of the Sacred World. ' 'Window of the Sacred
World' is the title of this catalogue, presenting a
fine selection of authentic art of India, The
Himalayan regions and Southeast Asia. Focusing only on
the highest artistic quality, it aims to represent the
beauty and spirituality of sculpture through the
camera's eye; a modest contribution towards the
understanding and appreciation of Asian religious art
which still contains many secrets. '
Haywen: Paths of Ink.
"Contrary to the generally held belief, Chinese
painting has never ceased to evolve. At the various
stages of its growth, individuality and respect for
tradition acted together or in opposition to produce
countless treasures and innovations. The example of
T'ang Haywen, in the second half of the 20th century,
illustrates this phenomenon particularly well. T'ang
never received any formal education in art apart from
learning calligraphy from his grandfather, T'ang Yien.
In Paris, he acquainted himself with the work of
western artists and chose to become a painter. Art was
a way of life for him, not a career choice..."
Cotton Town: The
History of Blackburn and Darwen.
'Cotton Town tells the story of the rapid social and
economic changes that occurred as Blackburn and Darwen
began to expand in line with the United Kingdom
textile industry. It is a vast electronic collection
of material, based on the influence of the cotton
trade on our communities.'
'It examines the early textile industry encompassing
the Industrial Revolution and its effects on the local
community and its workforce. When we look at the
history of our town we must in turn look at merchants
and mill owners in order to demonstrate how their
legacy has impacted on the development of the town,
our multicultural heritage and community life.'
'Unfortunately another London monument of dubious
antiquity, but don't let that spoil it for you.'
VIII Mound, Richmond Park. 'It is a view that has
delighted visitors to Richmond Park for nearly three
Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed
'Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed
Collection is a multi-format ethnographic field
collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by
Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by
folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over
eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and
evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian
frontier. Many of the tunes have passed back into
circulation during the fiddling revival of the later
twentieth century. This online collection incorporates
184 original sound recordings, 19 pages of fieldnotes,
and 69 musical transcriptions with descriptive notes
on tune histories and musical features; an illustrated
essay about Reed's life, art, and influence; a list of
related publications; and a glossary of musical terms.
National Parks Website Makes National Parks
'In an effort to make America's natural wonders
available to all citizens, the Department of the
Interior announced Monday the creation of a $2 million
National Parks Website.'
'The new website clears the way for the wholesale
development of the parks: Next Monday, bulldozers will
begin leveling more than 100,000 square miles of
pristine, federally protected national parkland,
finally making it available for industrial use.'
Susannah and the Elders.
'Two lascivious Jewish judges lean over a voluptuous
nude female, bullying Susannah, the pretty and
God-fearing wife of a rich and prominent Jew, as she
bathes. Though she had thought she was hidden, these
elders of the community had spied on her and entered
her husband's private garden. She shies away in
modesty, refusing their desires despite their threats
to accuse her of adultery. When they later brought
Susannah to trial, the young prophet Daniel proved her
innocence, and her false accusers were sentenced to
death in her place. '
Saint Francesca Romana Giving Alms.
'Prayer book in hand, Saint Francesca Romana stops to
offer a piece of bread to a beggar in need. A Roman
aristocrat's daughter famous for her charity,
Francesca also organized a society of Roman women
leading lives of self-denial and good works "in the
world." After her husband died, she withdrew from the
world to the religious community she had founded,
which still flourishes today. '
'While contemplating the crucifix, Mary Magdalene
clasps her hands in prayer and devoutly kneels with
her eyes raised towards the heavens. The agitated
drapery of her gown and the white light streaming into
her tear-filled eyes convey a deeply emotional and
spiritual scene. A vision of angels appears in the
sky, and putti sitting beside her hold objects often
associated with the penitent Magdalene. '
Christ and the Samaritan Woman.
'When Christ paused to rest at Jacob's Well, a holy
site for both Samaritans and Jews, he requested a
drink of water from a Samaritan woman. Though
initially surprised, since Jews and Samaritans were
traditional enemies, she became increasingly intrigued
by the knowledgeable and all-seeing visitor as they
talked. Believing him to be a prophet, she spoke of
looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. "I am
he, the one who is speaking to you," Jesus replied. '
Day in the Life of Africa.
