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5th August
The Miniature Book Library. Teeny books/mail art. You can participate.
(The Hanging Wing is easy to miss).

Folk Archive 'is an attempt to collect and show folk art from all parts of Britain and Ireland now. '
'We will display work you submit on the folk archive web site. Selected pieces will also form an exhibition which is planned to tour art galleries in the U.K. in the next year. '
'Work has already been exhibited at Tate Britain in the Intelligence exhibition. See the information page for more details.'
Gallery.
St. John's Ambulance pin cushion.

Sin Central. New Yorkers confront temptation.
'If Las Vegas is Sin City, then New York must be Sin Central. With more than 8 million inhabitants, the city is a mecca for those with the ability to turn their dreams into realities. In the pursuit of happiness, many New Yorkers find themselves committing one or more of the traditional Roman Catholic Seven Deadly Sins. We've tracked them down.'
'Our stories are not religiously founded, but journalistically reported. We've taken each sin name -- lust, gluttony, wrath, greed, pride, envy and sloth -- and learned how New Yorkers are fighting the temptations to give in to the dark side. '
'A special report also explores the bleachers of Yankee Stadium, where the "bleacher creatures" exhibit all seven sins in the course of one game. '
There's a page for each sin. E.g. :- Pride. 'The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was formed to protect the city's historical, architectural and cultural heritage. Why then is only one history being preserved?'

The Memory Hole looks like it may become an useful resource.
'The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known. This includes:
Government files
Corporate memos
Court documents (incl. lawsuits and transcripts)
Police reports and eyewitness statements
Congressional testimony
Reports (governmental and non-governmental)
Maps, patents, Web pages
Photographs, video, and sound recordings
News articles
Books (and portions of books)
The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we're not supposed to know (or that we're supposed to forget).'
Some examples :- CIA Official Calls for "Sending SWAT Teams into Journalists' Homes", The Russian Nuclear Bomb in Washington, DC, Deleted Government Map of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Speeches of Former Rep. James Traficant, Senior Energy Official Asks Industry Lobbyist to Formulate Policy, The Changing Biography of Thomas White, Secretary of the Army.
Via Booknotes.

Greenwood's Map of London 1827. (My place of work is somewhere in here!).

Paintings from North Korea, 1948-1988. To skip the intro, click here.
Related :- The Past & Present of Fine Art in North Korea, Kwangju City Art Museum.

Ogasawara Clan Genealogy. From the introduction :- 'I first began this site as a database for my particular lineage for immediate family members as well as for my own personal satisfaction. However, after finishing up my own lineage, I still felt that my work wasn't done. As the saying goes, "The more you have, the more you want", and so I began contacting other Ogasawaras on the internet whose e-mail addresses I could find. However, after contacting over 100 individuals that shares this surname, only 3 people replied to my request. I believe this to be because most of these individuals were born away from Japan a few generations ago and have lost all connections to Japan and their family history. I find this extremely sad, for we're only talking a few generations back.'
'Out of the 3 people who had replied to my request, Viscount Kiyotada Ogasawara and his friend, Mr. K. Tsuchiya, have been most helpful, providing me with not only his lineage, but of most of the lineages you'll find listed on my site. As you can imagine, I was elated beyond belief! ... '

Missing Persons in India.

Feed South Africa. 'Every time you click on the plate below, our sponsors will contribute towards feeding a hungry mouth in South Africa.'

Samuel's Memory. 'Samuel Cloud turned 9 years old on the Trail of Tears. Samuel's Memory is told by his great-great grandson, Michael Rutledge, in his paper Forgiveness in the Age of Forgetfulness. Michael, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is a law student at Arizona State University.'
Via History of the Cherokee.

Yesterday For Today. 'Welcome to the PlayMobil Theatre, with the Yesterday For Today Players presenting... '
PlayMobil figures act out plays.
Hamlet.
Rumplestiltskin. (Link from their front page didn't work when I tried it - this is the correct URL).

City Firefighter. FDNY.com is owned by a firefighter of the FDNY. 'I as well as thousands of other New York City Firefighters went to the World Trade Center to help and do all that we could. I was off that day but went in as did most all of us; some had to protect other parts of the city so they were not able ... '

Nova Roma. A micro-nation on the Internet based on Roman culture, with a constitution, citizens etc.

Geometric Sculpture by George W. Hart.

