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Tuesday, December 09, 2003
The history of British roads at Apex Corner, including proposed London motorways, of which the Westway is the only built link. In retrospect, we can breathe a sigh of relief that the proposed Ringway was never constructed in its entirety. This re-drawn map of the North Cross Route shows a motorway ploughing its way through Camden and Islington to Hackney. As the site points out, one of the casualties would have been the Sigmund Freud Museum, swept away by asphalt. It's not as though the rest of the city would have escaped: the West Cross Route was to cut a swathe through Chelsea and Earl's Court. As the map shows, only a small section of this route was built, the M41. Apex Corner also has this excellent tube-style map London's motorways.

Mah-Jongg the ring-tailed lemur belonged to Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, eccentric owners of Eltham Palace. Read this fascinating 'alternative history' of the Palace, which posits that the entire building, a 1930s deco house built amongst the ruins and remains of a Tudor Palace, is riddled with secret rooms, trap doors and mystifying symbolism. Today, the lemur is little more than a marketing opportunity (yes, toy lemurs are available in the Palace store), but 'Jongy' was also a vital component of two very eccentric lives:

Jongy was infamous for biting people to whom he took a dislike. On the morning of the departure of the 1930-31 British Arctic Exhibition, sponsored by Stephen, the Courtaulds gave a farewell lunch on board their yacht, the Virginia; the expedition suffered a setback when Jongy bit the hand of Percy Lemon, the expeditionís wireless operator, severing an artery. Lemon turned out to be allergic to the iodine which was provided, and it took him three months to recover. (from the guide book)

Percy Lemon, we think, later gave his name to the Lemon Mountains in Greenland, so he obviously made a full recovery. Related: Greenland's Thule Air Base, and the story of its construction. Arctic exhibitions are always fascinating - read about the original Isaac Hayes (i.e. not this one).

Etchings from beyond the grave (via caterina). Also, a nice scan of a ghostly polaroid. Also via c, a 360 panorama of Stonehenge. Related: Panoramas.dk's view of La Grande Arche, Paris / unidentified photographs at the International Institute of Social History / a map of landscape design sites in London - more numerous than you'd think. Not many illustrations, though. Slower ventures to London shores - we love this image of the ghastly GLC annex building, currently serving out a lingering death sentence.

A gallery of Stephen King book covers, via Old Timey. Quite an informative look at different illustrative approaches to the horror genre, or how a concept (e.g. The Dark Half) can be treated in multiple ways (and for different markets). Related: Wickedness.net, 'the on-line resource for exploring perspectives on evil and human wickedness'. Includes essays like 'And then came the Fall: on the nature of evil in J.R.R.Tolkien's and J.K.Rowling's arch-villains' (pdf).