“Let not your heart be disturbed… Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.”
-Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego
Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke
Mary Poppins Premiere - Saving Mr. Banks Premiere
Aww! So sweet! And his facial expression is practically the same, too.
So even the eighth Doctor came back before Sherlock
So did the Fourth.
jane austen meme | one novel
“It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”
Ironically, the quoted passage here is from Austen’s least-appreciated novel, Northanger Abbey. Incredible. Northanger also happens to be, by far, my favorite of her works (in case anyone in the world managed to miss that fact).
Paintings in Detail - Cravats Part Five
Oh heck yeah.
A baby otter’s first attempt at swimming and floating.
Too cute to not repost.
Two admission tickets from 1790
These two tiny slips of paper shouldn’t exist. They are admission tickets from the 18th century, which users would normally have thrown out - but they were not, obviously. The top one gave one Mr. Masfield admission to the British Museum. He visited it on 3 March, 1790, a Wednesday. At this time small groups of five visitors were guided through the museum by a servant - Mr. Masfield took the 1 O’Clock tour, according to the ticket. The guides were not to receive any tips from these wealthy visitors: “No Money is to be given to the Servants,” the ticket warns. The second ticket admitted one Mr. Zucker admission to the chemistry lectures at Cambridge University (Harvard), “for the present season”. It was issued 14 October, 1790, in the same year Mr. Masfield visited the British Museum. This is, in other words, the precursor to the modern student card. I love how these two unpretentious slips of paper somehow made it into our own time: time capsules that show us brief moments in the lives of two 18th-century gentlemen.
Uhm, anon you know when you said ’ Eleven in a fez’ ? I kinda just went with it …. ♥
Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark
Here’s something very special. In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them. The 915 items are mostly letters, notes and receipts, all written between the 11th and 15th century. Among the more notable scraps is a marriage proposal from a man called Mikita to his beloved Anna: “marry me - I want you and you want me, and the witness to that is Ignat Moiseev” (item 377).
The most special items, however, are the ones shown above, which are from a medieval classroom. In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning to write filled these scraps with alphabets and short texts. Bark was ideal material for writing down things with such a short half-life. Then the pupils got bored and started to doodle, as kids do: crude drawings of individuals with big hands, as well as a figure with a raised sword standing next to a defeated beast (lower image). The last one was drawn by Onfim, who put his name next to the victorious warrior. The snippets provide a delightful and most unusual peek into a 13th-century classroom, with kids learning to read - and getting bored in the process.
More information - On the scraps in general, see here. Here is a full inventory, in Russian. On the excavation, see here and here. More kids’ doodles here and here. Some letters in this Flickr stream. The Leiden scholar Jos Schaeken published a book in Dutch on this material, which can be downloaded for free here (English translation to follow next year).
Oh my god this is the cutest thing ever
I love all those captured moments of history that demonstrate the universality of human nature, and this is the best example I’ve seen in a while. :-)
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