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10th May
Train crash in Hertfordshire.
Chronology of UK rail crashes.

Also in the news - British forests thrown open to walkers - Old cannonballs still scorch (via Portage) - Prank freeway sign helps drivers - Giant glacier falls into Southern Ocean - Singapore star gives part of liver to save girlfriend - Packard heir bids farewell to 'HP way' - Beware of the god! - Cars to run on 'farm waste'

Gypsy collections at the University of Liverpool. 'Gypsy collections at the University of Liverpool comprise the Gypsy Lore Society Archive, and the Scott Macfie Gypsy Collection of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, sound recordings and press cuttings. The main historical focus of the collections is the period from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century.'
Appleby horse fair.
Britain's gypsy families.

NarrowLarry's world of the outstanding, or explorations into the unDisney. Folk art environments and modern architecture in the US. Outstanding.

Virtual Edo walking tour. This is fun.

Mondo Tokyo. 'Welcome to Mondo Tokyo, a photo gallery of life in Tokyo, with a special focus on the strange and unusual.'

New York's World Trade Center: a living archive. 'Early this year, I published a book called Divided We Stand, A Biography of New York's World Trade Center. The result of eight years of research, writing and revision, it also distilled the cumulative associations of my 50 years as a New Yorker and witness to the city's heroic and deeply flawed trajectory of development. '
'Guiding my approach was the idea that my book would not assume the mantle of a "definitive" work. Rather, my goal was to create a useful, well-written and documented book that would also serve as the basis for a much broader exercise in cultural history writing - one that would push beyond the scope of an individual author, in this case, me. Hence this Living Archive ... '

Temple of Zeus. 'Here is a first attempt to create a 3D reconstruction of the Temple of Zeus as it was at the time of the Olympic Games using VRML. '

Women in Greek myths.

Cree Nation of Wemindji. 'Wemindji is a community located at the mouth of the Maquatua River along the east coast of James Bay. With a population of 1,100 Wemindji is one of nine Cree communities located in remote northern Quebec.'

The Intel Museum.

Chinese dissidents index. '(We present here only a partial list of dissidents. Hundreds of dissidents currently live in exile, and by the Chinese government's own count, some 2,000 people remain imprisoned for the crime of "counter-revolution".)

War grave photos. Mostly Commonwealth; good site.

9th May
The maze on Saffron Walden Common (Essex). 'The age and purpose of the maze at the east end of the Common are not known, but it may date back to mediaeval times. The first reference to it in the town's records is in the accounts for 1699 "Paid for cutting ye maze at ye end of ye common 15s 0d" (15 shillings = 75 pence in today's money) ... '
Wing Turf Maze, Rutland. 'This circular turf maze is shallowly cut into the grass of the Common in the pretty Rutland village of Wing. As a plaque points out, Wing is a so-called "Classical" or "Cretan" maze of concentric circles with a single path leading to a central point ... ' Photos!
Mike's Mazes. 'This page contains a list of all the mazes that I know of which are located in the United Kingdom and are open to the public. '

Broadway 101. 'Welcome to Broadway 101. What you will find here is the history of The Great White Way, sectioned off by decades. The first installment tells the history of Broadway and the theatre prior to 1900. Then we begin with the period of 1900 to 1910. You can read about any decade individually or you can start at the beginning. We're currently working on the next installment. '
Broadway of Yesteryear gallery. Images from 1650 - 1889.

Nagasaki temples. 'Nagasaki is known for its many temples and shrines. There are a number of traditional, peaceful, tasteful ones, and at least one which is a bit goofy...'
Nagasaki University old picture database. Awesome collection of photos from 1860-1920. '... Photos taken during the Bakumatsu-Meiji Period (1860-1899), from the end of the Edo era to the beginning of the Meiji era, are important for their historic value as the period corresponds to the earliest stage in the history of Japanese photography. The photos reveal dramatically changing images of Japan during the days of modernization, "Bunmei-kaika," and provide multifarious information that could contribute to any research into the early modern age in Japan. '
Dr. Raisuke Shirabe's account of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.

Sputnik. '... This special presentation of The New York Times on America Online includes articles and photos from the first week following Sputnik's launch, coverage of the U.S. response and the early days of the space race, and a directory of related websites ... '
Sputnik: the fortieth anniversary. Presented by the NASA History Office. Includes documents and photos.
Yuri Gagarin photo gallery.

