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30th April


Aelbert Cuyp. Art.
'Aelbert Cuyp came from a family of artists that had settled in Dordrecht, an old and prosperous town located at the junction of several major waterways, among them the Maas River. His grandfather Gerrit was a glazier and his father Jacob, a successful portrait painter who enjoyed the patronage of local aristocrats and members of the upper middle class. During the 1630s, the young Aelbert trained with his father, and in the early 1640s the two artists collaborated, with Jacob executing the portraits and Aelbert the landscapes ... '

A History of Fly Fishing.

Guanyin Treasures. 'We are pleased to present our collection of Chinese wooden sculptures. This site is dedicated to works of art representing the Guanyin (Indian: Avalokiteshvara), bodhisattvas of compassion, dated from the Song (A.D. 960 - 1279) to Ming (A.D. 1368 - 1644) dynasties. All items are carved in wood with painted or polychrome finishes. Stylistically, they are comparable to articles displayed at the world's finest museums and galleries.'

Africa Focus. News and analysis of African politics, society.

Dilbert's Ultimate Cubicle. "Over the years, DILBERT fans have e-mailed me on all sorts of topics. And after a while, I began to realize that a common theme among the majority of them was the fact that most people are highly frustrated with their cubicles. So I started to think, 'What would DILBERT want in a cubicle? And how could that in turn translate into a solution for every employee?' And I think the result is that we've figured out a possible way to do that." - Scott Adams.

Plop, the Hairless Elbonian. Funny cartoon by Scott Adams.

The Society for Planetary SETI Research. 'The Society for Planetary SETI Research (SPSR) is an organization of scientists and scholars from a variety of disciplines formed around their common interest in anomalies on planets and their satellites whose origins may be the result of intelligent activity. The focus of SPSR research is primarily the surfaces of Mars and the Moon as revealed by orbiter and lander investigation. '

Monet or Not Monet? Are these paintings really the work of the great Impressionist?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Harvard Address. 'The split in today's world is perceptible even to a hasty glance. Any of our contemporaries readily identifies two world powers, each of them already capable of entirely destroying the other. However, understanding of the split often is limited to this political conception, to the illusion that danger may be abolished through successful diplomatic negotiations or by achieving a balance of armed forces. The truth is that the split is a much profounder and a more alienating one, that the rifts are more than one can see at first glance. This deep manifold split bears the danger of manifold disaster for all of us, in accordance with the ancient truth that a Kingdom -- in this case, our Earth -- divided against itself cannot stand. '

Ishtar and Izdubar. 'This is a Victorian poetic translation of the saga of Izdubar. Who is Izdubar? Izdubar is a literal translation of the ideograph for 'Gilgamesh', and was how the hero of the Gilgamesh saga was known when this book was written in the 1880s. A lexicographic tablet was finally discovered several decades later in which Izdubar was equated with Gilgamesh ... '

Tenderfoot Days. 'This is a memoir by a non-Mormon about his experiences in the prospecting camps of Utah at the turn of the 19th century. It was donated to sacred-texts by the anonymous volunteer who goes by the name of 'Some Dude'. This is a first-person perspective by an outsider to the then newly minted state of Utah, which gives both a sympathetic account of the Mormons, while bringing up some darker aspects about their history. He also presents a stereotypical portrayal of the Native Americans of the region ... '

Get Fuzzy. Funny, surreal cartoon.
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28th April


Later Poems of W.B. Yeats. 'This is Yeat's own anthology of his poetry, based on the 1922 edition, which just meets the pre-1923 requirement for public domain books in the US. This version includes some of his best known work, including Easter, 1916 ('A terrible beauty is born'), and The Second Coming ('What rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem...to be born'). Simultaneously hypermodern and bardic, Yeats' poetry speaks to the 21st century with authenticity and mystical clarity. '

Fahrenheit 451 Wikibook. 'The quality of information is a key concept in Fahrenheit 451. This wiki module is a thought experiment developed with the intent of causing the reader to think about the quality of information of a wiki while learning about Ray Bradbury's critically acclaimed novel. Please keep in mind the fact that any one of the pages in a wiki can be modified and try to reflect on how this relates to the many themes presented in the novel. I hope you enjoy this presentation.'

Mexican Retablos.

Empire: Impressions from China. Photoessay.
'To observe a society in a snapshot of time can create a false impression. Erasing the past is nothing new to China. The Communist Revolution and the nightmare of the Cultural Revolution are two recent examples of such iconoclastic behavior. What is different now is the scale and concentration of the effort. It is distilled in its purity and awe-inspiring for its totality...'
Gallery.

Remember Sarajevo. Photoessay.

The Kingdom of Bhutan. Official guide to the Himalayan kingdom.

Diana Walker: Public & Private - Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency. '20th is Inauguration Day and it is also Diana Walker's birthday. Walker grew up in Washington, and every four years, when she was a child, her parents took her to the Inaugural Parade as a birthday present. She loved those occasions. Her sense of how Washington politics, journalism, and public service intertwine began to develop in those days and she seems to have been born with the social grace that eventually allowed her to gain access to the presidency ... '

The Carrier. Photoessay aboard a US aircraft carrier, by Vincent Laforet/ The NY Times.
April 1 2003: 'For almost a month now, I have been aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier as part of the military's "embed" process. It's been an amazing process - a learning process - for both the Navy and the media...'

William Morris and His Circle. 'When William Morris (1834-1896) died one hundred years ago, at the age of sixty-two, his physician declared that the cause was "simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men." This multi-faceted man was at one time or another (and sometimes simultaneously) a designer and manufacturer of furniture, stained glass, tapestries, wallpaper and chintzes; an accomplished weaver; a pioneering preservationist; an active Socialist and social reformer; a successful poet and novelist; and in his last years, the founder of the Kelmscott Press. Yet all of these activities were of a piece, unified by several threads in the tapestry of Morris's life.'

