1. Here’s another video that arrived in my inbox this week and it’s AWESOME – just a Wee Day Out in the countryside!
Where’s my bike?
Courtesy of Youtube.
You can get a rundown on the making of the vid at Redbull (cheers again Phil!)
2. Beautiful pictures from the world of Ballet
Photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory have produced a beautiful, almost surreal book documenting the gravity-defying world of ballet in The Art of Movement.
In a series of moody, romanticized snapshots, the photographers have captured some of the best ballerinas and leading men from across the globe, and offered a rare and unique glimpse into the world of dance that’s rarely seen in this context of movement and light.
Beautifully shot, great composition (and also a bit of eye-candy for all the boys and girls)!
For more information on this lovely series head to the full story at: Huffingtonpost
3. Just an ordinary mosque from the street, but when you get inside – WOW!
The Shah Cheragh is a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran and is an important place of pilgrimage and worship. The name translates as ‘King of the Light’, and it’s pretty easy to see why.
When you see it on the outside it’s your average mosque, albeit a fairly grand one, but when you head inside, that’s when the magic happens, as the light reflected from millions of pieces of cut glass transform the interior into a glittering chimera of light.
The tomb itself was first erected for the two sons of an important Imam who were hunted down and killed by the caliphate of the time.
Originally, the tomb was a simple structure but many years later became a place of pilgrimage after a benevolent and pious Queen constructed a larger mosque on the site and ordered it to be built to what it is today – which is magnificent!
4. An all-woman Mariachi band is enchanting listeners around the world
The Mexican folk genre of Mariachi is passed down through the generations and is traditionally an all-male domain, and as a lot of the songs revolve around heartbreak, often their women aren’t exactly cast in a great light.
But one all-women band is changing all that.
Taking their name from the Toloache flower – a trumpet-shaped flower native to Mexico – Flor de Toloache is a Latin Grammy-nominated group who are currently performing at venues around the world to huge acclaim.
First established in 2008 as a trio busking in the streets and subways of New York, the band is made up of founding member Mireya Ramos and a rotating cast of musicians whose roots range from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States.
This diversity manifests itself in their music, which has evolved from the traditional Mariachi through to include influences from genres like salsa, Latin jazz, pop, cumbia, hip-hop and soul.
The video below is a lovely 20 minute serenade Mariachi-style, so grab a coffee (or a Pisco Sour and that cute dance partner in the cubicle next door maybe?!), kick back and enjoy!
Guaranteed foot-tapper! 🙂
Source and more information: Huffingtonpost
You can read more of Flor De Toloache on their website @ Mariachinyc
5. Some lovely ceramics from bygone days are still relevant in our ‘retro’ age
Early in the 1920’s, a Mrs. Manna was a decorator and ceramicist for leading doll company Lenci, before starting her own business Ceramica Italiana Artistica (or Cia).
Her Turin-based company started turning out lovely ceramic statuettes under the trademark ‘Cia Manna’, and they quickly became hot property for collectors around the world.
Enchanting in their simplicity, today they hint of a gentler bygone era, but I suspect they wouldn’t look out of place in this age of retro-chic either.
Courtesy of Italianways
6. These colorized photos of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun are magnificent.
In 1907, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon hired Egyptologist and archaeologist Howard Carter to undertake excavations in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.
Carter searched the area for years, and both he and the Earl were about to give up, but decided to give it one more season of digging before the funding ran out.
Carter decided to revisit an area already dug over, and on Nov. 4th, 1922, he discovered a step leading to whole stairway, and thus leading to the tomb of Tutankhamun, one of the most important and significant archaeological finds ever made to this day.
At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold — everywhere the glint of gold.
The tomb was crammed with thousands of priceless artifacts, including the sarcophagus containing the most famous artifact of all, Tutankhamun’s solid gold death-mask, along with the boy-kings mummified remains.
Every item was meticulously documented and photographed by photographer Harry Burton throughout the dig – a process that took nearly 8 years.
It is with these magnificent photographs that we can see the tomb as it was back in 1922, just as the Earl of Carnarvon and archaeologist Howard Carter did when they first set eyes on this incredible discovery.
The photos are also part of a worldwide exhibition which is about to open its doors once again, this time in New York on Nov. 21st. — a MUST for any archaeological nuts out there like myself.
All donations for a flight to NY gratefully accepted. 🙂
For more pictures and info head to: Mashable
Photos were colorized by Dynamichrome
7. A little brain teaser – FIND THE PUSSYCAT!
Yes there’s a cat in amongst the logs – easy when you see it! 🙂
There – that wasn’t so hard was it? – and it wasted 5 minutes of the Boss’s time too.
You can thank me later!
Source (and the answer in case you need it LOSER!): Mymodernmet
8. What’s on my Soundcloud playlist at the mo!
(Time to kick back and relax – is it Xmas yet?!)
9. NatGeo Photographer opens a window on one of Christianity’s holiest sites
Stunning pics from photographers Oded Balilty and Dusan Vranic for NatGeo, as they joined a team of 30 people to witness what is believed to be the final resting place of Jesus Christ.
A slab of limestone hewn from the wall of a cave, commonly regarded as the burial bed, has been covered by a marble slab since the mid-1500’s, supposedly to deter pilgrims from removing pieces as souvenirs and to prevent any further damage or destruction.
Initially the conservation team found only filling underneath the first marble slab, but as they kept digging, they finally came upon another marble slab engraved with a cross. After almost 60 hours of work, they removed this final slab to find the original tomb to be intact.
While it is archaeologically impossible to tell if this is the actual tomb of Jesus of Nazareth, indirect evidence points to representatives of the Roman emperor Constantine identifying it as such.
National Geographic reports that a transparent window has been cut into the Edicule’s interior wall to expose one of the cave walls.
“This is the Holy Rock that has been revered for centuries, but only now can actually be seen,” the project’s Chief Scientific Supervisor Professor Antonia Moropoulou told National Geographic.
10. Let’s channel Indiana Jones with these gorgeous pics of Petra
The dark narrow gorge leading to the ancient city of Petra called the Siq, is beyond doubt one of the most impressive entrances to a city imaginable.
Many might believe, if they were actually to consider, that it was wind and erosion that formed the Siq, but it was actually tectonic, formed when a deep fissure opened up in the sandstone rock and allowing it to become a waterway in ancient times.
Petra itself, is thought to date back to as early as 312BC and was first established by a nomadic Arab tribe known as the Nabataeans several centuries before Christ’s birth.
Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction, Petra was unknown to the western world until 1812 when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt stumbled upon it whilst traveling in the area, after hearing rumours of an ancient ruined city in a narrow valley near the supposed biblical tomb of Aaron, the brother of Moses.
Unfortunately most people only know Petra from the Indiana Jones film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ – hopefully these beautiful photos will rectify that and prove what an amazing place it actually is – it did with me anyway.
Add that one to the bucket list for sure!
Bonus Extra – another little snippet of cuteness from my inbox.
Not sure who she is but this little Chinese kid sure can play those drums – must only be about 5yo too so she deserves the Bonus extra point this week.
Courtesy of: Youtube
Hope you enjoyed this weeks list of Interesting stuff off the net guys.
If you’d like to leave a comment below on anything, or want to suggest stuff you’d like to see in the future, or maybe just throw some shade my way, then feel free to use the Comments section below! I aim to please!
Have an awesome week peeps! 🙂