Bolivian Cholita Climbers

“For years, Lydia Huayllas, 48, has worked as a cook at base camps and mountain-climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, a 19,974-foot (6,088-meter) Andean peak outside of La Paz, Bolivia. But two years ago, she and 10 other Aymara indigenous women, ages 42 to 50, who also worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers, put on crampons – spikes fixed to … Continue reading Bolivian Cholita Climbers

Beirut

d84523ffc05c19e2493708ac93795404Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zach Condon. Beirut’s music combines elements of indie-rock and world music. The band’s first performance was in New York, in May 2006, to support its debut album, Gulag Orkestar.

Condon named the band after Lebanon’s capital, because of the city’s history of conflict and as a place where cultures collide. Beirut performed in Lebanon for the first time in 2014, at the Byblos International Festival.

 

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Banksy’s Dismaland

Dismaland is a temporary art project organized by street artist Banksy, constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England.The secretive pop-up exhibition at the Tropicana, a disused lido, is “a sinister twist on Disneyland” that opened during the weekend of 21 August 2015. Banksy has described it as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”. Banksy created ten new works and funded … Continue reading Banksy’s Dismaland

Van Gogh Paintings On Matchboxes By Salavat Fidai

Russian artist Salavat Fidai is obsessed with things in miniature, and he has previously painted miniatures on pumpkin seeds and carved sculptures into the graphite tips of pencils. For this project, he’s gone for something a little bit bigger, but not by much. One of Fidai’s favorite painters is the legendary Vincent Van Gogh, so he decided to do a series where he recreated some … Continue reading Van Gogh Paintings On Matchboxes By Salavat Fidai

Bestiarum Vocabulum

The Amphimachairodus, an early member of the cat family, was 1.3m in length and weighed an estimated 490kg. (Photo by Sky TV/The Guardian) The ice age giant ground sloth (Megatherium) stood a colossal 5.5m high. Meanwhile the Glyptodon is a prehistoric relative of the modern armadillo – albeit one the size of a VW Beetle. While the terror bird from the Cenozoic era was a … Continue reading Bestiarum Vocabulum

Vintage Pictures of the London Underground

Opening of the London underground metropolitan line in London, Britain, 1863. (Photo by Rex Features/Shutterstock) One of a series of photographs by Henry Flather showing the construction, undertaken between 1866 and 1870, of the Metropolitan District Railway’s (MDR) underground lines between Paddington and Blackfriars via Kensington. It shows Notting Hill Gate Station shortly before it opened in 1868. The line laid by the MDR from … Continue reading Vintage Pictures of the London Underground

Kabul, A Look at Life in Afghanistan

An Afghan boy stands in the sun on a hilltop overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan November 19, 2018. (Photo by Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) Afghan men work at their firewood stall in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Mohammad Ismail/Reuters) A man shows off his horse skills in an effort to attract customers to take a ride, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, January 30, 2019. … Continue reading Kabul, A Look at Life in Afghanistan

Inna Vladimirskaya the Brave Naked Woman

This brave swimmer certainly has a brrracing workout each weekend she skinny dips in one of the coldest rivers in Europe which regularly plummets to temperaturess of –9C. Inna Vladimirskaya, 32, strips off on the banks of the Dnieper river, in Kiev, Ukraine, every Sunday morning, and takes a swim after jogging along the snowy banks of the river in the nip. The thrill-seeker says … Continue reading Inna Vladimirskaya the Brave Naked Woman