plep Archive

30th September
Sublime Photography. I really like this site. 'All the photographs on this site were taken by me from the late 1980s onwards. Many of the East End images show how much the area I live in has changed dramatically over the last few years. The early band photos were taken during my stint as music photographer for the "London Student" newspaper and the portraits are of friends and colleagues, many of whom have also changed quite beyond recognition.'

Tower Hamlets History Online. The East End of London. A superb collection of articles.
'Welcome to my website where you will find articles on the history of Bethnal Green, Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Mile End Old Town, Poplar, Ratcliff, St. George's in the East, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Whitechapel - or any of the other hamlets that make up the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It was set up in 1998 and has been growing steadily ever since.'
The 1832 cholera epidemic in East London.
An autumn evening in Whitechapel.
The 'Continental Sunday' in England.
An evening at a Whitechapel 'gaff'.
The female casual at Whitechapel.

Whitechapel Mission. Always the homeless first.
'Founded in 1876, Whitechapel has been caring for the poor and homeless of London regardless of race or religion, in their struggle against hunger, poverty, disease, prejudice and exclusion.'
History. Reports going back to 1897; photographs.

Alfred Camp Gallery, at 97-99 Brick Lane, East London.
The gallery has been completely vandalised.

Victorian Londoners / Hertfordshire Gleanings. 'A unique service offering an easy way to access a wealth of information on ancestors from the 1800s. Covering the Greater London area and Hertfordshire, the database currently holds approximately 30,000 entries.' Sources include Old Bailey cases and local newspapers from the 19th century.

Ragged School Museum. 'The purpose of the Ragged School Museum is to make the unique history of the East End of London, and in particular of the Copperfield Road Ragged School, accessible to everyone. '
'The Museum was opened in 1990 in three canalside warehouses in Copperfield Road, East London. These buildings were previously used by Dr Barnardo to house the largest ragged school in London. In a re-created classroom of the period, visitors can now experience how Victorian children were taught. There are also displays on local history, industry and life in the East End and a varied programme of temporary exhibitions. ' Good exhibitions.

Sugar Refiners & Sugarmakers. 'A database of some of those involved in the sugar refining industry, mainly in the UK, 16-20C. '

Canary Wharf. The future and history of the East London development.

Mile End Park. Worth a wander, virtual or real. 'Mile End Park in London's East End is undergoing an exciting transformation into The Park for the 21st Century; incorporating many separate parks the Play Area, Ecology Park, Artspark, Terrace Garden, Adventure Park,Sports Park and Children's Park.'

EastWestCentral. A project of the Ragged School Museum, the London Transport Museum and the Grange Museum, Brent.

Habits of the Heart. Anatomy gallery and online toys.

Dead Zone. 'Take some time to learn about the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico through activities, animations, movies, and more.'

Nikko Toshogu.
Toshogu - a Seventeenth Century Monument. '... Nikko Toshogu, built in 1636, is the mausoleum of the Shogun (Generalissimo) Tokugawa Ieyasu who put an end to the Sengoku civil war period (1467 - 1568) and laid the foundation for the 250-year period of peace leading up to the Meiji Restoration of 1868. '

Anime News Tokyo.

The Hopi Kachina Exhibit. 'The Museum has a small collection of Hopi Kachinas. Most of these are from the estate of Harold and Louise Corbusier. The Corbusier specimens were collected prior to 1950 and are a fine example of the carving style common in the first half of this century. Some of the other dolls are of more recent origin. Where possible an identification of each doll is provided.'

The Deh Luran Archaeological Project., southwestern Iran. Great.

Homeric Questions.

Household and City Organisation at Olynthus, a classical Greek city. 'This web site offers the full text of Household and City Organization at Olynthus, together with a database and interactive site plan of all the houses, rooms, objects, and graves from Olynthus. '

The Tibetan Tankas Exhibit. 'The Museum of Anthropology posesses 48 Tibetan Tankas acquired by the Koelz Expedition. These are from a number of monasteries in Ladakh and represent various time periods and Buddhist sects.'
'In addition, we have on display images of a number of Tankas from the Koelz estate. These images are copyright by the American Committee for South Asian Art.'
'The exhibit is displayed in nine rooms. Each begins with a page containing small clickable images of tankas. These are in turn linked to larger gif and jpeg images and explanatory text. Click on the title to return to this page and the pointers to move between pages.'

