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28th February


The Human Image. 'The exhibition Human Image considered human representation taking the broadest approach possible. It grouped images from different cultures and periods in thematic sections to stimulate reflection and response in the visitor.'

Living and Dying. 'People around the world seek well-being for themselves and for their communities in many different ways.'
'These differing approaches reflect the ways they understand their world. Some people see well-being in terms of the individual and the body. Others think of it at the level of the community, requiring the maintenance of important relationships. These relationships might be with other people, animals, spirits or the earth. In most societies an individual can seek to avert harm, identify its causes and treat its effects in a range of accepted ways.'
'This tour explores these themes through material ranging from ancient gold artefacts to modern paper sculptures and a specially-commissioned art installation, Cradle to Grave. These objects are some of the highlights of the exhibition Living and Dying in the Wellcome Trust Gallery. This new display draws on the British Museum's outstanding ethnography collections to show how people everywhere make exuberant and constantly developing responses to the challenges we all face. '

Changing Face: Masks from the British Museum.

A Kind of Magic. Talismans, charms and amulets from the British Museum collections.

Mountains and Water: Chinese Landscape Painting.

The Wealth of Africa. 4000 years of African currency. 'Africa's diverse currencies, both past and present, reflect the continent's long, rich history. Coins and banknotes used there reveal much about the place and time in which they were created. Other forms of currency - such as cowrie shells, cloth and manillas - give a further insight into different cultures.'

Native North America: The Stonyhurst Collection. 'This tour introduces Native North American art and culture and features some of the highlights of the Stonyhurst collection. Part of it is on display in the British Museum's North American Gallery (Room 26), while the highlights are touring Ulster in 2004-5.'

The Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. 'The 'Caves of the Thousand Buddhas', or Qianfodong, are situated at Mogao, about 25 kilometres south-east of the oasis town of Dunhuang in Gansu province, western China, in the middle of the desert. By the late fourth century, the area had become a busy desert crossroads on the caravan routes of the Silk Road linking China and the West. Traders, pilgrims and other travellers stopped at the oasis town to stock up with provisions, pray for the journey ahead or give thanks for their survival.'

Arabic Script: Mightier Than the Sword.

Other Tongues-Other Flesh. 'George Hunt Williamson was a pioneering UFO researcher who developed many of the themes of modern UFOology. Williamson invented the concept of 'walk-ins,' who he called 'The Wanderers.' Walk-ins are normal humans who are actually (unknown to themselves) reincarnated 'Space Brothers.' Williamson also worked with George Adamski, another UFO pioneer. One of the centerpieces of this book is a labored interpretation of symbols in footprints left when Venusians had a close encounter with Adamski in the California desert ... '

Images of Scottish Banknotes.

Images of Banknotes of the Confederate States of America.

Images of Banknotes of Antarctica.

The Perry Bible Fellowship. Web comic, updated every Sunday.

Odd Books I Like. Via MeFi.

Virtual Reality Tours of Seven European Churches. Via MeFi.

Ex Libris Bookplate Museum. Via MeFi. (Lots of female nudes).
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26th February


Family of Man.

M Valdemar. A horror blog.

Interactive Dig Hierakanpolis. 'The largest site from the Pre- and Protodynastic period (3800-3100 B.C.), Hierakonpolis the City of the Hawk is the most important site for understanding the foundations of Egyptian civilization. Here, nearly 400 miles south of Cairo, archaeological investigation over the past century has confirmed this vast site's central role in the transition from prehistory to history.'

Tough Past, Tough Future: South Africa After 10 Years of Democracy. Photoessay.

Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq. Photoessay.

Chew This Book: Dog Cartoons by Mark Parisi.

The Art of Renaissance Science: Galileo and Perspective.

The Frog and the Prince: Prince Charles to Wed Camilla. Satirical cartoons.

China Obscura. Photoessay. 'Mark Leong's photographs are also about homecoming as departure. For him, the native land of his ancestors is his own foreign country. His pictures bring to mind an image from a journey I made not long ago: I am standing beneath the frosty skies of northern China gazing upon an expanse of broken walls and piles of earth, buried speechless and silent beneath a covering of white snow and withered grass. This was Yellow Earth South Inn Village where I spent three harsh years at the end of the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s. These fields, where "class enemies" were once buried alive, nurtured generations of people, but also held back generations of people, detaining them as if in a prison. Here in the old alleys, beneath each crooked gatehouse, behind every earthen wall, were concealed so many stories; the stories we gave to them every day, each person listening to the others, each person overheard by others . . . .'

Cold War International History Project. 'The Cold War International History Project disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources on "the other side" -- the former Communist world. '

The Alarmist. A progressive blog.

