Sunday, April 22, 2018

Charm Bracelet Tells The Tale Of Life Inside a Concentration Camp

Some 140,000 Jews—including numerous musicians, writers and artists—were held in the Theresienstadt ghetto labour camp. Greta Perlman, a young Czech Jew, was one of them. While there she assembled a charm bracelet that documents her four years surviving the Holocaust. Internees were sometimes able to make artworks clandestinely in the camp workshops, but a large group of charms like this is very rare. They were either given to Perlman as personal mementos or collected by her in exchange for food, when she worked in the camp kitchen. She may have gathered the pieces into a bracelet later, in the United States. 

The bracelet is currently on view as part of the newly installed permanent collection at the Jewish Museum of New York. 

Pickle, Biscuits And Dog Poo: A Stink Map Of Bermondsey

Artist Steve Overbury has combined Bermondsey's nostril-catching qualities in days gone by into a fantastic hand-drawn map of the area.
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Via Londonist

Sunday Links

Inside the Strange World of Dried Hummingbird Love Charm Trafficking

Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World  Via

The Haunted Monkey Jacket; Or The Unexpected Hazards of Second-Hand Clothing

The Happy Dilettante: One Poetry Lover's Life in Poetry, Illustrated (April is poetry month)

The Long Way Home When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the crew of an American seaplane were caught off guard near New Zealand. Unable to return across the Pacific, they were forced to fly home “the long way” — all the way around the world.

Can You Guess What America Will Look Like in 10,000 Years? A Quiz

Going somewhere? Ultimate Female Travel Packing Lists... to everywhere  Via

Levittown:William Levitt did more than anyone else to invent the nightmare we know as suburbia. Levitt wouldn't sell to any family that wasn't white.

 Self-confessed bevpert, kfan, reviews the Sonic Peanut Butter Fudge Shake (he thought it was amazing) Via

How to (Almost) Get Away With Murder: Three healthy people died at 3635 Pitch Pine Crescent in Mississauga, Ontario, in less than four years. In this in-depth multimedia piece at the Toronto Star, Amy Dempsey unravels how a series of missteps and errors at every phase of the investigation nearly allowed one couple to get away with murder — three times.

Architectural wander: a walking tour of Tbilisi’s eclectic neighbourhoods Now I want to go there!

I can’t hear you. Excessive noise is the top complaint diners have, ahead of service, crowds, or even food issues. Restaurant noise levels are climbing. Here’s how to fight back

"This story starts with my dog taking a shit on the bathroom floor, and ends with me cleaning out a meth house." Via

The House On Ancaster Creek By Williamson Williamson This treasure is not too far from where I live.

Despite limited access to the internet Improvisation Is the Heart of Cuban Animation 

Illustrated Guide to Updated Fairy Tale Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts  Via

Winnie Fritz was a farmhand at 6, a Army nurse unit commanding officer in Vietnam in 1970 at 22, a nurse to presidents and kings at Walter Reed at 23, a pilot, and the clinical operating officer of an international health system at 31.  Thanks Bruce!

The Jealous Wall: The Trendy Fake Ruins of 18th-Century Europe

Any Sandy Denny fans out there? I worshipped her. Seven and a Half Short Notes on Sandy Denny

Musical World Map

The Man Who Saved Havana As its greatest old buildings were falling down, a fearless historian named Eusebio Leal remade the city into a stunning world destination. Many years ago I arranged a tour of Niagara on the Lake for a group of Cuban architects who were working on the Havana restoration - Leal may have been one of them, I'm not sure. I was so happy when I finally visited Havana and got to see their work.

A trove of wonderful vintage film footage at guy jones YouTube channel. Via

The Willendorf Venus crochet pattern Via

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Snow Rollers

Thousands of round, hay bale-shaped snowballs littered the countryside in northern Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin a few days ago. This phenomenon is the result of a very specific set of weather conditions:
"A light layer of snow with a certain moisture content needs to be on top of a harder packed layer of snow. The top layer needs to be light enough to be blown by the wind, but wet enough to stick to itself as it travels over more snow."
More here