The Future Generator
at the London Transport Museum
is a forecasting look at the effect of transport on climate change in London. But you can get a sense of history as well. The museum's collection originated in the 1920s, when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations. They moved to the present location in 1980. Londoners can take a trip back in time
on the Metropolitan line and enjoy a special day out in Metro-land as two historic electric trains run special excursions on Sunday 14 September 2008. [more inside]
They're everywhere; languishing on doorsteps, hanging out in the middle of the road, dangling off street signs, peeking out of piles of garbage, reclining in the middle of the sidewalk, riding the bus for free. London Bananas.
The Mercury Prize
shortlist for 2008 is: Adele
- 19 |
British Sea Power
- Do You Like Rock Music? |
- Untrue |
- The Seldom Seen Kid |
- Shine |
- Alas I Cannot Swim |
- Stainless Style |
- Knee-Deep in the North Sea |
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset
- The Bairns |
- In Rainbows |
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
- Raising Sand |
The Last Shadow Puppets
- The Age of the Understatement [more inside]
In November 1943, the village of Tyneham
in Dorset, England, received an unexpected letter
from the War Department, informing residents that the area would soon be "cleared of all civilians" to make way for Army weapons training. A month later, the displaced villagers left a note on their church door: Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.
Residents were told they would be allowed to reclaim their homes after the war, but that didn't happen, and Tyneham became a ghost village
. Though most of the cottages have been damaged or fallen into disrepair, the church and school have been preserved and restored. Photo galleries 1
. Panoramic tour [Java required]
. Video: Death of a Village [YouTube, 9 mins.]
Product Placement Banned in U.K.
Minister says it 'contaminates programs'.
Heated controversy over cousin marriages in Britain. The Guardian
argues it's fine, legal in the UK for centuries, done by Darwin, HG Wells and Queen Victoria; and a 2002 study (prev)
found little increased risk. But in Bradford, England, where half of babies born are to ethnically Pakistani parents, cousin marriage is very common -- as high as 70% in that community.
Bradford, with 1% of British population, has 70 youths with terminal disorders which lead to dementia-type illnesses – eight per cent of the UK total.
Should the government ban cousin marriage? Encourage genetic testing? Or keep its mouth shut? [more inside]
A 15-year-old in London is being prosecuted
for holding a sign
calling Scientology a "cult", during a peaceful demonstration (0:55-1:40)
. The teenager refused to back down, quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a "cult" ... The City of London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, had accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology. The City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for "raising the spiritual wealth of society" during the opening of its headquarters in 2006. Last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London's chief superintendents via
David Garrick (1717-1779)
revolutionized acting technique in the eighteenth century. One of England's most influential actor-managers, he operated the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
and exerted a profound influence on Shakespearean texts
alike; in fact, Garrick's Jubilee Celebration
is the ancestor of the modern Shakespeare festival (and inspired some fakery
as well). [more inside]
From 1987 until 1992 Britain's Austin-Rover Group
exported the Rover 800 to America and called it the Sterling
. Jointly developed
with Honda, the Sterling was a bit of a flop in contrast to Honda's Acura Legend
. Of course, every car has its fans
. One more thing, if you need a part for your Sterling, you better call this guy
The Royal Mint
revealed their newly designed currency
today. Looks pretty sharp. [more inside]
, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
The Return of a Clockwork Orange
- Writers, artists, directors, UK film censors and starring actor Malcolm McDowell discuss Stanley Kubrick's classic film A Clockwork Orange
One Last Journey.
"Cars these days, they're like washing machines." (Not Clarkson...)
[1996 vintage Web
] was a Yorkshire Wolds
village that survived for more than a millennium before being suddenly depopulated. Was it plague, Viking raids or William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North that drove the people from the land? No, it seems it was the sheep
The main link provides an overview of some of the findings about the village and medieval English peasant life
[BBC radio programme
] emerging from the decades of archaeological research
into Wharram Percy.
"Geordie messiah to return - Kevin Keegan is returning to Newcastle United as manager".
Thus read the official statement issued by Newcastle United
heralding the improbable return of Kevin Keegan
to be manager of the club, the perennial under achievers in English football. [more inside]
Barbara Pym’s books
focused on women who rarely make it into any spotlight, literary or otherwise: quiet, sensible, independent women of a certain age. Like the spinsters who populate her novels, her genius has been too often overlooked, but she does have her devotees. [more inside]
Sick City - Maps and Mortality in the Time of Cholera
] reviews Stephen Johnson's "The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic"*
. Dr John Snow became the acknowledged modern father of epidemiology by identifying water as the transmission vehicle of a cholera outbreak in Victorian England. [more inside]
has thousands of photographs of cemeteries and gravestones all over the UK, from City of London
to the Kirk of Lammermuir
, and random
points in between.
How The Edwardians Spoke
:: BBC documentary via Google Video, about an hour [more inside]
In the 19th century, English author Favell Mortimer wrote several books describing various countries
to children. Apparently she didn't travel much
. [more inside]
Before there were videogames, growing up in England in the late 1960s though the 70's we had Action Transfers
. The Letraset company branched off its division of hand set rub-on transfer fonts into full blown action scenes, with Cowboys & Indians
, famous historical battles
, natural disasters
. This collector has dozens of sets
, scanned in high resolution
& never used.
