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30th November


Digital Museum for Toyohara Kunichika. Ukiyo-e.

Ah Ha! Jazz: Photos of Jazz Greats. 'Ah Ha! Jazz is a portfolio of photos taken between 1970-1980 by Helen Mandel'.

The Rollright Stones. A stone circle in Oxfordshire. Take a guided tour.

Man Ray. 'Born in Philadelphia, Emmanuel Radnitsky grew up in New Jersey and became a commercial artist in New York in the 1910s. He began to sign his name Man Ray in 1912, although his family did not change its surname to Ray until the 1920s. He initially taught himself photography in order to reproduce his own works of art, which included paintings and mixed media. In 1921 he moved to Paris and set up a photography studio to support himself. There he began to make photograms, which he called "Rayographs." In the 1920s, he also began making moving pictures. Man Ray's four completed films- Return to Reason, Emak Bakia, Starfish , and Mystery of the Chateau -were all highly creative, non- narrative explorations of the possibilities of the medium ... ' Around 100 images only.

Triumph of Life. Evolution. 'Despite overwhelming obstacles, life on Earth has evolved from the most humble of beginnings to a level of diversity that challenges human comprehension. The fittest have indeed survived -- even in places where no living creatures could be thought to exist. NATURE's six-part series TRIUMPH OF LIFE presents the remarkable story of evolution and its survivors.'

Members of Parliament 1700-1820. Biographies of influential British politicians.

Willy Brandt. Former West German Chancellor and Nobel peace laureate.

The Scorched Earth Party. Satirical fun.

Charles Dodgson, Photographer. The photographs of the Victorian writer and mathematician also known as Lewis Carroll. Includes photos of Alice Liddell.

The Day the Universe Went All Funny: An Introduction to Special Relativity.

Henri Matisse. Extensive online gallery, bio.

The Satirical Political Beliefs Assessment Test. 'Political parties share much in common with obscenity. Both are difficult to define, yet, to paraphrase U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's definition of obscenity, you know a political party when you see it. '

Shree Ganesh. All about the elephant-headed god - stories and images.

Guide to Greenwich Village.
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29th November


Lost Poets of the Great War.

Antievolution. 'This web site is for the critical examination of the antievolution movement. Unlike antievolution advocacy web sites, this site aims to provide links to both the antievolutionists making their own arguments and also to the critics who provide mainstream science answers to those arguments. While antievolution advocates are endlessly critical of evolutionary biology, it seems that they rarely take the time to critique their own arguments. '

Brecon Cathedral, in Wales. With a virtual tour and illustrated history.

Chushingura: Revenge of the 47 Samurai. 'Many artists have produced sets of prints illustrating Chushingura. While the Spencer Museum of Art has some complete or near complete sets, this page shows a selection by various artists illustrating the eleven acts of the play. '

Mozambique: Who Killed the Cashew Nut Industry? 'Impassioned argument about World Bank and IMF policy in Africa is the norm. But the total collapse of Mozambique's cashew nut industry in 2000-2001 has provoked real anger, with critics directly blaming the Bank and IMF for the tragedy. The links below chart the progression of policy statements and wrong turns that led to factories closing and the loss of nearly 9,000 jobs.'

Cut & Paste: A History of Photomontage. 'The art of photomontage could be said to have started just after the First World War, but the manipulation of photographs already had a history going back to the invention of photography in the mid 19th century.'
''Direct contact printing of objects placed on photographic plates, double exposures, and composite pictures made by darkroom masking were all popular in the Victorian era. Besides this practical use of combination photography, Victorians discovered the amusement to be had from postcards of the wrong head stuck on a different body, or the creation of strange or impossible creatures.'

Megalithics. 'An archive of over 5000 photos of stone circles and other megalithic monuments in the British Isles and Ireland. Here you will find Portal Dolmens, Recumbent Stone Circles, Cup and Ring Carvings, Long Barrows, Cairns, Passage Graves, Wedge Tombs, etc. Most sites have full spherical VR panoramas and infrared photography, plus ten figure map references measured on site with our GPS unit.'

Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Cold War. 'The Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, directed by Sandra Stewart Holyoak, is an enterprise to record the personal experiences of the men and women who served on the home front and overseas. '

The Discovery of the Electron. 'Experiments by J.J. Thomson in 1897 led to the discovery of a fundamental building block of matter ... '

Hiroshige & Kunisada. Japanese prints.

Memorial Lidice. Memorial to a Czech town whose inhabitants were massacred during World War 2. 'The intention of Memorial Lidice is to take care of permanent retainment of the extermination of town Lidice and the suffering of its residents who 10.6.1942 became the victims of the fascist violence and to keep the name of the town Lidice as a world symbol of all victims of war malefactions.'

The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Became Real, by Margery Williams. Illustrated.

Hoodoo in Theory and Practice: An Introduction to African-American Rootwork. African diasporic religion.

Muktinath. 'Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Nepal for both Buddhists and Hindus. It is a great example to our world of a sacred place shared in harmony by devotees of two world religions. ' Gallery.

How the Leopard Got His Spots, by Rudyard Kipling.

One Drop of Water. A book for the children of the new millennium.

World of the Child. 200 years of children's books.

Toward Freedom. 'A progressive perspective on world events'.

The Living Dharma. A Buddhist temple.