The Institute for the Promotion of the Less than One Millimetre. Single-celled living things in all their glory.
'The major goal of the Institute for the promotion of the less than one millimetre is to bring organisms normally neglected because of their invisibility under the attention of a wide audience. No longer will amazing creatures like 'Noctiluca scintillans ' or 'Volvox aureus ' be regarded as insignificant! Let the unicellulars rule the web!'

Plep's Blogtree.

St. Kilda - Death of an Island Republic. 'The remotest inhabited place in the British Isles lies some110 miles west of the Scottish mainland, a small archipelago of islands known as St Kilda. On the north side of the main island, Hirta, are the remains of the tigh na banaghaisgich, 'female warriors house' or 'Amazon's house'. Descriptions of the house and St Kildian folklore has lead to speculation that these are the vestigages of an iron age matriarchal culture surviving through oral tradition. - first recorded by Martin Martin in 1698 in his detailed description of the island and it's community - the story of the survival and eventual demise of this idyllic community is in danger of itself passing away into folklore.'
Via Utopia Britannica.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Fine folk.

Campaign Against Dowry.

Earthships. 'Sustainable' housing.

Space burger.

The Observer asked a bunch of arts and media celebs what their favourite websites were. Some notable ones (though the whole list is superb) :-
Old Maps. 'Providing access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive. Find out where your ancestors used to live or check out what your neighbourhood looked like over a hundred years ago. '
The Framley Examiner. Funny parody of a British local newspaper.
Sake World.
Half Bakery. A site for interesting ideas...
The Barcelona Review. Short fiction zine.
Melon Farmers. Censorship watchdog site, UK orientation.
The Madonna Inn, on California's central coast, is quite fascinating and batty.
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4th August
On the Road: Kentucky's Roadside Commercial Architecture 1920-1960. 'Roadside commercial architecture of the early-to-mid twentieth century is often taken for granted by contemporary observers. Seen as unattractive reminders of a less-sophisticated past, these gas stations, motor courts, and refreshment stands were part and parcel of a movement which drew commerce away from the downtown core and relocated it on the citys edge and throughout the countryside. This dispersal of commerce was made possible by the invention and adoption of the personal automobile. Hardly any mode of transportation has been allowed to alter the landscape as much as the automobile. No longer was commerce tied to urban areas by fixed train and streetcar lines; by the 1920s, the popularity of the automobile and state/federal policies fostered the construction of new, evenly paved roads. A road building frenzy resulted, which made possible commercial development at any convenient location along Kentuckys thoroughfares ... '
Ducks.

Old Father Thames. 'From below the Round Tower of Windsor Castle to pass the White Tower in the Tower of London Old Father Thames has rolled through thousands of years and the lives of many millions.'

Dead Presidents. 'If you're into dead presidents (and gosh, who isn't?), you came to the right place. By simply clicking your mouse button, you can see pictures of me, Manus Hand, visiting the final resting places of every one of them (save three -- I'm still working on it!) Prepare yourself for excitement and adventure (or at least for a bunch of pictures of me standing in cemeteries, tombs, crypts, and mausoleums) ... '
With obituaries and ratings.

A Personal Railway History. 'I entered the service of the London & North Western Railway Company in May 1918 at the age of 14 as a parcel van boy and after, on various rounds with different van drivers and doing a bit of acting porter at several stations when someone was off sick. I suppose as my Father was an engine driver at the Aston Locomotive Depot it was only natural that I should be interested in engines, so at the beginning of 1919 I started at Aston Locomotive shed, this was just before the eight hour day came into force in the Locomotive Department, and for a short period I worked 6 in the morning till 5:30pm of course with meal times ... '

The Naked Man Festival. 'I stood there looking down at the unfolded piece of linen that was more than 20 feet long and wondered how on earth this would end up being wrapped around me to fashion what amounted to basically, a giant diaper. '
'After drinking six bottles of sake though, somehow, I didn't really care. I had past the point of no-return and had long before decided that I was going to enter and "compete" in Japan's annual Hadaka-Matsuri. Or as us English speakers would say "The Naked Man's Festival" ... '

Kuruppacherry. Genealogy of a family from Cochin, India.
'Some sketchy information is now available about the man who started the house of Kuruppacherry. He lived about 750 years ago, i.e. around AD 1250; and was a head priest at the Hindu temple at Elankunnappuzha in Vypin Island near the city of Cochin. He was known as Thaikkaud Narayanan Moosathu. 'Thaikkaud' was the house to which Narayanan Moosathu belonged; the house of Thaikkadu is still flourishing in Kerala as a well-known house of Ayurvedic physicians. 'Moosathu' means the elder line in the family. Maybe, some generations before him, Thaikkaud family branched off into two lines: moosathu or moothathu and Elayathu (younger line). Now this young Namboothiri Brahmin priest Narayanan was attracted to Christianity sometime in his life; became a Christian and gave birth to a new line, or branch, of the motherhouse of Thaikkaud, which he named Kuruppacherry ... '

In Memoriam: The Astronaut/Cosmonaut Memorial Web Site. 'This site is dedicated to the men and women who have tragically lost their lives while training for or executing a space exploration mission. May we remember what was learned in their deaths, and carry on their memories.'

