Aphrodite in art (through the ages).
Cool Japanese toys.
Lost treasures and pub histories from the Midlands.
Darth Vader gargoyle at the National Cathedral, Washington. Via Reenhead.
Cloning pregnancy claim prompts outrage.
Life on Mars hopes raised.
Such a nice, sunny day today. The following caught my eye though :-
Bronze Age cup unearthed in Kent field - Beware asteroids in 2880 - Scientists detail rice code - Palestinian given Israeli bomb victim's kidneys - Phevos and Athena, the Athens Olympic mascots - Britain to scrap bobbies' wobbly helmet - Queen Mum funeral procession photo gallery - Aussie ski resort turns sewage into snow - Cretan 'Ring of Minos' genuine - Arlette Laguiller, French presidential candidate and likeable Trot?
Floriade, the six-month horticultural show about to open in Amsterdam. It's only held every ten years!
Kinko and other hermits. Art by Sesshu.
Exploring Detroit's abandoned spaces.
Posters American style.
danwen.com, Chinese-born artist, lives in NYC.
An American time capsule: three centuries of broadsides and other printed ephemera.
A London Underground game.
Castro's speech at Monterrey.
Dolphin art? Via GoodShit.
This Sceptred Isle. BBC Radio 4's history of Britain.
Zhao Bandi & Panda. Great pictures! Via ShanghART.com, a site for contemporary Shanghai art.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind. 'Why do we have two eyes instead of one? Why are they located where they are ? What role does the brain play in the process of vision ? '
'Discover some interesting things about your vision and brain by trying our virtual experiments ... '
Virtual exhibition from London's Science Museum.
A Century of Screams : The History of the Roller Coaster. 'The roller coaster has its origins in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a simple slide that took thrillseekers down an icy ramp past a variety of colored lanterns. Catherine the Great gave this custom a boost when she fitted her imperial sleigh with wheels for summer use. The next leap forward came when a French traveler beheld this odd national pastime and imported it to his homeland. Adapting the ice slide to a milder climate, the French soon learned to erect a track with a groove running down the middle. A bench with wheels was fitted into the groove, and down the Parisians went -- facing sideways ... '
From PBS's The American Experience | Coney Island. Don't miss the Coney Island Gallery.
' In March 1984 the miners' strike began. Once more, a Tory government believed this was a direct challenge to the rule of government rather than an industrial dispute. It was generally depicted as a confrontation between the PM, Margaret Thatcher and the President of the NUM (the National Union of Mineworkers) Arthur Scargill. What followed has been described as some of the most violent confrontations between trade unionists and police ever seen in England ... '
Undermined? Britain and the Miners' Strike. 'These pages were originally published as a catalogue to accompany a touring exhibition of photographs that marked the tenth anniversary of the British miners' strike of 1984-85.'
'The text consists of oral testimony drawn from interviews with people from South Yorkshire communities in 1994. '
Miners' Strike 1984-85 Photographs. From the South Wales Coalfield Collection, University of Wales Swansea.
The Highley Beds. 'A working title taken from a 19th Century description of the Wyre Forest Coalfield in the North of Worcestershire.'
The Murals of Baiya Monastery ' ... are truly exquisite works of art that embrace their subject matters with a mixture of vivid color and painstaking detail. From ghastly esoteric scenes of demons wearing human skins to the serenity of buddhas seated in meditation, the depictions on the walls of the temple and upper prayer room comprise a mixture of stylistic influences from within and outside Tibet ... '
The Empire that was Russia. Photography of Tsarist Russia. Thanks Huw, and Reenhead.
The Owl House.
Broken New York. Via Metafilter.
Ramallah awakes to carnage.
B'Tselem Press Releases. The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Via Eclogues.
Amnesty International - 'Israel's military action characterised by flagrant human rights abuses against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is fuelling a spiralling cycle of violence, Amnesty International said today, repeating its call for an international human rights monitors to be deployed with the aim of protecting Palestinian and Israeli civilians. '
Killyourtv.com was wiped on 2nd April ... come back soon!
KidRobot. Via Cheesedip.
The Ornithology of Anglo-Saxon England.
Firsby Saxon Village Project. 'Steve and Judith Jones, members of a Engliscan Gesias living ten miles north of Lincoln, are building a replica Anglo-Saxon period hall using authentic materials and techniques. Steve and Judith plan to make the house into a partially-defended settlement on a four acre site. This will be run as a study centre for the late Saxon/Viking period and an ancient crafts centre. They will also be making and firing pots of the period, smelting, forging and demonstrating crafts. '
Spectacular planet show promised. 'The five planets visible to the naked eye will line up in the sky at the end of April. '
'Astronomers say the rare grouping of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn may not be seen again for a century. '
Turning waste into tarmac. 'Old bottles are being used to build British roads as a new tax, introduced this month, forces construction companies to become more environmentally friendly. '
British engineer develops a 'silence machine'. Via the null device.
Countries who met over Internet go to war. Via the null device.
Early puberty linked to shampoos.
' By applying mathematical principles, statistical physics and computer analysis to ancient Greek and Latin poetry, a team of researchers may have shed light on one of literature's most enduring mysteries, who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey? '
' Police in north-eastern China have arrested several followers of the banned Falun Gong movement who are accused of hijacking a state broadcast last month. '
Pupils' behaviour worse in mornings.
Delighted zoologists start studying rare two-headed snake. Picture.