Henry Fielding. '1707?54, English novelist and dramatist. Born of a distinguished family, he was educated at Eton and studied law at Leiden. Settling in London in 1729, he began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, the most notable being Tom Thumb (1730), and two satires, Pasquin (1736) and The Historical Register for 1736 (1737), which attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737. This act, setting up a censorship of the stage, ended Fielding's dramatic career and turned him to the less inhibited form of the novel. ? His masterpiece is Tom Jones (1749), a novel recounting the wild comic adventures of the good-hearted though highly fallible foundling, Tom Jones.'

Across the River. Liberal blog.
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27th November


Leviathan. 'Empatheen' is a real classic. Via MeFi.

Diary of a (Fired) Flight Attendant.

New plep's puzzle.

Online Etymology Dictionary. The history of English. 'This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. '

The Courtly Art of the Maya.

The Butler Brothers' Nome Album 1900-01. Alaska Gold Rush history.

Thomas a Kempis. "And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind." - 'Imitation of Christ'

Holy Men of India. A survey.

Photographs of Geisha and Maiko.

Astronomy Resources at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Good stuff.

Business Wings. History of business air travel. 'Fax machines, conference calls, cellular phones, e-mail: none has replaced the need to travel to conduct business. In today's complex and fast-paced business world, companies large and small have turned increasingly to company-owned, chartered, or leased aircraft to fly their personnel around the country or overseas. '

Communist Party of Portugal History Archive. 'The Communist Party of Portugal existed illegally and generally in exile throughout the period of fascist rule until the Caetano government collapsed in April 1974. During this time it was the only opposition force in Portuguese society.'

The History of Nudity in Sport.

Hispanic Fashion Designers. Smithsonian exhibition.

The Hero of Esthonia, 1895. Estonian folk tales.

Heroic Ballads of Servia, 1913. Serbian ballads.

Building the University of Saskatchewan. University history.

The Buildings of Central Michigan University. 'This page includes histories of most of the buildings currently on campus as well as a few buildings that no longer exist but remain in memory. Also included is biographical information about individuals for whom buildings have been named. '

Photographs of the Noto Peninsula, in Japan. 'The region of Hokuriku-Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula is famous for its rural atmosphere, wonderful garden, golden leave production, Wajima fish market...... a nice place to go.'

Indian Temples of the Himalayas.

Bunyips. Enter the lair of the bunyip if you dare! A fun site about the ogre of Australian Aboriginal folklore.

A Thousand Friends of Frogs. 'Connecting children, parents, educators, and scientists to study and celebrate frogs and their habitats.'

The Karl Liebknecht Archive. German socialist, murdered with Rosa Luxemburg. 'The son of Wilhelm Liebknecht, one of the founders of the SPD, Karl Liebknecht trained to be a lawyer and defended many Social Democrats in political trials. He was also a leading figure in the socialist youth movement and thus became a leading figure in the struggle against militarism ... '

Jenny Marx Longuet. 'First daughter of Karl and Jenny. Journalist. Married Charles Longuet in 1872. Died shortly before her father. Married to Charles Longuet. Mother of six children. In 1870 she took action in the Irish struggles by publishing (under the name "J. Williams") revelations of the treatment of the Irish political prisoners by the English bourgeoisie. An investigation by the Gladstone government followed ... '
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26th November


Insomnia Livejournal. Excellent weblog with news and links relating to current events in Ukraine and Iraq.

Northwest Notes. A peaceful weblog of place.

The Great Bath Pub Crawl. 'Discover the boozy history of Bacchanalian Bath on a guided tour that's just that bit different.' You can take a virtual tour of Bath pubs, too.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.

War and Piece. Politics blog.

The Scientific Revolution. History.

New Chinese Art. Contemporary art from China.

Indian Body Art.

Struggle in a Bungalow Kitchen. 'The trials and tribulations of one fairly mis-educated homemaker to find peace, proficiency and satisfaction in the kitchen. . .and the world. '

Theory of the Daily. 'The domestic and the everyday in literature, history, philosophy, and science. '
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25th November


Seattle Union Record. Final edition of a progressive paper.

Looking for Lewis Carroll. Life and work.

Mendel Museum of Genetics.

Japanese Painting. Web museum.

Origins. NASA site on the origins of the Universe and life.
'Born of the extraordinary accomplishments of 20th century physics, astronomy, geology, and biology, the Origins program takes up the challenge of answering questions as old as our species. When Galileo first turned his tiny telescope to the night sky, he saw the Milky Way resolved into millions of stars, in one stroke expanding our grasp of the universe to a scale that had not been imagined from the sight of eyes alone. The growth of scientific culture and tools over the next three centuries revealed a vast realm, each at-first-incomprehensible discovery assimilated into an increasingly uncomfortable reality. The eruptive growth of 20th century astronomy has brought us an appreciation of how vast, old, and unearthly the universe is, and has left humanity struggling for a sense of our own significance consistent with the reality of who and what we are. But science has also given us something that will help, by promising answers to our ancient questions: Where did we come from? Are we alone? When the answers to these questions are known, our civilizations will evolve new visions of who we are and what our futures might be. Already we have learned enough to appreciate that the universe is enormous and ancient, but life-tiny and transient-is its precious jewel. '

Situationist Histories. 'I'm adapting the term here. A situationist history is a recounting of events united by a common theme that emphasizes unseen patterns in life. The same things keep coming up, and those things aren't all quintessential "big issues" of the sort that are supposed to typify our lives, like career or loved ones or sickness.'
'Instead, it's the details that count. What did the film After Life (Japan, 1998) teach us? That small moments are what we remember best? That our fondest memories may derive from simple, brief, and possibly unanticipated experiences, the kind that might be dismissed as mundane by someone else?'

