5th October
Mr. Punch's History of Modern England, published 1921.

Hamill Gallery of African Art. Great online collection.

Signed and Sealed. Chinese calligraphy. 'A unique and highly original portfolio of signed Fine Art.'

The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

National Historic Landmarks of the United States. 'National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. Working with citizens throughout the nation, the National Historic Landmarks Program draws upon the expertise of National Park Service staff who work to nominate new landmarks and provide assistance to existing landmarks. A friends group of owners and managers, the National Historic Landmark Stewards Association, also works to preserve, protect and promote National Historic Landmarks ... '

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement.

Seattle: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary. 'For a century and a half, Seattle has welcomed people to the Pacific Northwest. Some remained only briefly: lumberjacks preparing to attack the region's rich forests, Klondikers trekking north to search for gold, sailors passing through a bustling port. Yet many of those who stopped on the shores of Puget Sound chose to stay. They have taken advantage of the area's natural resources, traded across the country and around the world, manufactured products ranging from traditional tools to cutting-edge computers, and built a community that now numbers over 500,000. '
'Seattle: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores that history and shows how it continues to shape the city's life today. It uses residential, commercial, industrial, and religious locations to create a tour--usable on-line or while traveling through the city--that documents how past and present come together. The itinerary features 37 properties, all of which are listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, America's official list of places important in our history and worthy of preservation. Through maps, descriptions, and photographs of places both famous and little-known, this guide illustrates why Seattle continues to draw people to the Pacific Northwest ... '

Untravelled Road. Photos of national parks and other landmarks around the USA.

Dance of the Celestials. 'Yakshagana (ya-ksha-gaa-na, roughly translated as Celebration of the Celestials) is a complete theater which includes song, dance and drama and, is extremely popular in Malnad, Uttara and Dakshina Kannada districts of the Karnataka State. It is essentially a stage form which entertains and educates the rural folks. A team consists of 15-20 actors who carry their bag and baggage on their heads and walk from one village to another, covering 20-30 kilometers a day. They camp in a temple, and erect an extremely simple stage by using just four poles and many leaves for decoration. People with their families walk or ride their bullock carts to witness a performance. An episode from Ramayana or Mahabahrat is elected and accordingly the team do their own make-up and wear very attractive and colorful costumes. There are no women in any team, and hence men wear saris and bras, and thus become women! ... '

Banga-Ranga: Bengali Theatre. Brief history, with images.

Orvieto Cathedral, Italy.

St. Peter's of Rome.

Florence Cathedral.

Cathedral of San Marco. 'The Church of San Marco in Venice is a perfect example of Italo- Byzantine architecture. It integrates Greek structure and planning with typical Western décor and design elements, while managing to do neither terribly well ... '

Marilyn Monroe dot com. (skip intro)
'Seventy-seven years after her birth, Marilyn Monroe is still perhaps the most recognized woman in the world. From the moment Marilyn stepped in front of the camera, it was evident a star was born ... '

FBI: Marilyn Monroe. 'This file contains accounts of publicity about Miss Monroe's alleged affairs and speculation about the circumstances surrounding her death.'

A Virtual Journey through Mali. (Oxfam)
'This virtual journey was transferred to the Cool Planet website from On the Line. Much of the information here relates to the time when the millennium dawned.'
'Mali is probably the only country that can boast two famous citizens with the same name: Salif Keita. Their talents, however, are very different. Find out more as you explore. As you travel, youll discover whats happening in Mali in 2002 and why everyone there is so excited, and if you get hungry, dont worry, well tell you how to rustle up some sesame sticks as a sweet treat. So go on, what are you waiting for? Start your journey now ... '

Contemporary Malian Art. Essays and paintings.
Child of the Sahel.
The Spirit.

Historical Maps of Africa.

Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure. Exhibition of the art of Nepal and Tibet.

Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance. 'Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Danceis a bronze sculpture that was worshipped in a temple and carried through the village during festival days. One of Hinduism's chief gods, Shiva here performs his mystical dance as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe. '

Yakuza Japanese. How to sound and look like a Japanese gangster.
'If you've ever watched Japanese gangster movies, or had the misfortune of running into a yakuza in person, you know they speak a seemingly incomprehensible form of Japanese. As outcasts and deviants from society, gangsters have their own language with a unique and specialized vocabulary suited to their organizational culture and occupation. Yakuza Japanese runs the gamut from honorifics to epithets, with major regional variations. This webpage is designed as a primer to gangster Japanese, as used in movies, focusing on the Kansai (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto) and Tokyo varieties ... '

Real Life in Japan. Tales of the quirkier side of Japanese life.