'On February 28th, 2002 95 photojournalists from 26
countries spread across the African continent for a
24-hour photo shoot. Their mission was to capture the
day-to-day life of Africans. Over 50,000 photos were
taken and 250 were selected for the book "A Day in the
Life of Africa" the proceeds of which will fund
AIDS-education programs in Africa. '
The Atlantic Slave Trade and
Slave Life in the Americas:
A Visual Record.
'The hundreds of images in this collection have been selected from a
wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery.
This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used
by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public -- in brief,
anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and
transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the
slave societies of the New World. '
Greeneland: The World of Graham Greene.
"Biography and criticism of major works.
When you visualized a man or woman carefully,
you could always begin to feel pity -- that
was a quality God's image carried with it." -
from The Power and the Glory.
The Quiet American.
'When my novel was eventually noticed in the New Yorker the reviewer
condemned me for accusing my "best friends" (the Americans) of murder
since I had attributed to them the responsibility for the great
explosion -- far worse than the trivial bicycle bombs -- in the main
square of Saigon when many people lost their lives. But what are the
facts, of which the reviewer needless to say was ignorant? The Life
photographer at the moment of the explosion was so well placed that he
was able to take an astonishing and horrifying photograph which showed
the body of a trishaw driver still upright after his legs had been blown
off. This photograph was reproduced in an American propaganda magazine
published in Manila over the title "the work of Ho Chi Minh" although
General Thé had promptly and proudly claimed the bomb as his own. Who
had supplied the material to a bandit who was fighting French, Caodaists
The Thomas Warner Letters.
Letters from a soldier in the War of 1812.
'During Ens. Warner's tour of duty he wrote letters home to his wife,
five of which have been preserved. From these letters one may follow
Ens. Warner's progess from Baltimore, through Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to
the shores of Lake Ontario. From camp at Sacketts Harbor, Warner's unit
proceeded to the Battle of York (now known as Toronto), the capitol of
Upper Canada, fought in late April, 1813. Under the leadership of the
adventurous Brigadier General Zebulon Pike, for whom Pike's Peak is
named, the American forces scored a victory, but lost their General,
killed in battle.'
Renaissance and Baroque Architecture.
'The images included in this collection were scanned from slides taken
by Professor C. W. Westfall and used in his survey course, Renaissance
and Baroque Architecture (ARH 102), University of Virginia, School of
Architecture, Department of Architectural History. They are organized
according to his course syllabus. Each section includes images relating
to that particular topic as well as images which are included as
comparative material, and are included to reinforce particular points
which Mr. Westfall makes in his bi-weekly lectures. '
Gallery, Compton, Surrey.
'The Watts Gallery is the memorial gallery to G F Watts, the Victorian
artist and sculptor. ' Don't miss the
link to the Watts Chapel - a sort of architectural
folly of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
info. Everything there is to know about micro-organisms.
'Microbes.info is an internet web site designed to bring useful and
interesting microbiology informational resources to you. With literally
billions of web pages out there in cyberspace, searching effectively and
efficiently for any information is becoming increasingly difficult.
Finding accurate and specific information on microbiology topics is much
like "looking for a needle in a haystack". This web site attempts to
reduced the clutter and the size of the haystack in an effort to help
you filter through the information in an organized manner. '
Carta at the British Library.
'Magna Carta is often thought of as the corner-stone
of liberty and the chief defence against arbitrary and
unjust rule in England. In fact it contains few
sweeping statements of principle, but is a series of
concessions wrung from the unwilling King John by his
rebellious barons in 1215. However, Magna Carta
established for the first time a very significant
constitutional principle, namely that the power of the
king could be limited by a written grant.' And you can
view the whole page.
Men and Women in 19th Century Japanese Prints.
' "In the beginning, woman was the sun." As the
Japanese writer Hiratsuka Raicho noted in 1911, the
origin and symbol of Japan is the sun-goddess. This
eternally rising glory was perhaps incarnated in early
Japanese history by powerful empresses, priestesses
and female poets. Japan's greatest writer, the
medieval novelist Murasaki Shikibu, was a woman whose
genius combined Shakespearean might with Proustian
refinement. Such a fusion of might and refinement
characterizes much of the best of Japanese art and
life. For swaggering machismo may tremble and weep
with poetic sensitivity and female obedience be a
treasure-house of steadfast integrity and courageous
sincerity. Both swords and cherry blossoms are sacred
emblems of fateful purity. Flower and sword: Which is
purer? Which is stronger? All is duty - all passes
like dew ... '
Green Was My Valley.