Smart glasses mean instant refills.
Hot balloon kills superbugs in mattresses.
Readers of the lost scrolls. Recovering philosophical texts from Herculaneum.
Booknotes is two!
Compare the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead with the one in Millennium Bridge in London. London's Millennium Bridge has great views, but my vote goes to Gateshead for sheer wackiness. Via Bifurcated Rivets.
' A Kenyan lioness has, for the third time, adopted a young oryx, an animal she would normally regard as lunch. Is she troubled by her conscience? Or plain mad? And what is it about this story that makes hardened cynics go soppy? '
' The earwig should be used as a learning resource in schools to teach pupils about mating, "motherly love" and other animal traits, a Scottish biologist has said.'
Weblog Translator. 'Translate any weblog from French, Spanish, Portuguese, German or Italian into English.' Pity there isn't a Welsh -> English version! Via Bifurcated Rivets.
Butterflies and ballots mapped. 'US National Atlas website allows for some curious comparisons.'
Straw houses are catching on.
Princess the Palace hides away. Via the Apothecary's Drawer.
Tides key to Europa's secrets?
' The songs of one of the world's smallest and most endangered apes have been recorded for the first time in Vietnam. '
Movie of a galaxy far, far away. 'Astronomers shoot first film of the stars, dust and gas at the centre of a galaxy.'
In St. Petersburg a ghost is living in a toilet.
History of the American West. 'Over 30,000 photographs, drawn from the holdings of the Western History and Genealogy Department at Denver Public Library, illuminate many aspects of the history of the American West. Most of the photographs were taken between 1860 and 1920. They illustrate Colorado towns and landscape, document the place of mining in the history of Colorado and the West, and show the lives of Native Americans from more than forty tribes living west of the Mississippi River. Also included are World War II photographs of the 10th Mountain Division, ski troops based in Colorado who saw action in Italy. '
Aboriginal Languages of Australia. 'There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages, most of which have been destroyed or live in the memories of the elderly; some of these languages are being revived by their communities. However, every Australian Aboriginal language is endangered. This site has annotated links to over 130 resources for about 40 languages. About 35% of these resources are produced by Indigenous people. '
International Dada Archive.
Roger & Marilyn's Photo Tour of Tokyo.
FOUND Magazine. They collect found stuff.
Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature at Canterbury. 'The Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, established in 1973, is a research centre and picture library, based upon a unique archive of over 85,000 pieces of cartoon artwork supported by a reference library of newspaper cuttings, books, catalogues, and AV materials.'
Featuring the Andy Capp Gallery.
DaDa Online. Artists, art, poems and prose. 'Dada or Dadaism [French, from dada, child's word for a horse] Nihilistic movement in the arts that flourished chiefly in France, Switzerland, and Germany from about 1916 to about 1920 [and later -ed.] and that was based on the principles of deliberate irrationality, anarchy, and cynicism and the rejection of laws of beauty and social organization.'
The Geiko Gallery. Vintage Japanese geisha photographs and postcards.
Children's Folklore, a universal anthology written by children for children of the world.
'First multicultural and multilingual anthology published on the web by children, parents and teachers from around the world. '
'This project is the networking result of 108 schools from 61 countries. Read descriptions of games traditionally played by children around the world, their rhymes and customs as well. '
Hoaxbusters. Debunking myths about 'devastating new viruses, Trojans that eat the heart out of your system, and malicious software that can steal the computer right off your desk ', and 'messages about free money, children in trouble, and other items designed to grab you and get you to forward the message to everyone you know'.
Greenhouse gas trading goes live. 'The world's first greenhouse gas trading scheme open to all businesses nationwide has been launched in the UK. From 2 April, an initial group of 34 companies can start buying and selling allowances from the government for reducing emissions.'
Florida's black water mystery solved.
Long Island's tall tales.
The Museum of Hoaxes April Fool's Day Gallery, from 1582 to the present. Via Coudal.com.
The Fairtrade Foundation. The Fairtrade label aims to help poor producers and workers in the developing world - here's how.
' A manuscript by a runaway slave dating back 150 years is to be published this week. '
'The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts tells the apparently autobiographical story of her life as a young house slave in North Carolina, ending in her flight to New Jersey. '
The BBC's round-up of April Fool stories in the business pages.
Throughout April, I will be guest contributing to Coudal.com's 'Fresh Signals'. Today's links - Hunkabutta, picklebird.
Royal Family cloned.
Virtual Reality Tour of the Real Tokyo. Don't believe I've linked to this one before! '360-degree QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramic photographs of the real Tokyo, Japan. See inside restaurants, views of temples and shrines and small drinking establishments.' Fab!
Bede's World. 'The extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede created a rich legacy that is celebrated today at Bede's World, Jarrow, where Bede lived and worked 1300 years ago.'
An Anglo-Saxon museum based on the excavations of St. Paul's monastery in Jarrow. There's an Anglo-Saxon farm, too.
AustinPostcard.com. 'Welcome to AustinPostcard.com. This site is here to share a collection of items from Austin, Texas history. The site is built primarily around postcards, but will also house a continously growing list of photographs and ephemera that relates to the people and places of historical significance to Austin, Texas. Please check back often to see what new treasures show up.'
Cuban Fine Art. 'Cuba's major art platform on the Internet.'
The history of Cuban art. Timeline, images.
Houston Cancelled Freeways. Maps and pictures.