Honore de Balzac. Biography and literary works.

Urban Experience in Chicago: Hull-House and Its Neighbourhoods 1889-1963. History, timelines, images.

Arctic Circle. 'The Arctic Ocean is the centerpiece of the Circumpolar North. Lands bordering this region include those of Alaska, Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Throughout this immense area, economic developers search for oil, gas, zinc, silver, coal, and similar marketable products. In Alaska, especially, a major problem restricting this development is land withdrawal - millions of acres having been set aside for national or regional parks, military reserves, forests, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas ... '

Biography of the Marquis de Sade.
The Marquis de Sade: A Life. Includes prison letters.

Selected Poetry of Robert Browning 1812-89.
Selected Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-61.
Biography of Robert Browning. 'He was born in Camberwell, Surrey, the only son of Robert and Sarah Wiedemann Browning. His father worked as a well-paid bank clerk and so managed to amass a library of around 6000 books - many of them highly obscure and arcane. '

Asiawind Art Gallery. Chinese painting, calligraphy.

Anthology of Massachusetts Poets, 1922, ed. William Stanley Braithwaite.
"I am glad for my heart whose gates apart / Are the entrance-place of wonders, / Where dreams come in from the rush and din / Like sheep from the rains and thunders."

Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920, ed. William Stanley Braithwaite. 'This snapshot of a year in the public life of the American poetic voice constitutes 120 works by 75 authors. '

Images of East German Banknotes. Currency of the former German Democratic Republic.

Images of Tibetan Banknotes. Currency of independent Tibet.

Wagiman Online Dictionary. 'Wagiman is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken in Australia's Northern Territory. On this web site you will find an online dictionary of Wagiman, as well as some general information about the language and its speakers, three texts, and some links and references to more material on Wagiman and other Australian Aboriginal languages.'

The Anais Nin Homepage.

The World's Famous Orations, 1906. 'Two millennia of Western Civilization come into focus through these 281 masterpieces by 213 rhetoricians. Selected under the supervision of the greatest orator of his time, these brief persuasive addresses form both a window into history's turning points as well as a timeless collection for any reference shelf.'
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27th April


Footsteps in Time. The history of Coventry, in the West Midlands.
'Follow our trail back in time and explore Coventry's rich history through the words and pictures of local school children.'

GandhiServe: Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service. 'Devadas Gandhi, the youngest son of Mohandas Karamchand (aka Mahatma - the Great Soul) Gandhi, had a mission: to document his father's life visually day-by-day. He contributed to it by putting together the first major collection of film footage on him for the Gandhi Films Committee, which made for the later production of Vithalbhai Jhaveri's cinematographic venture Mahatma and Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi.'
'Today, it is GandhiServe Foundation's mission to carry on and complete the task of Devadas Gandhi, who died at a premature age in 1957.'

Virtual Union Square. 'New York's Union Square Park emerged, in these difficult days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as the quintessential public square - a meeting place for New Yorkers to exchange their thoughts and ideas, political and spiritual insights and personal tributes. The original spontaneous outpouring of memorabilia, political leaflets, and other contributions grew into a folk art sculpture that spread over the ground, lawns, fences and statues of the park.'
'From this incredible, organic, but necessarily temporary monument, came the idea for a virtual Union Square, where all can share their images or thoughts, in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedy. '

Ethiopian Manuscripts Collection.

Bjornstjerne Bjornson: A Happy Boy, 1917.
Bjornson: '1832-1910, Norwegian writer and political leader, one of the major figures of Norwegian literature. He was an influential journalist, who sought to revive Norwegian as a literary language and championed the rights of the oppressed.- Bjørnson received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature'

Postcards from the Past: A Brief History of Elgin, Illinois. 'In 1835, James T. and Hezekiah Gifford, along with Samuel Jewett Kimball, settled a city that they would name "Elgin" in the state of Illinois, 38 miles west of Chicago. Situated on the Fox River, Elgin is directly between the lead mines of Galena and Chicago. Gifford, being a devoutly religious man, named his new city after a Scottish psalm ... '
' ... Throughout the years, the triumphs of Elgin would be celebrated through the production of postcards. The products of such postcard companies as V. O. Hammon, S. H. Knox, E. C. Kropp and other would serve two purposes: they not only provide inexpensive ways for people to communicate, but they also provide a historical record to buildings or structures that no longer exist ... '

New York Trade Offs: Single Trade Districts. 'New York Trade Offs: Single Trade Districts was written by Victor Lederer, a freelance writer specializing in New York City's history and architecture, working with the Museum of the City of New York. In keeping with the Museum's mission to preserve and present New York City's history, this virtual exhibition is being presented to highlight the vanishing business practice of grouping a single trade or industry into a discrete physical area ...'

Images of Japanese Banknotes.

Images of Cuban Banknotes.

Images of Euro Banknotes. Various denominations.

The Integrator. 'Power to do integrals as the world has never seen before.' Online calculus tool.

Martin Luther Collection. '1483-1546, German leader of the Protestant Reformation, b. Eisleben, Saxony, of a family of small, but free, landholders'
Address to the Christian Nobility of the Germany Nation. 'Luther's great nationalist tract advocating German control of German ecclesiastical matters. '

Mother Nature Is A Bitch: Poems and Illustrations by Bonnie Eldred [1910-1991].

Charles H. Hinton (1853-1907) 'invented a gun used in baseball batting practice. [Harper's Weekly, Mar. 20, 1897, 301-2.] He is also known for his speculations on the fourth dimension. He married a daughter of logican George Boole, but was forced to leave England after a bigamy conviction. An instructor of mathematics at Princeton (fired) and assistant professor at Minnesota, he served at the Naval Observatory and as patent examiner in Washington. There he died suddenly when asked to give a toast to "female philosophers" at the Society of Philanthropic Inquiry meeting. '

The Meaning of Food. 'The Meaning of Food is an exploration of culture through food. What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who's at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with meaning.'

