Ahram Online: Free admission to all of Egypt’s archaeological sites, 18 & 19 April.
Italian Ways: The slow pace of beauty at Petrella Guidi’s historical hideaway.
“Here everything is ‘done well’, and every thing moves at the slow pace of beauty.” Library, and outdoor living spaces? All wrapped in ancient stone? Want. No, need.
iainclaridge.net: Woman on a scooter, 1916.
BuzzFeed Comics: Do We Need To Be Touching? (And 36 Other NYC Etiquette Lessons).
Ah, the memories ...
AP: Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited.
WHAT?!! Do you know how much we could use that post-pee water? Seriously, I’m surprised frackers haven’t made competing bids yet.
OpenCulture: A Brief Tour of British Accents: 14 Ways to Speak English in 84 Seconds.
Nautilus: The Curse of the Unlucky Mummy.
Italian Ways: The Sacred Mountain of Varallo, the Jerusalem of Valsesia.
A sort of religious Las Vegas; those who could not, or would not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem could experience a ‘faithful copy’. You’ve got to see this - scroll down to see all the wooden figures. I’ve never seen this before, never knew it existed.
ArtDaily: Christie’s announces Sale of Vintage Travel Posters and Luggage.
I have a terrible abiding weakness for both.
WarHistoryOnline: Archaeologists find remains of 21 German soldiers in a WWI shelter.
“Here, as in Pompeii, we found the bodies as they were at the moment of their death. Some of the men were found in sitting positions on a bench, others lying down. One was projected down a flight of wooden stairs and was found in a foetal position. The collapsed shelter was filled with soil. The items were very well-preserved because of the absence of air and light and water. Metal objects were rusty, wood was in good condition and we found some pages of newspapers that were still readable. Leather was in good condition as well, still supple.” RIP.
Global Views on Morality: Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.
JunkCulture: New Banksy Mural Depicts Government Agents Spying on a Phone Booth.
Serendipita: View from the ISS.
Cool. And I didn’t know!
ArtDaily: 3,300 year-old coffin found containing the belongings of a wealthy Canaanite.
“A rare artifact that was found next to the skeleton is an Egyptian scarab seal, encased in gold and affixed to a ring. The scarab was used to seal documents and objects. The name of the crown of Pharaoh Seti I, who ruled ancient Egypt in the thirteenth century BCE, appears on the seal.”
WaPo: France didn’t ban people from checking work e-mail after 6. This is why it should have.
ArtDaily: Sale of Important Veteran, Vintage, and Commercial Vehicles and Automobilia.
Check out the ‘22 double-decker!
ArtDaily: The Greek Monsters come to New York City.
Aw, looks like fun.
Italian Ways: Casa degli Atellani and Fortuna.
Lovely. I wonder how one does ‘just enough’ maintenance on such a place, to not destroy its character.
ArtDaily: ‘World’s oldest message in a bottle’, tossed in sea 101 years ago, reaches granddaughter.
“Von Neuhoff said researchers were able to determine based on the address that it was 20-year-old baker’s son Richard Platz who threw the bottle in the Baltic while on a hike with a nature appreciation group in 1913.” Neat.
The Luminous Landscape: Scotland - Isle Of Skye Photography Workshop.
Ah, one can dream ...
Italian Ways: Sardinia’s carnival masks.
The previous link spurred me to add this find to the mix.
ElPais: Spain’s lost Celtiberian helmets.
Such rare items shouldn’t really be sold on the private market. I know, I know - if I found such a treasure, I’d probably sell off some of the kit to recoup excavation costs, keeping the best back. But still. I’d sure like to see these in a museum, given their amazing state of preservation and historical significance.
Italian Ways: The Contarini Staircase, a paradisiac view of Venice.
“Built at the end of the 15th century by will of the Venetian nobleman Pietro Contarini, the gorgeous spiral staircase – ‘bòvolo’ in the lagoon’s dialect, hence the name ‘Contarini del Bovolo’ – winds up 26 meters, inside a cylindrical tower with seemingly infinite round arches.” I assume Escher must have seen this … ? Beautiful. Where are such things in modern architecture? I rue the vacuum.
The Smart Set: From the Ashes.
“Of course, now that Pompeii has been excavated, the site is becoming a normal ruin. It is falling into decay. But not the calchi, and that is why the calchi are so uncanny. The calchi aren’t ruins and they never can be. The calchi are like snapshots of death. For that reason, they make the death of Pompeii as palpable and present to us now as it was two thousand years ago. ” You can view some of these at the Franklin Institute in Philadephia until April 27.
Observer.UK: Rev’s church could have been where Romeo and Juliet died.
“Some historians hold that the tomb scene in Romeo and Juliet, with its ‘stony’ sepulchre in which the tragic lovers end their lives, has similarities to the decaying, tomb-crowded interior of the church. By Shakespeare’s time, the church was already nearly 500 years old, crammed with crumbling tombs and memorials, some of them dating back to the Crusades.”