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"Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it." -- Andre Gide 

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  • Australian War Songs

    Australian War Songs

    3 years ago

    I clearly remember the first time I heard The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda - Eric Bogel's poignant ode to the men who were maimed and killed in the Great War and in particular Gallipoli.

  • Dora Carrington and the Bloomsbury Group

    Dora Carrington and the Bloomsbury Group

    3 years ago

    Around the turn of the twentieth century a group of Bohemian intellectuals composed of artists, writers, and economists formed a kind of of clique, where they lived freely, more or less, according to their own rules and...

  • Miss Parker's Pain: the Romantic Heart of Dorothy Parker

    Miss Parker's Pain: the Romantic Heart of Dorothy Parker

    4 years ago

    Parker's clever, cynical approach obscured a deep-seated romanticism that is evident in much of her work; particularly her poetry about relationships, which formed a large part of her creative output

  • The Legend of the Mermaid

    The Legend of the Mermaid

    3 years ago

    The legend of the mermaid has, in its way, endured and while few people may believe mermaids actually exist, they still appear in our stories, pictures, sculptures and other cultural references. When you think about it,...

  • More Strange Toys

    More Strange Toys

    5 years ago

    Following on from Weird Toys, I've been scouring the internet for strange, interesting and nostalgic toys...

  • Bauhaus Furniture

    Bauhaus Furniture

    6 months ago

    The Bauhaus was an avant garde design studio that operated in Germany between 1919 and 1933. Founded by architect Walter Gropius, the school incorporated art, architecture, and in particular, distinctive furniture that...

  • Weird Toys

    Weird Toys

    4 years ago

    The consumables we offer up to our children say much about what we are about in any given decade. Toys and products we may have happily given them yesterday, we might cringe at today and products we sell to children...

  • Pedal Cars and other Desirable Objects

    Pedal Cars and other Desirable Objects

    3 years ago

    Mini-automobiles for children have been around almost as long as the real thing, ie; shortly after full-sized cars were modeled in the 1890's and were handcrafted from metal- steel and sometimes from wood. When the...

  • Ventriloquist's Dummies

    Ventriloquist's Dummies

    3 years ago

    Ventriloquist's dummies, being so distinctively human and yet at the same time, so not human are just a little bit creepy...and in some cases, a lot creepy.

  • Hot Hairstyles of the 1960s

    Hot Hairstyles of the 1960s

    3 years ago

    When actress Mia farrow had her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon during the filming of Roman Polanski's wonderful film Rosemary's Baby in 1968, powerful ripples of shock reverberated among the style-conscious.

  • A Day in the Life of a 1950s Housewife

    A Day in the Life of a 1950s Housewife

    10 months ago

    Post-feminist revolution, 1950's housewives carry a certain amount of hip kudos. Now that we have equality (or a facsimile thereof) we don't have to be on the defensive anymore. We can wear a stiff, full skirt, vintage...

  • Why do we have to get Old?

    Why do we have to get Old?

    3 years ago

    Humans, as far as we know, are the only species conscious of our own mortality. Thus we are apt to obsess not only over our inevitable death but also over the slow road of exponential wrinkly decreptitude that leads us...

  • How to Talk Like a Film Critic: Glossary of  Film Terms

    How to Talk Like a Film Critic: Glossary of Film Terms

    12 months ago

    So you want to be a film critic? Well here's something to get you started; a general guide to some of the language of film criticism...

  • Cigarettes and the Seduction of Women

    Cigarettes and the Seduction of Women

    3 days ago

    Although smoking is now socially akin to having two heads, when it was at its fashionable peak in the 20th century, many people were persuaded to believe it was the smart, sophisticated thing to do.

  • Carl Barks: Disney Legend

    Carl Barks: Disney Legend

    5 years ago

    The creator of Duckburg, Scrooge Mc Duck, The Beagle Boys, Junior Woodchucks, Gladstone Gander and others - the legendary comic master Carl Barks, was one of Disney's most celebrated and talented comic book...

  • Seeing: Interpretation and Perception

    Seeing: Interpretation and Perception

    4 years ago

    Seeing...it's a strange phenomenum. In a nutshell it's being able to receive and interpret information about our surroundings through a camera-like lens connected by pathways to the brain.

  • Girl's Own Annual

    Girl's Own Annual

    5 years ago

    I say, up the hockey sticks girls. Remember chums, we're all in this together!

  • Hyperrealism


    5 years ago

    An art dealer first used the term Hyperréalisme (meaning Photorealism) back in the early 1970's to describe a genre of painting and sculpture that mimicked the exactness of high resolution photography. Photorealism...

