dino, dino, do

Sunday, July 17th, 2011 08:08 pm
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for work purposes*, i'm perusing the Dinosaurs in art category on Wikimedia Commons, and i'm struck by a thought: Dinosaur art tends to be mostly models or drawings. Where are the oil paintings of the old lizards, eh? Reveal yourselves!

i do find it quite impressive that little german Bedheim has a dinosaur in their coat of arms, though.

*"Mum, are you going to make me a dinosaur like we saw in the book?"
"Mum, are you going to make me a dinosaur like we saw in the book?"
"...oh, all right, then."

travel by proxy

Monday, April 11th, 2011 08:47 pm
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i just visited Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Chennai! through my husband, that is, who went on a research trip there and back again. i must say it's an incredibly comfortable way of travelling, especially considering his plane had a nervous breakdown which had him sit in it at the airport for seven long hours and delayed his journey mightily. but he did see some pretty amazing sights, such as a kookaburra sitting in an old, old tree.

tv presenters always talk about "going on a journey" to discover the origins of science, the universe or everything, their family roots, where to get the best burger in birmingham or well, any old purpose. i've been going on a journey right here in my home, experiencing the life of a single parent (not easy, even when you're not also going out to work), ferrying my daughter to and from her school. i have explored the fascinating easter rites of an english primary school, which involves parents buying hats and hat-decorating equipment so that children can make decorative easter bonnets, teachers dressing up as rabbits, and a healthy doze of choklit easter eggs -- and i have travelled to the deepest recesses of my soul and dredged up a sort of cook from there. gee, i'm glad that's over.


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