Baka Pygmies. 'Life, music and initiation in the Equatorial Forest of the BAKA PYGMIES (Cameroon) '

Ed's Photos of Japan. 'Continue below to view over 140 high quality photos of Japan taken over a three year period. You can also download free wallpaper, send virtual postcards, and learn all about Japan through photos. Thanks!'

The Official Roald Dahl Website.

Teen Chicago. 'During the 20th century, economic changes, new educational theories, and a thriving popular culture reshaped the city and created the American teen. The Teen Chicago exhibition examines Chicago's influence on teen life and the imprint teens make on the city.'

Marcus Aurelius. 'Though thou be destined to live three thousand years and as many myriads besides, yet remember that no man loseth other life than that which he liveth, nor liveth other than that which he loseth.'

Buddhist Writings.

Penn in the Age of Franklin. 'Benjamin Franklin was instrumental in organizing and shaping Penn from its inception. He was President of the College, Academy and Charitable School of Philadelphia from 1749 to 1755, and served continuously as trustee until his death in 1790. Franklin was responsible for the hiring of William Smith as the first provost in 1754. The partnership of Franklin and Penn is played out against the background of the creation of both a new republic and of higher education in America.'
'Penn in the Age of Franklin provides access to original documents and manuscripts, printed books and artifacts from both the Penn Library and the University Archives . Whether it be a letter from Franklin, a treatise by Provost Smith, an issue of Poor Richard., or minutes of the earliest meetings of the Trustees, [this Web site provides the opportunity] to experience the past directly. '

The French Communist Party Archive.

Photographs of Josephine Baker.

East Anglia Supernatural. Ghost hunters.

Nonprofit Online News.

MK Gandhi. One spot complete information website.

Neil Gaiman. Science fiction writer.

Jonathan Carroll. Fantasy writer.
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24th November


La Grotte Chauvet-Pont d'Arc. Cave paintings.

Separate Lives, Broken Dreams. Saga of Chinese immigration.

A Manx Notebook. An electronic compendium of matters past and present connected with the Isle of Man.

100 Years of Swimsuits. National Geographic site.

The Wellington Valley Project. 'The one mission conducted by the Society in the British colony of New South Wales during the early colonial period, was to the Wiradjuri people of Wellington Valley in the newly opened districts west of the Great Dividing Range. It was a relatively belated effort, and rather short lived. Nevertheless, from 1832 until its withdrawal amid acrimony and regret twelve years later in 1844, the four missionaries produced dozens of letters, in addition to around 1,000 manuscript pages of journals, diaries and reports which were returned to the Society in London.'
'The object of the Wellington Valley Project is to make available a full, critical edition of these records, which represent one of the largest and most important sources for the history of the colonial frontier in New South Wales. They are particularly significant for the account they provide of Wiradjuri society before the destruction of full ceremonial life. This alone would be justification for their publication in full, in both electronic and, it is anticipated, printed formats. Collectively, the Wellington Valley papers provide a wealth of information about the missionaries and their troubled encounter with a people staggering under the impact of European occupation. They also include considerable information about the pattern of European settlement in the Wellington Valley, which was, at the time the mission commenced, placed at the outermost limits of settlement.'

Crooked Timber. An intelligent community politics blog.
'Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made'.

Deep Sea Biology.

The Face of the Third Reich. Character studies of Nazi leaders.

Eminent Victorians. 'Innovating the application of psychological principles to history, Strachey presents four artful biographies, or "Victorian visions." '

British Women Romantic Poets 1789-1832.
The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire. The 'muse of Cumberland'.

Amsterdam Heritage. 'The city of Amsterdam enjoys great fame for being the proud owner of one of the most important intact historical city centres in the world. The distinctive Amsterdam cityscape is dominated by canal houses, most of them built as residences for wealthy citizens. These rich mansions are characterised by narrow, relatively tall facades, crowned by richly ornamented gable tops ... '

Ming Wrecks. From Chinese shipwrecks... 'Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. is a Malaysian based company licensed by the Ministry of Culture to excavate and research historical shipwrecks in South China Sea. After 15 years of work, shipwreck with ceramics, old time pottery and antique china porcelain has been recovered.'

Abodes of Surya. 'The Indian system of beliefs venerates the sun as an inexhaustable source of energy. Sun worship in India dates back to ancient times. Perhaps the best known of the sun temples in India are the remains of the Konark temple on the east coast of India and the remains of the Modhera sun temple in the western state of Gujarat ... '

Cupola. Cupolas and architecture, lots of images. 'CUPOLA offers galleries of cupolas, historic architecture, art, & picturesque landscapes.'

Freedom's Fortress. 'Freedom's Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953 tells the history of the Library of Congress during a particularly important period. From 1939 to 1953 the Library underwent a myriad of changes that established the institution as one of America's foremost citadels of intellectual freedom. Archibald MacLeish and Luther Harris Evans, Librarians of Congress during this time, adopted new administrative procedures that improved the Library's ability to acquire collections and made it a more vital resource both for Congress and the public during and after the war. The theme of this online presentation refers to the title of Lucy Salamanca's book, Fortress of Freedom: The Story of the Library of Congress (1942). Salamanca, a Library of Congress employee, wrote with a strong sense of the importance of the institution as a beacon of knowledge and haven for the written word during a significant time in American history. The 209 letters, memoranda, photographs, and Library of Congress publications presented here (1,176 images in all) are from the Library of Congress Archives as well as other relevant manuscript collections found in the Manuscript Division ... '

Faces of Bhutan. Photography.

