Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pink Floyd Venice

Canal Di San Marco, 1989 now if time machines are ever invented....
famous picture that's been circulated so many times i bet the original source doesn't care about its re-use..

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hand of the desert in Chile

36 foot tall sculpture in the Atacama Desert. very tranquil, like a permanent gesture from a giant Earth-bound friend...

(pictures taken from Tumblr, i didn't save which ones :(... ) 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Animal Farm

The classics. Watching the films too..

Makes you think...
(pics scanned in from own copy) 

Eva Green

Not going to lie, the way she dresses is incredible! Fashion elitists are far too "safe"
Scan courtesy of terrible magazines left in my abode...

Monday, March 25, 2013

A lovely song for you

Does anyone wish for an age of tin whistles and harps being more popular musically than noises made by a computer?
A pretty tune i whistle as i do the the artwork from the still capture :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Photogenic proof of unconditional love, my pal Brooklyn

Gordon Boris Eugene Trevor and Travis.

Op Shop score. $1 each for these guys, the spider (Eugene) lives in the bathroom among the soaps in the hope that i hear screams from unsuspecting guests going to wash their hands...

Butterfly Lovers (very beautiful Chinese folktale)

Butterfly Lovers
Long ago in China, at a time when girls were expected to stay at home and learn household work while the boys went to school, a girl named Zhu conceived a desire to study.
Her family was wealthy and Zhu was pampered but her father did not want to go against tradition. When she pestered him he told her if she got admission into a school he would not stop her from studying. He was confident that no school would admit a girl.
But Zhu was resourceful. She disguised herself as a boy and managed to get admission into a school in the city of Hangzhou, where her aunt lived.
Every morning she would put on her disguise and go to school.
There was a boy named Liang in her class. The two were drawn to each other, and in course of time became good friends. As the months and the years passed they became inseparable companions, and Zhu realised that she was in love.
She wanted to stay with Liang the rest of her life. She thought of a plan. She told Liang that when they finished school, and he had got a job he should come to her house and ask her father for her sister’s hand.
Liang readily agreed. He too did not want to lose Zhu. If he married her sister they could continue to meet.
After finishing school, Liang lost no time in taking up a job, and when he had saved enough to get married he hastened to Zhu’s house.
Zhu saw him coming, and was overjoyed. It was a year since they had parted and she had missed him terribly. Unable to restrain herself she rushed out shouting, “ I’m your friend, as you can see I’m a girl, I cannot live without you!”
Liang was dazed by the revelation, but soon recovered and caught Zhu in a warm embrace. Suddenly everything had fallen into place. Now he knew why he had felt such a strong love for Zhu.
Zhu took him to her father who listened attentively to what Liang had to say, but when the young man asked for Zhu’s hand, he shook his head.
He told Liang that Zhu had already been promised to another man, a wealthy merchant. Nothing that Liang said could make Zhu’s father change his mind.
Liang left, shattered. He felt frighteningly alone. The thought that he would never see Zhu again filled him with pain. On the way, he collapsed and died.
When Zhu learnt of Liang’s death she lost all desire to continue living. She pretended to agree to the marriage arranged for her on condition that the wedding procession passed by Liang’s grave.
As the wedding procession neared the cemetery the wind began to howl and the sky grew dark. Zhu jumped down from her palanquin and rushing to Liang’s grave threw herself on it, sobbing uncontrollably.
A peal of thunder suddenly rent the air. The next moment, a bolt of lightning hit the grave, breaking it open. Zhu leapt into it.
The storm subsided as quickly as it had started. When Zhu’s relatives reached the grave and peered into it, all they saw at first was an empty coffin. Then out flew two butterflies, dancing as if they could not believe they were together.
And as the people standing around the grave watched in fascination and bewilderment the two lovely butterflies flew out of sight.

story taken from: DimDima kids. Butterflies everywhere one looks...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati

My sister (The tinkers are crying) is absolutely obsessed with Dino Buzzati and all his work. His words and pictures line her walls (and her blog...) and she got me to read Poem Strip and i am so glad that i did, his work is incredible, the pictures are amazingly otherworldly too....highly recommended read...

(pics scanned in courtesy of tinkery copies...)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Il Medico Della Peste (The Plague Doctor)

Been reading a lot about the Plague, Black Death, Bubonic Plague, call it what you will, and the desperate measures people went to, most fascinating of all, the Plague doctors and their sinister costumes!
There was even a popular poem about the Plague Doctor costume! circa 17th century:

As may be seen on picture here,
In Rome the doctors do appear,
When to their patients they are called,
In places by the plague appalled,
Their hats and cloaks, of fashion new,
Are made of oilcloth, dark of hue,
Their caps with glasses are designed,
Their bills with antidotes all lined,
That foulsome air may do no harm,
Nor cause the doctor man alarm,
The staff in hand must serve to show
Their noble trade where'er they go

History never ceases to amaze. The beaks of the costume were stuffed with herbs, lavender, strong smelling items, the cane/ stick was used to keep people away and point out sores on a victim. Plague killed between 75 to 200 million people.

Hedgehog in the Fog

Charming little film, made by Soyuzmultifilm, a goldmine of Russian animation. Folklore and traditional tales of each country are fun to watch and read. Remembering  reading the real Grimm's fairy tales for the first time it was lots of death, torture and pain, not happy clean endings as Disney would have us believe!

Hedgehog in the Fog can be viewed on Youtube, its quite delightful in its simple charms...

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Death of Cleopatra in art

Cleopatra's death still not agreed on by all historians, lots of depictions in art. Here are some by Guido Reni, Jean-Andre Rixens and Reginald Arthur. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pink Floyd's The Wall

Whether a fan of their music or not, The Wall has some of the most incredible imagery and animation. It represents so many things to so many different people, which makes it even more accessible and wondrous..

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

the moomins

Days spent reading and watching The Moomins, are days spent well. The wistful winds of Moomin valley are far more wanted than grim reality some days...