A crisis was shadowing the country and had locked the North and the South at each other’s throats. Tensions were escalating and civil war seemed imminent. One brave man stood up to the challenge of resolving the conflict – Congressman Henry Clay of Kentucky. Despite his old age and illness, he managed to develop a set of compromise measures and convinced both sides to agree to it. This compromise, the Compromise of 1850, may have held off the Civil War for a decade, giving the North ample time to prepare (Remini)….
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
– The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a story of defiance, of successfully breaking and escaping the oppressive mores of society with skill and tenacity, and an embodiment the novelistic tradition of disregard for the monolithic structure on which our world is based. The book is set up around the theme of “the carnivalesque”, and shows how this rebel attitude can be taken up like a mantel, so a character can make change and find happiness in an oppressive world….
Reading “Clay” Ironically
– Reading “Clay” Ironically Although irony is no stranger to the common man in contemporary times, it is a subject of great controversy and interest in literary circles. There has been much academic discussion about this tricky trope and there will probably never be consensus in the understanding of irony amongst those who study it. Nevertheless, it is still rewarding to try to gain some fundamental understanding of this way of “saying one thing and meaning another” (Hutcheon, 37) because those who succeed in unravelling this intriguing process receive a sense of “special ‘intellectual’ satisfaction felt from dealing with ambiguity and paradox, contradiction and incongruity” (42)….
The History of Clay Bricks
– … As reported, prior to 2500 BCE, clay bricks were fashioned by hand and set to dry using only the sun. The aforementioned date marks the time when clay bricks were formed with molds and dried by baking with fire (The history of clay, n.d.). Throughout the centuries clay bricks have been utilized to construct remarkable historical landmarks, [I]f you believe the Old Testament then you might know the Tower of Babel was constructed of brick. So for that matter of fact was Babylon, the Sakkova stepped Pyramid, the Great Wall of China and Bengal’s Paharpur Temple to name but a few other mighty ancient structures….