Thursday, May 1, 2008


These are my favourite numbers in Lisbon and around the Planet, depicting the seventieth anniversary of the most beautiful four-masted Tall Ship in the World, [CREOULA], built in Lisbon in 1937!!!... Other beautiful numbers I found in Lisbon are painted on ships' hulls and dock ladders!! They look great, don't they??...
I also found an interesting article [here] regarding Numbers, as follows: «The numbers we all use (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) are known as "Arabic" numbers to distinguish them from the "Roman Numerals" (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, etc). Actually the Arabs popularized these numbers in the early 9th century C.E. (mainly through the work in Baghdad of al Khawarzimi who was born in Uzbekistan) but they were originally used by the early Phonecian traders to count and keep track of their trading accounts. But have you ever thought why «1» means one and «2» means two? The roman numerals are easy to understand, but what was the logic behind the phonecian numbers? It's all about angles! If one writes the numbers down (see below) on a piece of paper in their older forms, one quickly sees why.
Therefore, number 1 has one angle. number 2 has two angles. Number 3 has three angles. Number 4 (which used to be written +) has four angles. Etc. And "O" has no angles! Interesting, isn't it? An ancient phonecian manuscript explains this and I thought it to be fascinating.»

All photos by Sailor Girl. Please DO take a look at the other 181 cities from CDPB who have also joined Theme Day until now: Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Arradon, France by Alice, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by agrajag, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Busan, Korea South by iamnbinb, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chesapeake Daily Photo (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Chicago (IL), USA by Focused Light, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Cologne, Germany by April11, Concordia Sagittaria, Italy by Patrizia, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Corsicana (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Dallas (TX), USA by turtle, Darmstadt, Germany by Elsch, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, East Gwillimbury, Canada by Your EG Tour Guide, Evry, France by Olivier, Forks (WA), USA by Mary, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hampton (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hong Kong, Hong Kong by Rachel A., Hyde, UK by Gerald, Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Ioannina, Greece by Christos-Ioanna, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jogjakarta, Indonesia by Jogja Portrait, Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Mo, London, UK by Ham, Mainz, Germany by JB, Malaga, Spain by Paula, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Marseille, France by Alex, Medan, Indonesia by KT, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minsk, Belarus by Olga, Misawa, Japan by misawa mama, Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Montpellier, France by Marie, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by Magiceye, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Nancy, France by yoshi, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by • Eliane •, Newport News (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Norfolk (VA), USA by ptowngirl, North Hampton (NH), USA by Amy, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Nottingham, UK by Gail's Man, Ocean Township (NJ), USA by Josy, Omsk, Russia by Nataly, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Oslo, Norway by Lothiane, Owasso (OK), USA by Jennifer, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Penang, Malaysia by Maltelda, Perth, Australia by Elevation7, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Cheryl, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo, Portsmouth (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Jules, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Riga, Latvia by Riga Images, Rollag, Norway by Stormel, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by jill, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by atc, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, San Francisco (CA), USA by Louis la Vache, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Suffolk (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Julie, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tel-Aviv, Israel by Olga, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer, Toulouse, France by Julia, Turin, Italy by Livio, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vichy, France by Delphsnl, Victoria, Canada by Benjamin Madison, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Virginia Beach (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by Rachel, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Williamsburg (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,


Sailor Girl said...

This post must be heard along with today's second music on Radio Atlântico Azul!!! «Pocket calculator», by Kraftwerk, performed by the balanescu Quartet!!!!!!

Kate said...

Whatever personalizes the mystery of numbers is fine with me!!

Jim said...

Great post for theme day. Mine wont be up for a while.

d´Agolada said...

O post anterior era ben dificil, nin mo imaxinaba. Este parece ben interesante, haber se o miro con máis calma que o meu inglés... jeje. Unha aperta.

Rambling Round said...

You really found some great numbers! I love the ship numerals.

Clueless in boston said...

Very interesting (as usual) and a great theme day post.

George Townboy said...

I am now educated! Thank you, that was the missing piece, lol.

Awesome post, and fantastic photos, and I LOVE CREOULA!!

Chuck Pefley said...

Fascinating, yes, but it makes me think. At this time of night that's not such a good thing -:) Lovely poster!

Hyde DP said...

Well I've studied maths for years (well not recently) but I never knew that angle theory before. Fantastic post and research.

Olivier said...

un très bon choix, il est vraiment magnifique ce bateau.
a very good choice, it is really beautiful this boat.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. I enjoyed your choice of numbers for the post today.

lv2scpbk said...

Interesting numbers post.

Halcyon said...

Nice choice for numbers day!

Keropok Man said...

Happy Theme Day Sailor Girl!

I see two sets of numbers for the 2nd photo.

I like the things about angels. I never knew about it!

Luis F said...


O Mar de Sonhos está a celebrar o seu primeiro aniversário. Assim venho agradecer a todos os amigos, as palavras, os gestos, o carinho, a amizade verdadeira, ao longo deste primeiro ano.

O meu obrigado.

Com amizade,
Luis F

Jilly said...

Oh super photos for today's theme. Hard to know which one I like best. Great choices. If pushed, the second one.

CrazyCow said...

Very interesting post. Thank you.

Kuanyin said...

This information IS fascinating--mahalo for sharing! Luv the top photo too!

Sailor Girl said...


Kris McCracken said...

I really like this one. It has real character about it. Well done!

joão coelho said...

Você merece uma prenda..
Aqui vai (espero que não conheça) um extracto da "Cancion del Pirata" do espanhol Jose de Espronceda, uma das mais belas odes à Liberdade, com o mar por tema, que conheço..

"Con diez cañones por banda,
Viento em popa a toda vela,
No corta el mar, sino vuela,
Un velero bergantin.
Bajel pirata que llaman,
Por su bravura, el Temido,
En todo mar conocido
Del uno al otro confin.
La luna en el mar riela,
En la lona gime el viento,
Y alza em blando movimiento
Olas de plata y azul;
Y ve el capitan pirata,
Cantando alegre en la popa,
Asia a un lado, al otro Europa,
Y allá a su frente Stambul.
Navega, velero mio,
sin temor,
Que ni enemigo navío,
ni tormenta, ni bonanza,
tu rumbo a torcer alcanza,
ni a sujetar tu valor..."
"...Que es mi barco mi tesoro,
Que es mi Dios la libertad,
Mi ley la fuerza y el viento,
Mi única patria la mar..."

Espronceda (1808-1842) nasceu em Badajoz e chegou a viver em Lisboa, em 1826. Foi poeta, guerrilheiro, politico e diplomata.
Depois de uma vida agitada, acabaria por morrer em Madrid, com uma doença na laringe...
Como ilustração musical, sugiro na sua rádio, a faixa "Sindbad, o marinheiro" de " Scheherazade" de Rimski-Korsakov.

Continuação do bom trabalho

João Coelho

joão coelho said...

Desculpe, na sugestão musical faço uma correção, a faixa é " A tempestade e o navio de Sindbad" da mesma obra de Rimski-Korsakov.

João Coelho

Sailor Girl said...

Muito interesante. Aprecio imenso Rimski-Korsakov!!

Sorry for my absence! I will post soon!!!!!

asbeirasdoarnego said...

si que che ten ben anos o barco dende 1937, xa lle é hora de xubilarse. Un Saudo

Sailor Girl said...

Unha aperta atlántica!!!