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16th February
Links to protest photos from various sites.
' Pictures of millions of demonstrators from cities all over the globe, and interviews with individual protesters.... '

More links and stories at No War Blog.

Guardian gallery: stop the war protest.

The great unheard finally speak out.

BBC gallery: protests around the world.

The bed-sheet protester.

The anti-war soldier.

World New York: photo gallery.

Consumptive: photos from Japan.

Groundswell of dissent encircles the globe. 'In Rome, a vast, dazzlingly colourful tide of people estimated by the organisers to number three million swamped the city yesterday afternoon, practically encircling the ancient heart and uniting monks and nuns, communists and anarchists and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Italians in protest against the policies of Bush and Blair.'

Hyde Park. Part of a much larger gallery. Via dumbmonkey.

More links, discussion and anecdotes on MeFi.

Little girl to mother :- 'Mummy, how many years has Blair been president?'

(I'm informed that the previously mentioned 'I fight crime, not wars' placard-waver was in fact dressed as Batman).

Maybe the Stop the War people should be allowed to take over public transport in the UK...

15th February
One million. And still they come.

Voices from the march.

Not So Soft: Images: Stop the War March.

BookNotes: Protest!

We were told to allow 2 hours to march to Hyde Park, based on an original estimate of half a million turning up. It actually took about 5 hours. The organisers have estimated 2 million turned up. I would find it very surprising if any less than a million people rallied in London.

' Police said it was the UK's biggest ever demonstration with at least 750,000 taking part, although organisers put the figure closer to two million. '

I'd met up with Mo and Nick for the march. It was absolutely huge, clogging up most of central London. We started on time and already they were diverting people through the City. Most of the people seemed very ordinary, middle class Britons, including many families. 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' and 'I fight crime, not wars' (an off-duty police officer?) were notable, but not atypical, banners. And, extraordinarily good-natured and discreetly policed, with children happily petting police horses in Hyde Park at the end of the march. The only act of violence against person or property I witnessed was a frustrated father smacking his child ...

Tunbridge Wells: The Spiritual Home of Middle England.

There was a wide variety of groups covering a range of otherwise conflicting ideologies - pacifists, such as CND; environmentalists ( Greenpeace and the Green Party were well-represented); church groups ( Anglicans, Methodists, Catholics, Quakers and so on); people supporting debt forgiveness; mainstream political parties (the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru); trade unionists; Muslim groups; Buddhists and pro-Tibet people; radical leftists, such as the Socialist Alliance; anarchists; Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish dissidents, and so on. Also visitors from the US, France and Japan. But the majority of marchers were mainstream Britons, many of whom had probably never demonstrated before... I don't think I've ever seen such a broad spread of types of people - political persuasions, races and religions - in any one place.

A 'coalition of the willing'?

Great and good join peace camp.

14th February
Lieber-Meister Louis Sullivan: The Architect and His Work. 'Louis Henri Sullivan was born in Boston on September 3, 1856. He started his architectural schooling at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology. After this, he worked under the architects Frank Furness (in Philadelphia) and William LeBaron Jenney (in Chicago). He then concluded his training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. '
'Upon returning, he formed the firm Alder and Sullivan in Chicago in 1881. Louis Sullivan was the design partner, while Dankmar Adler was the engineer. Sullivan was in the right place at the right time: the booming metropolis of Chicago needed rebuilding after the Chicago Fire of 1871. The buildings produced by Alder and Sullivan were at the leading edge of American architecture and skyscraper design, and were known for their gorgeous and tasteful ornamentation. Some of the notable buildings produced during this period include the Auditorium Building (1886-89) in Chicago (currently home of the popular Auditorium Theatre performing arts venue, and Roosevelt College). The tower on this building housed the offices of Adler and Sullivan; the Wainwright Building (1890-91) in St. Louis; the Stock Exchange Building (1893-94) in Chicago, and the Guaranty (now Prudential) Building (1894-95) in Buffalo, N.Y. ... '

Prairie Styles. An online museum of Prairie Style architecture.
'The ideas and principles of the Prairie School of Architecture evolved out of the inspirational and philosophical teachings of Louis Sullivan and were realized on the drafting boards of the shared drafting room loft of the Steinway Piano Company Building in Chicago, Illinois beginning in the 1890's. Following the lead of Frank Lloyd Wright, were a group of architects and artisans that over the course of the next 25 years worked and shared ideas together that developed into a style of architecture that was unique to America. Explore an online museum of the architects, the artisans, and the styles that were part of this progressive group ... '

