Trains! XXIV

Wheat & Weeds – Trains! Sigh, think what the world would look like if we still got around by train. We live right next to the little downtown of the little town we live in and running along side us and it is a 4 lane road (quite lovely, at least) which was paved over [...]

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CXLI

Oi Half, oi lookit this: Auto Blog – 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Fuori Serie puts customization program on display In which Fiat offers a new personalization program for their Abarth Fuori Serie, in which a customer can customize the living crap out of their totally awesome car, a program which might reach our American shores [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Olympics’ Parade’s End

In which they throw a massive parade through a very handsome-looking London to say farewell to the Games. I like the THANK YOU on the bottom of the British Airways plane. Of course, we haven’t seen the Paralympics yet. Apparently NBC will show us a recap in a couple of weeks. Which, at least, is [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Giddy-Up, Hoss

Cowboys! Horses! Photos of! Daily Mail – The last cowboys: Stunning black and white images show a rugged and romantic piece of Americana as it clings on for survival Click through for the rest of ‘em.

Categories: Science and Nature

Gifs!

Animated gifs of San Francisco. I just think they’re kinda cool.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Fireworks!

I am feeling so desperately fond of Prince Charles right now: Sky News (with a 13 minute video, starting with his closing remarks) – Queen Lights Last Of 4,250 Jubilee Beacons Highlight: Yeah that’s Tom Jones (and Cheryl Cole) standing next to Camilla behind HMQ belting out God Save the Queen. Sublime.

Categories: People and Current Events

And Now For a Good Cry

Buzz Feed – 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep. I’m struggling to decide if there’s one [...]

Categories: History

Pictures! Old West Pictures!

Brett McS sent these via Twitter. I’d put them in my oft-neglected Tumblr in the sidebar, but they’d never work at that teensy scale: The Atlantic – The American West, 150 Years Ago Click through to see all of them.

Categories: History

I Don’t Know If Anybody’s Pointed This Out Lately

But Windsor is a damned fine looking castle.

Categories: Art and Literature

Colour Really Sucks the Vintage Out of Vintage Photos

Sometimes they just look like people in funny historical outfits. Which makes costume history seem really strange. I mean, what if we could see colour photographs of a dude in full Elizabethan getup? The people staying the same (if shorter) but the trappings keep evolving. I mean, that kid with the gas tanks is wearing [...]

Categories: History

I Like This Mister Lister

From Friday’s London Times, by way of the iPad app (so no linkage):

Categories: History

As Any Kitchen Pr0n Addict Would Know

I know this kitchen. I know it intimately, if a little virtually. It’s Jamie Oliver’s. Or else Jamie Oliver’s been pretending big time: Liberty London Girl – Behind the Scenes on the Sainsbury’s LLG Recipe Shoot for the May Issue Because we were shooting in a private home… She says, as if it hasn’t already [...]

Categories: Food

Photos of Iran

I used to think Pakistan was top of my list of Places I’d Go If It Weren’t So Frickin Crazy, and Iran second. But now I think Iran is way up on top. I don’t know who owns these photos but click through because they are awesome.

Categories: Science and Nature

Coastal Towns: Italy Vs the US

I just came across this on one of my fashion blogs: It’s a photo of Cinque Terre, in Italy. I’ve never heard of it. For comparison, here’s some beachfront property in Aptos, California (which I have heard of but only because I live here, so you probably haven’t): *cries*

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

There Aren’t Many Opportunities to Go On a Costume History Rant

Vanity Fair put together a slideshow of 1920s fashion to “speculate” as to the coming costumes we’ll see on Downton Abbey, including *spoilers* Lady Mary’s wedding dress, as the show embarks on the 1920s next season. The earliest photo is from 1924. Most are from 1927-9. You illiterate numpties. *downloads all the photos anyway cuz [...]

Categories: Entertainment