India as was.
'We bring this nostalgic photo exhibit, shot in 1976
in a rural town in India, of life at a slightly slower
pace. The pictures show most common of the people
going about their jobs. At that time, the
mechanization and motorization of India had not yet
taken place, and you can see the age old methods of
doing things. '
'The 'Iron Age' in Britain began at the time when iron
was first commonly used to make tools and weapons,
around 2800 years ago (800 BC). It ended when the
Romans conquered most of the country, from AD 43. They
never successfully conquered most of Scotland, and
never invaded Ireland; Iron Age ways of life continued
'Iron Age Britain was a land of farms and small
villages. There were no towns. People did not use
money until the end of the era. In some areas people
built large hillforts, duns and brochs. Communities
were organized into tribes and larger groups. Perhaps
as many as one to two million people were living in
the country when the Romans arrived. Britons only
started to use writing in the last 100 years of the
period. However, they left no books or stone
inscriptions. A few Roman books mention Iron Age
Britain, telling us a little about the kings, but less
about other aspects of life. So in order to study
Britain in this period, scholars have to rely on
'This tour will provide a short introduction to Iron
Age Britain through some of the objects people made,
used, lost or sacrificed. COMPASS has more information
about these and other Iron Age objects, if you want to
find out more.'
Christ Cleansing the Temple.
'Upon seeing the Temple of Jerusalem turned into a
marketplace by moneychangers and traders in
sacrificial animals, the whip-carrying Jesus bursts
out in anger. With an animated composition laid out on
diagonals, and monumental figures reeling, Bernardino
Mei's canvas aptly portrays Christ's righteous fury. '
The Holy Family.
'Poussin placed the Holy Family in an idealized
landscape with sixteenth-century Italianate buildings.
The Virgin Mary sits in the center, but the action
focuses on the embrace shared by Jesus Christ and John
the Baptist. To the left, Saint Elizabeth gazes
steadily at Mary, perhaps foreseeing her future
suffering. Saint Joseph leans against a wall and
smiles approvingly at the scene below. '
The Shade of Samuel Invoked by Saul.
'Dressed in full royal attire, a brightly illuminated
King Saul points to his chest. He wears a shiny
breastplate, a cloak of vibrant red, and a crown upon
his head. Saul kneels before the ghost of Samuel, the
last Judge of the Israelites. Silhouetted against the
bright light that emanates from the doorway, Samuel's
skin is ashen and gray. He leans towards Saul with an
intense and penetrating gaze indicating troubled
concern. Between the two figures, the Witch of Endor
also leans forward to look fearfully at the kneeling
'Fine', US Teens Report.
'To the question, "How was school today?" 68 percent
of participants responded "fine," while 18 percent
answered "good" and 10 percent "okay." The remaining 4
percent replied with a shrug.'
Mars and Milky Way.
'this celestial scene, a four day old Moon illuminates
a dreamlike foreground while bright planet Mars (above
center) rules and the Milky Way's cosmic clouds of
stars and dust seem to stretch from horizon to
Living and Dying.
'People around the world seek well-being for
themselves and for their communities in many different
'These differing approaches reflect the ways they
understand their world. Some people see well-being in
terms of the individual and the body. Others think of
it at the level of the community, requiring the
maintenance of important relationships. These
relationships might be with other people, animals,
spirits or the earth. In most societies an individual
can seek to avert harm, identify its causes and treat
its effects in a range of accepted ways.'
'This tour explores these themes through material
ranging from ancient gold artefacts to modern paper
sculptures and a specially-commissioned art
installation, Cradle to Grave. These objects are some
of the highlights of the exhibition Living and Dying
in the Wellcome Trust Gallery. This new display draws
on the British Museum's outstanding ethnography
collections to show how people everywhere make
exuberant and constantly developing responses to the
challenges we all face. '
Treasures from the Roof of the World. 'Travelers
trekked thousands of miles to see them. Emperors
presented them as gifts. This October at the Bowers
Museum, visitors will see the same sacred treasures
for the first time in the Western World in the
groundbreaking exhibition, Tibet: Treasures From The
Roof Of The World. Almost 200 exquisitely created
sacred objects, all with great cultural significance,
are making their first journey to the Western World.