The Wood Carver's Wife, and Later Poems, by Marjorie Pickthall, 1922.

Rivers of Life. 'Rivers inspire us, transport us, feed and nourish us, and amuse us. Much of human history, culture, and inspiration is tied to water. They are places of relaxation, exhilaration, occupation, culture, and history. With Rivers of Life, you'll use rivers and watersheds as a context for learning about the environment, and our relationship to Earth. Studying your local watershed will help you make global connections.'

Food Blog.

History of the Beauty Contest.

The Archives of Scientists' Transcendent Experiences. Strange and wonderful.

The Religious Left. 'A challenge to right-wing conservatism's hold on religious and moral values in American society.'
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23rd November


The Chronicle of the Drum, by William Makepeace Thackeray. Illustrated!

The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Centre.

Small Comets. 'Every few seconds a "snowball" the size of a small house breaks up as it approaches Earth and deposits a large cloud of water vapor in Earth's upper atmosphere ... '

Collectives in Spain. Anarchist collectives in the Spanish Civil War.

The Seven Tablets of Creation. Babylonian creation myth.

The Chaldean Account of the Deluge. 'This paper, which was read before the Society of Biblical Archaeology in London on Decmber 3rd, 1872, caused a sensation. George Smith (1840-76), an engraver by trade, was self-educated in Biblical and Near Eastern archeaology, mostly by studying the exhibits at the British Museum. He joined the museum as a 'repairer', piecing together fragments of tablets from Ninevah, a job which he excelled at. In 1886 he was appointed Assistant, and in 1871 he published The Phonetic Values of the Cuneiform Characters, a key reference work for reading Assyrian ... '

HoJoLand. Dedicated to Howard Johnson's Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop; all americana.

Temples of Penang, Malaysia. Chinese and Thai temples.

Pierre Trudeau. An extensive and informative obituary of the former Canadian PM. 'In December 1999, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was named top Canadian newsmaker of the 20th century. He finished ahead of prime ministers Mackenzie King, Lester Pearson, Wilfrid Laurier and Brian Mulroney, all of whom made the top ten. Think what you will of the century-ending poll, but no one will ever remember the man as Pierre Who ... '

Anne Bronte: The Scarborough Collection. 'This work is both a literary, and a pictorial account of the life of Anne Brontė, with a particular focus on her connections with the seaside resort of Scarborough; a place she loved; a place she portrayed in both her novels - Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; a place where she wished to open her own school, and the place where she ultimately died and was buried. In 1897, a journalist declared 'It is impossible to stand by the tomb of the authoress of "Agnes Grey" and "The Tenant" without becoming possessed of a great yearning to know more about her'; and it was this sentiment, coupled with the knowledge of the hundreds of people who visit Anne's grave at Scarborough each year, that inspired me to create this web-site. The links below will take you to a range of pages - covering various aspects of Anne, her life, and her achievements. '

Myths and Legends in Miyazaki. Japanese folklore.

The Arctic. "The Arctic remains one of the least explored, studied and understood places on earth. Change in the Arctic may play a substantial role in climate change throughout the globe. ... Global change, particularly climate change may have its most pronounced effects in the Arctic."

Napoleon. PBS site.

The Prime Ministers of Canada.

John Keats. 'It may seem odd to read romantic poetry on a 17-inch Computer-Screen (let it even be a flatscreen). And it will sure take many more years until we can all enjoys Keats's poems online as naturally as men have done for nearly two-hundred years on paper. But let's forget about reading conventions for a moment. Let's consider how we could discover the works of John Keats all anew today. '

Urdu Poetry.

Addis Art. Art from Ethiopia.
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22nd November


Mom's Cancer. 'My mother was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. I made a comic strip about it.' Via MeFi.

Love Letter Collection. Via MeFi.

300 Love Letters. Via MeFi.

Esoterica. A journal of the Occult; archives and articles available online.

Edo Period Japanese Art. Great collection of images, articles.

The W.T. Stead Resource Site. Victorian England's most sensational newspaper editor.

The Last Word. Everyday science questions answered by people like you.

Images of Africa. Photography.

Biographical Article on Che Guevara; comprehensive, with good links.

Grazia Deledda: Voice of Sardinia. Nobel literature laureate.

Marxism and Anti-Imperialism in Africa. Biographies, documents.

Photographs of the Faroe Islands.

Photographs of Statues in Japanese Temples.

rec.humor.funny. Funny jokes, archived from the newsgroup.
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20th November


plep's puzzles is taking the week off due to the webmaster having to work this weekend at short notice... Hopefully back next week.

The Writings of Charles Darwin on the Web. 'The most complete collection of Darwin's work ever published- with original page numbers, illustrations etc.'

The Sarah Bernhardt Pages.

Old Hampshire Mapped. Olde English mappes.

Seiwa-en. A Japanese garden of pure, clear harmony and peace.

Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race, 1911. 'The Past may be forgotten, but it never dies. The elements which in the most remote times have entered into a nation's composition endure through all its history, and help to mould that history, and to stamp the character and genius of the people.'

Good Old Days Japan. A real gem - photos of pre-WW2 Japan.

Early Netherlandish Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art's superb collection of early Netherlandish paintings? the most comprehensive in this hemisphere?are exhibited together for the first time in From Van Eyck to Bruegel: Early Netherlandish Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition features more than 140 works by the greatest masters of the period?Petrus Christus, Hans Memling, Gerard David, Rogier van der Weyden, Joos van Cleve, Robert Campin, Hugo van der Goes, and Joachim Patinir, in addition to Jan van Eyck and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.'