Aboca Museum 'is an ambitious project that Aboca has undertaken to provide a historical survey of the utilization of herbs and to revive their traditional use. Our examination of the past will be based on sources including herbals, ancient books and historical artifacts. It will be conducted by a Center for Studies consisting of a staff of specialized researchers. '
'ABOCA MUSEUM's vast collection of books and historical artifacts can be seen both at this web site and at the Museum itself in the historical center of Sansepolcro, which has been opened since October 21th 2002. To foster the historical cultivation of herbal medicinals, ABOCA MUSEUM will create high-quality artistic reproductions of the most important books and artifacts. We welcome you to enter into this virtual journey and enjoy.'

Bush's Visit to Europe. Satirical cartoons.

Extreme Asia. The photographs of Philip Blenkinsop. 'They are not pretty pictures. In fact some are heartbreaking.'
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25th February


Project Disappeared. 'Project Disappeared is a joint project of several human rights organizations and activists with the purpose of recovering and maintaining memory, understanding what happened in Argentina during the "dirty war" and fighting against impunity. We invite you to visit it, to contribute, to join our efforts - and above all, to remember. '

Tool Chests: A Virtual Exhibition. 'The look of tool chests can tell us much about workers and workplaces. While their purpose is to organize, carry, and protect tools, these chests also suggest what workers think of themselves and how society measures the value of their work.'

Pornography in Japan. A history.

Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas. 'Welcome to our exhibition, celebrating the most glorious of scientific books, the celestial atlas. This electronic catalog will serve as a guide to the exhibition, but will also utilize the unique advantages of hypertext media to explore the history of celestial cartography from many vantage points. '

Exploring 'The Catcher in The Rye'. Don't miss the old prep school ads...

The Sedlec Ossuary. 'The Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a. Kostnice) is a small Christian chapel decorated with human bones. It's located in Sedlec, which is a suburb in the outskirts of the Czech town Kutna Hora. In 1996 I visited the place and fell madly in love with it. '

Madchester Music. All about the late 80s/early 90s indie music scene in Manchester.

Separate But Not Equal: Race, Education and Prince Edward County, Virginia. 'This online exhibit explores the history of the Prince Edward County, Virginia school segregation issues of the 1950s and 1960s. Most of the materials presented here are taken from the papers of Dr. Edward H. Peeples, Emeritus professor at VCU, whose interest in the topic spans four decades. Included in this exhibit are images documenting the disparity between black and white county schools, documents written by Dr. Peeples and others analyzing the issues, a selected bibliography of materials, and links to sites on the topic. '

Twins' Days. 'This is the official web page for the Twins Days Festival. Twins Days in Twinsburg, Ohio is the world's largest annual gathering of twins. Every August since 1976, twins, supertwins, and parents of same from around the world descend on this small town just south of Cleveland for a weekend of socializing, celebration and fun.' With photo galleries.

Pulp Paperbacks. Naughty novels. 'I'm a sucker for a sleazy mystery or a trampy romance novel from the 1950's-60's. I usually buy these silly books more for the covers than the stories, but sometimes both are equally bizarre.'

Books by Naguib Mahfouz. 'Naguib Mahfouz, the 1988 Nobelist, is one of the foremost writers in modern Arabic literature. He is regarded as the leading Arabic novelist, and one of the few of world stature. '

A Sampling of the Portraits of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).

Communist Propaganda from North Vietnam.

Scottish Castles, Stately Homes and Houses.

The Upper East Side History Districts. New York City history.

World Trade Centres. 'The mission of the World Trade Centers Association is to support the establishment and successful operation of individual World Trade Centers as part of a worldwide alliance of World Trade Centers, which enhances stability, peace, world trade and development, leading to economic growth.'

The Uros of Lake Titicaca. Indigenous people.

Mark Heath. Humorous illustration.

Jim Hunt. Cartoons and humorous illustration.

The Life of the Bee, Maurice Maeterlinck, 1901.

Images through the Electron Microscope.
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24th February


Beckwith Photograph Collection. Vintage photographs of Utah Native American culture.

Digital Dante.

L.S. Lowry. British painter of industrial scenes and matchstick men. 'Laurence Stephen Lowry did not just paint northern scenes. He visited the south coast looking for ships and ferry s to paint. On one of these trips he visited Winchester where he observed a bearded lady pushing a perambulator. Lowry started to sketch the woman who strongly objected and used all sorts of foul language to let Lowry know it! Lowry recalled this moment and he was even more amazed that this happened in Winchester of all places!'

FBI Gangster Era Files.

The Bathroom Diaries. Reviews of public toilets around the world. Here are the best of the bunch.

Dali Photo. Photos of Salvador Dali and his work.

Windows to the Universe. Astronomy. Aimed at school students and teachers.

Japanese Culture: Celebrating the Four Seasons.

Alaska Geobotany Centre.

Rabble. Left talk.

Indian Vegetarian Recipes.