Ghada Amer: When Islam Was Sensual. 'An Egyptian woman based in Paris and now New York, Ghada Amer is known for her striking hand-made, hand-stitched works whose content, scenes of female sexual activity somewhere between the pornographic and the proudly erotic, only slowly reveals itself to the viewer. Though these stitched tableaux were originally intended to be neither feminist nor in any way related to ethnicity or race (indeed she would be equally happy if one assumed their author to be male), Amer's work now seems to address the question of Islamic womanhood directly.'
Ghada Amer.

NY City Snaps.

28th September
Anti-war rally in London. What effect will this have on the Labour Party conference?
'Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a protest against military action in Iraq which organisers say was one of Europe's biggest anti-war rallies. '
'Organisers said 400,000 people joined in the march from the Embankment to a rally in Hyde Park on Saturday. '
Stop the War Coalition.
Green on Blue was going to go...

The History of the Metropolitan Police Service. Policing London.
The Crime Museum at Scotland Yard.
Jack the Ripper.
The Brighton Trunk Murders.
The Antique Shop Murder.

The Tale of Genji. 'Welcome to our pages on the classic Japanese novel,The Tale of Genji. We have included pages on the culture during Heian Japan and the culture of Japan now, the main characters, a book review of Genji The Shining Prince, a short biography on Lady Murasaki Shikibu, and a summary. We hope that you find this a benefical and informative web site. '

The Legends of Christmas.

Through the Eyes of a Child: Presidential Portraits Made by Children. Hoover to Clinton.

American Women! ' "Remember the ladies," Abigail Adams had admonished her husband when our forefathers wrote the Declaration of Independence. This advice was ignored not only by John Adams but also by many subsequent generations. Now, over 200 years later, we see an encouraging transformation toward equal rights for women and a new curiosity about women's history ... '

Mythological Characters. A large (266 images!) index of art about Greco-Roman mythology. Great.

Roman Law Resources. 'This site provides information on Roman law sources and literature, the teaching of Roman law, and the persons who engage in the study of Roman law. '

London's Town Crier. 'London town crier, Peter Moore, generates interest in your event or product or festival both as a Town Crier, or Toastmaster for all your major functions. A well-known figure throughout London and across the world, Peter is used by local authorities, government agencies, Blue Chip companies, retailers, charities and public relations organisations. With his traditional costume and bell, and his "OYEZ, OYEZ", Peter always attracts attention. Peter is also available for commercial work, so why not book him for your promotion or event ... '

Abbey Road Cafe.

Cockney Online. Some interesting tall tales. Unknown East London, the secret City, bits of rhyming slang, riverbank tales etc.

Brick Lane Music Hall, East London.

The Corporation of London, municipal body for the City, one of the financial powerhouses of the world. Leisure & heritage, urban regeneration, the living environment.

The Original Pearly Kings and Queens of London.

Robot Sumo.

CubeSolver. A robot that solves the 3 x 3 Rubik's cube.

Restorative Justice - Papua New Guinea Style.

Sago Sathe Paintings. 'Sago spathe paintings are made by the Sawiyano people of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. They are used in both the nunu, young boy's initiation, and also the yafi-nu, men's ritual, houses. These ritual houses are not permanent structures, they are constructed anew when it is felt that another set of initiations is needed. The paintings figure in the Sawiyano creation myth. Their importance in ritual derives from their secret significance. The creator Awoufaise first brought paintings into being, then created the Sawiyano (male) ancestors from the paintings. This knowledge is imparted to men at the yafi-nu ritual house, prior to the first initiation connected with that ritual house. These are the most-sacred of the three types of Sawiyano ritual houses.'