The Funky Chicken Art Project, Georgia.
'The Funky Chicken Art Project started off being a dilapidated chicken house out in the middle of nowhere. In January, 1995, transformation began to turn it into an art gallery and an outdoor sculpture garden for whimsical, contemporary, and quality works of art ... '
Mosaics - Sculpture - Pottery - Jewellery - and more...

Lighthouses of North Carolina.

The Magic Tree. 'Inspired by this beautiful tree, it became a perfect model for the Magic Tree.' Butterfly Drawings.

Dancing Flowers. The 'language of flowers'.

Nefertiti: The Beautiful One is Come. 'One of the most famous and greatest works of art of the ancient world is the bust of the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti. The bust, created by the Egyptian artist Thutmose, is now in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin. It was discovered in 1914 in Tel el Amarna, Egypt. The bust is made of limestone which was then painted. She wore a blue headdress over a shaved bald head. The face is light tan and she has red lips and black eye make up probably representing kohl. '
'Nefertiti's name has been translated as "the beautiful one is come." However it is translated there is no question that, even by today's supermodel standards, she was a royal beauty ... '

Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile. 'Why is Cleopatra thought by some to be one of the most seductive women in all human history? '

Xochiquetzal and Yappan. 'Xochiquetzal was the Aztec goddess of love. She had several other names including Ixquina and Tlaelquani. She had a beautiful garden and was an unparalleled beauty herself. Anyone who touched a flower from her garden became a passionate lover. The Aztecs, who had a passionate love of flowers, associated them with poetry, art, symbolism. music, sport, love and sexuality ...'

Skin Games: Colour and Skin Tone in the Black Community. 'Where I grew up, at the corner 143rd and Alder in East Cleveland, all the folks came in only three colors: doo-doo brown, booty-brown and midnight. Everyone else was white by default. '
'I didnt think much about skin tone until I moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio. There I saw black in every shade, and watched curiously as some blacks tried, with varying degrees of success, to convince our white peers that they weren't as black as their skin color suggested. You know: they spoke in that persistent inflected inquiry with a cowardly tone, inserting "like" between every third word, and avoided any sudden moves or wild gestures that might provoke arrest or panicked gunfire. But me, myself? I wore my inner-city credentials and my dark-brown skin like a Jimmy Walker T-shirt: tight, right, and DY-NO-MITE! Sho you right . . . '

Electoral Beauty Myths.
'Shortly after the election, I left on a book tour of Australia and New Zealand. So when Katherine Harris became a famous face, I didn't see her on television. My husband told me about her on the phone. '
'The Republicans, he said, had gotten a lucky break. The Florida secretary of state was attractive, too good-looking to be demonized like Linda Tripp.'
'Oops ... '

Tar Heel Gallery. 'Welcome to, an online art gallery that shows work by North Carolina artists on the World Wide Web. The site functions as an art gallery for selling, showing, and viewing fine art collectables, paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, giclees, and other creations by North Carolina artists ... '

3rd October
York Minster. The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. History and images.

Critical Eye. The leftwing political art of Sol Robbins.

The Siege and Commune of Paris, 1870-71. 'This site contains links to over 1200 digitized photographs and images recorded during the Siege and Commune of Paris cir.1871. In addition to the images in this set, the Library's Siege & Commune Collection contains 1500 caricatures, 68 newspapers in hard-copy and film, hundreds of books and pamphlets and about 1000 posters. Additions are made regularly ... '

May 1968 Graffiti.

Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement. 'This is not a conventional history. Rather, it's a tribute, an homage to the thousands of Cuban anarchists who worked over the course of more than a century to build a freer, juster world, and who, but for this book, would remain almost entirely forgotten. That would be a tragedy, as virtually all of them were idealistic, admirable human beings, and many were truly heroic. All are more deserving of historical remembrance than such power-hungry dictators as Gerardo Machado, Fulgencio Batista, and Fidel Castro ... '

The Seattle Times: 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest. 'When our great-grandfather, Col. Alden J. Blethen, acquired The Seattle Daily Times in 1896, he had a dream that the paper would still be alive and thriving 100 years later, serving a city of 5 million.'
'He was off on the population explosion (Seattle is still at about 520,000), but he was right about the newspaper, which is celebrating its first century in continuing family ownership this year.'
'We believe it's your celebration, too -- because the rich histories of this newspaper and the Pacific Northwest are inextricably intertwined.'
Every Sunday throughout 1996, The Seattle Times is publishing a page looking at the history of 'Seattle through the eyes of the newspaper. We're posting these pages on the Web to make them more accessible to others who care about this region.'
'Please join us in this year-long salute to our wonderful past ... and our exciting future. '
Indian images altered.
Getting out, just for fun.
'New women' stride in.
The General Strike of 1919.
The atomic era dawns.

