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Captain Cook and Captain Bligh by J C Beaglehole

Captain Cook and Captain Bligh by J C Beaglehole

John Cawte Beaglehole, 1901 –  1971) was a New Zealand historian considered by most the best writer on Captain Cook, which this example well shows. He is not blind to Cook's faults and certainly is intelligent in viewing Cook's talents. This comparison of Cook and Bligh is an interesting exercise as history has been savage on Bligh or should we say Hollywood has. Only Anthony Hopkins played Bligh as the complicated character he was. No doubt sometime in the future the motion picture industry will revisit the Bounty Saga again, with no bets on them getting any closer to the truth.

Choosing a Polynesian Tattoo

Choosing a Polynesian Tattoo

Celebrities and their tattoos are always news so we may as well use them as examples of how to and how not to chose a tattoo. Dwayne Johnson who as an American Samoan could have chosen a Samoan arm and shoulder tattoo but he didn't, he decide to go to Frances Arbie a professional  Tattoo Artist from Manila in the Philippines and she constructed what is basically a Marquesan style tattoo. Now personally I like his tattoo and he wears it well, but it is a non-authentic Polynesian tattoo as you would expect as Frances Arbie is plainly not Polynesian.

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