  • Giant Easter Eggs

    Giant Easter Eggs

    5 years ago

    A chocolate lover's fantasy - the egg measured 8.32 metres high, used up 1950 kg of chocolates, took twenty-six craftsman 525 hours to create and made it into the Guiness Book of Records for the World's Largest...

  • Dignitas


    3 years ago

    Dignitas is the name of an organisation in Schwerzenbach, Switzerland where people from all over the world travel to die, via assisted suicide.

  • Toy Robots

    Toy Robots

    5 years ago

    The little tin and plastic robots that came off the production lines in the US and Japan were technological mini-me's...representations of an artificial intelligence we hoped to create in our own image. True, they were...

  • Old Fashioned Games for Kids

    Old Fashioned Games for Kids

    5 years ago

    Oh I know in these days of whizz bang high tech wizardry, old-fashioned no-tech games probably seem incredibly lame to savvy 21st Century children.

  • Cling Wrap

    Cling Wrap

    5 years ago

    Everything you ever wanted to know about cling wrap...

  • Gilbert and George

    Gilbert and George

    6 years ago

    Provocative, eccentric, sensational, attention-seeking, perverse, disturbing, confronting...these are just some of the adjectives fascinating British-based collaborative artists Gibert Proesch and George Passmore...

  • How to Make a Song

    How to Make a Song

    4 years ago

    ~Take a melody, some words...a burst of inspiration and stir gently~ That's all there is to it. No, not really...well it might be that easy for some, but not for others. Just so I don't feel like a total fraud, I...

  • Fresh Cherry Slice Recipe

    Fresh Cherry Slice Recipe

    3 years ago

    This is a delicious, definitely decadent recipe made with fresh cherries and is very simple to make. It's quite rich, so you don't eat too much at one time and it keeps quite well in an airtight container in the...

  • Phillip Island Fairy Penguins

    Phillip Island Fairy Penguins

    3 years ago

    At just 40 centimetres the Fairy Penguin is the pygmy of the penguin world and found only along the southern coast of Australia and New Zealand, away from the ice and snow usually associated with penguin habitat. The...

  • PT Barnum

    PT Barnum

    5 years ago

    The man who's life was an exclamation mark, the genius behind Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Phineas Taylor Barnum was one of the most influential showman of all time. Whether or not Barnum actually did...

  • Ponytail Tales: How to Wear Ponytails

    Ponytail Tales: How to Wear Ponytails

    5 years ago

    Ponytails and tight updos generally flatter the female face as they work against gravity, pulling everything upwards. They can also lend a swan-like elegance and well-groomed aura to a woman, as well as enhancing her...

  • Home Perms

    Home Perms

    4 years ago

    Since the style pundits have declared the straight look tired and are predicting the return of the curl, perms might be back on the fashion agenda.

  • American Gothic

    American Gothic

    3 years ago

    Art critic Robert Hughes once remarked of this arresting image, painted in 1930 by Grant Wood :"Along with the Mona Lisa and Whistler's Mother ... it's one of the three paintings that every American knows." As a...

  • Sister Wendy

    Sister Wendy

    6 years ago

    As an atheist I'm crossing to the other side here, but this is a little hub dedicated to my favourite nun, Sister Wendy Beckett.

  • I, Claudius

    I, Claudius

    3 years ago

    Political intrigue,assassination, espionage, ruthless ambition, love, war, murder, sex, religion, incest, rape, madness...the thirteen episode 1976 BBC miniseries , I Claudius, based on the epic books by Robert Graves,...

  • Beehive Hair

    Beehive Hair

    3 years ago

    The original 'big hair', the beehive style, also known as the bouffant and the B52, was invented in the late fifties, possibly as an antidote to the mundanity of the pageboy and ponytail, which had dominated the earlier...

  • Pink and Blue

    Pink and Blue

    5 years ago

    Pink for girls..blue for boys right? Well not always... Prior to the 20th century, specific colours don't seem to have been associated much with gender at all. Interestingly, in the early part of the 20th century,...

  • Mod Clothes

    Mod Clothes

    5 years ago

    Described variously by some as a movement spawned by "working-class dandies", a "Jewish middle-class movement" and a "Beatnik extension", Mod culture began in London in the late 1950's and reached it's zenith in the...

  • Schopenhauer and the Poodles

    Schopenhauer and the Poodles

    3 years ago

    When I look at pictures of Schopenhauer I see a man who has looked deeply into the world and doesn't like what he has observed

  • Clowns in the Moonlight

    Clowns in the Moonlight

    3 years ago

    Cole Porter once famously wrote "all the world loves a clown"...but do we?

  • The Child Beauty Pageant

    The Child Beauty Pageant

    3 years ago

    They look like condensed coquettes...prancing, primping and dancing their way across the stage in a blaze of glitz that would rival the campest Mardi Gras. This is the pre-teen beauty pageant scene where the rule is...