Wednesday, 25 February 2009

'What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.' - Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Kalmykia, Europe's Only Buddhist State.

European Cinema Postcards.

'These are all scans of vintage postcards of the European cinema between 1895 and 1970. '

Old 45s - Vinyl Covers.

Small Town, USA.

'I just love shooting the "mom & pop" businesses that can be found within the quaint little towns that are sometimes only a few miles beyond (and sometimes within) the larger cities. With this gallery, I hope to present the slower pace and laid-back feeling of "Small Town, USA". '

Cane Hill Asylum, London.

With photos.

'In the years since its closure it has acquired the reputation of being the ultimate abandoned asylum, the supreme embodiment of dereliction and decay. This is due mainly to the amount of equipment still on site - the extraordinary wealth of mementoes and personal information that still litter the corridors and wards – but also owes much to the asylum’s uniquely fearsome exterior. Viewed from the surrounding path, it feels more like a prison than a hospital (…..a towering monument to Victorian bleakness and austerity…)'

Kings Park Psychiatric Center, NY.

Another abandoned asylum, with a collection of interesting links at the bottom.

Japanese Air Raid Posters.

'In 1938, the Japanese Red Cross worked with government authorities to create a series of posters to teach the public about the new Anti-Aircraft Defense Law, which was enacted in seeming anticipation of air strikes following the outbreak of the Japan-China War (1937-1945). '

Medieval Medical Illustrations.

Ko Un's Life Story.

Ex-Buddhist monk, political prisoner and poet.

He has a website :

Signs of Africa.

'Moses Rubn Omilia's photo of an Arsenal football supporter's home in Uganda is the first in a series of pictures taken of different signs in Africa and sent in by BBC News website readers.'

Surviving Congo.

'Conflict and the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo have left 5.4m people dead since 1998, according to a major mortality survey by the International Rescue Committee.'

The Gallery of Confusable Flags.

'This is a gallery of pairs (or larger groupings) of flags that exhibit such similarity in design that they can be difficult to distinguish. They are organized by the number of main colors (disregarding, for example, colors in emblems) in the simplest design of the group.'

Lena Corwin's Wedding Photos.

The Welsh Hat.

The Right to Quiet Society.

'Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere.'

Quiet travel :

Outdoor Love Map.

A worldwide guide to making love in the outdoors, obviously.

Querying the Hive Mind.

'Please recommend me some recent films.'

'Life-altering experiences. Can you point to a single experience in your life, as a child, which you can define as having contributed to the person you are today?'

'What can I forage (for)?'

'What is it like to dream?'

'The 'w' in 'Keswick' is silent. So is the 'w' in 'Southwark'. And the 'h' in 'Pakenham'. Is there a name for this and is there a rule to apply it?'

'Stand-alone fantasy book recommendations?'

'How can I get my husband to shower more than twice a month?'

'What should I know before and after I shave my head?'


An advert for Belgian public transport.

Carnivorous Plants vs. Herbivorous Insects.

Paul Cezanne.

'French painter, one of the greatest of the Postimpressionists, whose works and ideas were influential in the aesthetic development of many 20th-century artists and art movements, especially Cubism.'

Henri Rousseau.

'Rousseau, Henri, known as Le Douanier Rousseau (1844-1910). French painter, the most celebrated of naïve artists. '

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