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4th October
Unknown News will return sometime next week, according to reliable sources.

Indigenous People's Literature. 'Indigenous Peoples Literature is a non-profit educational resource and collaboration dedicated to the indigenous peoples of the world and to the enrichment it can bring to all people.'

Changing Faces of London. (Museum of London) 'This web exhibition use artefacts and images drawn from our rich collections to display London's vibrant and diverse history. Here you will find a taster of some of the more provocative and compelling aspects of life in the capital.'
Offbeat and good.
'These skulls from the early Roman period are among the many found in the Walbrook stream, now invisible beneath London's streets near the Bank of England. They are thought to mark the site of a pagan ceremony or be the heads of Londoners massacred by Queen Boudica in AD 60-61. '
''Mickey Mouse' Gas Mask for children aged 2-4 years. The outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 came as no surprise to Londoners. Air raid precautions were quickly put into place and everyone had to carry gas masks. Find out how Londoners lived and worked dring the dark and difficult years of 1939-45 in the Museum's special display.'
'One-man band in Camden, 1952.'
'The Bayswater Omnibus, by G.W. Joy, 1895. A group of passengers inside a horse-drawn omnibus at the end of the Victorian period. Motorised 'buses' only came into common use around 1912. '
Londoners.

The Vietnam War. Essential - a stunning collection of photo-essays.
'In the 1950's, the United States began to send troops to Vietnam, during the following 25-year period, the ensuing war would create some of the strongest tensions in US history. Almost 3 million US men and women were sent thousands of miles to fight for what was a questionable cause. In total, it is estimated that over 2 million people on both sides were killed.'
'This site does not try to document the entire history of the Vietnam War but is intended as a picture essay, illustrating some of the incredible conditions under which soldiers from both sides lived, fought, played and ultimately died. The legendary combat photographer, Tim Page, took almost all of the images shown; they are nothing short of stunning. I have tried to minimize the download time. If you wish to add any comments or share your experience with us on this site you will find email links on every page.'
' On Dao Island , Vietnam, an elderly woman dressed in black, kneels amid young children praying for peace and an end to the Vietnam War. The island is actually named Phoung and was an island of peace where prayer and meditation was the routine, 24 hours a day. There were no weapons or bases and the island enjoyed a kind of immunity from all sides in the war. '

The Thames in Prehistory. London before London.

Cresswell Crags 'is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tool and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provides evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Creswell Crags was among the most northerly places on earth to have been visited by our ancient ancestors, a story that is unique on a European and World scale. All of the caves are protected by metal grills to preserve the rare archaeological deposits that remain inside. At the east end of the gorge is the Museum and Education Centre. The gorge is part of the Creswell Heritage Landscape Area.'
Virtual tour.

Time Team: Vauxhall, London. 'On the foreshore of the river Thames, just opposite the MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall, London, some old timbers a series of posts or piles driven into the riverbed have been discovered peeping out of the water at low tide. Two Bronze Age spearheads, around 3,000 years old, have also been found thrust hard into the foreshore nearby. Could these timbers be the remains of London's first bridge or the supports of a platform where Bronze-Age people made offerings to the river gods? '

Flag Fen. Britain's Bronze Age.
The story of Flag Fen. 'Work at Flag Fen has given a fantastic insight into the type of woodworking technology that existed some 3,000 years ago. The remarkable preservation of the timbers has led to more detailed interpretation of our prehistoric ancestors. Flag Fen is a continuing research project and we frequently make discoveries that cause us to change our interpretations. Regular visitors to the site will notice slight alterations to guided tours run throughout the summer. As our work advances and our research develops, we gain a clearer picture of life at Flag Fen 3,000 years ago. So remember, what you read (or are told) is only the current state of research. One of the most exciting aspects of Flag Fen is seeing it change and develop as more work is undertaken.'

Verulamium. Third biggest town in Roman Britain.

The Queen and Us. 'In 1977 requests for any man willing to help decorate the street, for donations of cakes and jellies, and for records that may be used at the disco were made by the Residents Association of the Rock Estate in Finsbury Park. They were organising one of the estimated 4000 street parties held in London to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. '
'In 1953 more than a million people went to central London to watch the Coronation procession. Thirty thousand of them slept overnight on the Mall to ensure they got a good view. And more than 20 million people in Britain watched the Coronation on TV, heralding a new era for the television industry ... '
Anecdotes.

