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31st March
Jack rabbits attack walkers.

Cloned rabbits.

Finally reached the conclusion of the Planetarium puzzle-story today. That was great!

Sampford Spiney.

The Wallops. Three villages in Hampshire called Nether Wallop, Over Wallop and Middle Wallop. 'The three villages strung along the willowed Wallop Brook are an enchantment of framed thatched cottages. '
Via Reenhead.

A Thrill in the Dark - Victorian Magic Lantern Shows. The lost world of Victorian magic lanterns.

Comics Underground Japan. 'The observer seeks "Japanese Art", does not speak Japanese, is led to a musty, sparsely-peopled place inhabited by "living national treasures" and other precious monuments to the national character. For that which is sanctioned is subsidized, is seen. This is not that. This is what happened around the three-quarter century mark - that place on the historical clock when maudites emerge. Why? I'll tell you next century ... '

Playground Games Directory.
'Welcome to our ever growing directory of playground games from around the World. '
'All the games have been tried and tested here at Ysgol Llanddulas and we only put good ones on our site!'
A database of children's playground games created by Llanddulas School in Wales. Great!

Witness. 'Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to his or her times. Each issue includes essays, fiction, memoirs, poetry and artwork. Each year we publish a general issue and a special issue devoted to a subject of wide social concern.'
The current issue is focused on 'crime in America' and features crime fiction and an interview with Elmore Leonard. The issue on 'love in America' is also available online. Some good stuff here.

Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629). 'This exhibition presents Renaissance editions of Dante's Divine Comedy from the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame, together with selected treasures from The Newberry Library. The Zahm collection ranks among the top Dante collections in North America. Purchased for the most part by Zahm in 1902 from the Italian Dantophile Giulio Acquaticci, the 15th- and 16th- century imprints presented here form the heart of Zahm's collection, which totals nearly 3,000 volumes, including rare editions and critical studies from the Renaissance to the present. The nine incunable editions and nearly complete series of 16th-century imprints featured in this exhibit constitute essential primary sources for both the history of Dante's reception during the Renaissance and the early history of the printed book. '

Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla. 'The classic fairy tale, as retold by the fastest rising new manga star in Japan.' Via gmtPlus9.

100 years of platitudes. A somewhat more critical view of the Queen Mother, written for her hundredth birthday. To be honest, her attitudes and politics sound fairly typical of her class and generation to me, but it's refreshing to read a piece on her as a human being which isn't overly deferential. Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

Comet Ikeya-Zhang Photo Gallery. Nice selection of images.

Antonio Gramsci archive.
Gramsci for Beginners. Brief bio, some pictures, overview of the prison notebooks, why read Gramsci?

Galleries of coloured alchemical emblems. Many thumbnails.
'Over the past ten years or so I have been making handcoloured emblems by painting with watercolours copies of woodcuts and engravings from printed books and some manuscript drawings. In colouring these I made use of my intensive study of the original coloured manuscripts of the 15th to 18th centuries, which have been the main focus of my research over the past years.'
'I have often found that by contemplating and meditating on these handcoloured images one can resonate with and enter into the complex symbolic world of alchemy.'

Jesus - With You Always. Hmmm... :) Via Cheesedip and Bifurcated Rivets.

RIP Barry Took.

30th March
After September 11: Images from Ground Zero. Via Synergy.

New skulls exhibit. San Francisco exhibition of 1500 skulls from various species.
Robot art.
(Cheers to JP for pointing me in this direction...)

Queen Mother dies. (BBC)
A life in pictures, 1900-2002.
Memorial website. (From the British monarchy's official site).

Towers withstood impact , but fell to fire, report says. NYTimes site requires free registration and login.
'Fireproofing, sprinkler systems and the water supply for hoses were all disabled in the twin towers on Sept. 11 in the face of a blaze so intense that it drove temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees and generated heat equivalent to the energy output of a nuclear power plant, a federal report on how the towers fell has concluded. '
'The fire, combined with these failures, brought down the towers even after they had shown surprising and lifesaving resiliency to massive structural damage caused by the impact of two hijacked airliners, the report says.'
Via Douze Lunes.

The Upsidedown Map Page. Maps of the world as seen from the southern hemisphere.

Minnesota's Roadside Architecture. 'This is a project that began in the late 1960's. An attempt has been made to photograph and record all of the various "roadside attractions" in Minnesota. No specific addresses are given, as part of the adventure is to find them. Over time a number have been removed for one reason or another. These are kept on a separate list. A yearly review is made to keep the list current. Additional locations and information are kept by the compiler. ' Pictures of many of the attractions.

Follies and and Monuments. Whimsical buildings of England.

The Galileo Project 'is a hypertext source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and the science of his time. ' A huge, well-organised and attractive site (lots of pictures).

The Alfred Russel Wallace Page. 'Welcome to the Web site dedicated to celebrating the life and work of the English naturalist, evolutionist, and social critic Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)! The links below connect you to various kinds of information on one of the most fascinating figures in the history of science. '

Modern Ruins Photographic Essays. 'Why are ruined buildings and landscapes interesting? Because they tell the unofficial history of the places where we live. There is a tendency to clean up and pave over our built environment to the extent that we erase the heritage we have gained from the recent past. History has become defined by roadside signage marking spots where events took place in the past, with little or no physical remains to tell the tale, no context. Modern Ruins are a link to the recent past, they are an archaeology of our culture revealing the fragments of a past that can seems distant and foreign ...'
From Shaun O'Boyle's photography site.

Seattle Chinese Garden.

Georges Rouault: The Miserere Series. 'Georges Rouault (1871-1958) was born in a working-class suburb of Paris. Encouraged by his grandfather, he began drawing as a child and was apprenticed to a stained-glass maker at the age of fourteen. In his spare time, he practiced his technique at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, and frequented the Louvre. At age twenty, Rouault began studying at the École des Beaux-Arts under Gustave Moreau (1826-98) who also taught Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet. Shortly after Moreau died and bequeathed his estate to the City of Paris, Rouault was made the curator of the new Musée Gustave Moreau ...'
'Many of the themes found in Rouault's paintings are repeated in the Miserereseries. In the first part of the series, the sufferings of Christ are interwoven with those of Man. By contrast, the second part of the series entitled Guerreincludes more images of death, but ends with the idea of resurrection and Man's salvation through the sacrifice of Christ. Rouault revealed for many the relevance of Christianity during what has been called the "post-Christian" era. '

Images from the Miserere Series.
More images by Rouault.

The Kamakura Print Collection.
Map of temples in the Kamakura area.

Kamakura Green Net. Guide to Kamakura today.
Kamakura art.
History of the Kamakura period.

Portsdown Tunnels. The underground sites of Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth (England).