Reversi. All you need to know about the board game Reversi/Othello.
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23rd February


Macbeth: An In-Depth Analysis. 'In 1606 William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, wrote a play which would go down in history as the cursed Scottish play after numerous mishaps during production. It was written for his new patron, James I (James VI of Scotland), following the death of Queen Elizabeth. James was interested in witchcraft and Scotland, and hence the themes in the play. Banquo is James's ancestor. The play itself tells the story of a man, urged by his wife and foretold by prophecy, who commits regicide in order to gain power. Unfortunately, due to numerous quirks of language and obscure allusions, the play is difficult to understand without assistance. Using this annotated version along with external links and analysis, to more information, you can now get a better grasp of one the best tragedies ever written, the tale of Macbeth. '

Cornell's Collection of Japanese Art.

The Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics.

Rene Goscinny, creator of Asterix the Gaul, little Nicolas and Iznogoud.

American Self-Harm Information Clearinghouse. 'Self-harm scares people. The behavior can be disturbing and difficult to understand, and it is often treated in a simplistic or sensational manner by the press. As a result, friends and loved ones of people who self-injure often feel frightened, isolated, and helpless. Sometimes they resort to demands or ultimatums as a way of trying to regain some control over the situation, only to see things deteriorate further.'

Twins Seven-Seven and Other Nigerian Artists of the Oshogbo School. 'Prince Twins Seven-Seven was one of the original artists of the famed Oshogbo School (named for the city of that name), which arose in the newly independent Nigeria of the early 1960's. Seven-Seven rapidly achieved international fame, with major exhibitions in Europe, Japan and Australia as well as the United States, and his work is now in museum and private collections around the world. '

Winston Churchill 1874-1965. 'The English statesman Sir Winston Churchill successfully led Britain through World War Two. He described this achievement as his 'walk with destiny' - a destiny for which he believed he had spent all his life in preparation ... '

The Best Critical Thought on the Web.

Meet the Survivors. 'The eyewitness accounts of the living black survivors of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 are extremely significant for they are a primary source of vital riot information given by one of the most important groups in Tulsa at that time, the besieged black population of Tulsa who suffered the most during that awful holocaust May 31-June 1, 1921. Some of the accounts are compelling examples of the terror of traumatized children during the riot. Some are accounts of the black warriors of the riot ranging from 11, 12, and 13-year-old-boys who formed a "munition brigade" to hack open boxes of ammunition and to pass boxes of bullets to Greenwood's black men who were trying desperately, against all odds, to keep mob elements and militia from destroying their beloved Greenwood. One of the bravest of this group was Horace "Pegleg" Taylor whose daughter Lena Eloise Taylor Butler of Seattle, Washington told the author of Taylor's last earthly efforts on June 1, 1921. Other accounts give poignant inner-circle views of what Tulsa was like in the 1920's - two cities divided by race. Some of the testimonies of the riot are long, detailed, thorough. Others are terse, but telling. A few survivors gave no testimony at all, for they are no longer capable of sharing their thoughts due to the effects of aging or illness.' Via MeFi.

Steaming Down the Mekong. A southeast Asian travelogue.

The Necronomicon - 'a fictional book of magic, invented by H. P. Lovecraft and frequently featured in his Cthulhu mythos tales.'

Strauss and Howe. Cycles and generations in American history.
'Strauss and Howe (William Strauss and Neil Howe) are a duo of authors who are famous for their books on generations and history. According to the Strauss and Howe theory of history, historical eras run in repeated cycles and are shaped by the different generations alive at different ages at the time, who themselves fall into repeating patterns ... '

American Song-Poem Music Archives.

Dissent. US journal of progressive politics.
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22nd February


Oedipus. 'Thebes is terrorised by a monster - the Sphinx (a hybrid creature, with the body of a lioness. the head of a woman, and wings), who destroys all who cannot solve her riddle. Sophocles doesn't go into any detail about this riddle - other writers tell us it was "Which animal has one voice, but two, three or four feet being slowest on three?" Perhaps Oedipus, as a man with three feet thanks to his disability was uniquely well placed to answer it ... '

The Internet Poetry Archive. 'The University of North Carolina Press joins the UNC Office of Information Technology in publishing the Internet Poetry Archive. The archive will make available over a worldwide computer network selected poems from a number of contemporary poets. The goal of the project is to make poetry accessible to new audiences (at little or no cost) and to give teachers and students of poetry new ways of presenting and studying these poets and their texts. '

Japan for Visitors. Travel guide.