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. 'Welcome... to the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor's home on the world wide web. Explore it and find out why the LHHC is so special! We invite you to browse our online home and give us feedback! '
'The Lincoln Highway was the first transcontinental highway in the United States. The route stretched from New York City to San Francisco.'
Pumps on parade. 'As this countrys first transcontinental highway, the Lincoln Highway changed the way people traveled. In 1913, a group of visionary businessmen formed the Lincoln Highway Association and spearheaded the construction of the coast-to-coast highway that stretched from New York City to San Francisco. By 1925, the transcontinental route was completed and stretched 3,389 miles. However, in that same year the United States adopted a system of numbered highways and eliminated name designations. In Pennsylvania, the Lincoln Highway (for the most part) became Route 30. In 1928, the Boy Scouts helped install more than 3,000 concrete markers along the route. Today, there are fewer than 24 in PA. In 1940, the Pennsylvania Turnpike blasted through mountains and provided a quicker route across the state. The Lincoln Highway became the road less traveled, and some communities dried up.'
'The Lincoln Highway era is considered 1913-1940. It was the time when Americans began their love affair with their automobiles. Its when the lure of a road trip took motorists to other towns and states. Overnight accommodations were makeshift car campers or tourist cabins. Vehicles would overheat ascending the many summits of Pennsylvania. Entrepreneurs were eager to entice motorists with water, food, gas, souvenirs, and spectacular views. Quirky roadside architecture is also associated with the Lincoln Highway Ship Hotel, the Coffee Pot, the Shoe House, etc ... '

NYCabbie. 'See the streets and sights of New York City through the eyes of the New York City cab driver.'
Taxi stories. 'Taxi stories from around the world sent in by cab drivers, passengers, police, etc. '

Laura's NYC Tales. Well worth browsing through.

Here Today, Here Tomorrow. Varieties of medical ephemera. 'The Online Version of an Exhibit Held at the National Library of Medicine May 22 through September 11, 1995 Lobby, Building 38 National Institutes of Health'
'The exhibit presents a lively and colorful collection of medical and pharmaceutical ephemera, dating from the 18th century to the present and contains nearly 400 items, including posters, informational pamphlets, trade cards, handbills, postcards, broadsides, and other types of printed ephemera. Over 140 representative items are displayed in this online exhibit. The exhibit is organized around a number of themes and categories - women, children, the medicine show, public health, AIDS, tuberculosis, medical education, and addiction. Also highlighted is a rich and varied collection of medical, dental, and pharmaceutical bookplates. '

History of the Light Microscope. 'The microscope has become one of the most recognizable symbols of science. This paper covers the early history of the microscope, starting with use of a simple lens in ancient times, to the first compound microscope circa 1590, up to the microscopes of the 19th century. '

Sumie World.
'Born in Kasugai City, Aichi Pref., Japan. During his adolescent days, Ritsuo wandered Mexico alone. After that, he started to paint, studying in University of Veracruz and collecting butterflies and rubbed copies of ruins. In 1970 he returned to Japan, but immediately jumped to Spain to study in University of Valencia. European paintings moved him into his own root Japanese paintings. Now he enjoys his original "SUMI" world ... '

Iga Ninja Museum.

Art Tower Mito.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation. 'UNPO is an international organisation created by nations and peoples around the world, who are not represented as such in the worlds principal international organisations, such as the United Nations.'
'Founded in 1991, UNPO today consists of over 50 members who represent over 100 million persons.'
'UNPO offers an international forum for occupied nations, indigenous peoples, minorities, and even oppressed majorities who currently struggle to regain their lost countries, preserve their cultural identities, protect their basic human and economic rights and safeguard the natural environment.'

Contemporary Conflicts in Africa. 'Destructive conflicts have turned Africa, the most diverse of all the continents in the world, into a Continent unable to turn its trend of diversity into opportunities for development. '

Women in the Shadows. Lesbian pulp fiction. ' "Come here, Laura." She looked unearthly as she spoke, with her black hair tumbled, her cheeks crimson. ...They stood motionless, so close that they touched. ...Laura shook all over. She couldn't talk except to repeat the other girl's name over and over, as if she were in a trance...Neither of them heard the phone ring, felt the chill of the rainy night, knew of anything except each other ... '

The Buddha: His Life and Teachings. 'The ages roll by and the Buddha seems not so far away after all; his voice whispers in our ears and tells us not to run away from the struggle but, calm-eyed, to face it, and to see in life ever greater opportunities for growth and advancement. Personality counts today as ever, and a person who has impressed himself on the thought of mankind as the Buddha has, so that even today there is something living and vibrant about the thought of him, he must have been a wonderful man, a man who was, as Barth says, the finished model of calm and sweet majesty, of infinite tenderness for all that breathes and compassion for all that suffers, of perfect moral freedom and exemption from every prejudice. "His message old and yet very new and original for those immersed in metaphysical subtleties, captured the imagination of the intellectuals; it went deep down into the hearts of the people.'