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Images, history, language.

An Online Biology Book. Quite fascinating. 'Welcome to an On-Line Biology Book Table of Contents. Click on the underlined items to go to those chapters. The text items are modified lecture outlines I have developed over the many years of teaching college-level introductory biology. Use of my text for educational purposes is encouraged and appreciated, however many illustrations are taken off the web, and I have indicated the source page (when that page still is an active link) and tried to provide a link back to the original. In addition, several companies have most graciously allowed me to use their images. If you are desiring to use these images yourself please contact the party indicated in each figure caption. '

Fidel Castro Speech Database. 'This database includes speeches, interviews, etc., by Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1996. All texts are in English. '

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Clinton and the two Bushes.

Legends and Popular Tales of the Basque People, 1887. Illustrated.

Celtic shadows. Photography. 'Celtic Shadows is about Scotland's culture and the land around us. '

Virtual Tours of Bhutan. The remotest country on Earth? Culture, society, history etc.

Photographs of the American West.

Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo, 1875.

Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War. 'During the Second World War, the staff of the century-old Hamilton Spectator newspaper kept its own monumental record of the war. This collection of more than 144,000 newspaper articles, manually clipped, stamped with the date, and arranged by subject, includes news stories and editorials from newspapers, mostly Canadian, documenting every aspect of the war. You are invited to explore the online database using either the Basic search or the detailed search, which includes a date searching feature. Short historical articles on key topics from the 1939-1945 time period, along with sample clippings from the collection, supplement this impressive resource of news information "as it happened". A glossary of terms, highlighted in red throughout the historical articles, provides definitions for technical terms and abbreviations.'

The Papyrus of Ani.

The Mahabharata.

The Class Of... 'In the Class of 1967 & Class of 1988 suite of prints, a custom averaging process is applied to graduating yearbook photos from my family history. The Class of 1988 is an amalgamation of all of the young men and women in my graduating high school class. The Class of 1967 is composed of all the members from my mother's graduating class from the same hometown, Fort Worth, Texas.'
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18th November


TrekEarth. Travel photography, and lots of it.

The Best of the Olympics: Athens 2004. Photography.

The Little Czech Primer.

The Octopus News. News and information about octopi, squid, cephalopods... Photos and fossils stuff too.

AIDS in Africa. News and views.

Denver Stories. ( skip intro)

Hilda. 'It's my pride and joy to introduce to you pin-up art's best kept secret--Hilda! We never even allowed this full-figured gorgeous mirth quake to become a footnote the in annals of American glam art. I'm here to hopefully change all that.'

Himalayan Art in the Collection of the Ligmincha Institute. 'These sacred art works of the Bon Religion, comprised of paintings, sculpture and murals, are located in various monasteries in Eastern Tibet (Kham) and at the Bonpo Monastic Center, Dolanji, HP, India. '

Photographs of Hiroshima and Western Honshu.

Pop Politics. Commentary on popular and political cultures.
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17th November


Kevin Sites. War reporter.

Complete Catalogue of Marc Chagall's Works. Outstanding site.

Eight Ukiyo-e Masters. More ukiyo-e here.

Haunted Houses. A guide to the haunted houses of America.
'America's most haunted house'.

Poetry Collection of a Welsh Exile. 'My name is Geoff Jones and some poem collections are based around my Welsh childhood or annual revisits to Wales: see 'Childhood' & 'Nantyglo' sections. '

Art from Bhutan. 'A selection of tangkas from the Kingdom of Bhutan.'

Marizart. African American folk art. 'Welcome to Marizart.Com, the official online art gallery for the art of Mari Hall. Strongly influenced by Haitian and African art, Mari Hall combines folk art and naive styles into a unique African American art style with a contemporary touch. Her work is known for use of bold, vibrant color, with delicate line work and pattern. If you are looking for new and exciting African American art work, you will find it here! '

A Science Timeline.

The Hoover Dam. 'It has been compared to the Acropolis of Ancient Greece and the Coliseum of Imperial Rome. Rising 726 feet above the raging waters of the Colorado River, it was called by the man whose name it bears "the greatest engineering work of its character ever attempted by the hand of man." In fact, Hoover Dam reflected the engineering genius and design philosophy of the time. And, in the midst of the Great Depression, it was a symbol of hope for the dispossessed.'
'Winding through California's richly fertile Imperial Valley, the Colorado River was wildly unpredictable--flooding in the spring, drying up in the summer. The only way to harness this indispensable resource was to build a dam, which in turn would provide badly needed electricity to the western states. It was a brilliantly conceived scheme, uniting public works and private enterprise. A giant construction company was formed by six previously smalltime contractors ... '

Ion Popei. Romanian artist - Christian art and oil paintings.
'Browsing our christian art gallery you will discover an impressive collection of religious icons for sale. Our religious icons are unique and hand painted by artist Ioan Popei from Romania. Apart from serving as religious objects, icons are appreciated by collectors all over the world for their artistic value and their charm. Aside from being a means of christian veneration, icons have an old tradition as a collector's object and can be a beautiful gift as well. Ioan Popei's religious art has followed traditional iconographic rules. Icons are not necessarily collected for religious reasons, but for their intrinsic artistic value and fine craftmanship. You can find here christian icons depict Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Apostles, saints, angels and religious events.'

Becky's Wildlife and Fantasy Art.

The Higgs Boson. 'In 1993, the UK Science Minister, William Waldegrave, challenged physicists to produce an answer that would fit on one page to the question 'What is the Higgs boson, and why do we want to find it?' ' And here's why.

