Archive for July 2005
The Orpington Montage may sound like a novel by Robert Ludlum, but, as you see, it isn’t.
Link via boynton. The extraordinary thing, I find, here, is that, apparently, if one wanted one’s chickens photographed by Arthur Rice, one sent them to him by train, in a hamper, for two shillings and ninepence, and then he sent them back!
Boynton’s post also includes a link to an album of photographs at the National Library of Wales taken in the mid-19th century by a certain Mary Dilwyn. Besides the images of chickens, and other birds, here (see numbers: 24 25 34 35 36 38), there are some beautiful studies of flowers (numbers 5 16 and 21, for example), and some remarkable portraits of children, (number 28 particularly) including a girl (number 39) who reminds me rather of a young Emily Dickinson.
I couldn’t find a Dickinson poem that mentioned chickens, but I did find this fragment:
Jennie Hitchcock’s mother was buried yesterday, so there is one orphan more, and her father is very sick besides. My father and mother went to the service, and mother said while the minister prayed, a hen with her chickens came up, and tried to fly into the window. I suppose the dead lady used to feed them, and they wanted to bid her good-by.
The Amherst Transcript?
(And I’ll bet you’ll not find another post which links Emily Dickinson and Robert Ludlum, even as loosely as this…)
It’s hard to know what image would best sum up all this obsessive behaviour, but I think it could be this one:
Unless it’s this one:
Fairly obvious which two sites those come from. Magnificent.
They can’t all be American, though, as the third image on page 7 of the Highlights appears to be of a doodlebug plunging to earth, presumably somewhere in southern England, during the latter days of WW2.
I’ve started (or more accurately, decided to make public) two new blogs, called TestPad and Ramage’s Marginalia. TestPad is intended to reflect my interest in writing, Web 2.0, and the wider world (as you might guess from its tagline), while Marginalia is, frankly, for strange stuff that just won’t fit anywhere else…
I’m still working on them, so don’t be surprised if their appearance changes somewhat over the next few weeks, but I thought I might as well let them out into the world,and let them make their way, or otherwise…
Go, littel blogges…
Oh, and I’ll be keeping Ramage in better shape, I hope, too…
- The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire
survey of ethnic minorities living in former USSR
(tags: culture history language)
- MoCo Loco – Modern contemporary design & architecture
(tags: design architecture)
- nebo peklo
(tags: art illustration photography)
- THE THOUGHT PROJECT // BY SIMON HOEGSBERG
what are strangers thinking as you pass them on the street?
(tags: photography thinking)
- Alias: Flickr + Reblog
daily dose of street art culled from various sources on flickr
(tags: graffiti flickr streetart)
- culiblog: irreverent, arty, fascinating blog about food
I took home some of those organic strawberries from Brabant last Sunday and by Monday morning I had turned eating strawberries into a yoga breathing practice.
(tags: art blog food cooking)
(Actually these fellows are working on the tote-board for the 1932 Greyhound Derby held at the White City, London. The picture is taken from a book called The Pageant of the Century, published in 1933.)
“For God’s sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passions, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.”
– Wolfgang Bolyai (1775-1856) to his son Janos Bolyai regarding the study of hyperbolic geometry.
Apparently, when knitting these hyperbolic shapes, “The first rows take no time but the later rows can take literally hours, they have so many stitches. You get a visceral sense of what “hyperbolic” really means.”