The Africa-American Mosaic exhibition. 'This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to the institution's African- American collections. Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints, photographs, music, film, and recorded sound ... '
Nicodemus, Kansas.
Chicago: destination for the Great Migration.

Child labour photographs by Lewis W. Hine.
The Kodak vs. the king. The photographic campaign against King Leopold's rule of the Congo.
Mark Twain picture gallery. 'When most people imagine Mark Twain they think of a shaggy-maned, white-suited humorist-sage, a picture of him that is popularized even in his childhood home of Hannibal, Missouri. But Mark Twain didn't begin to wear that famous white flannel suit in winter until December 1906, less than four years before he died. What did Sam Clemens the steamboat pilot look like? Or Mark Twain as he was writing Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn?'

Thrips (thunderflies, thunderbugs) are interesting creatures.

Three more countries join 'Axis of Evil'. I wonder if any of them have ever designed nuclear plants for North Korea.

Pro-democracy coup to be staged no later than next spring.

8th May
JazzFest Arkhangelsk 1997. 'It is said that the JazzFest Arkhangelsk 97 in North Russia was the last festival organised by Vladimir Resitzki, the restless musician and genious organisator. The economic situation gets more and more difficult every year and he needs time for his music. Please read why this festival is so special ... '
Nostalgia for a Wooden City 'is the name of a book by Yuri Barashkov, teacher at the Construction Department of the Arkhangelsk Timber-Technical Institute. I always admired the many wooden houses in the city of Arkhangelsk and Barashkov's book helped me to find some of the remaining buildings from Arkhangelsk's past. ' The wooden architecture of the Russian north.
The Solovki Islands in the White Sea, a Japanese wedding and the 500,000 ruble banknote.
Tuva, in Siberia, home of exotic stamps, shamans and throat-singing.
Via Av@ntart, a site about music, theatre and Russia.

The Romance of Three Kingdoms. Chinese calligraphy. ' "The Romance of Three Kingdoms" is one of the most popular historical novels in China. After spending more than four years and using up over a hundred brushes, Mr. Jin wrote the entire novel's over 600,000 characters on a 120m x 36.5cm Xuan paper roll. '
The three friends who thrive in difficult times.
' Invented by Mr. Tong Ye-Geng in July 1893, Yi Zhi Tu is an interesting Chinese tangram game. For anyone who wants to learn Chinese characters, this game will let you have fun and also enjoy Chinese calligraphy. It is a mind game. Yi Zhi in Chinese means good exercise for your mind.
Via Tongram Online Gallery.
Chinese paper-cutting.

Hidden Histories. 'The Hidden Histories project takes its purpose from part of the Koori Voices exhibition, which can be experienced in Bunjilaka the Aboriginal Centre at Melbourne Museum.'
'The oral histories tell stories drawn from the life histories of individual men and women. To read a story select a name from the right hand column.'
Mrs. Juanita Hurtado.
Budawang Aborigines.

100 years of New York City. A special from the New York Times, published in 1998. 'The following articles offer a glimpse into the past 100 years of New York City -- a decade at a time. Each decade includes a full time line prepared by the staff at The New York Times, photos from The Times archives, headline clippings from archive copies of The Times, and essays by noted authors and Times staff writers.'
The new born city, seen from above. A panorama of New York City from 1902.
New York's oldest canal, 1730.

Directory of royal genealogical data. 'At this site I have a database containing the genealogy of the British Royal family and those linked to it via blood or marriage relationships. It contains, in fact, the genealogy of almost every ruling house in the western world because of the intermarriage that took place between them at some time or another. There are in excess of 30,000 individuals from the earliest times to the present in the database. '
The genealogy of the US presidents.
Almanach de Bruxelles 'is the only web site treating of all present and former Sovereign Families of non-European countries. This information has never been centralised before.'
This unofficial site on the imperial family of Japan includes genealogy.
The Hashemite family tree. Jordanian government site.
Saudi royal family tree.
Pokemonarchy. 'It's the most unique virtual monarch that you'll ever meet. It's a walking companion, an alarm clock, and a digital mini-game rolled into one.'

