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"Preparation: A Symphony of Readiness" In the vast skies above, Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets soar with unwavering determination

Background imagePreparation Collection: Peeling Potatoes - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe, Lancashire

Peeling Potatoes - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe, Lancashire
A young girl peeling a large tub Potatoes in the rear yard of a Fish & Chip Shop at Morecambe, Lancashire. Date: circa 1901

Background imagePreparation Collection: Washing Potatoes - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe, Lancashire

Washing Potatoes - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe, Lancashire
The proprietor/owner washes Potatoes in a rotary hand-cranked washer prior to peeling at the rear yard of a Fish & Chip Shop at Morecambe, Lancashire. Date: circa 1901

Background imagePreparation Collection: Young girl preparing chips - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe

Young girl preparing chips - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe
A young girl (likely the daughter of the shop owner) prepares chips at a Fish & Chip Shop in Morecambe Lancashire. Note the wonderful chipper machine on the counter

Background imagePreparation Collection: Young boy and hot fat fryers - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe

Young boy and hot fat fryers - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe
Young boy (the son of the owner) standing next to the hot fat fryers - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe, Lancashire. Date: circa 1901

Background imagePreparation Collection: Dipping plaice in batter - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe

Dipping plaice in batter - Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe
The owner/proprietor dipping plaice (or another type of flat fish) into a ceramic pot of batter in a Fish & Chip Shop, Morecambe, Lancashire, before placing into the hot fat fryer behind

Background imagePreparation Collection: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86, (1938). Artist: John Singer Sargent

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86, (1938). Artist: John Singer Sargent
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86. Painting held at the Tate Britain, London. From World-Famous Paintings edited by J. Greig Pirie [W. & G. Foyle, Ltd, London, 1938.]

Background imagePreparation Collection: Two Royal Australian Air Force F / A-18 Hornets

Two Royal Australian Air Force F / A-18 Hornets
February 13, 2013 - Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets form up in preparation to conduct in-flight refueling while participating in Cope North 13 near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam

Background imagePreparation Collection: Eclipse, a Dark Chestnut Racehorse held by a Groom, with a Jockey

Eclipse, a Dark Chestnut Racehorse held by a Groom, with a Jockey
652163 Eclipse, a Dark Chestnut Racehorse held by a Groom, with a Jockey, Possibly Jack Oakley, by the Rubbing Down House at Newmarket, 1770 (oil on canvas) by Stubbs

Background imagePreparation Collection: Las Meninas, 1656 (1939). Artist: Diego Velasquez

Las Meninas, 1656 (1939). Artist: Diego Velasquez
Las Meninas, 1656 (1939). Infanta Margarita, is attended by two of the Queen`s meninas or maids-ofhonour: Maria Agustina Sarmiento and Isabel de Velasco

Background imagePreparation Collection: Champagne Hoard

Champagne Hoard
Lining up bottles of champagne in rows in preparation for a wealthy Argentine society event at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Date: 1930s

Background imagePreparation Collection: Passenger Porter

Passenger Porter
26th October 1907: A porter at the ready at a London, Tilbury and Southend Railway station. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imagePreparation Collection: Kendo martial arts fighter holding sword in front of him

Kendo martial arts fighter holding sword in front of him

Background imagePreparation Collection: First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644

First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644
Royalist stronghold Lathom House in Lancashire defies Parlimentarian pressure and raises the royal standard. The ensuing siege lasted three months, but was eventually lifted

Background imagePreparation Collection: Symmetrically stacked pile of Logs for use as firewood

Symmetrically stacked pile of Logs for use as firewood
HAR-127 Symmetrically stacked pile of Logs for use as firewood Anthony Harrison Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePreparation Collection: USA, California, San Diego. The US Midway in San Diego is now a museum and event venue

USA, California, San Diego. The US Midway in San Diego is now a museum and event venue

Background imagePreparation Collection: War In Vietnam

War In Vietnam
Marines of G Company, 4th Marines are pictured climbing a hill in preparation for attack against the North Vietnamese. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imagePreparation Collection: LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station

LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station
Pictured at Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth SE1, an example of an 1930 enclosed London pump with carried breathing apparatus

