Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Cause of death unknown, place of burial unknown, yet researchers are 85% sure that they have found the remains of 17th Century artist Michaelangelo Merisi, who is known as Caravaggio. Silvano Vinceti, a cold case historian, and a team of archaeologists found documents which suggested that Caravaggio was buried in San Sebastiano Cemetery in Porto Ercole. The first hurdle was that the San Sebastiano Cemetery was built over in 1956 and the bones moved to the municipal cemetery. After excavations in the municipal cemetery the team found 9 potential sets of bones of which number 5 fitted the physical characteristics of Caravaggio.
The next step was to head to the town of Caravaggio to compare the bones with the DNA of the local people. No descendants were found but families with the same surname were 50 to 60% compatible with the bones. This coupled with the amount of toxic lead in the bones lead Vinceti to conclude that the bones are Caravaggio. It is remarkable what researchers can find out from bones.
Image: From The Guardian - The remains of Italian painter Caravaggio are presented during a press conference in Ravenna, Italy. Photograph: Enzo Russo/AP
Reference: Kington, T The Mystery of Caravaggio's Death Solved at Last - Painting Killed Him The Guradian, 16 June 2010, accessed here
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Lolita surprised me. Easy to read, beautiful language, but at the same time, disgusting. I had always assumed that Lolita was about an older man and a younger girl, but I'd thought that the man wasn't that much older than the girl and that the girl had almost seduced him. This was not the case. Lolita is about a man's obsessive lust for the pre-teen daughter of his landlord. The book is so well written that you become swept up in his fantasy, forgetting that she's not of age until you're suddenly brought back to reality. Lolita is dark and quite depressing, but a worthwhile read for 'its beautifully lyrical writing'.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Desert Book Chick and I will be at Oscars for our regular book chat this Saturday morning. We're throwing the chat open to anyone who's in Alice Springs and interested in books. Swing by Oscars at 10:30am ready to discuss the book you're reading and the books you wish you were reading.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I didn't check the start times before I went out, but my cousin's car (yellow above) was placed near the front of the start pack, so he must have been pretty good. Turns out he placed 3rd in his class (Pro Lite V6), so very good. If you look closely at the photo below you can see his car in front & the other car with a V8 eating his dust.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This is the best review of Sex and the City 2 I've read to date. Why can't there be movies made for women? The movies don't have to be masterpieces (the reviewer admits that she didn't enjoy Sex & the City) but there is just so many movies out there that are aimed solely at men or kids. While romantic comedies are aimed at women, they generally focus on 'girl gets boy' rather than on the friendships and everyday life that surrounds it. Sex and the City has proved there is a market for these types of movies, so wake up studios and start making them.