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5th May
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Britain's oldest public museum.
Tradescant and Ashmole. Article explaining some of the murkier aspects of the history of the museum.

William Blake's Tarot.

The Golden Age of Superheroes.
The History of Superhero Comic Books.

The Trams of Ballarat. 'The stories told in The Trams of Ballarat are both a history of public transport in Ballarat and part of the public history of the city. The stories presented here are derived from the personal accounts of those who worked on the trams and they show how the trams of Ballarat were more than just public transport ... '

Tragic Lovers (Kitagawa Utamaro). '... In the late 1790s Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) introduced a new approach for the depiction of tragic lovers. His compositions were innovative and emotional, constructed with an imaginative pictorial vocabulary that set his prints apart from earlier ukiyo-e artists ... '
Hashiguchi Goyo: Modernizing Utamaro.

Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Legends.
Map of Australian Aboriginal languages.

Red Rover Goes to Mars. '... The difference, though, was that this group was composed of students from four countries around the world who were planning simulated scientific tasks for exploring the surface of Mars. One of the targets they chose for analysis was a rock that they nicknamed "Pebbles." Only this rock isn't on the red planet; it is located in the JPL Mars Yard, an outdoor test facility that approximates Mars terrain located away from the rover lab. And after the mission, the students were able to visit "Mars" and actually see the rover used to conduct the exercise and "Mars rocks" ... '

Suffering Under a Great Injustice. Ansel Adams' photographs of Japanese-American internment at Manzanar.

Dachau Memorial Site. "Dachau, 1933-1945, will stand for all time as one of history's most gruesome symbols of unhumanity. There our troops found sights, sounds, and stenches horrible beyond belief, cruelties so enormous as to be incomprehensible to the normal mind. Dachau and death were synonymous." Col. William W. Quinn, 7th U.S. ARMY.

Forced Labour Camps. An online photographic exhibition about the Soviet gulag. 'The system of forced labor camps was established in the first years of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union. It became essential part of the Soviet repressive system. The Communist takeovers in the Eastern and Central Europe during the World War II led to mass arrests of non-Communist politicians and people identified as class-enemies. Many of them were sentenced to forced labor camps. In 1952 the International League for the Rights of Man was able to document the existence of more than 400 forced labor camps in Central and Eastern Europe. Here you can find highlihts of the Open Society Archives hodings related to the Gulag and other forced labor camps. '

Nagasaki Nightmare. The Art of the Hibakusha (Atom Bomb Survivors).

The British Museum has a great site; well worth spending some time exploring.

The Virtual Pilgrim. 'This is a conceptual project about seeing beyond that which can be seen. It is about experiencing the world despite worldly limitations. This, in the belief that peace can be found through understanding and empathy achieved by crossing conceptual boundaries even more than the physical ones ... '

RIP Barbara Castle.
RIP John Nathan-Turner, Doctor Who producer. Via Pithlog.

Hi there, Miriam and Aaron. Thanks for the link.

3rd May
Cartoonist Rights Network South East Europe. 'Our Primary Mission Is To Make Editorial Cartoonists The Most Powerful People In The World.'
'... The Cartoonists Rights Network's mission is the protection of editorial and humor cartoonists from any form of human or civil rights abuses ... '
Great east European cartoonists.

Defence of Britain Project. 'The Defence of Britain Project, which ran from April 1995 to March 2002 under the auspices of the Council for British Archaeology, is now completed. In that time, nearly 20,000 twentieth century military sites in the United Kingdom were recorded by an army of some 600 volunteers.'
Images of the month. Pillboxes and anti-tank blocks, dotted about the British countryside.
Map of anti-invasion defences in Britain.
' Pictures and text showing what remains today of World War 2 Pillboxes and Anti-Invasion Defences in the United Kingdom.'
Subterranea Britannica.
20th century defence architecture in Cumbria. 'Here you will find a gazetteer of pill-boxes, air-raid shelters, Royal Observer Corps posts, and other defence infrastructure in Cumbria that is quietly mouldering away, the threat of invasion and warfare it was constructed to stand against long gone.....I hope.'

American love stories.
' Hisham and I will be married twenty years this February. Everybody said it would not work. He is Jordanian, Muslim, and I am Italian, Catholic. We met in Florida twenty-two years ago. What we had in common was nothing except youth ... '
Culture, religion and age.

Japanese May Day posters. Via Images of Japanese Labor and Social Movements in Post-1945 Japan.

' Welcome to urban75's collection of personal photos, loosely centred around the themes of urban landscapes, deserted subways, street scenes, rain, snow, sea and melancholic late night train journeys. I hope you like 'em!' Huge; wonderful.