African American Pamphlet Collection. 'From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909 presents 396 pamphlets from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, published from 1822 through 1909, by African- American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. The materials range from personal accounts and public orations to organizational reports and legislative speeches. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Kelly Miller, Charles Sumner, Mary Church Terrell, and Booker T. Washington. '

The HP Lovecraft Archive.

The Ramayana of Valmiki. 'This is the first complete public domain translation of the Ramayana to be placed online. The Ramayana is one of the two epic Hindu poems, the other being the Mahabharata. The Ramayana describes a love story between Rama, an ancient King, and Sita, who is captured by Ravan, the King of Ceylon. Rama lays siege to Ceylon and wins back Sita. The parallels to the Iliad are obvious, but the details are very different.'

The Works of Hesiod. 'Hesiod lived in the 8th century BCE, probably about the same time or shortly after Homer. He refers to himself as a farmer in Boeotia, a region of central Greece, but other than that we know little. His poetry codified the chronology and genealogy of the Greek myths. Works and Days and the Theogony are the only two complete works we have of Hesiod, other than the first few lines of a poem called the Shield of Heracles. '

The Dramas of Euripides.

Grimoires. 'The name "Grimoire" is derived from the word "Grammar". A grammar is a description of a set of symbols and how to combine them to create well- formed sentences. A Grimoire is, appropriately enough, a description of a set of magickal symbols and how to combine them properly. Most of the texts linked below are descriptions of traditional European ritual magick, which is based on Judeo-Christianity. Even though this must not be confused with neo-Paganism, many of the neo-Pagan traditions use similar rituals and techniques, albeit with a different (usually Celtic) vocabulary. '

Building the Gold Mountain: Philadelphia's Chinatown.

Royal Visits to the University of British Columbia Campus. 'On 7th October 2002, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the University of British Columbia campus as part of the golden jubilee celebrations commemorating the Queen's 50-year reign. This marked the fourth visit to the University for the royal couple who came here previously in 1951, 1959 and 1983.'

Building the Main Library, University of British Columbia, 1923-25.
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16th November


Falluja in Pictures. Via MeFi.

The Surreal McCoy.

The Church in the Southern Black Community 1780-1925. 'This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life. Coverage begins with white churches' conversion efforts, especially in the post-Revolutionary period, and depicts the tensions and contradictions between the egalitarian potential of evangelical Christianity and the realities of slavery. It focuses, through slave narratives and observations by other African American authors, on how the black community adapted evangelical Christianity, making it a metaphor for freedom, community, and personal survival. '

Works by Jacob Riis. 'Danish-American journalist and social reformer, b. Denmark. He emigrated to the United States in 1870. In 1877 he became a police reporter for the New York Tribune and later for the New York Evening Sun. His reports on slum dwellings and abuses of lower-class urban life culminated in his first book, How the Other Half Lives (1890), and earned him the friendship of Theodore Roosevelt.'

Works by HG Wells. 'Although he is probably best remembered for his works of science fiction, he was also an imaginative social thinker, working assiduously to remove all vestiges of Victorian social, moral, and religious attitudes from 20th-century life.'

Mysticism, Christian and Buddhist by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. 'This is a study of Buddhist mysticism, contrasted and compared with Christian mysticism, particularly the writings of Meister Eckhart. Suzuki explores Buddhist and Christian concepts of infinity, eternity and the transmigration of souls. This book explains many difficult Buddhist concepts, including kono-mama, a state of spiritual contentment. '

Online Burma Library.

John Reed. 'American journalist and radical leader, b. Portland, Oregon. The articles that he wrote from Mexico about Pancho Villa established his reputation as a journalist and a radical. He served as a reporter in Europe in World War I and was in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) when the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917; his book, Ten Days That Shook the World (1919), is considered the best eyewitness account of the revolution. He died in Moscow of typhus and was buried at the Kremlin.'

Works by Plutarch. "To conduct great matters and never commit a fault is above the force of human nature."

Works by Pliny the Younger. "The living voice is that which sways the soul."

Further Records 1848-1883: A Series of Letters by Frances Anne Kemble. Truly interesting.

Your Sky. '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. '

Bill and Jen's Millennium Adventure. An African travelogue.

Reba's Victorian Postcards 1907-1910. 'Reba's collection includes nearly 200 greeting and novelty post cards dating from 1907 to 1910. These beautiful and interesting Victorian style images are from a period of charm and innocence which has long passed. They are presented here for your viewing pleasure. ' With an interesting story.

Himalayan Art in the Collection of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The Sacred Letters of Early Sutra in the Kyoto National Museum.

Millibots. 'The goal of this project is to construct a distributed robotic team on the five to ten centimeter scale that coordinates to provide extended reconnaissance and surveillance. The millibots an operational presence in the form of distributed sensors and mobile platforms with payloads such as cameras, temperature sensors and movement sensors. '

The Edward Said Archive. 'Pathbreaking Scholar, Courageous Advocate, Passionate Critic, Unfailing Humanist'

The Situationist International Archives. Anarchist history. 'Situationist images and related graphics are available from the Images link, which currently offers a selection of graphics, and a picturebook of posters from May 1968 in Paris.'