The Soviet Manned Lunar Program. 'Twenty years after the first American moon landing, on August 18, 1989 the USSR officially acknowledged the existence of their manned lunar program with an initial release of information by the Soviet newspaper Izvestija. An increasing number of photographs and blueprints of Soviet lunar hardware have become available to Western analysts and space observers. It is now clear that personal rivalries, shifting political alliances and bureaucratic inefficiencies bred failure and delays within the moon program. There was strong competition between research teams and laboratories. This internal competition and the low budget for manned exploration of the Moon explains the failure of Soviet technology against the successful American Apollo program.'

Atmospheric Optics. 'Light playing on water drops, dust or ice crystals in the atmosphere produces a host of visual spectacles - rainbows, halos, glories, coronas and many more. Some can be seen almost every day or so, some are once in a lifetime sights. Find out where to see them and how they form. Then seek and enjoy them outdoors. '

The Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection. 'The Nova Scotia Museum's Mi'kmaq Portraits database is a collection of portraits and illustrations in various media, of the Mi'kmaq of Atlantic Canada. '
'For thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers, the Mi'kmaq called themselves L'nu'k, which simply means 'the people,' 'human beings.' Their present name, Mi'kmaq, derives from nikmaq, meaning 'my kin-friends.' Their descendants are still living in what are now Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and parts of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec. Many Mi'kmaq also make their homes in New England, particularly in Maine and Massachusetts.'

Homeless in Santa Barbara.

Noted Individuals Who Have Experienced Homelessness.

News...From Our Shoes.

What's It Like in Your Neck of the Woods? 'We live in a world full of different cultures and environments that just beg to be experienced. Sadly, many people never get the chance to leave their own country (or even their state/province) to see what the rest of the world has to offer. '
'Did you ever wonder how life halfway around the world, or even just next door, is different from yours? Here is your chance to answer the question, "What's it like in your neck of the woods?" ... '
Via Tenorman.
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2nd August
Grandma Knapp's '37 Road Trip. 'In 1937, my maternal grandmother, Joycolyn Knapp (1, 2, 3, 4), took a road trip with my grandfather, Jack Knapp, his sister Gladys, and her husband Wayne "Windy" Anderson. I hope you enjoy Grandma's amazing photo journal of their trip ... '
Selected highlights.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company 1880-1920. (American Memory) 'This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The collection includes the work of a number of photographers, one of whom was the well known photographer William Henry Jackson ... '
Bois Blanc Island, Michigan.
Detroit.

Australian Places. (Monash University) A gazetter of Australian cities, towns and suburbs.
The page on Sydney has some nice pictures. The page for Melbourne is good, too.

1920's Glasgow. 'These, never previously published images, came into the author's possession in the 1970's. '
'They were originated as glass plate negatives approx. 7" x 5" in size.'
'The history of the photographic plates is not known. '
'8 images are presented although several more glass plates survive.'
Empire Exhibition of 1938, Glasgow.

The British Empire Exhibition of 1924. 'Despite the fact that the empire had never been larger--encompassing over one-quarter of the land on Earth, and with possessions on every continent--it was obvious that a crisis was in the making. Foremost was World War One, which had taken a terrible toll on the Mother Country, draining financial resources and wiping out an entire generation of its best and brightest young men. '
'Coupled with disastrous decisions by the government, such as letting the crushing post-War unemployment sort itself out rather than intervene, Britain's ability to govern the Empire was diminished. '
'Concurrently, independence movements, most notably in India, were growing widespread. '
'Enter the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 ... '

World's Fair '74. 'When you think about world's fairs, the cities that likely come to mind are London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, and perhaps even Montreal, Osaka or Seattle.'
But in 1974, Spokane, Washington put on a world's fair that was unique in a couple ways: it was the only U.S. fair of the Bicentennial era and no smaller city had ever hosted a world's fair. During the six months it was open, over five million peopleroughly 28 times the city's populationvisited Expo. '
'In late June, my mom and I and our friends the Ericksons piled into my dad's 1973 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham and drove East to become part of those five million.'