30 nesting Russian dolls. Incredible.
British Prime Minister Russian dolls. 'Set of 5 Russian Matrioshkas made in a village 100 miles east of Moscow. featuring Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Harold Wilson. '

'A world panel of writers has chosen the tale of hopelessly questing Don Quixote as the best book in history.' Where's Gilgamesh though? Thanks, Snarkcake.
Kaiser Wilhelm had plan to take New York.

7th May
Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. 'Olaudah Equiano (c.1745-1797) was born in what is now Nigeria. Kidnapped and sold into slavery in childhood, he was taken as a slave to the New World. As a slave to a captain in the Royal Navy, and later to a Quaker merchant, he eventually earned the price of his own freedom by careful trading and saving. Coming to London, he became involved in the movement to abolish the slave trade, an involvement which led to him writing and publishing The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa the African (1789) a strongly abolitionist autobiography. The book became a bestseller and, as well as futhering the anti-slavery cause, made Equiano a wealthy man. '

Signed and Sealed. Historic signatures presented as an art sequence.

Taipei walking tours - temples.

The Mystery Worshipper. Cheeky but good-natured reviews of churches, mostly in the the UK but also North America, Australasia and elsewhere. 'Ship of Fools has an intrepid team of Mystery Worshippers travelling incognito in the British aisles and beyond, reporting on the comfort of the pews, the warmth of the welcome, the length of the sermon... The only clue that they have been there at all is the Mystery Worshipper calling card, dropped discreetly into the collection plate. Now read on...'
This particular agnostic found these quite enchanting. Some favourites :-
Causeway Coast Vineyard, Portstewart, Northern Ireland - Oxford Oratory - Society of Friends, Salisbury - Songs of Praise, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - Kensington Temple, London - Capel Fron, Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales - consecration of two bishops, Southwark Cathedral, London - Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dogura, Papua New Guinea - St Peter's Basilica, Vatican City - Xishiku Cathedral, Beijing - baptism, Spring Hill Presbyterian, Mobile, Alabama

Bulgakov's 'Master and Margarita'. Web-based multimedia annotation of the classic satirical fantasy set in Thirties Moscow, illustrated with Constructivist-style graphics. Just wonderful.
'Fifty fantasy and science fiction works that socialists should read' describes the book thus - 'Astonishing fantasy set in '30s Moscow, featuring the Devil, Pontius Pilate, The Wandering Jew, and a satire and critique of Stalinist Russia so cutting it is unbelievable that it got past the censors. Utterly brilliant.'
A short bio of Bulgakov.
The 110th anniversary of Mikhail Bulgakov. Photographs.
Bulgakov's letter to the Soviet government, 1930.

The Association for Gravestone Studies.
Saving Graves. Some interesting stories here.
' Between February 13, 2002 and April 5th 2002, the remains of 215 graves were disinterred from lots 53 and 54 of section 2-D of the Pebble Creek Subdivision in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia. It is suspected that there may be additional bodies on the property adjoining these two lots. The subdivision offers new homes from $130,000 to $300,000, with amenities such as streetlights, a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and natural gas utilities. For some reason they choose to not include the two historic cemeteries located on the property as a selling point.... '
Maine Old Cemetery Association.

Shin hanga prints. 'The Shin Hanga movement integrated Western elements without giving up the old values of Japanese, traditional woodblock prints. Instead of blindly imitating Western art styles, the Shin Hanga movement concentrated on traditional subjects like landscapes, beautiful women and actor portraits. Inspired by European Impressionism the Shin Hanga artists introduced the effects of light and the expression of individual moods. The result was a technically superb and compelling new style of Japanese prints ... ' Good links to other pages on the site.
Database of ukiyo-e signatures.

Images of African-Americans in the 19th century. I really like some of the Civil War images - look for 'Marriage of an African-American soldier at Vicksburg by Chaplain Warren of the Freedmen's Bureau' and 'The escaped slave in the Union Army'.

History of Hotel Metropol, Moscow.

Unusual San Francisco architecture.

PINO the humanoid robot.

The Salem Witch Trials Archive. Via Metafilter.

Russian Empire in photographs. A huge photographic resource dealing with aspects of life in Tsarist Russia.

The history of jell-o.

' On a stormy night in January 1917 the fishing village of Hallsands in Devon, England, collapsed into the sea. Today only these ruins remain. Natural disaster or political conspiracy? This website tells the story with old photographs and original documents. ' Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

Goodnight Sweetheart. British WW2 posters. Via nonharmful.