Background imagePreparation Collection: LCC-LFB Woolwich fire station, SE London

LCC-LFB Woolwich fire station, SE London
The crew of Woolwich fire station, Sunbury Street, on parade on the station forecourt. WW2 is pending and an Auxiliary Fire Service fire engine is standing in the station next to the LFB pump escape

Background imagePreparation Collection: Christmas Eve - about 1460 by Pauline Baynes

Christmas Eve - about 1460 by Pauline Baynes
Christmas Eve, as celebrated in 1460 with children bringing in holly and the Yule Log to be lit on Christmas Day, and other joining in a last minute carol practice

Background imagePreparation Collection: Tractor ploughing fields in Blockley, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

Tractor ploughing fields in Blockley, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePreparation Collection: Gun transport exercise, Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire

Gun transport exercise, Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire
An emergency gun transport exercise taking place at Wentworth Woodhouse, Lord Fitzwilliams residence at Rotherham, Yorkshire

Background imagePreparation Collection: Typical clay pot, tajine, for cooking traditional Moroccan meals, mud-brick village of Anammer

Typical clay pot, tajine, for cooking traditional Moroccan meals, mud-brick village of Anammer, Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains, Anammer, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

Background imagePreparation Collection: French lady getting ready to go out in her boudoir

French lady getting ready to go out in her boudoir - she check the powder on her nose - " Yes, that is just perfect!" Date: circa 1910s

Background imagePreparation Collection: Swans in a punt at Henley

Swans in a punt at Henley
A punt load of swans, and two cygnets, about to be transported higher up the River Thames for their safety, in preparation for the annual Henley Regatta in early July

Background imagePreparation Collection: Contract I Hogarth 1745

Contract I Hogarth 1745
Marriage a la Mode 1. The Contract The Earl of Squanderfield and a rich Alderman of the City of London arrange a marriage between son and daughter

Background imagePreparation Collection: Grated spices

Grated spices. Ginger on a grater next to chopped red chilli, chopped chilli and whole ginger

Background imagePreparation Collection: Morning in Menagerie

Morning in Menagerie
Morning in the menagerie - the animals are washed and fed in preparation for the days activities

Background imagePreparation Collection: HMS Queen Emma before D-Day, WW2

HMS Queen Emma before D-Day, WW2. circa 1944

Background imagePreparation Collection: Christmas card in the shape of a house

Christmas card in the shape of a house, open to reveal the matchstick people inside, getting ready for the festivities. (2 of 2) Date: circa 1890s

Background imagePreparation Collection: The Landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland, c1912, (1914). Artist: Edward Reginald Frampton

The Landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland, c1912, (1914). Artist: Edward Reginald Frampton
The Landing of Saint Patrick in Ireland, c1912. This painting depicts the imminent arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland in AD 430. After an original work by Edward Reginald Frampton (1870-1923)

Background imagePreparation Collection: U. S. Navy SEALs combat diver prepares for HALO jump operations from a C-130 Hercules

U. S. Navy SEALs combat diver prepares for HALO jump operations from a C-130 Hercules
U.S. Navy SEAL combat diver prepares for HALO jump operations from a C-130 Hercules

Background imagePreparation Collection: Chalking The Cue

Chalking The Cue
Circa 1908: A portrait of Mr Spiller preparing his billiard cue by chalking the tip, taken against a painted backdrop. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imagePreparation Collection: Shrunken Heads

Shrunken Heads
19th August 1925: Three specimen of shrunken heads all with long hair, prepared by the Macas Indians. (Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imagePreparation Collection: Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) spy-hopping to observe Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii)

Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) spy-hopping to observe Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) in preparation to knock it from the ice by creating a wave. Marguerite Bay, Antarctic Peninsula, summer

Background imagePreparation Collection: Golfers on golf course, woman preparing to strike, caddy standing nearby

Golfers on golf course, woman preparing to strike, caddy standing nearby

Background imagePreparation Collection: Sequence of black and white illustrations showing how to make bread dough

Sequence of black and white illustrations showing how to make bread dough

Background imagePreparation Collection: Dried stockfish is the main typical Norwegian product, Hamnoy, Moskenes, Nordland

Dried stockfish is the main typical Norwegian product, Hamnoy, Moskenes, Nordland, Lofoten Islands, Arctic, Northern Norway, Scandinavia, Europe

Background imagePreparation Collection: RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off

RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off
17th May 1952: An RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5864 - We re Flying Five Years Ahead - pub.1952