Tibet: Treasures From The Roof Of The World will offer
a rare glimpse into a culture both opulent and deeply
spiritual. The exhibition will feature objects drawn
exclusively from collections from the Dalai Lama's
magnificent residence at the Potala Palace, as well as
the recently established Tibet Museum in the magical
Tibetan capital of Lhasa. '
Chinese art. 'Zao Wou-ki, now 82, found his
distinctive voice and vocabulary in his mid-thirties,
having by that time lived in Paris for a decade. By
the end of 1957 he had committed to abstraction, on
terms which from the beginning set him apart from the
other artists of his circle—Mitchell, Riopelle, Vieira
da Silva, Soulages—as much as from his great supporter
Henri Michaux. His cypher-like signature, to which he
has remained faithful for over fifty years, gives his
first name in Chinese characters and his last in a
Western orthography. It is emblematic of a stranded
cultural identity, recognized from the first by
sympathetic critics as the key to his artistic
direction. The recognition, however, took the form of
a view of Zao’s painting as an exemplary
reconciliation of Chinese and European aesthetics, in
which the language of modern Western abstraction is
enriched by a Chinese sensibility rooted in the past.'
of the Elizabethan Court.
'On the death of her half-sister Mary, on 17 November
1558, Elizabeth I ascended the throne of England. The
daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne
Boleyn, Elizabeth had maintained her Protestant
beliefs during Mary's reign, and on her accession
determined to restore England to Protestantism.
However, the stability of the country depended on her
uniting her people, and throughout her long reign
(until 1603) she struggled to preserve an uneasy peace
with her Roman Catholic subjects. Her own strength of
character, and the ability of her ministers, notably
Lord Burghley, ensured that the Elizabethan age was on
the whole one of peace and prosperity. The might of
her sea captains, particularly Francis Drake, and the
development of exploration and trade enabled England
under Elizabeth to become a world power ... '
'For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres
from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile,
isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers
sent those they regarded as political troublemakers,
social outcasts and the unwanted of society. '
'During the apartheid years Robben Island became
internationally known for its institutional brutality.
The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison
was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush
their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a
quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs.
'Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a
psychological and political level in turning a prison
'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal
liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only
for South Africa and the African continent, but also
for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit
over enormous hardship and adversity.'
Protest dot net.
A calendar of protest, meetings and conferences.
'This finely painted work depicts the Annunciation:
the Archangel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary
that she has been chosen to become the mother of
Christ. In a rather personal interpretation of the
theme, Godfried Schalcken represented Mary as a young
Dutch woman in contemporary dress, holding a loose
scroll rather than the traditional book. The swirling
clouds at his knees, the pointing gesture, and the
bright light around the angel's head betray Gabriel's
spiritual status, for he has no wings or traditional
symbols to identify him as God's messenger. Bright
light illuminates Mary's thoughtful face. Schalcken
delicately manipulated light and shadow to describe
the folds in Gabriel's white gown and the shadows cast
by his outstretched right arm and tilted head. '
The Vision of Saint Bruno.
'During his devotions in the wilderness, Saint Bruno,
the founder of the Carthusian order, a monastic
community committed to solitary meditation,
experienced a vision. Gazing intensely up at the sky,
the saint tentatively reaches out to touch the
mystical illusion of angels appearing in the sky. To
the left, two tall trees cross each other at an angle,
forming a cross. Below the rolling clouds, hills and
land gently recede into the distance. '
Line Jumps 11 Percent.
'Excitement swept the financial world Monday, when a
blue line jumped more than 11 percent, passing four
black horizontal lines as it rose from 367.22 to
Old Miss. 'In the fall of 1962 the college town of
Oxford, Mississippi, erupted in violence. At the
center of the controversy stood James Meredith, an
African American who was attempting to register at the
all-white University of Mississippi, known as "Ole
Miss." Meredith had the support of the federal
government, which insisted that Mississippi honor the
rights of all its citizens, regardless of race.