One Thousand Papua New Guinean Nights. 'Wantok, the Pidgin English (Tok Pisin) newspaper of Papua New Guinea (PNG), has published a series of folk tales sent in by readers from around the country since 1972. I have collected and edited these folk tales, and have translated them into English through 1997. I have indexed them by author, village, original language, province, flora and fauna, and motif. There is also a list of folktale titles that I have translated into English. '

Kyoto Japan Zen.

Eiheiji Temple. 'Dogen Zenji, the founder of Eiheiji, was born in 1200 A.D. When he was 24, he when to China and devoted himself to true Zen practice under the strict guidance of Nyojo zenji at Mt. Tendo. After having "dropped off both body and mind," realizing the way of the Buddha, he returned home in 1228. He lived at Kenninji temple for 3 years, then founded his first temple, Kosho-Horinji, in Uji, Kyoto. '
Zen and the art of scuba diving.

World Gravity Model.

27th September
The Book of Threes. 'For about 15 years, Michael Eck has been thinking about threes. Things that come in threes. Now he combines that esoteric interest with his attachment to the Internet by creating what he hopes will be the book with the most authors ever (a lot more than three, anyway). The concept is simple. Just think of something that comes in threes, then go to this site and contribute it. For example: the colors on the A merican flag; Caesar's most famous words, "Veni, vidi, vici" ("I came, I saw, I conquered"); the number of legs on each side of an insect. Now it's your turn. '

Encyclopaedia of the Orient. Resource and information on the Middle East and North Africa.

The Food Museum 'is a natural evolution of The Potato Museum, begun in 1975 to study the history and cultural significance of the world's most influential vegetable. The Potato Museum is a pioneer in the interdisciplinary examination of a single food source. '

John James Audubon's Birds of America.
Audubon the artist. 'For Audubon, art and science were one. The wonders of nature could not be captured through accuracy alone. They also required artistic vision to give them life.'

At Home in Vanuatu. A photographic exhibit.
'David Becker has lived on a sailboat in the Western Pacific for more than 20 years. He is currently based in New Caledonia, just south of Vanuatu. He specializes in cultural photography, working with museums and other cultural institutions, primarily in Melanesia. '
'Sailing through Papua New Guinea for eight months in 1986, Becker saw how rapidly traditional cultures were being changed by contact with the outside world. With friends, he founded The Society for the Recording of Vanishing Cultures, and has since devoted his life to this work.'

Artists of Brucke: Themes of German Expressionist Prints.

National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi.

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894. 'The University of South Carolina marked the centenary of Robert Louis Stevenson's death in 1894 with a special exhibition illustrating his life and writing career. Drawing on the excellent Stevenson holdings in the University Libraries' Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and on additional items from the G. Ross Roy Collection of Scottish Literature, the original exhibit included most of Stevenson's first editions, the early magazine publication of Treasure Island and other adventure stories, and a full range of his travel writings, sensation fiction such as the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and later Scottish novels. This online version includes additional materials not included in the original exhibit as well as hypertext links to other sites of interest.'

Chocolate Show. 'World class exhibitors, chefs demonstrations, chocolate fashion and showpieces, tantalizing gifts, activities for children, and more !'

Edible Inks.

Edible Art.

Japan Hamsters' Friends Association.

Tokyo Metro Network map. (In Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese).

Foundation and Growth: Images of the University's Early Years. (University of Texas) 'In 1838 the Congress of the Republic of Texas designated the city of Austin as the capital of Texas. The act establishing the new seat of government also provided that land be reserved for specified public buildings and institutions, including a university. When the land was surveyed, an 'out lot' of forty acres north of the proposed capitol building was labeled 'College Hill' and designated as the future location of a state university for Texas ... '
The Way We Were: The University of Texas in the Sixties.
'We're Texas': Commencement celebrations at the University of Texas 1884-1983.

