All lighthouses have red caps, don't they?

September 27th, 2014, 2pm

When I first saw Adrian Tribe’s take on the proper lighthouse, I thought, oh, our Adrian is showing just a tad of colonialist mentality: telling us “exactly how a light house should look”. But then I remembered the uproar that occurred just a few years ago in our little seaside town when the painters forgot to reproduce the red cap that had adorned the Split Point Light for over a hundred years. Weeks passed and the structure stayed solid white, top to bottom. How could anyone do such a thing?, we asked each other. After much loudly expressed local indignation, the red cap was finally restored, and it was “exactly how a lighthouse should look”. Here is a better photo of the Split Point Light.

Still Adrian’s red and white stripes, though a little garish, aren’t too bad.

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David Wade Chambers

Born in Oklahoma: 30 years in US. 6 years in Canada, 40 years in Australia. Academic field: history and philosophy of science. Currently, teach indigenous studies online at Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and Brandon University (Manitoba). Come visit our B&B on Australia's Great Ocean Road. Mate's Rates for Hi community! (

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