October 14, 2017

Down with Planners!

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Before & After Planners: Dartmouth Park Hill in 1976 & 2017

Posted by mehrdad at 07:11 PM | Then & Now |

October 02, 2017

Pazyryk carpet

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An amusing illustration of the oldest surviving Persian Rug (4th century BC) at the British Museum's shop, possibly inspired by The Simpsons!

The Pazyryk carpet was excavated in 1949 from the grave of a Scythian nobleman in the Altai Mountains in Siberia. When it was found it had been deeply frozen in a block of ice, which is why it is so well-preserved.

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The Pazyryk carpet can be seen at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Posted by mehrdad at 09:13 AM | Look-alikes |

September 28, 2017

Persian Matisse

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According to Professor Michael Barry, Matisse was overwhelmed by the Persian miniatures in the Paris and Munich exhibitions of 1903, 1910 and 1912, then by masterpieces in southern Spain and Morocco during his three journeys there between 1911 and 1913.

Professor Barry's illustrated talk will explore these connections in depth, within the context of painting’s amazing aesthetic revolution in the early 20th century.

Matisse and Islamic Art
16 October 2017, 19:00-20:30
Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W6JJ

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* I went to Professor Michael Barry’s brilliant lecture on Matisse & Islamic Art.
As if Matisse was there himself giving the lecture!


Posted by mehrdad at 02:19 PM | Art | Look-alikes |

September 19, 2017

Wilmington Square

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Wilmington Square (south side) in 1945 and 2017

Posted by mehrdad at 10:24 AM | Then & Now |

September 18, 2017

Sunflowers in West London

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Posted by mehrdad at 03:28 PM | Journal 2017 | London | Photography |

September 14, 2017

Tiny red apple or a massive hand

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Posted by mehrdad at 11:05 AM | Apples |

September 11, 2017

The Son of Man

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The Son of Man is a 1964 painting by René Magritte.


Posted by mehrdad at 08:53 AM | Apples | Art |

September 08, 2017

Bedrooms in Hafslo & Arles

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Bedrooms in Hafslo (Norway) & Arles (France)

Bedroom in Arles is the title given to each of three similar paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh's own title for this composition was simply The Bedroom.

Posted by mehrdad at 03:11 PM | Art | Look-alikes |

August 02, 2017

Norwegian burqas

These bus seats were mistaken for burqas by members of a Norwegian anti-immigrant group.

> Read the funny news

Posted by mehrdad at 01:11 PM | Look-alikes |

July 21, 2017

Islamic State's "Mad Max" weapons of war

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Which one is madder?

Iraqi police display captured vehicles that were turned into armoured car bombs for suicide attacks by Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. The cars are covered in thick metal armour, with small glass ports for a driver to see through, and are equipped with bombs.

Posted by mehrdad at 11:10 AM | Look-alikes |

July 08, 2017

I am an Achaemenid

I have recently done a DNA test and here is the result:

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:47 AM | Look-alikes |

June 28, 2017

New Bond Street

New Bond Street in London, exactly 50 years apart: 28 June 1967 & 28 June 2017

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Posted by mehrdad at 10:30 PM | Then & Now |


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