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My new project: Palm Oil Detectives & Creatives for Cool Creatures

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Hello my friend I hope you are going well... I have been busy with creating a new online community. It is driven by passion and was inspired by a deep love of animals and nature. Two months ago, I watched a David Attenborough documentary and sobbed because what's happening to the natural world right now…

10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #33

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Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of coconut water, welcome to another dimension-coasting, mind-contorting journey into the weird and wonderful world of the internet. Featuring some guest stars and some of the same old cast you know and love. I hope you will join me... A bee-faced mushroom shaman from 9,000 years ago on a cave wall…

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #32

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Godzilla met King Kong when they were just kids! Memento Mori by High Dependency Unit A sweeping and melodramatic post-rock album by Kiwi band High Dependency Unit that's filled with light and dark. A bustling sushi city by the creative genius in miniature Tatsuya Tanaka https://twitter.com/tanaka_tatsuya/status/1355333095575089153?s=20 A Journey to the Big Cat Sanctuary with Heather…

Comforting Thought: James Baldwin on why art is important

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James Baldwin, France, 1970 If you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them too - the terms with which they are connected to other people. This has happened to every one of us, I'm sure. You read something…

10 Interesting Things I Found On the Internet #31

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Here are some flotsam and jetsam that I found floating around the river earlier on, I've let it all dry out and it will make a nice wall display later... This cat that feels dejected and jealous of his cat friend Animals experience jealousy, anger, love, confusion, excitment in the same way that we do.…

Book Review: The Fashion Chronicles: Style Stories of History’s Best Dressed by Amber Butchard

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Genre: Non-fiction, Fashion, History. Publisher: Hatchett Publishing Rating: 1/2 Stars Amber Butchard Amber Butchard is the charismatic TV host of the BBC’s ‘A Stitch in Time’, a fantastic show about the history of fashion told in several outfits. She is also a fashion historian and author. She has blazing red hair in…

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet #29

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Ahoy there! Here is a quirky internet sea shanty, plucked from poseidon's breast. I haven't done one of these posts for a while, because I have been busy with another project to do with animals and conservation. I hope to keep up with these posts as I know some of you like them. Stay piratey…

Ancient Word of the Day: Love-Drury

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Love-Drury: n. A treasured token or keepsake given to a lover or partner. Origin: French. Comes from the French word Drut meaning a friend or lover. Drury made its way to English in the Middle Ages. In the 14th Century, a drury was a sweetheart or beloved person or a treasured object. Vincent Van Gogh's…

Artists & Writers in their Own Words: Jonelle Patrick

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Inspiring author Jonelle Patrick weaves webs of literary magic in her five novels set in Japan. She has been writing about Japanese culture and travel since she first moved to Tokyo in 2003. In addition to The Last Tea Bowl Thief and the Only In Tokyo mystery series, she produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and…

10 Cool Things I Found On the Internet#27

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Welcome to a cosy corner of the internet where you can find a lot of wholesome and quirky picks to delight your five senses. Toshiya Sukegawa (助川敏弥) - Bioçic Music: Aqua https://youtu.be/58mhgplUCCk Maple Colour by Erin Hanson (2019) Via Erin Hanson's website Dogs to the rescue in the Wellcome Collection "Monks living in the Great…

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet this week #26

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Sometimes you just need a happiness infusion straight into your veins, so here is a little shot of endorphins I hope you enjoy it... A Day in the Life of my favourite artist family The lovely and soulful Bartons in their cosy den of creativity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPV-wQ4JGiM The macabre story of The Sorceress by Jan van…

Artists & Writers In Their Own Words: Kanariya Eishi

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Kanariya Eishi (鹿鳴家英志) AKA Hiroshi Nakatsuji is a multitalented performer of the ancient Japanese Art of Rakugo in English. Following a Bachelor of Performing Arts from an American university he was involved in many theatre projects in Japan, US, and New Zealand. He trained as a theatre clown under Rone & Gigi, a world renowned…

10 Cool Things I found On the Internet #25

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If you have had a bit of a downer week then this will bring your aura back up to bright again and hopefully make you laugh. Hope you enjoy it. How cultures deal with haunted places and people who have shuffled off this mortal coil A fascinating Zoom Workshop. "If you see a Monarch Butterfly…

Artists and Writers in their own Words: Sylvia Ritter

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Self Portrait by Sylvia Ritter German Artist Sylvia Ritter has made a name for herself and gathered a dedicated following in the open-source IT community with her funky and psychedelic animal art. Ritter is best known for her astonishing digital paintings that coincide with all of the releases of the Ubuntu Linux operating system so…

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet #24

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This week it's going to take some intense eye-bleaching and palate cleansing to get the gross taste out of your mouth. So here are some things to hopefully brighten up the rooms and windows of your mind. Future Imperfect by River Crow The future may be hopeful. The future may be fearful. The future will…

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet This Week #22

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I hope these things cheer you up or make you smile. They certainly made my day better when I found them. Bulgaria's Kooky Kukeri Festival Each year, people across Bulgaria gather in Blagoevgrad to partake in the annual Kukeri Festival. Draped in elaborate costumes made from long goat hair, participants dance away the evil through…