Weblogs from India.

Short Stories by H.G. Wells.

Mythical British Kings. 'The term King of the Britons refers to the legendary kings of Celtic Great Britain as recorded by much later authors, including Nennius, Gildas, and predominantly Geoffrey of Monmouth. Various lists of the kings survive, although none of the originals. The Welsh Chronicles supply another good source for early British kings although they are considered highly unreliable. The kings of the Britons are considered part of the vast Matter of Britain ... '

Favela Tour. A Brazilian shanty town.
Gallery.

Little Sis Blog. Personal blog from Oklahoma.

The Carnivals of Mexico.

American Historical Images On File: The Native American Experience. 'This collection of historical photographs is provided with the permission of Facts on File, Inc., and is a comprehensive collection of images of Native American people. The collection is arranged chronologically from the prehistoric period and the Paleo-Indians to 1990 and the appointment of R. Richard West as director of the National Museum of the American Indian. The collection includes information and images which describe the lifeways of various tribes and include historical entries for particular Indian groups. Narrative is provided that provides the historical and cultural background describing the event, person, or subject presented. '

Vintage British Slot Machines.

The Hercules Cluster of Galaxies.

Glubibulga. Via Sugar & Spicy.

From Generation to Generation. 'Taken over a period of approximately twenty years, the photographs in this exhibition are part of a series entitled, Triptychs. These twenty-seven photographs, presented in groups of three, depict working class families living in a six-block area of Buffalo, New York's Lower West Side. The families were photographed during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. These images speak about the importance of family, continuity, and the impact of the passage of time. Without sentimentality or romanticizing, the portraits capture the dignity of these individuals and tell their stories of humor, warmth, vitality, and mortality.'
Via Sugar & Spicy.
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26th April


Stanford Medieval & Modern Thought Text Project. 'The goal of this project is to digitize on an ongoing basis 25,000+ pages per year of printed reference works, source collections, and primary and secondary books in the broad area of medieval and modern thought. '

British & Irish Butterflies and Moths. Online gallery.

How to Walk of Japan. An amusing guide.

The F.W. de Klerk Foundation. 'The F W de Klerk Foundation is deeply committed to the continuation of "the miracle" of South Africa's peaceful and democratic transformation. It is uniquely positioned to play a positive and constructive role in insuring this continuation. '
Biography of F.W. de Klerk.

The Robert Lehman Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 'Thanks to Lehman's acute connoisseurship and adroit negotiation of the art market, the collection is extremely strong in several areas of European art. Its approximately three hundred paintings favor the Italian Renaissance, especially the Sienese school, and the early northern masters, but range as far afield as the Fauves and beyond. Its more than seven hundred Old Master drawings include a rich trove of eighteenth-century Venetian works as well as other important Italian, French, and northern examples. The remaining two thousand objects in many media in the collection fall into the category of decorative arts; the concentrations of Venetian glass and Renaissance majolica are particularly noteworthy.'
'Fifty highlights from the department are presented online, organized by object type (paintings, drawings, and decorative arts) and, within these categories, loosely by chronology and region.'

The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden (The Leyden Papyrus). 'Dating to the second or third century C.E., this papyrus was key to the decipherment of the Demotic Ancient Egyptian dialect. It is also of great importance for the study of magic in antiquity. Included are spells to cure diseases, obtain visions, raise the dead, etc., as well as a number of spells for erotic purposes. The text contains invocations to a wide range of deities and other entities, with names drawn from the Ancient Egyptian pantheon and the Gnostic Aeons. '

The USS Nautilus. The world's first nuclear submarine, now moored in Connecticut.

JUN Japanese Gifts and Souvenirs. A fun selection.

History of the Protestant Reformation.

A Short History of Soccer.

A Martian Dust Devil.

Make Jokes Not War!

The Tudeh Party of Iran. A socialist party, mostly based in exile.
'The labour and communist movement in Iran is 71 years old, and this includes the 51 years of the of the Tudeh Party of Iran, the party of the Iranian working class. Since its formation the party has been the main target of attacks by internal reaction and the imperialist forces, who were dominating the political life of the country in order to plunder its vast natural resources. Our party, during all these 5 decades, has been allowed to operate legally for only a few years. The party has been outlawed by various governments and Tudeh members sent to torture chambers and firing squads; yet the party has relentlessly continued its struggle, remaining loyal to the lofty ideals of peace, democracy and socialism.'
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25th April


The Works of Jane Austen. 'Jane Austen ~ (Dec 16, 1775 - July 18, 1817) is best known for her novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion, and for her wit and social observations.'

Mark Twain Quotations.

Vladimir Mayakovsky: Bolshevik Poet 1893-1930.

Postcards of Synagogues. 'The exhibit you are about to see features 61 American synagogues from 30 different states. Some of these synagogues have been remodeled or demolished since these postcards were printed. In image and story, however, these spiritual buildings remain in memory.'

Passages: An Immigrant's Journey. 'On a series of antique doors, California artist Beth Grossman has illustrated her great-grandmother's journey from Russia to a new life in the United States. While working on this project, the artist found that her own experiences and beliefs resonated strongly with those of her great-grandmother. This insight helped her to gain a new perspective on her own identity as an artist and as a Jewish woman. However, this story is not only a personal one - it is an American story. In researching and documenting Bella's life, Ms. Grossman realized that her great-grandmother's story is intimately related to the history of other immigrants to America. "Everyone has his or her own version of the story," she says. "Viewers who experience the doors are often prompted to tell their own stories of immigration and search for heritage." She hopes that these doors will serve as passageways through which others will begin to explore and document their own family histories.'

The Samurai Archives. All about the samurai in history.

