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Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes

Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes was a Spanish Navy frigate, sunk by the British off the south coast of Portugal on 5 October 1804 during the Battle of Cape Santa Maria. At the time of the naval action Spain and England were at peace with each other; the Spanish frigate was part of a small flotilla sailing from Montevideo to Cadiz, transporting silver, vicuna and quinoa. The other ships in the flotilla were Santa Clara and Fama; the flotilla was intercepted by a British Navy task force, commanded by Graham Moore aboard HMS Indefatigable, ordered to change course and proceed to a British port for inspection. The Spanish commanding officer, brigadier José de Bustamante y Guerra objected that the two nations were at peace, declared that they would not comply with the order, ordered battle quarters, despite being outgunned and outnumbered. A single shot from HMS Amphion, commanded by Samuel Sutton, hit the ship's magazine, causing an explosion that sank the ship. 250 Spanish crewmen were lost, 51 survivors were rescued from the sea and taken as prisoner.

The other three vessels were interned in Britain. Her wreck has been compared with that of USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. In 2007 the company Odyssey Marine Exploration reported having found, at an undisclosed location, a rich shipwreck code-named "Black Swan". Odyssey recovered 500,000 silver and gold coins from the wreck, transported them to the United States. Spanish researchers identified the ship found by Odyssey with Mercedes and the Spanish government started a legal battle to halt what they considered was an act of illegal looting. Peru attempted to claim the treasure as being plundered by the Spanish. However, a court case decided that the Spanish government was the rightful successor of interest because at the time of the wreck, Peru was considered a Spanish colony and not a separate legal entity, therefore it had no legal standing to be entitled to the proceeds of the lawsuit. A U. S. federal court and a panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the Spanish claim to the contents of the ship.

A small number of coins and effects recovered from the ship were deposited in Gibraltar, because they showed clear signs coherent with an internal explosion on the ship and thus confirmed Spanish claims to the wreck being that of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes. They were not returned to Spain until 2013, when a court ordered Odyssey Marine to return the missing pieces. Spanish Naval Museum along with National Archaeological Museum of Spain showed the recovered treasure in the exhibition "The last trip of the frigate Mercedes. A recovered cultural treasure" from June to December 2014. In 2015 the Spanish government commanded an archaeological expedition to study the shipwreck, which proved that Odyssey had damaged the remnants of the ship when extracting coins. Cabo de Santa Maria List of Spanish sail frigates Black Swan Project Media related to Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes at Wikimedia Commons

Kerak telor

Kerak telor is a Betawi traditional spicy omelette dish in Indonesian cuisine. It is made from glutinous rice cooked with egg and served with serundeng, fried shallots and dried shrimp as topping, it is considered as a snack and not as a main dish. The vendors of kerak telor are the most ubiquitous during annual Jakarta Fair and it has become a must-have menu item for visitors at the event; each of the portion is made by order. The kerak telor vendor puts a small amount of ketan on a small wok pan and heats it on the charcoal fire. Add an egg, add some spices and mix it; the dish is fried on a wok without any cooking oil so the omelette will stick on the wok and enable to put it upside down straight against charcoal fire until it is cooked. The spicy serundeng with ebi and fried shallots are sprinkled upon the omelette. In the Colonial era, kerak telor was a privileged food and was served in big parties for colonial government or rich Betawi. According to gastronomy expert Suryatini N. Ganie, kerak telor was created in order to make glutinous rice more tasty and satisfying.

In modern day, kerak telor vendors no longer dominated by native Jakartans, some of them come from Padang, Tegal and Cimahi. Kerak telor recipe on cookingrecipesguide.org Interview with Kerak telor vendor Kerak telor making on Youtube

Under the Flag

Under the Flag is an experimental electronic album released in 1982 by Fad Gadget. Written by Frank Tovey for the most part concerning his fear for the future of the world, in light of having just become a father, he was afraid of the world his daughter was going to grow up in. Sampling, new technology back in the early 1980s is incorporated into the album and sequencing is heavily used, it features backing vocals by fellow Mute Records artist Alison Moyet. "Scapegoat" features a Dutch nursery rhyme. Some of the ideas on this album were inspired by German band Die Krupps and this is borne out by Fad Gadget's album Gag which features Einstürzende Neubauten, who worked with Die Krupps. "Under the Flag I" "Scapegoat" "Love Parasite" "Plainsong" "Wheels of Fortune" "Life on the Line IV" "The Sheep Look Up" "Cipher" "For Whom the Bells Toll" "Under the Flag II"Recorded at Blackwing Studios, All Hallows Church, London in 1982. Produced by Fad Gadget and John Fryer Fad Gadget – vocals, computer Nick Cash – Timpani, Percussion David Simmonds – grand piano, synthesizer chorus: Alison Moyet, Andrew Kay, Anne Clift, Barbara Frost, Jill Tipping, John Fryer, Yvette Anna