The Last Letter of Mary, Queen of Scots. 'At 2am on Wednesday 8 February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots picked up her pen for the last time. Her execution on the block at Fotheringay Castle was a mere six hours away when she wrote this letter, addressed to her former brother-in-law, Henri III of France. '

Citizen King. PBS site/programme profiling Martin Luther King. 'The story begins on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963, when a 34-year-old preacher galvanized millions with his dream for an America free of racism. It comes to a bloody end almost five years later, on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee ... '

Underwater Field Guide to Ross Island & McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

Cesar Chavez. Biography from the United Fruit Workers' website.
'Cesar's father agreed to clear eighty acres of land and in exchange he would receive the deed to forty acres of land that adjoined the home. The agreement was broken and the land sold to a man named Justus Jackson. Cesar's dad went to a lawyer who advised him to borrow money and buy the land. Later when Cesar's father could not pay the interest on the loan the lawyer bought back the land and sold it to the original owner. Cesar learned a lesson about injustice that he would never forget. Later, he would say, The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature.'

Dinosaur Illustrations.

National Numismatic Collection. The Smithsonian's collection of coins.

Whitechapel Mission: Working with the Poor and Homeless of London. Since 1876.

Shiva Shakti Mandalam. Tantric.

Dario Fo. Nobel literature laureate.

The alt.angst Calendar. Many interesting pieces, from the heyday of the Usenet group (i.e. the early to mid 1990s).

History of the Soviet Union.

ProperBo!
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21st February


Hunter S. Thompson Quotations. RIP.

Antarctic Photo Library.

Art of the First Cities. The third millennium BC, from the Mediterranean to the Indus.

The Italians. Three centuries of Italian art, 1500-1800.

Cornell's Chinese Art Collection.

Kwame Nkrumah. 'This is the authoritative site in cyberspace on the life and times of Kwame Nkrumah, foremost proponent of Pan-Africanism in the latter half of the 20th century. '

Decopix. The Art Deco architecture site.

Art Crimes.

Early American Paintings.

Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery.

Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology. 'Ever wonder how people figured out there used to be such things as dinosaurs? Curious about how scientists learned to reconstruct fossil skeletons? The knowledge we take for granted today was slow in coming, and along the way, scientists and scholars had some weird ideas. This Web site shows some of their mistakes, provides a timeline of events, gives biographies of a few of the people who have gotten us where we are today, and lists resources you can use to learn more. '

Little AyBee. A critical blog.

Batik Paintings.

British Blogs.
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19th February


Hunter S. Thompson's ESPN Column.

From the Roof: Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates in Central Park.

Welcome to Kerala. Travel and tourism.

Zine World: A Reader's Guide to the Underground Press.

Fragonard: Psyche Showing Her Sisters Her Gifts from Cupid. 'Psyche was the youngest daughter of a king. She was so beautiful that Cupid, the god of Love, fell in love with her and spirited her away to a magical castle, pictured here. This painting illustrates a visit from her sisters who can barely disguise their jealousy, and are about to provoke her downfall.'

Manet: Music in the Tuileries Gardens. 'This painting of a fashionably dressed crowd waiting to hear a concert in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris was Manet's first major painting showing urban life. Manet included himself on the extreme left of the painting, so that he is both observing the scene and part of it.'

Deep Fried. The comic that leaves a STAIN!

PNAC.info: Exposing the Project for the New American Century. 'Welcome to PNAC.Info - an effort to investigate, analyze, and expose the Project for the New American Century*, and its plan for a "unipolar" world. '

Blogs From Iraq.

Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbours.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York.

Negro World. 'I arrived in this country [USA] in 1916, I discovered that the Negro press had no constructive policy. The news published were of all the kind that reflected the worst of the race's character in murder, adultery, robbery, etc. These crimes were announced in the papers on front pages by glaring and catchy headlines; other features played up by the papers were dancing and parlor socials of questionable intent... ' - Marcus Garvey, founding editor.

Plant Cultures. 'The central aim of Plant Cultures is to convey the richness and complexity of links between Britain and South Asia, through the story of plants and people. It is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the world around them.'

Classic Actresses. Via Exclamation Mark.

Rubber Dinosaurs. Via Incoming Signals.

CRASH. 'This site is dedicated to CRASH, the ZX Spectrum magazine which was published from 1984 to 1991 by Newsfield (and from 1991 to 1992 by Europress), providing an archive of material for those who missed it the first time round.'
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18th February


Tuvalu Online. The Pacific island state of Tuvalu is sinking, thanks to global warming. History, legends, news, stamps, photos.

Close to Home: An American Album. 'This exhibition is devoted to American family photographs that were separated from their owners and then rediscovered by artists, writers, collectors, and museum curators. Removed from their original context, these snapshots become open to many different interpretations: Who are the people in the photographs? What did these photos mean to them? Where are these people now?'

Malcolm X: Make It Plain. 'Political philosopher and visionary, husband and father, dynamic orator and militant minister. In his lifetime, Malcolm X was many men. Born Malcolm Little, he later became "Detroit Red" and "New York Red" -- a hustler, drug pusher, pimp, con man and the head of a Boston robbery ring. After spending time in prison, he emerged as Minister Malcolm -- Malcolm X, the fiery, eloquent spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Finally, he became El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, an internationally recognized leader and advocate for oppressed peoples. He was both loved and despised, revered and feared-- until an assassin's bullet cut him down at age 39.'
American Experience marks the 40th anniversary of his death with "Malcolm X --- Make It Plain." This in-depth film portrait goes straight to the heart, mind and message of one of the modern era's most complex figures. Actress Alfre Woodard narrates the special.'

