Al-Jazari's peacock fountain for hand-washing, a late 12th-century example of water-powered automata. Flowing water triggers little figures to offer the washer first a dish of perfumed soap powder, then a hand towel.
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The children's author, who would have turned 100 today, considered growing up a repugnant business and adults “dangerous creatures”. Never mind that he wrote some of his best work in later life—he saw himself as a champion of children in a world that didn’t much care for them
A reveller in mess and mischief, Roald Dahl was born on September 13th 1916
From the archive
But, yes, I do know I have things to do, and although the sun is shining and the birds are calling to me, I shall chain myself to my desk this morning and get some work done. If I can focus I will be able to reward myself with an afternoon romp in the gardens smile 表情符號
"Respighi's 'Pines of Rome' is or are divided into four continuous movements, each one named for certain aspects, or areas, of the city of Rome. The first movement is called The Pines of the Villa Borghese -- the Villa Borghese being a famous park in the middle of Rome, a park famous, among other things, for the hordes of children who always seem to be playing there. And so this opening movement is a romp, full of the squealing of high-pitched young, voices, of yelling and teasing, and of the kids' tunes that go with games."
Wolf Hall: not a merry Tudor romp
The long-awaited adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s book is upon us, so it’s time to get down with the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell
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Google is getting into the spoon business.
By JAMES McBRIDE
Reviewed by BAZ DREISINGER
James McBride's new novel, narrated by a freed slave boy who passes as a girl, is a romp about John Brown's violent crusade against slavery.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"I just woke up to the fact that I have a mind of my own. Talk about a late bloomer."JUDITA GROSZ, 69, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., after recovering from a debilitating depression.
Published by TMZ, the grainy photos — which appear to have been taken on a camera phone — show the prince in what the celebrity news site claims is a game of “strip billiards” at his VIP suite at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas.
In one of the photos, Harry is seen covering his crotch while an unknown female, also dressed in her birthday suit, stands behind him.
|9. Prince Harry: Naked Photos Surface Online
By Judith Welikala The apparently authentic photos show the prince engaged in a game of 'strip poker' in a Las Vegas VIP suite.
Financial markets got a jolt Thursday after a relatively calm summer, when European leaders ratcheted up pressure on Greece and new reports on economies in Europe, the U.S. and China pointed to global weakening.
A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean, about 80km (50 miles) off the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.A tsunami warning was initially issued, but later lifted. There are no reports of major damage or casualties.
The Japan Meteorological Agency gave the strength as 6.9 while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.3.
Japan is often hit by earthquakes. In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.
The latest tremor occurred at 0531 on Saturday (2031 GMT on Friday).
BBC News website reader Ivan Brackin, who lives on Yoron Island, said it was the biggest quake he had felt in his 40 years in Japan but there had been no visible effects in his area.
"We're 30 yards [metres] from the sea and no sign of a tsunami," he said.
"I woke up to violent shudders that lasted about six seconds then a pause followed by a couple of sharp jumps. Jumpers are the most dangerous so that sent me under the desk."
Americans once owned the sport of jump-roping, but recently the Japanese have surged past U.S teams. Now, just as U.S. car makers cribbed from Japanese rivals in the 1980s, some
━━ n. ジャンパー ((作業衣)); 〔米〕 ジャンパードレス［スカート］; 〔米〕 （ブラウスの上に着る）セーター; 〔英〕 （プルオーバー式の）セーター; （pl.） ＝rompers.
━━ n. 跳躍, ひと跳び（の長さ）; 【スポーツ】ジャンプ; 障害物; （物価の）暴騰; 躍進; ぎくり（とすること）; 【コンピュータ】ジャンプ ((プログラムのある部分から他の部分に処理を移ること)); 〔話〕 （the 〜s） （アルコール中毒による）震え病 （D.T.）, 神経質な震え, 舞踏病; （議論の）飛躍, 急転; （チェッカーでの）飛び越し（取り）; （本などの）飛ばし読み; 短い旅.
2 激しく震動する, がたがた揺れる.
2 激しい震動, 揺れ.
intr.v., romped, romp·ing, romps.
- To play or frolic boisterously.
- To run or advance in a rapid or easy manner.
- Slang. To win a race or game easily.
- Lively, merry play; frolic.
- Lively or frolicsome play that encompasses lovemaking.
- One, especially a girl, that sports and frolics.
- A rapid or easy pace.
- Slang. An easy win.
[Alteration of RAMP2.]
Origin:early 18th century: perhaps an alteration of ramp
- One that romps.
- rompers A loosely fitted, one-piece garment having short bloomers that is worn especially by small children for play.