Background imagePreparation Collection: An air raid warden setting a blackout time clock indicator at an Air Raid Precautions post

An air raid warden setting a blackout time clock indicator at an Air Raid Precautions post on the outskirts of London
WORLD WAR II: AIR RAIDS. An air raid warden setting a blackout time clock indicator at an Air Raid Precautions post on the outskirts of London, England, following the outbreak of World War II, 1939

Background imagePreparation Collection: Heath Robinson Cartoon

Heath Robinson Cartoon
Cartoon, All for Lawn. A few timely suggestions for levelling our lawns in preparation for the coming tennis season. Groundsman flattening grass

Background imagePreparation Collection: The Blue Boat, 1929 (oil on board)

The Blue Boat, 1929 (oil on board)
1197395 The Blue Boat, 1929 (oil on board) by Wood, Christopher (1901-30); 40x55.9 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imagePreparation Collection: King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) in strike pose, Malaysia

King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) in strike pose, Malaysia

Background imagePreparation Collection: The busy pits: before the start of Le Mans 24-hour Race, 1937

The busy pits: before the start of Le Mans 24-hour Race, 1937. From Sir Malcolm Campbells Book of Famous Motorists, edited by Sir Malcolm Campbell. [Blackie & Son Limited, London and Glasgow, 1937]

Background imagePreparation Collection: The Preparation of Dry Grapes, 1890, (c1932). Artist: Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

The Preparation of Dry Grapes, 1890, (c1932). Artist: Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
The Preparation of Dry Grapes, 1890, (c1932). From Modern Art by Charles Marriott & Tis & Tis. [Colour Ltd. London, 1909]

Background imagePreparation Collection: Arunta tribesmen of central Australia preparing a new corroboree, 1922. Artist: Baldwin Spencer

Arunta tribesmen of central Australia preparing a new corroboree, 1922. Artist: Baldwin Spencer
Arunta tribesmen of central Australia preparing a new corroboree, 1922. For indigenous Australians, the corroboree comes closest to a modern concept of theatre

Background imagePreparation Collection: Growth of the submarine by G. H. Davis

Growth of the submarine by G. H. Davis
The growth of the submarine from 1901 to 1912. In chronological order, they are: 1901-2 Holland Class, 1903-5 A Class, 1904-6 B Class, 1906-9 C Class, 1911 D Class and 1912 E Class

Background imagePreparation Collection: Ancient Egypt warrior army

Ancient Egypt warrior army
Illustration of a Ancient Egypt warrior army

Background imagePreparation Collection: Vintage World War II poster of a fighter pilot climbing into his airplane

Vintage World War II poster of a fighter pilot climbing into his airplane. It reads, Keep him flying! Buy War Bonds



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"Preparation: A Symphony of Readiness" In the vast skies above, Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets soar with unwavering determination, their pilots embodying the essence of preparation. Like brushstrokes on a canvas, they paint a picture of strength and precision. Just as Diego Velasquez meticulously prepared his masterpiece "Las Meninas" in 1656, so too do we prepare ourselves for life's challenges. Each stroke of our efforts adds depth to our character and resilience to face any obstacle that may come our way. John Singer Sargent's "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" captures the beauty born out of meticulous preparation. The delicate flowers bloom under careful nurturing - a reminder that greatness often arises from patient dedication. Like a Champagne Hoard awaiting its moment to shine, we gather knowledge and skills over time. We become connoisseurs of readiness, ready to pop open the bottle when opportunity knocks at our door. The Passenger Porter stands tall amidst bustling platforms - an embodiment of preparedness in motion. With every journey undertaken by this steadfast companion, it reminds us that thorough planning ensures smooth transitions towards success. A Kendo martial arts fighter holds his sword before him with unwavering focus - an emblematic display both physically and mentally. Through discipline and practice comes mastery; he is poised to conquer any battle that lies ahead. War In Vietnam serves as a stark reminder that they are be both noble and devastating. It teaches us the importance of being ready not only for triumph but also for times when peace must be fought for fiercely. Within LCC-LFB Woolwich fire station's walls in SE London lies an arsenal against chaos itself - firefighters who epitomize readiness at all times. Their tireless training ensures they are always equipped to protect lives and property from raging flames' wrath. Eclipse stands proudly while being groomed by dedicated hands.