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Home School: The Vatican Library Goes Online and Digitizes Tens of Thousands of Manuscripts, Books, Coins, and More via Open Culture

April 13th, 2020 Comments off
If any one of us ran our own country, we’d surely drive no small amount of resources toward building an impressive national library. That would be true even if we ran a country the size of the Vatican, the smallest sovereign state in the world — but one that, unsurprisingly, punches well above its weight in terms of the size and historical value of its holdings. “It was in 1451 when Pope Nicholas V, a renowned bibliophile himself, attempted to re-establish Rome as an academic center of global importance,” writes Aleteia’s Daniel Esparza. That formidable task involved first “building a relatively modest library of over 1,200 volumes, including his personal collection of Greek and Roman classics and a series of texts brought from Constantinople.”

Hear the Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice via National Geographic

April 11th, 2020 Comments off
This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible—both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds.

Home School: Children are leading archaeological investigations in Scotland – and enriching whole communities via The Next Web

April 3rd, 2020 Comments off

Keig, Aberdeenshire. A gaggle of excited children are instructing community archaeologist Colin Shepherd when to drop a china mug on the floor so that they can see how it breaks on impact.

They will use the results of this experiment to better understand an archaeological find: the broken pieces of an old marmalade jar, last used for breakfast around 100 years ago. The children had recently excavated the jar from woodland in which they usually build dens and play hide and seek as part of an archaeological investigation.

Isolation Entertainment: The Globe is streaming a Shakespeare play for free every fortnight via Time Out London

March 31st, 2020 Comments off
 

The latest London theatre to step up to the plate with free high-quality content is Shakespeare’s Globe. The iconic Elizabethan-style playhouse already had its own public streaming platform in the form of Globe Player, but watching it has always come at a fairly steep rate, with productions rented or purchased at individual prices that usually exceed a month’s full access to many TV streaming platforms. As of next Monday (April 6), that changes.

First up is a full English-language Shakespeare play per fortnight available for free. The line-up kicks off with 2018’s ‘Hamlet’, starring Globe boss Michelle Terry in the title role of the doomed Danish prince.

 Second up, every single production from the 2012 Globe to Globe series will be made available for free, for the whole period. So that’s a Korean ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, a Macedonian ‘Henry VI Part 3’, a Polish ‘Macbeth’, a Hebrew ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and so on and so forth. You can find the full list here.

Isolation Entertainment: London’s National Theatre Starts Streaming Its Most Famous Productions Across The World For Free via Forbes

March 31st, 2020 Comments off

Submerged for Decades, Spanish ‘Stonehenge’ Reemerges After Drought via Gizmodo

February 19th, 2020 Comments off

Receding water levels in Spain’s Valdecañas Reservoir has exposed a stone monument dating back to between 4,000 to 5,000 years ago.

Unusually warm weather produced drought conditions across much of Europe this past summer, including Spain. The lack of rain, while a headache for farmers and gardeners, has resulted in the complete re-emergence of an ancient megalithic site known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal, as reported in The Local.

Streets of Milan in Watercolor via Instagram

January 22nd, 2020 Comments off

History: How Britain fought Hitler with humour via BBC

December 2nd, 2019 Comments off
It’s a late night in London in 1940, and Austrian exile Robert Lucas is writing at his desk. Bombs are raining down on the city every night, Hitler’s army is winning throughout Europe and the invasion of England has become a genuine prospect. In spite of the air-raid sirens and, as he put it “the hell’s noise of the war machinery” going off all around him, Lucas is focused on the job at hand: to “fight for the souls of the Germans”. He is composing a radio broadcast aimed at citizens of the Third Reich. But this is not a passionate plea for them to come to their senses. This is an attempt to make them laugh.
 
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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 25: Along the canal…Nottingham Totes and More! [For Sale]

November 25th, 2019 Comments off

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 25: Along the canal…Nottingham Totes and More! [For Sale]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 25: Along the canal…Nottingham Totes and More! [For Sale]

During our visit to Leeds in 2016 (which we enjoyed immensely) Joseph and I made a special pilgrimage to the Warhammer factory, store, and play area. My only request is that we got to walk back to the train station via the canal that runs through the center of Nottingham. I love the canals of the UK, especially when they go through urban areas. This photo was one of many I took along our walk that day. It illustrates pertly why I love canals so much. Here, in the middle of town, is this tranquil area of water, nature, and people. I wish we had something similar here in California. — Douglas

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Vintage Tram Along Duro River, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

November 20th, 2019 Comments off

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