'Red Jessie' : Jessie Street. Biography of a 20th century radical Australian woman.
'Jessie Street?s part in the long 20th century campaign for human rights stretched over more than 50 years, from the suffrage struggle in England, to the removal of Australia?s constitutional discrimination against Aboriginal people in 1967. Her work as lobbyist, government official, and international activist, created an intriguing trail of evidence. This website lets you follow that trail...'

Photos of the Forgotten. 'A pictorial refuge for nostalgic reflection.' America in the 1970s and 1980s.

Yesterday LA. A tour of Los Angeles through vintage postcards.

Googie Art. 'California Diners & Coffee Shops of the 1950s & 60s.'

HIV/AIDS in Africa: Portraits of 26 Women. 'Over the past two years, photographer Sönke C. Weiss traveled throughout the Congo and southern Africa, the region hardest hit by HIV/Aids. He wanted to find out about the women who have been affected by HIV/Aids there, who they are, what they think, how they deal with the Aids pandemic, how it affects their lives and their souls, and what the future holds for them ... '

Uprising in East Germany, 1953. 'Forty-eight years ago, on June 17, 1953, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) erupted in a series of workers? riots and demonstrations that threatened the very existence of the communist regime. The outburst, entirely spontaneous, shocked the GDR?s ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED) and their Kremlin sponsors, who were still reeling from the death of Joseph Stalin three months earlier. Now, a new National Security Archive document volume based on recently obtained and translated records from archival sources throughout the former Soviet bloc and the United States sheds light on this landmark Cold War event, which exposed some of the deep political and economic rifts that led to the collapse of the communist system in 1989...'

Deng Xiaoping Pictorial. 'Following links will take you to over 70 pictures (average file size 40K) depicting various moments of Deng's life, his up's and down's on the political stage.' Official site.

The Guillotine. 'Take a jump back in time to see the History of the guillotine, or learn more about the Construction. You can also see more pictures of the guillotine in the Gallery. Under Names you will find information on people related to the guillotine in one way or another.'

La France by Fraise. 'On this site, you'll find information on France, its language and culture.'
French Recipes.

Lokpriya. All about India - cuisine, festivals, art, people...
Folk paintings.
Punjabi recipes.

The Florida Postcard Collection. Via Life in the Present.
'The Florida Postcard Collection, Archives and Special Collections Department, Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami, contains approximately 5,000 postcards of Florida buildings, landmarks, cities and towns, tourist attractions, and other views. '

Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. Astro image.

Stortroopers are back. Make your own!
'It's been a while, for reasons too many to list here, but storTroopers are back - and updated. There's the original classic set, plus the gothTroopers and a new wardrobe for fashionistaTroopers. We've added a Creative Commons license, which means that you can add stuff to your trooper yourself. Plus if you want to create clothes and send them in, we will surely add the best stuff to future wardrobes, and maybe showcase your creations! '

What the Welsh and Chinese Have in Common.

Layers of Meaning - 'surface design, art quilts, & modern embroidery from Serena Fenton '

An Insect's View. Via MeFi.
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23rd April


Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) 'was a Russian physician and writer of short stories and plays. '
'As Chekhov wrote to a friend, "Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other. Though it is irregular, it is less boring this way, and besides, neither of them loses anything through my infidelity." '
'We are now pleased to host 201 stories by Chekhov, the entire collections translated by Constance Garnett, as scanned and annotated by James Rusk. '

Impressionism. 'Taking their name from Claude Monet's 'Impression, Sunrise', the Impressionists were established in Paris during the 1870's.'
Concentrating on relaying the immediate visual effect of the world around them, using bold brush strokes and contrasts of colour, the artists initially drew heavy criticism for their perceived naive and trivial approach to art. '
Online gallery; BBC site.

Turner. 'Born in 1775, Joseph Mallard William Turner showed artist excellence from an early age and went on to be voted an Associate Member of The Royal Academy at only 27.'
'Inspired by 17th Century masters such as Poussin, he experimented with light and colour, creating masterpieces that pushed the boundaries of traditional landscape painting.'
Online gallery; BBC site.

The Sixties. BBC site. 'Take a look at our selection of photographs from the '60s, featuring the leading movers and shakers from the swinging decade.'

Sada Abe. 'Sada Abe (1905 - after 1970) is famous in Japan for a bizarre occurrence in 1936.'
'On May 18 of that year, Sada Abe erotically asphyxiated her lover, Kichizo Ishida, during sex at the hotel he owned. She was employed in his household following her "retirement" from prostitution, and the two had become increasingly isolated in their own private world of sexual passion, jealousy and experimentation. After his death, Sada cut off his penis and testicles, and wrapped them in paper. She wandered the streets of Tokyo for three days with his severed parts in her hand. When she was apprehended on May 21, she was reported to be 'beaming with happiness.' '
In the Realm of the Senses, the widely banned film based on the Sada Abe story.

A Very Special Exhibit - Artwork in Front of the Veil - Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind. 'OutsiderArt.info proudly and with great honor and humility presents A Very Special Exhibit from the great and colorful artists of the Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind. We would like to thank Cyndi McAuley for the vision and spirit she so boldly communicated to us and for including us in her wish. A thank you also to the others at TLC for approving the online exhibit and display of their artists work. And, most importantly, a great big hug and a jump up and down to the fantastic artists...Barbara, Carmen, Elizabeth, Jorge, Neil and Vincent...who have invited us to see color anew, to feel enlightenment in our hands and our feet and who have, through their art, shown us things we'd never see alone.'

Marina Tsvetaeva. 'Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (October 9, 1892 - August 31, 1941) was a Russian poet and writer.'
'Marina Tsvetaeva was born in Moscow. She was one of the most original of the Russian 20th-century poets, and at the forefront of both the Acmeist and Symbolist movements in Russia. Her work was not looked kindly upon by Stalin and the then Bolshevik régime, and her literary rehabilitation only really began in the 1960s. Tsvetaeva's poetry arose from her own deeply convoluted personality, her eccentricity and tightly disciplined use of language. Among her themes were female sexuality, and the tension in women's private emotions; she bridges the mutually contradictory schools of Acmeism and symbolism.'

