Issue #1 here.
This odd image of a lady with a tiny elephant made me instantly think of innovative ways to deal with downsizing a department and budget cuts. Expect to see more NEW and EXCITING! tales of badly applied SCIENCE in the MUSEUMS of the FUTURE!
Go and have a go at making your own pulp tales covers, as it's very easy to edit once you prod it a bit, and has great potential for entertaining things to stick on the staff notice board.
Update: A few days after posting this I saw the Grant Museum of Zoology is opening an installation of over 2000 slides showing teeny tiny animals such as an entire squid which is only a few millimeters long. UCL HAVE A SHRINK RAY! AAAGH!
I might have spent a whole lunchbreak yesterday playing with the Pulp-O-Mizer make your own pulp magazine cover thingy, and gotten a bit carried away. I love the idea of trashy pulp tales based on rather misguided 'modernisations' trying to solve the common and vexing issues faced by museums/galleries.
Expect to see a few more NEW and EXCITING! tales of badly applied SCIENCE in the MUSEUMS of the FUTURE!
Go and have a go yourself as it's very easy to edit once you prod it a bit, and has great potential for entertaining things to stick on the staff notice board.
I do like a good rummage in our archives, as the occasional unexpected gem arrives en route, and it seems that the folks at the British Newspaper Archive are of the same mind.
How about the first recorded duel in gas balloons, in Paris, by two men having affairs with the same Opera Dancer?
Take a sexy situation, add bonkers fighting methods almost bordering on steampunk fantasy and then dollop journalistic puns on top. What's not to like?
Northampton Mercury – Saturday 23 July 1808
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See the original post, and find more oddities: http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2012/08/24/the-first-duel-fought-in-hot-air-balloons-paris-1808/
Such a nerd, I'm listening to the live broadcast of the Is It Richard III? results while working at my desk.
And oh boy, I expect the press in attendance are hearing a lot more about archaeology than they ever wanted to. A lot of detail, quite good to hear how it all feeds into the end results and why they started making such assumptions about the skeleton. Perhaps a bit dry, but happy to hear that it's not being sensationalised or overly simplified for the benefit of the masses. This is an archaeologist who knows his stuff - not someone who is just camera friendly.
I bet they're all just preying for him to get on with it though...
Update: It Is "beyond reasonable doubt" Richard III and yes, he will be buried in the Cathedral there, and the Mayor managed magnificently to not be too cocky about having that as a major attraction for future tourists. From Feb 8th there is a temporary exhibition on display, and then next year a permanent exhibition opening (in the school building next to the burial site, which they had purchased before even getting the confirmation that it was Richard!)
Update: quick lunchtime cartoon added!
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