A Gift of Love. A celebration of the life of Almetris Marsh Duren, 1910-2000. 'Upon the occasion of her retirement in August, 1981, Mrs. Almetris Marsh Duren was celebrated by The University of Texas at Austin community as an irreplaceable lady of energy, commitment, humility, devotion, compassion and integrity. Beginning as housemother for Black women students in off-campus co-op housing in 1956 and continuing from 1968-1980 as a University Student Development Specialist and Resident Fellow in Jester Dorm, she was the guide, the inspiration, the comfort and the challenge for four decades of UT students. "Mama Duren" or "Mama D," as she was affectionately called, extended her concern and caring to all students as well as to many faculty and staff, and all sought her advice.'

'To Whom Was This Sacrifice Useful?' 'The Center for American History exhibition "'To Whom Was This Sacrifice Useful?': The Texas Revolution and the Narrative of José Enrique de la Peña," showcases examples from the Center's archival collections relating to the history of the Texas Revolution. Items included in this online exhibit are a daguerreotype of the mission church of the Alamo, which is the earliest datable photograph taken in Texas; the battle plan at the Alamo; and the Texas Declaration of Independence.'

American Civil War. Selection of items from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (University of Georgia Libraries).

Historic Images of Athens, Georgia.

The Advocacy Project. 'The Advocacy Project is a non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, that was created in 1998 to help advocates who are working on the front lines for social justice, peace and human rights. ' Many links to some of these groups.

Prevent Genocide International.

UK Environment made the shortlist for the Guardian's 'best British blog' competition.

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Extraterrestrial news :-
Acidic clouds of Venus could harbour life.
Tough Earth bug may be from Mars.

'Hidden tree' the secret of Zen garden.

26th September
Extraordinary Trees.

The Capitol Project. 'The Capitol Project is an infinitely extensible exploration of the National Capitol as an American icon -- the cathedral of our national faith, the map of our public memory, and the monument to our official culture. '
'At the center of the project stands the Building itself, at once an icon and a remarkable collection of icons -- paintings, frescoes, sculpture, reliefs, architecture, and a miscellany of material objects. In the immediately surrounding area, the Mall, we find an array of competing and/or confirming sites, the Smithsonian Institute and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, for example, the Treasury Building and the White House and the National Portrait Gallery. Finally, beyond the Mall lies the rest of America, for us a vast array of symbolic spaces engaged in continuous dialogue with the Capitol. These include the obvious -- the state capitol buildings in Richmond and Lincoln and Denver -- and the less obvious -- Monticello and Graceland, Disney's Frontier Land and the Carousel of Progress -- as well as some rather unlikely places, the magical garden of Georgia artist Howard Finster or the Historical Monument of the American Republic dreamt and painted by Erastus Salisbury Field. '
'What links them all together -- beyond their wild variety, beyond the cacophony of forms and voices, beyond even their extraordinary fluidity and changeableness through time-- is that each claims to represent our TRUE national culture, our history and our destiny. Finding and explaining these links is our goal -- and also something we'll obviously never accomplish. But, if you enter the Capitol now, you'll see that we've at least made a beginning ... '
Virtual tour.

AS@UVa 1930s Project. '1930s America was a decade of unparalleled contradiction and complexity. Encapsulated loosely on one end by Black Tuesday of the Great Depression and on the other end by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the years between 1929 and 1941 were characterized by what Terry Cooney calls "Balancing Acts," a dance between big government and various regional movements, with the depths of the Depression and the height of the Modern Age thrown in for good measure. Despite its cultural richness, the 1930s remain nearly invisible in contemporary discussions of America's artistic, cultural, political, economic, and social development. This site is an attempt to shed light on that decade and emphasize its importance in American thought and culture.'
'We have elected to view the 1930s through the lenses of its films, radio programs, literature, journalism, museums, exhibitions, architecture, art, and other forms of cultural expression ... '

TokyoScape. A visual scrapbook of Tokyo scenes.
Street zoo. 'Outside their respective shops a whole zoo of cute plastic animals advertize an amiable and friendly image. Over time the animals have become a familiar part of Japan's streetscape. Recently they have acquired an antique value and have turned into collector's items. Naturally there have been more and more disappearances from the streets and shop owners now really keep an eye out for their pets.'