Saints Proclaimed During the Pontificate of John Paul II. Vatican site.

The Evelyn Reed Internet Archive. 'American Socialist-feminist author who pioneered investigation of the natural and social sciences to expose the sexism built into these sciences; a member of the American Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party.'

Mahatma Gandhi. Online bio.
'Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the town of Porbander in the state of what is now Gujarat on 2 October 1869. He had his schooling in nearby Rajkot, where his father served as the adviser or prime minister to the local ruler. Though India was then under British rule, over 500 kingdoms, principalities, and states were allowed autonomy in domestic and internal affairs: these were the so-called 'native states'. Rajkot was one such state ... '
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22nd April


Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman. Met exhibit.

Bosch Universe. Hieronymous Bosch.

Edward Ardizzone: Diary of a War Artist. British World War II artist.

Zen Buddhist Texts.

Timeline of Unfulfilled Christian Prophecy. 'This page seeks to record events that were prophesied by prophets or leaders within the Christian church, but which never came to pass.'
For example : 'Tens of thousands of people are converted in Britain. The faces of all Christians shine God's glory and unbelievers fall down in front of them in supermarkets. (Kenneth Copeland) '

Esta Es Mi Virtual Boricua. 'VirtualBoricua.org is a labor of love borne from our collective stateside experience. It is about documenting, honoring-y, a veces, regañando-metropolitan Puerto Ricans of every persuasion. VirtualBoricua.org covers contemporary news from a progressive vantage point-and showcases Boricua artists. '

US Supreme Court Justices. Biographies of every justice of the Supreme Court, from the American Revolution to the present day.
Antonin Scalia - 'esteemed jurist by day, man about town by night', his own description.

Bella Feldman. Steel sculpture artist.

The Royal African Society. 'Now more than 100 years old, the Royal African Society today is Britain's primary Africa organisation, promoting Africa's cause. Through its journal, African Affairs, and by organising meetings, discussions and other activities, the Society strengthens links between Africa and Britain and encourages understanding of Africa and its relations with the rest of the world. '

History of Leprosy.

Kumbh Mela 2003-04 and Other Hindu Travels and Indian Festivals.

Biography of Gertrude Stein. 'Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 - July 27, 1946) was an American writer, poet, feminist, playwright, and catalyst in the development of modern art and literature, who spent most of her life in France.'

Third Generation. Family photographs and memories of Nazi Germany.

The Ovid Project. 'The importance of such classical authors as Ovid to the art, music, and literature of western civilization is legendary, yet many are not familiar with the original works that have provided this inspiration. The University of Vermont's rare book department contains an extensive collection of illustrated works of Ovid. Included are several editions of engravings by the 17th century German artist, Johann Wilhelm Bauer, depicting 150 scenes from the Metamorphoses. Each scene has a brief description in both Latin and German. Some plates from a 1640 edition of the translation done by George Sandys are also available. '

AfroPop. Guide to African music.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection. 'The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. They are a subset of the Library's larger collection donated by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, in November of 1938. The collection includes works from the libraries of other members and officers of the organization including: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, Mary A. Livermore. '

The Opium Wars. History of the Opium Wars in China. 'DISTILLED FROM THE JUICE OF POPPY SEEDS grown in South and Southeast Asia, the narcotic opium has had an enormous impact, which continues even today, on the economic and societal conditions of the countries that make up the Pacific Rim. Opium became an object of international trade very early on, but in the 18th and 19th centuries, with perhaps the exclusion of Japan, the rampant use of the highly addictive drug threatened to destroy the psyche and social fabric of entire nations and civilizations... '

The Bayeux Tapestry. 'The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery that is roughly 20 inches tall and 230 feet long. It tells the story of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066.'

Icthyosaurs.

Warnings from the Ice. 'Welcome to the companion site for the NOVA program "Warnings from the Ice," originally broadcast on April 21, 1998. Over the last half- century, the coastal ice on the Antarctic Peninsula has been gradually disappearing. Scientists are beginning to wonder if we are on the verge of a great flood that may consume the world's coastlines. In the program, a group of scientists heads south to Antarctica in the race to answer questions and heed the warnings from the ice.'
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21st April


Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons, and Human Rights. 'Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) was a Soviet physicist who became, in the words of the Nobel Peace Committee, a spokesman for the conscience of mankind. He was fascinated by fundamental physics and cosmology, but first he spent two decades designing nuclear weapons. He came to be regarded as the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, contributing perhaps more than anyone else to the military might of the USSR. But gradually Sakharov became one of the regime's most courageous critics, a defender of human rights and democracy. He could not be silenced, and helped bring down one of history's most powerful dictatorships. This exhibit tells about Sakharov's extraordinary life.'

Cornell's Korean Art Collection.

Playboy Covers of the World.

Pygmalion and Galatea. 'Pygmalion saw so much to blame in women that he came at last to abhor the sex, and resolved to live unmarried. He was a sculptor, and had made with wonderful skill a statue of ivory, so beautiful that no living woman came anywhere near it. It was indeed the perfect semblance of a maiden that seemed to be alive, and only prevented from moving by modesty. His art was so perfect that it concealed itself and its product looked like the workmanship of nature. Pygmalion admired his own work, and at last fell in love with the counterfeit creation. Oftentimes he laid his hand upon it as if to assure himself whether it were living or not, and could not even then believe that it was only ivory ... '

The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, Virginia. 'The Lyric was built in 1929 and opened on April 17, 1930. In the 1950s the Lyric was renovated and the original corner pieces on either side of the stage were removed to make way for a new cinemascope screen. The tapestries along the sidewalls were covered up by curtains and the lanterns were removed. The Kelsey family operated the Lyric until 1989 when the construction of a multiplex at a nearby mall forced it to close. Virginia Tech briefly used the Lyric as a classroom but for most of the period from 1989 to 1996 it remained closed.'
'In 1995, a group of citizens banded together to create The Lyric Council, which was determined to reopen the Lyric and return it to its former glory. They were able to negotiate a 30-year rent-free lease with owners of the building in return for raising the money and completing the renovations of the theater. The projection equipment was repaired, the concession stand was cleaned up, a new coat of paint was applied to the lobby, and in 1996 the Lyric was reopened for the first time in 8 years ... '
Ghosts of the Lyric - play the text adventure.

