Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

British Pathé ‏has uploaded of 85,000 films to YouTube. This 1964 video of the Stones in Hull, Humberside is one of them.


3D On The Rocks

Japanese whiskey-maker, Suntory, has a precision drill that can chisel detailed sculptures like this beautiful pagoda out of an ice cube.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sirens of Chrome

Margery Krevsky’s Sirens Of Chrome is a docudrama that "focuses on how the ingenious pairing of beautiful women and cars has influenced five generations of global fashion, design, commerce, romance and status". Her new book, also entitled Sirens of Chrome, traces the story of auto models from short shorts to business attire, and is filled with terrific photography from the industry’s history.

1963 Detroit Auto Show, “real life hood ornament” posing atop
the 1964 Plymouth Barracuda

Packard Motor Co. enlisted members of the Marion Morgan Dancers to promote
 the 1927 model Packard 343 Series Eight.
The troupe danced around the United States at auto events and
in London in variety shows, specializing in interpretative Greek movement.
Here, dancers perform a circle ceremony around a convertible coupe.

A model wears a nude-colored swimsuit for a skit with an
Emmett Kelly-inspired
hobo to promote Chrysler at the 1960 Detroit Auto Show.

More: The Morning News

Kirsty Mitchell - The Stars Of Spring Will Carry You Home

British photographer Kirsty Mitchell creates stunning images of a wonderland inspired by fairytales. This video contains behind the scenes footage of The Stars Of Spring Will Carry You Home, the final chapter of her Wonderland series, filmed and edited by While working on it her close friend, John Clarke, was killed in a motorcycle accident. She has dedicated the project to him.

Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs

Whether I like Cadbury Creme Eggs is irrelevant. Some of you think Easter would not be Easter without these fondant filled confections and I am posting this for you.

Recipe at this Link

If you are a creme egg afficionado who is feeling a bit adventurous you might like to check out these recipes for deep-fried wonton creme eggs, Scotch creme eggs and sweet creme egg pizza. And, no, you won't have to share with me. I wouldn't think of it. Really.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Victorian Inventor of the Wheelie

Today daredevil cyclists have a passionate following but you'd be mistaken if you thought this was the first generation to perform death defying bicycle tricks.
Way back in 1897 trick bicycle rider Daniel J. Canary was called "the father of us all." Canary performed amazing feats on the high-wheel, but when he got his hands on the newly-invented "safety bicycle," similar to the bikes we know today, he did even more: he invented the wheelie.

Read more at The Appendix

W1A, BBC Mockumentary

W1A is a satire about the BBC shown on the BBC.  A film crew follows Ian Fletcher, Head Of Values, around corporate headquarters as he attends pointless meetings with useless staff. If nothing else the show demonstrates that the public broadcaster has the ability to laugh at itself. The video below is  a preview of the fourth and final episode.

Elvis Costello And The Attractions Shop For Groceries In 1978

Geraldo Rivera goes shopping with Elvis Costello and the Attractions who were touring to support their 1978 album This Year's Model.  Behold the glamourous life of punk rockers on tour!  Elvis ponders the merits of olives vs capers! The video appears to be raw footage for a 20/20 segment that may never have happened. Elvis buys milk, capers and avocados - sounds like a party.

Via Dangerous Minds

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Handyman's Tour of Versailles

If you've ever visited the magnificent Chateau de Versailles outside of Paris you may have wished that you could see it without the hordes of tourists that descend upon it every day. I know I would like to sneak in after hours to explore the palace in peace and quiet.
Canadian photographer Robert Polidori was given that opportunity. In the 1980s he won a contract to document the ongoing restoration of the palace and saw spaces that tourists never see. Here are some of his photos:

Backstage plants at l’Orangerie, in the gardens of Versailles,
taken in 1983, Camera Work

Taken in the Salle les princesses royales,
2010, Galerie de Bellefeuille

Marie Antoinette’s la Meridienne bed,
photographed in 2007, Arthur Roger Gallery

1985, Galerie de Bellefeuille.

Much more: Messy Nessy Chic

Fictitious Dishes by Dinah Fried

 Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals is a project by designer and writer Dinah Fried, who cooks, art-directs, and photographs meals from famous fiction.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963
'Then I tackled the avocado and crabmeat salad...Every Sunday my grandfather
used to bring me an avocado pear hidden at the
bottom of his briefcase under six soiled shirts and the Sunday comic.'

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, 1980
'Stopping before the narrow garage, he sniffed the fumes from Paradise with
great sensory pleasure, the protruding hairs in his nostrils analyzing,
cataloging, categorizing, and classifying the distinct
odors of the hot dog, mustard, and lubricant.' 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
'On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams
crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys
bewitched to a dark gold.'

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 1915
'There were old, half-rotten vegetables; bones from the evening meal,
covered in white sauce that had gone hard; a few raisins and almonds;
some cheese that Gregor had declared inedible two days before;
a dry roll and some bread spread with butter and salt….'

Each photograph is accompanied by the passage in which the recipe appeared and with facts about the respective author, novel, or food.

Much more at Brain Pickings