The XXX symbol is three St. Andrew’s Crosses in white on a black stripe on a red background.
St. Andrew was a fisherman who lived in the 1st Century AD and was said to have been crucified on an X-shaped cross. The Amsterdam XXX symbol dates back to the year 1505 when the city was a fisherman’s town, so the coat of arms was established as the symbol for the city itself and it also flew as a flag on all ships registered in Amsterdam.
THE dress, designed by William Travilla, Marilyn Monroe's pleated 'subway' dress (from Billy Wilder's 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch) that sold recently for 4.6million (US) flanked by the red sequined dress (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) that sold for 1.2million (US) with another dress that was apparently leant to Marilyn in the foreground.
I can no longer see the Burlington Skyway and the [Burlington Canal] Lift Bridge from my window due to the ever growing trees. So I had to visit a friend who lives a little higher up. The mornings have been a bit misty and dull though, so I had to alter the photos to bring out the colours. This is what happened.
The glory of ships is an old, old song,
since the days when the sea-rovers ran
In their open boats through the roaring surf,
and the spread of the world began;
The glory of ships is a light on the sea,
and a star in the story of man