Oliver Cromwell. 'Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon on April 25th 1599. Since his death as Lord Protector in 1658 his life, ambitions, motives and actions have been the subject of scholarly investigation and intense, often vitriolic, debate. Whatever position is taken on Cromwell, "Chief of Men" or "Brave Bad Man", his importance as a key figure in one of the most troubled periods of British history is unassailable.'

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They wrap buildings.

After September 11: Images from Ground Zero. Photography by Joel Meyerowitz.

St. Petersburg 1900, A Photo Travelogue. 'I got the idea for this online travelogue when I came across an old beat up copy of the Burton Holmes Travelogue for Russia. The book was interesting to me for a couple of reasons; one, it was curious to see the unique American view of Russia in the first years of the 20th century, and two, the photography was great showing some things I had never seen before ... '

Mary Seacole 1805-1881. 'Mary Seacole was a pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War. Born Mary Jane Grant, in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1805, her father was a Scottish soldier, and her mother a Jamaican mulatto. Mary learned her nursing skills from her mother, who kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers. Although technically 'free', being of mixed race, Mary and her family had few civil rights - they could not vote, hold public office or enter the professions. '

Alamkara: 5000 Years of Indian Art. 'A significant number of people of Singapore are of Indian origin. As part of an initiative to present the ancient heritage of the people of Singapore, in 1994-95 the Government of Singapore held an exhibition Alamkara: 5000 Years of Indian Art, at the National Museum, Singapore. The exhibition was organized by Asian Civilizations Museum, National Heritage Board, Singapore and National Museum, New Delhi , and ran from July 1994 to January 1995.'
'The Alamkara website, originally at http://www.ncb.gov.sg/nhb/alam/ (site no longer live) was hugely popular in the early days of the World- wide Web, but was taken down at the end of the exhibition. I thought it was a well developed online exhibition, and decided to resurrect it in February of 2002...'

Heart of the Silk Road: Tan Wee Cheng's Travels in the Central Asian Republics of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. More adventures of Tan Wee Cheng.

Oldpoetry: A Classical Poetry Archive.

Music Theory. 'Welcome to Ricci Adams' Musictheory.net. To begin your journey into the realm of music, please select a lesson, trainer, or utility from the lists below...'

The Goodspeed New Testament Manuscript Collection. 'The Goodspeed Collection of New Testament Manuscripts comprises 65 items that range in date from the 7th to the 19th centuries. The acquisition of these hitherto unknown manuscripts was spearheaded by Edgar J. Goodspeed in the first half of the twentieth century in order to support new scholarship in the humanities. '
'The Library plans to continue the scholarly tradition of the collection by creating a collection of high-quality digital images from the 65 New Testament manuscripts and an additional 100 papyri fragments in order to support new types of research and teaching made possible by digital technologies. '

Basque Legends, 1879.

Simple Machines. 'Learn about simple and compound machines while you explore the House and Tool Shed!'

North American Native Fishes Association.

Walt Whitman Collection. "I celebrate myself; / And what I assume you shall assume; / For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you."

Cyberpunk. 'Cyberpunk (a portmanteau of cybernetics and punk) is a sub-genre of science fiction which focuses on computers or information technology. The plot of cyberpunk literature often revolves around the conflict between hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorps. It is the result of a self-correction in the science fiction genre, which classically had ignored the importance of information technology...'
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20th April


Individual I. A symbol of personal liberty. Via Bibi's Box.

Optical Illusions Etc. Via Bibi's Box.

Before Victoria: Extraordinary Women of the British Romantic Era. Via scribblingwoman.

World of Playboy: 50 Years. Not safe for work. Via growabrain.

Pigments Through the Ages. 'Paintings are made from mud and a stick with hairs... '
'Pigments are the basis of all paints, and have been used for millennia. They are ground colored material. Early pigments were simply as ground earth or clay, and were made into paint with spit or fat. Modern pigments are often sophisticated masterpieces of chemical engineering.'
'This exhibit includes most important pigments used through the early 20th century.'

Galatea. A piece of interactive fiction based on an original interpretation of the myth of the sculptor Pygmalion, who fell in love with a statue.
'Much traditional Interactive Fiction offers exploration and interaction with an imagined environment. Galatea offers a conversation. The title character has moods, background, and memory; how she treats you will depend on how you choose to treat her. There is no single plot, and no one pathway through the story. The endings are numerous. '

Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art.

Medieval Mystery. 'In 1926 the German art historian Max Friedländer attributed a group of late-fifteenth-century Netherlandish paintings of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in identical poses to an unknown artist whom he called the "Master of the Embroidered Foliage." Friedländer likened the way that the foliage was painted in these works to the repeated pattern of stitches in embroidery, thus the unusual name for the artist. '
Who is the Master of the Embroidered Foliage?

African American Medical Pioneers.

FBI Files on the Hell's Angels. 'General information from the 1960s and 70s about this motorcycle gang's involvement in violent activities in various parts of the country.'

Chinese Propaganda Posters.

South America for Visitors.

Murder at Harvard. 'In November 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, suddenly disappeared. The police conducted an extensive search of the city and dredged the Charles River. Parkman had last been seen walking towards the Harvard Medical College. The Medical School's janitor, Ephraim Littlefield, who had a suspicion where Parkman might be found, spent two grueling nights tunneling beneath a basement laboratory looking for clues. What he discovered horrified Boston and led to one of the most sensational trials in American history.'