William H. Werrbach. Americana artist. 'I want to welcome you to my World-Wide Website. You are especially invited to view the online art gallery showing my most recent paintings. '

Art Nostalgic. Americana.

Buddha Images through History.

Architecture of India. 'One of the most enduring achievements of Indian civilization is undoubtedly its architecture, which extends to a great deal more than the Taj Mahal or the temple complexes of Khajuraho and Vijayanagara. Though the Indus Valley sites of Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, and Lothal provide substantial evidence of extensive town planning, the beginnings of Indian architecture are more properly to be dated to the advent of Buddhism in India, in the reign of Ashoka (c. 270-232), and the construction of Buddhist monasteries and stupas. Buddhist architecture was predominant for several centuries, and there are few remains of Hindu temples from even late antiquity. Among the many highlights of Buddhist art and architecture are the Great Stupa at Sanchi and the rock-cut caves at ... '

Rong Rong. Chinese photographer.
'Young Sister,
'What's going on here is unimaginable. Let me tell you why. We were planning a performance and Zhang [Huan] chose to do this work in the "Village's" toilet (the smelliest and dirtiest place in the world.) He planned to stand naked in the middle of the loo and cover his body with honey and a foul-smelling stuff, which would attract flies all over his body. Zhang planned to sit still like this for an hour. He began this project yesterday at 11:30 am. Zu Zuo (Curse), Ma [Liuming], Kong Bu (Terror) and Ai Weiwei witnessed the whole event. We even had a man with a video camera on the scene. Terror spread the stuff on Zhang's body. In no time at all the flies were attracted to his body ... '

Li Wei and Li Bing. 'A photographer and an artist, a brother and his sister, spent half a year in the vast remote grazing land of Tibet. They lived with the local herdsmen and depicted their life with their art creation.'

Eric Condominas. Photographs of the people of Mali. Text in French (suite=next).

Galerie Peter Hermann. African art.
Traditional African art.

The Online Picasso Project. Via MeFi.

Ursula K. LeGuin. Popular anarcha-feminist science fiction writer. Via MeFi.

The Sierra Leone Notebook. 'I (Paul Vreugdenhil) first went to Sierra Leone with my parents and two sisters when I was 4 years old and lived there between the years 1965 and 1976. I spent most of those years living in Gbendembu when I wasn't in school in Kabala. In December of 1994 I went back to Sierra Leone with my wife and daughter, my sisiter and a couple of friends to visit my parents ... '
Sierra Leone vintage postcards.
Sierra Leone stamps.

Maps of Liberia 1830-1870. 'This collection of Liberia maps includes twenty examples from the American Colonization Society (ACS), organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. These maps show early settlements in Liberia, indigenous political subdivisions, and some of the building lots that were assigned to settlers. This on-line presentation also includes other nineteenth-century maps of Liberia: a map prepared for a book first published in the 1820's by ACS agent Jehudi Ashmun, a map showing the areas in Liberia that were ceded to the society by indigenous chiefs, and a detailed map dated 1869 by a man thought to be the black American explorer Benjamin Anderson. '

Guinea 1905. Collection of photographs.
Young girl.
Inside a tata.

Antique Jewellery at the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. 'The basis of this remarkable collection consists of artifacts found during archaeological excavations on the Northern Black Sea coast, above all objects from the area of the Bosporan Kingdom on the coast of the straits of Kerch (former Cimmerian Bosporus). Jewellery from the barrows of the Bosporan aristocracy enables us to trace the development of local crafts, from the reproduction of objects brought from Greece and imitation Scythian style pieces, right up to the creation of original works of art combining Greek and Scythian traditions. '
Nike driving a quadriga.

Indian Attire through the Centuries. Saris, turbans and more.
1950s sari advert.
How to dance in a sari.
Sporty Sikh turban.

Flower Drawings.

