Travel: Mudlarking for treasures on the River Thames

A Mudlark while being a species of Australian bird’, is also a curious river-side rambler. Over several millennia of habitation, London’s River Thames has collected many layers of mud-addled refuse of varying degrees of value. Although one man’s trash is another’s treasure and the shores of the Thames are still a magnet to curious folkContinue reading “Travel: Mudlarking for treasures on the River Thames”

Knitting with Dog’s Wool (1966)

Instead of allowing your pesky pooch to malt all over your sofa, put your pet to work in a novel way. The most luxuriant of dog breeds can be put to practical use as producers of dog wool for your next knitting expedition. Some of the best breeds for yarn include the Collie, Old EnglishContinue reading “Knitting with Dog’s Wool (1966)”

Every Picture Tells A Story: David Bowie Plays the Cello (1983)

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.” . . . “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” David Bowie. 1983  

Book Review: Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner

Scottish writer Alan Warner’s novel Their Lips Talk of Mischief is a boisterous, vigorous and energetic novel about two literary wannabes (Lou and Douglas) living in a glum 80’s Thatcherite slumland in Britain. The pair share an interest in Lou’s enigmatic and sexy girlfriend Aoife. Thus develops a complex menage a trois that follows. The yearContinue reading “Book Review: Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner”

The lost art and history documentaries of YouTube

Forget Netflix, YouTube has some incredible vintage documentaries about art and history. Made during the days of  analogue, these docos may seem pixellated and blurry by today’s standards. Yet if you persevere, you’ll be rewarded with terrific storytelling, great production values and enigmatic and fascinating subject matter. Here for you are some great documentaries about materialContinue reading “The lost art and history documentaries of YouTube”

Every Picture Tells A Story: Lion Tamer for a touring circus at Ascot, 1936

A fearless lion tamer goads and encourages her intimidating charges during the Bertram Mills Touring Circus at Ascot.  Shot by Edward G Malindine in 1936. Courtesy of the National Media Museum on Flickr   

Vale David Bowie: Goodbye to the Best Part of the 20th Century (Bowie’s Music, Art, Fashion)

Today the world received the most devastating news. David Bowie died at age 69. This news is monumental to anyone who is a lover of avante-garde art and rock music. Anybody who respects and reveres a life lived to its fullest would feel sad about the passing of David Bowie. A man elegant, humble andContinue reading “Vale David Bowie: Goodbye to the Best Part of the 20th Century (Bowie’s Music, Art, Fashion)”

Help Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Carnivora Family Felidae Genus Lynx The Eurasian Lynx was once a part of primeval forests in Britain, but has since been hunted out of existence there. Nowadays with the deeper understanding of ecological balance, the importance of primary predators has been reasserted. In Britain, there’s an exciting newContinue reading “Help Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!”