The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt.

Indian Epics and Stories. Ramayana, the Churning of the Ocean, Ganga, Hanuman, Krishna...

The Ivy League. 'The Ivy League is an association of eight American universities, named for the ivy plants traditionally covering their older buildings. The term "Ivy League" has connotations of academic excellence as well as a certain amount of elitism. These schools are also sometimes affectionately referred to as the Ancient Eight.'
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19th April


The Borgesian Cyclopaedia. A virtual reference to the world of Jorge Luis Borges.

Agricultural Resources Centre & Pesticide Education Project at pested.org. Pesticide monitoring.

The Night Sky Live. Astro images.

Suffusive Art Gallery. Contemporary Vietnamese art.

Yelagin Palace. Virtual tour of a St. Petersburg palace.

Latex Blue: A Comic About Mulch.

Pratyasha Cancer Children's Welfare Society. ' 'Pratyasha' (a Malayalam word, which means 'Hope') is a support group for children with cancer -- a helping hand for families of children and young people with cancer ... Though the area of activity is the entire Kerala state, the beneficiaries will be selected mainly from those who seek medical care from the Regional Cancer Centre. The aim of the society is to extend a helping hand to paediatric cancer patients by identifying the needy ad providing them with medicines, emotional support and helping in the rehabilitation of the cured. The organisation believes that it can bring a smile on the children's face with the hope of relieving some of the stress from the parents, may be for just a short period, or for lasting memories. '

Biography of Stalin. 'Even when speaking in Russian, their Russian teachers mocked Stalin and his classmates because of their Georgian accents. His peers, most of whom were the sons of rich priests, officials, and merchants, also ridiculed Soso. They made fun of his ragged school uniform and his pockmarked face. Young Soso learned to overcome his tormenters by intimidating them. He exploited the weaknesses of his fellow students by brutally mocking them. To avoid physical confrontation, he scorned his aggressors by accusing them of using violence as "a substitute for brains." He would then assert leadership over his peers.'

Alphabetic List of Famous Hispanics. With links to biographies.

News Jerks. News satire.

Many Moons. Great picture.

The second millennium in a nutshell.
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18th April


Editorial Cartoonist Ann Telnaes. Political cartoons, Pulitzer prizewinner.

The Samuel Beckett Endpage. 'Begun 26 November 1996, The Samuel Beckett Endpage is intended as a multiple resource site for all those interested in the life and works of Samuel Beckett. It also houses the official page of the The Samuel Beckett Society.'

The South: Where Is It? What Is It? 'So you've moved, or been moved, to the South. Or maybe you're thinking about it. You're wondering: What is this place? What's different about it? Is it different, anymore?...' these maps explain where the South of the imagination is - for example, birthplaces of country musicians.

Tour of a Traditional Chinese Temple. 'Come inside Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, located in Singapore. Not that you have to leave your chair to go there! Moving your mouse over this vast complex, you can let yourself in wherever you like. Not only that, each time you do, information about about what you see - including the architecture, different Buddhist statues and interior decoration - is provided.'

The Fairy Tale Map of Canada.

A Brief History of Rap. 'Rap represents the ultimate expression of attitude in popular culture, provoking even more outrage than Rock 'n Roll in the 50s and Punk in the 70s. MARK LAMARR charts the story of Rap and introduces listeners to an important musical and social phenomenon. '

The Doctrine of the Last Things, 1908. 'This is an analysis of Judeo-Christian eschatology (doctrine about the end of the world), by a distinguished 19th century Biblical scholar. Rev. Oesterley delves into the Jewish roots of the Christian concept of the end of the world. '

Chaim Soutine. Art. 'Chaim Soutine was born in 1893 in Smilovichi, a small Jewish settlement not far from Minsk, then the territory of the Russian Empire, now Byelorussia. He was the 10th child in an extremely poor family of a mender with 11 children. Chaim's early interest in drawing was strongly opposed by his own family. His elder brothers beat him - and more than once - as a true Jew was forbidden to draw. When Chaim was 15, a sad accident with a neighbor took place - Chaim offered to draw the old man's portrait, and the sons of the man beat him cruelly. Chaim's usually humble mother decided to act this time, went to court and won it. The compensation of 25 rubles allowed Chaim to go to Minsk and enter an art college. A year later Chaim moved to Vilnus (now the capital of Lithuania) to apply to the School of Fine Arts for a 3-year course ... '

Abbe Nozal. '...make yourself at home! Nozal's studio. Nov, you are in Spain, in a little village named Palencia, heart of the Castilla.'

Meryl Truett: Thump Queen. 'Growing up in the South has given me a rare vantage point from which to observe the ever-changing landscape of a region in transition. I am drawn to the images that are so familiar, yet so alien to me.'
'From crude back-roads signs to eccentric and sometimes humorous records of the quirky manifestations of Southern culture, my photographs capture a particular vision of vanishing iconography and a certain moment in time.'
'I seek to collect, document, and preserve the objects, signs, and places of my memory before the infiltration of development and corporate mono-culture transforms the landscape forever.'

Shari Elf's World Famous Crochet Museum.

The Daily Revolution. News for the global community.

Adachi Museum of Art. 'Set in a beautiful natural environment, the Adachi Museum of Art is well known for both its superb Japanese gardens and its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings, comprising approximately 1,300 of the country's most highly regarded paintings produced after the Meiji era and centering on the works of Taikan YOKOYAMA. '
Gallery.
Garden.

Kuapa Kokoo Ghana. 'Kuapa Kokoo is a cocoa farmers co-operative organisation that works to improve the lot of their members. It was established in 1993.'

Biography of Copernicus, with links.

A Short History of Buddhism.

Cringe Humor. All about stand-up comedy.

Wawel Royal Castle, Cracow. 'From the dawn of Polish history Wawel Hill in Cracow was a centre of secular and ecclesiastical power. The establishment in 1000 of the bishopric of Cracow was soon followed by the construction on Wawel of the first cathedral...'