Hooray for Bollywood. About Bollywood, in brief.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. 'The PK Trust was set up in 1997 by Cable & Wireless to preserve the important historical buildings and collections at Porthcurno, the home of the British Empire's first international telecommunications network 'the Victorian internet'. '

Pygmalion Stories and Art. 'This is just for fun... an obsessive research and navigation exercise. Images and articles focus on successive retellings of the Pygmalion story after Ovid's Metamorphoses. Topics include how the myth is linked to many wider themes, including artistic creativity. Images and articles are attributed and have permission of the creator as needed. Many of the items I wrote myself. If you care to share something to add to this Pygmalion theme, please let me know.'

Ancient Greek Archaeology. 'The rich heritage of the Greek history spanning back four and a half thousand years has sown the harsh grounds around the Aegean with stones and artifacts that blossom for centuries.'
'This is a collection of thoughts, images and resources from Greek Archaeological sites intended as a reference for a scholar, and as an introduction to bring those who cannot be there closer.'

Vintage Postcards of Vietnam.

Hove Mobile Park, North Dakota. 'Hove Mobile Park is a city located in Cavalier County, North Dakota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2. According to the United States Census Bureau it is one of only 5 places in the United States with a population of two people. The others are Twombly, Maine, Success Township, New Hampshire, Oil Springs Reservation, Cattaraugus County, New York, and Monowi, Nebraska. '

Cast of Shadows.

poorbuthappy. A personal site - guide to India, guide to Colombia, guide to war, guide to books.

Oxford Gossip. University town life.
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17th February


The Encyclopaedia of Soviet Writers.

Woody Guthrie. American folk singer. 'Woody was the second-born son to Charles and Nora Belle Guthrie. His father was a cowboy, land speculator, and local politician. His Kansas-born mother profoundly influenced Woody in ways which would become apparent as he grew older. Slightly built, with an extremely full and curly head of hair, Woody was both a precocious and unconventional boy from the start. A keen observer of the world around him, during his early years in Oklahoma, Woody experienced the first in a series of tragic personal losses - the death of his older sister, Clara - would haunt him throughout his life. This followed by the financial and physical ruin, and the institutionalization of his mother would devastate Woody's family and home, forming a uniquely wry and rambling outlook on life.'

The Prismatic Palette. 'This exhibition traces the development of watercolor as an artistic medium and documents the inventive techniques of several great watercolorists.'
'The ingredients of watercolor are simple: cakes or tubes of paints, brushes, water, and paper. Enormous skill, however, is required to master the medium. The greatest watercolor artists developed unique and inventive ways of manipulating pigment, water, and the paper underneath.'

Mapping Margery Kempe. 'Margery Kempe's spiritual biography is often called the first autobiography in English. A married woman who attempted to live a life devoted to Christ, Margery sought official Church recognition for her status as a spiritual woman and mystic, while continuing to live and travel in the secular world. She experienced intense emotional visionary encounters with Christ, which have at times a strikingly homely quality. Her Book, dictated by her to a scribe, records these visions as well as her travels in Europe and pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her particular spiritual trial, according to her Book, was to be misrepresented, persecuted, and rejected by many of her clerical and lay peers. The recording of her spiritual life, despite severe difficulties and her own illiteracy, became a symbolic act in itself, representing both her claim to spiritual status and evidence of her special relationship with God. Rich in detail about the people and places Margery encountered, the Book is a rich and fascinating record of life in turbulent early 15th century England. '

Vintage Postcards of China.

Chicago Snapshot. Chicago-based photolog.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. 'Petrified Forest National Park is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils. '

Saint Maximilian Kolbe. 'In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol, designed to make the prisoners guard each other, required that ten men be slaughtered in retribution for each escaped prisoner. Francis Gajowniczek, a married man with young children was chosen to die for the escape. Maximilian volunteered to take his place, and died as he had always wished - in service. '

Endicott Studio. The art of myth.

Galerie Vinh Loi. The art of Vietnam.

Paul Green. 'Author Paul Green (1894-1981) was one of the South's most revered writers, and one of America's most distinguished. The first playwright from the South to gain national and international recognition, he was part of that remarkable generation of writers who first brought southern writing to the attention of the world. '
'His best known achievements were as a playwright, perhaps the best known to be writing not only from the South, but about the South. Equal to his literary influence has been his influence on human rights in the South and internationally. '

Gaelic. 'Fàilte Romhaibh! You are now at the Gaelic Homepage, a web site devoted to the language and culture of the Gaels, those people that speak or did speak any of the three Gaelic languages. '

Contemporary African Database. A sort of who's who. 'The Contemporary Africa Database is a continuously growing, participatory online project, designed to provide easily accessible and current information concerning prominent Africans, African organisations, and dates in the African calendar. '

Biography of Richard Nixon.