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, 1850.
'THE subject of this biography, SOJOURNER TRUTH, as she now calls herself-but whose name, originally, was Isabella-was born, as near as she can now calculate, between the years 1797 and 1800. She was the daughter of James and Betsey, slaves of one Colonel Ardinburgh, Hurley, Ulster County, New York. ' 'Colonel Ardinburgh belonged to that class of people called Low Dutch. '
'Of her first master, she can give no account, as she must have been a mere infant when he died; and she, with her parents and some ten or twelve other fellow human chattels, became the legal property of his son, Charles Ardinburgh. She distinctly remembers hearing her father and mother say, that their lot was a fortunate one, as Master Charles was the best of the family,-being, comparatively speaking, a kind master to his slaves. '
'James and Betsey having, by their faithfulness, docility, and respectful behavior, won his particular regard, received from him particular favors-among which was a lot of land, lying back on the slope of a mountain, where, by improving the pleasant evenings and Sundays, they managed to raise a little tobacco, corn, or flax; which they exchanged for extras, in the articles of food or clothing for themselves and children. She has no remembrance that Saturday afternoon was ever added to their own time, as it is by some masters in the Southern States ... '

Skenotheke: Images of the Ancient Stage.
Vase paintings.

Recreating the Theatre of Dionysos in Athens. 'This page focuses on the Theatre of Dionysos in Athens, supplementing the simple drawings on the Greek Stagecraft page with images created with state-of- the-art computer graphics software. The images currently available on this site are the beginning of a comprehensive reconstruction, and represent several days' worth of hard work. While they are an indication of the style and quality of that which is to come, we need your feedback and comments for further development and increased accuracy. '

The Ancient Theatre of Ephesus. 'A team of architects and archaeologists from Austria and Turkey, using computers to aid in gathering and interpreting new evidence, expects to add important new results to what is already known about the theater at Ephesus. The emphasis of the project is on preservation; so the participation of restoration experts is a fundamental presupposition of the project. In addition to architects and archaeologists, there will also be topographers, experts in structural mechanics, soil engineers, hydrology experts, and others whose skills and talents will be needed.'

Postcard from Japan.

A Virtual Tour of Tokyo.

Dollars & Sense. 'The magazine of economic justice.'

Ted Rall. 'Ted Rall, America's hardest-hitting editorial cartoonist for Universal Press Syndicate, is an award-winning commentator who also works as an illustrator, columnist, and radio commentator. This site is updated every few days with Ted's latest cartoons, opinion columns and news about his latest projects and tours. '

Pick a Star.

Spinning Black Hole.

2nd October
Detroit Institute of Arts: Precolumbian Art.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Native American Art.

Henry Fuseli: The Nightmare.

Bruegel the Elder: The Wedding Dance.

Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael: The Jewish Cemetery.

Poussin: Selene and Endymion.

Quiet Rumours. An anthology of anarcha-feminist pamphlets.

Electronic New Jersey: A Digital Archive of New Jersey History. 'This site is designed for the in-depth study of New Jersey history. The eight topical modules currently available were chosen after careful review of a range of sources available in the Special Collections and University Archives of the Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Jersey Homesteads and Social Change in the 1960s and 1970s were piloted by students and faculty at Hunterdon Central Regional HS and Spotswood HS in 1997. Recent additions to the site are the Civil War and NJ, Paul Robeson and Rutgers, New Jersey and the American Revolution, and World War II in NJ ... '
The American Revolution.
The Civil War.
World War II.
Social protest in the 1960s and 70s.
Paul Robeson.
Jersey homesteads.

Michael Baum. Paintings and prints of the roadside imagery of the US southwest.

Virginia Folk Art: The Art of Virginia Rudd. 'Miss Virginia Rudd began to paint after retiring in 1993 from a career in business. She paints the buildings and people of the greater Richmond Virginia area. Miss Rudd draws inspiration from both youthful and contemporary memories. She has lived her entire life in Midlothian, Virginia. A member of the Folk Art Society of America, her paintings are part of collections in Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and New Jersey ... '

Salisbury Cathedral. A virtual tour. 'In the 1190s the bishop, dean and chapter of canons of Salisbury Cathedral embarked upon a visionary enterprise. At that time the cathedral was situated within the crowded precincts of the king's castle now known as Old Sarum. The clergy resolved to move to a new site where they would build a magnificent cathedral set on spacious grounds with large tracts of land for the houses of the canons and dean and for the bishop's palace, a town laid out on a grid of streets around a large market square with a unique hydraulic system that would provide the townspeople with fresh water diverted from the river and parish churches to serve a growing poulation. Many years passed before the plan could be implemented. Then on April 28, 1220, in solemn ceremony, stones were laid for the foundations of the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. By the day of consecration, September 20, 1258, the cathedral and the town were flourishing. The dream had become reality ... '

Aboriginal Sacred Sites. Images.
'Aboriginal people believe that all of the physical manifestations of the natural order, that we perceive as the tangible reality around us, are informed by the sacred, the numinous, which is embodied in the concept of the Dreamtime.'