Welcome to the DPRK. 'This travelogue describes a trip to North Korea (NK) undertaken in March 1995. Present were Paul B., an Australian computer scientist and psychologist; Erwin H., a Dutch UN soldier just back from Bosnia; and Rick B., a roving database administrator currently stationed in Africa [ ... ] Cost was about US$900 per person for a week in NK, which included an overnight train between Beijing and Pyongyang, two guides, a minibus, accommodation, attractions, and 3 meals a day. You have to make your own way to Beijing, though. '
'We were often asked why we were planning a trip to NK. Why would anyone want to holiday in a backward, dour, isolated, run-down extremist country? Both Rick and Paul are communist aficionados, but there's another reason. For the budget traveller, communist countries offer extremely low prices (see also our travelogues on Poland, Czechoslovakia, Moscow and The Baltics), VIP treatment, interesting food, and a chance to experience truly foreign cultures and vistas that haven't (yet) been overrun by Western advertising. For no extra charge, you also get a fascinating insight into one of the major (but doomed) ideological movements of the 20th century: Stalinism. Stalinism acts like a preserving agent, leaving countries like North Korea in pretty much the same state as they were 50 years ago. It's like a trip back in time, but whether it was to 1945 or 1984 we couldn't decide ... '
Via the Korean War Project.

The Tibet Map Institute 'presents a unique map series of Tibet.'

The Remaining Right Side of the Buddha. Cambodian travelogue.
'On the day of my arrival in Phnom Penh, many people were heading in the opposite direction - out of the country. On that day, Saturday, May 15, 1993, all UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia) family members residing in Cambodia were evacuated to Bangkok ... '
From the same site - Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Nepal, India, Burma.

Close to Perfection. (Kodak) 'Kjell Sandved's personal revelation came more than 25 years ago, while he was working as a volunteer for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. "I noticed this old Cuban cigar box, with a butterfly inside. On its wing was a perfect letter 'F', literally woven into the texture. The proverbial light bulb went off in my head: If one letter appeared in nature, perhaps they all did! And I would be the first to find them." '
'Sandved soon became a staff photographer for the Smithsonian. His personal specialty was photographing some of nature's tiniest creations -- designs "painted" in the microscopic cells of a butterfly's wing. "I always photograph live butterflies, because museum specimens lose scales and fade." '
'His quest for a "natural alphabet" took Sandved through the United States, and tropical rainforests and islands around the world. During 24 years of searching, he found several sets of letters from A to Z, and numbers from 1 to 9. As he examines butterflies, moths, and wild plants, Sandved also discovers "many remarkable patterns, which look like faces, eyes, animals, and human figures. I never know what I'm going to see." ... '

Centre for Human Simulation. (University of Colorado) From the overview :- 'The Center for Human Simulation (CHS) is a synthesis of human anatomy and computed three-dimensional imaging. This synthesis resulted in a three-dimensional, high resolution database of human male and female anatomy (the Visible Human) as derived from direct analysis of anatomical specimens and radiological imaging. The general purpose of this Center is to facilitate the collaboration of anatomists, radiologists, computer scientists, engineers, physicians and educators to promote the application of this and other anatomical data to basic and clinical research, clinical practice and teaching. '

Kiowa Drawings. 'The Smithsonians collections of Kiowa drawings include works of art on buffalo hide and more recent examples on paper, a medium that Kiowa artists adopted after it became widely available in the late nineteenth century. Together, these drawings offer a unique source of information on tribal social and artistic traditions.'
'The best-known bodies of Kiowa graphic art are the drawings produced by Kiowa men imprisoned at Fort Marion in the 1870s and the work produced in the twentieth century by the Kiowa Five, a group of artists who studied at the University of Oklahoma. The National Anthropological Archives has excellent material from both of these important traditions, plus many other drawings that provide a bridge between the two.'

Valley of the Kings Foundation. 'Like many archaeological sites around the world, the Valley of the Kings is under threat from the pressures of time, nature, and an increasingly hostile modern world. Egypt's Ministry of Culture and Supreme Council of Antiquities are faced with an awesome task of upkeep and preservation, which they discharge with great diligence and skill, assisted by a handful of foreign archaeological missions from Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the United States and elsewhere. '
'The task is immense, and much valuable and important work still remains to be done. '
'With this in mind, The Valley of the Kings Foundation was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization currently applying for charitable status. It aims to help promote and coordinate, on an international basis, the exploration, documentation, interpretation, publication and preservation of the site and its royal and private tombs and related archaeology, as well as to record the social history of those who have explored and continue to work there ... '

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. 'Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage in progress in northeast Missouri.'

