A Case of Curiosities
is devoted to the art of taxidermy, decorative, restorative and anthropomorphic
. As well as potted histories of some of the great taxidermists of days gone by (e.g. Walter Potter
, whose vast arrangements of tea-drinking kittens, mourning songbirds, studious rabbits and cricket-playing guinea-pigs enthralled the Victorians), you can peruse the site owner's restoration work
, special projects
and 'furniture pieces
The site is a treasure trove, helped by a gorgeous design, and a real eye for the macabre. We like the souvenirs
, and also this wistful poem
For a long time to come I shall fondly remember,
Poor Nimme who died on the 11th of November,
He might have lived yet for many a year,
If an accident had not cut short his career.
Of his breed I can say without falsehood or joke,
There was no better Ratter in all Basingstoke,
Though only a Dog his loss grieves me sore,
For so faithful a fellow I shall never find more.
Elsewhere. Some steel houses
in Palm Springs, a tour courtesy of scrubbles
: ‘Driving through the swanky Vista De Las Norte neighborhood is tough. You have to dodge a lot of private landscaping trucks.’ Entirely unrelated: a good collection of Nabokov
All about pop-up books
, via Iconomy
. Fun with Flash: Insert Silence
. Railroad curiosities
). Analogue versus digital, a debate we're still having with ourselves. The Olympus OM-4
instruction manual. Or the lovely new Leica MP
or the new D-Lux
digital. Customise your Levis
. Reminiscent of the great shey.net
'sweatshop' fiasco of a few years back.
You'll hopefully notice slightly better Mozilla compliance around here. Thanks to Bradley. New! Adieu Paris
, a short story.