International Society for Reef Studies.
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16th February


Chicago Uncommon. Uncommonly good photography.

Africa Remix.

Jacque-Louis David: Empire to Exile. 'Image-maker to Napoleon. Political exile. Jacques-Louis David was the most famous-and controversial-artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.'
Portraits.

The Sacred Letters of Early Sutra. Kyoto National Museum.
'Koshakyo (literally, ancient copied sutras) refer to early hand-copied Buddhist scriptures from China, Korea, and Japan. Prior to the advent of printing, hand copying sutras was the only means to increase and disseminate sacred Buddhist texts. Each character and every line were meticulously brushed, and through the act of copying the sutras, "human word" transformed into "the Buddha's words."'
Images.

The Situationist International.

Valentine's Day in Mexico.

Jimmy Squid. Photoblog.

then you discover. Photoblog.

Oscar Wilde: Poems, 1881. 'He is most famous for his sophisticated, brilliantly witty plays and also for his eccentricity in dress, tastes and manners. His first published work, Poems (1881), was well received and served as a springboard for his 1882 United States lecture tour.'

Laurence Sterne: A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy.

Himalayan Emboidery.
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15th February


Radio Free Nepal. Via MeFi.

A Washington Post Timeline.

The World of Dante. 'The World of Dante offers a hypermedia environment for the study of the Inferno. This project is designed to appeal to the different purposes of a wide range of readers, not simply those with scholarly interests. This version of the Inferno is generated by software from a densely encoded electronic text. Unlike other versions of the poem presently online, this copy of the Inferno has been tagged using SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). Translating poetry into markup entails certain compromises, but we hope that any perceived loss of meaning will be offset by the possibilities the project offers its users to navigate through a considerable amount of data, and to connect this information, or parts of it, in complex ways. Search results are retrieved and presented using DynaWeb, a product of the Inso Corporation. The text and searching enabled by DynaWeb and the underlying SGML demonstrates the potential of electronic resources in the humanities. The materials here are incomplete. This site is still under construction; its purpose is to show and test an interface design for The World of Dante. '...
... but still an impressive achievement!

John Keats: Poetical Works. 'One of England's greatest poets, Keats was a key element in the Romantic Movement. Known especially for his love of the country and sensuous descriptions of the beauty of nature, his poetry also resonated with deep philosophic questions.'

J-Pop. A portal into Japanese popular culture.

The African Cookbook. Menus and recipes from Africa.

Australia's Thylacine - To Clone or Not To Clone? 'The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus, dog-headed pouched-dog) is a large carnivorous marsupial now believed to be extinct. It is the single member of the family Thylacinidae. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf ... '

Pyramids. PBS site. 'Have you ever dreamed of exploring the pyramids of Egypt? If so, enter here, wander through the chambers and passageways of the Great Pyramid, and learn about the pharaohs for whom these monumental tombs were built. You can also follow the 1997 field season of a team of archaeologists as they excavated the bakery that fed the pyramid builders.'

Ancient Art and Ritual, 1913.

How to Be a Yogi, 1902.

The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales, 1910. 'Quiller-Couch's selection of four children's stories from the Cabinet des Fées, the French collection spanning over forty volumes. What began as a strict translation became a "retelling" of these classic fairy tales.'

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Illustrated and annotated.

Tom Toles. Editorial cartoonist. 'With his singular art style, Tom Toles tackles the complex issues of the day. This Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist skillfully targets political, economic and social concerns - in particular complicated environmental issues - with a clear-eyed precision that hits the mark every time. '

Ben Sargent. Editorial cartoonist. 'Creator of some of the most visually appealing editorial cartoons, Ben Sargent's unique style and political insight have netted him several major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. Sargent is the author of two books, "Texas Statehouse Blues" and "Big Brother Blues," both published by Texas Monthly Press. '
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14th February


Shoes in the Costume Institute. Met exhibit.

18th Century Studies. 'This collection archives works of the eighteenth century from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies. Novels, plays, memoirs, treatises and poems of the period are kept here (in some cases, influential texts from before 1700 or after 1800 as well), along with modern criticism.'

Japanese Postcards. 'The craze for postcards in Japan during the first decades of the twentieth century was so great that several women's magazines featured tear-cut cards to promote their sales. Department stores, breweries, and organizers of sporting events commissioned cards for advertising. Furthermore, postcards became the favored format for New Year's greetings--a popularity that continues today.'

Kansas City Jazz History. 'Club Kaycee serves up sights and sounds of the Golden Age of Kansas City Jazz from the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City, in cooperation with kansascity.com and The Kansas City Star.'