Small and Painted. Via ikastikos.

The Iraq Foundation.
About the Foundation. 'The Iraq Foundation is a non-profit, 501(C)3 corporation, working for democracy and human rights in Iraq, and for a better international understanding of Iraq's potential as a contributor to political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. '
'The Foundation was established in 1991 by Iraqi expatriates with the purpose of working with Iraqis and non-Iraqis in promoting its vision. The Foundation is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-ethnic, and is not affiliated with any other organization or political party. '
Human rights in Iraq.
Human rights campaign.

Human rights in the balance. (Amnesty International) 'The human rights situation in Iraq is being invoked with unusual frequency by some western political leaders to justify military action. This selective attention to human rights is nothing but a cold and calculated manipulation of the work of human rights activists. Let us not forget that these same governments turned a blind eye to Amnesty International's reports of widespread human rights violations in Iraq before the Gulf War. They remained silent when thousands unarmed Kurdish civilians were killed in Halabja in 1988. '

Google Fight is fun. Via Shikencho.

Dan Zen has some fun web things for Hallowe'en. Check out the mystery menu - the castle, beatnik, Hawaiian and erotic mysteries.
While you're at it, you may as well make your own tabloid headlines with the Headline Machine.

World POPClock Projection. The US Census Bureau's estimate of the world's population at any given time.

Kat's Window on Thailand. A column about Thai life, from the Bangkok Post. Real eye-opener.

The Worldwide Holiday & Festival Site. Database of public and religious holidays, worldwide - very browsable.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2002 Ig Nobel prizes 'All Ig Nobel Prizes activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), the Harvard Computer Society (HCS), and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students (SPS), and the new book Ig Nobel Prizes, published by Orion, London,ISBN 0752851500. This year's live Internet telecast is made possible by generous support from the Harvard Extension School.'
Amorous ostriches scoop Ig Nobel prize.

Anatol Lieven: The push for war. '... What we see now is the tragedy of a great country, with noble impulses, successful institutions, magnificent historical achievements and immense energies, which has become a menace to itself and to mankind.'

' Anthony Sampson analyses the roots of America's fear of the Iraqi dictator,and warns that toppling him might cause less stability and more insecurity' Oldish article.
Anthony Sampson is worth reading as the author of 'The Seven Sisters', an analysis of the world's seven big oil firms, which won awards back in the 1970s.

I'm going to take a few days off to visit my alma mater and the 'fine city' (Samuel Johnson's words) of Norwich. Should be back around Thursday of next week. Please do email should the mood grab you :).
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3rd October
Sin Nombre. Hispana and Hispano artists of the New Deal era. 'Hundreds of Hispana and Hispano artists created art for the various New Deal programs during the 1930s and 1940s under the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Sin Nombre (Without Name) presents the work of these artists, who have been almost completely undocumented during this important period. '

American Life Histories. 'These life histories were written by the staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-1940. The Library of Congress collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states. Typically 2,000-15,000 words in length, the documents consist of drafts and revisions, varying in form from narrative to dialogue to report to case history. The histories describe the informant's family education, income, occupation, political views, religion and mores, medical needs, diet and miscellaneous observations. Pseudonyms are often substituted for individuals and places named in the narrative texts. '

Isle of Wight Nostalgia. 'The Isle of Wight is a small island just off the south coast of England. Its shape resembles a diamond, some 13 miles north to south and 23 East to West, and covers 147 square miles. Due to its separation from mainland UK it has developed a unique character & culture. It is a much loved holiday destination.'
'The Isle of Wight has a special magic for all ages. I first went there as a six-year-old lad on a day trip with my grandparents. Since then I have visited the island many times. The island is unique; the locals have their own way of doing things just that little bit different from the mainland. This website is my very personal view of the island. It was begun in March 1998 when I first connected to the internet ... '