The Wartime Memories Project. 'World War Two was perhaps one of the most traumatic times in recent history. The fighting and hardships affecting the whole of Europe, the Pacific and having a knock on effect through out the world. Recently it was suggested that a project should be begun to collect the memories of people who have lived through the war. Not just the dramatic events which are usually recorded, but also the everyday memories. '
'This web site aims to be a collecting point for the project. If you lived through the war years please leave your memories on the form provided or send an e-mail. If you were born after the war and know someone who would like to share their stories, please ask them and add their tale to the collection. '
Olive and Eric seem to fit in here - the wartime letters of a young working class British couple.

Buraku Liberation and Human Rights Research Institute.
What is buraku discrimination? 'Buraku people or Burakumin (min refers to people) are the largest discriminated-against population in Japan. They are not a racial or a national minority, but a caste-like minority among the ethnic Japanese.' 'They are generally recognized as descendants of outcaste populations in the feudal days. Outcastes were assigned such social functions as slaughtering animals and executing criminals, and the general public perceived these functions as 'polluting acts' under Buddhist and Shintoist beliefs ... '
Ian's buraku resource research page.
' This is a photo of one of the streets of S_ Buraku. As you can see, it looks like any other street in Japan, in fact, it looks nicer than most other streets in Japan ... '

In the mix. Teen immigrants: five American stories.

Villa Romana del Casale, a luxurious Roman villa from around 320 CE. 'The Villa Romana del Casale is located about 5km outside the town of Piazza Armerina. It is the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world. The Villa Romana del Casale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.'
Cubicle with erotic Roman mosaic, Villa Romana del Casale.

A guided tour of the visible human.

Josephine Baker wire sculpture.
Another Josephine Baker wire sculpture. Great!
More on Alexander Calder, the genius behind these.
Many thanks to Marty for pointing these out.

London by Gaslight. A Victorian-themed MUD which was down when I tried it. Interesting idea, though. Good links page.

Bollywood Heaven.

Fifty fantasy and science fiction works that socialists should read. I've actually read a lot of these; the majority make good reading for people who are interested in ideas, not just socialists, or indeed science fiction fans.

The Artemis Project plans to privately colonise the Moon.

Duke of Edinburgh makes fool of self.
Other occasions when Prince Philip has made fool of self.
The monarchy in Britain. A brief (republican) guide. Good links page.

Fantastic new Hubble pics. Big thanks to nimrods.
' A 16-stone woman has been crowned Thailand's Jumbo Queen at a pageant held at an elephant reserve.' Belarus president, please note.
The terrifying rise of the urban supermouse.
' The range of birds found in our gardens has changed - with sparrows on the decline, and coal tits thriving. Are humans the cause?'
Princess Di ballet. Via Lukelog.
I didn't know that Alexander Lebed had died in a helicopter crash.
The life cycle of your weblog. Via Tanquelogue.

' " I have resigned as H'Angus the Monkey. I do not want to be associated with the monkey, I am totally committed to this job and I want to give it 100 percent as mayor," he told reporters. "I wasn't in this election to make a mockery of any other parties." '
H'Angus the monkey won the election for mayor of Hartlepool. There's some interesting Napoleonic history behind this too!

Real Nappy Association. 'The Real Nappy Association was founded by two mothers who are deeply concerned about this important health and environmental issue. They brought together real nappy companies, the National Association of Nappy Services, environmental groups and concerned individuals in a Campaign for Real Nappies. The Women's Environmental Network (WEN) has been co-opted as a member of the group to give advice and support.'
Related :- Disposable nappies make up 4 per cent of UK waste.

Traffic Report. 'TRAFFIC_REPORT is an experiment in data_voyeurism/data_exhibitionism. 32 designers, artists, programmers, and theorists publicly expose their visitor logs and browser histories. Taken together, this aggregation of in/out data paints a microcosmic portrait of the web as a personal communications medium. ' Via consumptive.

2nd May
These old family photos. Estonia, 1890-1938. From the Estonian National Museum.
Estonian villages at the coast of the Black Sea.

Temples, shrines and palaces in Japan. Someone's trip; lots of pictures.

East Barnet ghost stories. 'At first encounter, East Barnet, a leafy North London suburb, appears calm, comfortable, and conventional. But beneath the superficial lies the supernatural. For this is an area that seems to have attracted and retained more than its fair share of myths and legends over the thousand or so years of its recorded history ... '

E-celebrations of Josephine Baker's 'joie de vivre'.
Josephine Baker official site.
Josephine Baker on
Josephine Baker's FBI file, 359 pages. (See here the FBI files of other famous people - quite a list!)
Jerry Jazz Musician: Josephine Baker.