Mississippi's refusal led to a showdown between state
and federal authorities and the storming of the campus
by a segregationist mob. Two people died and dozens
were injured. In the end, Ole Miss, the state of
Mississippi, and the nation were forever changed.'
'This site lets visitors witness the events firsthand
through the actual letters, recorded telephone
conversations, and images of those who made history.'
New Japonisme. Photo-essay. 'For most of the
past 150 years many Japanese have treated their own
culture as an unwanted child. Japanese clothes like
kimono, yukata (a kind of cotton Summer kimono), haori
(a sort of coat to wear over a kimono or yukata),
happi (a short yukata) and geta (wooden shoes) were
seen only as 'traditional', as old-fashioned. Japanese
houses were torn down. Most were actually destroyed
after the end of WWII, not during the war. Japanese
furniture was thrown out with the garbage.'
'In the past few years this has begun to change. In
the late 90's Japanese top designers brought the
yukata back in vogue ... '
Anonymous Pilgrim of Bordeaux (333 AD). 'This
itinerary (also known as Itinerarium Burdigalense) is
the earliest description left by a Christian traveler
in the Holy Land. The journey was made in 333 A. D.
when Flavius Dalmatius and Domitius Zenophilus were
joint consuls. The name of the author is not known to
us, but it is generally assumed that the author was a
native of Bordeaux (France), because the itinerary
starts from there.'
'The Latin original text is written in the simple and
lean form which is typical of the Roman Itineraria. It
consists mostly of a list of localities and their
distances. Localities are subdivided into cities,
halts and changes; in these places the traveler could
remain for a while, rest, have dinner, or just change
the mount and keep going on.'
'Having passed through Milan and Sirmium, the
traveller arrives in Constantinople; from there, he
crosses to Asia reaching for Palaestina and in
particular Jerusalem. The last part of the itinerary
starts from Heraclea, in Hellespontus, and arrives
again in Milan passing through the city of Rome ... '
Madaba Map: A Virtual Travel through the Holy
Places. 'You are about to start a fascinating
travel through the Holy Places as they had been
represented on the mosaic floor of an ancient church
at Madaba (Jordan). You will discover the most
truthful map of the Land of the Bible ever done ... '
'Breaking, balanced news from around the globe.'
The Trams of Ballarat.
'The stories told in The Trams of Ballarat are both a history of public
transport in Ballarat and part of the public history of the city. The
stories presented here are derived from the personal accounts of those
who worked on the trams and they show how the trams of Ballarat were
more than just public transport.'
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fancy bluegrass powerhouse, to the elegant one-of-a-kind collector's
piece, Bob has mastered them all. Enjoy the following pages of what we
have to offer in custom built banjos.'
Spirits. Photo-essay about sake. 'Sake, Japanese
rice wine, is said to have its roots as a sacred
drink. A drink for the gods. Thankfully, these days
mere mortals may enjoy it as well. But sake has kept
many of its connections to more sacred worlds. Shinto
shrines still offer sake as an offering to the
countless deities that are worshipped in Japan, and
many a religious festival would surely soon cease to
exist without this lubricant.'
'Although sake is sold in bottles and packs in Japan's
shops and supermarkets, shrines still use the age old
keg. Quite a few shrines have dozens of beautifully
decorated sake kegs stacked up against their walls. It
is an almost magical sight that has captivated many a
Jersey. Dolmens, menhirs and other prehistoric
stones. 'Jersey, largest of the Channel Islands has
an area of approximately 114 sq. km. and is situated
in the Gulf of St Malo. Originally connected to the
European landmass the island became separated by
rising sea levels at about 4000 BC. For a small island
it is rich in archaeology.'
'This site was created to provide those interested
with photographs of as many of the main prehistoric
sites and structures that can be identified in Jersey
today. Several are barely recognisable through the
undergrowth, some are on private property, most though
are accessible if you know where to look. Also
included are photographs of future sites and stones
that have been suggested to have a megalithic history.
The grid references relate to the 1:2500 Ordnance
Survey maps of Jersey produced in 1981 and 2003 ... '
The Hendrick I.
Lott House. 'The Lott House, built circa 1800, is
one of the last Dutch-American farmhouses in New York
City. It was occupied by descendants of Hendrick I.