The Grand Tour.
Until August 31st, the National Gallery
in England is putting reproductions of famous paintings on the streets of London
, with MP3 audio guides and maps
available for download. The reaction has been good
Remember all that talk
Gulf stream turning south and England entering an new Ice Age?
Well, better take a look at this one
(at the bottom)
... Ok, this is the Jet stream
, not the Gulf stream
, but turbulence is
and chaotic systems
have a way of quickly migrating to new
, often first displaying a kind of turbulence during the
transition phase. Here's a link
to a .pdf that may be helpful (or not...)
I tell you - Winnipeg (Canada's Global Warming Success Story)
just keeps lookin' better and better
! But, hopefully, never this good
Hey look, the Cerne Abbas giant
has a buddy
. Unamused pagans wish for rain
"Henry John Patch would be notable simply by virtue of his 109 years on earth...
But Harry Patch is more than a gerontological phenomenon. The man arranging his medals and sitting up straight for a photograph in the conservatory of a nursing home in Wells is the last British man alive to have served in the trenches during the First World War."
In late March the body of Lindsay Ann Hawker
in a bathtub on the balcony of a Chiba apartment. This week, with the help
of UK officers, the Hawker family has returned
to Tokyo, to seek help to find the main suspect Tatsuya Ichihashi, who has been missing since the discovery of the body.
During the infamous anti road protests at Newbury, England in the mid 1990s, Mark Carroll made a short film called 'The Wild Horses of Newbury
The Internet Library of Early Journals
:: A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals
As the smoking ban
in England looms ever closer
, some are considering its possible unintended consequences
. Who will be the unintended winners? Wine
merchants, chefs, online bingo sites
, paparazzi, and people who make outdoor heaters
: shattering the myth that "all churches are locked". With the aim of visiting every church in England and recording whether it is kept locked or unlocked, this ten-year-old 'side project' now has statistics by county and diocese, county maps, and a map of the country
showing their progress.
Pinning down the elusive Banksy.
"The art world is the biggest joke going," he has said. "It’s a rest home for the overprivileged, the pretentious, and the weak." Yet the stencilist/graffiti writer's pieces regularly sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds at places like Sotheby's--not bad for a man who still remains cloaked in complete anonymity. The New Yorker
gets a rare e-mail interview. [Previously: 1
BBC News: "Gee, I just love your accent."
The American nation may be more wary of crossing borders, but their love affair with the British accent continues unabated. Despite the fact that there are multiple variants therein, and what may be considered a "low-class" accent in the UK is still considered a "high-class" posh accent in the US.
Naturally, the Brits will play this up to the hilt - and it may help in getting them jobs, credibility, Oscars and Emmys, by no less an authority than Stephen Fry
Sorry lads - Wank Week is cancelled
. Channel 4's planned series on masturbation, which would have come this month and which was to feature such illuminating documentaries as "I Can't Stop Wanking
" and "Masturbation for Women
, as well as a portrait of the UK's first masturbate-a-thon
, has been pulled
as a result of the recent Big Brother controversy
. Would-be viewers feel stiffed
and wonder why 4 is being so hard on
its viewers, who are now left to entertain themselves.
Victorian Turkish Baths
- "Can the active, fox-hunting, cricketing, boating Englishman bear the same kind of treatment that benefits and gratifies the indolent, languid, luxurious Turk?"
They shut down part of Austin last week, thousands did it in Esperance, Western Australia
, record numbers in England
and thousands more along I-84 in Idaho
. Conspiracies abound; could it be poison, or testing EM weapons
, "some kid with a BB gun
" or drunk on hackberries
or maybe it is global warming?
Sometimes the explanation is pretty simple
but mostly, scientists are scratching their heads and wondering what is causing bird to drop dead out of the skies all over the globe at an alarming rate.
Less than 16 months after England claimed the Ashes
, Australia reclaim them
in three straight test matches. With England's main opening batsman pulling out of the contest due to "stress"
, and their captain refusing to delay a knee operation
so that he would be available, it never really appeared to many that they wanted to face a rematch. Questions must now be raised about what happened
to their astounding reverse swing
. Chin up lads - at least you and your world-touring Barmy Army
can all play with your trumpets
is a London photojournalist whose portfolio features work on some fun and quirky themes. He won the 2004 World Press Photo for his series called drinking of england
. Some other series, like nudestock
, are NSFW.
The United Celtic Kingdom.
A new study shows that most British are decended from the Celtic tribes that crossed over from Spain 7,000 years ago. Only 20% of the English are decended from Viking stock, even fewer are Anglo-Saxons.
I sometimes look up at the bit of blue sky
High over my head, with a tear in my eye.
Surrounded by walls that are too high to climb,
Confined like a felon without any crime...
is an English preparatory school set in bracing downland country
. Find out more
about its teachers
, the headmaster
and his predecessors
, the discipline
, and its star pupil Nigel Molesworth
. As a bonus you can find out more about how Kennedy captured the gerund and led it into captivity
. If you're still confused, click here
for the background to Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle's satire on a certain part of 1950s England.