WebPoems. Worth spending some time here - look for all the links. 'Come in and splash around. Monet's gone electronic. A WebPoem in tribute to the most famous of the French impressionists. Follow Hokusai as he creates 46 views of Mount Fuji. Lao Tse, an early hypertext master, creates a Web On the Nature of the Way. WebPoems make poetry 3D. You do not proceed from line to line. You swing from node to node. You immerse yourself in the environment ... '

6th May
International directory of sculpture parks and gardens. Interactive map, very comprehensive - world-class.

Chief Seattle's letter to President Pierce, 1855. '... How can you buy or sell the sky - the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. Yet we do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us? We will decide in our time. Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing, and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people ... '
It's a good quote - unfortunately, it was written by a screenwriter in 1971. Fooled me! (Thanks, Gael!).

Masami Teraoka. 'From afar the works of Masami Takaoka look like Japanese woodblock prints, but move in closer and the view is startling. Octopi wear condoms, geisha have AIDS, samurai ogle blond beach bunnies, kimonoed matrons bite into hamburgers. Many of the canvases are huge, floor-to-ceiling in height, painted in watercolors or, more recently, oils; only a few are actual woodblocks ... ' Interesting article, some images.
Masami Teraoka's Art Theatre. The artist's official site. I really like this artist's work.

This is Blythe. Photos and art of Blythe dolls.
Gina Garan's World of Blythe.

Boer War concentration camps. An important online exhibit.
'The mother sat on her little trunk with the child across her knee. She had nothing to give it and the child was sinking fast. We watched the child draw its last breath in reverent silence. The mother neither moved nor wept. Dry-eyed but deathly white she sat there... in the depths of grief beyond all tears.' - Emily Hobhouse.
'... These camps were places where African and Boer women and children and Boer men unfit for service were herded together by the British army during the War. Many of these people had become homeless as a result of the destructive tactics which the British army adopted in the Transvaal and Orange Free State after the last months of 1900 in order to deprive the Boer commandos of the means of subsistence and thus force their surrender. Attempts had been first made to burden the combatants with these dependents in the hope of breaking the morale of the commandos. When this proved unsuccessful, it was decided to house the non-combatants in camps ... '

Kolyma: the land of gold and death, by Stanley (Stanislaw) J. Kowalski.
'Stalin's prisoners, or "lagerniks" as they were commonly called, referred to the frozen land of Kolyma as a planet, although it physically remained part of Mother Earth. This vast piece of Arctic and sub-Arctic territory, with its undefined political and geographical borders, was located in the furthest North-East corner of Siberia ... '
Former Soviet prison camp inmate (read the epilogue) describes the camp. Photos.

Steam engines of the eighteenth century.

How lock picking works. '... In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll look at the very real practice of lock picking, exploring the fascinating technology of locks and keys in the process ...'

A brief history of Victorian Wolverhampton.

Hollywood cheesecake. Via Silver Screen Sirens.

The Hall of Evil Geniuses. 'The Hall of Evil Geniuses is my modest effort to honor the so-called villains of of our popular entertainment. '

'Bijan Omrani says that the graffiti on the lavatory walls of the Bodleian Library must be preserved for posterity.' Thanks to Miguel, posting on Metafilter.
New York City graffiti @149st. (Also via Metafilter).

Boos, hisses and slow handclapping.

I think I prefer 'blogshire' to 'blogsphere' !

Aung San Suu Kyi freed.
Fossil plants form new branch in flower family tree.
' Recent conflicting reports about whether Antarctica is warming or cooling can now at least be explained - it is all the fault of the ozone hole.'
142 million Americans are breathing dirty air according to the American Lung Association.
Species under threat as their habitats are cut in half.
Pyramid unearthed in Egypt.
Good obituary of Barbara Castle. Via Parallax View.

Climate change prediction for the UK from the Met Office and the University of East Anglia. The UK climate will become warmer overall; hot summer will become more frequent and cold winter will become rarer; winters will become wetter while summers may become drier; snowfall amounts will decrease; heavy winter precipitation will become more frequent; relative sea level will rise; extreme sea levels will be experienced more frequently.

Le Pen thrashed.
Chirac's victory speech.

How kids snap their world.
Related :- Online gallery of kids' photos from around the world.

Insect swarming inspires jazz software.
Related :- Swarm Music.