Gun Case. 'Katharine Gun, a British former
government employee, now faces two years imprisonment
in England for the "crime" of telling the truth. She
is charged with leaking an embarrassing U.S.
intelligence memo indicating that the U.S. was spying
on U.N. delegations in early 2003 in an effort to win
approval of the Iraq war resolution. The leaked memo
was big news in parts of the world.' 'England has
no First Amendment that might protect Ms. Gun. It does
have a repressive Official Secrets Act, under which
she is being prosecuted by the Blair government.'
Documents from the Phoenix Programme. 'Created by
the CIA in Saigon in 1967, Phoenix was a program aimed
at "neutralizing"-through assassination, kidnapping,
and systematic torture-the civilian infrastructure
that supported the Viet Cong insurgency in South
Vietnam. It was a terrifying "final solution" that
violated the Geneva Conventions and traditional American
ideas of human morality ... ' Courtesy of the
to Make a Musical Saw. 'Get a normal wood saw, the
longer and more flexible the better. Sit down on a
fairly straight-backed chair, and clamp the saw handle
between your knees ... '
Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal.
'A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill,
Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic
of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its
lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are
visible for many miles and from all sides of the
valley. Historical records found on a stone
inscription give evidence that the stupa was already a
n important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th
century AD. Its origins however, date to a much
earlier time, long before the arrival of Buddhism into
the valley ... '
'The temples of Angkor, built from
879 - 1191AD, when the Khmer civilization was at the
height of its development, represent one of humankind's
most astonishing and enduring architectural
achievements ... '
'In India there are three major categories of
pilgrimage temples dedicated to the god Shiva: the
Jyotir Lingams; the Svayambhu Lingams, and the Bhuta
Lingams. Located in five south Indian temples, the
Bhuta Lingams are said to be places where Shiva
manifested himself as the natural elements. The
temples and their respective elements are Chidambaram:
ether, Sri Kalahasti: wind, Tiruvanaikka/Jambunath:
water, Kanchipuram: earth, and Tiruvanamalai: fire.
Chidambaram is also associated with the heart,
Tiruvanaikka with the stomach, and Tiruvanamalai
with the chest ... '
Cerne Abbas Giant.
'Upon a hill rising from the small Dorset village of
Cerne Abas, the 60-meter tall Cerne giant and the
Maypole mound above his head have marked a fertility
power place since ancient times. The deep trenches
(cut into the chalk rock of the hillside) outlining
the giant's form have been maintained by generation
after generation of local inhabitants since at least
the 2nd millennium BC. Reporting on pagan May Day
festivities in his 'Anatomy of Abuses' (1583), Philip
"Hundreds of men, women, and children go off to the
woods and groves and spend all the night in pastimes,
and in the morning return with birch boughs and
branches of trees to deck their assembles withall....I
have heard it credibly reported by men of great
gravity that, of a hundred maids going to the woods,
there have scarcely the third part of them returned
home again as they went." '
'Traditionally regarded as the heavenly abode of the
Greek gods and the site of the throne of Zeus, Olympos
seems to have originally existed as an idealized
mountain that only later came to be associated with a
specific peak ... '
Wildlife and nature photography.
'My goal in creating this site is to promote the
preservation of wildlife and nature through public
awareness. I hope you enjoy the articles, photography
and links to other interesting web sites I have
"the images i paint just sorta fall out. its not
like i see things and paint them, i paint and things
are seen. God is constantly teaching me through these
paintings - messages speak to me and i believe they
are to be shared with others. There is hidden truth
in everything - you may see a lesson for you - i for
me - and another person for themselves. God speaks to
each of us differently - Like the one that was sent to
you - i had no idea what to send, but this was the
one you were suppose to have - and....... sometimes a
silly notion just comes to me and makes me laugh, so it
goes on a piece of wood or paper. Most of my work is
on wood with acrylic paint."
Susan B. Anthony House.
'The Susan B. Anthony House was the home of the
legendary American civil rights leader during the
most politically active period of her life, and the
site of her famous arrest for voting in 1872.' 'Susan
B. Anthony's story of courage and determination has been
told and re-told to visitors to her Rochester, New York
home on Madison Street for more than fifty years.'
'Today, the house is a museum with National Historic
Landmark status. The Susan B. Anthony Preservation
District is a nine-block area around The Susan B.
Anthony House and Susan B. Anthony Square. It is one
of the last intact 19th century middle-class
neighborhoods in the country and is listed on
the National Register of Historic Places ... '
With virtual tour, and a page on the Susan B. Anthony
Carrie Chapman Catt Childhood
Home. "The struggle for the vote
was an effort to bring men
to feel less superior and
women to feel less inferior." - Carrie Chapman Catt,
1924. 'Her efforts ensured equal voting rights for
women in America.
Learn about Catt, the woman suffrage movement, and the
restoration of her 1866 rural Iowa home. '
Erotica for women. Great site. Not safe for work, and
you have to go through a warning page to get to the
How to Make a Very Simple Pinhole Camera. 'Almost
any box or container that can be made light tight
can be used to make a pinhole camera. A fairly good
camera can be make using an empty cardboard oatmeal
container (the cylindrical type). It should be empty
and clean. First cut a small hole in the front
center ... '
Vibrator and Quack Museum. 'I began collecting
antique vibrators around 1997 when I began finding
them wile out hunting for typewriters and other
antiques. I thought some of the vibrators were
interesting so I began buying them. I have been
collecting aggressively and have assembled an extensive
collection with many unusual examples.' Thanks to qB.
