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Monday, April 28, 2003
Much-needed rain

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 resources.

All about pop-up books, via Iconomy. Fun with Flash: Insert Silence. Railroad curiosities (and more). 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.