The Green Map System. 'The Green Map System is a globally connected, locally adaptable eco-cultural program for community sustainability. Green Maps (both printed and online) utilize Green Map Icons to chart the sites of environmental significance around the world. Each map is created locally in a unique way, and our Mapmakers are of all ages and backgrounds. See all the maps and read the latest News here in English and other languages ... '
Green maps by city.

Citystreets. Pedestrian advocacy in New York.
Introduction to traffic history.

Literary Weblogs: An Overview. Via wood s lot.

Hobo Signs. 'Beginning in the 1880's up until World War Two, hoboes placed markings on fences, posts, sidewalks, buildings, trestles, bridge abutments, and railroad line side equipment to aid them and others of their kind in finding help or steering them clear of trouble. Usually, these signs would be written in chalk or coal letting others know what they could expect in the area of the symbol. The classic American hobo of the late 19th and early 20th centuries communicated through a basic system of markings, a code though which they gave information and warnings to their fellow Knights of the Road.'
Via this Metafilter thread.

'Lurking in your litter: horror movie warns of Britain's rising tide of rats. 'Cinemas today begin showing a 30-second advertisement that begins with the rapacious rodents scratching, scuffling and scoffing the cast-off remains from human meals thrown thoughtlessly away and ends with a couple, sleeping soundly in their double bed, unaware of a group of rats boldly ensconced on their duvet.'
'In an effort to curb Tokyo's ever-warming urban sprawl, the government is considering a massive project to cool the heart of the capital using an underground network of pipes -- tantamount to the world's largest radiator.'
Earth 'getting fatter'.
' Scientists may have pinpointed the area of the brain that malfunctions in people who have a stammer.'
' An interactive atlas of the world's natural wealth paints a graphic picture of humanity's inexorable spread. '
Galaxy 'may cause ice ages'.
' The humble potato may help scientists to protect women from a common sexually transmitted virus that causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. '
' Five women have been killed in India's West Bengal state by local tribesmen who believed they were witches. '
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1st August
How's My Cycling? A circumnavigation of the world by bicycle; only renewable forms of energy to be used.

British Overseas Territories. 'This web page is about the thirteen British Overseas Territories. They are the last remnants of what was the British Empire. Some are famous such as Gibraltar and the Falklands. Other are less so, Turks and Caicos for example. A lot of them have nothing in common with each other besides the fact that they are still subject to the British Government in London ... '
Anna's Big Adventure. Trying to reach the Falkland Islands via Chile. 'I wrote this in 1997 when I was 18. It has nothing to do with British Territories, except for the Falklands link. However since I wrote it I thought I might as well put it on the website, rather than let it simply fester on my hard drive. It is very long but I have no wish to edit it now: it will lose it's 'innocence'. My father was working in the Falklands and I was on one of my trips to visit him. As anyone who bothers to read this will discover, this proved to be very difficult. '

Moscow Metropolitan. Extensive site about the Moscow Metro; history, photos. (Much of the site is in Russian, and it can be slow; be brave).

Manyo'an Collection of Japanese Art. 'The Manyo'an Collection of Japanese Art focuses on Edo-period (1615-1868) works in the Zenga, Nanga, Rinpa, Maruyama-Shijo, Ukiyoe, and Eccentric styles. The term "Manyo'an" meaning a myriad of autumn leaves, was coined by the late Harold P. Stern, former director of the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Dr. Kurt A. Gitter began the collection in the 1960's while working as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Airforce on the island of Kyushu, Japan. The artworks have been acquired over the past thirty-five years and new acquisitions continue to expand the Manyo'an Collection. '

The Christian Catacombs of Rome.

African Posters from the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.