Lott until 1989 when the house was designated a New
York City landmark ... '
Gerrin. Of the University of Utah; voted best
college editorial cartoonist of the year.
Icons. Images. From the introduction
- 'The sources of Ukrainian icon painting can be
traced back to the time of Kyivan Rus' (10th-l3th
century), the epoch when Christianity became the
predominant religion of the State. At that time a
notion unknown to pagans entered the consciousness of
believers: the concept of the icon (from Greek eikon -
an image), a consummate representation of a sacred
image. Painted with egg tempera on panel, every icon
was endowed by believers with a supernatural power
which had the mysterious and inexplicable ability to
link the soul of a mortal with God. Miracles were
expected from icons, which were seen to be invested
with divine grace; they were, in effect, worshipped
and fervently prayed to. And the greater the mastery
of the artist and the more inspired his brush, the
deeper was the icon's aesthetic influence, and it
became more venerable as a result ... '
Songs of Bilitis.
'First published in Paris in 1894, this purports to be
translations of poems by a woman named Bilitis, a
contemporary and acquaintance of Sappho. This caused a
sensation, not only because finding an intact cache of
poems from a completely unknown Greek poet circa 600
B.C. would be a miracle, but because of its open and
sensitive exploration of lesbian eroticism. Actually
Bilitis never existed. The poems were a clever forgery
by Pierre Lou˙s--the "translator"; to lend weight, he
had even included a bibliography with bogus supporting
works. Lou˙s actually did have a good command of the
classics, and he salted Bilitis with a number of
quotations from real poets, including Sappho, to make
it even more convincing. '
'Just because this is a fake does not detract from its
literary value. And just because it was written by a
man did not prevent it from acquiring cultural
significance for Lesbians. In fact, one of the
earliest organizations of Lesbians in the United
States was called the Daughters of Bilitis (although
this could have been because it was a reference that
would elude most people) ... '
Johnson, Father of Mail Art 1927-95.
'On Friday, January 13, 1995, Ray Johnson, pop art
pioneer, conceptualist, and the father of mail art was
discovered drowned in Sag Harbor Cove, Long Island.
News of Johnson's death spread rapidly through
telephone calls, email messages, and mail art created
by friends of Ray Johnson, members of Ray's New York
Correspondence School (NYCS).'
'The New York Correspondence School was established by
Ray Johnson in the early '60s; it was singularly the
most important contribution of Ray Johnson to the
history of art, a point missed by leading newspapers
and art magazines reporting Johnson's death. It was
Fluxus and Ray Johnson's NYCS that birthed mail art,
the largest international art community and movement
in the history of art. Membership into the NYCS was
bestowed upon anyone Johnson chose to correspond with
and the exchanges were wonderful, intimately engaging
verbal and visual play. Throughout the 1960s til his
death, Ray Johnson was the conduit, the server, the
proto-internet dada daddy surfing the mailstream,
invading mailboxes everywhere with bunnies, imaginary
Fan Clubs, and correspondance wordpla ... ' Gallery.
Museum of Tea and Coffee.
'The Bramah Museum, only two minutes from London
Bridge Station, is the world's first museum devoted
entirely to the history of tea and coffee. It tells
the commercial and social 400 year old history of two
of the world's most important commodities since their
arrival in Europe from the Far East and Africa. '
'Since the British played a major role both in the
China trade and development of production in India,
Ceylon and Africa, the museum naturally tells the
story from a British perspective. The museum through
its ceramics, metalware, prints and displays answers
all those questions that people from around the world
ask about British tea and coffee.'