Ghosts of the British Museum. 'London is full of ghosts, but the best supernatural story hereabouts concerns a mummy's curse. On the first floor of the British Museum are various rooms devoted to artefacts from ancient Egypt. There are a number of mummies and sarcophagi on display but the one in question is numbered 22542 and listed as a mummy case for an unknown singer to the god Amon Ra. The case is covered in hieroglyphs and has a portrait of a very beautiful young girl ... '
Herne the Hunter at Windsor.
The Hellfire Club, West Wycombe.
Ghost stories of Britain and Ireland.

' In Aomori Prefecture, the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins are believed to be those of a village that started 5,500 years ago in the early Jomon era and ended in the mid-Jomon era about 1,500 years later. When, by chance, a regular row of one-meter diameter post holes, which marked the ruins of a rare, large ancient building structure was discovered on the construction site for a baseball stadium, work was halted. Subsequently, the whole site was preserved and archaeological surveys were initiated to clarify the nature of the ruins. '
Japan Atlas: historical sites.

The transvestites of Rome. From Virtual Rome.

Bob's Baseball Cards.
Bill's Baseball Cards.
Peggy's Baseball Cards.

A virtual tour of Auschwitz. 'On every day since I first saw Auschwitz, I have wept.'

Artifacts from the Cultural Revolution. 'Mao Zedong's folly known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a tragic period for the Chinese people and their civilization. The Cultural Revolution was designed to destroy the culture of pre-Communist China, to shake up the ranks of the party cadre from their positions of rank and privilege, to punish the cadre for the criticisms that were lodged against Mao's failed Great Leap Forward experiment, and to continue attacks against the intelligentia ... '

RHex. Six-legged robot.

The Skeptiseum. Sceptical museum of the paranormal.

South Coast Diaries. 'Hi. The name's Duncan Donaldo. I've been asked to keep a daily web diary of life on the dole because that's what I 'do'... I'm a dole-ite. Down here in the scummiest town in the south coast of England, Hastings.'

The Scourge of Arial. Fonts!

Noel Mamere's website now includes links to an anti-Le Pen petition and anti-Le Pen sites.

Urban75 - Mayday 2002.

Buddha's birthday in black and white.

Did Mussolini have syphilis?
World's biggest, smelliest flower puts on sex show. At Kew Gardens! Picture!!!
Belarus president orders beauty contests.

1st May
Shaping San Francisco. Labour, ecology, literary etc.

The Hidden Cities of San Francisco.

History of San Francisco.
Emperor Norton.
Japanese-American Internment. 'In the entire course of the war, 10 people were convicted of spying for Japan, all of whom were Caucasian.'
Escapes from Alcatraz.
Summer of Love.
19th century maps.

My time is up for posting links to Coudal Partners' Fresh Signals. Thanks for having me, guys!

The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. 'The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. '
Current exhibitions from stained glass to ancient art of Eurasia to netsuke to the 300th anniversary of Peter I's monetary system.

Cold War History in Manchester. 'Ever since I moved to Manchester in 1986 I've heard rumours about secret underground installations under the city centre. I particularly remember being told on several occasions about a secret nuclear bunker under Piccadilly Gardens. I have since found out that there is some truth behind these rumours. This web site reports my findings.'

Virtual Museum of China '89. 'It's painful to recall, but it's never to be forgotten... '

Burma - Grace Under Pressure.

' Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time ... '

Periodic Table Adventure.


Japan, Home of the Vending Machine. 'They are everywhere - in the city, along country roads, even at the top of Mount Fuji. Japan seems to be full of vending machines. They sell juice, beer, cigarettes, batteries, newspapers, tickets, the list goes on and on. They have pushed their way into the national lifestyle so much that they seem essential. ' Photos, picture of Japan's first vending machine.
A gallery of cans.

Thailand Life. Life of a teenager in Thailand in pictures and words.

London Walks.

Russian Art: The end of the 20th century.

History of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Strip History. 'Welcome to the most detailed history of the Las Vegas Strip on the internet today! '

Skulls. Structure and function, diversity, living tissue, skulls in culture, pictures.

The BBC's guide to the World Cup.

Early British history galleries :- Roman mosaics, Normans, Skara Brae, Hadrian's Wall.

Democracy, press freedom and corruption league tables.

April a vintage month for weird world tales.
Witches say Christians violated their rights.
Bull cloned accidentally.
' A real-life but little known Scottish scientist was the inspiration for author Mary Shelley's classic gothic novel Frankenstein, according to a theory published Wednesday. '
' Osaka Supporters' Club chairman Koichi Takeuchi wears a T-shirt with the legend "I am Not a hooligan," while Rie Matsuyama holds an England flag made of 3,500 red and white paper cranes, in Osaka on Tuesday.' Via Bifurcated Rivets.