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Brother let me be your shelter
I’ll never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

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Yes, another living room set. I love choice and I wanted another modern design to choose from to go with all the mid-century stuff I am building at the moment. This set actually started out with the 3 seat sofa which was a rejected design for the Hamptons Hideaway set which was too good to toss. It also incorporated a stillborn idea for an office set, so I combined the two to create this. I am happy with how it turned out and its now one of my favourite sofa designs for my homes.

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Story of Another Us

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1: Calum]
Play the scene over again, before the credits rolling in
Inside my head
I don’t recall a single word, you hit me faster than I hurt
Inside my head

[Pre-Chorus: Luke]
And now I’m shaking, wearing thin
I’ve always wondered where you’ve been
Tell me if you wanted it at all

[Chorus: All]
I got a long term plan with short term fixes
And a wasted heart to catch eclipses
And I push my luck and trust the dust enough
That’s the story of another us
One last ditch and new beginnings
So take this heart, put yourself in it
This surprise ending I’m depending on
Be the story of another us
The story of another us
The story of another us
The story of another us
Could be the story of another us

[Verse 2: Luke]
Memories are pay-per-view, it costs too much to think of you
I’m hanging by a thread
And ever long before we’re done, I see quick to what we’ve begun
I’m hanging by a thread

[Pre-Chorus: Luke]
And now before our hope is lost
My heart is here it’s such a cause
Tell me if you wanted it at all

[Chorus: All]
I got a long term plan with short term fixes
And a wasted heart to catch eclipses
And I push my luck and trust the dust enough
That’s the story of another us
One last ditch and new beginnings
So take this heart, put yourself in it
This surprise ending I’m depending on
Be the story of another us
The story of another us
The story of another us
The story of another us
Could be the story of another us

[Bridge: Michael & Calum]
Drowning, beside you
Where I’ll be to remind you
We’re still first in line for
The front row of last resorts
One last ditch and new beginnings
So take this heart put yourself in it
This surprise ending I’m depending on


[Chorus: All]
I got a long term plan with short term fixes
And a wasted heart to catch eclipses
And I push my luck and trust the dust enough
That’s the story of another us
One last ditch and new beginnings
So take this heart, put yourself in it
This surprise ending I’m depending on
Be the story of another us
The story of another us
The story of another us
The story of another us
Could be the story of another us

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The Ballila Rifle,

When the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini came to power in Italy, one idea to help bolster the ideals of Italian fascism was the creation of a state run youth organization.  Founded in 1926, the Opera Nazionale Ballila (ONB) was such a group formed for boys and girls 8-18.  The curriculum of the ONB emphasized fascist indoctrination and physical education.  Among the activities of the ONB were rifle shooting.  I’m not talking about shooting bb guns or .22’s for the purpose of learning to hunt or shooting cans, but as early military training for the purpose of molding Italian youth into fanatical soldiers.  When they became adults, it was expected of them to form the legions which would reconquer the Roman Empire for Mussolini.

For training rifles, a variant of the standard military rifle, the 6.5mm Carcano, was used.  The Ballila Youth Rifle was no different from the Carcano with the exception that it was made smaller so that it could be used by a young child.  The barrel was cut down to 14 inches.  It was also outfitted with a smaller, lighter stock.  The Ballila rifle also retained the folding bayonet to make it as close to the real military rifle as possible.  

Most Ballila rifles were produced from surplus Carcano rifles, other were modified forms of the older Carcano Cavalry Carbine from the turn of the century.  I have seen some of these selling for as little as $150 at gun shows, and I was tempted to buy one as a novelty.  Alas 6.5 Carcano isn’t an easy caliber to find these days.

The ONB continued to operate up to World War II.  During that time all other youth groups were banned in Italy with the exception of those run by the Catholic Church.  When the German dictator Adolf Hitler observed the ONB in action while visiting Italy, he was inspired to created a similar Nazi organization called the Hitler Youth.