Without Land We Are Nothing; Without Land We Are a Lost People. Australian Aboriginal art and beliefs.
'At the beginning of time Original Creative Spirits came out of the earth or across the sea, and moved over the land forming and shaping it with life by placing their spiritual power in various places across the countryside. Some of these spiritual sites were created when these Beings became transformed into the earth itself. Here and there they discarded pieces of their body - organs, limbs, hair, lice, skin, nails and teeth which metamorphose into physical features of the landscape ... '
Indigenous gallery.

Pop Goes the Page: Movable and Mechanical Books.

The Nightingale and the Rose. How thoughtlessness can lead to unforeseen consequences.

The Little Matchgirl. A fairy tale without a happy ending.

The Juniper Tree.

The Elves and the Shoemaker.

The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse.

Lepra. British leprosy relief. 'Our mission is to work to restore health, hope and dignity to people affected by leprosy.'

Indian Leprosy Foundation. 'Why postpone goodness in life?'

Maggie Thatcher: Postcards and Cartoons. Funny, satire, political ephemera.

The Presidential Elections from 1860-1884. American political cartoons.
'This Website has been compiled and prepared as a public service by HarpWeek. It features cartoons from Harper's Weekly, especially by Thomas Nast, and from Vanity Fair, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Puck, and the Library of Congress Collection of American Political Prints: 1766-1876. '

American Political Prints 1776-1876. Politics was raw and vicious back then.

Labour Party Merchandise and Cartoons. More British political ephemera.

Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing.

Chinese-American Teens Look at Ancestor Worship Today. 'Chinese traditions of ancestor worship continue today. The Sackler's Education Department asked a team of Chinese-American teenagers to look within their own communities for contemporary examples of ancestor worship ... '

A Closer Look at Conservation: Chinese Commemorative Portraits.

The Kenzan Style of Japanese Ceramics. 'The exhibition, The Potter's Brush: The Kenzan Style in Japanese Ceramics, presented six modes of decoration that comprise the Kenzan style, beginning with first-generation Kenzan production in the early eighteenth century and ending with art-market imitations of the late nineteenth century ... '

1st October
The Bolles Collection on the History of London. 'The collection of Edwin C. Bolles on the history of London from its founding to the 19th century.' Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

Ilford Hospital Chapel, Essex. 'Known as 'Ilford Hospital' , it was never a hospital, but a Hospice , originally for thirteen elderly , poor and infirm men.'
'It was founded by the Abbess of Barking - Adelicia de Burgh - in or about the year 1145 AD. The Chapel was built to serve the spiritual needs of the occupants - known as brethren. By 1219 lepers were being admitted.'
'In 1572 the Queen granted the patronage to Thomas Fanshawe on condition that he provided a Master, a Chaplain, and accommodation for six poor men ... '
Stained glass.

Detroit Institute of Arts: African Art. Benin kings, queen mothers, symbols of royal power, figures of power, men who dance as women. Great exhibit.

Avalokiteshvara in the form of Padmapani (Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion).

Early Autumn. Qian Xuan, Chinese, Yuan dynasty.

Yao Qian Shu (Money Tree), Eastern Han Dynasty.

Himalayan Rock Art.

Tom Ellsworth. Illustrator.

Marc Engle. Illustrator.

Bush and the Economy Down the Dumper. Cartoons.

Comics for Vegetables, by Andy Singer.

The Stelton Modern School Collection. 'The Modern School at Stelton, New Jersey, was a child of the early twentieth century anarchist and libertarian education movements. It was inspired by the example of Spanish anarchist Francisco Ferrer (1859-1909) who had established "modern" or progressive schools in Spain in defiance of an educational system controlled by the church. Fiercely anti-clerical, he believed in "freedom in education," education free from the authority of church and state. Ferrer founded the first Modern School, the Escuela Moderna in Barcelona, in 1901. The school was very successful, and soon branches were started throughout Spain. The Escuela Moderna, which also encompassed an adult education center and radical publishing house, was closed in 1906 when Ferrer was implicated in a plot to assassinate the King of Spain. In October 1909, Ferrer was tried and executed, accused of masterminding the events of the "Tragic Week," July 26 to August 1, 1909, when a workers' protest in Barcelona developed into open rebellion, resulting in the desecration and burning of numerous churches and convents ... '

Bourges Cathedral. Photo gallery.

