Weekly photo Challenge: Enduring

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(3 photos) Ta Prohm Temple, also known as the Jungle temple, is part of the Angkor areas temples located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This temple certainly is enduring. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Buddhist monastery and university, it was once a thriving hub bub of humanity with at least 18 high priests and 650 dancing-girls amongst the 12,500 people who lived within its walls. Another 800,000 people lived outside the perimeter in villages, employed in occupations to serve the temple’s needs.

After the fall of the Khmer empire in the 17th century the temple was abandoned and the jungle moved in. Both enduring due to current societies pleasure at the picturesque. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. A scene from the film Raiders of the Lost Ark was filmed here.

This is part of the Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge.

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Skywatch Friday: 19th September 2014 Noosa 5.16 pm

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Floral Friday: Spring blossoms

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Wordless Wednesday: Land ahoy

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Hold On – a song for Australians to reflect on.

I don’t need to say anything. The song says it beautifully and expresses my sentiments better than I could.

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99 word flash fiction challenge: Norma Jeane

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Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jeane was beautiful. At least I think so. Beauty alone does not make marriages last and I am not going to pretend that I have any idea why Marilyn’s three marriages ended. Her first to James Dougherty lasted  4 years, to Joe DiMaggio lasted less than a year and her last and longest lasting to Arthur Miller at 5 years. There were rumours of lovers as well. The Kennedys and Marlon Brando fed the gossip mill.

What was it that made it so difficult for Marilyn to have a long-lasting relationship. Was it her strange upbringing in many foster homes. Her mother had a mental illness and at about six her mother turned up to collect her from the foster parents home. They were not about to give the young child into the care of an obviously deranged woman and so the foster parents stuffed Norma into a military duffel bag and carried her past her screaming mother. Norma joined in the screaming and a fight broke out resulting in the opening of the bag, dumping Norma out. The foster parents managed to prevent a reunion on this occasion. Another foster parent curled her hair, applied the makeup and took her to the cinema telling her that one day she would be a star. She was placed in numerous orphanages and in her last foster home attempts were made to sexually abuse her. Did these events affect her. Without a doubt as she underwent many years of psychoanalysis. Did she marry her first husband at the age of fifteen to escape? Or was it

” I can’t play second fiddle any longer. You either give up your public life or you give up me.”

“I can’t give you up. You have to look after me. I need you both. I just need them to adore me. “

“I don’t know why I married you.”

” I was young and beautiful.”

” Yeah. Fifteen was too young. You idolised me then. I was more important to you than the President but now……”

“You’re still important to me. I just need the crowds too. I can’t help it . I was born when the moon was in the seventh house.”

 

Charli’s flash prompt this week. Join in or read the others its fun. September 10, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) focus on the personality traits of a character informed by the zodiac. It can be a revelation of how he or she acts or a focus on behavior because of personality traits. It can be a relationship ruled by the stars. You can have fun and exaggerate, or keep it subtle and refined. You can use zodiac terms or not.

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Silent Sunday: White Faced Pigeon

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