Chicago, Illinois: Mile x Mile. 'This is the web version of a set of photographs that map chicago's famous and rarely-comprimising grid into 212 4"x6" snapshots. '

Watercolour Paintings by Francis Camilleri. 'Francis Camilleri has been quadriplegic since 1978 due to a diving accident. After intense medical treatment and occupational therapy in England and Germany, he managed to adjust himself to his completely, new, diverse and hard life. In spite of his severe disability and the various other obstacles he encountered, he returned to the Sacred Heart Seminary where he successfully completed secondary school. In 1993 representatives from Izda Art Publishers encouraged him to take up mouth painting as a living ... '

Dialects of the English Language. 'This is a list of varieties of the English language. Dialects are varieties differing in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar not to be confused with accents which mark speakers as a member of a group by their pronunciation of the standard language.' With links.

Writings from Anarcho. Anarchist articles.
The Russian Revolution of 1905.

Braving the World of New Tastes. A livejournal devoted to recipes, by gnomeydacook.

Flying Saucer Review, 'the international journal established in 1955, is a quarterly magazine printed by quality litho on fine art paper, and with overseas governments and air force libraries as long-term subscribers and read by Prince Philip since the 1950s, FSR is recognised as the leading international organ in the world on the subject. '

Biography of Erasmus. 'Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (also Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam) (October 27, probably 1466 - July 12, 1536) was a Dutch humanist and theologian ... '

Parvati/Durga. The consort of Shiva in Hinduism, in both her benign and savage aspects.

Joyce's World of Transport Eclectica. 'This site is basically a collection of pictures and maps and diagrams and sketches, and other odd things that have been discussed from time to time in the Usenet newsgroup, uk.railway. '

geekgirl postcards.
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12th February


Supernatural Crime. 'I'm your host, Christopher Mills, alias The Crimeboss. The characters and stories on this site - most of them, anyway - originated somewhere deep in my fevered imagination, the bastard offspring of a long, illicit love affair with four-color comic books, black and white B-Movies, cliffhanger serials, newspaper adventure strips, pulp fiction and old-time radio. '

Mexican American History Guide.

The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith.

Chinese Printmaking Today.

Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe.

Leonardo da Vinci: From Inspiration to Innovation.

Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Magic Pencil: Children's Book Illustration Today.

Gay Bears: The Hidden History of UC. 'Welcome to the Hidden History of the Berkeley Campus, a project of the Gay Bears! Collection in The University Archives. This site gathers together information about the history of sexual minorities at Cal -- students, faculty, staff and visitors. It is designed as a gateway for further exploration into one aspect of the long and fascinating story of the University of California, Berkeley. '

NCIS and "NCIS". 'Email and photos from the real Naval Criminal Investigative Service to a writer-producer of the show "NCIS" '
'Though the fact isn't widely known, the entertainment industry and the government often work closely with each other. Each branch of the military - as well as other components of the government, including the CIA - has an entertainment liaison office that gives TV and movie producers access to military facilities, equipment, and personnel. In return for saving the studios millions of dollars, of course, the military requires portrayals that are extremely flattering and accurate (in its view) ... '

The Congo Free State. 'The Congo Free State was a private kingdom personally owned by Leopold II of Belgium that included the entire area now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Leopold II began laying the diplomatic, military, and economic groundwork for his control of the Congo in 1877, and ruled it outright from early 1885 until its annexation by Belgium in 1908. Under Leopold II's administration, the Congo Free State was subject to one of the most brutal periods of colonial rule in the history of European colonization of Africa ... '

Biography of Leon Trotsky.

Maps of Subway Systems of the World, presented on the same scale.

Nuclear Capable Nations. Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire).
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11th February


Unusual Churches.

Bruno. Online comic... with an archive dating back to 1996.

Anna-Marie Ferguson. Illustrations to Le Morte d'Arthur.

Morning in the Barkhor: Photographs of Tibet.

Ghost in the Shell. Manga.

The Trojan War in Ancient Art.

Sluggy Freelance. Online comic.

Early American Marxism. 'For our purposes we shall define this period as having started with the founding of the First International in 1864 and ended with the 7th National Convention of the Communist Party in June of 1930 (which formally changed the name of that organization to "CPUSA.") From the Civil War through the beginning of the Great Depression, in other words... There are a vast number of aspects of labor and radical history worthy of study before and after those dates, to be sure, but one must draw the boundary lines somewhere. For this particular area of Marxists Internet Archive, those are the chronological boundary lines.'