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.
The royal visit, 1939. 'When Franklin Roosevelt invited England's King George VI for a visit to the United States, the significance of the invitation did not go unnoticed. No reigning British Monarch had ever set foot on American soil, not even in colonial times. Ever since America declared its independence from England in 1776, the United States and Great Britain oftentimes experienced tense relations, but Roosevelt's invitation to the King carried great significance in the history of Anglo-American relations, not only because of their colonial past, but more importantly, because it signified the dawn of a new era in American and British cooperation. With Europe poised on the brink of war, Franklin Roosevelt realized the necessity of fostering closer ties between the two democracies. Roosevelt believed so strongly in the need for cooperation that he pursued this change in foreign policy at the risk of losing domestic support from the very strong isolationist and anti-British segments of the electorate. FDR planned every minute detail of the visit to ensure the King's success in winning over the sympathy and support of the American people. Indeed, his efforts paid off; King George VI's visit to the United States became a key component in developing a stronger political and social alliance between the U.S. and Great Britain ... '

Public Papers of the Presidents. 'The Public Papers of the Presidents series was begun in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. Noting the lack of uniform compilations of messages and papers of the Presidents before this time, the Commission recommended the establishment of an official series in which Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature could be made available.'
'Volumes covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton are included in the Public Papers series, though they are not all available online at this time. For a list of volumes currently available online, consult the scroll box on the search page.'

History of Camp David. 'Myth or reality? Shangri-La, established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and subsequently renamed Camp David by President Dwight Eisenhower, is not the mythical location from which Jimmy Doolittle launched an awesome air attack on Tokyo during the World War II as suggested by President Roosevelt; it is a real place --- a quiet and relaxing retreat snuggled atop the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. Camp David has afforded presidents, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the current President, privacy, brief periods of respite and the opportunity to see the whole world very clearly. During times of conflict and strife, from the conduct of World War II to the volatile incidents of international terrorism in the 1980s, it has offered the solitude and tranquillity so essential for presidential decisions. Over its history, a majority of the presidents have also used Camp David to host visiting foreign leaders, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain being the first during May 1943.'
'The purpose of this brief history is not to document an all-inclusive record of events occurring within the confines of Camp David. The singular purpose of consolidating the multitude of data contained in various correspondence, reports, records and logs is to tell, in story form, the evolution of the Presidential Retreat from its genesis to the present. The original research effort and manuscript composition of A History of Camp David, 1942 - 1972, was accomplished by a former crew member, John L. Gerik, who at the time was a Personnelman Second Class. He had the difficult task of sifting through volumes of often sketchy records.'

Badger's Heritage. 1200 line drawings of southern England.

Kissing Rain. The paintings of Kina Crow. 'I have no formal training, although I have always made stuff and enjoyed drawing since I was three. I started to teach myself to paint in 1993. I paint because I have a passion for it. It makes me want to get out of bed every day and lights a fire under my butt. '

American Folk Art Museum.

Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico. 'T he Museum of International Folk Art is a unit of the Museum of New Mexico which operates four museums and five monuments throughout the state. The Museum of New Mexico is a division of the State of New Mexico's Office of Cultural Affairs. '

The Currency Museum. (Bank of Japan)
From the outline :- 'The Currency Museum was established in 1982 in commemoration of the Bank's Centenary and opened in November 1985. The Museum belongs to the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, the Bank of Japan.'
'The Bank of Japan has collected both domestic and foreign currencies for research purposes. Acquiring the "Sempeikan Currency Collection" at the close of the Second World War from Keibun Tanaka, one of the foremost collectors in the numismatic field, the Bank formed a large collection of currencies (about 200 thousand currency items) centered around Japan and other East Asian countries.'
'This collection is the largest in Japan and is world famous for the variety of its Japanese and Chinese currency collection. About 4,000 representative currency items of our collection are displayed in the museum. Many documentary materials, photos and maps are also shown for historical comparison with other countries to help visitors understand Japanese currency history well.'
World War 2 military currency.

Syberpunk. 'Welcome to Syberpunk - A quirky Japanese collection. Here you will find a large repository of all things strange and uniquely Japanese.'