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois (1889-1909. 'Oak Park, Illinois is home to the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings and houses, with 25 structures built between 1889 and 1913. It was in our village that Wright developed and perfected his signature Prairie Style architecture, emphasizing the use of interior light and open spaces in low, earth-hugging buildings. His designs changed the course of 20th century architecture. Many of the Wright houses and buildings in Oak Park and River Forest are registered National Historic Landmarks. '
'We invite you to take a "walking" Photo Tour of the Wright architecture in Oak Park, or, you can choose to look at the individual houses and buildings on these pages, organized by Date or Name. '
Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Life & Work. (PBS site)

Sokari Douglas Camp: A Tribute to Her Father. West African-born artist.
'The Kalabari hold different types of wakes for Christians and non-Christians. Church Ede is Sokari Douglas Camp's memorial to her father, Chief Ngogo Obene George Douglas of Buguma, who died in 1984. Ede is a Kalabari word meaning "bed for lying in state"; church indicates the bed is for a Christian wake.'
'To the Kalabari, the greatest tribute one can offer someone upon his death is a brass bed. Deciding that steel was the grandest material she could work, Douglas Camp welded Church Ede in steel. Church Ede has two major elements: the bed and the mourners. The body is not physically present but is indicated by a depression in the bed. The mourning women, wearing headties, lace blouses and striped wrappers, stand at either side of the bed. Their hands, energized by electric motors, fan the body with handkerchiefs while the bed shakes, symbolizing the continuance of her father's vital force in the afterlife.'

Whole Cloth: Discovering Science and Technology through American Textile History.

The Secrets of Florence. 'Another Florence that no one knows. Another city forgotten by man, but precious for its history: underground labyrinths, secret passages, tunnels under the river, traps, excavated treasures, towers and inaccessible doors, torture rooms and caves for magic. This is the report of an exploration of underground passages and bells, among lofts, archives and sewers. It is the diary of an adventure. '
(Parts of the site are in Italian only).

Roads to Ruins. Castles around the world.

Chinese Parables.
How not to steal a bell.

Indo Fresco 'are true buon fresco paintings inspired by ancient Asia, created using purely traditional techniques in fresco painting.'

Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860. 'Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance. Of the cases presented here, most took place in America and a few in Great Britain. Among the voices heard are those of some of the defendants and plaintiffs themselves as well as those of abolitionists, presidents, politicians, slave owners, fugitive and free territory slaves, lawyers and judges, and justices of the U.S. Supreme Court ... '

The African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920.

Four Theses on Current Affairs. Via Interesting Ideas.

Crusader Coins.

Lyubov Shaporina's Diary and Shostakovich's Symphonies 4-6. Via Open Brackets.
Music Under Soviet Rule.

Bittersweet Chocolate. 'Chances are good that child workers -- some of whom are slaves -- helped produce your valentine bonbons. The chocolate industry has promised to get kids out of the cocoa trade. But profits still come before progress ... ' Thanks, homunculus.
Fair Trade, Not Slavery, Child Labor and Poverty.
Divine Chocolate is fair trade chocolate. So are the Dubble and Green and Blacks.

Victorian Secrets of Washington, DC. Via MeFi.

Weird Cycle Lanes of Brighton. Via MeFi.

Alexander Cockburn: The Largest Outcry in History.

Coal fires 'are global catastrophe'.

13th February
The British Museum | Americas. 'Collections of historic and contemporary artefacts from North, Central and South America.'
North America :- Blackfoot shirt; Watercolour of Algonquian shaman in stylised pose.
South America.

Cambodia in Modern History: Beauty and Darkness. Cambodian history and Khmer culture; an important site.
'This site is designed to provide information on the recent history of Cambodia, particulary the Khmer Rouge period. This includes not only materials pertaining to Cambodia, but information relating to Cambodian refugees and immigrants abroad, as well. '
The Unique Revolution. 'There is nothing unique about government-sponsored violence. There is, in fact, nothing especially unusual about widespread killing, or even genocide. The rallying cry heard in the wake of World War II -- "Never again!" -- is a noble sentiment, and not a reflection of reality. Ask the Indonesians, or the Timorese, or the Palestinians, or the Salvadorans, or the Rwandans, or the Albanians... or the Cambodians. '
'The reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia ranks as one of the most disastrous in modern history. It could be persuasively argued that it was, in fact, the worst ... '
Cambodia: a photo gallery.
Oral histories. 'The articles on these pages are based on first-hand accounts by survivors of the Khmer Rouge reign. Some are verbatim transcripts of interviews; others have been paraphrased or rewritten, but all accurately reflect the stories told by the principals. '
Khmer art.