Cologne Cathedral. Photo gallery.

The Stone Carvings of Florence.

Reims Cathedral. Photo gallery.

Brighton Sewers Tour. Via the Apothecary's Drawer.

South Africa, November 1999. 'South Africa, torn apart in every possible way by apartheid, is trying to come to terms with its past. Here, a photographer with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Fred Clarke, talks about some of the images he photographed while visiting the country for the ICRC's People on War project. He saw stark variations in the living conditions of the people, in the quality of life different groups of South Africans enjoy and encountered greatly differing perceptions about where the country is going. These images depict people and places representing the country's past. '

Ethiopia, March 2000. 'As a photographer, I was asked to go to Ethiopia in March 2000 by Food for the Hungry, an established non profit NGO that has been involved in relief and development projects through out the country for over 15 years. My role was to produce images in an effort to help communicate the condition of the children and people in the areas affected by the drought emergency, unfolding across the country. '

Eid Al Adha, West Africa, March 2001. 'Thousands of Muslims gathered at Revolution Square in central Ouagadougou on Tuesday 6 March for prayers lead by the Grand Imam of the city, Alhaji Saidou Kouanda, to celebrate Eid el Kebir or Eid al Adha, also known in West Africa as Tabaski, or la fete du mouton (the Feast of the Sheep). The festival comes at the end of the pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca (in Saudi Arabia) that all Muslims who are able, and can afford to, must undergo at least once during their lifetime. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton captured the atmosphere in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, during the celebrations. '

Toyota Automobile Museum, Nagoya.
Virtual museum.

26 Martyrs Museum, Nagasaki. 'After the Atomic Bomb destroyed the whole city of Nagasaki, in 1956 the Martyrs Site was made into a park, and stood as a symbol of endurance and the hope of the citizens of rising again after the disaster. In 1962, the famous Japanese sculptor Yasutake Funakoshi erected in this place the beautiful Monument of the 26 Martyrs. Also was decided to build a Museum for perpetual memory of the Martyrs here, and the building, together with the Shrine, was entrusted to the Japanese Architect Kenji Imai ... '
The martyrs' story. 'February 5, 1597. Very few history books will mention this date, although it should appear in all of them. It opens a new chapter in the history of the Japanese Church, a chapter written with blood by the 26 Martyrs on the rock of this hill in Nagasaki. It only took a few hours to write this page, but the message is still alive, after almost four hundred years ... '

Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. Established by Adi Sankaracharya at Kanchipuram. Many pages about Hinduism.
'Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham was established by Sri Adi Sankara in the year 482 B.C. (see About and History) and has the distinction of an unbroken line of 70 Acharyas (spiritual leaders) till now. On this web site, we present you with several aspects of Sanatana Dharma, Hinduism and Advaita Vedanta (running into more than 1000 pages) ... '

Sankara. A Hindu sage.
'The following is based upon accounts known through oral tradition and texts like the mAdhavIya Sankara vijayam. There exists some controversy about Sankara's date, but most traditions are quite unanimous about other details ... '

Ancient Art in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 'The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is fortunate to have a small but focused collection of ancient art, comprising works from several civilizations in the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea, from about 20,000 B.C. to the fifth century A.D. These civilizations were united by trade networks that fostered cultural exchanges ... '
Portrait of a Young Noblewoman.

Classical Art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
Geometric Horse - Leda and the Swan - Garland Sarcophagus

The Louvre: Greek, Roman and Etruscan Art.
Winged Genius - Male Torso - From the Temple of Zeus

Ancient Art in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

How to Write an Effective Resume or CV. A story.
'Who am I?
'I am wind, I am rain. I am river, I am thunder
'I am moondust on jacaranda tree. I am airline tickets beneath water buffalo ... '

The Pot-Bellied Pig and the Preacher's Wife. Funny story.

A Battle Cry. A soldier remembers.
'The events that changed my life happened on Monday the twenty-third of March, some years ago. They are written indelibly in my memory. I will die before I forget them because, however tragic they are, I choose to remember. It is the least I can do. '

Deepak's Mistake. Story.

A Mercury Transit Sequence.

Sunspot Seething.

North Pole Below. 'Orbiting over the north pole of planet Earth on May 5, the MODIS instrument on-board the Terra spacecraft, recorded this view of the ice cap 700 kilometers below. '