'The museum believes everything possible should be
done to maintain and if possible improve the quality
of tea and coffee offered to the public ... ' History
of tea. History
Constable. Online gallery of the English landscape
'John Constable was one of the major European
landscape artists of the XIX century, whose art was
admired by Delacroix and Gericault and influenced the
masters of Barbizon and even the Impressionists,
although he did not achieved much fame during his
lifetime in England, his own country. John Constable
was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, on 11 June 1776,
the fourth child and second son of Ann and Golding
Constable. His father was a prosperous local corn
merchant who inherited his business from an uncle in
1764. Constable was educated at Dedham Grammar School,
where he distinguished himself more by his
draughtsmanship than his scholarship. In 1793 his
father decided to train him as a miller and,
consequently, Constable spent a year working on the
family mill, which helped him to determine his course
of life: he would be an artist ... '
Dynasty: Korea's Age of Enlightenment, 918 to
'For nearly five centuries, arts and culture
flourished under the patronage of the Goryeo
aristocracy, whose taste for luxury and refinement was
unprecedented in the history of the country. Goryeo
Dynasty features 113 rare and superb artworks (seven
are designated as National Treasures of Korea) from
this period-many on view in the United States for the
first time-including extraordinary celadon ceramics,
Buddhist paintings and sculptures, illustrated sutras
(sacred Buddhist texts), ritual implements, metal
crafts, and lacquer wares ... ' Avalokiteshvara.
A Collection of 19th Century Photographs.
'In the decades following the invention of photography
in 1839, European photographers traveled to Asia,
documenting cultures and landscapes with a realism
previously unknown. Employing cumbersome large format
cameras and delicate paper or glass plate negatives,
these intrepid photographers captured the first images
of Japan after it had been closed to the West for over
200 years; the first images of the forbidding
Himalayan Mountain passes; the first images of
bound-footed women and of grand golden temples.' Entrance
to the Temple of Minakshi in the Great Pagoda.
'In 1937, after his children were grown, Nick
Engelbert began to build an elaborate arched porch of
concrete around the front entrance of his farmhouse,
ultimately covering every inch of the outside surface
of the house with concrete inlaid with shards of
china, glass, beads, buttons, and sea shells. Over the
next 15 years, Nick created more than 40 concrete
sculptures in his yard, combining patriotic themes
with imagery from history, fairy tales, mythology and
his own imagination. At the age of 70, no longer able
to make sculptures, he turned to painting, producing
over 200 oils before his death in 1962 ... '
The Martyrdom of St. Andrew.
'Arms thrown wide, Saint Andrew implores the heavens
above while soldiers tie him to a cross in the shape
of an X. His executioner, the Roman governor Egeas,
watches from a classical porch above, and confusion
reigns as soldiers try to push back the surging crowd.
Charles Le Brun heightened the emotion of the figures
by contrasting the stern, silent figure of the emperor
with the chaos below. He used gesture, facial
expressions, and strong colors to create a dynamic
composition in the theatrical Roman setting. '
Moses Striking Water from the Rock.
'A crowd of Israelites gathers to observe a dramatic
Old Testament miracle. After they wandered in the
wilderness of the Sinai desert without water, God
saved them by instructing Moses to strike a rock with
his staff, whereupon fresh water gushed out. '
The Angel Taking Leave of Tobit and His Family.
'After curing Tobit's blindness, returning the
family's wealth, and making it possible for Tobit's
son Tobias to marry his beloved Sarah, the Archangel
Raphael has dropped his disguise and revealed himself
as an angel, saying, "I was not acting on my own will,
but by the will of God." Such a scene of miraculous
intervention was especially attractive to Protestants
in Holland, who believed in doctrines of faith, mercy,
and divine grace. '
Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist.
'In this depiction of a meeting between the young
Christ and Saint John the Baptist, Guido Reni
eliminated unnecessary detail and concentrated on the
scene's emotional qualities. The eyes of the two
children meet as Mary looks on. The doves that the
Christ Child gives to his cousin are an allusion to
both Jesus's future role as the King of Peace as well
as his eventual sacrifice. Joseph enters through a
doorway in the background. '
to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner.
'What is it about Thanksgiving that brings out the
crazy in everyone? When you distill the holiday to its
essence, it's just another dinner for a bunch of
people; but for most people, this is no ordinary
dinner party – this is family. So, any insecurity you
might have about your cooking skills is magnified by
whatever factor equals how much your family members
stress one another out. As the tensions mounts, remind
yourself this entire hullabaloo is over 20 minutes of
speed-eating and 10 minutes of sighing and
belt-loosening. That's tantamount to gluttony, which
is a sin. And if you're going to sin, you might as
well have fun doing it ... '
'Dear Sir or Madam, I would like to make a small
roller coaster in my friend's backyard. I believe it
should have brakes. My question is: How do hydraulics
work? I find them rather bewildering. Thank you, Mo.'