Vietnam - A Country, Not a War. Stories from Vietnam, collected by Ron Gluckman, a Hong Kong-based journalist.
Cao Dai. 'Jesus, Jeanne d'Arc and Thomas Jefferson are all venerated, alongside Victor Hugo, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, and William Churchill. Lest the big God's Eye and psychedelic colors flash you back to the Summer of Love, this indigenous alter belongs to the Caodai, and Vietnam's Congregation of Kitsch. '
Mother and child reunion in Vietnam. 'Tn the final days of the Vietnam War, Tran Ngoc An risked her life to get her two sons safely to Saigon's airport. Returning for her parents, she was trapped as Saigon fell in April 1975. They grew up orphans in America. But she never gave up hope of finding them ... '
Vietnam revisited. A 25th-anniversary-of-the-end-of- the-war piece written in 2000.

America's Landmark: Under the Orange Roof.
'Above is an image of one half of the top of a Howard Johnson's Restaurant sign from Jacksonville, Illinois. Thanks to Len Davidson this beautifully restored neon icon now resides on display in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.'
'Once hundreds of Howard Johnson's signs with Simple Simon and the Pieman perched high atop of them glowed warmly through the night greeting weary travelers with the promise of predictable hospitality throughout the land! ... '

Florida Roadside Retro.
'In order to capture the attention of the booming number of motorists making their way into the Sunshine State, creative roadside merchants used visually dynamic methods to make an impact. From giant oranges to glaring neon, these graphic elements were unique to Florida, and many times on the tacky and garish side.'
'And while the elements on famous highways like Route 66 have been well documented, Florida's roadside relics are in danger of vanishing due to it's rapid growth. It is important to preserve images of these elements, because it is a rich part of Florida's colorful past.'
'Florida Roadside Retro documents Florida's roadside signs, icons and architecture prior to the development of the interstate system and Disney World.'
2003 calendar. 365 days of fun.

The Gamble House by Greene and Greene, Pasadena, California. 'The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours. '
VR tour.

Anasazi Heritage Centre, Colorado.
'The Anasazi Heritage Center is a museum of the Ancestral Puebloan (or Anasazi) culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also the starting point for visits to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.'

The Living Edens. (PBS) Wildernesses.

Gaudi Central. 'Architect and designer, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was at the forefront of the Art Nouveau movement in Spain. His work in Barcelona led to the creation of some of the city's most notable landmarks. Gaudí was a pioneer in his field using color, texture, and movement in ways never before imagined. His works, both finished and uncompleted, stand as testimony to his genius.'
Tangiers Project (unrealised).

Booklab II. Via BookNotes.

Tour of Egypt.

Mail Art. Via ikastikos.

Lucy Pringle's Crop Circle Page. Articles and pictures.
Aerial photo of the Chilbolton 'Arecibo' formation.

Resonance FM. 'Resonance104.4fm is London's first radio art station, brought to you by London Musicians' Collective. It started broadcasting on May 1st 2002. Its brief? To provide a radical alternative to the universal formulae of mainstream broadcasting. It features programmes made by musicians, artists and critics who represent the diversity of London's arts scenes ... '

Field Diaries 'are the reflections of music artists, war-affected youth, Canadian youth, and War Child Canada staff. The diaries are an expression of their experiences in war zones, while working on projects, and during special events. '
Send a Peace Card to a world leader.
The Kerbala Pediatic Hospital Support Programme.
Via War Child.

Map: London anti-war march. (Up to half a million people will be marching in London on Saturday. I expect to be there).
Guardian special report: The anti-war movement.
Guide to anti-war websites.
' Up to 10 million people on five continents are expected to demonstrate against the probable war in Iraq on Saturday, in some of the largest peace marches ever known. '
A beginner's guide to marching.
For the march. 'Saturday's anti-war demonstration is vital because it could change the whole course of politics, says Paul Foot. ' (Let's hope so).
Against the march. David Aaronovitch, but reluctantly. (I have some sympathy for some of his concerns; it's just that, on balance, I think they are outweighed. It's not enough to fight the right enemy; you need to do it for the right reasons too).
Open Brackets: 2nd February 2003. Nobless oblige, a post I agree with.

Stop the War Coalition UK.

Man held in Gatwick grenade alert.
Airport villages fear terror threats.
Q&A: Terror threat to UK.
Steve Bell cartoon: This is not a game.

Global Voices on Iraq. Views from Joe and Jane Bloggses around the world.

Baghdad's 'flourishing' art scene.

Mammals 'sailed to Madagascar'.