by Garethin General1 commentstags: stuff, vampires, venice
National Geographic has released a pic and story on a discovery from a plague burial on the island of Lazzaretto Nuovo near Venice, which suggests that one of the plague victims was considered to be a vampire / undead and was neutralised by a large brick in the mouth (very much in the same way that Jack Straw could be neutralised by a large brick in the mouth I guess)… apparently an age-old exorcism technique aimed at preventing the undead from ‘shroud-chewing’ which was how they were perceived to spread pestilence. Fascinating stuff and a striking photo. Full info here…
by Garethin General, MotoGP1 commentstags: alvaro bautista, spain, talavera de la reina, travel
In a moment of madness I’ve been persuaded (like I need much persuading!) to do a completely daft but brilliant last-minute trip to Talavera de le Reina this weekend to attend the inaugural party / Fiesta of Alvaro Bautista’s new “FAN’S CLUB”, which is being held at the town’s Palomarejos golfing complex.As well as bar, F1 simulator and bouncy castle (bouncy castle? they must have known I was coming!) it’ll be a great opportunity to meet the new directiva and to also hopefully renew many old friendships too. Incredibly excited. Like a bloody kid.
by Garethin General2 commentstags: fun, sam and dean winchester, stuff, supernatural, teddy bear suicide
Whilst thinking ahead to watching Supernatural tonight (ITV2, 9pm each Sunday if you’re in the UK) I suddenly remembered I meant to find and post a clip from last week’s episode “Wishful Thinking”; one of the show’s more entertaining and tangential instalments. Supernatural tends to be really, really enjoyable when they lighten up a bit or go oddball once in a while, and this was no exception – in a town where a Babylonian coin in a wishing well causes all kinds of weirdness and gradually runs out of control and things turn serious.The funniest, and weirdest bit, had to be the child’s teddy bear – wished to life by a small girl – and driven to despair (and alcohol and porn) by the grim realities of life; eventually blowing his own brains – well, feathers and polystyrene – all over the bedroom walls with the help of a shotgun. Really weird. Honestly. REALLY weird.
by Garethin General0 commentstags: cyril highsmith, design, typography
These are some pages from the sketchbooks of typographer Cyril Highsmith, who’s interviewed in the latest MyFonts.com Newsletter, online now here… Talented guy, interesting thoughts, and some lovely examples of his craft.