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Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide

This site has all sorts of tools for those interested in 'social media.' Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal;

T. S. Eliot - Wikiquote : "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different."

William Blake Walk

WILLIAM BLAKE'S LAMBETH: GUIDED WALK Tuesday 4 May 6.30pm at Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh; free; book via 020 7926 1075 or uk I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. William Blake is one of Britain's most world-renowned poets, artists and thinkers. His life in Westminster is widely celebrated, yet his decade in Lambeth from 1790 to 1800, when he produced arguably his greatest works, is undervalued and little known. Discover the traces of Blake's Lambeth with archivist Jon Newman. The walk lasts one and a half hours. Part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival. Info & map: whatson/event/8901 If you have any useful information please sent it for consideration of inclusion to: -- If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, this link To update

Artist and their models

 * Artists and their Models (Dr Johnson's House)   A personal insight into three Georgian artists and their favourite female sitters.   on Thursday, 20 May at 19:00:00   More details: content/view_lecture/7963? mail=y   Also to remind you - I am doing Myths and Legends of London Sat 1 May at 10.45 Tower Hill and Sir Hans Sloane's London 6pm 6th May Sloane Square we will end up inside the Chelsea Physic Garden - I hope. If you book for the Chelsea walk through this list (i.e. email me) cost will be 6 pounds not 10 pounds. kevin   If you have any useful information please sent it for consideration of inclusion to: -- If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, this link To update your preferences and to unsubscribe visit this link

Reveal - events at King Cross

Kings Cross - begining to market itself as the new place to be - series of events late April 2010 Reveal

Museums at Night 2010- Surgery by Gaslight at the Old Operating Theatre Museum

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT 2010 at The Old Operating Theatre   We are back again after the great success of last year! May 15th at 6 pm, 7pm, 8pm Surgery by Gaslight & Other Medical Tales £10/£9 concessions.   Experience the fear and the emotion of a patient in the 19th century - come and have your leg amputated in the oldest surviving operating theatre in England. When the light gets dim ... the surgery comes alive!     This event sold out last year and museum capacity is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment! Due to high request, we are planning another surgical event on a Friday evening-  Very soon! Keep en eye on our website for a different atmospheric event in one of the best kept secrets in London!   A DDRESS AND CONTACTS The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret 9a St. Thomas' Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY Tel. 020 7188 2679. Email:     -- If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, t

Election - two articles on the class difference

Here are a couple of articles which define the difference in economic terms of Labour and the tories. see And if you want to see what the Tories will do see here thanks to dave alex for this

Surgery - new Science museum educational resources

This is the new web site 'Brought to Life - exploring the history of medicine'. I was of the opinion this should have been a joint project with all the medical museums in the country. But then I have a very optimistic view of the benefits of museums and national museums working together. Surgery

Unusual Walks around London - Sir Hans Sloane

As part of the Royal Society's Local Heroes programme the Old Operating Theatre Museum is proud to announce two walks around London focussing on the amazing life and times of Sir Hans Sloane.   Sloane was not only the founder of the British Museum but also was the person who popularised milk chocolate.  He also founded the Chelsea Physic Garden.  He lived in Bloomsbury and Chelsea and the Museum has organised walks around these areas. The walk will give a portrait of the areas in the 18th Century and look at Sir Hans Sloane life.     Sir Hans Sloane and Chelsea Thursday 6 th May 6pm (meeting at Sloane Square tube station)   A delightful walk around the history of Chelsea with a particular emphasis on the 18th Century and Sir Hans Sloane, who lived in the old Manor House and helped found the Chelsea Physic Garden. Led by Museum Director, Kevin Flude.   Sir Hans Sloane: Bloomsbury and The British Museum Thursday 3 rd June 6pm (meeting at Russell Square tube station

Decapitated 'Scandinavian Vikings'

BBC News - Weymouth ridgeway skeletons 'Scandinavian Vikings' IFA Salon for April says: Decapitated bodies in Dorset revealed to be those of Vikings A good example of public support for human remains research comes from Dorset where, as reported in Salon last year, a mass grave was discovered by Oxford Archaeology staff working on the route of the Weymouth relief road. Huge crowds gathered last month to learn more about the discoveries when the remains went on display in the town’s Pavilion Ocean Room. Steve Wallis, Dorset County Council’s Senior Archaeologist said: ‘We had over 1,000 people in the first two hours; we were counting on a good turn out because we know people round here are interested in archaeology, but we weren’t expecting anything like this.’ Public interest was stimulated by the results of analysis that suggested the remains were those of Viking males who might have been publicly executed 1,000 years ago. Radio-carbon dating has placed the remains in the

Victory for humanism? Prehistoric skeletons will remain at Avebury museum

Public consultation has supported the continuation of display of prehistoric remains at Avebury Museum. This is a great victory for common sense and humanism in my opinion, and shows that so-called Druids and pagans have no more importance in these decisions than the rest of us descendents of our neolithic ancestors. Prehistoric skeletons will remain at Avebury museum say bosses (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald) Salon IFA for April wrote: Human remains will stay at Avebury museum An important stage in the debate about the study and display of human remains was reached on 6 April when English Heritage and the National Trust announced that ‘the public overwhelmingly supports the retention and display of prehistoric human remains in museums’. The announcement was based on the results of extensive public consultation on the issue after a group of modern Druids made a formal request in June 2006 that the human remains on display in the Avebury museum should be given to them for r

Lectures in Southwark upcoming

JOHN HARVARD AND THE HISTORY OF SOUTHWARK Thursday 15 April 1.30pm-3pm  at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street; free John Harvard, who gave his name to Harvard University, was born in Southwark in 1607. Learn more about the man at this free talk by Stephen Humphrey. Info & map:   RECENT DISCOVERIES BY  MUSEUM OF LONDON ARCHAEOLOGY SERVICE Tuesday 13 April 7.30pm (refreshments from 7pm) at New Cut Housing Co-Operative Hall, 106 The Cut; £1 Lecture by Sophie Jackson (senior consultant, Museum of London Archaeology Service). Info & map:   BERMONDSEY AND SOUTHWARK AND THE BLITZ Saturday 17 April 2pm-4pm  at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street; free A talk by Neil Bright. Info & map:   If you have any useful information please sent it for consideration of inclusion to: -- I

The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy by Michael Foley | Book review | Books | The Observer

Interesting book and good review - amongst other things it quotes Flaubert who believed that 'Selfishness, good health and stupidity are prerequisites for happiness' The author condemns modern life styles: 'sales of oranges are falling steadily because people can no longer be bothered to peel them. .....Now I peel an orange very slowly deliberately, voluptously, above all defiantly, as a response to an age that demands war without casulties, public services without taxes, rights without obligations, celebrity without achievement, sex without relationships, running shoes without running, course work without work and sweet grapes without seeds.' His solution seems to be 'Read authentic writers and then begin a new job in your current post, enjoy a holiday where you actually live and most thrillingly plunge into a tumultouous affair with your own spouse. Good advice? The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy by Michael Foley | Book review

Scotland Saves Textile Conservation

A new centre at Glasgow University is to take over the mantle of training Textile conservators. University of Glasgow :: University news