The Earth Transformed: Ceramic Arts of Africa. 'The Virtual Research Center for African Ceramics welcomes you to its home site, The Earth Transformed: Ceramic Arts of Africa.* This web site offers a visual journey into the history of African pottery and related art forms and focuses on the use of art collections as a foundation for an on-going discourse between scholars, museums, research institutions, collectors and the curious. The site features diverse resources for the study of African ceramic arts, including archives of collections, field photographs, and full texts; a comprehensive bibliography, links and lists of related resources; artist biographies; scholarly essays pertaining to African ceramic arts, technology and collecting; changing exhibitions; brief histories; and information on the Virtual Research Center for African Ceramic Arts, its participants and sponsors ... '

Africa: The Art of a Continent. (Guggenheim)
Clickable map of Africa.
In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present. From the intro :- 'In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present exhibits the work of 30 ethnically and racially diverse African photographers active on the continent and abroad who employ, critique, and exploit notions of photographic truth concerning African repres entation. This landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S., demonstrates a wide range of approaches to the medium: the experiences and aesthetic concerns of the selected artists are conveyed through forms as varied as portraiture, photojournal ism, and installations that include photographs. Some works are documentary, others experimental, while many are hybrids.'

Spinning Africa: Stories from Life. 'African Odyssey Interactive invites students and teachers of all ages to share their own interpretation and understanding of African cultures through stories, music, dance and other forms of creative expression. We especially hope that classrooms around the world will take advantage of this online destination to showcase their own creative work as well as to discover and exchange information and ideas about stories of Africa. '
African stories treasure trove.

History of the Neutrinos.

A Look Inside the Atom. 'One hundred years ago, amidst glowing glass tubes and the hum of electricity, the British physicist J.J. Thomson was venturing into the interior of the atom. At the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, Thomson was experimenting with currents of electricity inside empty glass tubes. He was investigating a long-standing puzzle known as "cathode rays." His experiments prompted him to make a bold proposal: these mysterious rays are streams of particles much smaller than atoms, they are in fact minuscule pieces of atoms. He called these particles "corpuscles," and suggested that they might make up all of the matter in atoms. It was startling to imagine a particle residing inside the atom--most people thought that the atom was indivisible, the most fundamental unit of matter ... '

Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Initiatives of Change. 'An international network of people working for reconciliation, justice and the healing of history.'

A Chinese Buddhist Temple. Enjoyable and interesting virtual tour; a peaceful place.

Because of the Tube strike, I walked into work yesterday. Had the good fortune to walk past a man selling poems (and recitals!). I bought one. He works under the south side of Blackfriars Bridge, if any London readers are interested in checking him out. You can't miss him.

The Office. The official site of the BBC 2 comedy is just damn funny - check out the interactive map of The Office.

Gallery of Ladybird Book Covers, with excerpts. These are great. I practically learned to read from these books. Big thanks to Kevin Guilfoile for the pointer.

The Complete Morris' British Birds, 1891. Lovely images - take a look. Thanks to the proprietress of Enigmatic Mermaid.

We Were Soldiers. 'Personally Autographed Original Fine Art Photographic Images offered by Joe Galloway, co-author of "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young". The real faces of the men of the 1st Cavalry Division who fought and died in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, as depicted in the feature film "We Were Soldiers..." starring Mel Gibson. The image comes with custom mat personally signed by Joe Galloway and foil stamped with the inscription: We Were Soldiers, November 1965. '
Via the Mirror Project.

The sweet smell of failure. True tales.

World's funniest joke.

Kiss lands Iranian actress and director in court.
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2nd October
Oil History. An online history of the US oil industry from the mid-19th century. Essential.
'The history of oil, like that of other large industries, is fascinating and evolutionary. Happenings, events and inventions can occur suddenly putting the driller, refiner or carrier miles down the road almost overnight. The reader can expect that the chapters will often skip forward and backward in time depending on what facet of the industry grabs my thoughts at the moment. I really wish I could step forward faster and describe matters as I saw them and participated in them in the 1950's and onward. I'll have to get to those things, but there seems to always be another piece of older history that I feel has to be commented upon before I bring this tale up to my lifetime. So don't look for road signs, motorcycle cops or a steady pace. It won't happen that way. Let me know if you are interested and enjoy this page ... '

The Tallini Tales of Destruction. Historical stories of nitroglycerine use in oilfields.

Transport for London Interactive Journey Map combines the Tube map with bus and river routes and taxi ranks.
'TfL's Interactive Map integrates bus, tram, river and DLR information with the familiar London Underground Network. Check which bus routes serve specific Tube stations and whether the stations have facilities for cycles or taxi ranks. The map integrates accessibility information about the Tube and bus networks for people with wheelchairs and has Central London local information covering places of interest. Access timetable information for Tube and DLR services and check the real-time status at a glance.'

