Quite an ambiguous challenge title this week from me, 'Symbols'.
My header picture is of a guy from New Zealand who was part of a team of people who were sort of travelling hardcore evangelists. The group consisted of people from all over the world including the USA and Tonga. They were named Team Extreme, and they certainly were that! The show ran for around an hour and saw the guys punching through 4 layers of concrete slabs, blowing hot water bottles up using only lung power until the bottles exploded, picking up and doing reps with 2 kids hanging off either end of a steel bar, breaking Coke cans open using just their hands, folding frying pans on their legs and one of the final acts of the team was this guy who snapped a baseball bat with his bare hands and made the symbol of their religion, the cross. Even for an 'outsider' such as myself, it was incredibly powerful to watch. I'm quite friendly with the minister of the church and he gave me the best seats in the house to watch and take photos of the show from one of the balconies.
My other symbol is another cross, but this time it's the Thousla Cross which is situated on the Calf of Man on the Isle of Man which is the very furthest southern point of the island. The cross commemorates the "act of heroism by men of this parish in their rescue of the crew of the French schooner 'Jeane st. Charles' in 1858" and overlooks some very dangerous looking rocks which have probably claimed the lives of many a stray ship over the years.