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Wayne Wolfson

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Northern Californian artist and writer Wayne H.W. Wolfson is completely self-taught and has had an expansive career. He has amassed a large body of work in a riot of colours and eclectic styles. This makes him one of the most striking, interesting and chameleon-like artists around. Summer's Last Dusk by Wayne HW WolfsonA Million Ways…

10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #21

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If the internet is making funny sounds and has crapped itself a few times in your house, well then perhaps it's time for a reboot.... Mountains, Cass, 1936 by New Zealand painter Rita Angus Mountains, Cass, 1936 by New Zealand painter Rita Angus Dead Can Dance- ACT II The Invocation video filmed in Bulgaria Dead…

Artists and Writers in Their Own Words: Googie McCabe

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Talented Polish/British artist Googie McCabe creates lush vintage inspired illustrations steeped in Polish folklore. Her art is brimming with timeless wisdom and she harnesses the pleasures and pains of being a mum to create beautiful and often hilarious paintings, illustrations and books. I have always drawn, painted and doodled. My first pregnancy somehow unlocked it...…

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Gareth Quinn Redmond

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Immensely talented Irish composer and musician Gareth Quinn Redmond reinterprets and pays homage to Japanese Environmental Music or Kankyō Ongaku in his music. A genre inspired by the conceptual genius of Erik Satie's Furniture music, which then found fertile growth in Japan in the 1970s and 80's. [Kankyō Ongaku] leads the listener into another world,…

An Anatomical Guide to Godzilla and other Gigantic Japanese Monsters

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These amazing diagrams showing a medical cross–section of Godzilla along with other Japanese monsters such as Mothra, Gamera and Agurius. These illustrations were created in 1967 by Shogo Endo for a book called 'An Anatomical Guide to Monsters'. This cult book was crafted by Shoji Otomo (writer) along with Shogo Endo (illustrator) (1967). An Anatomical…

10 Cool Things I Found on the Internet This Week #19

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If you have been living on a diet of fast food for your five senses, then here is a little palate cleanser for you... Snuggly, cosy Peregrine falcon parents look after fastly growing chicklets on a Melbourne CBD live stream Expect sleepy eyed roosting for many hours, pierced by sudden absences for dive-bombing murders. Later…

Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Jane Cornwell

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Jane Cornwell creates soothing and emotional art that speaks to the soul I was accepted for Glasgow School of Art age 16 and I loved it... I have a notebook from school, age 5, with a little drawing of me standing at an easel. I’ve always had a compulsive need to draw, paint and make…

10 Interesting things I Found on the Internet This Week #17

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A Shelf-Portrait with Alanis Morissette Rock goddess, highly sensitive person and all-round legendary bookworm Alanis Morissette talks about the books that have shaped and improved her life. A lot of great non-fiction here about mindfulness, spirituality and personal growth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwrLSpHz4lk The mystical beauty of an Ancient Egyptian daughter of Osiris (1913) An anonymous autochrome photograph…

10 Quirky Things I Found on the Internet this Week #16

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Max Frey's Magical Monsters Max Frey (1874-1944) was a German painter and graphic artist associated with the Symbolism and New Objectivity movements. His work in 1920s and 1930s is particularly inspired by Magic realism. Five of the world's weirdest wild dogs I discovered a nice blog run by a pet shop and pet supplies business…

Amazingly intricate surreal art about lockdown by Marija Tiurina

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When the covid-related quarantine began back in March I had this idea to start a big watercolor piece that would be constructed out of people's submissions. Imagine a large painting that is like a weird salad where everyone's thoughts, memories, dreams and ideas are mixed in a bowl and dressed with my imagination - well,…

Content Catnip TV: Team Lab Borderless, Tokyo

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TeamLab Borderless in Tokyo is a remarkable audio-visual attraction in Tokyo and a must-see in the city if you ever visit. It's on expansive, harbour-facing area of Odaiba which is encircled by the very scenic train ride, along with excellent shopping centre Diver City, which features a showcase level of award-winning ramen restaurants from throughout…

10 Interesting Things I found on the Internet #13

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1. Chilled out hip-hop grooves from Emapea - Seeds, Roots & Fruits https://youtu.be/uGZJ2UALHME 2. These book-rescuing heroes don't wear capes https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/hjey9s/turkish_garbage_collectors_open_a_library_with/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x 3. François Schuiten’s steampunk cityscapes 'Les Cités obscures' Immense skyscrapers and towering monoliths dwarf the citizenry in François Schuiten’s 'Les Cités obscures', a graphic novel series (1983–present) that captures the steampunk modernist aesthetic. Read…

Book Review: The Sky Atlas by Edward Brooke Hitching

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Edward Brooke Hitching, history-hound, lover of quirky things and writer for the ever-popular and erudite quiz show QI, has written The Sky Atlas. A treasury and history of some of humankind’s most beautiful maps and charts. Yet this book is more than that, it’s a sparkling and glittering array of sky-bound achievements. It’s a visual…