Pennsylvania Highways.
PA highways history. 'The highway system of Pennsylvania was created in 1911 under the direction of the Sproul Act, with 8,835 miles of highway falling under the control of the Department of Highways, which was established in 1903. However, the greatest growth in the system occurred in 1931 when the Penrose Rural Roads Act gave control of another 20,156 miles of rural roads to the Commonwealth. During this time, the Department of Highways, at the direction of Governor Gifford Pinchot, began an extensive project of paving roads in rural areas known as the "get the farmer out of the mud" program ... '
PA highways gallery. Guide signs, highways markers, traffic signals.

Disappearing Historic Iron and Steel Truss Bridges of Pennsylvania.
Via VenangOil.com. 'Venango County Pennsylvania is brimming with beauty - both the natural and the man-made kind. '
Rock art. 'It's a page devoted to the canvases used by lichen and moss and erosion and the wonderful visuals they create. It has something to do with light. It has something to do with Pennsylvania Geology ... '
Streets, roads and highways of Venango County.

The Jazz Site. 'Jazz is rich in history and culture, yet it is also a music that remains fresh and new simply because it will always evolve and develop. Musicians and singers will continue to look at expressing songs and music in different ways, as well as experimenting with new compositional techniques, harmonies and chord progressions. Jazz Services was formed over 16 years ago to promote the growth and development of jazz within the UK ... '

The Captain Beefheart Radar Station. Rock n roll art, lyrics, politics, more.
About the Radar Station. 'The Radar Station is an unofficial, non-profit making fan site dedicated to Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, and Don Van Vliet the painter. Set up in 1998 to promote Don's art and music, it is entirely independent of any record or publishing companies.'
'The primary aim of the Radar Station is to help ensure that Don's extraordinary contribution to and influence upon 20th Century alternative culture is never forgotten or overlooked. Oh, and running the site is pretty good fun as well.'
'The Radar Station features a vast online archive of all kinds of items relating to the life, art and music of Don Van Vliet, including exclusive interviews with band members and associates, countless press cuttings, photographs, tributes from admirers, paintings by Don Van Vliet, news, rare videos, and so much more. Containing around two and a half thousand files, I suspect it is the biggest collection of publicly accessible Beefheart memorabilia in the world (if you've got a bigger collection, let me know and we'll team up!) ... '

Coronado's Exploration into the American Southwest. 'This site describes the first European exploration of the modern American Southwest by the Coronado expedition and associated parties in the 1530s and 1540s. The route for the expedition was reconnoitered in 1539 by Father Marcos de Niza, who first recorded the seven cities of Cíbola (now known to be the modern pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico. In 1540 Coronado led a huge expedition of around 1000 Spanish and native allies from Compostela, Mexico, north through Sonora and southeast Arizona, to Zuni. Side parties discovered the Grand Canyon, the Colorado river crossing near Yuma, and the Hopi pueblos or northern Arizona. Disappointed by lack of gold or transportable wealth, the army reached and occupied the pueblos near Albuquerque, New Mexico, and eventually traveled as far as Kansas, in 1541-42. Ironically, the expedition was regarded as a failure because it brought back no gold ... '

Historical Maps of Pennsylvania. 'Welcome to Historical Maps of Pennsylvania, showing images of the state from the 17th to the 20th century. Pennsylvania was founded in 1681, after a petition to the King of England from William Penn, and no maps of such a place exist before then. The maps are organized chronologically, with road maps separate, and can be accessed using the links below. A few of the maps discussed are illustrated here. Enjoy looking at this unique historical record of Pennsylvania. '

Primarily Petroliana. Old gas station collectibles. 'Primarily Petroliana is a community bringing gas station antique collectors, dealers, publishers and service providers together for the benefit of all. '

Solar Eclipse: Share Your Stories. Personal accounts by people who have witnessed total solar eclipses.
Guestbook. Some accounts by visitors to the site.

Sparking Reaction. (Science Museum, London) Interesting...
'The sparking reaction website and exhibition in Sellafield, Cumbria are a unique exploration of the way we generate and use electricity and the role of nuclear power. Sparking reaction was developed by Science Museum Solutions for British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) who took the unprecedented step of handing over complete editorial control to the Science Museum.'
'Sparking reaction is intended to represent views from all sides of the debate - including yours. Use the exhibition and website to express your opinions and maybe have them re-displayed for other visitors to see. Have fun playing one of the games and learn more about where our electricity comes from or explore the issues in the extensive database ... '
sparkingreaction.info.