'In our high tech world of the Keyboard, Mouse and PC, the satisfaction
of creating with our own hands can be easily forgotten. We all know
that there are few experiences in life that are more exhilarating than
turning an idea into reality. Perhaps that is why Anchor Stone Building
Sets, first introduced in Germany more than a century ago, are
experiencing resurgence in popularity here in the U.S. ... '
L'Abbaye aux Dames, Caen.
'The city of Caen first became important under the Norman dukes in the
10th and 11th centuries and was the capital of lower Normandy under
William I. William I the Conqueror and his wife Matilda founded two
monastic communities in Caen, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (dedicated to St.
Stephen) for men and the Abbaye-aux-Dames for women. Both churches,
associated with the respective monasteries, are good examples of Norman
Romanesque architecture, which is often severe and logical. Most Norman
churches also have paired towers and square crossing towers.'
L'Abbaye aux Hommes.
'We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!': Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation
and the Civil War.
' "We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!": Sheet Music about Lincoln,
Emancipation, and the Civil War from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection
of Lincolniana includes more than two hundred sheet-music compositions
that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected in popular music. The
collection spans the years from Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1859
through the centenary of Lincoln's birth in 1909. This music was
compiled by Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960), who is considered the
greatest private collector of materials relating to the life and times
of Abraham Lincoln. '
Selected American Civil War Photographs.
'The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118
photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of
Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations
for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes
portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of
enlisted men. '
Annie of Brewarrina.
'Annie Russell (nee Hart) was born in Brewarrina, a small town situated
on the Barwon River in northern New South Wales. Annie grew up in
Brewarrina and after her marriage to Eric Russell in 1941 they moved to
Sydney. A few years later they returned to work in the district around
Brewarrina where they stayed until Annie's death in 1998. '
'The next few pages outline Annie's recollections of life and growing up
in Brewarrina. These recollections were collected and transcribed by
Elaine Thompson, President of the Brewarrina Historical Society in 1990,
and they form part of her book "Brewarrina Bric-a-brac" and the story
has been developed for the web by Australian Museums OnLine (AMOL).'
William Douglas Strong's 1933 Honduras Journal.
'William Duncan Strong (1899–1962) was one of the 20th
century's preeminent anthropologists. Best known as
an archaeologist, he studied at a time when the
practice of anthropology placed equal emphasis on
understanding the cultural and physical developments
of human populations as well as the historic and
prehistoric origins of human civilization. Strong
conducted archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork
throughout the Americas, and his field journals provide
an exceptional record of his diverse training and
holistic perspective. As both scientific documents and
works of art, the journals capture archaeological detail
as well as the social experience of international
travel and cultural interaction ... '
'Duncan Strong's field journals, photographs and maps
from the 1933 Honduras expedition provide one of the
only scientific records of this remote area. Eloquent,
artistic and captivating, they are an extraordinary
example of Strong's knowledge of human cultures, the
natural environment and, especially, the archaeological
past ... '
from Thailand. In the Smithsonian. Interesting to
explore, and interesting stories behind these gifts of
the kings of Thailand to the USA.
Village History. The story of the village of
Freckleton, and the story of a historian.
'Follow Peter Shakeshaft's account of how he became
interested in the history of a village where he once
lived, and how he ended up writing a local history that
covered almost a thousand years ... '
Raymond Janssen. Nude photography. Not safe for
'Being a computer engineer to earn a living, I
'transform' myself into a photographer during evenings
and weekends and spend all my available free time on
all things connected to photography ...
I discovered that with photography I could make just
the images I loved, and that they could stand on their
own, without the necessity to build a scenario around
And it didn't take long before I discovered the most
interesting and beautiful subject on earth: people.
These can be male or female, done by candid photography,
location or studio-shoots. Soon I specialised in
portraits and nudes, shot in black and white ...'
'This exhibition is based on the memories and
experiences of women who have worked, or are still
working, in Staffordshire as Midwives, Health Visitors
and School Nurses. '
and Her Dog.
'Rather than being engaged in a heroic mythological
story, this Diana, goddess of the moon, simply rests
languidly in a world of her own. Lost in thought as
her greyhound nuzzles her arm, she has dropped off her
garment and seems spent from a long day of hunting.'
'A Roman soldier pulls back his sword to stab the
Empress Messalina, Emperor Claudius's spectacularly
unfaithful wife, fending off her mother attempts to
'Welcome to Your Sky, the interactive planetarium of
the Web. You can produce maps in the forms described
below for any time and date, viewpoint, and observing
location. If you enter the orbital elements of an
asteroid or comet, Your Sky will compute its current
position and plot it on the map. Each map is
accompanied by an ephemeris for the Sun, Moon,
planets, and any tracked asteroid or comet. A control
panel permits customisation of which objects are
plotted, limiting magnitudes, colour scheme, image
size, and other parameters ... '