Monday, December 31, 2007

Current Favourite Aside

Play it, you crazy klezmer, play it!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ornate Fruit-Dove

My brother has pointed me in the direction of West Papua for its enticingly weird rodent life. However, the ornate fruit-dove (seldom can bird have been better named) seemed to offer a nice opportunity for a break from the rat-race. Also, the most interesting rodent in West Papua is a giant (three-pound) rat, which would be slightly disconcerting to display here. But if I ever have the money, it's to West Papua I will go.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


I fear I may inadvertently have misled the House. The crustaceans which came to dinner were a colony of crayfish, rather than several lobsters. As an apology, here is a picture of a giant crayfish made out of steel, currenly exhibited in Donetsk.

Saturday, December 22, 2007


Guess who's coming to dinner?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Israel Shamir

This is mad enough to be here, even though politics is something I normally avoid.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

And Again

Even more rodent behaviour. Stick all the way through to the mad scientist at the end.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Long-Eared Jerboa

A new addition to my rodent pantheon.

Anne Geddes

This is the only photo by Anne Geddes which I do not find kitsch and objectionable. In fact, it is quite pleasantly creepy. But I wonder if she realises that?

On the other hand, this I find funny.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Halil Mutlu

A previous post, Naim Süleymanoğlu, might, by the coincidence of title and photograph, have implied that the weightlifter portrayed in the post was the Turkish 'Pocket Hercules', the 147cm Naim Süleymanoğlu. The possibilities for confusion have been brought to my attention by a friend, who points out that the weightlifter in the earlier post was in fact Süleymanoğlu's successor as the Turkish 'Pocket Hercules', the 150cm Halil Mutlu. I hope that this clearly-titled post, with its picture of Naim Süleymanoğlu, will resolve any confusion.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sonata 2007

This is the future. And it makes me feel slightly uneasy.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My Brother's Tidiness Survey

My brother wants people to take photos of their desks and post them on their blogs, for reasons I can't quite fathom. I suppose it will indicate a) that we are all equally messy, and b) that computers have taken over the world. Where's the old Remington typewriter when you need it?

Naim Süleymanoğlu