Revolution Square. 'In a corner of Chelyabinsk's Revolution Square, a small crowd looks on with interest as an argument boils over between the communists who gather there every weekend and a couple of passing hecklers.'
' "You should be ashamed!" scolds a man in glasses, shaking his head in disgust. "How can you actually believe the communists were good? Don't you remember the knocking on the doors late at night, the NKVD carrying off innocent people? How can you forget the millions that died?" ... '

Without Vodka: Adventures in Wartime Russia, by Aleksander Topolski.
Excerpts with author's sketches.

A Forgotten Odyssey. 'This site is connected to "A Forgotten Odyssey", a recent documentary film by Jagna Wright and Aneta Naszynska. It deals with the forgotten tragedy of 1.7 million Polish citizens of various faiths and ethnicities (Polish, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish) deported from eastern Poland (Kresy) in 1940-42 to special labour camps in Siberia, Kazakhstan and Soviet Asia. Some 120,000 of these escaped through Persia in 1942 as soldiers of Anders Army and their families - and eventually made their way to the West because their pre-war homeland was consigned by the Allies to remain under the hated Soviet regime. '

Netsuke: Japan in Miniature. 'Several years ago, wandering through the collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I found a room filled with narrow, chest high display cases. Each case held a row of tiny, intricate carvings. Each piece was no taller than my thumb, but the details were amazing. I particularly remember one sculpture of three fishermen in a boat. The boat was the size of a walnut half, but each tiny man had a different expression on his face. I had just seen my first netsuke, and I was hooked ... '

Meiji Art. Japanese fine art for sale, viewable online. Nice collection of netsuke (e.g. this Dutchman).
Pipecase.

The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame 'was the first team sport in history in which cities, ceremonies, and daily life revolved around its outcome. Played with a rubber ball, this very competitive game often determined the survival of its players and spectators.'
'Throughout its 3,000 years of play, the ancient Mesoamerican ballgame was a ritual sport in which a human team was symbolically pitted against the gods and the frightening power of the natural world. Through the re-enactment of myths, cyclical rituals and human sacrifice, ancient Mesoamerican peoples battled to influence the universe and control the cosmic forces. Home to some of the world's most advanced civilizations, Mesoamerica comprised the sub-tropical region between North America and South America and included the countries that are now Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador ... '
ballgame.org

Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents.
About the exhibition. 'The high remote plateau of Tibet sits squarely in the center of Asia, surrounded by the largest mountains in the world, the vast Taklamakan desert and the grasslands of Mongolia. Fierce Tibetan warriors first emerged in historical records in the 7th century as they fought for control of the lucrative trade routes across Central Asia. In the 7th and 8th centuries, the Tibetan empire stretched from western China to the oasis cities of Khotan and Kashgar and from the Himalayas to the Kunlun mountains. Although this empire collapsed in the mid 9th century, the legacy of a proud warrior elite living in fortified castles and lavish traveling tents amidst the formidable mountains and lush valleys of the plateau remained part of the Tibetan culture into the first half of the 20th century. '

Justice Not Revenge.
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1st October
The National Security Archive ' . . . is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.' Essential
Nixon meets Elvis.

The Royals. A comic strip about the British royal family.

The Modern Antiquarian. 'Welcome to The Modern Antiquarian website, based on Julian Cope's epic guidebook of the same name. Since the site started in March 2000, we've received hundreds of contributions from people telling us about their experiences at ancient sites. We wanted to expand on this to incorporate practical information on places to stay and eat etc when visiting these places, and to provide better channels for all the information you have been regularly sending in to us.'
'This new version of the website is capable of holding almost any kind of information you can share about Britain's ancient sites; from up-to-the-minute news and fieldnotes, to folklore and your own personal photos. We hope you continue to contribute.'
(Enter a postcard and find a prehistoric site near you).

Stone Circles and Henges. Photos and essays about prehistoric sites around the UK.

Circles of Stone. Online stone circle database. 'These pages contain lots of useful information on a hundred stone circles across the UK. Details on how to get to them, quality of the site, excavation findings and astronomical data are all included. '

Save Nine Ladies! A stone circle in Derbyshire under threat.

Modern Hengineering.
Vanity of Faith, a megalithic comic strip.

