Showing posts from August, 2008

Cross Bones Graveyard bones at Wellcome

bones from Southwark's Cross Bones Graveyard are on display at the Welcome Collection - they include one of a child suffering from small pox and another of a teenage victim of syphilis Southwark and Bermondsey skeletons on display at Wellcome Collection [23 August 2008]

Beardsley Walk

AUBREY BEARDSLEY Pierrot of Pimlico and Piccadilly "London is adorably bright and busy." Presented by Alexia Lazou Sunday 7th September 2008, 3pm Meet outside Pimlico Tube Station, Rampayne Street Exit. There you will recognise the Beardsley Woman carrying a Yellow Book under her arm. Accompany her to various places associated with Aubrey in Pimlico. Then, after "A Short Ride in an Omnibus", reconvene at Green Park Underground Station to plunge into the publishing domain of Lane and Smithers. The walk will last approximately three hours and will conclude for refreshment at a nearby public house. Recommended reading: Aubrey Beardsley: A Biography by Matthew Sturgis, Harper Collins 1998 Aubrey Beardsley by Stephen Calloway, V&A Publications 1998 Aubrey Beardsley (drawings) by Brian Reade, Antique Collectors' Club 1987 The Letters of Aubrey Beardsley edited by Henry Maas, JL Duncan & WG Good, Cassell & Co. Ltd. 1970 Under The Hill, or The Story of

Tower's raven mythology may be a Victorian flight of fantasy | UK news | The Guardian

Or so says Tower history Geoff Parnell Tower's raven mythology may be a Victorian flight of fantasy | UK news | The Guardian

Death of a Zeppelin, 1916

Very interesting account of an eyewitness to the shooting down of a Zeppelin L31 over Blackfriars Bridge in 1916 by Wulstan Joseph Tempest, a 2nd Lieutenant in the 39th Home Defense Squardon of the RFC. The first Zeppelin to be shot down was SL11 down, destroyed by 2nd Lieutenant (later Captain) William Leefe Robinson who received the Victorian Cross for the attack. Success depended upon the innovative use of incendiary rounds. Robinson was flying a BE2C Biplane . Report Death of a Zeppelin, 1916

Economic crises can have health benefits

After the 1990's economic crisis in Cuba the lack of food produced a major health benefit with major reductions in onset of diabetes and heart problems. It shows that a 4- 5 kilogram drop in average weight over a community can have dramatic affects. Economic crises can have health benefits - health - 16 April 2008 - New Scientist

Long-standing Test cricketers live longer

Study of the age of death of test cricketers (up to 1941) shows that the more test matches they played, and the more privililedged their upbringing affecting their age at death. This strongly supports the view that big factors for longevity are success and circumstances at birth. Test cricketers not out for longer, research shows | Science |

The Bankside Walk by Kevin Flude

A short walk of mine has been published by Proboscis: Proboscis | Diffusion � Blog Archive � The Bankside Walk by Kevin Flude

The Harlot’s Progress by William Hogarth proboscis

Proboscis have published he Harlot's Progress and other of Hogarth's works, they can be printed out here: Proboscis | Diffusion � Blog Archive � The Harlot’s Progress by William Hogarth

Boudicca Film

According to reported conversation the film I did with Francis Grew on Queen Boudicca is to be put on the Museum of London web site.

Bermondsey Walk

I did a walk around Bermondsey for the Charity at Guys - about 20 people - it was a short walk but it is a fascinating area - particularly good was the tour of St Mary Magdalen Church by Matthew one of the Church wardens. Its an unusual Church being 1690's and the most impressive thing is the Church wardens stalls which are in a square and allow them to have a very cosy meeting. Bermondsey has an amazing industrial heritage with Leather Working, Hat making, Rope making, hop storage etc. remains of much of it still remains.

Rush hour on Blackfriars Bridge 1896-style

The BFA has released archive film onto youtube - here is an example from Blackfriars Bridge. See rush hour on Blackfriars Bridge 1896-style [18 August 2008]

Summer Hours - Museum objects and memory

Film by Olivier Assayas explores memory partly through objects and their meaning - the Museum D'orsay stars in the film. The house of a well known artists is sold by the family after the death of the last member of the family (the mother of the family and the niece of the artist) who really knew the artist. With the death of the mother the personal stories behind the objects begin to fade and are replaced by art history narratives. The various associations with the house and objects of the generations of the family are explored and the film becomes a very interesting exploration of death, memory and family, with a subplot of modernity against tradition. Heure d'�t�, L' (2008)

Bryan Donkin - inventor of the tin can

While researching a walk around Bermondsey - interested to find that Bryan Donkin in 1811 invented the tin can in a Fort Place, Blue Anchor Rd (now Southwark Park Road) A Biographical Dictionary of Civil ... - Google Book Search

Neanderthal DNA suggests a small population and no interbreeding with homo sapiens

Recent DNa extraction from a neaderthal skeleton suggests their DNA is outside of the range of normal Homo Sapien variation and are therefore not likely to have breed with our ancestors. Also the DNA suggests a small population of perhaps 10,000 making them a high risk for extinction. They also had no waist! The Neanderthal murder mystery - Science, News - The Independent

Venus of Willendorf Anniversary

100th Anniversary of the discovery of the Venus of Willendorf - one of the earliest representations of the female form. BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Vienna celebrates Venus centenary

Ancient Greek 'computer' displayed Olympics calendar | Science |

Ancient Greek 'computer' displayed Olympics calendar | Science |

Brand New Podcasts for London Museums

3 new podcasts added to the 24 hr Museum website MGM 2008 - Brand New Podcasts Added To The MGM Discover London Trails - London City Guide news