Hoooooey! the 50th edition of 10 Things! In this fat and bulging edition, we take a foraging foray into some rude relics, some ethereal ambient music, a few risque clips from the olden days, some inspirational animals of past and present and we journey into trippy realms with scientists. Hope you enjoy it.
Bon Repos Gites is an amazing and quirky blog about Breton history and culture. This week is an exploration of rude historical monuments and artefacts in Brittany.
The church in Lanrivain contains a rather charming carved wooden statue depicting a reclining Virgin breast-feeding
Images of reclining Virgins are quite rare in Western Europe but there are ten others, dating from between the 15th and 17th centuries, to discover across Brittany. Unsurprisingly, the sites of these “Virgins of the Milk” were once popularly visited by expectant mothers or those women experiencing difficulties expressing milk.
What these images lack in artistic refinement, they surely make up for in imaginative powerBon Repos Gites
Nature Nook’s blog is an interesting mix of British wildlife, beautiful creatures on the brink of extinction and those that are now lost forever, like Australia’s now extinct Thylacine, an amazing marsupial that resembled a striped tiger. You may remember they also did a post about hte Dodo and the Quagga. Read more about this species, now lost forever.
A cheeky woman pinches men’s bums in London to promote sexual equality in London – 1971
I found this strangely amusing. I can’t help but wonder…when did this kind of thing become out of bounds and not ok and why is everything so boring and PC nowadays?! Perhaps if a man was doing this to a woman it would be harassment, but a woman to a man… it seems more fun and not harmful. Why is this? perhaps we have all been conditioned in some way, write below what you think.
A vulture hitchhiker cruises along with a paraglider
Imagine the unexpectedly joy and bliss of gliding alongside a chilled out vulture who comes and hangs out on your selfie stick for the most perfect shot in all the world!
A seahorse mum gently cajoles her babies out of her
Swim away little ones…weeeeeee be freeeeee
A 1 hour mix of Alberto Balsalm by Aphex Twin
My favourite ambient producer, the reclusive, mysterious and enigmatic Aphex Twin.
Creepy 50’s beauty competitions
Beauty categories included:
- Least concave rib-cage
- Bloodiest steak
- Nicest shaped paper bag head
The macabre monster mash-ups of fantasy artist Patrick James Woodroffe
Don’t ask me to explain what is going on here, I’m just an astral tourist…
The late Patrick James Woodroffe (1940 – 2014) was an English artist, illustrator who specialised in fantasy science-fiction artwork, with slightly menacing and always compelling art that plunged into surreal realms. He collaborated with well-known musicians throughout his life, has a number of bronze sculptures on permanent display throughout the world and wrote several books. Something about his art captivates and draws me in.
The Lollipops – Naked When You Come (1966)
Mysterious and melodic music from the 60’s
We might be living in higher dimensions, but our senses can’t tell yet
“A particle can be here and then it can be there faster than the speed of light…all of it is very mysterious”~ Neil DeGrasse Tyson master of inter-dimensional trippyness.
Reassuring tofu based ASMR video
If you are unsure about tofu or find it menacing or flavourless, this video is here to reassure you that it’s very cosy and homely to eat.
One of my favourite bloggers that I’ve been following for many years is Spanish Woods.
from Morning Mist
Thoreau and Basho Through the Seasons by Mary Kullberg, 1993
Via Spanish Woods
Where to monsters come from?
A strange journey through a history of a spooky word – Monster with YouTube’s most criminally underrated linguist: Alliterative
In 2001, the unforgettable and soulful Robin Williams met with the unforgettable and soulful Koko the Gorilla at The Gorilla Foundation. Following the death of her gorilla companion, Williams made Koko smile for the first time in six months. They laughed, embraced, tickled and played together.
In 2014, when Koko was told of Robin’s death, she signed the word “cry” in sign-language. Koko died in 2018 peacefully in her sleep, of old age. Rest in Power Robin and Koko, I like to think that you both are together now beyond the veil in a gorilla-human embrace.
I hope you enjoyed this bumper edition of 10 Things. 50 editions long and many more to go. Let me know what you think below…