Steward Community Woodland. 'Low impact' community in Devon. 'Welcome to the website of Steward Community Woodland, a permaculture project which aims to demonstrate the value of integrating conservation woodland management techniques with organic growing, traditional skills and crafts and low-impact sustainable living. Please read our introductory leaflet for a brief introduction to the project. '

The Dark Hotel. 'As this new season begins we find Drago Drugilovic, our beloved Night Manager and perhaps the darkest in a long line of American dark horse Presidential candidates, strung out on heroin again, alas, inside a tacky men's room somewhere near Cleveland, Ohio. How could this happen to the most promising figure to come along in American politics in a long, long time, you might wonder? Have you been paying close attention to the NASDAQ lately? Never mind. As this final installment of our election year saga, The Big Dream, concludes, to say that there are still more surprises in store for Drago may be the understatement of the year. So , come on in. Whatever you do: remember to chew your food. Life will never again be the same. Consider that a warning. '
History of the Dark Hotel.
Residents' log.

Woodrow Wilson Centre. Interesting articles on a wide range of political and cultural topics.

The Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact. ' ... focusses on mutual threat perceptions and the resulting military plans of the two Cold War alliances. It provides new evidence from the archives of both NATO and former Warsaw Pact countries with critical commentaries and encourages declassification of still inaccessible documents... '
Warsaw Pact war plan of 1964.

Cold War International History Project. 'The Cold War International History Project disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources on "the other side" -- the former Communist world. '

The Hacimusalar Project. 'A Multidisciplinary Archaeological Project in Southwestern Turkey.'
Guided virtual tour.

Signed and Sealed 'is a series of 30 Limited Edition Lithographs by artist, Pat Elliott Shircore. The images were created by blending extracts from the original documents marking the beginning and end of Hong Kong's colonial history, the Treaty of Nanking (or Nanjing as it is now called) of 1842, when China ceded Hong Kong 'in perpetuity' to Britain, and the Second Convention of Peking of 1898, when the area under British rule was extended by lease for 99 years. '
'On June 30th 1997, the date of the Hong Kong Handover, that lease expired, the British renounced all claims to the territory and Hong Kong was handed back to China. This series of work pays tribute to Hong Kong's heritage and explores the surprisingly harmonious mixture of signatures, seals and the individual cultural mores which shine through every page of the legal documents as an unwitting expression of Hong Kong's rich multi-cultural legacy, both British and Chinese.'

The Peony Pavilion 'is a fantastic love story.It tells a girl --Du Li Niang had a dream while visiting a garden.she dreamed of a handsome young man and fell in love with him.After she woke up,she kept missing the man and had the lovesickness. She was so spoony that she was dead soon. But her soul kept on looking for her lover.Three years later,the young man came to her tomb.He opened her coffin and saved her.At last they happily lived together.'
'We present you an interesting part of the novel with beautiful Chinese paintings.'

1908 Siberia Explosion: Reconstructing an Asteroid Impact from Eyewitness Accounts. 'At 7:17 AM on the morning of June 30, 1908, a mysterious explosion occurred in the skies over Siberia. It was caused by the impact and breakup of a large meteorite, at an altitude roughly six kilometers in the atmosphere. Realistic pictures of the event are unavailable. However, Russian scientists collected eyewitness accounts of the event. I believe that we now know enough about large impacts to "decode" the subjective descriptions of the witnesses and create realistic views of this historic asteroid impact as seen from different distances ... '

The Origin of the Moon.

The Holocaust History Project. 'The Holocaust History Project is a free archive of documents, photographs, recordings, and essays regarding the Holocaust, including direct refutation of Holocaust-denial. '

Playing for Peace. Chamber music for peace.
'Apple Hill's Playing for Peace Project exists to promote friendship, peace, understanding, and basic human contact between and among Israelis, Arabs, Americans, Cypriots, citizens of the Transcaucasus, citizens of Northern Ireland, people throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America -- indeed all peoples of the world. '
'Playing for Peace provides a unique and ongoing model for cultural exchange and empathy, relevant to all areas of the world beset by seemingly irreconcilable conflict. It stems from Apple Hill's core belief that the language of music, in particular Apple Hill's special brand of chamber music, has the unique capacity to transcend national and cultural boundaries and differences and create meaningful bonds of friendship and understanding in ways that verbal communication cannot. '

Sangha. A photo documentary by Friedrich Reg.
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