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Friday, June 20, 2003
We just love found religious iconography. This chemical stain is similar in nature to the Caravan Park Christ reported a few years ago. I must say that the Caravan Park Christ is/was a bit more convincing than the Weeping Chemical Virgin Mary. Last year, while sat at the back of a small country church for a wedding, I saw an exact ‘face of Christ’ in the stonework at the left hand side of the aisle – a face that was a dead ringer for the Turin Shroud, etc. etc. As soon as the service ended, I walked up to the image, only to find it was visible solely from my seat, due to the oblique angle of the wall and the arrangement of stains and blobs that made up the 'face'. For a few minutes, it was genuinely unsettling. There's more weirdness, courtesy of the Coast to Coast image gallery, but some of these pictures are sadly rather dull.

Elsewhere. Pop Politics, which is unsurprisingly where politics and popular culture meet / weblogs: Sorehead, cloudiness.com, both worth a look (we're a mine of fascinating miscellany, oh yes) / y2karl is creating a series of informative architectural posts at metafilter, the first in the series being Greek Temple Architecture / monsters at Chesil Beach, lurking under the pebbles, no doubt.

We saw Menlo Park last night at the Hoxton Hall, an extraordinary gig at an extraordinary venue. Reviews of earlier shows. Not to be confused with Menlo Park Recordings, or even the Californian town of Menlo Park / cryptome, a huge database of crypotography musings / girlhacker on William Heath Robinson / A Week of Kindness at Giornale Nuovo. Also, Mr H's post on The Town Where I Live is intriguing for the absence of a specific location. Some swift detective work would probably locate it in an instance, but the addition of mystery enhances the (stock photo) images.

The Wiltshire town of Swindon's magic roundabout (via solipistic). A road builder's nightmare, not to mention the problems it would give novice drivers. First and foremost, this image reminded us of crop circles, which are, broadly speaking, also a Wiltshire-based phenomenon. Crop cicles have long since entered the file marked 'nice try', although some continue to dispute this. Perhaps Swindon's disgruntled town planners sneak out at night to create the designs? For most people, 'magic roundabout' evokes the classic television series (currently being merchandised (or should that be re-merchandised), to death, like most children's television of the era. It's also rumoured to be a ghastly new film).

Finally. A quote from a Building Design piece by Robert Booth on country houses. The architect Anthony Browne's house for Nicholas van Hoogstraten, Hamilton Place is mentioned. Of course, Hoogstraten is now in prison, and the architect's verdict is telling: "'I resigned when I realised he'd killed another client of mine,' Browne recalls, referring to the killing of business associate Mohammed Raja." The article describes Hamilton Place as 'audacious', which is diplomatic to say the least.