Down and Out in Tokyo. 'In addition to being the busiest and the liveliest train station in Japan, and maybe the world, Shinjuku station has another side has emerged recently but is not talked about in polite Japanese society. The West side of the station is known in the tourist guide books as the home of the tall buildings and the City offices of Tokyo representing the powerful economic empire of Japan. But below these modern monolithic skyscrapers are men who slipped through the cracks of the rising economy and are now living in card board boxes. On the West side of Shinjuku Station live the homeless people ... '
Another side of Shinjuku station. 'Shinjuku is simply a train station on the northwest edge of Tokyo. However, it is also situated between the city business center and the new Northwest suburbs. Consequently an estimated 2 million people pass through it each day. It is one of the busiest train stations in the world. I have been in and around the station at many times of the day. It is never quiet. At eight in the morning and five in the evening it simply pulses with people making their way to, or from, their daily role in the Japanese economic miracle ... '

The Bread & Biscuit Maker's & Sugar Boiler's Assistant. 1890's bread and candy making book.

Candy History. Via; focuses on the United States.
A timeline of confectionary.
History of the jelly bean.

Evolution. (PBS) Great site.

Alaska Science Forum: Fun Science Facts.
The physical chemistry of making fudge.
The tale of a far north message in a bottle.
Quality time in rat country.

Culinary History. (New York Public Library) 'The field of food and cookery has always held a strong interest for The New York Public Library. The retrospective collection on gastronomy and the history of foods is unusually extensive, and the cookbook collection alone numbers well over 16,000 volumes. From the beginning, the Library has sought out culinary materials from all regions of the country, and from all parts of the world, in all the languages in which it collects ... '

Harlem 1900-1940: An African-American Community.

Inroads into Harlem. 'The problems of Harlem are many, and there is no single, simple solution. Politics, poverty, history, races and racism all come to a head in this area. For many, many years, Harlem has been an area of despair and of hardship. Various attempts for reviving the area have come, been tried, and faded away. The projects were built, and areas were razed. '
'But not all of Harlem's history is one of decrepid languish. For there is a facinating history that permeates the area; a history of people, of culture -- with an era of greatness known as the Harlem Renaissance. But these too have now faded away, overshadowed by the spectre of poverty, violence and depression, to leave a disfunctional urban sprawl ... '

Haruko's Homepage. Explore and enjoy.

Dorot Jewish Division. (New York Public Library)
Manuscripts and early printed books. Images. 'The breadth of the Dorot Jewish Division rests on a foundation of early rarities. These treasures include forty fifteenth-century books and over 1,500 sixteenth-century works. These first texts of Jewish scholarship disseminated by the newly invented printing press had a lasting impact on Jewish thought and are the root of many areas of study. Among these riches are the Arba'ah Turim, a code of law by Jacob ben Asher printed in 1475 and the earliest dated Hebrew book extant. Also notable are the Sefer Middot, an ethical treatise published in 1542, which is one of the earliest printed Yiddish books, and Moses Almosnino's Regimento de la Vida (1564), the first printed original work in Ladino or Judeo-Spanish ... '

Aids in Africa: Heartbreak and Hope.

Multi-Country HIV/Aids Programme (MAP) for Africa. World Bank project.

The Write Stuff. A gallery of contemporary Scottish writers, from Iain Banks to Irvine Welsh.

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894. Online exhibition of his life. 'Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh's New Town in 1850. He died forty-four years later on a small Samoan island in the Pacific. During his short life he travelled the world, defied convention, and made himself one of the most famous writers of the 19th century ... '

Experiences of War. (National Library of Scotland) The Jock, the general and the nurse. 'Experience the First World War through the eyes of three very different people who took part in it. '

Scottish Poetry.
The Brus by John Barbour (c. 1320-1395).
Jakobsen by John Graham. A Shetland dialect poem.

Patron Saints Index. 'Who's the patron of your state (political or spiritual)? Condition (physical or spiritual)? Vocation (monetary or spiritual)? Hobby? Maybe you can find out here ... '