Melanie Faucher. Outsider artist.

Kathering Skaggs. Outsider artist.
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16th April


Pewsey Heritage Centre. Wiltshire farming history.
'The Heritage Centre collections highlight the social, agricultural and industrial aspects of rural England over the past 150 years or so, a period which includes the rise and fall and rise again of the Kennet and Avon Canal, and the railway with its rapid links to both East and West. '

Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio. 'The studiolo from the ducal palace in Gubbio, one of the most important works of art of the Italian Renaissance in America, is now accessible online. As you explore the studiolo, be sure to select "enlarge," "video," or "audio" (when applicable) at the top center of each page to enhance your tour with detailed images and melodious sounds.'

Quiet Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Resource Guide. "Quiet Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Resource Guide is one of the most comprehensive Buddhist resources on the web period. With its newly designed entry page, it continues to be a work in progress worth visiting over and over. A must see for those interested in Tibetan lineages." - eDharma Magazine.

The Virtual Altair Museum. 'Altairs were originally "Hobbyist" computers and have their roots in kits. Altair construction manuals have step-by-step instructions like radio kits of the era. Prior to Altairs, electronic hobbyists built short wave radio kits sold by vendors such as Heathkit. The kits used transistors and even vacum tubes. Integrated circuits were new to the consumer market. '
'Altairs helped define the "personal" in Personal Computers. These machines where part of an open architecture concept that later made the PC successful. The S-100 bus allowed Altairs to be expanded and created opportunities for other companies to form. '

Diesel Sweeties. Pixelated robot romance web comic.

Edward S. Curtis's North American Indian. 'The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said he wanted to document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners." In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Featured here are all of the published photogravure images including over 1500 illustrations bound in the text volumes, along with over 700 portfolio plates. '

The Clan MacLean. "The clan had its foundation first and foremost in the deeply rooted Celtic principle of kindness, a mixture of kinship and long tradition, stronger than any written law." - Sir Fitzroy Maclean in "The Isles of the Sea"

Wu Li: The Lute Song, 1681. 'The subject of this short handscroll is taken from one the best-known poems of the famous Tang poet Bo Zhuyi. Composed in 816, the poem tells the tale of the exiled poet who late one autumn evening hears the sounds of the lute from a boat moored by the riverside and finds a former lady of the court, now married to a country merchant, playing songs on the lute that remind them both of their former years at the court. '

Sheng Maoye: Autumn Landscape, 1618. 'Two men are shown sitting in conversation in a thatched-roof open pavilion that is perched on pilings set into the riverbank. In an enjoining pavilion two servants are in attendance. In the foreground is a rustic fence and a gate left open to welcome the next visitor. Described here is the perfect idyllic retreat, a place isolated from the clamor of ordinary life, and fit for the quiet contemplation of nature--the perfect life, as defined by the gentlemen-scholars of China. '

Isaac de Moucheron: Villa d'Este, Tivoli, 1739. 'Like so many northerners before and since, he fell in love with the dream of Italy: a place of timeless grace and beauty, with ancient ruins and Renaissance palaces bathed in warm Italian sunlight.'

Louis-Marin Bonnet: Head of Flora, 1769. 'This portrait, once thought to be a likeness of Madame de Pompadour but now known as an image of Boucher's seventeen-year-old daughter Marie-Emilie, is one of the greatest achievements in French eighteenth-century color printmaking. '

Jean Metzinger: Sailboats, 1912. 'For Metzinger, Cubism was a system by which multiple perspectives could be juxtaposed on a single plane; his almost monochromatic palette meant that the viewer is not distracted from the study of perspective. Metzinger was an early proponent of Cubism and wrote some of the first important theoretical essays on it. '

Hawaii's Last Queen. 'On January 16, 1893, four boatloads of United States Marines armed with Gatling guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition came ashore in Honolulu, capital of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. As the Royal Hawaiian band played a concert at the Hawaiian Hotel, 162 troops marched through the streets of Honolulu, heading for the palace. The Queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani, looked down from her balcony as the troops took up their positions ...'

SQ Worm. Funny web comics.

Achewood. Web comic.

Hispanic Americans in Congress. Library of Congress exhibit.

The Lenin Museum, Tampere, Finland. 'The original function of the museum was to present the life and ideas of Lenin. The museum ethos was to remain aloof from the ideological education practised by other Lenin museums, as well as from a tendency toward a 'Lenin cult'. Today, the museum, among other things, collects, exhibits and researches material related to Lenin's life and activities and the history of the Soviet Union/Russia, particularly where the material relates to connections with Finland and the Finns. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union many documents, creating a more accurate picture of Lenin, have been unearthed from various archives. In the 1990s the old objects and symbol world of old Soviet socialism became museum goods. At the same time that this unique body of material faces the threat of destruction, the importance of the Lenin museum as the recorder of an entire era has grown. '

The Old Negro Space Program. Via Blort.

Traditional Crafts of Japan. Via MeFi.

Alfred Hitchcock's Trailers. Via MeFi.

Painted Beehive Covers from the Museum of Apiculture exhibition from Radovljica, Slovenia. Via MeFi.

Jake Thackray. 'Jake Thackray was a singer-songwriter in the French tradition, a "chansonnier" whose songs are nevertheless convincingly and idiosyncratically English. This is scarcely surprising. After graduating from Durham University, Jake spent four years in France as a teacher where the likes of Jaques Brel and his particular hero Georges Brassens made their indelible mark. The influence of their songs and story telling propelled Jake towards his own writing and singing style. But despite this Gallic background his songs are no mere copies; they are firmly and recognisably rooted in the English countryside, character and language. They are also painfully funny, sad, tragic, rude, irreverent, incisive and happy, and often enough all these things at the same time. In short, they are unique. '
Via MeFi.
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