The Life and Death of Robert Johnson. 'If there are any Soul Patrollers who are big Robert Johnson fans (like myself), I happen to know some things about his life, and death, that are not widely known ... such as; What is the exact location of his home in Robinsonville. What is the exact location of his death in Greenwood. How did he really die ... it wasn't from the poison in his drink (although it didn't help) What is the exact locations of ''The Crossroads'' ... it's not US 61& US 49 ... '

Crazy Complaint Letters by Samantha and Scott. 'Ever have a company flip your knob-deliver a poorly packaged, inferior product and lackadaisically brush you off when you have the audacity to demand quality? Well, we never have, but that fails to deter us from writing bogus complaint letters to them. We write these letters for the sheer fun of of it, to trip the boundaries of the complaint letter art form, and for the occasional free tube of Polygrip. In the service of honesty, griping is just funnier. We hope you enjoy reading our letters ... '

Plastination at Vienna University. From the tutorial :- 'Welcome to the homepage of the Plastination Laboratory at the University of Vienna. Here you can learn Human Anatomy online. At this time there is already a very large amount of pictures and information on this site, and it continues expanding.Most of the specimens shown are preserved using different methods of PLASTINATION ... '
About plastination.

Hidden Inns of Britain. Map, searchable database, short essays. Add your own.

The Legend of Miao-shan. 'In China Kuan-yin (Avalokitesvara) came to be most frequently worshipped in female form as the Goddess of Mercy. This transformation from an originally male deity into a female one seems to have occurred sometime during the Northern Sung dynasty (960-1126) and is reflected in Kuan-yin's miracluous appearance in human form in the legend of Miao-shan ... '

Jesus of the Week. Kitsch Christ.

Tracks on Broadway. ' April 1996, the City of New York began the process of repaving Broadway from 110th Street to 125th Street. The first step was to ream off the upper layers of old pavement, to provide a rough surface for the new pavement to adhere to, and to keep the future new surface from being too high for the curbs.'
'As their counterparts seek weathering in a sedimentary deposit, so may urban paleontologists find treasure in this sudden wearing away. The Broadway streetcar tracks, unused for almost 50 years, are now making a partial appearance before being buried again for decades to come.'
'And so it was that I found myself standing in traffic lanes and stepping carefully in the unknown territory of the center malls for a few days in May, camera in hand ... '

The Bra Show, 'celebrating the human form to conquer breast cancer'.

London Trams: Kingsway Subway. Photos! Via London Trams: construction of a conduit tramway. 'This shows the details of construction of what were probably the last new conduit tram/streetcar tracks ever built. This was in preparation for the Festival of Britain, 1951. The Festival commemorated the first Worlds Fair ever, the Great Exhibition of 1851. '
Stanmore Station, London, photos from 1949. 'The station itself seemed more like a one-train-per-day country station than one which served London commuters. As a boy, I was fascinated by the station. It had a little garden, and with its steeple, the building resembled a country chapel. There was a red Post Office mail-box set in the exterior wall, seen just to the left of the down-pipe from the rain gutter.'

The Flat-out Truth: Earth Orbits? Moon Landings? A Fraud! Says This Prophet. Interesting article on the Flat Earth Society; first published in 1980.

Language Museum. 'The Language Museum is a linguistic website which offers the samples of 2000 languages in the world. Most languages are living, and a few languages are extinct. Each sample includes 4 parts - (1) an image sample, (2) an English translation, (3) the statistics of speaking countries and populations, (4) the linguistic classification consisting of the language's family and branch. The Language Museum is constructed and maintained by Zhang Hong, a network engineer and amateur linguist in Beijing, China. '

Dalit Rights and Issues. Human rights and the caste system in modern India.
Dalits & Human Rights: The Battles Ahead. (Human Rights Watch) 'There are more dalits in India than there are people in Pakistan. The Scheduled Castes account for nearly 16.48 per cent of India's people. That is, over 160 million human beings. Their contribution to society in terms of labour, art and culture is enormous. Their share of the country's resources and riches is, however, disproportionately lower ... '

A Negev Desert Botanical Garden. 'The endemic plants of the Negev are largely ignored in new landscape and environmental proposals and although a great deal of knowledge has been accumulated about the different species, their robust and aesthetic qualities are often disregarded and the plants are passed over for foreign species. This impacts on the local ecology and landscape character and landscape quality of the region.'
'The impetus for a botanical garden in the Negev stems from PhD research undertaken by the author of this web site, Benz Kotzen. The PhD centres on the use of the indigenous plants of the Negev that will aid sustainable development in the region. '
(Increasing the area of habitable land in the Middle East sounds like a good idea, if it could ever be pulled off. Help solve a conflict which is largely over land, and improve the environment at the same time).

Nuclear bunker for sale.

'Oil geologists have stumbled across an ancient impact crater under the North Sea, 130 km east of England's Yorkshire coast. '
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