In Cold Blood.
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15th November


Human Images in East Asian Art. 'Several years ago, the Kyoto National Museum organized highly acclaimed exhibitions entitled Birds and Flowers and Landscapes, two fundamental subjects in East Asian painting. Since that time, we have been planning an exhibition around a third major theme in East Asian art, human figures. In the spring of 2001, the Kyoto National Museum became a semi-privatized institution, and, significantly, the exhibition chosen to mark this important historical turning point is this autumn's show, Human Images ... '

Exeter City History. 'This website has been designed to provide an introduction to Exeter's history, and to the important city collections held in its museums. It is intended to answer some of the most frequent enquiries about the city's past which are asked by residents, visitors and students. The sources presented are taken from the museum's collections and the archives of Exeter Archaeology ... '

Isle of Muck History. 'My mother and I have been researching the history of the Isle of Muck in Scotland. This website is to allow other people access to some of the resources which we have discovered to be useful.'
'Muck is a small island off the west coast of Scotland and is one of the Small Isles (the others are Eigg, Rum and Canna). The island is about two miles long by one mile wide (approximately 1500 acres) and currently has a population of about 34 although it was much higher in the past: it was 144 in 1764 and 68 in 1841 ... '

Moon Lore by Rev. Timothy Harley, 1885. 'Written just eighty-four years before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, this is a Victorian collection of moon lore: myths, folklore, superstitions and just plain whimsy from all lands. Although contemporary astronomers had fairly well wrapped up the question of whether there was water and air on the moon, Harley still suspected that the moon was inhabited. However, there was still much that was unknown about the moon until the first probes were crash-landed on it (for instance, whether the surface was covered with vast, deep layers of dust). So we shouldn't feel too smug, even though we've played golf there. The universe will continue to surprise us. '

Impressionism: Gardens of the Sunlight. 'We would like to invite you to galleries dedicated to the most outstanding representatives of impressionism, where you can admire hundreds of high quality reproductions of works by such artists as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin ... '

Secrets of the Ice: An Antarctic Expedition. Fabulous. Explore Antarctica.

Dickens: A Christmas Carol. HTML version! 'I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. '

Anthony Trollope. British Victorian literature.

Wacky Tales. Weird Asian travelogues and journalism.

Chinese Prints. Good set of links to articles, images.

Value Judgement. Tactics and substance in the 2004 elections.

Tomb of Horrors. Great blog. Politics focus.

Tryptych Cryptic. The heretic monkey of weblogs.

Van Gogh's Chair.

Botticelli: Mystic Nativity.

Turner: Calais Pier.

Marine Geology: Research Beneath the Sea. 'Imagine the ocean basins drained of all their water. What would the bottom topography look like? Were mountain ranges and carved canyons hidden beneath the dark waters? How old are the rocks and sediments on the ocean floors? Geologists in the early nineteenth century speculated that the ocean floors were dull expanses of mud-- featureless and flat. For centuries, naturalists also thought that the oldest rocks on Earth were on the ocean floors. They believed that the present-day ocean basins formed at the very beginning of the Earth's history and throughout time they had slowly been filling by a constant rain of sediment from the lands. Data gathered since the 1930's have enabled scientists to view the seafloor as relatively youthful and geologically dynamic, with mountains, canyons, and other topographic forms similar to those found on land. The seafloor is no more than 200 million years old--a "young" part of the globe's crust compared to the continents which may contain rocks nearly 20 times that age ... '

Nazi and East German Propaganda Archive. 'Propaganda was central to Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic. The German Propaganda Archive includes both propaganda itself and material produced for the guidance of propagandists. The goal is to help people understand the two great totalitarian systems of the twentieth century by giving them access to the primary material ... '

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace. 'A religious scholar in a country bent on expanding an ideology of national and racial superiority, Dietrich Bonhoeffer struggled inside himself and chose to resist the Nazis. His convictions inspired many to resist, but cost him his freedom and life at the hands of the Gestapo.'

Temples of Karnataka. 'The State of Karnataka is known for its multitude of tourist attractions and temples. Pilgrimage centers such as Mookambika and Udupi cradled in the western ghats offer a contrast to the ruins of the once grand Vijayanagar edifices at Hampi. The Hoysala temples marked with a profusion of intricate sculpture, and the ancient temples built by the Cholas, and the Chalukyan temples add to the variation in style across this state.'
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13th November


New plep's puzzle, a verbal/lateral thinking one this time.

Grand Illusions. 'Welcome to Grand Illusions, the site for the enquiring mind. With optical illusions, scientific toys, visual effects, and even a little magic.'

Ex Libris Anonymous. Great bound journals.

Sketchy & Sci-Fi Book Covers. 'For those of you wondering about all this stuff, these are book covers and movie posters, mostly from the '50s and '60s, which I find humorous. Some are from science fiction movies that actually good, such as Blade Runner and Metropolis, and some are from movies that aren't, and some are from books that obviously aren't. They are all real. Also, all of these pictures were stolen from random websites, and not a single one is mine. I love the Internet.'

Every Playboy Centrefold. Safe for work. 'The photographs in this suite are the result of mean averaging every Playboy centerfold foldout for the four decades beginning Jan. 1960 through Dec. 1999. This tracks, en masse, the evolution of this form of portraiture.'