After the Day of Infamy: 'Man-on-the-Street' Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor. 'After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor presents approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States. On December 8, 1941 (the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor), Alan Lomax, then "assistant in charge" of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center), sent a telegram to fieldworkers in ten different localities across the United States, asking them to collect "man-on-the-street" reactions of ordinary Americans to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war by the United States. A second series of interviews, called "Dear Mr. President," was recorded in January and February 1942. Both collections are included in this presentation. They feature a wide diversity of opinion concerning the war and other social and political issues of the day, such as racial prejudice and labor disputes. The result is a portrait of everyday life in America as the United States entered World War II. '

Jacques Hebert. 'Extreme Left-wing agitator who became the main voice of the sansculottes during the French Revolution. The Hébertists pressured the Revolutionary government into taking its most extrreme measures. His pseudonym was Père Duchesne. '
Fuck the Pope, 1790.

Goldenfiddle. Fab blog.

MyDreamDiva. 'Welcome to MyDreamDiva.com, the online home of Dreams Expert Lauren Lawrence... '

The Battle of Hastings: A Brief History and Virtual Tour.

Alexandria. 'The second largest city and the main port of Egypt, Alexandria was built by the Greek architect Dinocrates (332-331 BC) on the site of an old village, Rhakotis, at the orders of Alexander the Great. The city, immortalizing Alexander's name, quickly flourished into a prominent cutural, intellectual, political, and economic metropolis, the remains of which are still evident to this day. '

Athens Survival Guide. Check out the Acropolis.

A Socialite's Life. 'This is the blog of Miu von Furstenberg. To be enjoyed with a martini.'

DrunkenBlog.

Eurotrash. A fun blog.

PVP Online. Online comic.

The Mexico Project. 'Since 1994, and intensively since 2000, the National Security Archive's Mexico Project has sought to identify and obtain the release of documents from secret government archives on United States policy in Mexico since 1960, and to disseminate those records through publications, conferences and the Archive's web site. The Mexico Project is directed by senior analyst Kate Doyle, who lives and works in Mexico City. '

An Outline of Jain History.

Omanga. All about manga.

An Eclectic List of Events in US Labour History. Revolution! 'Most citizens of the United States take for granted labor laws which protect them from the evils of unregulated industry. Perhaps the majority of those who argue for "free enterprise" and the removal of restrictions on capitalist corporations are unaware that over the course of this country's history, workers have fought and often died for protection from capitalist industry. In many instances, government troops were called out to crush strikes, at times firing on protesters. Presented below are a few of the many incidents in the (too often overlooked) tumultuous labor history of this country.'

Deaf Queer Resource Centre. 'Welcome to our site! The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities (hereafter referred to as the "Deaf Queer community"). '

Knitters Against Bush.
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9th February


The Secret Library.

The Poetry Project. 'The mission of the Poetry Project is to compile biographical information on the most important contemporary poets in the world. '

The Hundertwasser House, Vienna.

A Most Curious Murder - the Madeleine Smith Story. 'Thursday, 9th July 1857 - The atmosphere outside the High Court in Edinburgh was charged to fever pitch as the crowd awaited the verdict at the end of the most sensational trial of the century. Hanging in the balance was the life of Madeleine Smith, attractive 22 year old daughter of a prosperous Glasgow architect. Over the last few days, revelations of Madeleine's secret romance had been making headlines in London, Paris and New York. By the end of the trial, in spite of widespread belief in her guilt, sympathy had swung towards Madeleine and the crowds cheered when news of the Not Proven verdict reached the street. Madeleine was free to leave the court but never was she free from suspicion ... '
The site includes, amongst other things, this 1787 directory of Glasgow manufacturers and traders.

Old Tokyo. Photographs from the early decades of the 20th century.

Siberian Digital Photo Collection.

Pop Culture and Counter Culture of the Atomic Age.

Muddy Waters. Classic blues master.

Historic Topographic Maps of California.

Mathew Brady's Portraits. Brady is perhaps most famous as the photographer of the American Civil War.

History of Bali. A good collection of articles.

Earth As Art. Absolutely stunning satellite images of our planet.

Elizabethan English. The English language as she was spoke by Shakespeare.

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Remembering the North American voluteers who fought for the Republic during the Spanish Civil War.
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8th February


News from Nepal: the Internet and mobile phone networks are 'on' again. Everybody seems to be ok. Follow the latest news at nepalnews.net and the Nepali Times.
Blow-by-blow account of the coup.

Plep will resume linking as usual tomorrow.
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7th February


Back home. It was a good trip.

Readers, did you hear about the coup in Nepal? In response to growing pressure from the Maoists, the king has sacked the government and replaced it with people closer to him. The consensus opinion in the international community is that this is a retrograde development.

I have had no word from friends and contacts in Nepal since before the coup. It is my understanding that Internet services in Nepal have been disrupted so information coming out of the country is patchy at best.

I've previously made an attempt at blogging the political, social and cultural background in Nepal on NePlep (a travel blog I kept in Nepal in late 2003, and have updated sporadically since). I also collated a set of links on the historical background to Nepal's current problems in this MeFi post ('What's it like to live in a war zone in Nepal?'). You may find these and the articles linked of interest.
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