Out of Africa: One Man's Journey. 'Habari (Hello) from "Out of Africa - Too." Enjoy an African Journey, focusing on East Africa, especially the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. This site is not so much about the scenic wonders and wildlife, but about the heart of Africa, its people which is the true "Out of Africa." This Africa site is filled with stories and pictures of life in Africa, African encounters, impressions and insights from the perspective of a mzungu (westerner). '

History of Islamic India. 'Under the Mughals, India was the heart of a great Islamic empire and a prolific center of Islamic culture and learning. According to historian Gavin Hambly, the Mughals provided the setting for a brilliant court and a vigorous cultural life which was equal to Isfahan under the Safavid Shahs or Istanbul under the Ottoman Sultans.'
'The Mughals lived and reigned in India from 1526 to 1858 AD. Their dynasty was the greatest, richest and longest-lasting Muslim dynasty to rule India. This dynasty produced the finest and most elegant arts and architecture in the history of Muslim dynasties. '

Japanese American Internment. 'During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced out of their homes and into detention camps established by the U.S. government. Many would spend the next three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire. This exhibit explores this period when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of the citizen and the power of the state. It tells the story of Japanese Americans who suffered a great injustice at the hands of the government, and who have struggled ever since to insure the rights of all citizens guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.'

Nasosov. Disturbing paintings.

History of International Revolutionary Organisations.

The New Testament in Modern English. 'A blending and paraphrase of the 4 Gospels Everything Jesus said and did by Charles Templeton.' From a page about Charles Templeton - 'lived from 1915 to 2001 and had one of the most storied careers of any Canadian in the 20th century. From poor beginnings, he zoomed through a dozen different occupations, rising to the top of most, and then abandoning it for the next. '

Andy Goldsworthy. 'Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Besides England and Scotland, his work has been created at the North Pole, in Japan, the Australian Outback, and in the U.S.'

The Tumbleweed Rover. An interesting robot. 'This site is designed for anyone interested in novel ideas in the area of autonomous exploration of remote Earth locations and Earth's neighboring planets. '

Shropshire Local History.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Nobel Literature Prize Authors on Time.

Some Images of Nepal.

Japanese Death Poems.

Leeds University's Africa Collection. African art.

Respectful of Otters. A good weblog, political focus.

President George Bush's Blog. Satire - 'a safe environment where I, the President of the United States, can freely express my opinions, emotions and life with the internet'.

Anarchy Watch. 'Welcome To ZNet's Anarchy Watch. The Purpose of this page is to provide news, analysis, and a background on anarchist movements, visions, strategies and theories. '

Arafat's Dead. Editorial cartoons.

Letter from Fallujah.
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12th November


Byzantine Museums in Greece. Many links, images.

South Yorkshire Local History. BBC site. Lots of interesting articles - read about how the Miners' Strike affected South Yorkshire.

Weird Shropshire. News of the strange from the Marches. Ghosts and stuff.

Kansai Digital Archives. The Kansai region of Japan. 'The objectives of this program Kansai Digital Archibes are recording tangible and intangible cultural assets in the form of digital images, and storing this information in databases so that it can be perused at any time and transmitted via information networks to other locations.'

India: Interviews with Poverty. 'Poverty of Indians must be studied with a slightly different perspective (than the poverty of other societies) due to the deep religious faiths of her people. Sadhus such as Nagas may be poor by Western definitions, but for them, it is a chosen (and infinitely richer) way of life. Many of the beggars in India do so to follow family traditions, and to fulfill vows made to a deity. My grandmother (the grandma Kamat, "Kaki" for those who know her), is named Bhikki or beggar after one such vow. The first steps of becoming a Hindu monk (brahmachari) would be to beg (for the teacher and for self) ... '

The Discovery of the Cell. 'Science is a continuous process of refining and perfecting our own and other people's perspectives on a phenomenon; conceptions are replaced as further and better information becomes available. We slowly approach a consensus in this way. Few truths will endure through the sojourn of man or his successors on this planet, and many "truths" held today may be found inappropriate tomorrow. This progression from old to new continues, such that at present the cell remains a conception; but the object as such does not interest science, it is the explanation of the object that holds the interest.'
'Our notion of the cell is in many respects as controversial today as it was centuries ago. If this statement holds true, then we should still find it very difficult, if not impossible, to define a cell. And if this in turn is true, then we must accept that the "cell" remains an abstraction, a hypothesis, or at most a young theory requiring further definition, and not a fact. This can more easily be appreciated by reviewing its development, but unfortunately few cell biologists, eager to make their mark in this highly competitive and rapidly advancing field today, seem to find the time to look at the history of its emergence. We hope, however, that they will browse this database and imbibe a little more about their inheritance.'

Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. 'Considered among the greatest of military memoirs, these two volumes were an immediate bestseller. With the help of his publisher, Mark Twain, Grant wrote to the last month of his life to leave a legacy for his family after being defrauded a year earlier of his estate.'

US Veterans' Day 2004. Cartoons.

Baha'i Texts.

Miles van Yperen. Outsider artist.

Electronic Arts: A Disgruntled Spouse. 'EA's bright and shiny new corporate trademark is "Challenge Everything." Where this applies is not exactly clear. Churning out one licensed football game after another doesn't sound like challenging much of anything to me; it sounds like a money farm. To any EA executive that happens to read this, I have a good challenge for you: how about safe and sane labor practices for the people on whose backs you walk for your millions? '
Via MeFi.

Internet Radio Stations.
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11th November


Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. Linked before, but there's a lot more there now, and it's a great site.
'Discover the rich history of menstruation and women's health on this Web site - MUM for short - devoted to menstruation and selected topics of women's health!'

Timeline of Indian Art.

All 50 Corvette Road Trip.

Denny G's Road Trips. 'This web site is a toy to enhance travel and to share it.'

Buddhist Ceremonies and Funeral Rites for the Dead.

A Domestication of Death: The Poetic Universe of Wislawa Szymborska. Nobel literature laureate.

ExitHere. Road trips and americana.

The Road Wanderer. Historic highways, lost byways and legendary journeys.

Physics Blog.

Communist Party of Italy History Archive.
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